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August 31: Spiritual Warfare: Taking Up the Real Battle

Our senses are pummelled daily by an onslaught of information from Facebook; from Twitter; eMail; telephone; news programmes and even newspapers. It is no wonder that we often have a sense of being weighed down. In the majority of cases it is, in reality, a matter of information overload.

In recent weeks and months we have been confronted with images of churches in Iraq and other, mainly moslem countries, being burned down. or ransacked and people being slaughtered, even crucified and beheaded simply for believing in, or following a different religion, or sect to their oppressors.bigstock-network-17645951

We are asked to listen to commentators promoting their latest take on a situation that many of them, in fact the majority of them, have little or no real knowledge about. Most simply want to have their voices heard and their message listened to and forget about facts, or truth, as long as they are being listened to. The incessant round of ‘journalists’ and ‘news commentators’ (and I use those terms very loosely) interviewing or chatting with other so-called journalists, just to fill the airtime, is enough to drive even the sanest person to the brink.

News is no longer reported, instead a story is written and a position, liked, or disliked is posited, in news programmes that were once called news reports, or bulletins. The slow news day must have a feel-good story to take up the slack; what used to be called the “Dead Donkey”; hence the famous British BBC comedy show entitled “Drop the Dead Donkey.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that the church, the body of Christ’s believers, in this world, hide its head in the sand and ignore what is going on around the world, by any stretch of the imagination. Instead. I am suggesting that we need to choose our sources carefully and avoid getting caught up in the hype, the rhetoric and the hyperbole that accompanies a lot of the information we receive.

Instead of watching, or reading the news with the belief that what is happening, or what is predicted to do will happen, we should be actively involved in making the news. Changing the circumstances to ensure that God is given the right to be involved in those very same circumstances. The question asked is “How do we do that?” “How do we get involved in determining the circumstances; instead of always being under the circumstances?” In truth a one word answer should suffice: P-R-A-Y-E-R!

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The response I have received regarding this position has been sadly mixed. Particularly from those who wear their ‘faith’ (and I use that term very loosely here) on their sleeve. Armchair warmongers who want to eradicate the enemy and wipe them from their very existence. Their response is full of contempt for Christians that they see as weak, impotent, huddling, just waiting to be plundered by the enemy. They instead will take up the challenge and react with force and destruction.

My greatest concern has been raised when this is the response I have received from ‘ministers’ who are positions of pastor and teacher. These are the reckonings of the unsaved; those who do not promote a belief in a god of any kind.

In fact I believe that it demonstrates a number of things about what they really know about prayer. It demonstrates:

  1. a lack of belief in the ability of God to answer prayer.
  2. a sad lack of knowledge regarding what prayer actually is.
  3. A life, of a Christian that is controlled by and lived under the circumstances.
  4. If they do have a relationship with God and a ‘prayer-life’ of sorts, their prayers are not based on the Word and thereby the Will of God and so they are asked amiss (James 4:3).    Or,
  5. Prayers prayed without any faith in God’s ability to fulfil his word and answer prayers.

As a result they end up believing that everything in their life, or the world around them, has to be done by either themselves, or someone else with the power, authority, or the ability that they lack. It has to be done in basic human strength; denying God the ability to work in their lives and change things for the better.

Faith and prayer require corresponding action. But, what is that action? and where does the instruction about which action to take come from? At a basic human, fleshly level we all deal with rage and anger that rises because we do not like what we see before us. But, it is when this temptation arises that we can either choose to follow our fleshly, carnal and devilish senses; that are subject to deception. or we can use the wisdom that comes from God.

As Christians we are called to be ‘Little Christ’s’ to the world; we are the body of Christ in this world. It therefore follows that it is incumbent upon us to look at How Jesus acted, When Jesus acted and Why Jesus acted. As well as looking to what he actually taught us, his disciples, to do in relation to attacks by other human beings.

Throughout the Synoptic Gospels we find Jesus constantly reminding those that came seeking answers, particularly for healing or deliverance, that it was Not he that was good. But, that “it is the Father that is good.” He often responded that “I only Say what I hear the Father say.” As well as saying that “I only Do what I see the Father do.”

Jesus is reported to have taken time to separate himself from everyone to spend time in prayer, in conversation with the Father. It is at these times that I believe he heard what he was to say and saw what he was supposed to do; as well as walking in a constant understanding of the reality of the “More Real” spiritual world from where all things originate (Heb 11:3).

intercessorJesus taught that we are to Love our enemies, Pray FOR them that abuse us and use us. For Christians to operate outside of this reemit is rebellion, pure and simple. If we allow our hearts to become full of hatred and we act on that hatred then we are not hearing and doing what the Father either says or does.

St Paul reminds us that our battle is not with other humans, but with the principalities, the powers, the ideologies that battle against the cause for peace in the heavenlies above the natural realm; that if we ignore that battle for a fleshly fight we are doomed to failure.

The story of Daniel reveals the effects that this battle in the Super-Natural realm actually has. It also teaches us the need for persistence when nothing seems to be happening.

The REAL battle for the body of Christ is NOT with flesh and blood. Our battle is based on Spiritual Warfare. A warfare of world changing proportions that is not weak, or passive. But, on the contrary, is effective; changes circumstances and brings the power of God into the environment where he has previously been denied access.

Intercessory prayer is not a game. But, it is in fact the most selfless of all forms of prayer; it is one of the best ways for you to “Love your enemy”. Intercession is a matter of taking up our position to make up the fence around people and situations where the real enemy has had free access.

It is to join forces in the spiritual realm with other “pray-ers” around the world to allow God access and the right to act where previously he could not. The Church, as a whole, has the responsibility to be on its collective face before the Father pleading the case for those in danger.

Over the next weeks we will look at the work of Intercessory prayer. The need to be properly dressed for prayer. The power that the Intercessor has and is able to bring to the battle. Awareness of what is and is not the leading of God. The central importance of ministering to The Lord. As well as the need to know how to minister to one another at times of rest.

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Taking Up The Real Battle

August 17: Trusting In, Relying Upon, Getting Comfortable With The Love of God

This Holy Spirit inspired and directed message is a reminder that we all need to learn to trust in the Love of God.

I the Book of Romans we are informed that “God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us” (Rom 5:5) It is the Holy Spirit, God himself residing in our spirits, the same God that Loved the world so much that he gave himself, in the form of his son, to die in our place, as a substitute for our sinful nature. That is the Love that we are commanded to live in and by.

The Love of God, the Holy Spirit of God, the Anointing of God, the Mercy, the Glory, the hand of God are synonymous; they are all one and the same. When we come to the revelation that we, in our own human strength and ability are unable Sunset Eagleto express this love in all of it’s glory, is when we begin the process of learning to rely on and in the Holy Spirit and his desire to show out through us, to the world around us.

To do that we have to learn to Trust In, Rely Upon and Get Comfortable With The Love of God and allow the nature of God, by his Holy Spirit and the anointing on your life to flow through you. By having the boldness to take the first step you demonstrate your trust in God’s ability to back up his promises. That demonstration of your faith provides God with an avenue to reach out and help others.

The more you are prepared to step out, to trust God to move through you, the more you will experience God moving through you. You learn that trust, you learn the still small voice of God in your spirit as you spend more time with God. You are as deep as you want to be in the Love and the anointing of God. Get a desire, a craving to go deeper and learn all that God can do through you.

LifeYou cannot give away something you don’t have yourself. So, to that end we all need to spend time getting comfortable and learning about how much God loves us, to notice what he is doing in our own lives. So that we will always be ready to give our testimony of How Great God’s love is in our lives and what he will also do for ANYONE who will simply call upon him.

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Trusting In, Relying Upon, Getting Comfortable With The Love of God

August 10: What Does Love Look Like?

CS Lewis the famous writer wrote a now infamous book entitled “The Four Loves.” In this study Lewis compares the difference between the limitations of the English Word LOVE and the fact that the Greeks had at least 4 words to describe the kind of relationship that was in place.

In this short book Lewis discusses each word in a separate chapter and is a worthwhile read. Here are the definitions, according to Lewis’ study that can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Loves

Storge – affection

Affection (storge, στοργή) is fondness through familiarity (a brotherly love), especially between family members or people who have otherwise found themselves together by chance. It is described as the most natural, emotive, and widely diffused of loves: natural in that it is present without coercion; emotive because it is the result of fondness due to familiarity; and most widely diffused because it pays the least attention to those characteristics deemed “valuable” or worthy of love and, as a result, is able to transcend most discriminating factors.

Affection, for Lewis, included both Need-love and Gift-love; he considered it responsible for 9/10th of all solid and lasting human happiness.

Ironically, however, affection’s strength is also what makes it vulnerable. Affection has the appearance of being “built-in” or “ready made”, says Lewis, and as a result people come to expect it irrespective of their behaviour and its natural consequences. Both in its Need and its Gift form, affection then is liable to ‘go bad’, and to be corrupted by such forces as jealousy, ambivalence and smothering.

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Philia – friendship

Philia (Greek: φιλία) is the love between friends. Friendship is the strong bond existing between people who share common interest or activity.  Lewis immediately differentiates Friendship Love from the other Loves. He describes friendship as, “the least biological, organic, instinctive, gregarious and necessary…the least natural of loves”- our species does not need friendship in order to reproduce – but to the classical and medieval worlds the more profound precisely because it is freely chosen.

Lewis explains that true friendships, like the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Bible, are almost a lost art. He expresses a strong distaste for the way modern society ignores friendship. He notes that he cannot remember any poem that celebrated true friendship like that between David and JonathanOrestes and PyladesRoland and OliverAmis and Amiles. Lewis goes on to say, “to the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it”.

Growing out of Companionship, friendship for Lewis was a deeply Appreciative love, though one which he felt few people in modern society could value at its worth, because so few actually experienced true friendship.

Nevertheless Lewis was not blind to the dangers of friendships, such as its potential for cliqueyness, anti-authoritarianism, and pride.

Eros – romance

Eros (ἔρως) for Lewis was love in the sense of ‘being in love’ or ‘loving’ someone, as opposed to the raw sexuality of what he called Venus: the illustration Lewis uses was the distinction between ‘wanting a woman’ and wanting one particular woman – something that matched his (classical) view of man as a rational animal, a composite both of reasoning angel and instinctual alley-cat.

Eros turns the need-pleasure of Venus into the most appreciative of all pleasures; but nevertheless Lewis warned against the modern tendency for Eros to become a god to people who fully submit themselves to it, a justification for selfishness, even a phallic religion.

After exploring sexual activity and its spiritual significance in both a pagan and a Christian sense, he notes how Eros (or being in love) is in itself an indifferent, neutral force: how “Eros in all his splendour…may urge to evil as well as good”.While accepting that Eros can be an extremely profound experience, he does not overlook the dark way it may lead even to the point of suicide pacts or murder, as well as to furious refusals to part, “mercilessly chaining together two mutual tormentors, each raw all over with the poison of hate-in-love”.

Agape – unconditional love

Charity agapē (ἀγάπη) is the love that brings forth caring regardless of the circumstance. Lewis recognises this as the greatest of loves, and sees it as a specifically Christian virtue. The chapter on the subject focuses on the need of subordinating the natural loves – as Lewis puts it, “The natural loves are not self-sufficient”- to the love of God, who is full of charitable love, to prevent what he termed their ‘demonic’ self-aggrandisement. Lewis did not actually use the word agape although later commentators did.

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“How Do We Know we have passed from Death to Life? Because we Love the Brethren.”  (IJohn 3: 14)

Our best reference for a truly worthwhile and working definition of agapē (ἀγάπη) also referred to as the divine or God quality of Love is found in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, ICor 13: 4 – 8a. Although there are a number of very good translations of this passage, the version found in the Amplified bible (Zondervan Press) is still regarded as one of the best, if not the best. It expands and expounds all that Paul was talking about to this young church.

The Love walk requires that we know what Love truly is before we embark on the journey. A good starting point for the practical application of this Love is given to us by the Disciple referred to as “The one that Jesus loved” and often referred to as “The Apostle of Love”; namely John.

In the first epistle of John we discover that this Love is more than an emotion. That in fact Love is a person; that Love is God himself and that the Holy Spirit as a resident in our hearts, as born again believers, means that that God quality of Love resides on the inside of us.

However, it is up to us to choose to release that Love. We will be given the opportunity to choose to act in Love, or not, because The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and does not force his will on anyone. Our Job is to renew our minds to what that Love is and How that Love is to be expressed. So that by doing so we are able to make better choices in each situation.

We move away from the natural fleshly love of self satisfaction to the selfless agapē (ἀγάπη) Love of God. Our thoughts change from being “what can I get in this situation.” To “What, or How, can I be a blessing in the situation.”  We move from being ‘Self’ centred to being ‘Others’ centred in our thinking. Our best example of this being Jesus himself; the Love of God personified; John 3: 16 – 17.

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What Does Love Look Like?

August 3: The Love Of God Constrains Us

All of Us and I mean ALL OF US, at one time or another, maybe even in the last few minutes before you read this, have felt like “If you don’t get out of my face, I’m going to pop you one.” Be it a partner, a friend, a child, or even a parent You have felt like losing your temper and lashing out.

In many cases you may have done just that; lashed out. In most of those cases you have almost immediately regretted doing it; you’ve either been angry at yourself,  or you may have allowed it to fester deep inside of you. For many it is the source of their depression and in the case of a Christian it may have caused you to ‘feel’ like your relationship with God has been hampered.

heart with angel wingsIn contrast, you may have felt under enormous pressure to take the same action. But, for some reason, certainly in the early stages, you don’t know what it was. But, there was something down on the inside of you that just kept you from fulfilling that basic human desire to stop, what you perceived as an attack, or an annoyance, by force.

The Force that rose up within you is called “Self-Control” andI refer to it as a force because it is far more than simply an emotive response and it is certainly not an autonomic response; it requires effort in its application.

Every human being has some measure of self-control naturally. Some appear to have more in certain areas of their life, yet others succumb and even develop addictions that put their body’s specific desires above anything else happening in their lives. Food, Alcohol, Drugs (both legal and otherwise), sex, TV and other forms of mental and emotional stimulation are common in the western world.

Christians, once they become aware of it, have an added advantage over their ‘natural’ counterparts, because if you have been “Born Again” you have invited The Holy Spirit, also referred to as The Holy Ghost, or The Spirit of God throughout the New Testament, the third person of the divine Trinity, to reside on the inside of you. Yes, you have The Holy Spirit of God living right in you.This is the reason the New Testament refers to our bodies as the “Temple of God.” Or, the church is referred to as a building of “Living Stones.”

We read in 1John Chapter 4 that “we know that we have received this great salvation, because we Love the brethren (the other members of the church). But, as we read on we also discover why this Love is so important. We find that God Himself is referred to as LOVE; that “God is LOVE.” Jesus is often referred to as pomegranates 1the “express image of the Love of God” and that his life and actions are an  example of the way LOVE responds.

So, if that is the case, then we can safely say, that if God, through The Holy Ghost, or The Holy Spirit, has come to live in us. then we can also say that effectively LOVE has come to live in us. As we further study the scriptures we also learn about the God quality of Love and what it is as well as what it is not (1Cor 13:4-8a)

I stress that, it is once the Christian becomes aware of this, because there are many who have said the prayer of salvation (sincerely and from the heart) and have actually been saved; they’ve been “Born Again.” But, sadly, as a result of a lack of teaching. Or, in reality, a lack of quality teaching about all that the New Birth entails, they have been robbed of the ability and the right to experience the fulness of what that changed state of being has done for them.

When a Christian does begin to learn all of what that experience has done for them they have the opportunity to walk in the light of what they’ve learned and to develop their faith further. Additionally, they will find that as they spend more time developing their personal relationship with God and in particular “practicing their personal prayer language” given by the Holy Ghost, they will also witness a change in the way they react and respond to different things that happen in their lives.

Jesus referred to this way of living as the “Fruit of the Vine.” he taught us that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Now, the thing with fruit is that it is usually found on the branches. So, our life will either produce the pleasant fruit of the effect of The Holy Spirit in our lives, or we may allow the sad, bitter fruit of our bodily (referred to as carnal) nature to be what people experience. Remember, pomegranates 2The Holy Spirit will never force his will on you. That is why Paul teaches us that we need to “Yield to The Spirit of God.” To allow his nature to flow through us.

In Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians he talks about the Fruit of the Spirit and if we compare it to his description of Love, as we have previously seen, we will find that it is almost one and the same. I like to say that “The Fruit of the Spirit; the fruit produced by allowing The Holy Spirit of God to develop in us is LOVE.”

Now, I’m not going out on a limb here, because there are other prominent teachers of the Word of God who agree with me on this.  I’ve held this position for about Thirty plus years and it is only recently I’ve heard other ministers saying something similar. I believe that The Fruit, LOVE is made up of all the other components as listed in Galatians chapter 5 and that they are all held in place by the final component being “Self-Control.”

So, the next time you have the urge to “Pop someone in the nose” and you find it becoming easier not to do it. You’ll probably find that it’s because the Fruit of The Holy Spirit, LOVE, acting on your recreated human spirit, is constraining you, helping you to develop a greater sense of “Self-Control.”

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The Love Of God Constrains Us

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July 27: Faith Works By Love

This week we begin a new series entitled “Walking in Love”

The Love Walk is the Highest calling in the believer’s life. WE are told to: “Imitate Christ, as dear children imitate their Father.” in Ephesians.  Jesus himself said that the only ‘other’ commandment he was leaving was to: “Love One Another, as I have Loved you. ” and “By this shall All Men Know that you are my disciples. Because, you love one another.”

In recent weeks we have looked at Healing, Faith, Miracles and a whole manner of those aspects of life that identify the disciples of Jesus. But, without Love, the AGAPE, God kind, or quality of LOVE all of these other things fail and fade into nothing. Without Love we cannot fulfil The Law and The Prophets. But, with AGAPE  Jesus sid we: “fulfil ALL The Law and The Prophets.”

We learn about Faith being the ONLY way to be able to please God (Heb 11:6). But without Love, our Faith cannot prevail. By taking time and comprehensively studying 1Cor 13: 4-8 and 13 we find a very clear picture of how LOVE manifests Himself in Our lies

We are reminded that the LOVE of God is poured into pour heart by the Holy Spirit who lives and abides within us. However, he will
not act against our will and so, we must bring our bodies under subjection to the will of God through the Holy Spirit in Our Lives. We must always remember that the Fruit of the Spirit is not for ourselves. But, instead, the fruit is for others to taste, to eat and to enjoy.

As the Fruit of the LOVE of God develops in our lives our own selfish desires take a back seat and a life of selfless giving emerges to draw others to the LOVE that God has for them.

Over the coming weeks we will look at What LOVE is, how it manifests itself and more importantly How We can allow it to manifest HIMSELF in our lives; for God is LOVE.

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Faith Works By Love

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July 20: Looking To The Miraculous

The Church Fails the “Drive-thru” Test

In the modern Western world of Fast Food, Fast Entertainment, Instant Marriages and Instant Makeovers the church fails to meet the ever-growing and insatiable craving of Christians to want everything from God right NOW.

Sadly, when it doesn’t come right away they are left believing that prayer doesn’t work; that healing isn’t for today; God must not want them to be healed and a myriad other answers to satisfy their sense of disappointment.

This can lead to anger at God for letting them down. Or, to providing an avenue of entry for wrong thinking and wrong teaching that would suggest that God wants to teach you something by ‘making’ you sick. Even worse, that God is the author of your sickness.

The truth is that God is not in the party trick, or the side show business. He isn’t into providing cheap thrills, or performing at our whim.

Yet, we are asked to believe that God, who demonstrated his perfect will through Jesus, is the same today as he was back then. The bible indicates that the realm of the miraculous is available in the here and now. Otherwise, there would be grounds to believe that God is not as great as we have been led to believe.

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One of the major problems, I believe, is that we, as Christians, have a badly skewed concept of what a miracle actually is. Through common usage we have come to believe that any healing that is miraculous is an instantaneous healing.

We hear stories of Evangelists, in countries like Africa and in other similar parts of the world, conducting great tent meetings where hundreds of people receive their healing instantaneously; the blind see; the deaf hear and the lame and crippled are made able to walk again.

Yet, signs and wonders, like these are few and far between in western society. Why is that?

What is it about the miraculous that is so important to us?

Why do we have this idea that every healing that Jesus performed was instantaneous?

There must be more to this subject than meets our first glance.

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This important message looks at these questions and provides answers that may have never entered your thinking on this subject before.

As the church of Jesus Christ the miraculous is the realm we are called to both live and walk in; all the time. But, if we don’t have a clearer picture of what that is supposed to be like we may be experiencing failure when we could be, and should be rejoicing in the Victory that overcomes the World; Our Faith.

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Looking To The Miraculous

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July 13: Your Healing Is In Your Mouth

Our confession rules us:

“The man who says he can and the man who says he can’t are both right!” I first heard this quoted by Zig Ziglar. However, it comes from Confucious himself.

This principle is however, completely scriptural. Throughout the Old and New Testaments we are informed that the words of our mouths can have either the consequence of blessing, or cursing. We have the ability to affect how we react, or respond to, or help to shape, the world around us.

Through a good report Joshua and Caleb eventually entered the promised land. But the other 10 men who had gone to spy out the land with them, by their own confession, determined their fate with an evil report.

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the woman with the issue of blood and the fact that she came to Jesus speaking her faith about what she expected to happen. The Roman centurion that came to Jesus recognised his authority to speak a command and it be fulfilled and in both cases Jesus response was that their faith, evident by what they had said, had enabled them to receive.Life

There are 3 principles we need to remember to receive our healing. Or, for that matter to keep our healing. We must remember that Jesus was and is the embodiment of the Will of God and we are given his Modus Operandai in Acts 10:38 where we are reminded that God’s Will is Healing and Health.

The three principles are:

1 We need to Study God’s Will for Our Lives. 2Tim 2 :15

2 We need to Speak God’s Will over Our lives. Heb 10:23

3 We need to Walk in God’s Will for Our Lives Jam 1:22

As you listen to this essential message make sure that you have your own bible handy and note these verses in and before your own eyes.

Additionally, if you can find a way to get ahold of a copy of “God’s Medicine” a very powerful little mini book by brother Kenneth E Hagin that includes a section on the GM1kind of confession/profession of Faith that you need to be making over your life.

This and other books will soon be available from our online bookstore. However, there may be a simpler way for you to be able to get ahold of it where you are.

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Your Healing Is In Your Mouth

URGENT UPDATE *******BOOK LAUNCH*******

BOOK LAUNCH

This Friday July 4 I will be launching my new book

“You Shall Walk in the Dark Places My Story: Resolving My Sexuality and My Faith”

Sadly the books have not made it through customs in time for this event. This is not something within my control.

HOWEVER, the book launch itself WILL go ahead as previously planned.

The Launch will be held at the July Monthly chapter meeting of Freedom2b Perth.Dark Places Banner text sml

The Location is the Meeting Room 1st Floor, The Northbridge Piazza Community Centre on the corner of Lake and James Streets Northbridge.

The Venue is accessible and is located behind the multimedia Big Screen in the Piazza itself.

The Book will be launched by a dear friend of mine Ms Alison Xamon who, until the last State Election in 2013, was the MLC for the East Metropolitan region in Perth.

The Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start and copies of the book will be available for sale on the night.

The Regular Price is $34.95 AU. But, it will be available for purchase at a special price of $29.95 on the night.

ORDERS WILL BE TAKEN, With Payment. (CASH ONLY) Buyers will be contacted as soon as the books arrive to arrange delivery/pickup (to avoid the high cost of postage)..

I will read excerpts from the book as well as tell my story in relation to resolving My Sexuality and My Faith.

Everyone is welcome including friends and family of Regular, Returning and also New Freedom2b members.

Come and help us celebrate the culmination of 4 years work.

Pastor Graham

GDM

 

 

For those unable to get to the Launch the book is now available for order from Amazon.com in both Hardcover and Kindle and will be in iBooks soon.

To go directly to the listing on Amazon Go Here

*******SPECIAL EVENT*******

BOOK LAUNCH

This Friday July 4 I will be launching my new book

“You Shall Walk in the Dark Places My Story: Resolving My Sexuality and My Faith”

Dark Places Banner text sml

The Launch will be held at the July Monthly chapter meeting of Freedom2b Perth.

The Location is the Meeting Room 1st Floor, The Northbridge Piazza Community Centre on the corner of Lake and James Streets Northbridge.

The Venue is accessible and is located behind the multimedia Big Screen in the Piazza itself.

The Book will be launched by a dear friend of mine Ms Alison Xamon who until the last State Election in 2013 was the MLC for the East Metropolitan region in Perth.

The Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start and copies of the book will be available for sale on the night. Regular Price is $34.95 AU. But, will be available for            

a special price of $29.95 on the night.

I will read excerpts from the book as well as tell my story in relation to resolving My Sexuality and My Faith.

Everyone is welcome including friends and family of Regular, Returning and also New Freedom2b members.

Come and help us celebrate the culmination of 4 years work.

Pastor Graham

 

For those unable to get to the Launch the book is now available for order from Amazon.com in both Hardcover and Kindle and will be in iBooks soon.

To go directly to the listing Go Here

June 29: Hindrances To Healing part 2

As we discovered last week one of the greatest hindrances to people receiving the healing that God provides is unforgiveness.

Unforgiveness:

More than anything else in the believer’s walk  unforgiveness will hinder every area of life as it restrains and blocks the ability for God’s grace to be fully experienced. One of the main reasons it is a stumbling block is the level of pain, either psychological, physical or even spiritual that is experienced by the one holding unforgiveness in their life. The cause of the pain may be a slight, an injury to ones feelings, it can be imagined, actual and in some cases deliberate.

I many cases the person to whom the unforgiveness and resentment, or bitterness is aimed may be totally oblivious to the injury that has been sustained; as a result they have no knowledge that there is an injury to make right. The person holding onto that unforgiveness may see their target getting on with their lives as if nothing has happened and perceive that they do not care; or that they are twisting the knife they feel in their gut. In reality they are the ones twisting the knife as they hold onto their self-pity.

In some instances, where the injury is in fact real and even though reconciliation and restitution has been attempted the person holding the unforgiveness may be doing so, out of fear that if they do allow it to go they will no longer have a sense of purpose; a sense of self. As a result they find that they may have held onto the bitterness for so long that they cannot imagine life without it. This is a very difficult situation to try to resolve; the person needs to develop a want to want to let the pain go before there can be any movement.

Sadly, there are instances where a person is holding unforgiveness toward a person who is using it to manipulate that individual, through their sense of guilt. They know that the person bears them ill will and use it for their amusement. Thankfully these people are few and far between. But, we have to be aware that the situation can exist; especially when we move in to offer healing prayer for someone and they don’t appear to receive.

One of the hardest forms of unforgiveness to eradicate is that which is held against yourself. Too often the person can forgive everyone else for what they may, or may not have done to them. But, there is no way that they can forgive themselves. They will fight you tooth and nail to hold onto their belief that they cannot and should not be forgiven. This can lead to some very serious mental disorders and has been the thing that has caused many, in the past, to be institutionalised believing they have committed “the unforgivable sin.”Barriers

Wrong Teaching:

Based on theology rather than on the word of God religious doctrine can and has robbed many of their healing. Jesus had to deal with a fair amount of this in his ministry. He often rebuked the religious leaders for not following through on the healing messages and the processes whereby the children of Abraham should have been free from sickness and disease. His scolding led them to hate him all the more as he reminded them of the duty they had failed to perform; making the word of God “of none effect.”

Wrong Believing:

Robs far too many of God’s children in every area of their lives. But, it is most apparent in the area of health. Wrong teaching suggesting that God is the one making them unwell, or trying to teach them something through their suffering leads them to believe that God is the source of their disease and negates any opportunity for them to receive what is theirs by inheritance.

Wrong thinking:

Also leads to the development of doubt and unbelief and double-mindedness in those who hear a message about the healing power of God. A part of them wants to believe, but their thoughts outweigh the argument going on inside their mind and silences their heart that is trying to accept the healing on offer. As James Said: A Double-minded man is unstable in All his ways.” James 1:5 – 8.

All of these combined bring the person who desires to walk in the fullness of what God has to offer them, in this life and leads to:

Wrong Speaking:

We are ruled by the words of Our mouth (Prov 4:20). They can either convey hope and faith. Or, they can deliver doubt and unbelief and rob us of the blessings that God has in store for us. As Zig Ziglar says: “The man who says he can and the man  who says he can’t, are both right.” Our words can either reinforce the teaching, believing, thinking and further speaking that comes out of our own mouths and snares us. Jesus said it clearly: that Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”; or “Out of the treasure of a man’s heart the mouth speaks.” We will eat the fruit of our own words and it takes dedication, time and effort for us to bring our tongues under control.  But, it is truly worth the effort.

The other two areas most commonly that provide a hindrance to receiving healing from God is Unconfessed sin; that causes us to feel unworthy to receive anything from God. The other is a Lack of Preparedness to receive from God. We really do need to build up our faith by feeding our mind and our spirit on the promises that God has made to his people regarding his desires for our health; as well as every other area in our lives.  In both cases there are times when God will ensure that the individual receives their healing as a witness to his power and generosity. This is why Healing is often referred to as “God’s calling Card.”  However, these kinds of signs and wonders are usually to draw attention to the fact that he is present and is more often seen in evangelism of large groups of people with NO knowledge of God.

There are other hindrances that can stop someone from receiving all that God has for them. But, these are the most common and most frequently encountered. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change the FACT that Healing is God’s will for his people.

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Hindrances To Healing Part 2

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