Women Divided

How beautiful it is when women do life/walk/pray/disciple together in community. It is no wonder…the enemy is threatened by the power of women in unity. It is no wonder that one of his strategies is to divide women. (Not just men against women and vice versa.)

Yes, the enemy hates women in unity, discipling others together.

In the last days, the Bible warns us about division…

Matthew 24…

10 At that time, many will turn away from their faith. They will hate each other. They will hand each other over to their enemies. 11 Many false prophets will appear. They will fool many people. 12 Because evil will grow, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who remains strong in the faith will be saved. 14 This good news of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world. It will be a witness to all nations. Then the end will come.

The battle rages on… flesh vs spirit…

Galatians 5…

19 The result of sin’s control in our lives is clear. It includes sexual sins, impure acts and wild living. 20 It includes worshiping statues of gods and worshiping evil powers. It also includes hatred and fighting, jealousy and fits of anger. Sinful desire is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups. 21 It wants what others have. It gets drunk and takes part in wild parties. It does many things of that kind. I warn you now as I did before. People who live like this will not receive God’s kingdom.

22 But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful 23 and gentle and having control of oneself. There is no law against things of that kind. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful desires to his cross. They don’t want these things anymore. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become proud. Let us not make each other angry. Let us not want what belongs to others.

“Lord, have mercy and come quickly…”

In the meantime…

1 Peter 5:8 

Be watchful and control yourselves. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to swallow up. 

Put on God’s Armour…

Ephesians 6:

10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. 12 Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. 13 So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come. But you will be able to stand up to anything. And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing. 14 So remain strong in the faith. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the armor of godliness on your chest. 15 Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. 16 Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word.

18 At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

If you are a Christian woman betrayed by other women,

…you are not alone… 

1 Peter 5:9 
 Stand up to the evil one. Remain strong in what you believe. You know that you are not alone in your suffering. The family of believers throughout the world is going through the same thing.

You are also in good company with Jesus…

Luke 22

Then Satan entered Judas, who was called Iscariot. Judas was one of the 12 disciples. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard. He talked with them about how he could hand Jesus over to them…

20 In the same way, after the supper Jesus took the cup. He said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. It is poured out for you. 21 But someone here is going to hand me over to my enemies. His hand is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go to his death, just as God has already decided. But how terrible it will be for the one who hands him over!”

Healing Prayer For Harmful Memories

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Have you ever seen something that brought you distress or even traumatized you? Do you have any harmful images you’ve internalized that periodically come back to upset you?

What do you do with these harmful memories and images?

Read: Healing Prayer for Harmful Images (Soul Shepherding)

 

Prayers: Healing Heart Wounds

How can you receive healing in your heart wounds?
If this can be helpful for others, I’m sharing the goods! 🙂

This below is some material that was given to me after I was prayed over by others for 3 hours to break word curses spoken over me that perhaps accumulated over 10 years of being a pastor…

(For part one, see From Curses to Blessing that will open up in a new window.)

Then… this was the 2nd part that I have continued with to find healing and to pray for others…

(These are material I have found for free online…)

1.) Assessment: These below list negative emotions/thoughts/strongholds that could be present in your life (whether in people around you in your environment or in you yourself)…
Discerning a heart wound which needs healing
Heart Issues that could need healing
What is in My Heart? worksheet

2. The basic process that will take intentional prayer focus and time.
7 prayers – Strands

3.) A sample of how to do it…
Prayers That Heal the Heart – 7 Step Model

 

4.) How to pray over others to break these things (after praying for yourself).
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(This is especially healing to pray over anyone who has caused the wounding in you.)

More info:
To read the full book, purchase on Amazon:

Prayers That Heal The Heart

You can also find videos and audios to assist…
For more info: http://www.cwgministries.org 

Can God trust us to anoint us?

Can God trust us as the church today in order to anoint us?
We have 2 options…

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(A Divine Confrontation by Graham Cooke)

Thoughts to Ponder:

Friendships led by the Holy Spirit lead to God’s power and anointing!

How are you investing in the relationships around you?

What is your motivation in investing in others? For yourself? For their own growth?

How are you allowing the Holy Spirit to lead in your relationships?

A Lifestyle of Lingering

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What religion does not consider is that the fragrance follows the oil. When you linger in His presence, He will change you. When you choose to lean on your beloved, your heart shifts. The church does not need more programs or printed bulletins. We have a surplus of whitewashed tombs. The church needs to get intimate with the bridegroom, seeking His heart and His ways. We are called to carry His fragrance, and it begins with intimacy and a lifestyle of lingering in His midst.

You cannot release what you do not possess.

Read the full article: I am looking for lingerers…

When Men are Silent

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What happens when men keep silent…?

(I wrote a post recently… When We Silence Women …but let us also highlight the value of men’s voices…) 

We need to hear both voices of men and women, not spoken in fleshly anger, but in bold Spirit-led risk-taking obedience… Dr Larry Crabb reminds us of the value of men’s voices…
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I always wondered why Eve put up a fight with the serpent, but not Adam…? …and this was before the Fall. Whatever the reason, it is a perfect example of why we need both men and women to speak truth and defend it together…for the sake of the world! We need each other. Remember, God created Adam and the world was not yet complete. It goes both ways vice versa.

My prayer…

I’m praying for our men to hear God’s voice clearly above all other voices… Praying for more of the Holy Spirit to give them courage to live out their calling… Praying against overwhelm and confusion, against shame and paralysis. Praying instead for their unique Holy Spirit anointing so that they may enjoy a victorious walk with Jesus!

“Men are uniquely called to remember what God has said and to speak accordingly, to move into dangerous uncertainty with a confidence and wisdom that comes from listening to God.”

Enjoy the book by Dr Larry Crabb: Men of Courage: God’s Call to Move Beyond the Silence of Adam

What’s next Papa?!

daddyholdinghand“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:15-25‬ ‭paraphrase by Eugene Peterson

http://bible.com/97/rom.8.15-25.msg

When We Silence Women

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Image source: Globe and Mail

What happens when we silence women, “on behalf of God”…?

“What we lose by excluding the distinctively feminine from ‘official’ ministries of teaching and preaching is of incalculable value. That loss is one of a few fundamental factors which account for the astonishing weakness of ‘the Church’ in the contemporary context.” (Dallas Willard)

What women bring to God’s kingdom building…

Many women in my circles are naturals at intentional relationship disciple-making. And if we do use programs, …in our current culture that loves the latest study, …we women are often found intentionally building relationships within those programs. Relationships that are intentionally built, continue long after the programs. Programs are only launch pads for disciple making. The most powerful disciple making happens organically.

But, we women are not perfect at this and it does not originate with us…

We see this example set by Christ Himself personally investing in 12 men and several women (Luke 8:1-3). These people did life together outside any classroom. Jesus didn’t invite spectators and note takers, he invited people to become disciple-makers. Men, can teach us women (and always have) but we women would love for men to be willing to learn from us as well.

If men didn’t listen to women, they may still think Jesus was in the grave. Go back to the Easter story and see who first believed and who first shared the Good News message. 

“All of Easter hangs on the testimony of women.” – Ravi Zacharias

We are called to build the kingdom together.

Together is better.

Because of Jesus, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’…

“There is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free person. There is no male or female. That’s because you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:20

Men… Brothers… We are not here to outdo each other. We are here to serve together to share the Gospel with a dying world. The world needs Jesus who defeated sin and death, and they won’t see Jesus in us when we fight with envy and fear. We need to choose to empower each other all the while being led by the Spirit. Truly godly women don’t want to take over, we want to be faithfully using our gifts for His kingdom!

People will only see Jesus in a family where men and women honour each other because they love Jesus more than anything. (John 17)

Let us not tarnish our testimony and halt sharing the Gospel because of our mistreatment of each other. The enemy laughs when this happens.

Let us not quench the Holy Spirit through the silencing of women who have been called to teach and prophesy…

“ ‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Holy Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
    Your young men will see visions.
    Your old men will have dreams.
In those days, I will pour out my Spirit on my servants.
    I will pour out my Spirit on both men and women.
    When I do, they will prophesy. (Joel 2 & Acts 2)

The world needs Jesus, the God who broke cultural barriers, gender barriers… and cosmic barriers – the barrier between God and man.

At what cost will you quench the Spirit? Or will you rather let Him lead through others you may not expect?

Read Acts 10 &11 to see the paradigm shift Peter had to go through regarding Gentiles! What paradigm shift will God need to take you through regarding genders, races, etc to show you that His Holy Spirit is available to all who believe in Jesus?

“What we lose by excluding the distinctively feminine from ‘official’ ministries of teaching and preaching is of incalculable value. That loss is one of a few fundamental factors which account for the astonishing weakness of ‘the Church’ in the contemporary context.” (Dallas Willard)

*Silencing women or any other group from sharing the Gospel and making disciples is spiritual attack.

The enemy hates women and men working together because that was Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21… to be one with God and one with each other… so that people will come to Jesus…

“I want all of them to be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us. Then the people of this world will believe that you sent me.”

Read my own story of the enemy’s attack: From Curses to Blessing


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Are you a dreamer?

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In my time of resting, God continues to invite me to think outside the box. I feel like He keeps inviting me to be hungry for more. Here’s what I’m learning about dreams (the long forgotten language for many)… thanks to Murray Dueck. (A link to his book can be found at the bottom. Here’s an intro…)

What about dreams in the Bible?

There are 224 references to dreams and visions in the Bible.
1/3 of the Bible is connected to dreams and visions. (The entire book of Revelation is a vision.)

Are dreams important to Jesus?

How many dreams can you find around the birth of Jesus?

Matt 1:18-2:23 (opens in new window)

I count 5.

What would have happened to Jesus if God the Father hadn’t sent one of those dreams?

I think he’d be dead.

We should major on the majors and minor on the minors.
The Bible majors on dreams and visions.

You will dream 3 years of your life and you will dream more than you eat. Every night you dream 1-2 hours. It’s whether or not you are remembering them. If people aren’t allowed to dream, they go insane.

Dreams:
1. look inside you
2. reveal the nature of God (and he has a wonderful sense of humour.)

Dreaming causes you to ponder and draw closer to God. It’s not about information but about relationship and intimacy with your Creator and Saviour.

Why did the church quit listening to dreams?

-Jerome mistranslated – Deut.18:10

-The church took over government, authority became clergy, not lay people. Personal revelation became for only clergy.

-Christianity became judicial and less relational. (Did you know that in some circles, the thought of getting a degree in theology is crazy because theology is about relationship and not merely Bible facts.)

Question: How do you live with the early church’s understanding of dreams in today’s culture?

We do not throw away our mind-set, we add to it…
The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth…

1 Corinthians 2

God’s Wisdom Through the Holy Spirit

6 The words we speak to those who have grown in the faith are wise. Our words are different from the wisdom of this world. Our words are different from those of the rulers of this world. These rulers are becoming less and less powerful. 7 No, we announce God’s wisdom. His wisdom is a mystery that has been hidden. But before time began, God planned that his wisdom would bring us heavenly glory. 8 None of the rulers of this world understood God’s wisdom. If they had, they would not have nailed the Lord of glory to the cross. 9 It is written that

“no eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
and no human mind has known.” (Isaiah 64:4)
God has prepared these things for those who love him.
10 God has shown these things to us through his Spirit.

The Spirit understands all things. He understands even the deep things of God. 11 Who can know the thoughts of another person? Only a person’s own spirit can know them. In the same way, only the Spirit of God knows God’s thoughts. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit helps us understand what God has freely given us. 13 That is what we speak about. We don’t use words taught to us by people. We use words taught to us by the Holy Spirit. We use the words taught by the Spirit to explain spiritual truths. 14 The person without the Spirit doesn’t accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. These things are foolish to them. They can’t understand them. In fact, such things can’t be understood without the Spirit’s help. 15 The person who has the Spirit can judge all things. But no human being can judge those who have the Spirit. It is written,

16 “Who can ever know what is in the Lord’s mind?
Can anyone ever teach him?” (Isaiah 40:13)
But we have the mind of Christ.

Prayer:

“Lord, help us to listen, ponder, love and follow…”

How do you interpret your dreams using God’s Word?

You’ll enjoy this introductory resource that goes beyond dreaming and looks at everyday events as we learn to take note of God speaking to us in the day to day:

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Learn more about Murray Dueck’s book…