Spiritual warfare was particularly bad this week, but it was to be expected.  Church of the Highland’s Freedom Conference was scheduled for Friday night through all day Saturday. As one of many intercessors at the church, we had been covering our Freedom small group participants in prayer in preparation to receive freedom from a variety of areas of bondage used by satan to prevent them from achieving their full God-given potential, purpose and just plain enjoying the most loving relationship possible with our Heavenly Father!
I had co-led a Freedom Small Group for the preceding twelve weeks, which prepares the participants’ hearts for attendance at the conference. Each one had done a lot of hard work exploring different areas of their lives, both past and present.
Host and intercessor team members met early Friday afternoon for worship and prayer. Before it even began, God laid on my heart that I needed to receive healing from the emotional and verbal abuse received on several occasions by my ex-husband since the last Freedom Conference December 2015. I immediately went to my team captain and she prayed the sweetest prayer over me and extending forgiveness to him.
Freedom Conference participants were greeted enthusiastically by smiling faces as they arrived at the Riverchase Campus on Friday afternoon. I stood back and watched as one red-shirt intercessor smiled, clapped and gave high-fives to people as they walked down the aisle. She was clearly “the joy of the Lord” embodied.
Praise music gave way to prayer and the conference was off and running. The first two sessions were on pride and mammon with time allowed for each participant to go down front for individual prayer standing in agreement to break off strongholds. On their way to the front, each participant crosses a red line, which represents the blood of our Savior. They return to their seats forgiven and comforted by God’s own words that He “will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 ESV. Communion followed by worship brings Friday night’s sessions to a close.
Saturday morning brings the most difficult session topics. After worship and prayer, Pastor Hamp jumps right off the deep end into purity. Following that his wife teaches on abuse. As they are unable to bring everyone who ever abused each participant to the conference, they do the next best thing. A man comes out and apologizes for any abuse he may have caused you as a father, husband or other role in your life. That process in repeated with a woman speaker apologizing as a mother, wife, etc. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the auditorium. At one point during that segment, I had a host service team member with her hand on my shoulder comforting me and another lady throwing tissues at me. The segment ended with me holding wet tissues in each hand. The pain is part of the process: the remembering, the requesting prayer for it, and finally leaving it behind the red line.
Three more sessions open and close, each one bringing the participants closer to finding their individual freedom.
The session on Baptism of the Holy Spirit begins. I, along with other intercessors, stand against the back wall praying for the participants to receive it. I myself have only gotten one word of my prayer language consistently thus far. I ask God to increase it. His spirit within me is so strong, I can’t pray, I can’t sing, I stand propped into the corner of the auditorium crying, eyes closed, with my face turned upward. It feels as if the sun is shining on my face. I regain my composure and am still inside the building, wet tissue in hand. God felt so close, as if I could almost touch Him.
Psalm 31:20
You shall hide them in the special place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Psalm 67:1
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
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