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It is the mission of Jesus to set captives free (Luke 4:18). Amazingly, He allows us to “get in on it”. He commissioned His first disciples to go in His authority and anointing, representing Himself upon the earth. He authorizes us to do the same. The task is simple, or is it?
We do not have to be totally healed or mature, to be used. We do need a heart that identifies with the heart of God for broken people and broken humanity in general. We have to have conquered the fear risking making a mistake. We must remain teachable, alert, and yielded to the various nuances of the Spirit.
Do we believe in full restoration? Or do we believe like an “old saint” communicated with me long ago (and I believe erroneously), “If you mess us, you have lost your chance for your full destiny to be realized.” (This was based on one verse, vs. 6, in Hebrews 6). I personally stayed in bondage for a very long time, in part due to that verse being misused. I thought it was impossible to come back on course through repentance.
See that teaching totally ignored the many examples contained in scripture of individuals who messed up badly, but were redeemed and restored.
In your notes, identify some bible characters who really “blew it” and were subsequently restored. What are the life-applications.
Have you ever studied biblical restoration? I highly recommend it. Look up these scriptures and write them out. Record specific things the Spirit communicates to your spirit.
Especially read and meditate on the following verses:
Make notes of your own insights on these verses and others that you look up.
IN GOD THERE ARE NO DEAD ENDS….THERE IS HOPE OF RESTORATION.
I call this mini-lesson “training for the trenches”.
There is a truth that must be embraced from the onset of “training for the trenches”. Your personal life and relationship with the Lord MUST be carefully guarded, maintained and become progressively more consistent in your daily affairs. The transformation of your inner man into the full stature of Christ must be your top priority, not ministry.
Remember two things up front: Jesus’ disciples returned to Him with exuberance because they had experienced first hand that demons were under their authority. Jesus, told them NOT TO REJOICE in that, but rather to rejoice knowing that their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20) Putting ministry before your personal growth and relationship with God will always prove disastrous.
The second thing pertaining to this issue is to remember that Paul also recognized the potential for “missing it” when he stated “I run to win…I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached (or ministered) to others, I myself will not be DISQUALIFIED”. (1 Cor. 9:27).
Take nothing for granted in your relationship with the Lord.
It is a characteristic of human nature to want to appear bigger, better, more important, more influential, more significant than we are in the natural. (The reality is that in God’s plan we are MUCH more significant than we can imagine.) NOT KNOWING how significant we really are, is one reason that many people unconsciously try to find their identity in what they “do”, the role(s) they play in life, more than discovering who they really are, from God’s point of view.
One thing for sure, though, God has a way of removing or changing our roles in life. Eventually we will have to face the fact that WE ARE NOT what we do, or what we have.
In general, many people are also very prone to hide behind the various roles, or masks, in order to prevent others from seeing personal pain, brokenness, insecurity, and other unresolved issues. Fear of rejection and ridicule are strong motivations for this kind of behavior.
Certainly, not everyone can be trusted with our deepest struggles, but we must be in touch with our own issues and wrestle through with the Word and Spirit to a place of freedom,healing, and wholeness. Honesty, not denial, is what we want for others and it is what God wants in us.
Here is an assignment: Write a paragraph without any use of reference material, no bible, no internet, no book, to describe to yourself and for yourself who you truly believe God created you to be be. You are unique. What does that actually look like.
[If you struggle with this, you can ask yourself questions like:
1.Why did God create me as a unique individual?
2.What seed of purpose and destiny did He plant within me?
3.What am I like when no one is watching me?]
After you have done the assignment, test it against revealed truth in the Bible.
You can always provide a comment to let me know what you learned.
The insights and and principles that will be given in these “mini-lessons” are just that, principles, not formulas.
The “no-formula” approach is based upon God’s great desire for you to hear His voice, know His ways, and discern by the Holy Spirit what is going on and what He wants to do for each specific individual.
Incidentally, the more that our knowledge of God’s will, as revealed in scriptures increases, the easier it will be to discern heart issues.
As an example, if someone has not experienced new life in Christ, we do not have to wonder if salvation is the will of God. Scripture is very clear that God wants all to be saved. And the Word also tells us that “Today is the day of salvation”, so we do not have to think that God wants to wait. Now, the individual may refuse the offer of salvation at this time, and we should never force it. But, God’s will is for TODAY.
The Set the Captives Free: System of Principles, is not elaborate, complicated or costly.
It is easy to master the principles as we grow in our:
-Knowledge of the Word, in heart and habit
-Knowledge of His Ways
-Truly believe and walk in the authority, anointing and assignment that He has given
-Develop personal gifts, and give up imitating someone else
-Let His motivation and compassion for people in distress become our own
When, I quit my job in 1980 to obey the prompting of the Lord to start ministry to the “least of these”, I heard an instruction from the gospel of Matthew that has been my guide throughout all my years of ministry. This was, and is, the message to me from Matthew 10:7-8 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
Certainly finances were needed daily, and still are, but my challenge from God was to trust Him, obey Him and not charge ANYONE for ministry. (Can you picture this…. Jesus interacting with a blind man, or a demon oppressed man, and informing them of the cost for the ministry or “services”.) It is ludicrous, to even think of our Savior doing that, yet that happens with regularity.
The way I see it is this, if you are a licensed medical doctor or counselor and you are NOT entirely doing the work as ministry from the Lord or unto the Lord, but as your livelihood, then it is an occupation and it is okay to charge and make a living.
I am not saying that as a RULE that you cannot or should not have a fee for ministering to others. I have just shared my experience and my personal conviction, to “freely give” out of the gifts He has given me.
Now, there have been countless times that the one ministered to has given financially out of a heart of gratitude, not compulsion. And, of course I accepted with thanksgiving.
I encourage you to pray over what I have shared. I can tell you that God has never failed me in this area or any other area. My needs have always been met.
I believe at this time we are all being given the opportunity to be “re-aligned” to the purposes of God, and to be stretched beyond our familiar habits.
It was never the intent of God that we become Christian ‘couch potatoes’, or rather, I mean “pew-sitters”, simply struggling in the flesh to attain the “good life” or the American Dream. Instead we called to be participating in fulfilling God’s Dream.
Jesus said that we are to be salt and light. Really that means so much more than just being nice people. Yes, it is great to daily walk in love and mercy, doing charitable deeds etc., but we must also be willing to walk in the SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD.
Paul said “I don’t come to you with just words, but in demonstration of the power of God.” That motivation is not to be just reserved for corporate times of assembly or other “planned” events, but in our ordinary lives when we are aware of the destroyer’s work.
Let me suggest some scriptures and just a few more thoughts for your reflection and meditation as we are getting ready to begin the mini-lessons. (Most of the lessons will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.)
- Acts 10:38 …God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Everywhere Jesus went, after He was revealed in His appointed time/season, He carried with Him:
1. The Anointing (supernatural power of God) to heal and deliver
2. The Authority of God (needed to carry out Heaven’s assignment)
3. The Atmosphere of Heaven (manifesting Presence, Power and Peace)
Nothing was “random” about His ministry or the timing. Nothing was left to happenstance. He was on assignment. And He only did what the Father showed Him, John 5:19.
We are called to walk the same way He walked. This reality should become our WAKE-UP CALL!
Think, pray and meditate on the following verses:
1. 1 JOHN 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.
2. 1 John 4:17b as He is, so are we in this world.
3. Eph. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God……
4. John 14:12 …the works that I do (you) will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father.
If you will spend time in prayer over these verses you will receive revelation and a hunger to walk in this way.
Remember He has given us anointing, authority, and assignments. God is not trying to figure out where to use us. He is waiting on us to discover what we already have, and to use what He has given, wherever He sends us.
ARE YOU ALREADY ARMED AND DANGEROUS?
If you feel called to function effectively in the ministry of deliverance and/or inner healing, I encourage you to take time daily to seek the face of the Lord. Read and meditate on His Word, worship, pray, journal and also keep records of what He does through you.
Do not spend all of your time reading books on the subject of deliverance. You will consciously or unconsciously be letting others form you. The unique work of developing and forming you belongs to the Lord. Certainly, from time to time He will bring others along, as well as books, that will provide exactly what you need at that moment.
It is important for you to invest yourself into the process through study of the Word, prayer and meditation. “Winging it” may work once or twice, but a great rule of thumb is to do what God instructed Joshua to do before he entered into conquest of the Promise Land. Meditate on the word night and day and then YOU will make your way successful. (Read Joshua 1:7-9)
Also, become very observant as to how opportunities around you are unfolding. Are you finding yourself more and more in situations in which you must speak a word of deliverance or healing over someone or into some situation. Is this your first response when there is a need?
Qualities of a “deliverer” can be observed in the lives of many biblical persons. In your journal list some of the people God called and used to bring deliverance.
Note some of the characteristics you see in them. Pray that those will become strengths in your life, if they are not already. Ask God to reveal insights to you regarding their lives and ministries.
In summary, the things that are extremely important for you to do right now, if your feel called to this ministry, are to
1. Develop a deeper personal (working) relationship with the Lord.
2. Sing to the Lord without CD’s
-Sing songs you remember.
-Make up songs to the Lord.
-Sing the Psalms and other scriptures
4. Keep a record of your experiences.
5. Keep a record of revelations.
6. Make yourself available to go and do what He puts before you.
Eph 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things to God
For over 35 years I have functioned in my calling to set the captives free, heal broken lives, and equip others to minister in the trenches and on the front lines. (Incidentally, the trenches are not a place of recognition or human glory)
Since 2001, I have also pastored the broken, disenfranchised, and marginalized people of God. [Jesus said that it is not the well who need a physician, rather it is the sick. Luke 5:31]
I now sense that the time has come to really gear up, focus on, and share with others, what I have learned through study, experience and revelation by the Holy Spirit.
Also, I will be utilizing others, in the upcoming months, as instructors. They will be those who have been thoroughly tested and tried upon the battlefield, and found faithful and true to the call.
I sense that it is imperative to soon begin to pass the torch: which is the vision (the cause), the faith, and the tools to the next generation.
But, no matter what one’s age, participation in training, interaction and exchange is open. I hope many will commit to being pro-active in bringing others to freedom. (Certainly not everyone we encounter is willing to be transformed.)
I am very grateful to those who have helped me along my journey and also for those who have faithfully ministered along side me over the years. We have seen God do amazing things, through weak human vessels.
In May of 2015, God spoke to my heart that the “best is yet to come”. To me that means there will be more fruitful labor and more warring for the cause of Christ, which brings others to freedom and maturity.
No one has to have a “super-star” personality. All that is really required is a desperate desire to be who God says you are and a willingness to risk the good life for the great life.
Please feel free to be in touch with me. You can message me or email me: email@example.com