Why This Ministry Began
Throughout the Body of Christ there are those who suffer not only from diseases of the body, but from the many and varied dis-eases of the soul: stressed by anxious concerns, carrying deep pain from the past, depressed in heart and spirit or just plagued by that whole host of negative emotions which can so easily quench the simple joy of living.
Rather than being released into the glorious liberty of the children of God, many believers are becoming captive to their inner lives—at the very time when the world needs a witness of the transforming power of the gospel like never before. As in Isaiah’s day we are a people in need of restoration.
But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of the are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, "Restore!" Isaiah 42:22 NKJV
This ministry grew out of a conviction that there is a real power of transformation available through faith in Christ, but that His words of life are somehow not reaching His believing people in a way that they can appropriate. As a minister I have known the frustration of preaching and pleading “trust the Lord and follow Him” as the great answer to life’s problems and as a proven means of recovering peace, yet rarely seeing lives transformed in the process.
Most believers do acknowledge the truth and will take a moment to cast their prayers in the Lord’s direction, but the roller coaster of the world seems to hold their hearts in its grip and the deep peace is all too quickly gone. I was gently haunted by a passage in Jeremiah about speaking words that do not heal.
They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, "Peace, peace!" when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14 NKJV
I knew that others needed more, because I myself needed more. From the first moments of my new life in Christ, I had been introduced to the ministry of deliverance and have been gratefully walking in the benefits of that early release from bondage ever since. But there was much more in the tangled mess of my innermost emotional life than could be addressed by simple deliverance.
Basic Discipleship Was Not Enough
It was of course very important that I was willing to trust the Lord and seek to follow Him—or die trying! These two requirements of basic discipleship (along with Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship and service) certainly bring tremendous comfort, peace, growth and healing to those who walk in them.
Basic discipleship helped me live with my pain and damaged inner life, it even helped me prune away the unwanted fruit, but it was not mending my heart, nor getting to the root issues that were causing me such abiding anguish.
Two Gifts Came to My Rescue
Again and again I discovered (happily) that God was sending into my life two other graces that did much to mend me: strong revelation of Truth and inner healing by His Spirit. Revelation and inner healing are therefore, two focal points or goals of this teaching series.
Only the Holy Spirit can reveal Truth in the way we need to receive it and only the Spirit can do the transforming works of ministry. But there is much that we can do to position ourselves for grace to happen. Why else would He entreat us so often in scripture to seek Him?
Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6 NKJV
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! 1 Chronicles 16:10-11 NKJV
The Battle for Your Heart
May you too position yourself for fresh discoveries of His amazing grace! The teachings in our series, "Matters of the Heart" (available as a 176 page workbook, a 24 part CD/DVD series and the eCourse for Healing), have helped many hurt and desperate seekers of grace, find the peace and freedom their hearts yearned for—even in the midst of battle.
Make no mistake about it, the great fight of faith includes a battle, an inner struggle to actively believe truth with a whole heart. These lessons will equip you to engage the battle to “get your life back” from the grip of negative emotions and stress related diseases. Our mighty God will fight with you and for you to see you gain the victories.