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.