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The Origins of GOD's Overcomers Ministry (Part 2)

February 23, 2014

Third Post

 The GOD’s Overcomer’s Vision: January 2010

Having been introduced to the biblical teaching ministry of Andrew Wommack by a good friend (Bob May) I began listening to Andrew’s teaching titled Knowing God. Which described how Andrew became acquainted with God on a personal level through the Bible and as a result of his focusing on relationship with God as his highest priority and Jesus becoming his first love. The teaching that really opened my eyes to the reality that God has a plan for healing and delivering His people (i.e., everyone) is titled God Wants You Well. The key concept is that the word sozo which is a Greek word which means: 1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction one (from injury or peril), to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue to save in the technical biblical sense negatively, 2) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment, 3) to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance. (see http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/sozo.html, http://godwantsyoutobewell.com/meaning-of-sozo/,  http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/books/330/chapter_3, and http://www.christianhealingforum.com/sozo.htm  for several discussion on this topic). The word sozo reportedly appears 108 times in the New American Standard Translation. The linking of salvation, healing, deliverance, and provision for our needs (as Jesus taught about the Father in the Lord’s Prayer in the Sermon on the Mount) seemed to parallel GOD’s revealing of himself through His names such as Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Nissi, and Yahweh Shalom. Andrew provides a very persuasive interpretation of the scriptures on the subject of God’s plan to transform the people of earth. This was the Biblical Foundation for the GO Healing Ministry.

 The GOD’s Overcomers Vision: July 2010

While desperately searching for the keys to helping the people that were asking me for help to be free from a multitude of physical, psychological, relational, socio-cultural, and spiritual afflictions I saw that there was a man (John G. Lake) who led a Bible-based ministry in Spokane Washington and other locations around the United States between 1915-1935. In the period 1915-1920, 100,000 healings reportedly occurred in the name of JESUS. These healings were reportedly examined by community leaders including medical doctors on more than one occasion and were objectively confirmed. John G. Lake wrote that he wanted the scientific community to examine and try to understand how GOD heals by His divine power and authority. John Lake established Healing Rooms and trained healing room “technicians” (his term) to do GOD’s will in their lives and in the lives of the people they met and for whom they prayed. The Lake Healing Rooms Ministries worked 7 days per week. Mr. Lake and his associates led worship, teaching, and healing services many nights each week. The ministry in Spokane essentially (to the best of my knowledge) died out after John Lake passed in 1935.

The John G. Lake ministry was rebooted in 1999 when Cal Pierce left Redding California to re-establish the healing room ministry in Spokane Washington—the International Association of Healing Rooms (IAHR). I wanted to see an GOD empowered healing room ministry in central Ohio. I called Spokane and learned that an IAHR training class would be given in August. In October 2010 a healing room was opened in Greater Works Church in Columbus, Ohio. A team of people met weekly at Greater Works Church for about 6 months ready to meet anyone who had a need. At the first healing room in October 2010 a friend told me about the movie Finger of God which focuses on how God has been empowering the Body of Christ in signs, wonders, and greater works over the previous decade through a number of ministries from John Wimber to Randy Clark.

Around Christmas 2010, the healing room at Greater Works group focused their attention on the needs of the poor for more joy. Addressing the needs of the poor through “radical generosity” (a term coined  in Bill Johnson’s book When Heaven Invades Earth) were indicated inside me as a significant key in the unleashing of the full expression of GOD’s plan for healing of all of HIS people.

This took me back to a memory from the year before. On December 13, 2009 I was in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area for a soccer tournament. As my son, his teammate, and I were driving back home a miracle happened that was recorded and published on You Tube (see Christmas Miracle at the River—reference 1). The working of that group together in faith led by pastor Cheryl added to my conviction that it took people working together as one in cooperation with GOD’s plan to see radical healing. The lesson was reinforced when I saw the You Tube Video by Jim Cymbala My House Shall Be A House Of Prayer (see reference 2 for the link) that illustrated how 1,000 people praying as one could bring a pastor’s young daughter out of a life of radical rebellion back into a life of fruitful happiness and release faith for the larger work at Brooklyn Tabernacle.   

In the summer and fall of 2010 I was deeply moved by the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival in July 2010 which began with the healing of a woman named Deliah (see YouTube: “Jesus Heals the Bishop’s Wife: Lady Deliah Knox” listed as references 3 and 4) who had been paralyzed for nearly 23 years—her healing was well documented and was quite remarkable-it set off a spectacular period of healing ministry.  I began meeting regularly with several people for prayer to determine how to move forward with this prayer emphasis for breakthrough (having previously read the works of George Muller, Andrew Murray, and EM Bounds on prayer) when I heard about a pastor and his wife (Gene and Marlene Spike) who had retired from pastoring to pursue a vision of a 24/7 prayer ministry modeled on Prayer Mountain in Korea with an emphasis on the connection between Columbus and Israel to support God’s call upon the Jewish people in the US and Israel. They called this house of prayer Bethel World Prayer Center (BWPC). We began meeting for prayer and I attended their services with a view toward coming into agreement to do His will.

During this time I heard two remarkable things. In November 2010 Murray Ebner spoke at Bethel World Prayer Center. Mr. Ebner spoke about a dream that he had had as a young boy (of 7 or 8 years of age) about people coming into his town in Poland in trucks and rounding up the villagers and taking them someplace—where he did not know. About 10 years later the German Nazi army invaded Poland and soon came to his town. Most of the Jewish residents of the town and carried them away to the concentration camps. Mr. Ebner went to three different camps and was transferred from two of the camps to a third camp where he was eventually able to escape—one of the very few people to walk away from the Holocaust. His description of how he survived seemed to me to illustrate how the hand of the Lord can certainly save a person in grave danger. Mr. Ebner was surprised and confused by the process of his being saved—his book about the experienced is titled Chosen For Reasons Unknown: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey. His life since coming to the United States illustrates how the Lord blesses a person in remarkable ways—and Murray is willing to tell anyone about his amazing testimony.

The second remarkable thing I heard was in the first week of January 2011. I visited two churches and attended my home church that week. In all three churches I heard the exact same message: the power of believers thinking with one mind—the mind of Christ. This brought back to mind the story of Jim Cymbala and his daughter who were re-united as a result of people focusing together on the mind of Christ for the power of Heaven to work in the release of this young woman who had chosen to go out on her own toward disaster.    

By February 2011 the GO vision was specifically defined: Seeking the Presence of the LORD to see sozo manifest--healing and restoration, deliverance from every attack on GOD's love for us, salvation to ever lasting life, provision for joy and every need filled, and the full expression of GOD's design in each one of his people--no exceptions. The story of  the vision will be the subject of the next post.

The Origins of GOD's Overcomers Ministry

February 15, 2014

Second Post

This GOD's Overcomers (GO) mission was activated as a result of my prayer of desperation over a period of twenty five years as I became increasingly aware that the battles, wounds, losses, and confusion of the people I met in my office (I was a professional psychologist from December 1988 to January 2014) were greater than I could hope to meaningfully help t o change and heal. I discovered what I now know is what JESUS called being "poor in Spirit." I am completely powerless to do anything to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, or cast out demons on my own. Being exposed to severe human suffering from roughly 1976 to the present really made me intensely motivated to find out what the phrases "GOD loves you," "GOD is good," and "Jesus loves me" really mean. Thanks to GOD that HE has been revealing more and more in the last few years as to what those phrases mean and how HIS gifts of the Holy Spirit (with the fruits of the Holy Spirit that come from them), the tools of Kingdom Building, and the weapons of spiritual warfare can change everything and turn our sadness and confusion into joy and understanding.

 

The first breakthrough that helped me to understand more about what I did not know was the experience of going to a Promise Keeper's conference in the Summer of 1996. There I learned that God had given me and all men an identity in Christ which we were encouraged to discover and walk in daily and that one of the most important tools that GOD gave us for Kingdom Building and identity discovery and maturity was a weekly accountability group with a few other men. I began to say "yes" to GOD that I wanted to understand and walk in my identity every day and that I was willing to meet with a small group of men weekly to help that identity building to move forward as quickly as possible. I have been blessed with three prayer partners for the last 18 years--George Archibald (18 years), David Jackson (14 years), and Harry Kring (5 years). We have seen many blessings and answered prayers in that time. This would really help everyone--man or woman--get a weekly prayer group of 3-4 people started asap!  

 

Things proceeded slowly over those next 8 years. Then in 2004 things began to happen.

The GOD’s Overcomers Vision: April 2004

The term “GOD’s Overcomers” came as a response to a ministry idea that I received in response to my call for a name when I felt led to start a website that would give needy people easy access through the internet to the see and hear what GOD is doing to transform people and situations to build people’s understanding of and faith in GOD and HIS promises to help us all if we will come to HIM. I knew that GOD has been doing many things that I was not seeing, but when I became aware of them I would put them up on the website. I saw how people who are feeling isolated could be connected by a chat room to receive encouragement and empowered prayer. The name GOD’s Overcomers came to me in April 2004 as a result of my hearing “Use the title of the book Gods Overcomers by Watchman Nee (the Chinese Evangelist of the 20th century).” I also read The Prayer of Jabez and The Purpose Driven Life which demonstrated that our FATHER was quickening my spirit with His personal message of encouragement that we all have His favor and His design which was designed to encourage us that we were brought to earth with His intention for us to live with Him in His eternal kingdom if we would only say “Yes” to Him. In 2008, the first website godsovercomers.net was developed. In 2012, the second version of godsovercomers.net was launched. 

  

 

First Post GOD's Overcomers Ministry by Dr. Bill Friday

February 8, 2014

GOD’s Overcomers (GO) Ministry (February 12, 2014)

 

I am excited that we are finally rolling with our first blog.  My desire, since I got the idea for GOD's Overcomers website back in 2004, has been to help encourage people that whatever their need might be (or even crisis situation) that GOD is doing great things somewhere in the world that directly relates to the fulfillment of a similar need or resolves a similar crisis.  GOD's word tells us that He Loves Us (John 3:16) and that He knows what we are going through.  

 

Mission: To equip followers of JESUS, being clothed in HIS power of the Holy Spirit, to spread HIS gospel everywhere through the evidence of gifts, signs, and wonders of HOLY SPIRIT as seen in the Bible by using the authority that Jesus gave us and being a conduit of GOD’s Love to break the yokes and bonds of sin. GO seeks to encourage all Christ followers to become the Overcomers of evil as designed by our FATHER. GO people will join together to lift up in prayer, praise and worship of FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT every day at all times until HE returns, expecting GOD’s greater rewards in health, experiencing victory over sin and evil, and flowing in the KINGDOM abundance that allows us to share HIS love for all.

 

In order to accomplish the above mission, we believe that the LORD has called us to locate in central Columbus and connect with young people from all parts of the BODY who can lead a 24/7/365 praise, worship, and prayer ministry that will be joined by mature prayer warriors who have come here from all corners of the globe to participate in a healing ministry that operates every morning for individual ministry, every afternoon for instruction and inquiry, and every evening for a worship service, encouraging every attendee to receive what the LORD is pouring out continuously.      

 

We further believe that we have been called to demonstrate the power of the LORD to transform HIS people in the education of students in a school operating in the same location (i.e., and at a nearby school building) that will begin before birth as expectant mothers begin the education of their children in utero at the school, and the learning will extend throughout the life cycle as people continue to learn in all areas of GODly study and vocational preparation through the highest levels of education. Students will be educated and trained such that no earthly limitation will stop GOD’s design from being expressed with the genius HE has intended for each of his creation. Students will also learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the tools of building the Kingdom of GOD here on earth in preparation for the return of JESUS to planet earth, and the weapons of spiritual warfare to take back what the enemy has stolen, to prevent (as much as possible) the influences of the spirit of death, and to cause the body of Christ to become prepared to receive her groom by preventing the counterfeit of the enemy to destroy people.

 

We believe that the LORD has called us at some time in the future to develop a model  family life center that will raise peoples’ awareness of the sanctity of life and the power of healthy family in order to transform people in the community. The LORD has further called us at some future time to develop a model community center to expand the value of community to support the growth and development of healthy families. These will help to prepare and equip HIS bride for the coming of the GROOM in the near (but as yet unknown) future.  The GO family life center will promote the training of young men and women to understand GOD’s great plans for them. The men will learn how GOD has designed them for work, marriage and family in the form of a series of adventures which will enable them to relate in a GODLY and healthy way to women. The women will learn how GOD has likewise designed them for work, family and marriage in the form of adventures which will help them to relate in a GODLY and healthy way to men.

 

Finally, GO will build a community center to minister to the needs of the community of near east Columbus (in conjunction with other churches in the community) through supporting the needs of the poor and the homeless for emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical and legal services, by bringing together those who have something to share with those in need. GO will support the development of artistic expression and recreational interests of people in the greater community to central Ohio and beyond, by encouraging and bringing together people with creative ideas and people with the energy to bring those ideas into being.

 

In order to promote this vision GOD's Overcomers (GO) has begun to announce the following declaration and welcomes anyone who hears the calling of the LORD to work with us get this ministry operating according to GOD's time table:

 

New Ministry in Columbus Promotes 24/7/365 Praise and Worship

 

God Overcomers (GO) Ministries Is Recruiting Artists, Musicians and Singers to Worship to Lead Day and Night Worship Now!

 

Amos 9:11-12 (KJV) says:

 

“11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

 

12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.”

 

In Acts 15: 13-17, James said:

 

“13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:

 

14 Symeon hath rehearsed how first God visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

 

15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

 

16 After these things I will return, And I will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen; And I will build again the ruins thereof, And I will set it up:

 

17 That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,”

 

“Every believer in Jesus knows about the Tabernacle of Moses, but few are aware of David’s Tabernacle. While Moses’ Tabernacle was still functioning (without the ark of the covenant), David set up a tent in Jerusalem, putting Levites in charge of worship that would never cease day and night. Then he [David] brought back the ark of the covenant, representing God’s presence, and surrounded it with [day and night] worship until his son Solomon would build a permanent place for God. Not only did King David institute God-pleasing worship, writing many psalms and hymns to that end, being an example to all the following generations, but a day was promised when the Tabernacle of David would be restored and find its fulfillment. That day started with the birth of the church, and is finding its greater fulfillment even today.”

(Quoted from http://healing2thenations.net/papers/tabernacle.htm)    Read the whole article!

Call Bill Friday at 614-282-7831 for more information.              Email: wfridayoffice@yahoo.com.                                             www.godsovercomers.net

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