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19 entries from January 2017

Combating the Enemy Within

Photo courtesy of DigitalArt/FreeDigitalPhotos.net I’ve always been curious as to the stubbornness of my anxiety and sinful habits that nag away at me. I thought it a useful topic to discuss as we walk through this fabulous series on emotional healing. I’ve mentioned my struggles with anxiety previously. Like many of us it’s been a regular companion for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent enough years of my life in counselors chairs that I figured it was something that would be with me all of my days. There was a self-defeatist sense of ‘oh well, it must just be part of what makes me, me.’ I know many others who struggle with it think similarly. Some of you may be able to relate to this as you too have had anxiety as a companion or perhaps it’s some habitual ‘thing’ that just hangs around. You’ll have some days... Read more →

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Jesus Our Healer

I could likely write an entire book about how Jesus heals. I’ve been collecting scriptures over time and scribbling them down. Here is one page with several (see photo). But I want to focus on just a few today. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. —Matthew 14:14 Can you imagine this scene with me? Jesus just left a secluded place where He was praying to our Father. He comes from that intimate place and looks out over the vast crowd. The multitudes are broken, in pain, demonized, terrorized, hurting and sick. I love this scripture for so many reasons but I’m moved that He had compassion. He had compassion for the crowds. For the broken and those who were far from perfect. For the sick, not the strong. For the paralyzed and forsaken. For... Read more →

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Our Perception and God’s

I’m fascinated by Jesus. I’m fascinated by how He interacts with people in the Bible and today. And I’m fascinated by the deeper meanings the Holy Spirit brings to us as we move closer to the truth of who we are and find healing in that process. My friends, one such story is found in Luke 7, the story of Jesus being anointed by a sinful woman. If you have a moment, read this account in Luke 7:36-50. As I read this story recently, the Holy Spirit answered a long-held question I had in a very unexpected way. This question came from Jesus’ statement, “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” I asked the Lord once again, “Lord, do I have to be forgiven of a lot of things in order to love you better?” The question sounded ridiculous to me as I wrote it in my journal, because... Read more →

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At The Core Of Our Healing - Identity

We are jumping right into our next segment of teaching on healing but before we do, I want to be very open and straight forth. I am not a professional counselor. I would not advocate to anyone to cease taking medication or to cease or not seek out medical or psychological help and treatment. God gave us doctors. They are awesome and I believe many miracles happen at the hands of physicians. I am an ordinary believer like you. Yet, I have watched the Trinity move in prayer session to heal minds, spirits, bodies, and emotions. I BELIEVE in the healing power of Jesus Christ. I also have received healing myself. I know with complete certainty, it is God’s will to heal. So, throughout this series, consider the teaching I share. Pray about what I write and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit as you pray through your healing.... Read more →

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Guest Post: The Magnificent Vine by Dee Rusnak

Dear Friends, Dee sent me this piece she wrote and it fits so well with our healing series and who Jesus is, our vine! Thank you, Dee! Love you, SUMites! ~Dineen The Magnificent Vine “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) On our way driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania recently, I gazed at the wooded areas alongside the highway. Everything was buried in a foot of snow that had fallen just a few days before. I was drawn to the effects of the snow on the trees as they stood cold and motionless. Some trees, too weak to stand under the heaviness of the snow, had slumped into what appeared as the "arms" of other trees. It was as though these trees were there for the sole purpose of support…a band of stronger brothers catching, holding, and keeping... Read more →

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The Heart of God

Good morning, SUMites! I loved reading your prayers yesterday on Lynn’s post. I prayed in agreement with each one of you and prayed over our community for complete healing. Many of the things you prayed mirrored my own prayers too, my dear friends. I’m so glad we are taking this journey of healing together. And that’s part of what I feel the Holy Spirit planted in my heart to share today, that some of you out there have been on a very lonely journey in your pain. You have felt alone, as if you’re the only one, in this struggle and even abandoned at times. Today the Lord wants you to know that is not true. You are not alone, you have never been alone. And as you walk this path of healing, you will see others walking along side you who have suffered in the same way, you will... Read more →

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Emotional Healing - Find Healing and How To Help Others

Can I just shout: WE ARE LIVING IN THE BEST TIME OF HISTORY IN THE WORLD! I’m convinced that God is on the move with accelerated purpose, greater than what the church has witnessed in the past. I’m convinced that we, the Church, are in a critical and unique place in the plans of God. I believe that God is about to bring a release so profound that millions of people that we would never expect, will turn their lives over to Jesus. They will be coming into the Kingdom in droves out of drug abuse, sexual perversion, antagonistic atheism, and many places and lifestyles. They are going to miraculously find Jesus. And they are going to need healing. They will need a church, God’s people, to help them move forward out of their addictions, the pain of torture and every kind of abuse as well as demonic oppression. They... Read more →

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"Watch What I Do!"

What has God promised you, my friends? That is the place I want to start today, because I’ve discovered there is a very definitive process that occurs between the promise given and the reality (or manifestation) of that promise. And it’s in the in between time that we can get confused or even lose sight of our promise. No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said. — Psalm 89:34 (NLT) I believe as a community we are on this journey right now together. As I shared last week during our prayer and fasting, this is a Year of Promises. As I walk in this place of waiting and the challenges I’ve faced, I’m finding that God’s promises are designed to bring us from one point and place in time to another and it’s very much to do with our growth as... Read more →

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Sumite Prayer Partners - Thoughts on Friendship

Hi fellow Sumites, Christy Edney here! As I was praying for our prayer partnerships I started to wonder if any of you have begun to feel the Spirt using your relationship to advance your spiritual and emotional maturity. I know, that is quite a question! Please let me explain myself. I can look at one friendship in my life and clearly see how God used it to expose and heal some hidden sin in my heart. That friendship began as most do; we met at church, had many things in common and were both seeking God. Over time, I began to love her like a sister and even placed her on a very high pedestal. Then God swopped in and convicted me of my sin in making our friendship an idol. After more time had passed, her life became extremely busy and suddenly I felt like my needs weren’t being... Read more →

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Defending Our Mind

SUMites, we’ve just come out of our week of prayer & fasting. I must say I am blown away at how powerful this year’s fast seemed to be in our community. Abba is really taking us to new levels and places this year, my friends. Don’t be surprised if things continue to be revealed, shift and unfold over the next several weeks. We’ve set the stage for 2017 in a powerful way and God does not disappoint. Over the week, God revealed some truths in Scripture and connected some dots for me. One I’d like to share with you today, because it’s a new prayer strategy for me. And in light of some of the things God showed me this week and Lynn’s upcoming series on emotional healing, I believe it is timely. We’ve studied this verse before. In fact, Lynn has a video about it over there in the... Read more →

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FAST 2017: Day Five

We arrived. Hallelujah! My fast went fairly decent. Wasn’t perfect but fasted mostly for five days, (I still have today to go). I lost four pounds and gained new awe in my heart for our Father. I feel almost melancholy that our fast is ending. This week has brought tears to my eyes, laughter to my heart to read what happened in your lives through the book and the fast. I’m humbled and in awe that our Lord is so powerful on the move to bring breakthrough to our SUM House of believers. Today, is a special day because chapter 13 is a gift. I wrote it following a powerful prayer session. And what I received, God says is for everyone who contends for an unsaved spouse. So I pass it along to you. Pray and release. Don’t carry the burdens you are not to carry. Jesus died to bring... Read more →

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What Is Your Assignment From God For Your life?

I’m completely overcome by what is happening in our community this week. Gang, reading the comments and the emails that I’m receiving… It’s just wild and awesome! I’m undone by how God is moving in the pages of the book, Winning Them With Prayer. Some of you are experiencing breakthroughs at home, with husbands and even feeling the spiritual bondage break off….. THIS IS THE REASON I WROTE THIS BOOK. God has purposed THIS book with power from on High to break the chains of Satan. This is what Anja from Switzerland wrote at the end of her astonishing comments on the Day Three post: Needless to say…I’m without words. I’m humbled, amazed and feel as if years of burdens have been lifted off my shoulders. It is the answer to so many of my heart’s cries. I got a long way to go but now I am certain I... Read more →

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SUMite Fast 2017: Day Three, Anointing Oil

This verse has been pinned to my prayer board for weeks. My friends, we are already on day three of our prayer and fasting. Please share what God is showing and/or telling you. Your testimony may be the very piece another SUMite needs to help her or him connect the dots of what God is revealing. I’m finding myself in that place again where God is connecting dots again and revealing answers to prayers. I’m so very encouraged especially for my children and hope to share more soon on what’s happening. Plus, our first night of fasting from television turned out to be such a precious time for my hubby and I. We played games and didn’t miss watching it at all. I am amazed by that, my friends. I know the Holy Spirit gave me grace for that. Plus I had time to spend in His presence later in... Read more →

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SUMite Fast 2017: Day Two, Promises

My friends, we are on day two of our fast. I’ve chosen to fast from sun-up to sun-down each day. I also sought the Holy Spirit’s guidance on anything else I should fast from, to honor the Lord. He’s impressed upon my heart to fast from television. Not that I watch that much, but it is a routine thing for hubby and I in the evenings to relax and watch old reruns. I find this time very cathartic. But God told me He wants to do something different so maybe this is part of it. The unexpected part of it is when I told my husband I was “considering” doing this, I asked him what he thought and if he’d like to join me. He said yes! So, Mike is joining me in a fast from television this week. I’m fascinated to see what God does with that, my friends.... Read more →

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BREAKTHROUGH

SUMITE Fast 2017: Monday, January 9: Day one. SUMites…. Who wants a new beginning? A fresh start? A year of new possibilities, promises fulfilled and a deeper walk with our Lord? We are a people who are endowed with new starts. Believers have been given a gift of new starts and new beginnings. It’s in our nature. We experienced our first new beginning when we came to faith in Jesus. I’m convinced that the Lord gives us new beginnings, new starts over and over again throughout our life. And this fast is going to be the start of significant changes and fulfilments in our lives in 2017. I am CONVINCED that this year is a breakthrough year. I have enough faith in this statement for all of us, even for those of you who aren’t feeling it yet. I’m convinced that God is leading us toward significant person healing. I’m... Read more →

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Winning Them With PRAYER

Good morning, Lynn & Dineen! I'm sorry to bug you by email, but the Lord has lead me to send you praise.... I received my book yesterday and decided this morning to open it up and flip through a few pages before I started my day. But....OH WOW....an hour later and pages and pages of prayers written along the margins...I'm having trouble putting it down. I'm overcome by the palpable manifestation of his presence in my home. You are true intercessors and the power of your prayers comes pouring off the pages from the instant the book is opened. Blessings to you both. You are such valuable gifts to this community. I often feel that we are such a misunderstood community of believers! The lies I hear that speak out against us, saying "God said don't be unequally yoked, so your situation/marriage/struggle is your fault." can be so discouraging. But,... Read more →

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Getting Ready for Our 2017 Prayer & Fasting

Hello, SUMites! My dear friends, I've missed you. I hope your Christmas was filled with joy and wonder, and that your new year is off to a great start, full of hope and expectation. My time with my family over Christmas and New Years was very sweet and precious. I am so grateful for it as we only get to spend Christmas together every other year now. So thank you, my SUM family, for your prayers and blessings over my time with my daughters and son-in-love. As you can imagine, I miss them greatly. Our Papa God has comforted my melancholy heart every time I’ve run to Him. He’s so good. But I am ready to walk into 2017 with new expectations and new clarity for direction. And I'm "expecting" next week's prayer and fasting will be key to that. I believe many of you are too. I've loved reading... Read more →

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Stay in the tent

Photo courtesy of khunaspix/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Last year my Word for the year was “DELIGHT”. I so enjoyed delighting and figured there was so much more for me to experience that I was expecting I would stick with the same word for 2017. As I prayed and meditated on it last week I stumbled across a line in a prayer I read: “If I’m going to be in a hurry about one thing this year, may it be to linger longer in Your Presence. Everything else will fall into place.”1 I stopped. Re-read this line a few more times as I prayed and then I had a new Word for 2017. Can you guess what it is? Linger! It’s a great word. How much do we enjoy lingering on a great cup of coffee or fabulous dessert or a piece of music? But how much time do we spend simply lingering in... Read more →

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Guest Post: Perceptions by Dee Rusnak

Happy New Year, SUMites! So good to be back with you! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas filled with special moments of delight and love. I'm so glad my daughters and son-in-love were with us this year. Our Christmas was busy and fun! As we walk into 2017 together, my friends, I want to encourage you to press into your relationship with God even deeper, to sit with Him quietly and begin asking Him what He wants to do and be for you in 2017. This is a great way to get ready for our praying and fasting next week. I keep hearing God say, "I want to do something different." I don't fully understand what that is yet, as I've been very distracted with the holidays and family, but I'm trusting He will show me. I'm so ready for "different"! How about you? Here's a wonderful post by our... Read more →

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