Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Heavenly Hosts

Unauthorized Authority and the Courts of Heaven

The Book of Revelation shows us that we must be careful how we deal with angels. John was shown wondrous things when the Lord called, “Come up here.” He fell down at the feet of the angel and worshiped him...

Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. (Revelation 22:9 AKJV)

We should never pray to or worship anything but God. He alone deserves our adoration, and He alone can answer our prayers. The hosts of Heaven are the servants of God and include His servants, angels or messengers, and the army. This includes Michael, Gabriel, or even lesser angels. 

Here is a New Testament verse warning us about such things:

Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [heavenly] glories (the glorious ones). 

But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, “The Lord rebuke you!”                             (Jude 1:8-9 AMPC)

The word “glories” in the Amplified version and “dignitaries” in the King James Bible translates into the Greek word doxa, which can mean “of the angels.” We know this is the right translation because it goes on to give an example of Michael not condemning Satan but asking the Lord to do so. This is an example of how we are to act, and it occurred after Jesus had risen. He has been given all power. We have not.

Satan came to tempt the Lord in the wilderness when He was hungry. Jesus didn’t curse him or even speak disrespectfully to the leader of the rebellion in Heaven. He was respectful when addressing Satan and quoted the Word of God. Another example we should look at when dealing with angels is the time when Gabriel struck Zacharias, the high priest, mute because he spoke presumptively and questioned what the angel told him: 

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” (Luke 1:18-20 NKJV)

If we can’t even question angels, why do we think we can speak presumptively to command celestial beings? There is a very popular but incorrect teaching out that we can “command our angels” to do things. I believed this for many years. However, when someone asked me what verse I was standing on, I searched many books by well-known ministers to see where their Biblical support was. This was all I found:

Are not the angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)

When we examine this in the Amplified version, which goes back to the original text to give a fuller meaning, this is what we find:

Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 AMPC)

This makes it clear that our angels are in God’s service to help us. They are not our servants to command. Doing so would be another type of unauthorized authority. There is a woman minister who has been declaring that we can release or command the heavenly host to tear down strongholds. She quotes this verse:

Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. (Psalm 103:20 NKJV)

However, if you listen carefully to her video on this topic, she has changed a couple of words to say, “The angels hearken to YOUR words.” This is not what the Bible states. It is clear that the heavenly host heeds God’s, not man’s, words! This is also why we should not pray to them. They are listening to what God is saying, not us. When we pray to God, He will tell them what He wants them to do.

When Jesus was being arrested, He said: “Do you suppose that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will immediately provide Me with more than twelve legions [more than 80,000] of angels?” (Matthew 26:53 AMPC)

If our Lord had to ask His Father and wasn’t commanding the angels, what makes us think we can command instead of asking? The Bible also tells us that the angels are God’s servants, and the ones assigned to the “little ones” have their faces turned toward God. Angels are commanded by God the Father, not us.


Charges in the Courts of Heaven

We had a case in the Courts: The charge was Archangel. When asked, the petitioner admitted that she had been commanding Michael to come and fight. This was the first time we had heard that charge, but we have heard it over and over again since then. Each time, the person had commanded Michael into battle (it is a Catholic prayer) or angels in general. It is our Heavenly Father that is in charge of the Heavenly Hosts/Angels, not us. Commanding angels can bring charges against you in the Courts of Heaven!


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Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was. 

Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways. 

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Revelation Seals 4-7

 

The first three seals saw the emergence of the Antichrist and two of the “horsemen of the apocalypse.”  These occur in the first part of the tribulation or the final of Daniel’s weeks. Let’s continue looking at the remaining seals the Lamb of God will break before God’s wrath is unleashed on this earth.

Fourth Seal

And when he had opened the fourth seal…  behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Death quickly follows famine for we see hunger is one of the tools used for death to take life. It is interesting to note that only one-fourth “part of the earth.” Since it is part of the earth and not a percentage of mankind, it is likely that only some countries will experience the effects of this seal.

First Three Seals of Revelation and the Antichrist


If we look at Daniel and Revelation, then we will know when the seven-year tribulation will begin as certain key events occur. Much of the world may be unaffected at first, so knowing what to look for is vital!

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:15 AMPC)

We were told by our Lord that we should look for and recognize this event as being close to persecution and His return to rule and reign. This also means Christians will be around when it happens. What is the “abomination of desolation?” Discussing the events surrounding the return of our Lord should show us what to look for and help us pinpoint this event.

Studying the events around the second coming should invigorate the body of Christ. After all, we are all expectantly waiting for this time. Unfortunately, instead of uniting us as a body working for the Kingdom of Heaven, it often creates division and strife. As we continue looking into the Book of Revelation, please remember that what we choose to believe concerning the return of the Lord doesn’t affect our salvation.

We are all brothers and sisters, adopted into the family of God. If what you believe doesn’t line up with what I believe, that is okay. We can agree to disagree and celebrate the fact that one day, we will all know  the truth!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Healing Your Soul

Healing Your Soul

If we go back to the Book of Genesis, we can see God’s original intention and plan for mankind through His created beings, Adam and Eve and how, through the fall and the ongoing influence of sin down through the generations we became damaged in our souls and bodies.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…” (Genesis 1:26–27 BSB)
...and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)
There are two important things to note in these two accounts of the creation of mankind.
  1. God made man in the image of Himself the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). We were designed to look and be just like Him (spirit, soul, and body). 
  2. God gave His breath of Life (His Spirit breath) and man became a living being. It wasn’t until man received the breath of God, His Spirit, that he lived.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5 AKJV)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:24 AKJV)
You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5 AKJV)
We can see mankind was originally made in God’s image of light, there was no darkness, and they were clothed in light; they were light beings. When darkness entered them through sin that the light was quenched and they realized they were without covering, exposed and naked. And because there was no covering their souls were vulnerable, uncovered and also became exposed to darkness. 
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord... (Eph 5:8 BSB)
Their first instinct was to cover up and hide from God. We do exactly the same thing wanting to cover the sin and darkness in our lives and hide our true state from God and those around us. Why? Because being uncovered makes us feel insecure and vulnerable to attack. We look for ‘fig leaves’ to cover ourselves with. 

When Eve was tempted by the devil, he sowed doubt and mistrust into her by sowing a seed lie that God couldn’t be trusted, that He was withholding from them the ability to be like God, but we just read that they were made in the image of God, they were already like God!
Wherever there are lies there is darkness and if we doubt God’s Word or agree with and even entertain those lies, the darkness will result in an inability to see how things really are. As in this case of Adam and Eve, it led to spiritual blindness over all of mankind because the light was removed: “The blind are now leading the blind.” (Matthew 15:14) 
At this stage, Adam and Eve were still in His garden (the Secret Place) and when God came looking for them, they hid from Him, knowing He would see what had taken place. Because of their disobedience (that they were not to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil) God banished them from the Secret Place which resulted in them being cut off from their source of Life (God). They no longer had access to fellowship with God and their spirits were cut off from His life-giving breath, or spirit, which caused them to become starved of love because the breath of God is love.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16 NKJV)
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8 NKJV)
With their spirits cut off from God, their soul and body were starved of love and they eventually died. God told them that death was the consequence of their disobedience and as a result, they died within a day. A day can be as a thousand years in God’s eyes: 
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8 NKJV)
Adam was 930 years old when he died. They died within a thousand years.

God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden. Mankind now had to make their way, living by the strength of their own hand and their own cunning and ideas. They were now a living soul in a body, cut off from their eternal life supply (love), so they began looking to each other to meet that hunger for love and to consume their lusts on one another.

“It’s a dog eat dog world.” This type of attitude shows that mankind has turned on one another and will do whatever it takes to satisfy needs in their lives. The longer we have existed in this fallen state the more decay and destruction are produced resulting in the reduction of man’s lifespan which is approximately only 100 hundred years. This is a far cry from the age of those who lived to be close to 1000 years old. 

As a result of disobedience, this living soul (mankind) has to live life the best way it can because its source of life has now been cut off. As a result, it has to receive everything it needs from its source, the world, through the body. Now, instead of receiving life from the Spirit of God, keeping the soul in good health and harmony which in turn leads the body to live in health and wholeness - a reversal has taken place. The body receives life from the world around it, through the five senses that we were created with: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting. 

Through sin all these senses are polluted which in turn influences and pollutes the soul resulting in an increased hunger and a void that needs to be filled with “something more.” That hunger for “something more” is an in-built desire to know God and to be connected to Him through spiritual senses:
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Smelling
  • Touching
  • Tasting
The soul, which consists of all the functions previously listed, is now receiving all of its life through these experiences of the body, instead of the spirit as it should have been. The soul shapes, molds, and can control the following:                                                                                           
  • Conscience
  • Reason
  • Imagination (eyes of the heart)
  • Mind (conscious and subconscious)
  • Emotions
  • Choice
  • Will
  • Heart
One example of how the soul becomes affected is through sexual sin, which is any sexual relationship or act outside of marriage. The intimate act of sexual connection was intended to take place within the boundary and sanctity of marriage between a couple in a covenant agreement before God and man.

Outside of marriage, the act becomes defiled and makes the experience impure, and more traumatic if it is forced or manipulated by one of the parties involved. The first area to be defiled is the body – the sense of touch primarily, but the other senses can also become defiled.

This wrongness then flows into the soul where the emotions and choices you make can become damaged to a greater or lesser degree, along with all other areas of the soul depending on what has taken place. If you find yourself unable to stop sinning, though in your mind you wish to stop that behavior, your heart is not in it because the damaged or wounded soul may be the cause. The depth of trauma involved will determine:
  • How damaged or wounded the soul becomes.
  • If a spirit was imparted which leads you into sin.
  • How long the healing process may be without assistance from the Lord.
We are instructed to obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:1). A marriage is a legal covenant before God and man, even if it doesn’t take place in a church. Without a legal marriage, the wife may feel uncovered, insecure, resentful, and also feel the need to protect herself which opens the door to a Jezebel spirit. She does not have a spiritual covering or protection of the husband (house band = band surrounding the household).

The man in the relationship may come under an Ahab spirit because he has relinquished his headship. This can result in resentment of the emotional power the woman holds over him which will lead him to reject his emotions of resentment. He then loses his mantles of headship and spiritual authority.

The whole relationship becomes inverted with the woman exercising jezebelic illegitimate authority and the man submitting to her, resulting in one of two conditions:
  1. Emasculated and powerless man
  2. A frustrated and angry resentful man
They both lose their identity and unless the relationship is corrected, it continues in an unhealthy way because it is out of alignment. If they don't repent before they marry, the foundation can be unstable. Most marriages may not survive or be blessed by God until the couple repents for the sexual sin.

Obviously rape or molestation will produce more trauma and damage than a consensual act. The age it took place will also be a determining factor. Our enemy knows that if he can traumatize a small child whose language skills and understanding have not yet been fully formed then he can do more damage because they can’t express what has taken place, but they just “know’ as they get older that something isn’t right. 

Sexual sin is probably an extreme example of how a soul is wounded however, the devil knows that if he can break the boundary line, he could capture mankind and bring about untold destruction and damage. An example of this can be seen in the historical events of the 1970s when all restraints were abandoned for free love. The soul ties that are established with multiple sexual partners does incredible damage to the soul. But be aware that sin of any kind can also damage and defile the soul to varying degrees.

Until we are born again, our spirit is disconnected from God and has no life flow. Once we are born again, our spirit comes to life as we are reconnected to the Father. It’s important to grasp that because we are a three part being - spirit, soul and body - our body exists in time, but our soul and spirit exist in the eternal realm. God exists in the eternal realm unbound by the constraints of time:
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms… (Deuteronomy 33:27 AKJV)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 AKJV) 
God is able to go back into our past lives and open up a damaged area in our souls. We are able to invite Jesus our healer to come into that situation and that particular time in our lives and rescue us from the horror, fear, terror, fright, shock... or whatever damage that happened to our soul and retrieve that part of our soul that has become trapped in the trauma.

Jesus will come right into the memory of it and rescue you where you have left your body through fear, fright, or shock (have you ever heard people say the phrase, “beside myself with fear” or “out of my mind with worry?”  These are things that actually happen in the realm of the soul and when that takes place the only way to get back into your body is through Jesus.

During a traumatic episode it is possible that a piece of your shattered soul can be stuck in that particular moment and not be able to get back into your soul. That piece of your soul is still part of you but on the outside in the eternal realm, it just exists in the trauma. 

The effect of this can be seen in rape victims. Often, they will speak in the same childlike voice that they had when the trauma occurred because that piece of their soul is still stuck in that moment in time. In other cases of trauma, the victim may find themselves unable to stop exhibiting childlike reactions to certain situations.

Consider that God who is in the eternal realm, is watching as you journey through life: He sees your life - past, present, and future – He is the Alpha and the Omega; He knows the end from the beginning. 

Imagine your life is like a bus carrying you along in life: A trauma or shock hits the bus and the door flies open, a part of you gets broken off and falls out of the door into the eternal realm. A demonic spirit (not always, but where there is sin there is a demonic spirit) is lurking looking for an opportunity to enter your life. It can be waiting right at that point to jump on the bus before the door closes and carries on with your journey through life. The piece or part of your soul that was fragmented and fell off or was pushed out, is now stuck in the eternal realm. This is the realm where people who astral travel enter into. It is at that time and in that place, the piece of your soul is unable to get back on the bus which has moved on.

There is now a part of you trapped on the outside of your soul, that if triggered by an event or a feeling in the present day, reverts back to that time and place and behaves and reacts the way you would at the age of that trauma.

This is why some adults may feel like they are still a little child when they get into a situation that reminds them of an experience they had back at that time.  It can also be the cause of many mysterious hard to locate body aches and pains in which there is no known explanation. Doctors call these types of aches and pains psychosomatic. 
  • Psycho: relating to the soul or mind. 
  • Somatic: relating to the body.
God is the only true answer to this type of damage. There can be parts of the trauma stored in the body and when the trauma gets healed, not only the soul, but the body also gets healed. 

Jesus, like God, exists throughout all time. He will come at your invitation through prayer, and with the leading of the Holy Spirit you may receive a memory or vision that will take you back to the trauma that is lodged in your innermost parts. Jesus will rescue you, put you back in your body, heal you, remove the trauma, retrieve you from that place where you are stuck, and put you back into the core “You” today. The end result is that the soul becomes healed, and submits to the strengthened spirit. (important to strengthen the spirit: see class: Your spirit)

We don’t need to go searching for traumas but rather yield to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to reveal in His timing what areas of your soul need healing and then leave it in His hands. He will take you at a pace you can handle. So, let's look at the basic steps to take to receive healing in your soul.

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what He wants to heal right now. He will show you or you may already be aware of what it is. If you are already aware e.g.: sexual sin of some sort - ask the Holy Spirit to show you the first time it took place because that is where the door was opened. If it is a vague sensation or feeling, ask Him to show you how old you feel and once you become aware of the age, ask Him to show you what happened at that age.     
He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. (Numbers 19:11 AKJV)
If you feel older than your actual age it will indicate that you have an opening to the grave through contact with a dead body most likely having touched them (like kissing a dead person at a funeral), or sleeping in a bed where someone has died. In that case you need to cut soul ties with them and whatever they died of - like a sickness. That will usually be all you need to do.

If you feel younger than your actual age it will relate to a past trauma where part of you is stuck in time. Expect to become aware of a particular memory or event, a picture, a word, a thought that won't go away, body pain or discomfort. You may have one or more of these. Focus on the memory and ask Jesus to come into that time and place with you.

2. Two things will happen in the memory that you will recall that will feel 'alive' and 'real'. a)You will feel emotions and feelings as if it's happening right then. Write down what you are feeling through the memory. b)You may look at yourself from the outside and see yourself in the memory, or you will be looking through your eyes at what is taking place.  It is like hovering above your body or watching from a corner in the room as the memory unfolds. 

You will feel all the feelings which took place during that event – shock, fright, terror, anger, fear, hatred, panic, hysteria, paralysis, etc. - which can be very scary and terrifying so ask Jesus to give you the courage to face what is happening and to come and rescue you. Look for Him to appear in the memory with you, He will never leave you to face it alone. He will always come and help you.

If you are outside of your body watching what is taking place (which happens in an attempt to get away or escape from what’s happening), you have left your body (astral travelled):
    • You must ask Jesus to forgive you for leaving your body. 
    • Ask Him to come and get you and place your soul pieces back in your body (inside the memory). 
    • You may see Him come and do that.
    • He will also block anything bad from continuing to take place, for example if you are being attacked.
    • He will come between you and the attacker or block whatever is happening so it can no longer hurt you. 
3. Once you are back in your body and now looking out of your own eyes, thank Jesus and ask Him to help you forgive the person or people involved in traumatizing you. 
    • Then take the Sword of His Spirit and cut all soul ties and familiar spirits between you and them, and between you and the place where it occurred. 
4. Also name any spirits that are associated with what is happening in the memory – spirits of terror, fear, panic, hysteria, powerlessness, helplessness, etc. - whatever Holy Spirit shows you, and cut them all off and command them to leave. 

5. Receive His peace (to fill the empty space that’s now there because they have left) and ask Him to seal the open doorways with His blood. 

6. Once you’ve done that, ask Jesus to now retrieve that part of you from the memory and take you back to the present today and watch as He does that. You can test it by looking at the memory and this time it should only be a memory that is fuzzy, blurry, or vague and it will not feel like it's alive anymore.

We don’t need to go searching for traumas but rather yield to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to reveal in His timing what areas of our soul need healing and then leave it in His hands. He will take you at a pace you can cope with, He will give you time to get ready to face those things especially if they have been serious traumas that have impacted your life. We may think we know what needs to be healed but our experience is that it’s not always what we think and often we end up being led in a totally different direction. We know that no matter what is revealed, the Holy Spirit knows what He is doing, and we can trust Him.

The Spirit manifests in the following ways in our lives through the seven characteristics of Holy Spirit -The Spirit of God, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and Fear of God producing fruit through:
  • Revelation
  • Intuition
  • Fear of God
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Faith
  • Hope 
  • Reverence 
If the soul is damaged or crippled, then these areas of our spirit may not be able to fully engage so we cannot move into these places of strength until the soul is healed.  We should always be ready to immediately strengthen our spirit along with the healing of the soul to maintain and receive any breakthroughs. (See class: Your spirit)

We don’t want to slip into making anything into a formula.  We must always ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what He wants to do in us and to follow His leading. The aim is to have, equally: A strong spirit, a submitted soul, and a healthy body. How and when God chooses to do that will be revealed by the Holy Spirit. All we need to do is be yielded to His will and work with Him.

FREEING YOUR MIND

The Holy Spirit revealed that He could be blocked from helping us receive healing. It was a situation with my daughter that brought this to light:
For weeks my daughter had been seldom seen, which is totally unlike her. I told her about the freedom I had recently found. I asked, “Is it possible that something like this is the reason you’ve been in your room so much?”
“Something definitely feels off,” she shrugged.
When I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal what was causing her to hide in her room, she said, “All I get are glitching scenes with lines through them, I can’t make out what I’m seeing.” When I asked the Holy Spirit to clear it up, she got a headache.
My daughter has a keen gift of discernment. When exposed to defiled objects, it often manifests as a headache. This was a message from our Guide: a spirit was blocking her mind. Leaning on Him for wisdom, He revealed that my daughter had been turning to worldly entertainment and an active imagination (internal daydreams) as a coping mechanism for a situation she didn’t want to deal with. The actions were not sinful, but responding to the prompting of another spirit gave that spirit a place to operate in her mind.
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey… (Romans 6:16 AKJV)
The action doesn’t have to be a sin. It could be something that is consuming your time or outside of God’s will for your life. If you give in to a demonic spirit over and over, then that spirit will gain influence over you. Participating in sin, brings the negative spiritual influence up to another level because sin separates us from God:
…but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. (Isaiah 59:2 ESV)
Knowingly, continuing to break the Ten Commandments will cause us to lose connection with God. Paul spoke about this to fellow Israelites:
For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward]. (Hebrews 10:26 AMPC)
They intended to make their yearly sacrifice for sins that would keep them in good relationship with God. This is not so. Intentional sin will separate us from God and keep us from hearing the Holy Spirit. Now we know that if we follow actions that are not even a sin, but prompted by another spirit, it may give a demon a way to hinder us. When we submit to a spirit, it begins to have power over us. The first stronghold is often in our thoughts and our mind. In my daughter’s case, in order to remove the blockage, she had to take several steps:
  1. Confess that she had listened to another spirit by using worldly actions as comfort instead of seeking God to deal with it.
  2. State that she has no desire to follow any spirit but Holy Spirit.
  3. Confess that her ancestors were also guilty of this.
  4. Repent (turn from) for listening to any other spirit and using these activities as comfort.
  5. Ask the Holy Spirit to help her identify when a spirit is influencing her.
  6. Plead the blood of Jesus over these sins.
  7. Thank Jesus for contending for her in the CoH, asking Him to remove any cases where the blood had blotted out the sins.
  8. Renounce the spirit.
  9. Ask Jesus to cleanse her mind and soul with His blood.
These are the basic steps to removing a spiritual influence. If you have been knowingly committing a sin, such as living together outside of marriage, drugs, or getting drunk, you will need to follow the same steps to remove spiritual blockages. Please research the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-21) to refresh your memory about what God expects of His children. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if they apply to your life.

When you are being influenced, it can be hard to spot. One of the jobs of the demons assigned to us is to keep us from being productive for the Kingdom of Heaven. Keeping this in mind will help you spot their influence as you look for patterns in your life. A few questions to ponder:
  • Is there something that you “can’t do without?”
    • You need it to comfort you
      • food or a type of food, movies, working out
    • Do you need something to get you started for the day?
      • coffee, energy drink or even hot tea
      • drinking these are not a sin - needing them to function is
    • Do you need something to sleep at every night?
      • wine, a beer, sleeping aids
      • a glass of wine or beer, an occasional sleeping aid is not a sin
      • if you need them for more than 3-4 days in a row, there may be a spirit influencing you
  • Are you “in hiding?”
    • Is most of your free time focused on entertainment, especially when you are facing an unpleasant dilemma? 
      • you may be avoiding interaction with people or certain people, especially those you are close to
    • Do you find it hard to worship or spend time with God?
      • it feels like a chore
These are only a few more common examples. If situations like these are recurring in your life, the enemy may be “pushing” or “nudging” you into them. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if actions are in response to another spirit. Follow the steps above to remove the stronghold of the enemy. Once this is done, you are ready to have His help in healing a wounded soul. 

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Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
  • Knowing what weapons are available 
  • Learning how to use those weapons 
  • Receiving orders and following them 
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father. 

The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.

Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?

Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was. 

Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways. 

In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.

Keys to Authority for Every Believer

There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively. 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Strengthening Your Spirit

Strengthening Your Spirit 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 AMPC)

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians demonstrates that we are a three-part being, just like our Creator. God is a spirit, and we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. This is why Paul listed the three parts to every human in this order. Many Christians have been taught that they have a spirit, soul, and body, but they may not understand the role of each of them. Some believe the soul and spirit are the same but as you can see, that is not what the Bible says.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 AKJV)

We could not divide the two if they were one and the same. The spirit is the part of us that is connected to God and Heaven. The soul is our mind, will, and emotions: that connects to the things of this earth. It is God’s will that the spirit rule over the soul and body. The soul with its memory, will, and emotions depends on the functionality of your brain and body for it to express itself or be conscious. The spirit can exist on its own, apart from the soul and body.

It is said that the power that controls the soul, controls the person. Satan’s goal is to control our soul by deceit. The soul will appeal to the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. It is controlled by pride. Why would you want your soul to dominate your body and spirit? Although, you don’t want the soul to dominate you, it may do so under the influence of demons and/or when you are sick and in need of healing. Your soul can be affected in the following ways:

  • Bound by swearing an oath (Num. 30:2-13)
  • Knitted or tied with another soul (1 Sam.18:1)
  • Dried away or withered (Num. 11:6)
  • Grieved, vexed or in bitterness (Judges 10:16, 16:16, 1 Sam. 1:10)
  • Cursed by words of the mouth (Job 31:30)
  • Spoiled and humbled (Ps. 35:12, 13)
  • Pant after and thirst for God (Ps. 42:1,2)
  • Be lean; made empty (Ps. 106:15, Is. 32:6)
  • Be devoured, killed, and destroyed (Matt. 10:28, Ez. 22:25)
  • Unstable, beguiled (entrapped) (2 Peter 2:14)

If a person has had any ungodly activities and relationships in their past, especially occult and sex related e.g., rape, incest, beastiality or sex outside of marriage, they will have definitely opened the door to spiritual darkness in the soul and spirit.

Although many deliverance ministries have had good intentions, the dilemma has been that they have been too focused on healing the wounded soul and have completely neglected the spirit man. Many have failed to see that your spirit has become:

  • Feeble
  • Faint
  • Malnourished
  • Ignored
  • Rejected

“Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled…” (Psalm 143:4 ESV) 

Healing the soul and soul restoration are part of the solution to making the soul whole again: the solution to removing many internal problems. This is one side of an issue which has two aspects to it. Only through Jesus and the Holy Spirit can we heal our soul:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised… (Luke 4:18 AKJV)

“Broken-hearted” is two Greek words: syntribō (sün-tre'-bo), meaning shattered to shivers, like slivered glass, and Kardia (kär-de'-ä), which is often translated heart but also means “the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors,” according to Strong’s Concordance. When we experience trauma, either physical or emotional, our soul can become fragmented and pieces of it broken off and stuck in that moment. The Holy Spirit and Jesus exist throughout all time, simultaneously. They can go back and retrieve the pieces so that our soul can be made whole again.

Often, if a child is raped, as an adult they will speak in a high voice - the voice they had at the age when they were raped or they will react to situations now as if they were 5 years old, displaying childish or immature behaviors and reactions which are not appropriate as an adult. They may also “feel” like they are 5 years old rather than an adult. This is an indication that there is a piece of their soul, trapped in the past by that experience. Any emotional event may cause damage to our soul. This can be dealt with much like a crushed spirit (see below).

Our spirit must be strong so that it can grasp and hold onto the things of God and have the strength, power, or anointing to fight back any demons that will try to come back to invade the soul. During deliverance, some ministries will speak to your soul. They pray for your soul and cast demons out of it, but where is the fruit if your spirit is weak? A weak spirit may not be strong enough to receive and hold onto what is done, then deliverance is often only temporary.

On rare occasions, the soul may be held in captivity by a demon. The person may be prevented from or unable to strengthen the spirit. In this case, the soul would need to be set free first and THEN the spirit can be strengthened. The deliverance minister should instruct the person on ways to strengthen their spirit which needs to begin immediately after receiving the deliverance so they can maintain the freedom they have received. 

There are three main ways to help build your spiritual strength:

  1. Reading the Word
  2. Praying in the Spirit
  3. Worshiping God

Each of these is important, but not all are necessary to develop a strong spirit. Only two are an absolute must have in your life: reading the Word and worship.

Reading the Word

I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for till now you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able. (1 Corinthians 3:2 AKJV)

To strengthen your spirit, you must provide food for it to grow. Reading the Word of God is not an option: it is the foundation for spiritual strength.

Praying in the Spirit

He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church. (1 Corinthians 14:4 AKJV)

An unknown tongue is what some refer to as “praying in the Spirit,” “speaking in tongues,” or “the Heavenly language.” This is a personal language from the Holy Spirit that many Christians receive after taking Jesus as Lord.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 AKJV)

This is the “gift of tongues” which is used with the “interpretation of tongues.” The Heavenly language is different from this type of gift because often there is no interpretation of what is said. It may come with the infilling of the Holy Spirit when our lives are completely submitted to Jesus as our Lord. When we give our tongue over to the Holy Spirit to pray through us, our spirit is strengthened by His presence.

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 AKJV)

Praying in the Spirit is praying according to the will of God. It may set us free, especially when deliverance is not an option. 

Worship

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1 AKJV)

But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 AKJV)

When we focus on God, He renews our strength. Worship is how we enter into His presence. There is great advantage to spending time in God’s presence.

For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me… (Psalms 27:5 AKJV)

David wrote this song in a time where being on a rock was a great advantage in battle. You could see farther, your arrows would go a greater distance, and you would be swinging down with gravity while your opponent would have to fight gravity to strike you.

God’s shelter, His tent, is known as the “Secret Place.” It is the next level of worship where our spirit will find great refreshing and strengthening. How do we get there? If we keep reading, we find out:

In His tent I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. (Psalms 27:6 AMP)

Worship is a necessary part of our walk with God. It will strengthen our spirit. In time, we may also enter into the Secret Place through worship (more about that in the free book Roadmap to Heaven). Since the Feast of Trumpets 2020, the Secret Place has really opened up. Now spending time with the Lord there, is like praying in the Heavenly language for hours! I pray that the Lord will use the “key of David” and open up the Secret Place for you soon.

Have you heard the word “soaking” used to refer to time in worship? In a visit to the Secret Place, the Lord showed me what “soaking” is all about.

Secret Place Visit

On Sunday, I had become so very tired in spirit and body. It felt like I was completely drained, barely able to lift up my hand. My mind was so tired, it was hard to put thoughts together. I retreated to my bed and began worshiping the Lord and my body relaxed. Usually, a vision of the Secret Place would capture my thoughts, but I was too tired to even dance with the Lord. Instead, I heard the soft whisper, “Just rest…”

It took effort to let go of all the ministry items that NEEDED my attention. I had to pry my mind away from the “to do” list on my desk. The words of the song kept me focused on how awesome God is, how loving the Lord is. The heavy weight of the Holy Spirit was upon me. A gentle tingling sensation surrounded my body.

Eventually, a picture eased into my mind:

I was in a natural hot spring at my heavenly home. I was submerged in the middle and the Lord was behind me. His strong hands rubbed my head and shoulders, working out the knots that had been building there. 

“Shouldn’t I be serving you? Honoring you?” The whispered thought was clearly heard by the Lord.

“He who is greatest is a servant to all. You honor me and I serve you.” I knew He could feel what my heart and mind were thinking as the music played.

As my body, soul, and mind became refreshed, He slipped down into the water where I was sitting. It was like He was all around me or I was fully inside Him. “You are safe, you are love, you are MY BRIDE.”

I knew that as long as my heart remained focused on Him, submitted to His will, that I would remain in Him.

This is what may be happening when you “soak” as you worship Him. Even if your spiritual eyes do not see Him, He is there when your heart surrenders and you let go of all that is in this world demanding your attention.

When ministering to the spirit through the Word, prayer, or worship, we are asking God to bless us according to the promises of His Word, so the Holy Spirit can move in with greater measure. This will help empower your spirit to dominate the soul and body.

To enter into worship our soul may need some healing, or our spirit may need strengthening. There are several common ways our spirit may be negatively impacted throughout our life. Knowing the common ways our spirit may be negatively impacted throughout our life will allow us to address and overcome these issues.

WEAK or MALNOURISHED SPIRIT

One dilemma of a weak spirit is, if you have not spent time feeding your spirit by reading the Word of God, your spirit is most likely malnourished, therefore it cannot be in a close relationship with God. Without the Word, and because the spirit is weak, your relationship with God is only “head knowledge” within the soul. You are relying on other people’s experiences or teachings about God, but you really do not know God on your own.

You may think you are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, but instead, it is a voice coming from your wounded, controlling, dominant soul. We can recognize this when we respond to what we are hearing and then our life winds up in a mess. Did you feel you were receiving from the Holy Spirit and followed that leading only to see the situation get worse and destruction come into your life? You may have been listening to your own soul instead of the Holy Spirit.

Solution:

  1. Confess that you have been listening to something that isn’t the Holy Spirit.
  2. Repent for this, strengthen your spirit and ask the Holy Spirit to speak clearly to you.
  3. Plead the blood over the sins you have repented for, especially every time you have attributed your own thoughts to being the Holy Spirit.

REJECTED SPIRIT

Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who descend to the pit. (Psalms 143:7 BSB)

If your spirit has been rejected for many years, and you’ve been through a lot of trauma in your life, your spirit can gradually shrink back and possibly even go into hiding because it has not been recognized as an important part of you as an individual. You may need help from a mature Christian to have your spirit ministered to: someone else reading the Word over you.

Solution:

  1. Strengthen to your spirit - see below.

GRIEVED, CRUSHED, BROKEN or BRUISED SPIRIT 

Your spirit man can grieve to the point that it can become so burdened down that it feels crushed, broken and bruised. When your spirit is weakened and just too heavy to bear, you can begin to have no hope for the future. The soul then starts thinking about death or suicide.

For the enemy has persecuted me, He has crushed my life down to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead. (Psalm 143:3 AMPC)

My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.  (Job 17:1 AMPC)

Examples of a person with a broken spirit can be someone who is a rape victim or one who has witnessed a horrific crime. It could be a person who was given too much responsibility when they were children, e.g., they had an ailing mother and had to fill her shoes and take care of the family. They may have been abused by someone in authority and the words spoken over them crushed their spirit.

A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 AMPC)

If your spirit is in this condition, it may affect your health. Praise God that our Lord heals the brokenhearted!

Solution

  1. Forgive those who abused you: You may need to cry out to the Lord and ask Him to help you forgive them. Know that the enemy had a piece of them and was pushing them to abuse you. It is Satan’s plan to let that abuse keep you from being close to your heavenly Father. Forgiveness removes the enemy’s ability to afflict you further.
  2. Plead the blood of Jesus over the sin of unforgiveness.
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring you back to the moment of the damage and the Lord to heal your soul, bringing any pieces back to you, in this moment in time.

DEFILED SPIRIT

A person can also have a “defiled spirit” especially if they or their ancestors have dabbled in occult practices. This will block them from being able to enter into true worship with God. Their spirit can even become imprisoned or caged if witchcraft rituals have been performed on them. They might fall asleep whenever they attempt to read the Bible.

A defiled spirit may also be the result of the sin of idolatry; not only worshipping other gods, participating in all forms of witchcraft, and freemasonry but focusing on a particular item above God for an extended amount of time. It can be: 

  • Focusing on financial success.
  • Desiring a spouse or a child.
  • Focusing on entertainment (video games, non-fiction books, porn, or any other entertainment).
  • Seeking healing or deliverance instead of the healer: the healing then becomes an idol.

If this is you, you need your spirit strengthened immediately!

“So come out from among unbelievers and be separate,” says the Lord, “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will graciously receive you and welcome you [with favor].” (2 Corinthians 6:17 AMPC)

Solution


  1. Confess, repent, and plead the blood for any forms of idolatry or occult practices
  2. Confess for your ancestors
  3. Sever soul ties with anyone you practiced these with
  4. Begin setting aside all else, focusing on God instead, reading His Word to strengthen your spirit.

RULED BY THE SOUL

Let us emphasize that when the spirit is weak and the soul is the “center of attention,” the soul then is allowed to rule and reign over the spirit man. Focusing on repairing the soul first is not how you are going to maintain your breakthrough. Even going through the Courts of Heaven is not a guarantee you will receive your healing or hold onto it once you do receive it, unless your spirit and soul are cooperating with the Holy Spirit together.

When the soul, spirit, and body are out of order, it is your responsibility to feed your spirit truth so that the soul can step back to its proper place, submitted to the spirit. Over time your spirit will once again feel legitimate and be recognized as an important part of the person.

Your goal is for your spirit to become actively engaged in the healing process and be alert enough to work with the Holy Spirit. When the spirit is engaged in receiving ministry it can tap into the resources of God, the gifts of God, and the power of God.

Clear signs of a weakened spirit are:

  • A lack of peace with no evidence of the fruits of the Holy Spirit manifesting in your life.
    • If you do not have love, joy, peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), and self-control truly manifesting in your life as explained in Galatians 5:22-23 then your spirit is not fully engaged with the Holy Spirit. 

You still must learn how to die to the flesh and feed yourself spiritual food from the Word of God. To receive all God has for you, your spirit must be strong:

  • You cannot sustain the anointing of the Holy Spirit if your spirit is weak.
  • It is your spirit that enters the Courts of Heaven and is seated in Heavenly places.

When you meditate daily on the Word of God, your spirit will be able to obey God.

Keep [actively] watching and praying so that you do not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the] body is weak (Mark 14:38 AMPC)

Our soul must submit to our spirit and our flesh must die and submit to our soul. Spirit, soul, and body is the order in which we must live as Christians. The Bible tells us clearly that we must die to the flesh.

For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. (Romans 8:13 AKJV)

We must understand that the spirit is meant to reflect the sevenfold nature of God because it was created in the image of God: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 AKJV)

The spirit has also been given the seven motivational or operational gifts by our Heavenly Father. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly:

If [someone has the gift of] prophecy, let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed: 

  • If service, in the act of serving
  • He who teaches, in the act of teaching
  • He who encourages, in the act of encouragement
  • He who gives, with generosity
  • He who leads, with diligence
  • He who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness

(Romans 12:6-8 AMPC)

Then there are also gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given to believers. It is through our spirit, into our soul, then through our body that these gifts function. We receive these gifts from the Holy Spirit into our spirit. They move into our soul, our mind, will, and emotions; we walk in these gifts through actions from our flesh:

  • To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom
  • To another a message of knowledge
  • By means of the same Spirit, to another faith
  • By the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing
  • By that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers
  • To another prophecy
  • To another distinguishing between spirits
  • To another speaking in different kinds of tongues
  • And to still another the interpretation of tongues

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. (1 Corinthians 12:7 AKJV)

As we strengthen our spirit, we are legitimizing the nature of God that our spirit was born with. We are drawing out that which God has gifted us. Mature believers and baby Christians alike should daily minister the Word of God into their spirit. How else are you going to remain mature if you don’t stay in the Word?

We cannot live on yesterday’s manna (food from Heaven). It becomes stale and we need fresh bread daily which is the Word of God giving life to our spirit. The Word of God is Jesus. The Word of God is truth. The Word of God is bread that our spirit cannot live without.

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”  (John 6:32-34 AKJV)

The Word of God will continue to usher in the anointing from the Holy Spirit giving peace to our spirit and soul. Your spirit needs daily communication with the Holy Spirit. This is what God initially intended for all of us in the Garden of Eden. We must renew our spirit man daily.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 AKJV)

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Peter 3:4 AKJV)

PRACTICAL STEPS TO MINISTER TO YOUR SPIRIT 

Reading the Word out loud is blessing your spirit, and this has been proven to be one of the most fruitful exercises you can do to help strengthen your spirit. In fact, it will bless your spirit, soul, and body! Ideally, if someone can partner with you, your spirit is far more receptive to listening to the reading of the Word and the prayers being prayed out loud. Your spirit can focus on the words being said when you can look at the person in the eyes and allow them to ask God to bless your spirit. If you can do this daily, or even weekly with someone, you will both grow in Christ at a much faster pace causing your spirits to gain strength.

You should use caution when choosing who to partner with. In the prior teaching you learned how to spot Jezebel and Leviathan as well as how to remove them. We strongly recommend both people involved go through the Courts of Heaven Academy course 201 before joining in prayer this way.

And the child grew and became strong in spirit... (Luke 1:80 AKJV)

To begin with, we simply ask the soul to step aside and call your spirit to the forefront or to attention in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Many will feel their spirit respond to this command. This is called engaging the spirit on purpose.

Our spirit is the dwelling place for the spirit of God. By engaging our spirit, we are helping it to recognize its value; acknowledging who we are in Christ, and encouraging our spirit to operate in all the gifts that are given to it. God desires our daily presence, and our spirit desires His presence. This is our goal: to enter into the Secret Place and commune with God every day. 


Agape Christian Fellowship holds online weekly meetings where we read the Word out loud to you. You can listen to these readings over and over again in our Agape Family Facebook group and on YouTube.

We also have a morning prayer time on Facebook live with Lynn. These meetings are for everyone; especially those who do not have a prayer partner who can minister to them. If you register for these events on our website, then you will receive a reminder the day before the meeting: 

https://www.agape-cf.org/events 

When you come to the meetings, please just come and relax as we minister to your spirit by reading the Word of God over you. It will refresh you and strengthen you. Once your spirit is engaged and participating, you will feel the presence of God as you allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your spirit when the Word is being read out loud. Awesome things happen at these meetings.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) 


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Believers' Boot Camp series

Believers' Boot Camp - Volume One
Believers' Boot Camp: Volume Two
Roadmap to Heaven
Destroying Curses
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Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
  • Knowing what weapons are available 
  • Learning how to use those weapons 
  • Receiving orders and following them 
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father. 

The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.

Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?

Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was. 

Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways. 

In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.

Keys to Authority for Every Believer

There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively. 

Find out about your authority:
  • Why you need it.
  • Where it comes from.
  • What you can do with it.
  • How to get more.