INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – #8

As one who is going forth to “set the captives free” we must have a deep TRUST in the word of God that restoration is part of God’s plan not only people but for the earth itself.

The greek word for restoration is katartizo.  It means to adjust, finish, to put a thing in appropriate condition; to establish, set up and equip.  It also means to bring back to a former condition or position; reinstatement and RESTITUTION.

Restoration truly is God’s plan.  We must desire this for our own life and for everyone we encounter.

In the beginning we were created for wholeness, intimate communion with God, safe relationships with others and to reflect His glory.

He wants us to personally press forward for full restoration and bring and that good news to others.

Restated:

  • We were created for:
  • Wholeness….not brokenness
  • Intimate communication with God and people….not isolation and loneliness.
  • To reflect God’s Glory…..not be absorbed by darkness.

In Leviticus 6 we learn that God established regulations regarding restoration at the human level.  Verses. 4-6 say that if a person is found guilty of stealing, extortion, or swearing falsely about a matter he must restore full value of what was lost and add 1/5 to it (20% more). That was a basic human regulation regarding restoration.

Now we learn in Job 42:10 That God restored double what Job lost in the extreme trial he lived through. Notice that his personal restoration was tied to his praying for those friends who had accused him, betraying friendship, in his distress.

Let’s get hold of the reality of God’s heart for full restoration!  This is a vital truth and part of the good news….the message we bring to those to whom we minister.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION #5

The Hebrew word for salvation is y shuw ah, #3444 in the Strong’s Concordance. It means:

  • VICTORY
  • AID
  • PROSPERITY
  • HEALTH
  • WELFARE

In the New Testament there are two words for salvation.  Strong’s #4991 soteria  and #4982  #4982  sozo .  These two words have these English implications:

  • DELIVERANCE FROM DANGER (see Hebrews11:7)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM SLAVERY (see Acts 7:25)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM ENEMIES (see Luke 1:77)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS
  • DELIVERANCE FROM IMPENDING PERIL
  • DELIVERANCE FROM SICKNESS
  • DELIVERANCE FROM ETERNAL DEATH AND PUNISHMENT
  • WELFARE
  • PROSPERITY*
  • VICTORY (BY IMPLICATION, ESPECIALLY FROM DEFEAT IN BATTLE)
  • VICTORY FROM SIN’S POWER AND CONSEQUENCES OF SIN  (see Luke 1:77;  Luke 19:9)

ASSIGNMENT:

1. Meditate upon all of these varied expressions and provisions of salvation with thanksgiving and praise. (Taking time to do this will help put roots down in your own heart, which gives greater confidence in your personal life and in ministry.)

2. Make a list of situations and circumstances where the different aspects of salvation are needed.

Consider all areas of life:

  • PHYSICAL
  • MENTAL
  • EMOTIONAL RELATIONAL/SOCIAL
  • SPIRITUAL
  • FINANCIAL
  • OCCUPATIONAL

Get SALVATION (the gift or grace) deeply rooted in your heart, mind, words and life.  Jesus came to SET US FREE.               John 8:32  …Know TRUTH….TRUTH shall set you free.

It is really amazing to see all the benefits of salvation.  We have a great opportunity to deepen our faith and to assist others in believing that the work of salvation, by Jesus on the cross and through the resurrection, makes victory possible in EVERY AREA of life.

We are to believe and enforce victory in our own life. We do not have to come short of complete deliverance.  There is no situation, whether a habit, a need or a problem, that the grace of salvation cannot intervene with deliverance, welfare and prosperity.

The final thought today is this, salvation in our soul and in all other areas of life is a process.  In Philippians 2:12-13 we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because God is working within us to WILL AND DO His good pleasure.

Do you see it?   1) it is a “work-out” 2) it is a partnership between the individual and God.

BE FREE.  LIVE FREE.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION #4

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge  Hosea 4:6

Are you aware that many, many sincere Christians are being destroyed by lack of personal, and practical working knowledge of the scriptures pertaining to freedom and wholeness?  (Years ago I read in the preface of The Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson, that the number of Christians struggling with bondage may be as high as 85%) The percentage may even be higher in these days.

Many people are in chains of depression, rejection, addictions, fears of all sorts, and on and on. Many live defeated, miserable and empty lives, because they lack knowledge.

Why?

1. Many have had an initial experience with Jesus as Savior, but never have gone on to experience Him as Lord and transformer, through application of the word to all areas of daily life.

2. Many have sat under teaching that never went beyond the initial salvation message.   And others have been encouraged to “try, try, try to be good” (without the power of the Holy Spirit).

Isaiah 42:22 says But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”  This sounds to me like there is a GREAT need for many believers, ordinary believers, to step up and step out as deliverers.

Willingness to be used as a “deliverer” or “healing minister”, means that although you probably feel inadequate and/or unprepared, you are stepping up to the high calling of being used as the VOICE of the Lord on the earth….calling out to all the captives you encounter…“Be FREE.” “Be HEALED.”  “Be RESTORED.”

What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word salvation?

Salvation is a multifaceted word and you need a good understanding of its fullness.  In the bible the the word “salvation” is used 162 times, “save” is used 160 times and “saved” is used 101 times. Now, with access to the internet, or by using an old fashioned Strong’s concordance, you can do an in-depth study of the word from the old and new testaments.

Write down all the varied English words and applications of the words.  Study the scripture references also.  Jot down your insights.  Salvation is an awesome gift and provision of God’s Grace.

See what revelation the Holy Spirit will give you regarding the need for salvation past,  present and future.These revelations and insights should propel you into sharing freedom, healing and restoration with as many people as God brings your way, who are desiring all God offers.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – A VERY MINI-LESSON 2 – SET THE CAPTIVES FREE

I believe that preparing to help others and actually helping others become free and healed helps us more than we can imagine. So get ready, get ready.

Let’s begin by doing a quick self-check.  (When I conduct a training workshop, very early into the training, I provide an Initial Self-Check Inventory Sheet to assist in identification of personal  “heart-issues”.)

I am adapting it for this blog.  It will be beneficial to you to answer honestly. Following the completion of it, I strongly suggest that you go to the Lord in prayer, especially on the basis of 1 John 1:9 and Romans 12:1-2.

I. Is there a circumstance in your life that you believe is blocking you, or holding   back, from experiencing frequent joy, peace, and/or fulfillment in life, work, family, relationships, ministry etc.?

Specifically name it_____________________________________________________

Describe how it impacts you_____________________________________________

II.   Is there a person (presently in your life or from the past) who you believe may be holding you back?

Name this person_____________________________________________________

Describe what they do or did do that is holding you back______________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________

III.  What is in your mind and/or your emotions that may be holding you back?

(Be honest)  ________________________________________________________________________________

Remember to talk to the Lord and let Him talk to you about these things.  Apply 1 John 1:9 and Romans 12:1-2. And remember that our perception and reaction to events and people are under our control.  We have power to choose to not be limited or hindered. The truth will set YOU free.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – MINI-LESSON 1

The historical accounts of healing and deliverance as contained in the gospels and in the book of Acts, serve as our “playbook”.  Read and pray and notate revelation the Holy Spirit gives.  He is your teacher and guide.  Again, the value of your first hand experience with the Spirit’s instruction cannot be overly stressed.

It is so important to take heed to an account described in Acts 19. There were some Jewish “exorcists” and some other guys, seven of them,  who were the sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest.  They thought that all they had to do was “say the words” that they had heard the Apostle Paul and others say, in order to cast out demons.  They were absolutely mistaken, and were badly beaten up and defeated. They only knew ABOUT Jesus, they didn’t actually know Him.

Also, it is very important to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart to see if lurking in there are some fears and/or unresolved issues that might serve as “feeding ground” for demonic attack. I can tell you that demons, like vultures, feed on flesh and raw emotions that have not been healed.  These include, fear, jealousy, bitterness and more. Please be honest with yourself. It will not be beneficial to anyone or to yourself to not address heart issues.

In the next blog, I will assist you in your heart evaluation.