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Just Do It

“Fount, give me a call. I have a story from many years ago you will want to hear.” The message was waiting for me when I finished ministry and turned my phone back on.

It was the voice of Jimmy Darnel, a pastor I worked with in the early years of the Charismatic Renewal. When I called him back he told me this story:

“My son, Timothy, went to Nicaragua on a short term mission,” he began enthusiastically. “A pastor came to him and asked if he knew Jimmy Darnel.”

“Yes, he’s my dad,” Jimmy’s son answered.

“Well, then do you know Fount Shults?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Back in the 70s Brother Fount cast some demons out of me and my life has never been the same,” exclaimed the pastor.

Now, that was many years ago, and I’ve come a long way since that time. The process of helping people has become more effective and is much more refined than it was then. But our Father is faithful to help people in spite of our faulty understanding of how things work.Father loves his kids; join him in loving. If we wait until we understand everything perfectly before we reach out to help, we will never reach out.

We simply do today what we understand today. If tomorrow we learn something different, we’ll do things differently. But our Father ministers to people even when we are doing things wrong. I remember a time during those early days when a young college girl started weeping while I was ministering to her. I began casting out a “weeping spirit.” She experienced an awesome breakthrough in her life.

The following week I learned about healing emotional wounds. I realized God had been healing a broken heart while I was addressing a demon the week before. This experience gave me confidence to simply follow my ‘instinct’ and leave the results up to God. He’s the one doing it anyway. I just love God’s people with his love. He does it right even when I do it wrong.

I’m fully aware that the way I do things today may need adjustment. People are receiving freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit, not through my understanding of the process. “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” Jesus said. But I am not apart from him; I am with him and he is with me – even in my lack of understanding.

I’ve often said, “In and of myself I can do nothing. But I am not in and of myself; I am in Christ, and I am of God.” That perspective keeps me moving forward toward maturity and more effective ministry.

Join me in the light of day. Rise, shine, your light has come.

Fount Shults, President
On Word Ministries http://www.onword.org

Father’s Daughter Receives Healing

04/18/2014 2 comments

The traffic was five lanes one way as we made our way on the “loop” to our second school. Two of these lanes would cross the Han River; the other three would make their way to the loop on the west side of the Han. These three lanes would become only one as the cars manipulated their way into the line. You can imagine how slow this process was. Yet there was no honking of horns. All the drivers were willing to allow other drivers to merge into the one lane even though it slowed them down.

As we continued our journey, I remembered a lady in one of our first sessions who was struggling with the fact that she was unable to ask Father for help financially. She mentioned that her dad had died when she was about 12 years old, so I thought that might be the source of her difficulty. Her dad had never given her money even though he was able to outwardly express his love for her. As I moved toward ministry it became obvious that this was not the real problem.

It turns out that she had never asked her dad for money. She was secure in his love. Lynda asked her, “What is your earliest memory of wanting money and not receiving it?” That question took us immediately to the source of here reluctance to ask. When she was five years old her mother was preparing to go to the market. She asked her mother to bring back something for her. When her mother returned, she had forgotten to purchase the item the girl had requested.

The five year old experienced this as a rejection and concluded that she was not good enough to ask for things that cost money. That painful memory was triggered every time she wanted to ask Father God to help her financially. Because of the false shame based on the lie (that she was not good enough) she could not bring herself to ask. She was afraid she would be refused and that would prove that she was not good enough.

We invited Jesus to come show her what he thought about her. She “saw” Jesus come, take her in his arm and begin to stroke her hair. Tears of freedom began to flow as the lie was defeated and courage to ask Father for help began to rise up in her.

Fount and Lynda Shults
http://onword.org

First School Complete

04/16/2014 3 comments

Our driver wound her way through several narrow side streets. There was hardly room for one car, yet we were facing other cars that were making it two-way traffic. She had to pull into a little niche while the other cars passed, then move forward a few yards and pull aside for another group of cars coming at us. The little korean shops on each side were bustling with customers as many pedestrians were also walking in the narrow street to find their way to their destination. We had just completed the first of four YWAM BEDTS (Business Egals Discipleship Training School) groups we will share with this year here in Seoul, Korea.

As we approached the apartment where we are staying, Lynda and I were remembering how the deep weeping and wailing had shifted to peace and joy as they experienced intimacy with our Father in response to the prayer ministry. The word of healing and deliverance had deeply impacted the students as our Father God came to free them from the emotional pain they were carrying, pain they didn’t even know they had before our lectures and personal  testimonies brought it to the surface. Jesus proved himself to be the burden-bearer once again and students experienced personal freedom.

Our second school is a night school. There are fewer students, but our expectation is that Father’s love will flow through the isles into the hearts of those who are attending. We have been with the leader of this school, Paul Choi, several times. He has become a good friend and we look forward to sharing in his school each time the main office assigns us to the Gang Seo evening school. We are expecting this group to experience Father’s embrace as the first school did.

Looking forward,

Fount and Lynda Shults

www.onword.org

Testimonies from Korea

05/04/2013 2 comments

Our experience in Korea this year was awesome, as usual. This year our translator was gracious enough to translate several testimonies that came in after we left. Here are a few.

The first testimony is from our teaching and ministry on Generational Iniquities.

“As Fount and Lynda were teaching, I realized I was experience the pain of my grandmother who had abandoned her family. I confessed the iniquities of my ancestors (Lev. 28:40) and forgave my father and my uncle who had caused me pain. After the school, I talked with my cousin about the situation and realized I was really free from this bitterness. I now have joy because of what God has done and courage to continue receiving from him.”

The second testimony is a result of our teaching on lies we believe because of a traumatic experience in childhood. These experiences often leave behind a belief (on the feeling level) that is contrary to the truth of who we are and what abilities we have.

“All my life I have believed I can’t do anything, that I’m ugly and would be better off dead. Today I confessed my sin of believing the lies and living as though they were true. I forgave the offender and myself and renounced the lies I had believed. Father God spoke to me, ‘You are free now; you have the victory and I am waiting for you with open arms.’ I am really free now.”

The third testimony came from our teaching on the emotional wounds we sustained in childhood abuse. We encourage people to connect with Jesus in the painful situation and allow him to bring healing.

“I had many wounds from my parents while growing up. I felt something very special when I forgave my parents. After ministry, I saw a picture of Jesus holding my hand saying, ‘I was there with you, and I will help you overcome.’ I told him I was not confident. He said, ‘I will be with you to bring you into fullness.’ I saw myself as a little girl in prison. When I forgave myself, the little girl was released.”

This final testimony is related to our teaching on Word Curses. When important others speak negative words against us, we often begin to think we are worthless and abandoned.

My father used to tease me while I was young. I felt lonely, afraid and rejected, like no one cared about me. While Fount and Lynda were praying for us, I realized my parents did the best they could with what they had. After I released my parents, our Father gave me a word, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isa. 43:1). Now I am free.

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Looking Forward,
Fount Shults
President and Founder
On Word Ministries
http://onword.org

Journey to Wholeness 1: Survivors and Victims

01/28/2013 2 comments

A survivor is one who has been through a difficult situation, a battle of one kind or another, but he or she is still standing when the dust settles. They came through the skirmish of victimization and were not taken out. But they did not win the battle either. In this valley many children learn survival skills. As children, they are no match for their victimizers in size or in fighting ability. They should be honored for their creativity and resiliency in surviving. Their survival skills can be very useful in adult life.

One problem is that our culture labels survivors as inferior or “troubled” people. But the truth is that they are often superior individuals who were creative enough to find a way to survive in very difficult situations. We dishonor them when we label them as abnormal. We fail to recognize their inner strength and stamina. In other words, the term “survivor” should be a medal of honor rather than a label.

Another problem is that these creative people often accept the label “survivor” as an identity statement, as a label. They receive this identity from the social workers (who themselves are often survivors) and from the caring profession in general. To BE a survivor is different from surviving. If you ARE a survivor, you cannot change; you just have to live with it. To survive is something one is able to do. Survival demonstrates strength of character and incredible fortitude. Behavior can change, but you can’t change who you ARE.

AA is a good example of the identity issue. It is a very good program for people who wrestle with alcoholism, but there is, in my opinion, one weakness in what they do. To be a part of this program you are required to stand up and identify yourself, “My name is Joe, and I AM an alcoholic.” If that is your identity, then you can never change. He can only continue to fight the battle which he can never win, and his self-esteem suffers in the process. If he could learn to think of himself as a wrestler, rather than an alcoholic, he would find another level of freedom in his life.

The same is true of survivors of victimization. As long as we think of ourselves as survivors, we continue to see ourselves as victims. Here again, to be victimized is not the same as BEING a victim. Victor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist held in Auschwitz at the end of the war. He did much more than survive; he learned much about human behavior and developed an ability to help others. He was victimized, but he was not a victim.

Jesus on the cross was victimized, but he was not a victim. “No one takes my life,” he said, “I lay it down on my own accord, that I may take it up again. In many circles today, Jesus would be considered co-dependent and dysfunctional. Those who, like him, put up with abuse without fighting back are labeled in this way. But Jesus was not a victim; he was not merely a survivor either. He was an overcomer. He actually won the battle as no one in history has ever done.

This does not mean that we should mindlessly submit to abuse as adults. I would never insist that a woman continue to live in the house with a wife abuser. But I would recommend she find a way to overcome her own sense of being a victim. We all need to find our identity in something other than what happens to us.

As time permits, I will continue this discussion in several other blogs. In future posts, you will learn some of my personal history and how I learned to go beyond survival. For now, if you find value in these blogs, please recommend them to a friend. You may forward this blog to them and suggest that they sign up to receive new blogs as they are available.

Looking forward,
Fount Shults
Founder and President
On Word Ministries
http://onword.org

Follow Up on Our New Direction

In our last blog we outlined the new direction On Word Ministries is taking. On Word is joining hands with Win Ministries in bringing quality biblical and practical teachings to leaders and potential leaders in third world countries. You can read about them on their website is http://www.winministries.org  Qualified leaders will be able to receive college level teaching free of charge for the first year and only $5.00 after that. An associates Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree will be available to those who complete the various levels of training.

We are now international missionaries based in the United States.e

We failed to mention two things in the previous blog. Firstly, we did not make it clear that Lynda and I will continue to be available for prayer ministry. As time permits, we will continue to minister to individuals who are seeking personal freedom from issues that cause problems in their life. Our Father has blessed us with insight on how to effectively bring people into the presence of Jesus to receive healing and divergence. We will not neglect to make that gift available to the Body of Christ. We will also continue to be available for seminars and retreats when we are in the States.

Secondly, we did not clarify how to respond to the news. If you want to keep up with our journey and pray for us, there are several ways to do that.

1. You may enter your email address above to the right,

2. You may ‘friend’ us on Facebook (Fount Lee Shults),

3. You may “like” our Facebook page (On Word Ministries)

4. You may email us at fount@onword.org or write us at 106 Ashford Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588.

If you desire to partner with us financially in reaching leaders with quality teachings, you may donate through our website, http://www.onword.org by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button. You may also send checks, payable to On Word Ministries, to the above address. All donations are tax-deductible.

We have a very small overhead, so you can be assured that your offering will go directly to our support. All of it will be used to advance the Kingdom rather that to pay office staff. We have no employees, and our office space is provided free of charge by Pastor AJ Baisch of Harvest Community Church.

One final note: I will return to the blog series on Orphan Thinking as soon as I finish working on the notes for students of the courses I recorded last summer. Brick Cliff, the president of Win Ministries, wants me to do several other courses next spring, so there will be another busy time later. Thank you for bearing with us in this time of transition.

Looking Forward,

Fount Shults

President and Founder

On Word Ministries http://onword.org

Orphans and Authorities

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18

In our culture few have experienced intimacy with an earthly father. That makes it difficult to approach God as Father because our “internalized father” (the image of fatherhood from our Dad) was never open to intimacy; he was focused on the task at hand and getting the job done right. Or perhaps he was simply not there when we needed him, or was physically away from the home. The majority of children are raised in a home without the presence of a father. This is the source of orphan thinking.

We see God through that lens. Apparently Father God intended for parents to present an image of God to their children by the way they function as parents. At a certain age, we transfer our internalized image of Dad over to Father God. We think God is like our daddy. The good news of the Gospel is that God is not like your daddy. Even if you had a good father, Father God is ever so much more open to intimacy and more available. He doesn’t have to work for a living.

As young children we worked hard to win the favor of our dad (at least when we were very young, before we were wounded). We often think that intimacy with Father comes by our effort to be in his presence. But truthfully, we are always in his presence. He will never leave us. Intimacy can never come by human effort. It’s more passive from the human side. Papa God has already done the work. We simply need to let him have his way, let him hold you in his arms.

Because of this “father wound” we tend to resist authority at some level. Teenage rebellion is an effort to break the father’s hold. Sometimes the Teen simply shuts down, goes to his room and refuses to relate. He’s resisting because it hurts too much to face rejection again. In adult life the orphan heart will have trouble with bosses, husbands, pastors and even the civil authorities. All this is often an outworking of the father wound. We tend to see the “internalized father” in those in authority over us.

“No one tells me what to do,” is the outcry of an orphan who has been wounded by a demanding father. “I can never measure up no matter how hard I try,” he says, “therefore why should I try? I will be criticized and rejected anyway, so I will just give him something to reject. I’ll reject him before he rejects me. That gives me control over the situation.”

Why do fathers in our culture wound their children? Because they are orphans in their thinking! They are trying to solve their own father issues by making their children behave in a way that makes them feel good about themselves. They want their children to make them look good in the eyes of their peers. In other words an orphan only thinks of himself and his needs. He is not genuinely interested in the feelings of his children.

In this way tendencies to behave inappropriately are passed down from generation to generation. We call these tendencies generational iniquities. The tendencies are not passed on through the genes but through trying to make up for the love deficit carried over from childhood. These tendencies, or iniquities, are impossible to overcome through self-effort. Only Father God can heal a broken heart. Without him we can do nothing. But we continue to try because we’re still trying to earn a father’s favor.

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Looking Forward,
Fount Shults
Founder and President
On Word Ministries
http://www.onword.org