Intimidated by the past
All my adult life, I
have been intimidated by choices I have made in the past. Often,
these choices were made out of ignorance, naivete' or childishness,
but they still haunted my present progress. Even though the issues
seemed to be resolved and everyone else was OK with me, I would let
false guilt and shame affect the choices I make today.
It was when I
combined the Restoration Prayer Ministry with this truth, that I
learned how to walk it out. I couldn't get rid of these thoughts
with methods or by denial; I needed the Spirit of God to change my
"believer." As I began to confess my own ungodly beliefs, I also
began to see the enemy's plan, down through my ancestors, to set me
up for unbelief and failure.
Finally, I knew that
I knew the fresh start that Jesus promised, was true for ME! I had
wanted a fresh start very badly, but had continued to confess the
lies of the past with my mouth. Now I realize how critical it is to
speak the truth -- what God says about me!! Jesus has taken my old
life and given me His life and His righteousness.......
Me? I have authority??
For years, I have been told that I am gifted and should be ministering to others, but have not been sure that I have any authority from God to do so. I have been told that if I don't operate in my authority, the devil will take it away from me or even use it against me.....But did I have it?
I worked hard to develop character that God could trust and tried to live the revelation that He gave me. I was more interested in actually helping people than getting a position of authority. Operating in the Holy Spirit's power and gifts was important to me. I would travel hundreds of miles to get near the "anointing", but could not deal with my own doubts and unbelief. Why could I not move forward freely into believer's authority? The prayer ministry helped me discover a number of lies that I had long believed. These were used by the devil, as permission to oppose me:
Finally, with help and prayer, I began to see the false humility and I was operating in and began to believe truth. Real peacemakers do confront sin and strife. Gifts are "given" and we should not measure ourselves by them, but be faithful stewards. True humility is submitted to the Father's authority and his appointed leaders and does not live to please everyone. Deferring to the preferences of others can be good, but never compromise with evil. God given authority (not self-made) will be bold as God leads. I can trust God to give me leaders who truly care about me.....and He is! Thanks for your truth God, Taking my place and obeying orders! with authority!
BLOCKING ME TODAY
I am fully aware of the fact that generational curses exist, but I had not applied it to myself. You see, I have had a weight problem for many years. I blamed myself for the health problems thinking that I deserved what I got because I had not lost the weight the way I should have. I thought not losing it was the cause of my health problems. While filling out the application I suddenly knew it was not the cause! Of course, I know losing weight will help me a lot. But the real culprit here was the devil, he had done this dirty work all these years and blamed me for it.
Because of guilt, I bought and believed it was my fault. I was born with the heart murmur. In buying this lie, he had me going in a vicious circle. No wonder I was dizzy and not thinking properly. In thinking it my fault, I had an overwhelming desire for food so as to drown the guilt and shame. After eating here came more blame from you know who, from you know where! But Praise God, the evil one has been exposed. Now there is not a desire to overeat. It is gone. I am receiving treatment for the heart condition, plus I can hardly wait for us to loose all these generational curses from my forefathers and then I just know I will be well and fit as a fiddle!
May God Bless you. Keep up the
good work. We are so blessed you chose to minister in our hometown
AREN'T MY THOUGHTS!
"This course is solidifying for me many important truths in the process of healing. I am enjoying the rich teaching of John and Paula Sandford; The breadth of their knowledge is wonderfully enlightening. Annie Grace
"This course has helped me come to grips with my fear of starting a new relationship after having been divorced ...... to deal with my anger and resentment towards people who hurt me." Pastor
"God is still dealing with me to see the spiritual side of our lives and just how much our problems come from moments in time when we open ourselves up to demonic powers." Bonnie
"I took this course thinking it would better prepare me in the ministry of prayer counseling I discovered more: issues about me and my growth in the Lord. This course is a must take......" Atty
"Elijah House is outstanding. The Sandfords have truly found the key to integrating the insights of psychology and Christ centered prayer ministry. Carlotta is an excellent facilitator and gifted teacher in the Sandford approach."
Stress gone out of my work!
Now that I have completed the counseling with you, I feel like a different person. The stress is gone, my writing is a pleasure instead of a dread and I feel a great joy in my heart because of my enhanced walk with God.
God Bless You
He in me, I in
There are 4 very different words for with in the Greek and they mean: parallel to, facing each other, wrapped around each other or.......exactly in the same place, like one inside the other. The last one means that you cannot tell two are there, because one is embedded into the other. Seeing one, we see the other and they cannot be seen separately.
Do I like Greek? No! but this tells me who I am. Every time the Bible uses the word with to describe my identity in Christ, it uses "sun", the last one. This means that I was with or actually embedded "in Him" when He died on the cross in Romans 6:6. My "old man" has been crucified just like it says. All I have to do now is agree or reckon it so. Gal2:20 says, "I have been crucified."
Rom. 6:4 says I have been buried with Him (Col.2:12). (Rom.6:5) I have been united with Him. (Rom.6:8, ll Tim.2:11) I will also live together with Him. I have been alive together with Him (Eph.2:5, Col.3:1,3). I sit together with Him (Eph.2:6). I am an equal heir together with Him (Rom.8:17).
Yes, I know my flesh still remembers my "old man" and was well trained by him, BUT I am a new creature, a new spirit that is one with His Spirit (l Cor.6:17). I am not able to crucify my old man but it has been done for me, past tense. I am a partaker of a new divine nature and will yield my self to it.
Rom 8:12 So then brethren, we don't owe a thing to our old nature (our past) that would require us to live according to our old nature (our past)…
Rom.7 starts out trying to tell me that a marriage to the old bride groom, the devil, can be broken if somebody dies -- Satan certainly isn't dead, so my "old spirit" had to die! Now new me was free to marry the bride groom, Jesus. YEA! I have to remember that I am Mrs. Jesus when my old groom comes to the door, and never identify with him or my past again.
Rom 8:9a But you, you do not identify with your old nature (your past) but with the Spirit (the new nature) … Jewish New Testament Translation
God chose "sun" so that I would know that when He looks at me, He sees me as one with Jesus Christ, embedded in Him. I choose to see myself that way too ...... united, never separate and a new creature walking out the truth of the cross!!
(insights from Ron Cohen's
I've come a
long way, Jesus!!
believe God for healthier friends who believe in me (good one).