Thursday, October 30, 2014

Student Response to the Mighty Warrior Classes-

How  "YOU ARE A MIGHTY WARRIOR", Instructor Marjie McWilliams, Is Helping Me in My Role as 'A Mighty Warrior'.

Over the years I have heard in bible studies and over the pulpit that my identity is in  Christ Jesus.  Why haven't I been able to grasp this fully and hold onto it?  I couldn't seem to take it to my heart.  I am learning head knowledge is different from heart knowledge.  I had head knowledge and I was not fully understanding or receiving Kingdom thinking down into my heart.  Finally, finally, as Graham Cooke's teaching on Kingdom thinking is discussed in our bible study "You Are a Mighty Warrior", I am getting a clearer picture in my mind about my earthly Personality vs. my Heavenly Persona. God ONLY sees us in our Heavenly Persona.  Through this study my focus has shifted over to my Heavenly Persona.  II Cor.4:4 I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind.

 In class we are looking at Gideon's story in Judges Chapter 6.  In the beginning Gideon  sees himself as the weakest of the weak - God sees Gideon as 'A Mighty Warrior'.  Gideon steps out in obedience, smashes his father's idols and after throwing down the fleece, progresses into his role as 'A Mighty Warrior'.  How does this apply to my life?

 I have been seeing myself, like Gideon, in my earthly Persona known as my Personality.  My past experiences, hurts and excuses based on fear have clouded my lens.  I have let them, along with my father's idols define who I am. God has been helping me smash my idols of self will, pride, the need to control, insecurities and fear of man, people pleasing and unhealthy boundaries.  They are being surrendered to Him and no longer define who I am.  I no longer need to throw out the fleece like Gideon did.  I can trust God and be confident when He calls me out to go forward in His will.  No more doubt or fear and excuses.  Clothed in my Heavenly Persona, I can step out immediately in obedience and go in the little strength I have as 'A Mighty Warrior'.  " I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power." Col. 1:11

One of our study questions asks:  In what way(s) is God moving me into new roles as 'A Mighty Warrior'?   In 2011 God helped me step out of fear and into a Twelve Step study group with Celebrate Recovery at Real Life Church - to work through and find healing from depression, resentment and unforgiveness.   After completing the twelve steps, I again stepped out of fear and shared my life's testimony at an open share meeting, and I would become part of Celebrate Recovery's leadership team.  In sharing my past and exposing my secrets the chains of bondage were broken (smashed idols).  With God's strength and the Holy Spirit's leading, I was able to face my biggest fear of judgment and rejection to receive freedom.  " I always triumph in Christ." II Cor. 2:14.   God has called me to help other women find freedom.   To be bold in my sharing.  To remove any and all masks.  To be totally transparent.  Recently God has called me to writing assignments.   I am stepping out of the boat in faith and going with the little strength I have knowing God sees me as 'A Mighty Warrior'.   

Blessings, Linda McNevin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Testimony from a Real Life Church student!

Hi Marjie,
When you asked me if I wanted to write this, my first thought was,  “No way! I can't write!”  Then I prayed & put my trust in God. I also realized that you could correct, edit- anything before you posted it.

This past week we discussed stepping into the Mighty Warrior role. We may need to "fake it till we make it".  It takes practice. God knows that. He is patient. As we become Mighty Warriors the Holy Spirit works in us.

The question you asked was: "How do you know the Holy Spirit is alive and well? What are the signs?”

Like Gideon, I have lived in fear & defeat….I too have been “the least of all”. 

For 40+ plus years (since I was 14), I have been aware of a period of 6 months with no memory…of complete amnesia. No self-help book or counseling could break through the amnesia. I lived a defeated life.  I was living in hiding right along with Gideon. I kept the Holy Spirit in the cave with me.  Tues night after class I prayed & asked for God's forgiveness. I surrendered EVERYTHING to Him.

That night I had a dream that woke me straight up. I wrote the dream out. Reading it over I realized it was the missing 6 months of my life when I was 14 years old.

I'd been warned by others that the amnesia period was probably too traumatic for my mind to grasp. Amazingly enough, I was not upset by remembering. This time Jesus was standing right there with me as I witnessed what turned out to be much worse than I had imagined.

I got up Wednesday morning and for the first time felt joy beyond anything I'd ever known.

The past couple of days friends & family have commented about the change they have seen in me. They say even my voice/tone is different. Now that is the Holy Spirit working in me! I don't just feel like a Mighty Warrior, I know it!!!!

Another thing we discussed was the question of whether we are living God's way or our own way.  I am a control freak when it comes to money. I worry. I stress... all because of finances. My husband is going to be without his paycheck for 4-6 months for medical reasons. 

Again on Wednesday (I had a great Wednesday this week), my husband called from work. He was super excited. His employer had given him a check for quite a sum. Neither of us had any idea why. Turns out the employer owed him money from an error on his paychecks.  Quietly, I heard God say "Trust me, I can handle all your needs- even your finances."

As a mighty warrior of God I am living His way; letting the Holy Spirit do its job to guide & lead me in God's will.

Thank you for the opportunity to share.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Key Points to Remember From Each Week-handout

Each week in class, we have a key point to remember. At the end of class, it will make a strong and powerful confession when read in its totality.

(Each Roman numeral represents that week's study.)

I) Who I am in Christ Jesus-

II) My old excuses for not believing I am a mighty warrior have been:

I counter that with a truth from the list of 100+:__________

III) My father's idols that have affected me in the past have been:___________________________________________

But I am set free from those sinful thoughts! THE PAST DOES NOT OWN ME!
Truth from the list of 100+:__________________________

IV) I acknowledge the need for the Holy Spirit to dwell in me richly. I know the Holy Spirit is alive and well in my life by these signs:______________________________________

V) In the past I have lived my life my way rather than God's way. One situation that is still being run MY way is:________

I now release this, asking for God to run it HIS way.

How I will do this:__________________________________

VI) I promise to spend time this week worshipping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is in worship that He becomes the ruler of my life, and where my problems and battles are won.
While I worship, I will expect God to empower me to face situations in my life with a fresh heart. Here is what He reveals to me as I worship Him this week:

VII) A mighty warrior does not stand alone.

I have formed a partnership with these people:___________

Here is what they have asked me to pray about for them as best I can:_______________________________________

Here is what I am asking them to pray about for me:______

VIII) I will be relentless when it comes to the battle over:___

IX) A mighty warrior worships God alone.

In the past there have been many idols in my life and one that still remains that I have gilded with gold and set up in my own household is: __________________________________

I repent of this sin. I tear it down and declare this day that as for me and my household we will serve and worship God alone.

I declare that this day, I AM a Mighty Warrior who worships God alone.




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Saturday, October 11, 2014

WHO AM I IN CHRIST JESUS? -100+ new ways to see yourself

Who am I in Christ?  August 2014    Marjie McWilliams-You Are A Mighty Warrior
1) I am blessed Deut. 28:1-14

2) I am overtaken with blessings Deut. 28:2

3) I am the head and not the tail.
4) I am above only and not beneath Deut. 28:13
5) I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty. Deut 28:15-68
6) I am the apple of my Father's eye Ps. 17:8

7) I am called of God to be the voice of His praise.    Psm 66:8
8) I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.   Isaiah 53:5  1 Peter 2:24
9) I am loved with an everlasting love Jer. 31:3
10) I am the salt of the earth Matt. 5:13

11) I am the light of the world Matt. 5:14

12) I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover
13) In Christ I have the power to cast out demons.
14) In Christ I have the power to speak with new tongues.
15) In Christ I have power over all the power of the enemy.
16) In Christ nothing shall by any means harm me.  Mark 16:7-8,  Luke 10:17,19
17) I have given and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over into my lap.   Luke 6:38
18) I have everlasting life.  Jn. 6:47

19) I am set free.   Jn. 8:31-33

20) I have abundant life,, Jn. 10:10

21) I know God's voice.   Jn. 10:14

22) I am a disciple of Christ because I have love for others.   Jn. 13:34-35
23) I am one in Christ.   Jn. 17:21-23
24) I am greatly loved by God.    Rom. 1:7

25) I have received the gift of righteousness
and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17
26) I am free from condemnation Rom. 8:1
27) I am dead to sin Rom.6: 2, 11
28). I am alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Ro 6:11
29) I live by the law of the Holy Spirit Rom. 8:2
30) I am a joint heir with Christ Rom. 8:17
31) I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and long suffering.   Romans 8:33, Col 3:12
32) I am more than a conqueror.   Rom. 8:37
33) I am established to the end.   I Cor. 1:8
34) I am in Christ Jesus by His doing.   I Cor. 1:30
35) I have the mind of Christ.   I Cor. 2:16
36) I am the temple of the Holy Spirit.   I Cor. 6:19
37) I always triumph in Christ.   II Cor. 2:14
38) I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind.  ll Cor 4:4
39) I am a new creature.   II Cor. 5:17
40) I am reconciled to God.   II Cor. 5:18
41) I am an ambassador for Christ.   II Cor. 5:20
42) I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.   II Cor. 5:21
43) I am crucified with Christ.   Gal. 2:20
44) I am redeemed from the curse of the law.    Gal. 3:13
45) I am holy and without blame before Him.    Eph. 1:4
46) I am accepted in Christ Eph. 1:6
47) I am forgiven all my sins and washed in the blood.   Eph. 1:7
48) I am sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit.   Eph. 1:13
49) I have a guaranteed inheritance.   Eph. 1:14

50) I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened.   Eph. 1:17-18
51) I am alive with Christ.    Eph. 2:5

52) I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places.  Eph 2:6, Col 2:12
53) I am God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.   Eph. 2:10
54) I am brought near by the blood of Christ.   Eph. 2:13
55) I have access to the Father by one Spirit.    Eph. 2:18

56) I am a fellow citizen with the saints of the household of God.    Eph. 2:19
57) I am built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.    Eph. 2:20
58) I am His faithful follower.    Eph. 5:1
59) I am strong in the Lord.    Eph.6:10
60) I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith.  Eph 6:16
61) I am being changed into His image.    Phil. 1:6
62) I press toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God.   Phil. 3:14
63) I have the peace of God that passes all understanding.   Phil 4:7
64) I can do all things through Jesus Christ.     Phil. 4:13
65) I have all my needs met by God according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.       Phil. 4:19
66) I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.   Col 1:11
67) I am qualified to share in His inheritance.   Col. 1:12
68) I am delivered from the power of darkness and transformed into God's kingdom.   Col. 1:13
69) Christ is in me, the hope of glory.     Col. 1:27
70) I walk in Christ Jesus.    Col. 2:6
66) I am firmly rooted, built up, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness.    Col. 2:7
71) I am complete in Christ.   Col. 2:10

72) I am circumcised with the circumcision made without hands.   Col. 2:11
73) I am beloved of God.    I Thess. 1:4
74) I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge and after the image of Him Who created me.   Col 3:9,10
75) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7
76) I am called of God to live a holy life.  II Tim. 1:9

77) I am the first fruits among His creation.   James 1:18
78) I am a doer of the word and blessed in my actions.  James 1:22,25
79) I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the name of Jesus.  James 4:7
80) I am holy and without blame before Him in love.   1 Peter 1:16
81) I am God's child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.    1 Pet. 1:23

82) I am chosen.  1 Peter 2:4-12     
83) I am precious to God.
84) I am being built into a spiritual house.
85) I am never put to shame.
86) I am a part of a chosen generation.
87) I am a royal priesthood.
88) I am a holy nation.
89) I am a purchased people.  
90) I am God’s special possession.
91) I show forth the praises of God.
92) God has called me out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. 
93) I have received God’s mercy.  
94) I am healed by the wounds of Jesus.    I Pet. 2:24
95) I am a partaker of His divine nature    II Pet. 1:4

96) I am in the world as He is in heaven     I Jn. 4:17

97) I have the Greater One living in me.
98)  Greater is He Who is in me that he who is in the world.   1 John 4:4
99) I have overcome the world 1 Jn. 5:4
100) I am born of God and the evil one does not touch me    I Jn. 5:18
101) I am a king and a priest unto God   Rev. 1:6
102) I am an over comer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony.  Rev. 12:11
103) I am victorious Rev. 21:7