SET THE CAPTIVES FREE: INTRODUCTORY INSIGHTS

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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?

BEFORE WE BEGIN

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

3. Study.

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

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SOME BACKGROUND AND THOUGHTS BEFORE WE GET STARTED

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On July 17, 2015 as I drove to our ministry headquarters in Richland, Mississippi, the Spirit of the Lord showed me a picture in my mind of a banner facing the street that said “EndTimes” and on the second line it said “Monthly Warrior Bootcamp.”

I told a friend what the Lord had showed me.  I really thought this was something I was supposed to begin doing almost immediately. (That is simply how I normally respond when I hear or see something from the Lord). But, as I began to pray, I became aware that I was to spend the next few months in preparation and then start the training in 2016.

Now, as yet I hadn’t heard that there was a movie named “War Room”.  But, believe me that is where I have spent much of my time over the last 35 years – warring in the prayer closet. 

Why? Because our battles are really not with people or even with our circumstances,  because people and circumstances are just visible manifestations of the invisible conflict that continues between the kingdom of darkness with the Kingdom of Light.

The bible tells us: we  are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)

Once we fully believe and embrace the truth of Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, we can pretty well live in victory and peace regardless  of what is or is not going on.

See, it simply isn’t enough to “believe” these verses, we must USE the powerful supernatural weapons God has given to us. We use spiritual weapons to conquer spiritual enemies – for ourselves and for others.

Again, it is written: “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient” (2 Corinthians 10:5 – 10:6 NLT)

My heart’s desire is that EVERY believer will become skilled in using the weapons of warfare and walk in God given authority, always advancing the Kingdom of truth….remembering that the truth of God’s word frees and liberates, it does not put anyone in bondage, especially not in religious bondage.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)Pick it up. Believe it. Use it. Declare it.  “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”  

JESUS WON IT!  We enforce it.

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WHY?

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: prayerworks4victory@yahoo.com

Blessings,

Gay Bissell

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