Sunday, November 23, 2014

"I have a dream!"


A woman who attended one of our seminars also worked through A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer. She was so excited about what God did in her life that she decided to lead a healing prayer study in her church with a group of 13 people. When they discussed their homework they divided into two smaller groups (7 women and 6 men) so everyone would have a chance to share. They used the book as their curriculum and met for ten weeks. One of the participants in this study wrote the following testimony of one of her times alone with God. 
“I asked Jesus to search my heart and bring up anything that needed His healing touch. And this is what He said to me.”

“I love you without measure, I will never leave you.”

“I’m not like the fleshly men who wanted to change you because of their insecurities, fears, what they were taught by their parents, and their unhealed wounds. They tried to mold you into their own perverted ways and through their messed up thinking.”

“But I, your Heavenly Father, love you with an unconditional love. I love you with a love that’s not distorted. I am whatever you need Me to be. You will never be alone. On days when you feel alone or lonely, talk to Me and I will give you rest. I will give you peace.”
This story illustrates a truth that a good friend of mine is fond of saying. What God does in you, later He wants to do through you.  
- Dave Legg
 

"More than forty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. declared, I have a dream. People still get tears in their eyes when they hear that declaration. Why did those words strike home so powerfully for so many people? Probably because every one of us has a dream.

I have one too.

My dream is that church fellowships, local ministries, teams, mission groups, and other bodies of believers will rise up, come out from behind their self-protective facades, and become the healing communities Jesus envisioned. These communities will be characterized by deep vulnerability, compassion for the hurting, sincere love, and the kind of grace that’s impossible apart from God."
Quoted from the final chapter in A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer, 2011 Navpress, Kindle Edition.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Relational Healing in Detroit


"When you hold on to your history, you do so at the expense of your destiny."      - T.D. Jakes

One reason I'm late in making a new post was a four-day healing trip I was on to Detroit last weekend. Teammate Kathy Hatflield and I taught a day-long Relational Healing Seminar at the Rosedale Park Baptist Church in metro Detroit on Saturday to 65 people ... and really had a incredible God time.

The highlight of the the seminar was the quoted message above given by Pastor T.D. Jakes in a film clip of him on a program with Oprah Winfrey. Click here to witness T.D. Jakes' historic quote.

Other highlights were:
  • Understanding that conflict is an opportunity, not an accident.
  • Learning how to close doors I had opened to the demonic.
  • The idea of making a relational covenant with others.
  • The technique of asking for and extending forgiveness between two people.
  • I appreciated praying the warfare prayer.
  • The deep sharing at the end was an impactful climax to the entire day.
  • Considering others as more important than myself.
  • I liked the Five Principles of Relational Healing and how they were presented.
  • Reconciliation needs to precede resolution.
  • You don't fix relationships, you develop them!
  • "Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." T.D. Jakes
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Under the Surface



If you had knowledge of another person’s experiences…
  • What they see…
  • What they hear…
  • What they feel…
Would it change the way you respond to them?

If you had knowledge of what's going on beneath the surface in others, would it impact the way you treat them?

Look for yourself at the thought 
provoking "Under the Surface" video
by clicking anywhere on this iceberg. 
It will challenge your paradigms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-pU7ozt3g
 
You only understand people if you feel them in yourself.  
- John Steinbeck

  • As you reflect on this video post, what thoughts are triggered within you?
  • How can you grow in getting below the waterline with others? 
  • Have you discovered and experienced healing freedom in areas hidden below the water in your own personal iceberg?
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Monday, November 3, 2014

The Most Powerful Weapon of All


"Forgiveness liberates the soul. That's why it's such a powerful weapon." - Nelson Mandela, South African president (1994-1999


"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world." - Marianne Williamson, American author (1952- )

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” - Hannah Arendt, American historian (1906-1975)


"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." - Josh Billings, American author (1818-1885)

"Hating people is like burning your own house down to get rid of a rat." - Henry Emerson Fosdick, American author (1878-1969)

"If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless." - Mohandas Gandhi, Indian religious leader (1869-1948)

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” - Alexander Pope, British poet (1688-1744)



Sunday, October 26, 2014

How God Used Inner Healing to Transform My Life and Ministry


Anita Albert Watson
 This weeks' blog is the testimony of Christian Life Coach Anita Albert Watson. Thank you Anita for courageously sharing your story.

~ Healing the Coach ~
 
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

The enemy of our souls is always at work to deceive, diminish, and destroy our sense of self and our understanding of who we are in Christ, and early in my own life, the enemy used my circumstances and experiences against me.

I grew up in a Christian household, daughter to immigrant parents from India, who weren’t available to me emotionally, and who were working out their own inner issues and struggles. The result of this, for me personally, was devastating. I felt unloved, worthless, never able to do anything right, and by the time I was 8 or 9 years old, I began to be plagued by thoughts of suicide.

In my early twenties, I experienced the Holy Spirit and spiritual transformation began to take place. God instantaneously healed many of the broken places, and began a process of healing in other places of brokenness. It was liberating!

So it was much to my surprise when earlier this year, many of the thoughts and emotions that had been healed came back with shocking force! This attack occurred a few weeks before I was launching an online class through my Christian coaching ministry. I was dumbfounded by what was happening on my insides and was unsure about how I could deal with it all.

As God would have it, my husband had recently been given a copy of A Guide to Listening and Inner Healing Prayer, and I snatched it up and began to read. The process described in the book was transformative. I followed the guidelines and God once again reached in and healed my brokenness, and He did so in such a way that it extended to previously hidden places!

I truly believe that working my way through this book saved my life, and that God intended for my complete healing to occur this way. I also believe that God allowed me to experience my brokenness again so that I could go through the inner healing prayer process in order to share it with others.

I launched my coaching class and included inner healing prayer as one of the topics. I shared the book with my class and have been recommending it to other Christian coaches.

Coaching, along with counseling, are tremendous helps to those who need to deal with spiritual and emotional issues, but there are those things that can only be healed by God through prayer!

I believe that all who know or are seeking God amd especially those who work with others for healing should have a copy of A Guide to Listening and Inner Healing Prayer. This is the kind of book that can make all the difference. It did for me!

MEDITATIONAL WORSHIP VIDEO
~ I Wanna’ Be Free ~
 

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Anita Albert-Watson is a Christian life coach who helps women who are feeling stuck in a rut, or feeling joyless, to discover their God-given design so that they could live passionately and on purpose for the transformation of their lives, the Kingdom, and the world. Learn more at www.passionandpurposecoaching.com

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Worshiping the Only Great Worker of Miracles


"Only God works great miracles.
God’s love never fails. With wisdom He made the sky.
God’s love never fails. The Lord stretched the earth over the ocean.
God’s love never fails. He made the bright lights in the sky.
God’s love never fails. He lets the sun rule each day.
God’s love never fails. He lets the moon and the stars rule each night.
God’s love never fails!"
Psalm 136:4-9 CEV


“When all else is changing within and around,
In God and His mercy no change can be found.”

“Jehovah is the great Miracle Maker, the unrivaled Wonder worker. None can be likened unto Him, He is alone in wonderland, the Creator and Worker of true marvels, compared with which all other remarkable things are as child's play.”

"All the works of His unrivaled skill are wrought by Him alone and 
unaided, and to Him, therefore, must be undivided honor.”

"Even when the Lord uses men as His instruments, yet the wonder of the work is His alone; therefore let us not trust in men, or idolize them, or tremble before them.”
The last four quotes were penned by
Charles H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David
(Written in weekly installments in London from 1865-1885)

                               “There are three things here declared of God;
1.    That He doeth wonders,
2.   That the wonders He doeth are great;
3.   That He only doeth them.” 
    Augustine on Psalm 136, in Neale and Littledale

“Whatsoever instruments the Lord is pleased to use in any of
His wonderful works, He alone is the worker, and will not
share the glory of the work with any creature.” 
    David Dickson, 1583-1663, Scottish Theologian

“When you ask great things, you ask such as it becomes God to give,
‘whose mercy is great above the heavens!’ Nothing under heaven
can be too great for Him to give. The greater things He
bestows, the greater glory redounds to his Name.” 
    David Clarkson, 1622-1686, British Theologian

Lord Jesus, would You reveal a recent miracle:
  •  You accomplished in my life so I can give You the glory?
  •  You wrought through my life so I can give You the praise?

Or, Jesus - would You work a miracle in this area of my life? 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Blessedness of Affliction & Suffering


“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth” — let Israel now say — “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me Psalm 129:1-2 ESV.

As I read Psalm 129 this morning, I was perplexed and disappointed. Within myself I thought, I was looking for a word from God that would bless and encourage me. A Psalm about affliction was not meeting my expectations.

As I was trying to come up with a title for this Psalm I decided to turn to the free internet edition of the Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon. I was blown away by what I discovered.

“As it is only in affliction God is sought, so by many it is only in affliction God is known. When Manasseh was brought to affliction, then he knew that the Lord he was God: 2 Chronicles 33:12-13.”

This caused me to realize afresh how painful and unwanted times of affliction and suffering have been principle instruments God has used to force me to go deeper and deeper in my pursuit of Him.

Spurgeon's exposé of Psalm 129:1-2 continues:
“But, further, it is only by affliction we ourselves are known. It is only when they (people) are crushed as the worm they are made to feel that the dust is their source; only when earthly props are withdrawn will they take hold of that arm of omnipotence which Jesus offers, and which He has offered so long in vain.”

Tears came to my eyes as I read and recognized that it has only been as God has allowed my earthly props and fortunes to be stripped away that I have been enticed to go deeper and deeper into the loving arms of my Jesus.

“God's children, who had forgotten him, arise and go to their Father when thus smitten by the scourge of sorrow; and no sooner is the penitent ‘Father, I have sinned’ spoken, than they are clasped in his arms, and safe and happy in his love. 

It is, further, by affliction that the world is known to God's children. God's great rival is the world. The lust of the flesh, pleasure; the lust of the eye, desire; the pride of life, the longing to be deemed superior to those about us, —comprise everything man naturally covets. Give us ease, honor, distinction, and all life's good will seem obtained. But what wilt thou do, when he shall judge thee? This is a question fitted to alarm the happiest of the children of prosperity.

What so frequently and effectually shows the necessity of piety as the sharp teachings of affliction? They show what moralists and preachers never could, that riches profit not in the day of death, that pleasures most fully enjoyed bring no soothing to the terrors which nearness to eternity presents, and that friends, however affectionate, cannot plead for and save us at the bar of God. ‘Miserable comforters are they all,’ and it is for the very purpose of inspiring this conviction, along with a belief that it is Jesus alone who can comfort in the hour of need, that affliction is sent to God's children. — Robert Nisbet.

I was overwhelmed with gratefulness and a tangible sense of the nearness of God ...  From the bottom of my heart I give You thanks, my Three-in-One, for drawing me ever closer and deeper in love with You through the disappointments and loses You have allowed me to experience. I affirm the Truth that it has been because of Your great faithfulness that You have afflicted me (Psalm 119:75). 

Would love to hear your thoughts about this devotional.