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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

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Third School Begins

There are more mountains and hills on the way to the third BEDTS school. We had to go through five tunnels to get to the building where the school is. It took almost an hour by car. So, one school is about an hour west and one is about an hour south and east from where we stay. This will give you an idea how big Seoul is.

Easter Sunday was very peaceful here in Korea. We “go to church” six days a week while we are over here. Sunday is a day to catch up on rest. It seems odd to not be in church on Easter Sunday, but we worship him and teach in the Korean community every day through the week. This Easter was time with him privately, just being in his presence.

Sunday evening one of the school leaders, Paul Choi, took us to a Korean restaurant for dinner. We have become very good friends with him through the years we’ve been coming here. We had our translator with us so we were able to communicate. We enjoyed our time with him as we age Bulgogi and Kimchi, one of our favorite foods over here.

His adult daughter had a stroke and is in the hospital. He and his wife have been taking turns staying at the hospital to be with her. His wife spends the day there and he spends the night. We had an opportunity to pray for her and for him. He was greatly encouraged and comforted by our prayer ministry. Our Father God touched him deeply. He recorded our prayer for his daughter on his phone so he could take it to the hospital for her to hear. Modern technology is awesome (for those who have learned to use it).

As I write this, I am reminded of another incident several years ago. The lady who was the leader of all the schools at that time had a son in the US who was having difficulty with a leadership situation. She had us pray for him. When we were through praying for her son, she pushed a button on her phone and informed us she had emailed our prayer to her son in Washington State. How awesome is that?

More will come later this week.

Looking forward,
Fount and Lynda Shults
http://www.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

Journey to Freedom: 3 From Survivor to overcomer

In our previous blog we noticed that childhood survivor skills don’t work in adult life. When we use the childhood defense mechanisms as adults, we have trouble experiencing intimacy with God and with others. We learned how to survive as a child, but when we left home we had not overcome the abusers. Our defense mechanisms helped us get through it all, but we did not win. In other words, we were still standing when the combat was over, but we lost the battle.

We also noted that, because of the constant clash in childhood, we never learned to bond in a positive way. In fact, our staying power became a block to intimacy when we entered adult life. We found ourselves quite capable of engaging in combat with other adults, but inadequate in developing close relationships. Sometimes we even engaged in combat with our spouse and children because we had a need to win. We became just like the caregivers who abused us. This took the problem to the next generation.

As children we were totally dependent on caregivers. If those caregivers were abusive, we had no choice but to learn how to survive. Now that we are adults, however, we are responsible for our own lives and must overcome and develop adult skills that promote intimacy. The ability to promote intimacy requires a different set of aptitudes than survivor skills. Since we didn’t develop these skills in childhood, we must make a concerted effort to break old behavior patterns if we want to move from being a survivor to being an overcomer.

As adults our battle is no longer with those who may have abused us or neglected us when we were young. We lost that war. Now we are fighting against our victim issues which are now internalized. Without realizing it, we are trying to fight that internal war by competing with the significant others in our lives. We may play one-upmanship with our spouse and children, for example, as though our battle were with them. If our spouse also has unresolved issues from childhood, he or she will respond as though their conflict were with us. And the battle rages on.

We will never become overcomers by competing with others for kudos. We may win the skirmish, but we forfeit any possible intimacy. The first step to being an overcomer is to recognize that the real battle is with our childhood defense mechanisms. As long as we are blaming and attacking others, we are fighting the wrong opponent. Self-control is all about conquering the urge to react or withdraw when these internalized conflicts are influencing our perception of reality.

My father died when I was 22 years old, but the battle still raged inside me. My “internalized father” continued to speak those negative words to me long after he died. I continued to feel his voice telling me I was no good and would never amount to anything. As long as I focused on his abuse, I continued to think and react like a survivor. I would even respond to my wife as though she were putting me down when it was actually my internalized father.

The first step to overcoming is to recognize the internal conflict for what it really is. It is a battle we are still fighting with the ones who took unfair advantage of our vulnerability. When we hold on to the offense we are allowing them to continue to aggravate us even after we no longer live with them, even after they are dead. We have the power to change that, but it requires action.

The second step is to forgive and release our “adversary.” Many people have trouble forgiving because they think forgiving is letting the perpetrator off the hook. But we are the one that is on the hook because of un-forgiveness. When we forgive we are not saying, “It’s OK.” Sin is never OK. We’re saying, “Your sin is covered, and I release you from my grip.” This does not release them from their sins, but it sets us free from our internalized battle. When we take this step it begins a journey out of bondage into victory. We will become increasingly free to learn the skills necessary to develop intimate relationships.

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Looking Forward,
Fount Shults
President and Founder
On Word Ministries

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

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

Return to Intimacy 5 – Sonship

08/11/2011 1 comment

Intimacy is possible only when love is flowing both directions. If one loves and the other is selfish, there will be no intimacy even though the one who loves is totally open. Our model for intimacy is the Love which is God himself. He is open to those who reject his love. He was even willing to send heaven’s treasure to bless them.

How does this apply to sonship?

God IS love – the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father in the love of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, to be a child of God means to be born into the loving community of the Trinity, to be identified with the Son. For children, life is all about them. You have probably noticed that children don’t always behave properly. But they never cease to be children of their father.

It’s different with sons. In Scripture the term son (include daughter) refers to a level of maturity where the child begins to see life in terms of the father’s desire. A son no longer insists on his own way. Jesus did only what his Father doing (John 5:19). He was a true Son, and he is the example we are called to follow.

We were created in his image, in the image of love. We will never find fulfillment outside give-and-receive relationships with others. We can be alive without that fullness, but we will never be fully what we were created to be. To be in love (in God’s love) is not a feeling, it’s a position under one who loves you and who is committed to your wellbeing (not necessarily to your comfort).

Submission to God is allowing his love to flow into you and out from you to others in your circle whom he loves. Intimacy with Abba is experienced as he loves others through you – even if it hurts. Jesus’ love for us caused him great pain. Those who try to use God as a security blanket or a teddy bear will never experience this intimacy.

True sonship is really more about our Father than about us as sons. Jesus said, “A son can do nothing on his own accord, but only what he sees his father doing.” He did not say, “I can do nothing,” he said “a son can do nothing.” This was probably a proverb referring to the fact that sons learned the family business by following their fathers. So the term son refers to a relationship with a father, not just being born into a family.

The story of the prodigal son is really about our Father God who sent his Son Jesus to tell that story to the elder brothers of his day. Elder brothers (those whose welcome is only for people who do it right) never experience intimacy. They are what psychologists call Adult Children. They have grown up physically, but they are still in bondage to behavior patterns and ways of relating that are childish.

We can understand the concept best if we notice the way the apostles gave Joseph the nickname Barnabas (Acts 4:36). Barnabas means son of encouragement. His character and behavior reflected the virtue of encouragement. You are a son of the one whose character you reflect. If the people in your circle gave you a nickname, what would it be? Whose son are you?