Sermon: Walk Free: Gospels

December 30, 2018 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Building a House, Gospels | Leave a comment

This is the sermon I gave with the Walk Free with Christ a summary of the Gospels handout

It is my personal response to “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”

Walk Free With Christ
Growing in Christ is like Building a House.

In the Bible, Jesus says the Kingdom of God
Is like a man building a house.
Luke 6:47-48; Matt 7:24-27
Every one  who comes to Jesus​
Hears His words

And practices them
And follows them
And does them.
Is like a man building a house
First he digs down deep
Below the sand on the surface:
To lay the foundation
To lay the floor
To lay a base

On solid rock

When it rained an rained
With the wind blew and blew
When the streams over flowed
When a floods came

When the raging flood waters
Struck the house
But could not shake it
But could not move it
But could not destroy it.
Because it was well built
On the firm foundation
Of hearing Jesus words
And doing them.

Today we are going to look at other ways
Building a house is like
Building a life on Jesus’ teaching
He taught different ways.
The far right column shows different ways.
C=Commands
P=Parables
Ex=Example.

Here in Uganda,
Many fathers have land
And as the children grow,
Or when the father passes away
The children receive their father’s land
As an inheritance.
It is a free gift
Given to them as children of the Father.
Likewise
Your Father who is in heaven
Has “land” in the Kingdom of Heaven.
When you believe in God the Father.
When you believe in God the Son.
When you believe the Son died for your sins.
You become children of God,
You can call him Abba Father or Daddy God.
You become adopted into God’s family.
You become heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven
And your inheritance is the land
On which you can build a house.

Your inheritance is a free gift of your Father.
You don’t need to do anything to earn it.
You don’t need to do anything to work for it.
You don’t need to do anything but receive it.

Your inheritance is like Who I am In Christ.
It is your new identity.
You are a child of God.
You are Jesus Friend.
You are forgiven all your sins.
You are protected from the evil one.
You are God’s workmanship to do good works.
You are the temple of God: where God dwells.

All of these become true the instant you believe.
They are the gift of God thru Jesus Christ
They are the gift of God called “Salvation”.

Building the house is like “Sanctification”
The process of growing in Christ.
The process of doing what Christ taught.
The process of Walking Free With Christ.

A piece of land isn’t a home
Unless you build a house on it.
Your father gave you the land as a free gift,
But it is your responsibility,
To build the house on the land.
It is your responsibility,
To learn and to do what Jesus taught.
God the father will help you.
His Son Jesus Christ will instruct you.
His Spirit the Holy spirit will guide you.

The solid foundation
Is the Word of God.
Is the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Is it possible to GROW as a Christian
With out knowing what Christ taught?
With out knowing what Christ did?
With out doing what Christ says?

Where do we learn these things?
The Bible
The Word of God
The Holy Scriptures.
Most of what Jesus said
Is in the Gospels
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Jesus also spoke to Paul
And that is recorded in the Book of Acts.

Walk Free With Christ
Is a summary of the teachings
Of Jesus Christ.

All I did was read the four Gospels
Look for what Jesus taught about how to live:
In commands
Parables
Example
So we begin to Grow in Christ
We begin to Walk Free With Christ
By learning what Jesus Christ taught.

The fourth one on Walk Free With Christ:
BELIEVE that Jesus is the Messiah,
The Son of God.
That by believing you may have life.
That first step toward loving Jesus.
This is about “Salvation.”

The rest of Walk Free With Christ
Is about “Sanctification”
The various things Jesus taught.
About how we should love the Son of God.
About how we should love the Children of God.
About how we should love the Kingdom of God.
Love
Love
Love
This is about “Sanctification”
This is about imitating Christ as our example.

The bricks are made of love.
Love builds the walls that make it a family home.
Love builds the walls n lets you invite others in.
Love builds the walls that keep the evil one out.
Just as bricks can be placed different ways.
Just as bricks can be different sizes and shapes
Love can be expressed in different ways.
Love can be practiced at different times.
You practiced love differently different times.

Likewise, your house does not look like others.
Others have different bricks.
Others have different gifts.
Others have different service.
Others have different ways to serve God.

You probably cannot Love in all the ways
At the same time.
(In Uganda often they buy a few bricks at once.)
So just like you might start to build a house
With a few bricks.
You may start to rebuild your new life.
With a few of Jesus teachings about Love.

When you are building with bricks
Most important thing is choosing the cement.
No cement and the house will fall down.
Good cement will hold bricks in place for years.
Prayer is the cement for the house.
Prayer keeps you connected With God.
Prayer is what holds your bricks of love in place.
Prayer is on all sides of the bricks.
Pray before you do an act of love
So you will do it your best.
Pray after you do an act of love
So it will be received well.

Jesus often went by himself and prayed.
He wants us to spend time alone in prayer.
It is important to pray when you worship here.
But you need to pray alone and often.
You can pray as you work with children
Praying a blessing on each one of them
You can pray as you walk some place
Praying for people you pass
You can pray as you do your work
Praying it will be a blessing on others.

Pray to God thru Jesus and thru the Holy Spirit
Pray expectantly
Expecting God to answer
Expecting God to speak
Expecting God to show how to build your house
Do you build a house all alone?
No, you build it with friends and family to help.
People to hand you bricks.
People to help put rafters in place.
People to help you know what to do next.
Likewise you follow the teachings of Christ.
With fellow ship with other Christians.
Christian people from your church.
Christian family members.
Christian friends.

The first row of bricks is to remember
EMBRACE  the knowledge that …
Jesus is With you always.
You are not building this new life alone
God is
With you.
Jesus is
With you.
Holy Spirit is
With you.

Another row is to
GRASP or hold on to the teachings of Jesus
Because they are the truth
The truth will set you free
To build a House for God.

As you plan your house you will put in a door way.
The door opening is to have relationships.
That is in the section about
“Loving the Children of God.”
So the door opening allows you to invite people in
To show them you LOVE them
To SERVE.
To CARE and HELP.
To RESTORE relationships.
To FORGIVE those who hurt you
To BLESS them and asking God to bless.
You may even invite people in to have Bible study
To WITNESS to them.
To teach and DISCIPLE  them.
Walk Free With Christ could be a Bible study.
But a door way also needs a door for protection.
Because you want to keep out people who harm.
So you need to use discernment
Just like in God’s kingdom you use discernment.
To decide who will teach you about God.
To decide who teaches the truth.
To decide who shows you His love.
Who do you let into the house?
Who do you decide is better to say “no” to?
People who sin to others by lying.
People who encourage you to sin.
People who abuse their power.

Another thing you want to have in your house
Is openings for windows.
Windows allow in the Light of God.

In the beginning God Created light.
God gave us His Word, the Bible to be light.
God sent us His Son, Jesus to be our light.
God sent the Holy Spirit to shine light.
So there need to be windows to let in light
In order that  we can soak up the light of Jesus.

Windows also let light out.
We can shine for Him.
And be the light for all.
To turn darkness into light
To turn people from Satan to God.
To bring people into the family of God.

If you are laughing with each other,
If you are enjoying each other,
If you are singing Christian songs,
If you are listening to Christian radio,
Your neighbors can hear.
On the other hand…
If you are yelling at each other,
If you are fighting with each other,
Your neighbors can hear that, too.
What kind of light do you let shine?

But like the door way
Not all that can come into a window is good.
So when it storms or when it is night
You have shutters to close over the opening.
To keep you safe from evil spiritual influences

When to have the window open to let light in.
When to close them to keep bugs out.
When to close them to keep rain out.
In God’s kingdom
You need discern good from evil.
You need to rebuke evil.
You need to shut your spiritual shutters.

Sometimes you are building a house.
But you do not know how to do a certain thing.
You do not know how to put on a roof
Or you do not know how to put in a kitchen sink.
Then you might go visit someone who does that
And watch them and imitate them
Just like Jesus wants us to IMITATE Him
Jesus says we will even do greater things.
So that would be to EMULATE Him.

One of the last things to go on a house is the
roof
The roof rests on the bricks of love.
The roof protects those in the house.
From too much sun keeping it cool in the day.
From too much rain keeping it warm and dry.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
He SUBMITTED to God
The Bible tells us Jesus was in agony.
He knew what was before Him
Death on the Cross.
So He asked God.
So He pleaded with God.
“Please let this cup pass from me.”
In the end He said
“Not my will but thy will be done.”
He surrendered to God’s will

Likewise
You may not like to do what Jesus teaches.
You may not want to do what God asks of you.
But you need to cover every thing you do
To LOVE God and His Sone
With an attitude of Surrender.

You may not like some people God put in your life.
You may not want to LOVE FORGIVE,and BLESS
But you need to cover every thing you do
To LOVE each other.
With an attitude of SUBMITT one to another.

You may not like some of your life.
You may not like the things God gave you.
But you need to cover every thing you do
With an attitude of Contentment in all things.
With an attitude of Thanksgiving for all things.

So today we have seen how learning to
Walk Free With Christ.

What is the Land?
Your free inheritance of Salvation from God.
What is the foundation?
The teachings of Jesus in the Bible.
What are the bricks?
The different ways to love like Jesus.
What is the cement?
Prayer as we reach out in love.
Who do we build with?
With the help of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
With the help of our fellow Christians.
What is the open door?
To have relationships to Love God’s Children.
What is the door for?
To close with discernment on harmful people.
What are the windows?
To let the light of God shine in.
To let our lights shine out.
What are the shutters for?
To close with discernment evil spiritual beliefs.
What is the roof?
Surrender to God.
Submit one to another.
Contentment in all things.

Let these attitudes cover every thing.
And they will protect you from the heat.
And they will protect you from the rain.
That come in this life.

Note:
The most fun thing was asking the questions.
Because several people were taking notes.
And several of them raised their hands.
And some even mouthed each answer.
So I knew they were listening.

The house as an analogy came from Maggie.
The various parts of the house from e.
So I am indebted to them for their ideas.

Pastor Appolo’s Walls of Salvation Church
6/26/11  ©  Dalene DeGraaf
www.walkfreeministries.com

Sermon: Run Free with Christ

December 30, 2018 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Run Free | Leave a comment

This is the sermon I use when I present the Run Free with Christ handout

Time and again the Apostle Paul said

Being a Christian is like Running a Race


I consider my life worth nothing to me;

My only aim is to finish the race

And complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—

The task of testifying

To the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,

But only one gets the prize?

Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the games

Goes into strict training. …

I do not run like someone running aimlessly;….

No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave

So that after I have preached to others,

I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.  

(1 Cor 9:24-27)  

No one wins an athletic contest

Without obeying the rules. (2Tim 2:5CEV)

I have not yet reached my goal,

And I am not perfect.

But Christ has taken hold of me.

So I keep on running and struggling

To take hold of the prize.

My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived.

But I forget what is behind,

And I struggle for what is ahead.

I run toward the goal, (Phil 3:12,13)

Let us throw off everything that hinders

And the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance

The race marked out for us,

Fixing our eyes on Jesus,

The pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Heb 12:1,2)

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.  (2Tim 4:7)

Running the race . . .

Sanctification

Or our salvation walk

Is done with purpose

Daily deciding to . . .

Realize Christ is within us,

Love others like Christ loved us,

Transform into honorable and holy people.

Sanctification

Or our salvation walk

Is God and working together with us:

God who works in you to will and to act,” (Phil 2:13)

You hold firmly to the Word of life.”  (Phil 2:16a)

You encourage others and they encourage you.

For example

God gave us the Bible

We have to read and know the Bible.

We have to encourage others with the Bible.

We have responsibility
Be self controlled and alert …

Resist (the enemy) standing firm
But God enables
God … will make you strong, firm, and steadfast
1 Pe 5:8-10

So Sanctification is the work God does in us

Spiritual Formation is the work we do with God’s help

Paul says is like training for a race

Kampala Marathon … 40K or 20K or 10K

A race in Kampala with thousands of runners

How does one get to be able to run that far?

How does one get to be able to run that fast?

By wishing and hoping?

By going to meetings?

No by training.

Daily training in running.

Even when tired

Even when the weather is bad.

Even when we would rather not go.

Time and time again the Bible says

About our Salvation walk …

Make every effort …”

Continually …”

Always ….”

If the Christian walk is like running a race …

We could think of God as the coach

He is the boss and guide.

He can not run the race for us

It is our duty to actually run the race

But the coach is the reason we run.

God is the coach

Grace:  who chose us before we chose him.

Forgiven:  whose son was the sacrifice for our sins.

Faith :  who has saved us not of ourselves

Grace: who has given us the gift of salvation.

God is the coach

Who selects the race we run.

Purpose: God has a purpose for us in the kingdom of God.

Receive:  God is the coach whose HS helps us when we are weak.

Depend:  Christ intercedes

Relinquish:  God is the coach who fills us with life and peace

Sanctified:  He works sanctification into

Equipping:  Equip you for every good thing.


Team mates encourage us to push harder.

Team mates run with us.

Encourage:  When we are weary they encourage us

Comfort: When they are weary we encourage them.

Serve one another

Correct one another

No divisions: avoid negative team mates

No obstacle: do not be a negative team mate

The people watching are like people in the world.

The people watching may be cheering for us

Such as people from other churches in Christ
But maybe the people are cheering for the others

Such as people who do not believe in Jesus Christ.

Would be cheering for other religions to run the race

To Run a Race

Rules need to be followed

What you are allowed to do in the Race

What you are not allowed to do in the Race

Need the Bible know the rules of the race of life.

Study  “All Scripture is God-breathed

And is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting

And training in righteousness,

So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped

For every good work.” (2Tim 3:16,17)

So we learn the rules of the sport.

So we read the Bible with the rules of life.

So we obey the rules of the sport or lose the race.

So we obey the rules in the Bible or lose this race.

Discern best plan to follow

Challenge negative thinking

Resist lies of the evil one.

Be joyful, pray, give thanks

Run to the Glory of God.

To Run a Race

We need air to breath

The Holy Spirit is called breath.

Prayer is like the air we breathe.

Prayer is our spirit

Communing with the Holy Spirit.

A review of the Steps to Freedom in Christ.

The Steps to Freedom In Christ.

Has 7 Steps of things to renounce

Let us throw off everything that hinders

And the sin that so easily entangles.”

There are 7 areas to release

When training for a race.

1.  Can’t follow other coaches
2.  Can’t believe lies
3.  Can’t hold bitterness
4.  Can’t be rebellious
5.  Can’t be proud or feel worthless

6.  Can’t have sinful habits
7.  Can’t have follow in sins of parents

Step 1

Just like you may not follow after other gods,

A runner can not follow another coach.

Only the one coach,

Only the One God,

Is to be followed.

Step 2

Just like you must not believe the lies of satan.

A runner can not believe lies in his head.

Do not believe lies about your coach.

Your coach does not care about you.”

God your coach loves you very much

Do not believe lies about yourself.

You are too tired and can’t go on.”

God says he will give you strength.

Do not believe lies about your team.

Your team can not win.”

God has already won.

Step 3

A runner can not do best

When bitter and angry.

It causes one to live in the past

Taking away from that future motion of running.

Forgiveness renews the mind and soul.

Releasing the runner to run ahead in freedom.

Allowing the runner to be a blessing.

Step 4 Rebellious

Can’t run a race if rebelling against coach.

Can’t run a race if rebelling against rules.

Can’t run a race if rebelling against team.

Must submit to the coach, rules and team.

To run the race in power.

Step 5 Proud or feel worthless.

Can’t run the race if too proud.

Can’t run the race if too worthless.

Must have true humility
Must know who in Christ.

Step 6

Can’t run race if bad habits.

Can’t run race if drinking or drugging.

Can’t run race if eating too much.

Can’t run race if impure.

God wants us to replace bad habits

With holy honorable habits.


Step 7 Ancestral sin

Can’t continue in the sins of for fathers

God wants to break spiritual bonds

So Paul says being a Christian is like running a race.

God is like a coach.

Who does many things for us.

Team is like fellow Christians.

Who encourage us to preservers

But we must run the race for the prize

We must obey Jesus commands to love and encourage.

God’s Light

December 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Note: this needs reformating. The paper hand out was in landscape with my words on the left and the reference verses on the right. 

God’s Light to Dispel the Darkness: A Biblical response to traditional beliefs and rituals

In the beginning​ 

Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  

God created light.

Ge 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light.” and there was light.

Before He created sources of light;     The sun, the moon, and the stars.

Ge 1:16 God made two great lights —   the greater light to govern the day, the lesser light to govern the night. He also made stars.

He created light because He is light.

1 Jn 1:5 God is light in Him there is no darkness at all.

In heaven, God and Christ are the light.​

Rev 21:23  The glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

In heaven there will be no more night, Only God’s heavenly light.

Rev 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp   or the light of the sun, for the LORD God will give them light

On earth is darkness in hearts of men Because many continue to disobey God.

Jn 3:19  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 

Traditional beliefs and rituals continue to be followed by twenty five percent of Christians in Africa (Pew 2010)

The Bible teaches

Darkness came into the world through Adam. 

 

God created Adam and Eve sinless.​

Ge 1:27  So God created mankind … male and female he created them.

God commanded they not eat of the fruit ​of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Ge 2:17  “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good ​and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”

satan tempted them to eat the core sin:

Rev 20:2  the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or satan,

“You will be like God.”

Ge 3:5  “you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We are in the likeness of God, in His image.​

Ge 1:26  Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness. 

But mortals (people) are not God or gods. We do not have God’s wisdom.

Eze 28:2  In the pride of your heart you say, ”I am god.”… but you are a mere​ mortal not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.

Through the sin of Adam all have sinned.​ Through Christ is resurrection of dead.​

1 Co 15:21  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 

In Christ all believers will be made alive.​  

1 Co 12:22  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive

Christ will return for those who believe.​

1 Co 15:23  when he comes, (for) those who belong to him.    

In traditional beliefs: the supreme being is distant, uncaring, and uninvolved in our personal affairs.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

God continues to seek us.

God turns our darkness into light.​

Ps 18:28  God turns my darkness into light. 

God gave us the Law as light.

Ps 19:8  Commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 

God gave us His Word as light.

Ps 119:105  Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 

God gave us His Son as light.​

Jn 1:4  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

God gave us the task to be light.

Mt 5:14, 16  You are the light of the world.  Let your light shine.

God wants us to earnestly pursue light.​

Lk 11:35  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 

God gave us the role to be light: To turn them from darkness to light  To you show them The Way to forgiveness To show them how to have faith in Jesus.

Ac 26:17, 18  I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn, ​them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, so and​ that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.

Traditional beliefs and rituals have been passed down through generations in almost every culture in the world.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

The Word of God is light.​

Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Scriptures are written by humans.​Scriptures are inspired by Holy Spirit.​Scriptures are the very Word of God:​

2 Pe 1:21  For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

To teach us the ways of God,​To give us salvation through faith in Christ,​To teach us how to live holy lives,​ To equip us for ministry, andTo encourage us to do good works.​

2 Ti 3:15-17  The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that you, a man of God may be thoroughly Equipped for every good work.

In traditional beliefs there are: many gods, many spirits of ancestors and things who need to be worshiped.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

God is the only one God.

Ro 3:30  There is only one God.​

We are not to worship any other gods.

​Ex 20:2, 3  I am the Lord your God.  You shall have no other gods.

A Holy Trinity, One God in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.​

Mt 28:19  Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

God, the Father, is the one true God​  God is over all.​and in all. 

Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all

God is the creator.​

Col 1:16  In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth.

God is the sustainer.​

Col 1:17  In him all things hold together.

God is over all nature.​

Job 25:2  God is in control and rules the heavens.  (CEV)

God is over all humans.​

Jer 32:27  I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. 

God is over all evil spirits.​

Rev 12:11  They triumphed him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb.

Jesus is God’s one and only son. 

​Jn 3:18  God’s one and only Son.

Jesus is the only Way.​Jesus is the truth and the life.​

Jn 14:6  I am the way, and the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by me.

Jesus is the light of the world.​ Jesus calls us to leave darkness

Jn 8:12 I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  

Jesus has authority from the Father.​

Mt 28:18  All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Jesus is our example.

Jn 13:15  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.

Jesus is our Savior.​

Lk 2:11  a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 

Jesus is our forgiveness of sins.​

Lk 1:77  salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. 

Jesus reconciles us with the Father.​

2 Co 5:18  God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.

Jesus intercedes for us to the Father.​

Heb 7:25  He (Jesus) always lives to intercede for them. 

  

In traditional beliefs there is still need for sacrifices and rituals to please spirits of ancestors or other beings.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

We are not to worship other gods. We are not to sacrifice to other gods.

​2 Ki 17:35  Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, ​serve them or sacrifice to them.

Jesus’ Blood the only sacrifice for all sin.​

Heb 7:27  He sacrificed for their sins once for all. 

Jesus sent to the world to die for our sins. So those who believe in Him will live.​

​Jn 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that who so ever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Salvation is through faith, a gift of God. We receive by believing in  and following.

Eph 2:8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and ​this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. 

Jesus gave us The Great Commandments:​ To love God, ​ 

Mk 12:30  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

To love others.​

Mk 12:31  Love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus gave us The Great Commission:​ To go and make disciples,​To teach obedience, To trust in His presence.​

Mt 28:19, 20  Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Jesus is The Great Physician.

​Mt 4:23  healed every disease and sickness.

Jesus sent us Holy Spirit.​

Jn 16:7  I will send him to you.

Holy Spirit is the only one Spirit of God.

1 Co 12:13  One Spirit so as to form one body. 

Holy Spirit speaks Father’s words. ​

Jn 16:13  He will not speak on his own he will speak only what he hears

Holy Spirit goes from the Father. Holy Spirit testifies about the Son.

Jn 15:26  the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about Me.

Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus words.

Jn 14:26  will remind you of everything I have said to you.  

Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.​

Jn 16:8  He will prove the world wrong about sin.

Holy Spirit guides us to truth.​

Jn 16:13  the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into truth.

Holy Spirit teaches us what to say.​

Lk 12:12  Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.

Holy Spirit empowers us. ​Holy Spirit enables us to be witnesses.​

Ac 1:8  receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.

Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness Holy Spirit intercedes for us.​Holy Spirit prays for us.​

Ro 8:26  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  

 

Holy Spirit is given to those who ask. 

Lk 11:13  Father in heaven [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. 

Holy Spirit gives us Gifts of the Spirit:​Manifestations: wisdom, knowledge,​

1 Co 12:7  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

 

Faith, healing, miraculous powers,​Prophesy, distinguishing spirits,​ Speaking and interpretation of tongues.​

1 Co 12:8-10  (wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophesy, distinguishing spirits, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues.)

Holy Spirit gives us Fruit of the Spirit.​ Love joy, peace, patience, kindness.​

Gal 5:22, 23  Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Holy Spirit is the power against evil.

 Mt 12:28  it is  by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons. 

In traditional beliefs there is a concern about many spiritual beings, of ancestors and objects that are evil.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

There are other spiritual powers,​There are other forces, and​ They are aligned with the evil one.​

Eph 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

The evil one, or satan, is a fallen angel.​ Demons are angels who follow satan.​

Rev 12:9  Satan who leads the whole word astray.  He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels with him. 

Demons do perform signs.

Rev 16:14  They are demonic spirits that perform signs,

The evil one pretends to be light.​

2 Co 11:14  For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 

The evil one is a liar and father of lies.​

Jn 8:44   for he is a liar the father of lies.

Do not believe every spirit.​ Test spirits to see if from the evil one.​If they are from GodThey will say Jesus Christ is God’s Son. They will say Jesus Christ is God’s Son.​​

1 Jn 4:1, 2  do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see ​whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone ​out into the world.  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is ​from God.

In traditional beliefs and there is a powerlessness against bewitching, curses and spiritual beings.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

Remember that God gives us victory​ Through Jesus Christ.​

 

1 Co 15:57  Thanks be to God!  He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember Jesus keeps believers safe.​ So the evil one cannot harm believers.​

1 Jn 5:18  the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 

God has given us authority over the enemy:​

Lk 10: 19  given you authority.to overcome all the power of the enemy. 

First. submit to God. Then, resist the evil one and he will flee.​

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

Ask the Lord for protection from evil.​

2 Th 3:3  He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 

 

Put on the full armor of God​ Against the evil one’s plans

 

Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your​stand against the devil’s schemes. 

Be strong in the Lord’s strength, not own.

​​Eph 6:10  be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on Truth of Jesus and Holy Spirit.

 Eph 6​:14  with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,

Follow commandments to be righteous.​

Eph 6:14  with the breastplate of righteousness in place​

Stand on peace know the Good News.

​Eph 6:15  with your feet fitted with… readiness …from the gospel of peace

Put on faith to block the lies of satan. ​

Eph 6:16  the shield of faith, extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Protect the mind with the gift of salvation.​

Eph 6:17  the helmet of salvation,

Use the Word of God an offensive weapon.

Eph 6​:17  the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 

Pray continually with Holy Spirit. 

Eph 6:18  pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.

Be alert do not be passive or ignorant.​

Eph 6:18  be alert and always keep praying.

 

The Bible tells how the evil one is defeated.​ The evil one was defeated by Jesus death.​The evil one is defeated by our testimony.​ The evil one is defeated by not fear death.​

 

Rev 12:11  They triumphed him (the evil one) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.  

The evil one is defeated by God’s Word.

​Eph 6: 17  the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

Tell your testimony against the evil one.​ Give others hope in Christ.​

1 Pe 3:15  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Speak God’s Word from within you​ To overcome the evil one.​

1 Jn 2:14  the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 

Jesus used words of Isaiah when tempted.​

Mt 4:1-11  Jesus answered, “It is written …” 

Speak the name of Jesus against evil.​

Mk 16:17  In my name they will drive out demons.

  

In traditional beliefs there is  use of idols, charms, and magic turning to evil for power over circumstances.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

There is an end for those who do magic.​They will be in hell.​

Rev 21:8  those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

The Bible explicitly condemns idolatry.​ They will be shamed.​

Isa 42:17  But those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame. 

The Bible explicitly condemns magic.​ They will have God against them.​

Eze 13:20  the sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people.

In traditional beliefs one uses seers, sorcerers and witch doctors to fight curses and evil spirits causing illnesses.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

Not to consult sorcerers or witch doctors.​

Dt 18:10  divination, sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 

False seers are a source of shame.​

Mic 3:7  The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. 

Jesus is The Great Physician.​

Mat 4:23  healing every disease and sickness among the people.

If we are sick, call the church elders.​ To pray and anoint in the name of the Lord.​ The prayer in faith will make him well.​ Because the Lord will raise them up.​ Confess your sins one to another.​ Pray for each other so you may be healed.​

Jas 5:14-16  Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well the Lord will raise them up.  If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. 

God forgives sins and heals diseases.​

Ps 103:3  forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

In traditional beliefs one uses divination to determine the will of evil or ancestral spirits to plan for the future.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

Divination is wrong.

Lev 19:26  Do not practice divination or seek omens.

Divination is deception of the evil one.​

Jer 29:8  Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you.

Paul cast a demon out of a diviner. ​Using the Name of Jesus Christ.​

Ac 16:18  “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her.”  At that moment the spirit left her.

 

Christians should use discernment.​Discernment is seeking God’s will.​Seeking His best will for your life.​

 

Ro 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be trans-formed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

If your earnestly seek discernment.​

​Pr 2:3, 4  If you cry out for discernment, … if your seek her  NKJV

God will give you understanding, ​God will give you knowledge of His will.​

Pr 2:5  Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

 

 Discernment guide 

It must agree with the Word of God. ​

 

 

Heb 4:12  The Word of God …is a discerner of thoughts.  NKJV

It must Glorify God.​

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1 Co 10:31  whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. 

It must use your gifts to serve others.​1 Pe 4:10  use whatever gift you have received to serve others. 

It is confirmed by mature Christians.​1 Co 14:29  the others should weigh carefully what is said.

It is in surrender to God’s will.​1 Jn 5:14  if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

It must include aspects of contentment.​Php 4:11  be content whatever the circumstances. ​

It must express the love of Jesus Christ.​Jn 15:12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

It will come to pass or bear fruit.​Dt 18:22  does not take place or come true, that is a message the ​LORD has not spoken.

In traditional beliefs there is continued fear of angry spirits, bewitching or evil eye.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

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To fear the Lord means to revere him.​Ps 33:8  fear the Lord, let all the people of the world revere him. 

God is not an angry God to be feared.​Ps 86:15  Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger.

God is love.​1 Jn 4:8  God is love.

We express love for God with obedience.​Jn 14:23  Any one who loves me will obey my teaching.

We express love for God by loving others.​1 Jn 4:11  Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

Perfect love casts out fear.​1 Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.

We should not to be anxious.​Php 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by 

Instead we should pray and give thanks.  ​prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

Jesus said we should not worry.​Mt 6:33, 34  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all

Jesus said to seek His righteousness first.​these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry.

Holy Spirit dispels fear,​2 Ti 1:7  For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid (fearful),

Holy Spirit replaces it with power and love.​but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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God is all powerful.  He is omnipotent.​Rev 19:1  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

Jesus gave us power and authority.​Mt 10:1  Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them

So we can resist.​authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease.

Jesus gave us power over evil.​Lk 10:19  I have given you authority … to overcome all the power of

So nothing will harm us.​the enemy; nothing will harm you. 

In traditional beliefs curses and evil eye lead people to retaliate with curses and evil of their own.

In contrast, the Bible teaches

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Do not curse parents.​Ex 21:17  One who curses their father or mother is to be put to death

Do not curse rulers.​Ex 22:28  Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people

Do not repay evil with evil.​1 Pe 3:9  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the

Instead, repay evil with blessing.​contrary, repay evil with blessing. 

In this way overcome evil with good.​Ro 12:21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Bless and pray for those who curse.​Lk 6:28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 

Anger gives the evil one a foothold.​Eph 4:,26, 27  In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down 

Do not go to bed if you are still angry.​while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. 

Instead cancel out anger with forgiveness.​2 Co 2:10, 11 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive.  And what I have

In Christ, God forgave us.​forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the 

In Christ, we are commanded to forgive.​sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us.  

Forgiveness fights the evil one.​For we are not unaware of his schemes.

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The people of Africa are very religious​Jesus died on The Cross to defeat the evil one

They are very aware of spiritual realities​Jesus gave us The Great Commandments

They need to learn how to test the spirits​Jesus gave us The Great Commission

Traditional beliefs and rituals​Jesus is The Great Physician

Try to influence spirits aligned with the evil one​Holy Spirit gives us The Gifts

Through divination, sacrifices, and magic​Holy Spirit gives us The Fruit

To fight against curses, bewitching and evil eye​Holy Spirit gives us The Power

The forces of evil give fears​We give Glory to God

The forces of evil give darkness​We give Compassion to others

The forces of evil give condemnation​We give Thanks in all circumstances

The Bible says to resist evil​Instead of divination—discernment

The Bible says to give our testimony​Instead of anger–forgiveness

The Bible says to put on the Armor of God​Instead of darkness—light 

God gave us Life​Instead of curse–bless

God gave us Light​Instead of lies–truth

God gave us His Son​Instead of fear–love

Unless otherwise indicated verses from the NIV New International Version by Biblica, Inc of Zondervan Pub 2011

NKJV New King James Version Thomas Nelson 1982   CEV Contemporary English Version American Bible Soc. 1995

Pew Forum report Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saran Africa 2010

http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/sub-saharan-africa/sub-saharan-africa-full-report.pdf

Dalene Rooks DeGraaf, PhD  Missionary Set Free Ministries: East Africa  © 3/2011 

If you have questions or comments  please email me at  dalenedegraaf@yahoo.com

Intro. to Immanuel Approach

December 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The “Immanuel Approach” is a process with a primary purpose of greater intimacy with God and can also be used the help the deeply wounded heal. Immanuel sessions for healing are often lead by a “Facilitator” experienced in the Immanuel Approach, but can also be done by one alone while journaling. 

The Immanuel Approach promotes increasing intimacy with God and His children with three processes: Deliberate Appreciation, Positive Memories, and Attunement. Additionally, these three processes are part of healing prayer by increasing ease, effectiveness and transferability. Taken together they provide a “Safety Net” to return to if there is a difficulty during healing prayer such as extremely strong emotions, losing Perceptible Connection with The LORD, or running out of session time. 

1. “Deliberate Appreciation” of God or His children increases intimacy. When we express appreciation to God or others there are changes in our body, mind, heart and spirit to open ourselves to greater intimacy. Deliberate Appreciation is part of thanksgiving in Philippians 4:6.

Examples of Deliberate Appreciation:

Appreciative expressions to God:

Praise, worship, thanksgiving.

Identifying characteristics of God:

Almighty, all loving, redeemer. 

Personal experience with The LORD:

Comforter, healer, guide, friend.

Appreciation toward a person:

For loving things given, done, or said.

Their personal characteristics:

Caring, empathetic, available.

2. Recalling “Positive Memories” of God or His children also promotes greater intimacy in the body, mind, hear and spirit. It is similar to all the times God told the children of Israel to remember His faithfulness to His people.

Examples of Positive Memories.

Those with God may include:

When God with His Holy Spirit comes more powerfully within or upon during worship.

When God has been palpably present during time of crisis.

When God has clearly highlighted a part of His Word. 

When God has spoken truth during a time of prayer. 

When God unexpectedly speaks in an image, word or song.

When God expresses His love and desire to be with us.

Those with His children may include:

When they say a word of encouragement to lift us up. 

When they were silent, but present when words are not enough. 

When they express caring through works of service. 

When they have heard, seen, empathized, understood and genuinely wanted to be with us.

3. Receiving “Attunement” from God or His children increases intimacy. 

Attunement is described as the experience of being seen, heard, empathetic, validated, accepted by one who genuinely is happy to be with us. In the Psalms Attunement was experienced by David, a man after God’s own heart.  

Attunement may be experienced from God when deep feelings are expressed in prayer and we know in our knower God sees, hears loves and wants to be with us. 

Attunement may be experienced from a parent, loved one, friend or counselor who is truly with us in crisis. Sometimes affectionately called someone who is “Jesus with skin on.”

Deliberate Appreciation, Positive Memories, and Attunement are all processes that increase intimacy. 

It is during these times of increased intimacy we are most open to healing of current hurts or traumatic memories. Utilizing these processes before healing ministry increases the ease, effectiveness and transferability.

Before going into more detail about healing ministry it is helpful to understand why one over-reacts to some events in the present. Briefly they are echoesfrom our past.

It is helpful to understand how 

Stress and “Triggering” 

Can make it difficult 

To relate to others going into

“Non-relational mode.” 

Whereas, Deliberate Appreciation

and Attunement 

Can make it easier to once again 

Relate to others going back to 

“Relational Mode.” 

Stress

Often times when something 

Stressful happens. 

A car back fires

A slight burn on the stove.

There is a brief stress response. 

Muscles tense and heart races.

If the stressor is non-threatening 

Within twenty minutes 

The body returns to relaxed. 

When the stressor is perceived as 

threatening, rejecting or shaming.

The physical stress response 

Alters every system in the body

To fight, flee, or freeze.

The emotional stress response 

Mirrors the physical 

Altering the emotions 

With anger, anxiety or numbing.

Expressed socially

As aggressive, defensive, withdrawn.

Viewing others 

As rejecting, shaming. and unhelpful. 

Stressed distancing responses are

“Non-relational Mode”

In contrast, the relaxation response 

Is physical relaxation 

Relaxing every system in the body.

Preparing the body 

To rest, digest and be intimate. 

Relaxed emotions are 

Peace, joy and love. 

Viewing others 

As safe for intimacy and love.

Relaxed increased intimacy is

“Relational Mode”

Deliberate Appreciation, 

Positive Memories, and 

Attunements are all processes 

that promotes returning from

Non-relational Mode 

Back to relaxation and intimacy into 

Relational Mode.

Being “Triggered” is more complex.

When the stressor in the present is

Actually mild threat, rejection, shame;

However, it is miss-perceived as an

Extreme threat, rejection, shame,

Because it echoes or reminds one of 

Events in the past which were an 

Extreme threat, rejection, shame.

A history of experiences that were

Traumatic and extremely 

Threatening, rejecting, shaming.

Predisposes one to over-perceive 

Threat, rejection, shame 

In the present. 

Often called an

Over-reaction, overly-sensitive. 

But when Triggered it is 

Not felt by one to be 

Over-reaction or over-sensitive. 

It is genuinely experienced as 

extremely upsetting now. 

Sometimes when one is 

Returned to relaxed Relational Mode

Recalling the experience it appears

To the person that they were

Over-reacting or overly-sensitive.

Other times even when one is

Returned to relaxed Relational Mode

Recalling the experience it continues 

To be miss-perceived to be extremely 

Threatening, rejecting and shaming. 

Immanuel Approach to healing

During Immanuel prayer a Facilitator experienced The LORD saying,

“The most important purpose of emotional healing is to remove the blockages that hinder your heart from coming to Me.”

Often when triggered by rejection 

We also experience The LORD 

As rejecting, shaming. and unhelpful.

Thus, we are in Non-relational Mode

With The LORD. 

It is then threatening to approach 

The LORD when we are wounded. 

This is when the processes 

Deliberate Appreciation, 

Positive Memories, and 

Attunement 

ease the session of healing prayer.

Even when in Non-relational Mode,

Beginning a healing prayer session

With Deliberate Appreciation of God

Recalling Positive Memories of Him.

Receiving Attunement from Him

In the Positive Memory

Restores one to Relational Mode 

Increasing intimacy with The LORD.

During this increased intimacy 

We can ask for a “Perceptible 

Connection” ‘with The LORD.

This Perceptible Connection is

Experienced in many various ways

Unique to the individual or session. 

For some it may be seeing Jesus 

In the Positive Memory

Receiving Attunement from Him.

For others it may be a felt sense 

Of the Holy Spirit

In the Positive Memory 

Receiving His comfort and guidance. 

For others it may be awareness 

Of The Father 

In the Positive Memory 

Receiving His protection and love. 

It seems important to experience 

The Perceptible Connection 

In whatever way The LORD leads. 

Following The LORD’s leading

Is the essential feature of the 

Immanuel Approach to healing.

During the Perceptible Connection 

We can ask The LORD where He 

Wants us to go today. 

We can ask The LORD what He

Wants us to experience today. 

For some it may be

“I want you to stay in this Positive Memory and experience My unending love for you.”

For others He may lead to a recent triggering event to experience receiving Attunement from Him. 

For others He may lead to a past deeply hurtful event to experience His healing so it doesn’t cause Triggering ever again. 

Following The LORD’s leading

Is the essential feature of the 

Immanuel Approach to healing. 

It is easy for the recipient or the Facilitator to have a preconceived notion of which memory needs to experience healing in that session. Or they may have a preconceived idea of what The LORD wants the recipient to see, hear or experience in a given memory. 

For example, one of my first experiences with healing prayer I decided it was important to go back to one of my earliest most traumatic memories: when 2.5 years old I was sent away to strangers’ home for six weeks while my mother was caregiver of my terminally ill father. Although The LORD blessed me with a measure of comfort in the memory, it didn’t feel completed and I tried the same thing during several other prayer times with the same incompleteness. When I let The LORD lead He has taken me to more recent less traumatic memories for His Attunement and healing there. He has not yet taken me where I thought I ought to go. Sometimes following The LORD’s leading is an exercise in patience. 

Another more general example, as a psychologist I have had years of experience dispensing insightful, Biblically based, psychologically sound interpretations of experiences and memories. I have been reinforced by the client’s expressed appreciation of the new insight. I am not speaking of words of knowledge or words of wisdom which are gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are my own thoughts. Now, as the Facilitator of an Immanuel Approach session waiting in silence is the most difficult thing. When the recipient asks The LORD for a Perceptible Connection and asks what He would like them to experience. Or when the recipient is in a memory and loses the Perceptible Connection or there is a long silence when they outwardly appear to be hearing nothing. Silence is a challenge for me. Most fascinating is the way The LORD surprises me with leading the recipient to experiences and wisdom I could never have imagined. Immanuel Approach is my journey into sovereign serendipity: God’s providential joy filled experiences. 

In the Immanuel Approach the Facilitator’s primary role is reminding the recipient to ask for and maintain the Perceptible Connection with The LORD. Beginning in the Positive Memory and following The LORD’s leading to other memories the Facilitator’s role is to ask, “Do you still experience the Perceptible Connection with The LORD? Or “Do you still see Jesus?” Observing for any nonverbal changes that may signal a lost connection.

Staying in Perceptible Connection with Him throughout the session allows The LORD to have the recipient experience whatever He has for them. It is helpful for the recipient to share any subtle experiences with in the memory. Every one uniquely experiences The LORD in a memory. Some do hear a voice, others are given an image or series of images almost like a dream, or others may be reminded of a verse or lyrics. The LORD is very creative in the ways He leads and communicates. Paying attention to and reporting subtle changes in experience allows for full attention to what He wants to share. 

While in a memory the recipient may experience so much stress they become Triggered, go into Non-relational Mood and lose the Perceptible Connection with The LORD. In order to restore this intimate connection the recipient may need to return to the Positive Memory as a Safety Net. Once again they can increase intimacy in the Positive Memory with The LORD. They return to Relational Mode and restore the Perceptible Connection with The LORD. Then The LORD may lead them back into the painful memory for more healing. 

It is important to not end a session with the client still Triggered in the midst of a painful memory. If time is limited always prompt the recipient to return to the Safety Net and Positive Memory and receive Attunement from The LORD so they can complete the session in Relational Mode. 

Discernment

When listening for guidance from The LORD we could be misled by our own human desires or deceived by the enemy’s lies. These are guidelines for discernment to test if what is heard or experienced during prayer is from The LORD. 

1. Does it glorify Jesus Christ? 

2. Is consistent with what God has already said in the Bible?

3. Is it confirmed by mature Christians? 

4. Does it bring forth Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Does it produce good fruit in the future?

5. Is it consistent with the character of God? God will not say something in prayer that is condemning. God is LORD, faithful, merciful, and most of all love. Condemnation is from the accuser. It is judgement about the past angrily shaming our character. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit. It is guidance for the future lovingly encouraging us to become more like Christ.

Summary 

The Immanuel Approach increases the ease, effectiveness and transferability of healing prayer. Deliberate Appreciation, Attunement and Positive Memory each increase intimacy with The LORD. In this place of intimacy the recipient is in Relational Mode with The LORD and more able to establish a Perceptible Connection with Him. Then, The LORD can lead them to experience Him in the memory of His choosing. If the stress within the memory is so high they become so Triggered they lose connection or if session time is running out; then the recipient can be prompted to return to the Safety Net of the Positive Memory. These processes have made the Immanuel Approach more effective and safer. Guidelines for discernment assist in ensuring what is experienced are of God. 

The Immanuel Approach was developed by

Karl Lehman for more information go tohttp://www.immanuelapproach.com 

Spiritual Warfare Teaching

December 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Spiritual Warfare | Leave a comment
Spiritual Warfare
When we grow in relationship
With Jesus
and receive empowerment
from the Holy Spirit for ministry
we often experience
more intensive spiritual warfare.

When Jesus Christ was baptized
by John the baptist
the Holy Spirit
came upon Him in power.

Immediately afterwards
He went into the wilderness
and was tempted by the enemy.

So we, too may experience warfare
as we receive the Holy Spirit.

Danger of learning
about spiritual warfare:
1 become too interested
     in the enemy
2 deny the existence
     of the enemy.

So always always our focus is
On the victory we have
in Jesus Christ
and the guidance we receive
from the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ defeated the enemy
Colossians 2:15
And having disarmed
the powers and authorities,
 he made a public spectacle
of them,
triumphing over them
by the cross.
Colossians 1:13
For he has rescued us
from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into
the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Ephesians 1:20-22
he exerted when he raised Christ
from the dead
and seated him at his right hand
in the heavenly realms,
far above all rule and authority,
power and dominion,
and every name that is invoked,
not only in the present age
but also in the one to come.
And God placed all things
under his feet
and appointed him to be head
over everything for the church,
1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age
understood it,
for if they had,
they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory.
To ready ourselves
For Spiritual Warfare
Abide in Jesus Christ
Walk in light and integrity
Put on the Armor of God
Prayer personally and corporately
Fellowship
Walking Holy Spirit fruit and gifts
Evidence of the enemy
Deception
Divisiveness
Distraction Diversion of purpose
Discouragement
Condemnation
Whether we have condemning
thoughts toward ourselves
or someone else
they are not of God.
Evidence of Jesus Christ
thru The Holy Spirit
Truth
Love
Purpose
Hope
Righteousness
Grace
Other evidence of the enemy
Will not say Jesus is God
1 John 4:2-4 This is how you
can recognize the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that acknowledges
that Jesus Christ has come
in the flesh is from God,
but every spirit that does not
acknowledge Jesus
is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist,
which you have heard is coming,
even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God
and have overcome them,
because the one who is in you
is greater than the one
who is in the world.
So the enemy is real
he has power to lie and tempt
How do we protect ourselves?
How to overcome oppression?
Protection
Daily put in the Armor of God
Which is representation of Christ
Ephesians 6:10-13
Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in His mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you can take your stand
against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle
is not against flesh and blood,
but
against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the powers of
this dark world and
against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore
put on the full armor of God,
so that
when the day of evil comes,
you may be able
to stand your ground, and
after you have done everything,
to stand.
Ephesians 6:14-17
Stand firm then, with the belt of
truth buckled around your waist,
(For Jesus is the way the truth
and the life)
with the breastplate of
righteousness in place,
(For Jesus is our righteousness
and He dresses us in robes of
righteousness)
and with your feet fitted with the
readiness that comes from the
gospel of peace.
(For Jesus is our peace)
In addition to all this, take up the
shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows
of the evil one.
(for Jesus is the perfecter of our
faith)
Take the helmet of salvation and
(For Jesus is the rock of our
salvation)
the sword of the Spirit, which is
the Word of God.
(For Jesus is the Word become
flesh)
Directly ask for protection
David
Psalm 5:11  But let all
who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name
may rejoice in you.
Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple
of your eye; hide me
in the shadow of your wings
Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble and surround me
with songs of deliverance.
Jesus asked for protection
For the disciples
John 17:11
I will remain in the world
no longer,
but they are still in the world,
and I am coming to you.
Holy Father, protect them by
the power of your name,
The name you gave me,
so that they may be one
as we are one.
John 17:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Protect our thoughts
Take every thought captive
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though
we live in the world,
we do not wage war
as the world does.
The weapons we fight with
are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary,
they have divine power
to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments
and every pretension
that sets itself up against
the knowledge of God,
and
we take captive every thought
to make it obedient to Christ.
Take Authority given by Christ
To build the kingdom here
For evangelism
For ministry
For missions
Luke 9:1-2
When Jesus had called
the Twelve together,
he gave them
power and authority
to drive out all demons
and to cure diseases,
and he sent them out
to proclaim the kingdom of God.
To build the kingdom
Evangelism
Ministry
Missions
Luke 10:19, 20
I have given you authority
to trample
on snakes and scorpions and
to overcome all the power
of the enemy;
nothing will harm you.
However, do not rejoice
that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names
are written in heaven.”
Just before this the Bible says
Luke 10:2 He told them,
“The harvest is plentiful,
but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers
into his harvest field.
So the goal is always
building the kingdom.
Evangelism
Ministry
Missions
Given authority in 
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them
and said,
“All authority in heaven
and on earth has been given
to me.
Therefore go and make disciples
of all nations,
baptizing them
in the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
Again authority is given
to build the kingdom
Evangelism
Ministry
Missions
Authority over enemy
Defense against flaming darts
     Temptations to sin
     Or curses
Discern and confess temptation
Do not allow yourself to agree
Raise the shield of faith
     Calling on Jesus
     Shift attention from sin to Him
Bind and silence the enemy
Do not give ground
Verbally rebuke the enemy
     In the name of Jesus
     Reject the dart
Examine opening in self to attack
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you
except what is common to man.
And God is faithful;
he will not let you be tempted
beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted,
he will also provide
a way out
so that you can endure it.
Often attacks by enemy at night
     Feeling of dark presence
It will leave in Jesus Name
Assaults in ministry
    Personal weakness
         Know yourself well
Curses versus blessing
    Pray blessings: self and others
Physical symptoms
    Sudden pain or sleepiness
    Most often physical cause
Diminished devotional life
     Slowly eroding time in prayer
     Distraction from time in Word
     Being, too busy for devotions
Divisiveness
      God loves diversity
          He commanded we love
      The enemy is divisive
          He wants us to be critical
Discouragement or depression
     Do not make decisions
            When depressed
     David’s example hope praise
Excessive Fear
     Take authority in Jesus Name
     Rebuke fear and the enemy
     Thanksgiving to God
Deception
    Source of Salvation
    Revelation of truth vs lies
    Concerning power
    Conscience inner compass
         Moral compromises
         Entertainment sex violence
         Rebellion and pride
         Bitterness / unforgiveness
         Covetousness / comparing
Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys
of the kingdom of heaven;
whatever you bind on earth
will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven.”
Our testimony defeats the enemy
Revelation 12:11
They triumphed over him
(the accuser)
by the blood of the Lamb and
by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so
much as to shrink from death.
Prayer for removing oppression
In Jesus Name may The Holy Spirit
Convict me of sin
Confess sin
Renounce sin
Receive forgiveness / cleansing
Holy Spirit bring light on enemy
In authority bind and silence
Ask The LORD to remove enemy
     Send to the abyss.
Biblical example of deliverance
By the disciples
Command
No yelling
No drama
Just use the authority and name
     of Jesus Christ.
Once when we were going
to the place of prayer,
we were met by a female slave
who had a spirit by which
she predicted the future.
She earned a great deal of money
for her owners by fortune-telling.
She followed Paul
and the rest of us, shouting,
“These men are servants
of the Most High God,
who are telling you
the way to be saved.”
She kept this up for many days.
Finally Paul became so annoyed
that he turned around
and said to the spirit,
“In the name of Jesus Christ
I command you
to come out of her!”
At that moment the spirit left her.
SUMMARY
So as you come closer to Jesus
And you are filled with Holy Spirit
You may experience
Spiritual Warfare from the enemy
Be alert to the schemes
Resist the enemy so he will flee
But do not focus on the enemy
Our focus is always on Jesus
And the Holy Spirit
And building the kingdom
Thru
Evangelism
Ministry
Missions
Evidence of the enemy
Deception divisiveness
Distraction Discouragement
Condemnation
He will discourage prayer
He will discourage Bible Study
He will discourage ministry
He will discourage evangelism
You sing
How beautiful is Your Name
How excellent is Your Name
You could also sing…
How POWERFUL is Your Name
We have Power from Jesus
We have Power from The Spirt
We have Authority in Jesus Christ
Given to disciples and us
Given in Great Commission to us
Given to bind and to loose
Authority and Power in the Name
To stop fiery darts of temptation
To stop assaults in ministry
To overcome oppression
Other things for protection:
Put on the armor of God
Which is Jesus Christ
Specifically
ask God for His protection
Take every thought captive
To Christ
We have victory in Jesus
We are more than conquerors
Romans 8:37-39
No, in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that
neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Biblical example of deliverance
By the disciples
Acts 16:18
Paul turned around
and said to the spirit,
“In the name of Jesus Christ
I command you
to come out of her!”
At that moment the spirit left her.
Declaration not Prayer to God
A command to the enemy
and his other fallen angels
“Paul said to the spirit.”
No yelling
No drama
He used the authority
And the Name of Jesus Christ.
So go in confidence
To the work God has called you
He will empower you to witness
He will protect you from enemy
He will give you power + authority
To resist temptation and
to route out oppression
He will give you a testimony
To defeat the enemy

Run Free with Christ: Epistles

December 28, 2018 at 2:08 am | Posted in Epistles | Leave a comment

Run with God’s Grace

Forgiven ​  He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.   1 Jo 4:10

Declare​   Who acknowledges Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they are in God.​   1 Jo 4:15

Grace​   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith … It is the gift of God.​   Eph  2:8

Faith​   And this is not from yourselves … Not by works, so that no one can boast.​   Eph  2:8,9

Purposeful.  For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.​   Phil 2:13

Trust​   The Spirit helps us in our weakness … Intercedes for us.    Rom 8:26

Depend​   Christ Jesus … is at the right hand of God is also interceding for us. ​   Rom 8:34

Relinquish​   The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace ​   Rom 8:6

Sanctified​   May God himself, … Sanctify you through and through.​  1 Th 5:23

Equipped​   Equip you with everything good for doing His will​   Heb 13:21

Run with Other’s Encouragement

Respond​   Dear friends, Since God so loved us we also ought to love one another1    Jo 4:11

Serve​   Each one should use what ever gift he has received to serve others ​   1 Pe 4:10

Encourage    Encourage one another and build each other up.    1 Th 5:11

Spur  Let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds.​   Heb 10:24

Comfort   We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received.​  2 Co 1:4

Pray​   Is any of you sick? Call elders to pray over him. Anoint him with oil.​   Ja 5:14

Confess ​  Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other. ​  Ja 5:16

Correct​   If one of you should wander away from the truth someone should bring him back.​   Ja 5:19

No divisions    Watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way.​   Rom 16:17.

No obstacle​   Make up your own mind not to put . . obstacle in your brother’s way.  Rom 14:12

Run with Perseverance

Obey​   Those who obey His commands live in Him and He in them.​   1 Jo 3:24

Make effort​   Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.  2 Pet 3:14

Renew​   Do not conform to … this world, be transformed by the renewing of your mind,​   Rom 12:2a

Study   Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting   2 Tim 3:16

Discern​  Be able to test and approve what God’s will is His good, pleasing and perfect will.​   Rom 12:2b

Discipline​   Take every thought to make it obedient to Christ​   2 Co 10:5

Persevere​   Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial ​  Ja 1:12

Armor​   Put on the full armor of God so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.​   Eph 6:11

Praise​   Declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light ​  1 Pe 2:9

Always​   Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances.​   1 Th 5:16-18

Glorify​   Do every thing to the glory of God.​   1 Co 10:31

Bible quotations from the New International Version  (NIV )  Biblica  2011

A summary of Epistles  Dalene DeGraaf  www.WalkFreeMinistries.com ©  December 2011

Walk Free with Christ: Gospels

December 28, 2018 at 1:57 am | Posted in Walk Free With Christ | Leave a comment

Walk Free With Christ

Loving the Son of God

EMBRACE​  Surely  I am with you always. “With” you to help you become more and more like Him.​  Mt 28:19 c

GRASP​  Hold to my teaching, … Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.​  Jn 8:31,32  c

LOVE​  Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul … mind and … strength.​  Mk 12:30  c

BELIEVE​  Believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life.​  Jn 20:31  c

TRUST​  Prodigal:  Trust God will welcome you back as His child even if you have wandered away.​  Lk 15:11-32 p

PRAY​  Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  early in the morning​  Lk 5:16  ex

DEPEND​  I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. ​ Jn 8:28 ex

OBEY​  Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man.​ Mt 7:24  c

FOLLOW​  I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.Jn 8:12 c

SUBMIT Jesus surrendered to God even though in anguish “Yet not my will, but yours be done.”​  Lk 22:42 ex

RECEIVE​  He will give you another advocate (the Holy Spirit) to help you and be with you forever.​  Jn 16:14 ex

Loving the Children of God

LOVE ​ By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. ​ Jn 13:35  c

SERVE  The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life.​  Mk 10:45  ex

RESTORE​  To reconcile:  first go to brother alone, then with two others, then the church.​  Mt 18:15-17  c

MEDIATE ​ Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.​  Mt 5:9  c

FORGIVE​  Have mercy on others and forgive them just as God, the Father, has forgiven you.​  Mt 18:21-35  p

BLESS ​ Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  Lk 6:28  c

HELP  Help those in need to express faith: hungry, thirsty, stranger, unclothed, ill or in prison.  Mt 25:33-40  c

CARE​  He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep with out a shepherd.​  Mk 6:34  ex

DISCIPLE​  Make disciples of all nations … and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.​  Mt 28:19,20  c

BAPTISE​  Baptizing them in the name of the Father  of the Son and the of Holy Spirit.​  Mt 28:19  c

REMEMBER​  “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  Likewise the cup….​  Lk 22:19,20  c

Loving the Kingdom of God

SEEK   Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.Mt 6:33  c

VALUE​  Know the value of the kingdom. Be willing to give up all you have to posses the kingdom.​  Mt 13:44-46  p

GROW​  Just like a plant grows slowly in good soil, growing spiritually takes time in the Word.​  Mk 4:10-29  p

USE​  Use your talents or gifts, no matter how few they appear to be, for God’s glory.​  Mt 25:14=30  p

ACCEPT​  Accept others, so you do not accidentally damage a new Christian.  Let God judge later.​  Mt 13:24-30 p

SHINE​  Let  your light shine before others, that they may see … and glorify your Father.​  Mt 5:16 c

IMITATE​   (Jesus) have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. ​  Jn 17:4  ex

REST ​  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.​  Mt 11:28  c

DISCERN​  False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive.Mk 13:22  c

REBUKE​  You deaf and mute spirit  I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.Mk 9:25  ex

EMULATE​  Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things.​  Jn 14:12 c

Walk Free With Christ summarizes teachings of Christ  He taught with commands = c, example = ex , and parables = p

With Christ helping us,  we  can become more like Him each day and disciple others:  a process called sanctification.

Written as a response to “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20.

Bible quotations from the New International Version  (NIV )  Biblica  2011 in italics    Bible summary regulator font.

A summary of the Gospels  Dalene De Graaf, RN PhD

Thank God for Unanswered Prayers

December 28, 2018 at 12:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank God for unanswered prayers

Yes, it was thirty years ago..
I prayed and prayed and prayed
somethings broken would be fixed.
My heart, my mind, my life broken.
Shattered pieces on the ground.
My prayers went unanswered 
Or so I thought. 

Nothing was fixed to the way it was.
Romans 8:28 seemed to mock me.
“All things work together for good”?
Another mocking verse 1 Thes 5:18, 
“In everything give thanks” Really?
Written as a universal command
Read as a very personal beaconing. 
I began giving thanks for things 
Slowly lifting my eyes to The Giver.
Prayers for fixing it to the way it was
Diminished first out of hopelessness 
Then slowly out of surrender to Him.

How to move forward still broken?
Another verse was highlighted 
“For we are God’s workmanship 
Recreated in Christ Jesus
To do those good works 
Which He prepared for us to do.”
My works was to be a whole mom,
A loving mom, tho still fragile mom.
My other good works was to finish 
School that was almost completed.
“I have clients for you to counsel.”
To fulfill His purpose for me. 

Wondering how my fragile mess
Could possibly ever help anyone. 
Nouwen’s “The Wounded Healer”
Opened understanding as to how 
My shattered pieces on the ground,
My partially healed brokenness and
My slowly strengthening fragility 
Could become a healing testimony 
When placed in His hands. 

In addition to thanksgiving, 
In addition to surrendering and
In addition to a purposeful calling 
A release of bitterness was needed:
Bitterness toward ones who broke,
Bitterness to the One Who allowed,
Bitterness even directed at myself.
Anger needs more than releasing.
Bitterness needs conversion into 
Forgiveness to give radical renewal. 
Over time, forgiving all involved and 
Choosing also to bless, I was given 
 “Freedom thru Forgiveness”

Love isn’t love til you give it away.
Forgiveness isn’t Freedom if kept.
The testimony of forgiveness, 
I was told, would defeat the enemy.
The testimony of forgiveness 
I believe Glorifies God the Forgiver, 
Furthermore it encourages believers. 
Believers here and believers far,
Across cultures and languages,
Find Freedom thru Forgiveness, too. 

Isaiah 50:4  my personal life verse
“The Lord God hath given me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak 
A word in season 
To him who is weary: 
He wakeneth morning by morning,
He wakeneth mine ear 
To hear as the learned.”
Wisdom, to speak a word
In season to him who is weary
Is not from an advanced degree,
Is not from scripture knowledge,
Is not from chronological age. 
It is from listening to The LORD 
Morning after morning as 
He whispers wisdom into my heart.
It is a still mystery how challenging 
Consistency in listening remains. 
So I will persevere in starting over

Jim Wilder gave a new perspective 
On Ephesians 2:10 my paraphrase:
“For we are God’s poetry
Recreated in Christ Jesus 
So we rhyme His thoughts and thus
Know how to rhyme His actions
Which He has prepared for us.
Counseling has become discipling. 
Teaching them to obey everything:
Believing, loving, trusting, following, 
Forgiving, blessing, encouraging,
Praying, listening, discerning, and
Rhyming to walk in their calling. 

Romans 8:28 understood with 29
All things work together for good.
The good being defined as being
Conformed to the image of Christ.
Then it becomes a known and felt
Truth: It is not I who lives
But Christ Who lives within me.
It is not my thoughts 
But rhyming His thoughts.
It is not my actions
But rhyming His actions.
It is not my heart 
But beating in unison with His. 
Thanking Him in all things, including 

Thirty years of unanswered prayers. 

Things are not the way I planned. 
Nor the way I hoped or dreamed. 
The more and more surrendered 
The more I become conformed 
To His image with in me. 

Day by Day Day by Day
Oh Dear LORD three things I pray
To see Thee more clearly
Love Thee more dearly
Follow Thee more nearly
Day by Day by Day….

Steps Outline: Walking to Freedom in Christ

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Steps Outline:  Walking to Freedom in Christ
Intro: In Christ, God has set you free, but believing satan’s lies keeps you in bondage

The Bible says: It is for freedom that Christ set us free.
Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal 5:1.

The Bible says: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. Rom 10:9.

Salvation:               Believing you were a sinner and Jesus is God’s Son who died for your sins.
Sanctification:       Becoming more like Jesus by turning away from sin and turning to God.
Discipleship:          Teaching others to be more like Jesus and turn from sin to God.

Steps Outline
Help you become sanctified by turning from sin to Godly behavior.
Help you to disciple others by teaching them to be free from sin in Christ.

Do you want to love and be closer to God and to others in your life?

Jesus death on the cross set you free to love God and others.
Satan’s goal is to separate you from God with lies and patterns of sin.
Satan wants you to continue in bondage like being in a jail with walls.
Sins and lies are like walls built between you and God or others.
Each of the steps has prayers to help you to break down these walls.
So we can be free to love and be closer to God and others.

Before each step is a prayer for that sin or lie:
Submit:                         Surrender to God’s commands for His glory and honor.
Recall:                         
Ask God to help you remember sinful thoughts, emotions and actions.
Protect:                        
Ask God to provide you safety from satan’s lies and interference.
Resist:                          
You then, stand firm against satan so he will flee.

Then it lists:
Specific ways you sin and build walls in this area.
Specific ways to stop sinning and break down these walls.

Confess:                        Admit to God doing something wrong, or sinful, against Him.
Renounce:                   
Declare to God and satan to resist and throw off sin.
Repent:                        
Commit to change away from sinful thinking, emotions and behaviors
Thank:                         
Give God appreciation for forgiveness and the strength to change.
Obey:                           
Commit to obey the Bible to follow His teachings for good habits.

The Steps to Freedom in Christ is a longer more detailed document written by Neil T Anderson .
It is recommended for further study available thru Freedom in Christ Ministries
www.ficm.org
Steps Outline uses repetition, short sentences, simple words for interpreting and translating.
Dalene Rooks DeGraaf, PhD © 5/2011 Missionary to East Africa
www.walkfreeministries.com
Bible verses are from the NIV New International Version by Biblica, Inc of Zondervan Pub 2011

Step 1 Counterfeit vs Real: Overcoming False Guidance with Renunciation

When you became a Christian you learned the truth, but before, all (you) have sinned.
Or you may continue to believe and follow some traditional or Non-Christian beliefs and rituals.
These sins need to be confessed, renounced and repented for you to go into future free.
It is also important for you to learn from the Bible to teach and disciple family and friends.

God said in the Bible, you are to only worship Him.                                                               Ex 20:2,3
God has defeated satan with the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.                                  Rev 12:11
In Jesus Name you have authority over satan.                                                                      Lk 10:19

Do you trust God and His truth to meet all your needs?

Non-Christian or traditional beliefs and rituals turn to satan for power                                Eph 6:12
Satan is limited in power, his only power is the power of the lie.                                            Jn 8:44
If he can lie and get you to believe it, you will not trust God to meet your needs.                Php 4:19
Then you may turn to satan for power over your fears and problems.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Submit:                        
You have given Your Bible to guide me into all truth.
Recall:                          
Bring to my mind any non-Christian beliefs or rituals.
Protect:                       
Prevent satan from trying to keep me from worshiping only You.
Resist:                         
In the name of Jesus I resist satan keeping me in bondage. Amen.

Traditional beliefs and rituals:                             Bible is the Word of God:                      2 Ti 3:15-17
Supreme being is distant and uncaring.                God loves you He sent His Son.             Jn 3:16.
Worship many gods and many spirits.                   Worship only God.                                  Ex. 20:2,3
Sacrifices and ritual cutting to please spirits.     Jesus only sacrifice ever needed.          Heb. 7:27
Powerless and fears of bewitching and spirits.    In Jesus you have victory.                     1 Co 15:57
Use idols, charms and magic for evil.                   Condemns idols and magic  .                    Eze 13:20
Use witch doctors to fight evil causing illness.    Call the elders to pray.                           Jas 5:14-16
Divination seeks knowledge of future from evil. Discernment seeks will of God.              Ro 12:2
Return curses with curses.                                    Return curses with blessings.                 Lk 6:28

On a separate piece of paper list your past traditional or non-Christian beliefs or rituals.
Pray the prayer below for each way you turned to non-Christian beliefs instead of the Bible.

                                     Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                      
I have turned to traditional beliefs and rituals for power from satan.
Renounce:                   
I declare to You and satan I will no longer do these things and serve only You
Repent:                       
I commit to turn from the sin of turning to traditional beliefs and rituals.
Thank:                       
Thank You God for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Obey:                          
I commit to learning the Bible to begin teaching and discipleing others.
.                                                                                                             In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 2 Deception vs truth: Overcoming satan’s lies with God’s truth

The truth will set you free.                                                                                                         Jn 8:32
The Bible, is truth.                                                                                                                       Jn 17:17
Jesus came to testify to the truth.                                                                                             Jn 18:37
The Holy Spirit was sent to lead you into truth.                                                                        Jn 16:13

Satan is the father of lies.                                                                                                           Jn 8:44
His only power is in lies: about who you are and who God is.
Statements of Truth on page 9 Are truths from the Bible about who God and satan are.
In Christ on page 10 Are truths from the Bible about who you are since you were recreated in Christ.

                                      Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                       
You are truth and I submit to you to walk in truth to be set free.
Recall:                         
Help me remember ways I have believed lies.
Protect:                       
Prevent satan from trying to keep me from walking in obedience to truth.
Resist:                          
In the name of Jesus Christ I resist satan’s lies.. Amen.

Lies of the world: happiness is…                                    Truth of God: Joy is
Seeking your own will.                                                   Obeying God’s will.                                Ps 19:8
Loving and serving yourself.                                           Loving and encouraging others.            Jn 15:11, 12
Money and things.                                                          Generosity.                                            2 Co 9:11
Appearance and sexuality.                                             Modesty and chastity.                           1 Pe 3:3,4
Alcohol, drugs, excess food.                                          Being filled with Holy Spirit.                 Ro 14:17

Lies to yourself:
Knowing the Bible but not doing it.                                Follow God’s commands.                       Ps 19:8
It is okay to be with those who sin.                               Fellowship with believers.                     1 Jn 1:7
Observing sinful things.                                                  Dwell on honorable things.                    Php 4:8

Lies to protect yourself:
Lying.                                                                               Being truthful with self.                       Eph 4:25
Blaming others.                                                               Take responsibility.                               2 Th 3:6-15
Doing too much for others.                                            Teach others responsibility.                  2 Co 8:13

Lies from fears
Fearing death of self or others.                                     Trust God for His place in heaven.       Jn 14:2.3
Fearing illness, pain, suffering.                                       Trust God to be your strength.             2 Cor 12:10
Fearing rejection or abandonment.                                Trust God to never leave you.               Heb 13:5

                                     Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                      
I have believed lies from satan, the world and myself.
Renounce:                  
I declare to You and satan I believe only Your truth as is in the Bible
Repent:                       
I commit to turn from the sin of believing lies.
Thank:                       
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Obey:                         
I will learn truth from the Bible and use discernment for Your Will.
.                                                                                                    In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 3 Bitterness vs Forgiveness

Neil T. Anderson has said forgiveness is the most powerful step. Be slow and complete.

Anger gives satan a foothold, but forgiveness breaks this foothold and sets you free.

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil (satan) a foothold. Eph 4:,26, 27. Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Co 2:10, 11.

Bitterness gives satan a chance to build walls separating you from God and others.               Eph 4:27
God forgave you all your sins with Jesus’ death and He commands you to forgive others.     Eph 4:32
As Creator He knows how you are made. He knows the damage bitterness causes.                Ps 139
He commanded you to forgive is out of His love and His desire for you to be free.

Do you trust God to give you freedom through forgiveness?

                                         Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                           
You have forgiven me through Jesus, I surrender to You and to forgive.
Recall:                             
Help me remember those I need to forgive.
Protect:                          
Protect me from satan blocking me from obeying You by forgiving
Resist:                            
In the name of Jesus I resist satan from keeping me in bitterness. Amen.

Trust God:                      To hold responsible those who have sinned against you.
Forgiveness is:                 Bible command, let go of right to revenge, releases bondage to Satan.
Forgiveness is not:           Making excuses, saying it did not matter, forgetting.
Forgiveness is not:           A feeling or a thought rather an act of will from the heart.

Do not wait until:             The person asks for forgiveness or you “feel like” forgiving.
Reconciliation:                  Requires change in the other person and may not happen.
Forgiveness is:                  To heal your hurt and bring you closer to God and others.

Make three lists on another piece of paper:

WHO WHEN                      WHAT HAPPENED                                HOW IT MADE YOU FEEL
Ex. Parents, family,             Ex. Things that were done or               Ex. Hurt, angry, abandoned,
friends, teachers,                that should have been done                 fearful, anxious, shamed,

yourself, G
od                       which resulted in hurt and pain.           guilty, shunned.

Repeat the prayer below for each person on the list.

                                     Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                      
I did not obey Your command to forgive others as You have forgiven me.
Renounce:                   
I declare to You and to satan I choose to forgive these people who hurt me.
Repent:                       
I turn from the sin of bitterness in thoughts, emotions and actions.
Thank:                        
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Obey:                          
I will bless and ask You to bless those who have hurt me.
.                                                                                                                 In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Step 4 Rebellion vs Surrender

Authorities have been placed there by God, so rebellion against authorities is rebelling against God.

The Bible says: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted. Rom 13:1,2 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. 1 Sam 15:23

Do you trust God to work through the authorities He has placed in your life?

                                    Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                      
You have taught me to surrender and submit to You and authorities.
Recall:                        
Help me remember ways I have rebelled against You and others.
Protect:                      
Prevent satan from trying to keep me from walking in obedience to surrender.
Resist:                        
In the name of Jesus I resist satan from keeping me in rebellion. Amen.

Exceptions to this:
When an authority tells you to do something you know is against God’s law.
Ex. Rwanda: authorities telling people to kill their neighbors.
Ex. When people in authority want you to commit sexual sins, lie or steal.

Most of the time rebellion:
Is not because the authority wants you to do something against God.
Is because the authority wants you to do something against your will.
Is you know what the Bible clearly says, but you do not do it.
Is quiet, you say, “Yes, I will do it.” knowing you will do not do it.

On a separate piece of paper make a list:

WHO, WHEN                                                        WHAT WAYS HAVE YOU REBELLED
Ex. God, pastors,                                                    Ex. disobedience, disrespect,
parents, husbands,                                                 criticism, complaining,
bosses, teachers,                                                      arguing, silence,
laws, instructions,                                                   coveting, comparing,
reject wise advice.

For each person or event pray the prayer below.

                                       Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                        
I have rebelled against You and those You have put in authority.
Renounce:                    
I declare to You and satan I will not let him tempt me to be rebellious.
Repent:                         
I commit to turn from the sin of rebellion in thoughts, emotions and actions.
Thank:                          
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Obey:                            
I will trust You and obey and pray for those You have put in authority.
.                                                                                                           In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 5 Pride or Worthless vs Humility

You should not feel pride or worthless, instead you should humble yourself before God who made you.

Pride is to think more of yourself than you should.
Pride is to forget all your gifts, talents, and possessions are from God.
Pride is to forget what God teaches in the Bible about being humble servants to others.

Worthless is to think less of yourself than you should.
Worthless is to forget you are made in God’s image to do work He planned for you to do.
Worthless is to forget what God teaches in the Bible about who you are In Christ.

Neil T. Anderson defines: Humility is confidence properly placed in God.

God made each of us different because God made different plans and work for each of us. Eph 2:10.
The Bible says: There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body— Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Cor 12: 4-6, 12,13, 15, 16, 18.

Do you trust God to use you exactly the way He made you as His humble servant?

Each person has gifts and talents, a place to work in the church and community.
There is no room for pride, worthless, divisiveness, covetousness, condemnation.

                                       Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                         
You commanded me to love and work together as a body for Your kingdom.
Recall:                           
Help me to remember ways I thought more or less of myself than I should.
Protect:                         
Prevent satan from trying to keep me from walking in obedience to humility.
Resist:                           
In the name of Jesus I resist satan from pride or worthless. Amen.

Wanting everyone to do things your way instead being patient for God’s way in God’s timing.
Depending on your own strengths, not letting God show His strength in your weakness.|
Comparing yourself with others as less attractive, less talented, less fortunate, less worthy.

For each area of pride and /or worthless pray the prayer below.

                                         Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                          
I have compared myself to others with either pride or worthless.
Renounce:                      
I declare to You and to satan to be humble to God and others.
Repent:                           
I commit to turn from the sin of comparing: pride or worthless.
Thank:                            
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Obey:                              
I will love, encourage, value, and respect every one.
.                                                                                                       .In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 6 Habitual Sin vs Freedom

In Christ you know you are saints, holy ones, already seated in the heaven-lies.
But you still struggle with sin every day and you get into a sin-confess-sin-confess circle.

Listen to Paul’s struggle Does is sound like your own struggle with sin?

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Ro 7:15, 18, 19, 24, 25.
Paul is thankful to Jesus Christ because Jesus died once for all of his sins.

                                      Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                        
You have forgiven me of all my sins thru Jesus, but I still struggle with sin.
Recall:                          
Help me remember ways I have repeatedly sinned against You and others.
Protect:                         
Prevent satan from trying to keep me from walking in obedience to freedom.
Resist:                           
In the name of Jesus I resist satan from keeping me in bondage to sin. Amen.

Replace habitual sins by doing things to love and become closer to God and others.
Do things you prayed under “Obey” at the end of each step.
Do things that are the virtues related to these sins. (right hand column)
Do things that are in maintaining freedom (page 9)

Do you believe deep in your heart you have been forgiven of all of your sins?

Habitual sins list                                                                                          Good habits
Other steps traditional, lies, bitterness, rebellion, pride/worthless     Glorify God          1 cor 10:31
Greed: worship money, stealing, gambling, coveting, over work.             Generous               2 Cor 9:11
Substances: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, excess food.                                  Filled Holy Spirit  Ro 14:17
Control: anger, rage, abusing others, manipulation, domination              Compassion            Eph 4:31-32
Divisiveness: gossip, complaining, criticizing, condemnation, lying          Peace maker          Ro 12:18
Hopeless: believe helpless, wait for rescue, fantasy not action.            Good works           Eph 2:10
Sexuality: lust, pornography, intimacy outside of marriage.                   Purity                     1 The 4:7

Past or current sexual sins involve forming spiritual soul ties whether they were done to or by you.
You need to break spiritual soul ties with them to be able to walk into the future clean and free.

On a piece of paper make a list of sins you struggle with and spiritual soul ties then for each one pray.

                                      Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                       
I have refused to obey Your commands in these areas of my life.
Renounce:                   
I declare to You and to satan to no longer turn to sins for power and comfort.
Break:                          
I ask You to break all spiritual soul ties with others or bonds of satan to sins.
Repent:                        
I commit to turn from these repeated sins in thoughts, emotions and actions.
Thank:                        
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Thank:                         
Thank You for breaking all sexual spiritual soul ties in my life.
Obey:                           
I will practice spiritual disciplines of purity, prayer, praise and fellowship.
In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 7 Ancestral sins vs renunciation and breaking generational ties.

The Bible says the effect of sins of ancestors in one generation can be passed to the next:

For I am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Ex 20:5-6.

The Bible says: Honor your father and your mother. Ex 20:12.
Honor them, but not worship them or their spirits, only worship God.
Admit they have sinned and break any strongholds or spiritual ties satan may have on the family.

                                      Dear Heavenly Father,
Submit:                        
You have said the sins of the fathers are passed to the children.
Recall:                          
Help me remember ways my family has had patterns of sinning.
Protect:                         
Prevent satan from keeping me walking in obedience to break spiritual ties.
Resist:                           
In the name of Jesus I resist satan to continue ancestral sins. Amen.

Ancestral sins can include:                                                      Habitual sins from Step 6
Sins covered in all the steps:                                                    6. Greed
1. Non-Christian and traditional beliefs                                  7. Substances
2. Lies and fears                                                                        8. Control
3. Bitterness and unforgiveness                                               9. Divisive
4. Rebellion and arrogance                                                    10. Hopeless helpless
5. Pride and worthless                                                             11. Lust

On a separate piece of paper make a list of ancestral sins then for each sin, pray the prayer below.

                                      Dear Heavenly Father
Confess:                       
I and my ancestors have committed sins from one generation to the next.
Renounce:                  
I declare to You and to satan to break patterns and spiritual strong holds.
Repent:                       
I commit to turn from sins of ancestors in thoughts, emotions and actions.
Thank:                        
Thank You for forgiving my sin and for giving me the strength to change.
Thank:                         
Thank You for breaking all strongholds and spiritual ties with my ancestors.
Obey:                           
I will teach the ways of God and pray for blessings on future generations.
.                                                                                                        I
n the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Maintaining Freedom

Spiritual Disciplines:                   Christian habits that help maintain freedom and grow in Christ.
Review:                                       Review these pages and prayers when need to confess or forgive again.
The truth:                                    Learn the Bible, memorize In Christ, make list of Bible verses
Time with God:                           Pray expectantly, listen to His voice, practice His presence
Christian Fellowship:                  Belong to a loving supportive church, friends, small group: prayer and study
Resist evil:                                    Take every thought captive to Christ, confess sins, clean life of sinful items.
Use Discernment:                        Agree with Bible, glorify God, use gifts to serve, confirmed mature Christians,
,                                                     Surrender to God’s will, contentment, express love of Jesus Christ, bear fruit.

STATEMENTS OF TRUTH

1. I recognize that there is only one true and living God (Ex 20:2,3) who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is worthy of all honor, praise and glory as the One who made all things and holds all things together (Col 1: 16, 17).

2. I recognize that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us(Jn 1:1,14). I believe that He came to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8), and that He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them (Col 2:15).

3. I believe that God has proven His own love for me because when I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Ro 5:8). I believe that He has delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to His kingdom, and in Him I have redemption and the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13,14).

4. I believe that I am now a child of God (1Jn 3:1-3) and that I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Eph 2: 6). I believe that I was saved by the grace of God through faith, and that it was a gift and not a result of any works on my part (Eph 2:8,9).

5. I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Eph 6:10). I put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3), for the weapons of warfare are not of the flesh but are divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds (2Cor 10:4). I put on the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-20). I resolve to stand firm in my faith and resist the evil one.

6. I believe that apart from Christ I can do nothing (Jn 15:5), so I declare my complete dependence on Him. I choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify my Father (Jn 15:8). I announce to Satan that Jesus is my Lord (1Cor 12:3) and I reject any and all counterfeit gifts or works of Satan in my life.

7. I believe that the Truth will set me free (Jn 8:32) and that Jesus is the Truth (Jn 14:6). If He sets me free, I will be free indeed (Jn 8:36). I recognize that walking in the light is the only path of true fellowship with God and man (1Jn 1:3-7). Therefore, I stand against all of Satans deception by taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2Cor 10:5). I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard for truth and life (2Tim 3:15-17).

8. I choose to present my body to God as a living and holy sacrifice (Ro 12: 1) and the members of my body as instruments of righteousness to God (Ro 6: 13). I choose to renew my mind by the living Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect (Ro 12: 2). I put off the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self (Col 3:9,10). I declare myself to be a new creation in Christ (2Cor 5:17).

9. By faith, I choose to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) so that I can be guided into all truth (Jn 16:13). I choose to walk by the Spirit so that I will not carry out the desires of the flesh (Gal 5:16).

10. I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love (1Tim 1:5). I choose to obey the two greatest commandments: to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself (Deut.6:5, Mat 22:37-39).

11 I believe the Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Mat 28:18) and that He is the head over all rule and authority. I am complete in Him (Col 2:10). I believe that Satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of Christs Body (Eph 1:19-23). Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and resist the devil (Ja 4:7), and I command Satan in the name of Jesus Christ to leave my presence.

In Christ

I renounce the lie that I am rejected, unloved, dirty or shameful because
IN CHRIST I am completely accepted
. God says:

John 1:12                        I am God’s child.
John 15:15                      I am Christ’s friend.
Romans 5:1                    I have been justified.
I Corinthians 6:17          I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with Him.
I Corinthians 6:19,20     I have been bought with a price, I belong to God.
I Corinthians 12 : 27      I am a member of Christ’s Body.
Ephesians 1:1                  I am a saint, a holy one.
Ephesians 1:5                  I have been adopted as God’s child.
Ephesians 2:18                I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:14               I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:10               I am complete in Christ.

I renounce the lie that I am guilty, unprotected, alone or abandoned because|
IN CHRIST I am totally secure.
God says:

Romans 8:1,2                   I am free forever from condemnation.
Romans 8:28                    I am assured that all things work together for good.
Romans 8:31-34              I am free from any condemning charges against me.
Romans 8:35-39               I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21,22       I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Philippians 1:6                  I am confident the good work God has begun in me will be perfected.
Philippians 3:20                I am a citizen of heaven.
Colossians 3:3                    I am hidden with Christ in God.
2 Timothy 1:7                    I have not been given spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind
Hebrews 4:16                     I can find grace and mercy to help me in time of need.
I John 5:18                        I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I renounce the lie that I am worthless, inadequate, helpless or hopeless because
IN CHRIST I am deeply significant.
God says:

Matthew 5:13,14                I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
John 15:1,5                         I am a branch of the true vine, Jesus, a channel of His life.
John 15:16                          I have been chosen and appointed by God to bear fruit.
Acts 1:8                               I am a personal, Spirit-empowered witness of Christ.
I Corinthians 3:16              I am a temple of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21         I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
2 Corinthians 6:1                I am God’s co-worker.
Ephesians 2:6                      I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10                     I am God’s workmanship, created for good works.
Ephesians 3:12                    I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13                  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

I am not the great “I Am” of Exodus 3:14; John 8:24,28, 58.
but by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

The Steps to Freedom in Christ by Neil T Anderson available thru www.ficm.org
Steps Outline adapted by
Dalene Rooks DeGraaf, PhD © 5/2011
For a printer friendly copy email me at dalenedegraaf@yahoo.com
I apologize for the irregular columns WordPress does not have a “tab” function.

My Martha plans changed into a Mary process

May 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Martha Plan > Mary Process | Leave a comment

How God changed  my Martha plan into a Mary process.

Many of you will recall I wrote “The VISION”
My plan of what would happen this year in East Africa.
# of trainings, # of participants, # of testimonies….
I had a planed conferences each month: two or three.

For various reasons the number has been closer to one.
Feelings: unproductive, failure, wasteful of resources>
Distracted by all the preparations, worried and upset.
Last month things were improving as there were two>
Finally, this month my plan was for three. My plan …

Two weeks ago, potentially dangerous demonstrations
This week, demonstrations became riots.
Resulting in cancellations of two trainings.

I looked back at the past months . . .
Far less accomplishments than I had planned.
Far fewer conferences than I had planned.
Far less productive than I had planned.

A friend had asked on facebook chat>
If I thought God was proud of me.
I felt so inadequate I cried.

Late Friday, I recalled there was a KIC retreaT.
About forty minutes away from the troubles in Kampala
Where I thought things would be a bit safer.

“An Oasis on the Journey” by John n Karen Zilen
Today’s lesson Luke 10:38-42
Was on our self-expectations to be Martha’s
But the Lord Jesus desiring us to be Mary’s
Martha was distracted by all the preparations
And worried and upset about many things,
While Mary has chosen what is better and
Sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

And Jesus
Even tho he only had three years to minister.
Even tho he was God omnipotent.
Even tho he had a perfect relationship with God.
Often with drew to lonely places and prayed.
Luke 5:15-16
And told his disciples after ministry:
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place
And get some rest. Mark 6:31-32

So I once again reflected upon the past months
This time letting go of my counting . . .
# of trainings, # of participants, # of testimonies..
I looked at the gift of time to chosen a better way
I looked at the gift of time to sit at His feet.
I looked at the gift of time to read His Word.
I looked at the gift of time to hear His voice.
I looked at the gift of time to see His images.
I looked at the gift of time to receive ministry
I looked at the gift of time to attend retreats.

I looked at the gift of time to write . . .
About how forgiveness heals chronic pain,
About how God’s Light Dispels the Darkness,
About God’s Word to have a Relationship.
About God Conquers Fatalism and Helplessness.
Email prayers of comfort and encouragement,
Email prayers for healing of body and soul,.

It is difficult to articulate
How much growth, maturity and healing
Has taken place in these months.

It is difficult to articulate
How much more clearly I hear His voice.
How much more easily I see His visions.
I notice it most when I do my trainings
Because they are empowered by His Spirit.
Because they are more transformative.
Because they prompt more tears.

I have not let go of my goals to do trainings.
I have not let go of encouraging testimonies.

But the presenter at the retreat said
You can’t write to your partners about this
Because they want to hear about accomplishments.
They don’t want ot hear about your sitting at Jesus feet.

I thought . . . He does not know my partners.
My family, friends and partners
Would understand
How God might decide to change
My Martha plans into a Mary process.

Addendum:
I received over twenty emails and over 10 facebook comments
All of them affirming the need to make to to be Mary
Before one can ever be effective as a Martha.
It resonated with many as something they need to consider more.

Dalene DeGraaf
Missionary to East Africa
Set Free Ministries.

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