For those of you following by blog only, I apologize for the delay. Chapter 16 was a sweet chapter that reminded us of the important functions God performs in our lives. The burning question (and sometimes debate) – is it possible to access the presence of God? The Old Testament temple did just that. As temples of the Holy Spirit in New Testament Christianity, it should be clear that the Holy Spirit indwelling us is something we can experience, not just a theology we are meant learn. I can’t quite articulate how passionate I am about people encounter God personally. I could teach this type of lesson until I’m blue in the face, but it’s not until this experiential form of Christianity becomes your personal reality that it will contain merit. That’s why my deepest prayer is that you will KNOW Him. I don’t mean know in your head, I mean experience knowledge of Him by virtue of experience. This lesson try to walk you through the components of accessing God’s presence, and protecting His gates. I pray you enjoy.
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This week’s class was perhaps the most important. In my years working in recovery and dealing with the many different scenarios that arise, I feel that spiritual warfare is the most misunderstood. Perhaps this is the area where people are most vulnerable to the enemy’s attempts to keep them from living out freedom. I certainly don’t say that provoke fear, but to be vigilant, to be aware, to understand the enemy’s tactics and devices. Most Christians make one of two mistakes in discerning warfare:
- They underemphasize the power of the demonic realm, and believe that being Christian is enough to overcome and be victorious. Thus, as they deal with different difficulties, they focus on people and behaviors, not recognizing the enemy’s part.
- They overemphasize spiritual warfare, blaming the enemy for everything, and labeling everything as “warfare.” Thus, when various situations arise where they need to repent, confess, or deal with an area in their own soul, they blame the enemy and thus remain in some form of denial.
In this class, I sought to uncover the strategies of the enemy, as well as the methods we can use in God’s power and the name of Jesus to overcome. There is nothing pretty about warfare, but at the same time, if you recognize the magnificent reality of life in Jesus as His bride and child of the King, you can be confident and able to overcome. . Not in your own strength or might, but in the power of God’s resources and His spiritual weapons.
This class summarized the important concepts of Chapter 14 – and how the external “outer courts” need to be put in their proper place. From friendships, to relationships with the church, to our ministry calling, we need to clearly differentiate where everything belongs. I’m excited and blessed to have made it thus far with each of you, and encourage you to continue with us as we seek some of the practical aspects of “gate” building in the next chapters to come.
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Next Week! Spiritual Warfare!
We completed Chapter 13 last week as we looked at the realities of facing the rooms of our children. Above of all, the message revolved around the nature of redemptive love, and the belief that God is capable and able to handle those issues of our children. The biggest issue most of us face in a child’s room is guilt. This class showed us how to take that negative energy and use it productively to fight on behalf of our children rather than succumb to the lies of the enemy. Yes, there is something you can do!
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Chapter 14, which is where this ALL comes to together !
We’ve been on a journey. This week we wrapped up the redemptive principles of marriage. My heart was to not try to squeeze an absolute, detailed analysis on how to “fix” a marriage past or present. Rather, it was to present a portrait of how Jesus engages in this process. I’m excited that have the HD videos now available. We are still fairly new to this technology, but thank you for your patience as we have made the switch. If you haven’t yet seen this or missed us live this week, I encourage you to see the vital truth – it will apply to marriages of past, present and singlehood.
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Next Week: Chapter 13: Parenting
This class began to address the delicate and tedious nature of marriage as it relates to the recovery and healing process. It covered the assessment process, and also sought to bring the perspective of healing and marriage to Jesus as the priority. To be honest, I spoke from the heart, not from notes. Our class was filled with tears as some of the aspects of this can be difficult. But the hope is always in the life-giver, Jesus. His primary role is to be Husband to us. And our primary role in life is to be His precious bride. It doesn’t negate, however, the utter sanctity and intense influence marriage will have in our hearts. God does care very much about this relationship, and seeks to meet us where we are at.
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This class is from a part 2 of Chapter 11 in A House that Grace Built. Unfortunately, we lost the recording of Chapter 11, so this will pick up some of the themes, but it incorporates material outside the book. We did a inner healing prayer in this session, but did not have that in recording. In the future, our team will be allowing for one-on-one sessions in that area of need. Most of this close focused on the reality that healing is not necessary linear and something accessible on a surface level. Rather, it has depth, and as we move from one area to the next, we can expect for God to take us into more and more areas that need to be addressed.
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We did it! We made is through the last class and I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I honestly can’t believe how much my understanding of “where to go from here” has changed over the years. Time and experience gave some insight that I didn’t have when I began the journey. I spoke from the heart in this class and shared the realities and the treasure of recovery. This class has no notes, it was sort of a chit-chat format of some things I have discovered about moving forward. I did cut off testimonies as I didn’t have formal permission to share and don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy.
I pray that you continue to connect with us or another group. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if we can assist you in the future! With much grace and love, Stephanie
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Hello everyone! I apologize for the delay for those who are following along. We had a great class on boundaries last Tuesday, and I want to remind you that next week is our final session. You are welcome to move over to our Thursday class based on A House that Grace Built as we deal “room” by “room” on the different relationship issues. It begins at 9;30 am as opposed to 10:30. Also, a reminder that I will be offering a training seminar on Saturday, February 21st for anyone who wants to learn how to run a group. You can join this session for free for educational purposes. It’s $40 if you want to get a certificate (test required), and that cost includes either a digital or hard copy book.
Getting back on subject, boundaries was intense! It always is! We had to re-think and look at the concept of boundaries with biblical insight, but then practically apply to our lives. It’s a little crazy when you start to embrace the realities! Boundaries is tricky business! I encourage you to watch this as I couldn’t possibly explain the concepts we covered. I think you will really enjoy the way we can maneuver through this with solid biblical principles that draw us back into our real life situations.
Final class! Chapter 12!
Hello everyone! Here it begins! We will be reviewing relationships in more specific ways in the next few weeks. This class gave us somewhat of a “formula” for how we can begin to deal and process through the issues each relational room will contain. This process is meant to give us the ability to heal from the past, and forge more healthy relationships in the future. But processes of the heart can’t be simply taught in a 1, 2, 3, step manner. God knows where you are, what you have been through and the areas that need deeper healing. He isn’t comparing you or aligning you with an expectation of how it should look right now. Rather, right now all we want to do is invite Him in. He reveals, He will lead us through the journey that is specific for us. My prayer is that you will be steadfast in His love towards you. That you will learn to allow Him to access: and to understand the enormity of His surgical capability when you do so.
Chapter 11: The Rooms of the Pasot