Years ago, Richard and I committed three years to study under Pastor Pierre Chestang as a part of The Bible Training Centre for Pastors and Teachers. During that time, the Lord began opening up my heart to write. As I continued training, I became more confident and courageous and began posting biblical truths. As a part of our graduation, we had to write a mission statement. My mission statement was and still is:
“Training believers to break bonds and live free.”
It wasn’t until this week that I realized that the main point of my mission was to help Christians put on their helmet of salvation. The helmet protects your brain from the forces of evil trying to create strongholds. Until we realize that Jesus paid the price for everything, we will continue to live in bondage. You must put on the whole armor of God every day! The best way to begin the journey to freedom is to return to the beginning of your life and confess every sin that comes to mind; the Holy Spirit will help you remember. It can take weeks, but if you go about it systematically, God will set you free by the end. Yes, Jesus cleaned up all that sin, but acknowledging them will help remove the chains.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6: 14-17
For graduation, we had to give a short speech and this was mine:
“I've been a follower of Christ since childhood. During the impressionable years before that, the enemy had a plan to convince me that I wasn't good enough. At the time I accepted Christ, I didn't accept His complete cleansing of my life because it was beyond my understanding. Then, in my teen years and on into adulthood, I wandered away from Jesus. During that time away I accumulated strongholds unbecoming of a servant of Christ. After I learned what they were, I decided it was time to break those bonds. Now that I've been set free, I want other Christians to feel that same freedom. BTCP has given me the training I need to bring others to Christ and to help them walk through the deliverance from evil. It has taught me to utilize one of my most precious resources, the Word of God. When I wield that sword and rightly handle the Word and its truths, strongholds are demolished!”