Ministering to the Lord Series 2 of 12: The Ministry of Freedom [Isaiah 61:1]

Ministering to the Lord Series 2 of 12: The Ministry of Freedom [Isaiah 61:1]

Ministering to the Lord 1 of 12 - The Ministry of Reconciliation [Romans Bible Study]
Ministering to the Lord 2 of 12 - The Ministry of Freedom [Isaiah 61:1]
Ministering to the Lord 3 of 12 - The Ministry of Love [1 John 3]
Ministering to the Lord 5 of 12 - The Ministry of Hearing [John Bible Study Ch. 8-11]
Ministering to the Lord 7 of 12 - The link will be provided at a later date!
Ministering to the Lord 8 of 12 - The Ministry of Justice [The Book of Isaiah]
Ministering to the Lord 9 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 10 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, June 28, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 11 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ministering to the Lord 12 of 12 - The link will be provided on Sunday, July 12, 2020
In today's teaching we will go over the following:
1.How to be victorious at spiritual warfare; protecting our ministry!
2.How to respond to someone who is dominating to control our soul via deception, manipulation, and intimidation.
3.How to love someone who is dominating us to control our soul!

The Ministry [Life] of Freedom:
Father told me, "Wake the church up to the reality of who I am. I need you to be able to reveal my heart." I meditated on this day and night for about two weeks after I was told this. I finally realized something and it was this, if God is sending me to wake the church up, that means the church is sleeping. The Holy Spirit led me to find out what the bible says about a sleeping church, bride, and or body? Then I remembered, The Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13! Which reads: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
  • Five of them were foolish and five were wise
  • The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them
  • The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 
  • The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all [my notes: not just the foolish, but the wise as well] became drowsy and fell asleep. 
  • “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 
  • The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. 
  • The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. 
  • And the door was shut. 
  • Later [my notes: this was after the bride was raptured up] the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 
  • “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you [my notes: read Matthew 7:13-29, specifically verse 23].’ 
  • “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day [my notes: referencing the rapture, read Revelation 6 - God's wrath which will happen after the church is rapturedor the hour [referencing God's judgement which comes after God's woe's, read Revelation 18].
Jesus Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death (the Law of Moses) according to Paul in Romans 8:2, so that with this freedom we can rule as kings and priest. Here is the proof text to let us know what Jesus did for us, and that it was indeed accomplished:
  • Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
  • Isaiah 61:1  "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." 
  • Luke 4:16-20 "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him." 
  • Acts 10:37-38 "You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him."
  •  Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
My Testimony: Overcoming Domination
On March 28, 2020 God the Father woke me up and told me: "Teach my people how to minister to me, ministry is for me, he said. They HAVE TO CHANGE the way that they minister." I was also told to make up in my mind that I will change the way that I teach, to teach with authority. I was perplexed by this because I thought I had been. On April 27, 2020 I was told to record the teaching Ministering To The Lord Series 1 of 12 and I did that. The night of April 28, 2020 I had a dream, to cut down on sometime I will share the interpretation with you. I was with destruction (destroy) and she looked way worst then I had seen her in other dreams that I had with her and she was serving someone who is boastful. Proverbs 16:18 says that a "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Boastful is defined as showing excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one's achievements, possessions, or abilities. After waking up from the dream, I didn't quit understand everything but at the end of the dream I know that I escorted destruction (destroy) out of my life, never seen boastfulness again, and I walked across the street from the building destruction and boastfulness was. Around 4:00 am on April, 29, 2020 after I was done editing a teaching video, The Holy Spirit corrected me on two things that I did when recording teaching 1 of 12 of the Ministering to the Lord Series, and I had to repent. Firstly, I did a lot of justifying in that teaching, which caused my motives to be wrong. Secondly, he told me that I was boastful (excessive pride). Justification to man, led to my boastfulness. I apologized to God, and I also apologize to you. Justification is defined as the action of showing something to be right or reasonable. At around 1:00 pm om April 29, 2020, I went in the kitchen after attempting to walk my dogs  (the rain stopped us). Then I went to make something  to eat, and my plan was to read my bible while eating. However, I was escorted by an angel of God (walking backwards) from the kitchen to the steps, and then I was told to walk up. I went to my room and then touched my bible and heard Mark 12 in my spirit. I read Mark 12 and when I got to verse 14, I knew that was what the Holy Spirit wanted me to focus on. BTW, when the Holy Spirit tells me to read something (a specific chapter/verse) I write the date next to the chapter or verse. Next to Mark 12:14, I had a date written down of 3/13/2019, which let's me know that the Holy Spirit was trying to make me aware of this from since then, but I am just now understanding it.

"They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?"-Mark 12:14

I realized I had a stronghold and it was justifying and that I did not only justify myself in ministry but also within personal relationships. I lived my life showing or proving to be right or reasonable to man. From growing up as an appeasement pleaser [this led me to communicate with anger anytime my appeasement was not received well], to working in America, Corporate America as an African American woman. It had almost always been required that I prove that I had a right to work where I worked, especially being 1-5 African Americans at a company with at the minimum 200+, and then 2 of 5 African Americans in a mid-level and management role, and in some cases the only African American woman. For example, I have been told by a white-peer that my skin complexion made the cut because if I were any darker [and then she stopped]. I guess I wouldn't be acceptable or beautiful? BTW, I am brown skin, at least  60% of my body is lol. To my white brothers and sisters, please understand that I know that you would never do such a thing. Additionally, I've been verbally abused while working in Silicon Valley, and instead of standing up to this bully, I appeased by being the first one in the office, and the last one to leave, working weekends, which btw, those working hours are normal in tech. When I would have non-African American managers, there was always an extra mile that my African American peers and I had to take to prove our-self worth of being competent to do the job, despite having the degrees and the experience. I must admit at my last job, I told my peers and my manager that I was not hired to do this job just as a diversity statics but because of my experience and knowledge. Within the first two months, they saw that my words of correction matched what I said, and that I was overly qualified for the job. I had a good manager, despite this hiccup. By then I had gotten tired of being dominated by others because of my race, and my gender. Then when I started to walk in God's plan and purpose for my life, my family and friends required an explanation (justification), although it was never said directly but indirectly by asking why are you doing this? Why this? Why that? The truth is that I don't owe anyone an answer in order to be righteous by God [Note: To be clear, when I say the reason I don't owe anyone an answer, I mean when it comes to proving myself to be righteous in the eyes of man or God, to them. Meaning, trying to convince people that I am God's will or that I need their approval, or that I am teaching what I am teaching because I am led by the Holy Spirit and not because of them. We should respectfully answer people, but not to justify ourselves to them if God is leading us, and we are following his lead].

"But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him." -Mark 12:15-17 

What are ministers & ministries?
If we want to minister to the Lord well, we have to understand that we are in a spiritual warfare [Ephesians 6:12]. If we do not believe that satan, demons, witches, and the like, exist then we most likely are influenced by it more than what we realize, and thus our ministry will be impacted as well. A minister is simply a born-again believer who serves and attends to the needs of God in the Kingdom of God, this includes laymen, laywomen, as well as five-fold leaders. Ministry is what God uses to get his needs attended to (e.g. our life...) Some of us minister to the Lord as kings and others as priest. In Revelation 1:6, John the Apostle tells us that Jesus has made us kings and priests unto God the Father for His glory and for his dominion. Those who minister to the Lord as kings minister to the Lord outside of the church building [1 Corinthians 4:8], and those who minister to the Lord inside of the church building are priest. For the sake of clarity I want to reiterate that kings and priest have a different level of spiritual authority. We are loved equally by God but since we have a different purpose, and plan for our life, we have different authority [Territory: Reaping What We Sow]. Note: Our first ministry is our relationship with Jesus Christ, our second is our relationship with our spouse if we are married, and our third is our relationship with our children if we have any. There is no other ministry outside of that, and everything flows from those relationships. For greater detail, check out the first teaching to this series teaching 1 of 12 of the Ministering to the Lord Series. Priest have more spiritually authority because kings are congregation of priest and according to Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul tells us the reason why, and the purpose for church. King's also have spiritually authority because their congregation are the world. Again, for greater detail check out the first teaching to this series. If satan can get us to believe that he doesn't exist, then we will find ourselves fighting the wrong battle (with one another, instead of the kingdom of darkness).


QUESTION #1: How do we remain victorious at spiritual warfare?

1. By knowing that satan dominates to control our soul (emotions, feelings, and thoughts), indirectly through deception, manipulation, and intimidation or directly through possession, oppression or bondage, and if he can dominate our soul, then he can control our ministry which is our relationship with Jesus. God really wants to promote us spiritually but in order to do that we have to:
  • Accept Godly discipline: If we believe God's love is without discipline then we are calling Jesus a lie because in Revelation 3:19 Jesus says that he disciplines those he loves, so be earnest and repent. In Hebrews 12:4-11, Paul also says the same thing. Discipline is defined as the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience. God disciplines us in various ways either through our circumstances via hardship/suffering, through a church leader. Note: Church leaders are to discipline us as led by the Holy Spirit, but with the intent to build us up, and not to tear us down [How do we deal with sin in the church?]. For example, if we are deceived by greed and are unaware of it and God is trying to deal with that sin in our life but we refuse to repent, all Satan has to do is keep offering us opportunities in which we will be given more money to deceive us from what God is showing us in our heart. God will send whom he may to tell us about it but Satan will get us to be offended by the truth God is telling us through that person, so that we can stay deceived by our love for greed.
  • Grow in Godly character: Godly character is faith in Jesus Christ and his word (spoken and written), love for God first and then our neighbor and obedience to the truth which are God's spoken and written word, without Godly character we will not successfully be victorious in spiritual warfare if we do not grow in these areas, as we are being promoted by God. When we grow in faith, love and obedience, if we have the desire to grow in the Kingdom of God, God will began to teach us how to battle in spiritual warfare. Each level of authority has a different level of spiritual warfare. The reason for that is explained in the The Spiritual Warfare Series 2 of 7:  Gaining Territory: Reaping What We Sow [Authorities of heaven, earth and hell] teaching and it is because satan has an army, as God has an army. Each time we grow in authority, satan will send more powerful evil forces to attack us.
2. By knowing satan's goal is to steal, kill, and destroy us from walking in God's plan for our life in righteousness by controlling our soul, and or to get us to forfeit our soul for the world [Matthew 16:26 John 10:10].
  • If Satan is not able to get us out of God's plan for our life before we reach it, his next tactic is to get us to forfeit our soul by living in unrighteousness. Remember the unpardonable sin is not unpardonable because of the sin itself, but the unpardonable sin unpardonable because of our refusal to repent from living in sin that the Holy Spirit has convicted us about. If we are so hardened to the truth we will blaspheme the Holy Spirit by speaking words of unfaithfulness, and against the truth that the Holy Spirit has told us. 
3. By understanding that in order for Satan to accomplish his goals, he will use a person, place or thing to dominate (control, take authority) over our soul [Matthew 16:22-23].
  • In the beginning God made mankind in his image, and he told us to dominate over everything but one another [Genesis 1:27-29, Genesis 3:16]. However, through control that came through deception, satan was able to gain dominion and establish his kingdom on earth and hell, called the kingdom of darkness. Adam and Eve gave satan their authority when they did not focus on God's word. 
4. By understanding that the people that satan uses are being used, and more times than not, they do not realize it [Ephesians 6:12].
  • Like the Holy Spirit, Satan needs a human body to influence the world that we live in since it is physical. These people who are being used by satan are going to be used to dominate you indirectly through deceptionmanipulationintimidation, which are all forms of control. Thus, we should love the person but we should never submit (obey) to their domination (authority) which will come through their deception, manipulation, and intimidation. Jesus never submitted to the domination (authority) of people whom satan used in the gospels, as he had to deal with the religious spirit, witchcraft, and more coming from the religious leaders and carnal people during those days. 
BIBLICAL EXAMPLE: ADAM & EVE WERE DECEIVED BY SATAN BECAUSE THEY WERE DISTRACTED FROM GOD'S WORD!

QUESTION #2: How do we respond to someone who is dominating (authority) us via deception, manipulation, and intimidation for control?  
1. Understand the goal behind domination
  • We are going to read 1 Kings 18, 19 & 21 and review the goal of witches and demons and how they illegitimately dominate through their attacks, and these attacks being indirectly via deception, manipulation, intimidation, which are all forms of control. If demons cannot directly dominate us via oppression, possession, or put us in bondage, they will use other people to control your focus from the word written and spoken word of God, by their behavior and it can be something as innocent as receiving 15 calls when you usually only get 2 per day, kids getting sick, husband is angry, your menstrual is on, etc...and all of this happening right after God told you to do something. God will still hold us accountable if we did not do what he told us to do if the reason we did not do it was because we were distracted by people, places and things.
2. Now that we understand the goal of domination, we can learn how to respond to it.
  • We are going to read Mark 8:28-45, Mark 12:13-17 first and then we will see that the moment we are being dominated to control us, we should respond to them using three steps.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLE: PETER TRIED TO MANIPULATE JESUS BY GETTING JESUS DISTRACTED FROM GOD'S WORD!

BIBLICAL EXAMPLE: PROPHET ELIJAH WAS INTIMIDATED BY THE WITCH JEZEBAL BECAUSE HE WAS DISTRACTED FROM GOD'S WORD!
1 Kings 18, 19 & 21 - If demons cannot directly oppress, possess, or put you in bondage, they will indirectly use other people's behavior to control your focus to influence your soul,and it can be something as innocent as receiving 15 calls in one day when you usually only get two, kids get sick, husband is angry, your menstrual is on, etc... right after God told you to do something. We will speak about the goal of witches and demons and how they dominate through their attacks of domination which comes by deceptionmanipulationintimidation, which are all forms of control.
QUESTION #3: How do we love someone who is dominating us for control?
1. Understand that those people whether they are conscious of it or not, are sent to steal, kill, and destroy your ministry by satan. Your first ministry is your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your second is your marriage, your third is your children and then everything flows from those ministries.
If we want to minister to the Lord well, we have to understand that we are in a spiritual warfare. There are demons and witches sent to all churches to seduce the five-fold leadership into greed, sexual immorality, idolatry, etc, and if the five-fold leaders are deceived, their congregation will most likely be deceived as well. That is why there are so many church members who believe since they tithe, they can dominate everything from choosing pastors to decorating the church (getcha Jezebel spirit out my church in the name of Jesus Christ. The only one dominating this church is God). We will read about this pretty shortly but first let's chat about church discipline.

Church leaders, specifically apostles are to discipline us as led by the Holy Spirit, but with the intent to build us up, and not to tear us down [2 Corinthians 10:8]. I created a teaching in 2019 titled How do we deal with sin in the church. Then I was led by the Holy Spirit to let the first season of Martha, Martha! A Christian Cartoon For Adults to be about 1 Corinthians 5 in which Paul tells us how to deal with sin in the church from those who are born-again believers.The reason why demons & witches are at some churches is because leaders refuse to obey 1 Corinthians 5. This is why every church around the world, needs an apostle (more spiritual authority). Pastors are compassionate it'll be harder for a pastor to battle Jezebel then a prophet/apostle. At the thought of 1 Corinthians 5, some pastors may cringe. This is where the love for God, has to come before the love of man. This is where faith in the word of God has to triumph over circumstances, because once a church that has never followed 1 Corinthians 5, starts to follow it, there numbers most likely will go down, as well as their tithe & offering. This why obedience in the truth (the word and the Holy Spirit) has to come first because if we don't submit to God (obey) then we cannot resist the devil, and then the devil will not flee. As I mentioned the first season of Martha, Martha! comes from and is about 1 Corinthians 5.

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 reads "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is
  • sexually immoral - homosexuality, adultery, and fornication 
  • greedy - intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food
  • an idolater- a person who worships an idol or idols. An idol is anything we worship outside of God
  • slanderer - the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation
  • a drunkard - a person who habitually drinks. Habitually is defined as an habit
  • swindler - a person who uses deception to deprive someone of money or possessions
Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Watch the first season of Martha, Martha (there are 6 episode, each episode is approximately 10 minutes long). After watching it, tell me what a church would look like if born-again believers claimed to be brothers and sisters in Christ, lived in their sins, and chose not to repent. Then after answering that question, watch the teaching titled: How do we deal with sin in the church? 

2. We should understand our priority, now that we understand the purpose of domination.
Yes we have to love people in accordance to 1 Corinthians 13:4-11, but we also have to love Jesus first in accordance to Mark 12:30-31. Loving Jesus Christ comes before loving anyone else. As Jesus's love will always point us to love our neighbor and do what's best for our ministry, which is what God uses to get his needs attended to, and their safety and ours. We protect our ministry by growing in love to God first and then our neighbor, obedience to the truth (word of God and the Holy Spirit), and faith in Jesus Christ (the living word).


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