Mary Ann West, Member- New Creation Community
Saturday, March 25, the Charismatic Renewal of Raleigh participated in a half day of Renewal titled: “Mission Possible! The Mission of the Church – How I Participate”. It was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church and sponsored by “One in The Spirit” Prayer Group.
A ten-member team from New Creation Community facilitated the day. New Creation Community is a Catholic, Charismatic, Covenant Community, recognized as a Lay Association of the Faithful by the Diocese of Richmond, and with Communities from around the world, is a member of the Catholic Fraternity, a Lay Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.
The Day of Renewal was conceived almost a year ago over a cup of coffee and a sisterly conversation with Wendy Edwards, whom I initially met in 2014 when I was visiting my Raleigh children. As we shared, the conversation drifted to: “Was there a way that New Creation could serve the Raleigh Diocese?” As we spoke and prayed during the following months, we began to hone what would best serve the Raleigh Renewal. Our conversations went to a core of why the Charismatic Renewal exists – for people within the Church to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to evangelize to the person of Jesus Christ.
The first talk centered on what God asks us to do, “The Lay Vocation to Evangelize: To Be Salt and Light to the World.” The second talk, “Listening to The Holy Spirit and Sharing What He Says.” helped us learn to be equipped to do the work of evangelization.
Following the talks, we watched a demonstration of listening and sharing what the Holy Spirit shares with one individual for another. Then the participants split the large group into pairs. We prayed, listened, and shared with our partners what we received from the Holy Spirit for them. This time encouraged both partners through the words and pictures that were given and received. It also gave each person an opportunity to take a risk; we were praying with people we did not know or know well.
After lunch, a team member gave testimony about how she has shared Christ in her everyday life and responded to divine appointments. Our last session was a prayer meeting. The time of praise and worship helped us recognize God’s presence and disposed us to hear more from Him in the words that followed. A brief synopsis of some of them is:
I Call you to comfort my people, I am working on your heart of stone, Love My people
The field is white with the harvest. The wheat is coming. It will follow you as you walk through the fields. Be prepared! We ARE the harvesters!
God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and might!
My word and breath flow through you, just as through my Handmaiden. Will you say YES?
The Lord truly DOES GREAT things for us!
One response from an attendant: “The talks gave me hope that I am not an insignificant part of the Church’s mission, but a very significant part. Especially I am meant to be a significant part of each life I touch. But I need to Listen to the “Commanding General”, the Holy Spirit, who has the total picture. I must practice that and learn how to do that.”
Thank you, Wendy and One in The Spirit Prayer Group for inviting us, New Creation Community, to meet, encourage so many of you in the Renewal. Of course, we were encouraged by meeting and serving you.
God is in the relationship business. I have been blessed to have prayed with One in The Spirit Prayer Group during my family visits to Raleigh. We, New Creation, are happy to be forging a relationship with the Charismatic Renewal in Raleigh. We will continue to pray for you and all that the Holy Spirit is about in Raleigh; please pray for us as well.
Thank you to all who provided such a healthy lunch. What a variety of choices! Thank you to the families who provided housing Friday night. Thank you, participants, for your active involvement. Thank you, New Creation Team. How good and pleasant it is when we serve together!
God’s choices blessings to you all, brothers and sisters in Christ, The New Creation Team
Ron’s word as he sent out on Monday: (A slightly different version of Saturday’s word)
Brothers and Sisters--
This word is for NCC, Richmond, and Raleigh.
The Lord is speaking directly to us in Ex. 19:4-6a and Is. 65:17-21. The Holy Spirit is preparing to come forth like a Spring bud that appears to be dormant but then comes forth in full bloom. He is saying to us it is time to stop pussyfooting around and begin to boldly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and Community (Covenant Community). The fields are ripe for the harvest and the wheat will be coming to us as we walk through the field. The Holy Spirit has been restrained, but now He is breaking through! Be prepared! Be prepared!
The Unbound Conference in Charlotte, NC was a wonderful opportunity to learn about healing and deliverance ministry as well as receiving personal ministry using the Unbound Model of Prayer. Several of us received training on how to use this particular model of prayer by observing Neal and Janet Lozano firsthand in a prayer session with a volunteer. The conference itself was powerful and people had a chance to be ministered to in the afternoon as prayer teams assembled around the church sanctuary; the Five Keys, aligned with prayer through the power of the Holy Spirit, was used to bring healing and freedom in Christ to many!
Unbound teaches how to listen and respond in Five Key areas as you seek greater freedom and help others to do the same. Each key incorporates practical direction on how to respond to the grace that unlocks the door and set us free.
Key 1. Repentance and Faith- There is no greater deliverance than embracing the grace of baptism, by turning from sin and turning to the Lord. Jesus is our deliverer and He is our deliverance. The first key also involves on going repentance and conversion as the hidden sins of our heart are revealed.
Key 2. Forgiveness If we want to be like Jesus we need to forgive from the heart. Many believers who know they need to forgive have failed to understand how to access the power of forgiveness that Jesus has given them. As forgiveness is pronounced by faith and the power behind forgiveness is renounced, it is defeated.
Key 3. Renunciation is a declaration before the kingdom of darkness that I no longer make a home for sin, deception and the power behind it. I am no longer in agreement with this lie that has been buried in my heart and my thoughts. Specifically renouncing our enemies brings victory. For example, one might state, “I renounce fear in the name of Jesus I renounce loneliness, a spirit of anger, resentment and bitterness. I renounce the lie that everything is my fault.”
Key 4. Authority- In Christ, we have authority over our enemies who seek to destroy us. We can take our stand against them through repentance, forgiveness, renunciation and then declare the truth of their defeat by saying, “In the name of Jesus I command any (or every) spirit that I have renounced to leave me now.”
Key 5. The Father’s Blessing. The Hebrew sense of blessing means to speak words that empower someone to prosper and thrive. They are words that give life and peace. Words carry spiritual power.
Every blessing that the Father spoke to Jesus is ours. As we learn to receive His blessing, so we are healed. To be “unbound” means that the obstacles to the gift that has been waiting for us have been removed and the Father’s love and affirmation is made real to us in Christ.
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