Pastor Lauries Blog
In This Blog I endeaver to share the nuggets OF WISDOM I have received from time spent communing with the lord
3 John 1: 2 - Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in HEALTH, (even as) your SOUL prospers.
Many of us in the church world know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was wounded for our transgressions, and was bruised for our INIQUITIES. We know cognitively that by His stripes we are HEALED.
Is. 53: 3 - 5 - He (Jesus) is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Vs. 4. Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Vs. 5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our INIQUITIES; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes (blows the cut) we ARE HEALED.
Why then, is there so much brokenness and sickness remaining in the body of Christ? I have always been a why person. This question deserves some study and some answers. Now there is no "one size fits all" formula to divine health. We are all unique works of art, come from different walks of life and different family backgrounds.
Encoded in each family are patterns of thought, ways of operating and deeply embedded belief systems.
Add to that mix, areas of trauma, abuse, loss, and infirmities, and there is now an explosion of damage done to the DNA patterns of our SOUL.
These broken DNA soul patterns can pass down from generation to generation. This is called an INIQUITY.
Many think that after our human Spirit is born again and recreated, that our old patterns of thought change automatically as well. It does not. Our soul needs saving and goes through a process called sanctification which takes time and mind renewal.
The saving of our Spirit is a free gift from Christ needing only our believing and receiving it.
The saving of our soul, is a journey that requires our choice to discipline ourselves in hearing and obeying the voice of Christ coming through His word.
The saving of our soul requires we recognize every foreign pattern of thought contrary to the word of God, and pull it down.
2 Cor. 10: 4- 5- For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or natural) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, Vs. 5 casting down arguments and every high thing (thoughts) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
For many of us this takes years of soul excercise. It takes a lot of confronting, dismantling old thought patterns, and overcoming them. I say it this way; we need to:
In order to do this we must make a distinction between what is soulish and what is spiritual. We also need to make a distinction between good and evil. This requires spiritual maturity and soul excercise.
Heb. 5: 14 - But solid food (skilled in the word of righteousness) belongs to those who are of full age (mature), that is, those who by reason of use have their senses (soul) excercised to discern both good and evil.
Jesus is our example. He overcame the devil through the Spirit anointed word of God when tested in the wilderness.
Matt. 4: 1- 11- Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Satan tested Jesus through twisting the word of God. Satan did this by trying to get Jesus to bow to his distortion.
Satan still operates the same way with God's people today. He will bring up the fact of a scripture, take it out of context, and try to get us to bow to "the voice of a stranger."
Many well meaning Christians have bitten the bait of what they think is obeying the word of God, only to realize that it's the enemy coming in as an angel of light. He uses the very scriptures meant to bring deliverance, and puts God's people into bondage.
2 Cor. 11: 14- And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
How does the Enemy do this? -
By tricking God's people into listening and obeying the scripture, (taken out of context), which the enemy is speaking to them.
We are never to listen or respond to the voice of a stranger (the enemy), even when scriptures are thrown into the mix. That mixture is error.
John 10:4 - 5 - ... and the sheep follow him, (Jesus) for they know his voice. Vs. 5. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the VOICE of STRANGERS.
Following the external letter of the word always kills. Only the Spirit of God, breathed into the scriptures, brings life to them. This is called the Rhema, or Spirit anointed word of God.
John 6: 63- It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I (Jesus) speak to you are SPIRIT and they are LIFE.
Following the voice of God coming through His anointed scriptures, brings life and deliverance.
Overcoming Iniquity by Knowing Truth and Speaking God's Words -
Proverbs 16:6 -
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil."
Is. 6: 6 - 7 - Then one of the seraphim (Angels) flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar (Of God). Vs. 7. And he touched my MOUTH with it, and said:
"Behold, this has touched your lips; Your INIQUITY is taken away, and your sin purged."
This was under the old covenant dispensation. I believe what happened to Isaiah, with the fiery coal on his tongue, was also a prophetic picture of what was going to be fulfilled in Jesus under the new covenant.
In Acts 2:4 we see the disciples receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Tongues of FIRE sat upon each of them, and they began to SPEAK with other tongues.
Their mouths were cleansed, like Isaiah, from the FIRE that came from the altar of God. Isaiah didn't have to work for this cleansing of INIQUITY and neither did the disciples.
It's the promise of the Father coming through the finished work of Jesus death, burial and resurrection. We have to receive it, and then our part is to exercise it.
How does Praying in the Spirit help to dismantle Generational Iniquity? -
When we pray in the Spirit we are speaking directly to God. We are praying out mysteries, even though our mind is unfruitful. We are also building ourselves up on our most holy faith.
Jude Vs. 20- But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the HOLY SPIRIT
This is very important because it allows our prayers to avail much without the interference of our minds or the enemy.
The Holy Spirit will also help us to interpret what we are praying about. Other times it's on a need to know basis.
Praying in the Spirit (tongues) helps to break generational iniquity, because iniquity is transmitted through words.
James 3: 6 - And the tongue is a fire, a world of INIQUITY. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
When we pray in the Spirit we are filling our mouthes with God's language which is perfect.
James 3: 2- For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a PERFECT (or mature) man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Praying in the Spirit is one way to help us overcome iniquity, because we are filling our mouthes with God's perfect language, which in turn is healing our entire body.
Breaking Generational Iniquity by growing up-
There is no easy way to grow up emotionally and overcome years of embedded mindsets passed down for generations.
The first ones in a family to confront mindsets and thoughts that have kept iniquity rooted in, face a lot of opposition. They are pioneering as it were, new spiritual and emotional territory. It's worth it however, because through the blood of Jesus, applying the Spirit anointed word of God, and praying in the Holy Spirit, a new trail of blessing is being forged for generations to come!
Ingrained habits and patterns, (strongholds) don't change without clear understanding and learning the whys of what we do almost unconsciously.
It takes a lot of courage to journey into the deeper layers of our hearts. It takes the wisdom of God to find out where things are coming from, and why we do what we do.
The Holy Spirit will help us in this process of dismantling strongholds of thought by leading us into all truth.
Those that take this journey, with the help of the Holy Spirit, will grow into full measure of maturity in Christ.
I've seen many in the body of Christ shy away from this journey of truth into emotional maturity. Many would rather blame others or even God, rather than look honestly at themselves.
The journey of soul healing always starts with us first. We need to stop operating in mental knowledge alone but in the spiritual wisdom of applied revelation coming from a deep connection with our Father in heaven.
Keys to healing that Jesus spoke of-
Matt. 13: 13 - 16 - "Therefore I (Jesus) speak to them (religious rulers) in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says;
"Hearing you will hear and shall not understand. And seeing you will see and not perceive. 15. For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should SEE with their eyes and HEAR with their ears, Lest they should UNDERSTAND with their HEARTS and turn, so that I should HEAL them."
Why do so many in the body of Christ not see or hear God correctly? -
Religious activity apart from heartfelt connection with their Father in heaven, through Christ, stops the ability to see and hear correctly.
Many have a relationship with do's and don'ts, rules and regulations. Many have an external adherence to the word of God void of the heart. I call it "heady" or dead religion.
This causes a spiritual dullness to set in. A lack of correct seeing and hearing what God is really saying in a given situation. The bible calls it a SPIRIT of STUPOR.
Rom. 11: 8 - "God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day."
Definition of stupor -
1 a state in which the mind and senses are dulled; partial or complete loss of sensibility, as from the use of a narcotic or from shock
2 mental or moral dullness or apathy. (Websters Dictionary)
Paul was talking about the religious rulers of his day and their refusal to receive Jesus as their Messiah. Doubt and unbelief always blinds people from seeing the truth.
This lack of seeing God's truth correctly causes spiritual blindness, which perpetuates iniquity.
Also putting on works of our own righteousness will keep many under the curse of the law, which keeps the door to iniquity open.
Many have learned the art of pleasing people through the false image of glorifying their own NICENESS. This comes through trusting in their own external works, while hiding their true selves.
Matt. 19: 17- (Jesus said) "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
Jesus was cutting through the false flattery of the rich young ruler who prided himself on his own goodness and adherence to the commandments.
Only through the knowledge of truth in our inward parts, (heart) will we have real soul healing.
Only when we stop striving to be externally "good" in our own power, and give God all the glory and honor, will the chain of iniquity be broken.
Only when we give mercy to others in their shortcomings will we be freed from ours.
Only when we learn to judge situations correctly by saying what God says about something, rather than redefining our realities to cope, will we grow up.
Only when we learn to forgive and release those over us who have hurt us, will we be truly free from the chains of iniquity that try to keep us anchored to our past!
It's a season of deep soul healing right now. Jump in the river of God's Holy Spirit and let Him excavate every walled off area of the heart. Let Him show us what's blocking us from moving forward in our lives.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never barge into our lives. We must open wide our hearts and let Him have all of us.
Yielding fully to the Holy Spirit will enable us to make the necessary adjustments, in order to repent or (change) from doing things in our way and time frame.
Hearing and following the Holy Spirit, in line with the scriptures, will enable us to be more willing to yield to God's plan for our lives. This is when divine soul healing takes place.
Ps. 33: 10-12- The Lord brings the COUNSEL of the nations to nothing; He makes the PLANS of the PEOPLES of no effect. Vs. 11. The COUNSEL of the Lord stands forever, The PLANS of His heart to all GENERATIONS. Vs. 12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
This is how to ensure the blessing of God on generations to come.