Are you IN?

For IN Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring. Acts 17:28.  

 The Apostle Paul places emphasis on the fact as to where we are, and in whom live and have our being. The entire first chapter of Ephesians is laid out with this theme.

 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Question, how many times do you see “IN”?

 

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Fear, the Second Oldest Emotion Known to Man.

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. Thomas Carlyle Scottish Philosopher.

We all experience fear at some time in our life. Some of us have never had a moment of rest from this evil spirit of torment. First let me say fear was never, and is never given to us by our Lord.“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, perfect and holy, just like God was and is. At the exact moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God, innocence was lost forever. We have the account in Genesis 3:9,10, then the Lord called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid (fearful) because I was naked; and hid myself.”

A lie from Satan was given a place in Eve’s heart. She chose to believe a lie more than she believed God and His commands Genesis 3:4,5. Satan has been busy using the weapon of deception and fear ever since.

The fear that came to Adam and Eve, knew where to attach itself in them, in their mind, that is the fight or flight area. God has given us fight or flight to alert us to danger so that we may respond by our fight or flight abilities in instances of fear for our self-preservation. The wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23) Adam experienced separation from God’s quickening Spirit and the loss of love from God and as a result, he felt fear as a torment.

Fear is the second emotion (a disturbance–excitement-a conscience mental reaction) mentioned in the Bible; in this verse is where fear entered the world, it is one of the oldest emotions known to man. The first emotion belongs to Genesis 2:25 which is shame.

Much of this world lives with fear daily. Every one of us has been subjected to fear. In that subjection we are not talking about fight or flight but a dreaded unclean spirit of fear that used God’s fight or flight as a means to harm us because it was given legal rights because of sin.

Fear is an evil spirit, not an emotion, fear will produce an emotion, a feeling of fear.

Two Dimensions of Fear.

Part one is the Spirit of Fear. It is a principality that has approximately 33 other spirits (See appendix) under its control, each one has a specific function and they all cooperate. This spirit wants to park itself in your soul and spirit so it can do its evil desires. Some of those desires that produce fruit are panic attacks phobias.

Fear is a phobia, the Bible says, Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:25-26. What grips you is sudden fear, that is the panic attack. This type of fear is called a phobia. Another strong Scripture says, “But who hearkeneth unto Me, shall dwell safely and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33).

The Spirit of Fear can an often does come when we are in our mother’s womb. It can gain entrance from mom’s fear of dying while giving birth. Many are targeted because of God’s high calling on their life and this Spirit of Fear wants to keep these people from fulfilling God’s Destinyfear-tree in their life. (Ephesian’s 1:4).

We must not allow the ancestral line of curses and failures to run the course of our lives. We do not have to conform to our inherited spiritually. By faith in prayer you can drive the Spirit of Fear, out or have someone pray it out in Jesus name.

Part two includes the fruit of fear which can become part of you biologically. Through prolonged fear one’s mind can become programmed through long term memory (see Memes) and there does not have to be a Spirit of Fear present to accomplish this torment. Fear has been resident long enough to become biologically part of you so that any phobia can send you into fear.

Here is a brief description of what occurs. Many from their mother’s womb are attacked by a Spirit of Fear which plots and plans terror to be present all the while a person is growing up. Most Christians never consider the fact that their life has been preprogrammed by Spirit of Fear and other unclean spirits. We are all raised in a world controlled by Satan’s unclean ways. His imps constantly put disgusting thoughts that lead and drive us into sins. Our Adamic nature jumps right in with its lusts and on and on it goes.

By the grace of God, a person invites Jesus to be their Savior, this begins the walking out of our Salvation which is to be done daily (Philippians 2:13). We have to be converted from the old way of life to the new way of life in Christ Jesus. What has to take place is, new memories have to replace the old memories which are all based on lies and deception. In this process based on a relationship we learn how to live in the kingdom of God obeying God from our heart.

“Perfect peace belongs to those whose minds are fixed or settled on the Lord.” Isaiah 26:3. When you keep your mind renewed in the Word and your meditations on Him and bringing your mind and heart together they will affect a peace in your body unless you have issues that need to be addressed. We have to learn to fight the enemy long-term by the abiding peace within. Soon the reactions of fear will subside because the old programming broken.

You have to take back your life. To quote Watchman Nee “When you have done all, just stand.” In most deliverances there are certain things that must be dealt with before we can get to root issues, fear is one. We can all live fear free.

Three Ugly Sisters

The Three Ugly Sisters 

By Jim Banks, http://www.houseofhealingministries.org

I would like to introduce you to the meanest, badest, most diabolical sisters to ever roam the earth. Every one of us has had an encounter with them at some point in our lives. Some of us have even invited them home to meet the family. You already know them well because these girls get around, but you may have never realized how destructive these siblings are because you never knew they were related. You invite one home for a visit and all three of these &#r*!!@’s move in.

They are Guilt, Shame and Control.  For artists this trio can be particularly difficult to evict for several reasons. the-three-witches

First, they come innocently in a progression which seems to be quite natural. As human beings, we are oh so aware of when we do something wrong, miss the mark, offend someone, fail, don’t do a good job, or just absolutely blow it. We understand that we have failed ourselves, others and the Lord, all at the same time and we naturally feel remorse or guilt for having flubbed it. Then we’ll chastise ourselves, make vows that we’ll never do that again, then we try to forget it and move on. (A strange little form of denial.) This is the innocent little sister that we often invite home to hang out for a while. We know it’s still around somewhere but try to leave it undisturbed.

When it happens a few more times, as it always does, we wake up one morning to find that a slightly older and tougher sister has somehow also joined you for breakfast; shame. Shame is the painful feeling that over time makes us feel unworthy and tends to try to prophesy more of the same for our future. The feeling is as heavy as it is relentless. In addition to the things we have messed up, there have also been numerous people in our lives that have contributed to shame through things they have said or done to us.  It doesn’t take much to remind us of it, to feel its full weight again and it seems that the enemy has numerous ways to poke it and prod it so that we are consistently aware of its presence.

What then is our response?  We willingly invite the third sister, Control, to move in permanently so that she can help us deal with the other two that are slowly trying to take over the whole house. The motive is simply self-preservation. We don’t want to be consistently reminded of, nor feel the emotions connected with how we messed up and what it’s done to us and others. Unfortunately, Control always employs highly dysfunctional methods of dealing with stuff that sometimes makes it worse; whether its aggression or defense, staying busy or isolating, eating or TV, or simply absolute denial that there are any issues at all. Then it gets ugly when we try to control others, along with our circumstances, to minimize the possibility of disturbing the accumulated shame and pain and encountering more.

This is always destructive to our creativity because typically it requires us to live life out of our head, rather than our hearts. We must be constantly on guard against stirring the girls needlessly. That takes a lot of vigilance, as well as a lot of energy. Creativity flows from the heart, not your head. Your heart is expressive. Your head is reactive. They should be interactive, not adversarial. But that’s what guilt and shame drive you to … an irresolvable internal conflict; a sure-fire creativity killer.

So what’s the cure?  First, realistically own the guilt. If you did something that making amends would resolve, do it. If someone else made you feel guilty for something you did, follow Matthew 5:23-25. Now I specifically chose the word “realistically’ because the enemy of your soul and creativity will always try to manipulate the perception of events to your hurt. There are times when we need to just keep it to ourselves. For instance; If I was convinced that I had wrongly judged Mary as being a self-absorbed idiot, I wouldn’t go to Mary and ask her forgiveness and declare what I originally perceived her to be. That would create a breach when previously none existed. Ask the Lord to help you see which ones require intervention and which to leave alone.

Secondly, forgive yourself. God is not pleased when we will choose to forgive others, but will never choose to forgive ourselves. You probably have learned to grant others grace, but seem to fail to do it for yourself.  Follow Mark 12:28-31 … choose to treat yourself lovingly. It’s a command, not a suggestion.

Then you need to ask God to show you every habit pattern you’ve adopted that causes you to judge yourself harshly and resort to control as a defense against incurring more guilt and shame. Granting yourself grace means letting yourself off the hook personally. You will make mistakes. Things won’t always work out as you hoped. You are a human being and you will let others down. Face It. You will never be perfect, and that’s Okay. Forgive yourself and move on. I am not saying to sear your conscience so that nothing bothers you. Do what you must and move on. Resorting to control is a sure sign things have gotten out of control.

Others will make poor decisions that affect you directly, sometimes intentionally, but more often it is unintentional. The bottom line is that what they chose to do is not your fault. Forgive and refuse the guilt and shame that others often want to lay on you as an excuse for being butt-heads. In so doing you will in time become largely unoffendable. Yes, stuff will happen, but you do not have to have the three-ugly step-sisters move in with you thus, and your creativity will not be diminished either.

If this is still a difficulty for you, there may be other outside agents responsible, such as generational issues, or perhaps iniquitous family belief systems that need to be addressed. A friend or someone trained in these areas can be of great help. Maintaining your peak creativity or enhancing skill sometimes takes work, but it’s well worth it!  When Jesus said that He came to give us abundant life, (as we say in the South) He wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

 

Your Destiny

Bible Verses About Destiny

Bible verses related to Destiny from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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Habakkuk 2:3 – For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

Romans 8:29 – For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Jeremiah 17:10 – I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 19:20 – Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 – That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it [is] man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Isaiah 46:10 – Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Ephesians 1:4- Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…

Who you are in Christ

  “For in Him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17:28

You need to know WHO you are in Christ so that you know WHAT to do, WHEN to do it, WHERE to go, and HOW to do it!

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Because you are in Christ, EVERY ONE of these statements is true of you.

  • I am loved. 1 John 3:3
  • I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
  • I am a child of God. John 1:12
  • I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
  • I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
  • I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
  • I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
  • I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
  • I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
  • I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
  • I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
  • I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
  • I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
  • I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
  • I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
  • I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
  • I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4
  • I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5
  • God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
  • I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5

 

Shame

Shame

Definition: An unpleasant emotional reaction by an individual to an actual, or presumed, negative judgment of himself by others, resulting in self-depreciation.

Shame is the first emotion mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 2:25. “Adam and Eve were both naked and not ashamed.”

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Tyndale’s translation (paraphrased) records the incident of the first sin and eating the forbidden fruit as follows: “So she ate of some of the  fruit, and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too. And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. So, they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips. That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid themselves among the trees. The Lord God called to Adam, ‘Why are you hiding? And Adam replied, ‘I heard you coming and didn’t want you to see me naked, so I hid.” (Genesis 3:7-10).

The word naked, “Erwah,” symbolizes “shame” and is a different word from the word” Arom,” meaning “to be without clothing.” “Erwah” appears to emphasize the shame that results from the violation of moral and social laws, and the law of conscience. We prior to being born-again are subjected to the violation of these laws which can bring serious mental damage to our emotions.

Idols formed

Shame becomes toxic when we allow someone (or someone forces us) to break our boundaries of morality. See the rape of Tamar, in 2 Samuel 13. Shame not only disfigures our inner conscience-self, but it alters our social conscience-self; when this happens, “fragmentation of soul” can result (Psalm 7:2). This topic will be covered latter.

Shame breeds shame.

Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones in his book, I Am Not Ashamed, makes an interesting statement: “I now want to put before you the Biblical view of man. The Apostle Paul puts into his letter to Timothy in a very interesting phrase. Come back to this great work of his, for which cause I also suffer these things. Nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded—I am perfectly certain, I am perfectly satisfied.” Paul in this passage, is expressing that our faith, our believing in Christ, should be sufficient for us in all things, in all circumstances, and in every situation. Unfortunately, not all of us have arrived in this place of “Blessed assurance,” and we are not fully purged from the iniquities of the past (2 Timothy 2:19-21).

The hidden things of Shame.

Please read Romans 6:19-21 (Amp) and 2 Corinthians 4:1-2. (Amp). In these two Scriptures, unresolved moral conflict will cause shame. Sin should not reign in the believer’s heart. Paul’s use of the word “reign” in Romans 6:12, is “Basileuo” and means “to exercise kingly power.” It means to stop allowing our sinful nature to reign as king in our mortal body. It is the believer’s responsibility to keep sin from mounting onto the throne of the heart.shamed

Instead of the blood of Christ cleansing the inward heart, shame becomes a covering.

A person in this condition may outwardly express a life of holiness, but deep inside there are secret thoughts, feelings and desires. It is these disgraceful things that rob us of our true beauty or nature of Christ. The personality becomes marred, and we lose the image of Christ within. This will produce discouragement and lethargy in out ward manifestation. Here is where shame covers the spirit, stealing its inner power and strength. The person will become despondent and timid, and the person becomes weary and exhausted.

The inner secret thought, feelings and desires must be confessed after we renounce the shame. Our Lord Jesus said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are downtrodden; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19).

How does one get set free.

See 2 Corinthians 4:2 Amplified. The second prayer is a guideline for the “renunciation of Shame.” In the name of Jesus, I come to the cross of Christ where all structures are broken.  I renounce all generational shame that came from my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. I renounce the curse of shame of and poverty. I renounce all personal shame and embarrassment. I release myself from the cycle of shame caused by my own sin or someone’s sin against me. I renounce all family familiar spirits of shame that oppress me, my family, my children’s children. I forgive my forefathers for their sin that caused the curse of shame to come upon me. Thank You Lord Jesus for releasing me from shame.

Blessings to you in Jesus name. 

Introduction to Inner Healing and Deliverance

The Cross

What is broken, can be made whole,

What is dirty, can be made clean,

Resentment, can become forgiveness, 

What is covered, cannot be healed.

Not all wounds, are visible

But, the Cross, is always the place of exchange.

A good case can be made that Jesus was ministering inner healing when He spoke to the woman at the well, who then went into the city proclaiming, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done” (John 4:29). Jesus may have been healing her entire life. Those of us who practice inner healing are convinced it is not only Scriptural but a main theme in God’s Word. (please refer to Scripture list handout in the Appendixes).

Is Inner Healing Scriptural?

Luke 6:46-49—John 21:1-17

 What is Inner Healing?

 Inner healing is applying the redemptive and healing work of Christ to lady-and-moonthe areas of darkness and bondage in our souls that have not received the healing light of Jesus Christ and have opened the door for the enemy to come in and keep us from walking in victory in that darkness or bondage area.

The tools of inner healing are the spiritual disciplines including prayer, confession, forgiveness, and counsel which allows us to walk in the Light and Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The focus of inner healing is identifying the unhealed access areas of darkness that gave the demonic permission to operate in that area, confess these areas of sin, repent for the behavior resulting from these unhealed areas, and allowing the Christ to cleanse and heal. (Colossians 1:9-14)

Inner Healing practitioners look at character, therefore, to discover what practices in the old nature did not die when we first received Jesus as Lord and Savior.

What is Deliverance?

Specifically, deliverance is the Spirit-empowered ministry of expelling demonic spirits that influence the thoughts, will, actions, and emotions of believers and unbelievers. The authority to expel demonic forces is given to every believer. (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17-20) In practical terms, deliverance is telling the enemy to leave through the power and authority of Jesus Christ, whose Spirit resides within each believer. The enemy recognizes authority and must bow his knee to the authority of Jesus Christ.

 Are Both Deliverance and Inner Healing Needed for Freedom?

 Yes! Deliverance, which tells the enemy to leave, without inner healing leaves the door open for the demonic influences to return to those access areas and attempts to lead the person back into bondage. Inner healing, which closes the door or access point to the enemy, without deliverance, allows the spirits of darkness to continue to attempt to lead the person back into sinful behavior or unhealthy ways of thinking. When the spirits have been ordered to leave, they cannot return if there is cleansing, healing, and filling with the presence of God in the areas where they had operated.