FEAR OR INTIMACY

Intimacy or Fear

Last week was one of those weeks. Several people sent me links to videos about current events and politics. I am sure that they intend to help prepare people for disasters and difficult seasons. However, most of the time these videos are based on fear. When we operate from fear, we entertain the ridiculous. For example, President Trump does not have the power to invoke martial law globally. Every country in the world would have to agree with him on this issue. Have we ever seen all the governments of the world agree on anything? Why would we think this could happen now? President Trump also does not have a secret command base underneath Antarctica by which he will govern the world. How would that be possible? In what reality would China and Russia ever let go of their controls to let someone else protect them? When we get in fear, we react rather than think. (However, if you are in the right frame of mind, the absurd can be entertaining.)

All week long I found myself thinking, “If we just had more intimacy with God?” I know my Father. He is for us and wants to provide for us. So, what is the problem? We are in the way and are our issues in the way? Is our fear, our desire to provide for ourselves, and our ability to self-comfort all in the way of God’s word, His glory, and His love.

As I thought about preparing this blog, I found myself wondering how do I avoid just handing out another opinion? How do I resonate with your heart? I would like your feedback. I think the answer is in God’s love and intimacy because that is what keeps pulling at my heart. More love! More intimacy! Let me know if this is true for you.

I don’t find myself agonizing or panicking over current world events. Sometimes I think maybe we are headed for something like the race riots of the 1960s, or maybe civil war could break out again. Candidly, I spend most of my days enfolded in what God is doing. I see physical healings, provision, relational healings, and more happening daily. I am aware of God’s glory all over the earth even in these times. Because of being enfolded in all that He is and what He is doing, I miss a lot of the current goings-on. I am not saying that this is what God wants for you. Maybe you have found God’s will for your life and it’s to be in politics. But, if that is true, you will know because of the fruit you will bear. You know…love, joy, peace, patience are the fruits of the spirit. If you are involved in politics and full of frustration and division. Could it be that something is wrong?

I am going to share some scriptures with you. They are well-meaning. However, they are just words if they don’t sink into your heart. Can I encourage you to spend some time meditating on them?

Jesus is our King.

Revelations 19: 16 “On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Jesus is our Lord and King. No one else should be king in your life, not the mayor of your city, not the governor of your state or territory, not the president or prime minister of your country. Yes, you should give your government what is required of you. These leaders were put in your life for a reason. But you don’t serve them. You serve your Lord Jesus first.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

God is the Reigning Authority.

Psalm 97:1, “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;

    let the many coastlands be glad!

 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

 Fire goes before him

    and burns up his adversaries all around.

 His lightnings light up the world;

    the earth sees and trembles.

 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

    before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,

    and all the peoples see his glory.

 All worshipers of images are put to shame

    who make their boast in worthless idols;

    worship him, all you gods!”

Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”God’s righteousness includes integrity, virtue, and justice. Justice is the act of setting things right.

Okay, that’s all I have for now. For you, I pray the peace that passes understanding. May you be enveloped in His love.

Anna

Intimacy with God

 

It’s your turn

Hebrews 4:3 says that his works have been finished since the creation of the world.  He has done everything he is going to do for you. What does that mean? He is sitting on His seat of rest, and He is waiting for you. I repeatedly hear people say, “I don’t’ feel close to God.” “I have no intimacy with God.” Then I find out that they are doing nothing about it. Peter, James, and John were Jesus’ best friends because they desired him and desired to be with Him. It wasn’t because he liked them better than the other nine disciples.

I wondered why people don’t do more to seek after God. I quickly realized it was mostly because of wrong assumptions and lies.  Let’s review a few.

Hindrances to Intimacy with God

  1. It’s a lot of work. At least that’s the way a lot of us think. I can almost feel my clients tense up and groan when I talk about seeking after God. But when you fell in love with your significant other, did it feel like work? No. You were wrapped in the mystery and adventure of getting to know that person. You desired to be with them all the time. It was difficult to leave them until the next time you would meet again. You thought about them all the time. That’s the way it should be for you and God.
  2. You don’t know what to do to get close to God. Rather than try something, you do nothing at all. Well, I will give you a list of ideas. But please, don’t just do nothing. There’s an old saying. “You can’t steer a ship unless it’s moving.”
  3. You don’t feel worthy. Hogwash!!! He created you. He desires you. You argue that you have done terrible things and have disqualified yourself. God doesn’t look at it that way. Moses was a murder. David was an adulterer. God made you. It is his heart’s desire for you to live in his presence.
  4. God doesn’t like you or love you. Somehow you believe that you were created a second-class citizen. You think that you were made differently than most people. Psalm 139 says that He formed you and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. It says that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” Also, Romans 8:29 For unto those who he knew beforehand, he also marked out beforehand the way that they might be conformed to the image of his Son. He has always known you. You just don’t remember. If you don’t believe this, tell me, and let’s work on it together.

The journey

It starts with you, your heart’s desire, and the effort you are willing to put into the adventure of knowing God. Artisans don’t become great without practice. If you desire to be full of His wisdom, if you want to fall in love with God, if you are yearning for His peace and His Joy, “you” must do something about it. He is waiting for you to come to Him. Why is he waiting? Because He has done His part. He wants you to seek Him. It will help you understand your love for him.  Matthew 6:18 also says,” Seek first the kingdom of God.” He’s a gentle person. He isn’t going to force you into anything you don’t want to do. My Dad used to say that the process is as important as the end result. It’s in the doing that truth gets cemented in our lives. He wants you to understand the value of your relationship with Him.

What’s more important to a man, a Mercedes. or a Fiat? The Mercedes because it cost him more. The same thing is true with God. Seeking Him will help you value God in your life.

So, what can you do to know Him?

 

Avenues to intimacy

  1. Read or listen to books You need to lay a foundation that is unshakable. It starts with knowing the bible and other supporting works like the Book of Enock, The Book of Jubilees, The Book of Giants. Why you ask? Well, 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show yourself approved to God.” Also, John 8:32 says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” The word know means to bury within you. I’ll say it again if you hate reading use an app like Audible and listen. If you have a short attention span, listen to the same book three times. You will understand something new every time.
  2. Learn meditation A great place to start is http://www.practicalmeditations.online/ This is Kirby De Lanerolle’s website. Another link is the Fuse Life podcast https://youtu.be/jyYS-48MvXU This is an interview with Taylor Remington. It will explain meditation to you if you are unfamiliar.
  3. Silence Spend time in silence and just focus on the presence of God. Start with just five minutes once or twice a day. If your mind wanders, it’s okay. Just do it again. You will find yourself more and more focused as you practice. Have you ever heard someone say, “We are changed in His presence?” This is one of the ways.
  4. Living Loved I highly recommend Katherine Wang’s course on intimacy with God. It’s a series of 20-minute lessons with practical exercises. Not only will it make you feel closer to God, but it will also improve your sanctified imagination.
  5. Sounds, Frequencies, and Sound Baths I know this may sound crazy to you. But it helps detox and align your cells. There are a few links I recommend for this. Elisabeth Cooper Music https://elisabethcooper.com/, Del Hungerford at Healing Frequencies Music https://www.healingfrequenciesmusic.com/ The third is Laura C https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6tTPQqW1ghZBoPm_BuGDdw. Listen! Sit silently in God’s presents. Things will manifest in you and through you.
  6. Divine Journaling. Get a notebook just for you and God. 1) Ask him a question and write it down. 2) Write down any thoughts that come to your mind. If you think it’s just your imagination or fantasy, share the journal with someone you trust. In time, you will know when it is you talking or daydreaming and when God truly answers you.
  7. Use your imagination You can do many things in your imagination. Go for walks with God. Dance with Jesus. Let Holy Spirit wrap her skirts around you like hugging your mom’s legs when you were a child. Sit on a park bench with Jesus. Go sailing or horseback riding with God and journal what happens. Again, if you think it is pure fantasy, share it with and friend and see what they think.

Well, that’s about it for now.  I pray this blog help’s you.

Anna

 

 

Waiting for your Armor of God?

You are wearing it now!!!

I just completed a teaching on the armor of God less than a year ago. Yet, I was working on helping one of my clients with her armor and more bits of revelation came to me. Consequently, if you have seen the teaching and activation on my YouTube channel, this blog will expound a bit more on this subject.

Do you remember in the 90’s it was popular to memorize and quote Ephesians 6 every day? It was recommended that you put on your armor of God every morning. For some reason that never sat well with me. I don’t know why. I just didn’t understand what good it would do. Everyone used the quote “put on the armor of God.” That was the phrase. “put on.” But, scripture doesn’t say anything about putting on the armor of God. It says to take up the arm of God, or it says to take unto yourself the armor of God. The Greek word, Dia, is used in Ephesians 6:13. It means to place with or to place in. Regarding time, it means through or during. So, we are to place the armor of God with us and in us. We are to have it throughout time and during time. What does that mean? The end of the verse says, “to withstand in the evil day. “  The word for evil here is, Poneros, meaning pressed and harassed by labors, bringing toils, annoyances, perils; of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness; causing pain and trouble. Our world is currently in unrest. Many countries are living through political turmoil. A plague has spread throughout the world. It’s affecting the economies of most countries. It’s been sixty years since we have seen protests and rioting over issues that divide us. I think that is what I would call evil days. Wouldn’t you? Could it be that we need our armor now?

Guess what? Most of us have at least some of it on right now. And some of us have all of it on right now. We have our armor on because of our choice to seek after God and become like Christ. Do you know the difference between someone who chooses to tell the truth and a person of integrity? There are people who have no problem telling truth or lies. What they choose to say depends on each situation. It’s actually called situational ethics. The person that has made truth a lifestyle lives in it. Making truth of lifestyle means they are always wearing their breast of righteousness. Now that’s a person of integrity.

I used to think of the phrase in verse 17, the helmet of Salvation, as solely eternal salvation. But that’s not true. It’s salvation from our troubles. It’s salvation from the onslaught of those who would do us harm whether it be a war or someone trying to break into your house. It can be temporal and well as eternal of salvation. The same verse then mentions the sword of the spirit. What spirit? Whose spirit? Well, it means Holy Spirit and your spirit. This is my opinion. But I have come to think of it as the combination of the two of us. If the Holy Spirit is a gas and I am a gas, then we mingle. Gases mingle. Somehow, we become one cloud. Scripture says that both the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit are the word of God. What is the word of God? Most people would answer “the bible.” To be more accurate, it is revelation. When you have a relationship with God, He speaks truths and mysteries to you. Think about it. Have you ever had an “Ah Ha” moment? It’s God making know to you what his word truly means. The people who wrote the bible first had revelation. If they didn’t have revelation, nothing would have been written.  Simply, when you make living in His presence, receiving His truths, and revelation a lifestyle, you always have your sword and helmet with you and in you.

Are you starting to understand why quoting the scripture every day back in the ’90s caused me concern? Because no amount of memorizing the scripture or imagining dressing in it made the armor effective. When you carry truth, justice, God’s word, love, peace, and faith, with you and in you. Your armor is on!

Keeping short accounts helps keep the armor on too. Do you have peace with all men? Did you get angry and hateful recently? Did you choose fear over faith about an event in your life? Take a moment to give all of that to God and receive his forgiveness. Just like that! Your armor is on!

I would then recommend meeting with some friends and taking a look at each other’s armor. Its fun and you will learn a lot about your friends. Here’s the link to a video when we did it together.

Here’s the link to my video about your armor. I hope you enjoy it. https://youtu.be/yU74LaZoVz8

Blessings,

Anna

 

 

Healing Father Wounds

It has come to my attention that many people in our fellowship have what are now popularly called “Father Wounds.” That being the case, I thought maybe you also might be interested in how to heal these wounds. As a wholeness and healing practitioner, I have some observations.

This is what I repeatedly see.

  1.  You have a need for love and intimacy but never feel like you have obtained it.
  2.  You have difficulty being intimate and transparent.
  3.  You cannot imagine yourself in the presence of Father God.
  4.  You cannot imagine yourself hugged by father God.
  5.  You cannot imagine yourself in this throne room standing before father God.
  6.  You do not believe that God is your father.
  7.  You do not believe that you are worthy of god’s love.
  8.  You do not believe that God likes you.
  9.  You believe that you were created unlovable
  10.  You believe that you are not worthy to have a father’s love.
  11.  That somehow it’s all your fault.

This type of wound cripples your life.  It won’t allow you true intimacy in fellowship with others. It stops you from being a self-starter on any project or creativity you were involved in because you believe you’re not worthy.

It’s actually one of Satan’s strategies. It started at the end of World war II. Men came home from the war so shocked and traumatized that they withdrew. They believed that they could not talk about it. They believed it was inappropriate to talk about it. The result was a whole generation of men who couldn’t connect with others.  Hence, children didn’t have models as to what a loving and interactive father is.

The trauma these men had manifested an iniquity. The root of iniquity is a character defect. As an example, there is a long line of alcoholism in my family. Alcoholism was a visible sin. However, my family was taught to swallow emotions. Hence the character defect was our inability to express our feelings. Because we did not talk about difficult emotions, we drank and ate to comfort ourselves.

Heal Painful Memories

The first is to take your painful memories to the Lord and let him take the pain. There’s a specific protocol I use. But, it’s as simple as standing before Him and letting Him lift the pain out of your hands.

Once you’ve done the first step you will be amazed our how easy it is to forgive. Which is the second step.

Forgive

Exodus 34:7
Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,  but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Numbers 14:18
The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity
and transgression,
but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

What’s the first thing mentioned in those scriptures? Love and forgiveness! Forgiveness is a significant step to your own freedom. If you don’t forgive that iniquity will be carried on through you to your next generation.

The next steps are found in Matthew 7.

Remove Judgement

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Instead of pointing the finger at your Dad and saying “You did this to me.” Ask the Lord to show you your Father’s pain. Ask for a miracle from the Lord. See your father’s pain.  Offer your father mercy. Understand that you may have to do this in your imagination because he made be dead or absent. Removing judgment from him will also start the process of removing judgment from your future generations.

Seek Love and Peace

Isaiah says to seek the Lord while he may be found. Hebrews says do not delay in entering his rest. There is actually a time limit on your ability to heal and clean this situation. If there is an unction in your heart to do so I encourage you to diligently seek after The Lord today.

  1. Ask the Lord to show you his love.
  2. Tell the Lord you desire intimacy with him and ask him to show it to you. It is very important to develop intimacy with God. I recommend Katharine Wang’s course on intimacy with God. At the writing of this blog, February 2021, she is just completing it and it should be up on the web soon. Here’s the link https://www.atcuniversity.com/
  3. Just like the widow knocking on the judge’s door, don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. Knock until he answers you.

One thing I know for sure, he will answer you. I guarantee you that he will show you his love and intimacy if you let him. It’s up to you.

An abundance of blessings to you,

Anna

Intimacy or Fear?

Last week was one of those weeks. Several people sent me links to videos about current events and politics. I am sure that they intend to help prepare people for disasters and difficult seasons. However, most of the time these videos are based in fear. When we operate from fear, we entertain the ridiculous. For example, President Trump does not have the power to invoke martial law globally. Every country in the world would have to agree with him on this issue. Have we ever seen all the governments of the world agree on anything? Why would we think this could happen now? President Trump also does not have a secret command base underneath Antarctica by which he will govern the world. How would that be possible? In what reality would China and Russia ever let go of their controls to let someone else protect them? When we get in fear, we react rather than think. (However, if you are in the right frame of mind, the absurd can be entertaining.)

All week long I found myself thinking, “If we just had more intimacy with God?” I know my Father. He is for us and wants to provide for us. So, what is the problem? We are in the way and is our personal stuff in the way? Is our fear, our desire to provide for ourselves, and our ability to self-comfort all in the way of God’s word, His glory, and His love.

As I thought about preparing this blog, I found myself wondering how do I avoid just handing out another opinion? How do I resonate with your heart? I would like your feedback. I think the answer is in God’s love and intimacy because that is what keeps pulling at my heart. More love! More intimacy! Let me know if this is true for you.

I don’t find myself agonizing or panicking over current world events. Sometimes I think maybe we are headed for something like the race riots of the 1960s, or maybe civil war could break out again. Candidly, I spend most of my days enfolded in what God is doing. I see physical healings, provision, relational healings, and more. I am aware of God’s glory all over the earth even in these times. I make attempts to minister to those who reject me and my teachings. Because of being enfolded in all of that, I miss a lot of the current goings-on. I am not saying that this is what God wants for you. Maybe you have found God’s will for your life and it’s to be in politics. But, if that is true, you will know because of the fruit you will bear. You know…love, joy, peace, patience. If you are involved in politics and full of frustration and division. Could it be that something is wrong?

I am going to share some scriptures with you. They are well-meaning. However, they are just words if they don’t sink into your heart. Can I encourage you to spend some time meditating on them?

Jesus is our King.

Revelations 19: 16 “On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Jesus is our Lord and King. No one else should be king in your life, not the mayor of your city, not the governor of your state or territory, not the president or prime minister of your country. Yes, you should give your government what is required of you. These leaders were put in your life for a reason. But you don’t serve them. You serve your Lord Jesus first.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

God is the Reigning Authority.

Psalm 97:1, “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;

    let the many coastlands be glad!

 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

 Fire goes before him

    and burns up his adversaries all around.

 His lightnings light up the world;

    the earth sees and trembles.

 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

    before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,

    and all the peoples see his glory.

 All worshipers of images are put to shame

    who make their boast in worthless idols;

    worship him, all you gods!”

Our Answers are in Him and His Kingdom.

Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” God’s righteousness includes integrity, virtue, and justice. Justice is the act of setting things right.

 

Okay, that’s all I have for now.

For you, I pray the peace that passes understanding. May you be enveloped in His love.

Anna

 

Crystal Bowls? Ascension? Are there New Age Christians?

You are going to have to read to the end of the blog to find the answer.  But first, let’s talk. Do you want to live in the presence of the Lord? Do you want an ever-increasing sense of his love? Is your heart’s desire to see God’s plans and purposes manifest through this season in history? Better yet, do you want the end of the bible to be fulfilled? You know, the part that says we win!

Many of the activities and activations we participate in at NW Ekklesia freak people out. Let’s discuss a few.

ASCENSION – We get lots of complaints like, “you are living in a fantasy.” We are told we help others live lives outside of reality. I have two comments. First, we have seen the positive effect of our work too many times to doubt it. We have seen severe weather patterns change several times. Economic conditions in various regions have changed. We ascended with a group of representatives over the nuclear issues of North Korea before President Trump met with Kim Jong Un. Now they have frozen their program and made a commitment to replace it with healthier sources of energy. There have been too many results to think it’s just playtime. Second, ascension had been happening for centuries. Read Madame Guyon or Teresa of Avila. For that matter read the bible. Paul talks about a person being caught up in the third heaven.

CRYSTAL BOWLS – Were invented in the 1980s. Handheld bowls didn’t appear till 1995. They are computer-generated and a product of modern technology. One of their main purposes was used for healing in chronic health issues like curing cancer. Many religions also like them.

NW Ekklesia has and will remain forerunners. We are not afraid to try what others shy away from. If we are wrong Father God will let us know because Jesus Christ, His love, and the simple truth of the Gospel are first a foremost of importance to us. It is our desire to advance God’s kingdom with power and authority. History reveals to us the methods that we employed in the past “ain’t gettin the job done!”

Now to answer the question in the title of this blog. Are there New Age Christians?  You betcha! There are New Age Christians. You might be one. Anytime you use seeing the spirit, the gifts of the spirits, translocation, prophecy, meditation, etc. for personal advancement, personal power, or to manipulate someone, you are acting as New Agers.

Pardon me if I have insulted you. But, focus on God’s love and His relationship with you. Stop being tripped up by an unfamiliar activity or old teachings that are incorrect.

 

Hugs,

Anna

 

Life can be Painful!

 

Boy, I’m telling you. There are seasons and then there are seasons. As of late, I feel like I’ve been living in a coffee grinder. I’m ground up, but refined. I’ve had to look at myself in a new light. I found things inside of me that I didn’t know existed. They were mostly lies. I had a great fear of loss. I didn’t know that I thought myself unworthy of God’s provision.  I also found that I had difficulty accepting honor from others. But, I believe the biggest one was, “Who would want to listen to me.” Seriously, you can’t travel, teach, and speak when you are continually tripping over these issues. Yet, God kept nudging me forward.

 

In the process of searching my heart. I found that two sections of scripture had become extremely meaningful. The first is the Beatitudes, chapter 5 of Matthew. The second, Psalm 36, verses  5 through 9. I going to tell you about the most meaningful verses and leave the rest alone for now.

The Beatitudes (CSB)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Have you ever felt that? Dear God, “There is nothing left of me!   I am nothing, and I have nothing to offer.” Then it dawns on you that through Him, you have so much more. Your inheritance “is” the kingdom of heaven. In and of God, you have exceedingly more than enough to live in the kingdom of heaven here on earth and do His will.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Have you had a dear loved one die? Have you lost realms and reams of friends because of the path God has directed you to walk? What about a near-death experience? There’s nothing like being told you were dying. Oh, let’s not forget bankruptcy. Financial trouble because you lost your job or your mate left you is such a stressful experience. The only place to turn is to God. Only he can truly help.

Recently, I  spent the evening crying and singing worship songs? I knew it was okay to mourn. I knew joy would come in the morning. However, for that moment it was all I could do to just grieve.  And… joy did come in the morning!

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

I have lost count the number for times I’ve cried out to Him. I  just wanted to see His face and know Him. I’d call that to hunger and thirst. Wouldn’t you? Did you know that righteousness, in this case,  means to be just like Jesus? God says He sees the end from the beginning. He sees us as whole and complete. That means we are already just like him. As we accept the truth, and our faith grows, the manifestation of Christ in our lives will become obvious.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Recently, I stood my ground on some issues. I held someone accountable for their actions. I told them they needed to repent. Remember, that repenting is a change of mind which brings about a change of ways or actions.  Consequently, I was pronounced bitter and unforgiving. That’s a very mild form of persecution. What would happen if another religion or government told you that you had to renounce your faith? Wowsers! I think it would take the grace of God to live through that. But, the end result is that the kingdom of heaven is yours. I think the more we ascend and spend time in the kingdom of God that it will become an increasing reality to us.

Psalm 36 is the cap to my blog today. It’s all about His love for us. He is our refuge in intimacy. We are safely nestled next to His body under his wing. When we stay in His love, we see His provision from His house and His wellspring. What a picture of love that is me.

Take a moment to meditate on this passage. It will comfort you and encourage you. Especially if life has some challenges right now.

Psalm 36 (CSB)

Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your judgments like the deepest sea.

Lord, you preserve people and animals.

How priceless your faithful love is, God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They are filled from the abundance of your house. You let them drink from Your refreshing stream.

For the wellspring of life is with you. By means of your light, we see light.

 

See you in His light,

Anna

Self-pity (Part 2)

I am finally back to finish this post. I went to Restoration of all Things conference in England. Nancy Coen, Justin Abraham, Lindy Strong, and Mike Parsons spoke. Wow, it was probably the most significant meetings I have attended to date. Here’s the link if your interested, https://freedomarc.org/roat

OK, off the rabbit trail and back to the task at hand. How do you help someone that’s drowning in self-pity and a victim spirit? First of all, I know how annoying repeated ramblings of these persons can be. But, that’s no reason to ask them to leave. The only time I let go of someone is when they are dangerous to others. I never tell them to go away. If they are complaining in a group setting, I will say now is not the time or place for this. I will ask them to schedule a meeting with me during a private time. If they don’t want help, they’ll eventually stop coming to your meetings.

Now for those that do want help, I have a protocol of 3 simple steps. But don’t be deceived. Those steps may take months to accomplish.

Step 1) Healing sessions (You may have your own techniques that work also.)
I ask them to go back in their memories to the first time they felt the root of their pain. For example, if they can never get over grieving the loss of a loved one, I ask him or her to go back to the very first time they felt that kind of pain. Usually, it’s when they were a child. I then ask them (in their imagination) to stand before either Father God, Jesus, or Holy Spirit. I ask him or her to stand where they feel the safest. I then tell them to imagine that they’re holding that memory and pain in their hands. From here on out, I use a repeat after me prayer. it goes something like this.

Father, here is the pain from _______. Please take all my negative emotions and memories, they are _________. I ask them to state everything that comes to mind. I tell them a significant key to this is to let God take those things rather than give them. If God takes them, it’s very difficult to get them back. Then I wait until the person feels the burden of all those memories and emotions lift. If nothing happens, then you usually need to go further back in the person’s memories. Believe it or not, I’ve had to go into the womb with people. After that, they should be able to recall the memory without any pain. I have had people tell me it’s like watching a black and white movie.

The next thing that I ask them to do is wait until the Lord gives them something. They will get an impression or see something in the spirit. When you create an empty space from something negative, it needs to be filled with something positive. What better thing than a gift from God. Yes, it’s usually symbolism but it can have a deep meaning.

Step 2) The next step is getting them to engage with the firestones. Gal 5:22-23 “The fruit of the spirit (or maturity) is, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against which there is no law.” This is actually a path to maturity and it goes up the mountain of the Lord. Some people can engage with all these steps quickly. Others will take months on each step. But for healing purposes, the most important are love, joy, and peace. They need to continue to go back to these steps until they have revelation and understanding. You’ll know when this is accomplished because people who get new revelation from God can hardly wait to share. You’ll see and hear the difference.

So why love, joy, and peace? Well, God’s love is the foundation for everything. As stated in Nehemiah, joy is our strength and Philippians tells us that peace guards our hearts in minds.

Nehemiah 8:10 the joy of the Lord is my strength

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Step 3) Help them find their identity. A good place to start is Arthur Burke’s redemptive gifts material. Taking a redemptive gifts test won’t hurt either. You can also go to Freedomarc.org and search their blog for the material. Lastly, and this is very important. Ascend with them. Help them explore their personal mountains and their gates.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions,

Anna

Helping Others Overcome Self Pity and a Victim Spirit

I spend a significant amount of my time facilitating healing sessions. I have about 10 years of experience. (Sorry, if you are interested, I am full right now.) Since 2013, people paralyzed by self-pity and victimization seems to be repeating scenario in my life. I see many similarities in each of their stories and lifestyles.

To familiarize you with what I am saying, I will tell about three of them. Six years ago I was on what we call a bench of three. It was my first experience doing kingdom ascension on a regular basis. When you put such a group together, you need to build relationship before you do too much work. In creating relationship you build trust and understanding with one another. But, there comes a time when you gotta get to work. Most of the groups I’m involved in allow for 30 minutes to say hello, how are you, and what has God been doing in your life. Then you get down to business. You know you’re in trouble when someone in the group regularly commandeers the meeting for their personal problems week after week after week. And that’s exactly what happened with this group. One of the women repeatedly took the whole meeting to tell about her latest crisis. Her husband was two-timing her. She’d been evicted from her home. Her church wouldn’t let her advance in leadership. She was financially devastated and so on. I would offer to do healing sessions with her. But the answer always was no. She would tell me that she was just fine

Another case was a man in our fellowship. Again, he would commandeer our meetings with his personal problems. He was in a car accident. He son had died 20 years ago and he was still grieving. He was in an accident at work. And another child of his had cancer. He was financially devastated. Again, I would offer to ascend with him and facilitate healing sessions. Basically, I offered to help in whatever he needed. Repeatedly, his answer was that he was always too busy and we could get to it later.

And recently, I’m finding it in another group I’m involved in. There’s a woman who has been sabotaging our meetings off and on for almost 2 years. Her family doesn’t love her and leaves her alone. When she does see her sisters, all they do is criticize her. She has little or no friends. She lived through a terrible marriage and doesn’t trust men. She’s always in pain and it doesn’t go away. Her health problems are never conquered.  When I offer healing sessions to her, her answer is that she and God have been doing them together. She doesn’t feel that she needs to involve another person.

Notice some of the similarities:

  •   Their lives are ridiculed with one negative experience after another
  •   They always have an excuse why they won’t accept help
  •   They do not trust
  •   They do not feel loved
  •   They do not have joy
  •   They do not have peace
  •   They do not have faith that their situation will change or that they can overcome any of it
  •   In most cases, they have chosen to isolate themselves
  •   In most cases, they’re full of depression
  •   They don’t believe that anyone has suffered as much as they have and people just don’t       understand
  •   They rarely accept responsibility for their actions and it’s never their fault

There are many reasons for recurring crisis and trauma in someone’s life. But in these cases, they create a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. Especially when it comes to loneliness. They lived through repeated cycles of new people taking an interest in them and trying to help them. But eventually, those people give up because they just don’t know what to do to help. And, candidly, people get tired of their meetings being high-jacked by someone who lives in a state of waa, waa. Plus, the self-pity and victim spirit has to be healed in order to identify the other causes.

These people are stuck in a never ending cycle that I call the pressure cooker cycle. They find a place or group that allows them to vent. That lets the pressure off for a day or two. It builds back up again and they have to find another place to vent. But nothing ever gets solved. They are very immature. When it comes to the overall state of their lives, they never grow up into mature Christians. They are to be overcomers, not victims. They’re supposed to be full of joy and peace, not self-pity and depression.

There’s also another cycle that you will see and it’s one of the reasons why they don’t mature. It’s a simple one and pretty obvious if their paying attention. Do you ever wonder why some people have more crisis and trauma than others? Well, one reason is the waa, waa. Satan is going to send messengers and set up situations that repeatedly trigger that person to enter into self-pity and being a victim. Satan never has to worry about them being a threat to him because they have let pain and depression become their friends. They are no threat to him whatsoever as long as they choose to wrap themselves in negative emotions.

Simply, the more you mature, the less trauma and depression you have.

This is a long post. I have given you a lot to think about. In the next entry, I will give you a protocol to help people in this kind of bondage.

Hugs,

Anna

A Model Coming Out of the Pacific North West

This blog post is from a dear friend and someone we consider a part of NW Ekklesia. Yes! It’s a new template for worship, intercession, and intimacy with God that will go around the world. He doesn’t say it in the post, but, our leadership and his worship team have been asked to go to India next year to teach the leaders of spirit filled churches. By the way it’s a network of 4,500 churches. To read more of his posts please go to: http://ecclecticecclesia.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-model-coming-out-of-pacific-north-west.html

So you hang around with the “prophetic” crowd and you hear all kinds of things. You SEE all kinds of things.  And you pray that you might get to be involved in what’s coming…
Nearing 20 years ago I heard someone say that there was going to be a movement that would originate in the PNW and go around the world.
I got excited.
Then I got involved in worship, each team showing a higher skill level as well as a higher tolerance for…  the out of the ordinary, which was good for me, because I detest the ordinary.
Even in high school, if my choir director handed us a sheet of music that wasn’t hand written I was kind of miffed.
Through the years I began to find myself in positions where I was invited as a guest, of sorts, to play at a few native american reconciliation events, a party  collecting bicycles to give to a village in Africa so that the kids could get to school safer and quicker.
I began to see the value of rhythmic intercession and was mc at a few drum circles that gathered folks together for purposes of intercession for unity in our city, evangelism, some were initiated to explore the possibilities.
We started a circle of musicians, meeting in a barn for the express purpose of stretching ourselves into playing for an audience of one, although we all played together and fought to protect the sanctity of our offering. (It’s hard to get people on board with “No Agenda” when they have always been part of the machine and can’t find the clasps holding their garments on)
Now let me tell you about this region- hang onto your hats…
New Age. Not just New Age, but a 300 year old warrior spirit who channeled (until recently) through a woman in a small town that had the world come to visit… and just New Age.  Mountains will do that to you.Buddhism- Buddhist monks aren’t all sunshine and goodness, nor do they all respect YOUR belief systems when they are engaging in their own satisfactions.
Islam- They aren’t militant, but they are represented.
Progressives- they don’t do anything remarkable except fix things that aren’t broken… and sometimes break things so they have something to fix.
Wicca, Pagan, Animism- Hindu’s, well, why not, everyone else is here.
All that to say that all the world is here.
And why does that make a difference?
How else do you reach every tribe and tongue- you must become relevant to them. You make room for the sound of their voices.
I have not learned to play tabla with any skill whatsoever, but I am ready for someone who has- I have room for them.
I HAVE learned to play a native american flute on a very basic level.
I am LEARNING to throat sing.
I have some proficiency on a djembe
I keep a watchful eye out for those who are proficient where I lack, and I make room for those whose sounds are beyond my scope.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear mixtures of cultural melodies, rhythms and instruments that are proving unity in the earth, making room for a unity that goes beyond doctrines and fears.
This region begat Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones and Nirvana, it is fraught with diversity (there is actually a band from Vancouver Canada called Delhi to Dublin- can you guess what they are mixing?)
Why would it not come from here?
Why would just such a movement be born here?
And why would it not be borne from where ever you are sitting?
Let’s DO this!!!!!!!!