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Kingdom Growth – Development & Testing July 22, 2019

The GSM Counselor Training Level 1 Intensive, hosted at GSM Beaverton this past month, once again lived up to its name, providing in-depth, personal healing and an immersion into the Kingdom principles that are foundational for teaching “only the Kingdom of God” and counseling with wisdom, through the Spirit of God. As Bettie Mitchell unfolded the story of The Call, she revealed the pattern of Kingdom Growth, as development and testing, both personally and as an organization dedicated to answering The Call. Even in her story of leading a three-week tour of the Middle East, that was slammed with the bloody aftermath of terrorists and governmental shootout (with the terrorists being hung in front of the hotel the attack happened at – the very hotel the tour was scheduled to spend its first nights in), havoc trying to cross the Syria/Israeli border, severe illness, and at the very end of the tour, the death of a child of one of the women in the tour, Bettie was able to see the wisdom of God bringing together two very different groups of people on the tour, to be one unit, united in Christ, willing to go to any length to protect and provide for each other. After all of that, Bettie was implored to go to Iraq with her mother and went, even though she was exhausted, both physically and emotionally. It was in Iraq, when she was at her most vulnerable place, that she received The Call to begin the work of GSM and accepted the challenge to teach only the Kingdom of God.

I have grown up in such an affluent society, that any challenge to me of choosing to give up my comfort, my resources, or even my time, so that another could be healed was simply too great a burden for me to even consider. I am comforted in my affluence, even if it seems like I don’t ever have enough. Bettie has taken seriously The Call, to be willing to share home, resources, energy, and time in prayer, that others may be brought into Kingdom healing and wholeness. This has turned my thinking up-side down and inside-out! I think of my life differently now and am striving to answer The Call, as faithfully as Bettie has, to bring every thought captive to the Lord and listen for His wisdom. Bettie is fully a mentor of Kingdom living, bold, courageous, and faithful.

I had always considered oppression as demonic attack, but I learned this week that oppression is in reality the lies that other people believe and depression is the lies that I choose to believe. In fact, I learned further that often, what I thought was demonic oppression has been in reality, God allowing things to come at me – in order to develop in me the Kingdom principles He is placing in me and then to test them to make sure they are steadfastly in place.

Elsa Jane once again brought the wisdom and sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit to be displayed in the glory of dramatizing the parable of The Good Samaritan. In every Healing Miracle Drama that I have participated in over the last year, God has done a work of healing in my body, mind, and soul. I never have a clue of what the Lord has prepared. None of us do. We merely read the Scripture, talk about its truths, and pray, listening to the Lord’s direction for each of us, which role we are to play. No one is left out; everyone is challenged to seek His will for the drama. This time, I was to be the robber (even though I didn’t want to, I obeyed). The Lord knew the deep grieving He was sending me to, the grieving of the violent years of my youth, grieving that no one told us not to hurt each other. Instead, throughout my youth, I participated in the kicking, hair pulling, hitting, even throwing things at my siblings. As we reenacted the parable, I actually hit this person, until they fell, then proceeded to dig in their pockets and run off to hide behind a rock. As other people reacted and eventually someone helped the person I had hurt, I was alone, in horrible pain from the pain I had inflicted upon another, and grieving deeply the pain I had caused in my youth. After the drama, we reflected out loud, how the Spirit had brought wisdom and healing in our lives. Participating in the Healing Miracles reenactments has been the most profound blessing of my life.

Great truths of Kingdom living are revealed in these classes at GSM. Precious gems like, forgiveness unbound demonic presence; demons simply lose something to hold onto when a person chooses to step aside and allow God to be the ultimate judge between a person and their sin. They also lose ground when a person takes their sin to the cross and receives forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Another wonderful truth is that healing begins with 1) Repentance, 2) Forgiveness, 3) Deliverance from demons who have taken up strongholds through unforgiveness, and 4) Restitution, making every effort to do what you can to make right what was done that hurt. Each of these are important steps and must be completed before healing truly occurs.

I have been in an incredible season of personal growth, which has definitely been manifested in development and testing. This summer, in particular, I have personally received counseling from a GSM counselor and have made huge leaps of growth that have eased lifelong burdens. I have learned to listen to the little one deep inside of my spirit, the little child inside of me, who was beaten and sexually assaulted every night. She had no voice, but now she does and I am listening. What’s more, the Lord is showing me, He is listening; He always has – even though she didn’t know it. In the final GSM Intensive activity, Jane led the group through childhood memories and the feelings and core belief lies that were attached to those memories. The Spirit took me back to those awful memories and I realized that the core belief lies that I had linked to them were thinking my body and indeed, my whole self, had no value. He then showed me His truth, directly from Ephesians 1, that He chose me, in His love, from before creation, to be holy and blameless, and to be adopted as His daughter. That brought a lifeline of healing, that I am His daughter, and He cherishes me, every part of me, indeed, all of me.

I am also seeing tremendous Kingdom growth, development, and testing happening in every facet of GSM. Because pride is not a factor, people willingly serve, learn, are challenged, and give far more than I have ever seen in any other organization. Compassion reigns, so mistakes, inconveniences, and encumbrances are given space, peace, and release. Because of this, GSM is being taken by the Spirit of God to the greater level of offering hope and healing to even more. Opportunities are opening broadly; people are being trained and Kingdom truth is being revealed.

It takes a deliberate act of setting aside comfort, self-will, and pride to answer The Call, to enter into this broad calling of many who are united in teaching only the Kingdom of God. When you do so, it is the most fulfilling, exhilarating, and life-changing commitment ever made.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Freda experienced physical and sexual abuse. She was broken and confused for years. As a young woman, she sought counseling for 12 years. When she began to grow in her Christian faith, she realized the depth of healing in the words of the Bible. She then combined tiny steps of healing with those comforting Scriptures and wrote Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma, a devotional with a journal, for in-depth, personal healing. Flame of Healing is helping people in 6 countries to heal from deep emotional pain from abuse and trauma.

Freda is also an inspirational speaker, addressing issues of abuse and trauma with compassion. She is a wife of 39 years, mother of three adult children, grandmother of one, and a child of God.

Her second book, Resurrection Hope, is a Christian novel about Heaven, angels, and living in the Presence of God. Freda’s website is: www.fredaemmons.com.

Bethany Stroup

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