“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
About the Authors:
Dr. Art Mathias has lived in Alaska for more than twenty-five years. He is a businessman, bush pilot, outdoorsman, and has authored several books and booklets. He and his wife Patti, of 45 years have two grown sons. Patti is an accomplished teacher and along with her husband are founders of Wellspring Ministries. Dr. Mathias has earned his master and doctorate degrees in counseling. Both Patti and Dr. Mathias travel extensively teaching about and demonstrating a powerful God that has answers.
I had the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Mathias’ “Biblical Foundations of Freedom” seminars some years ago and it was a life changing event for me. I saw firsthand what God was doing at his seminars; I witnessed how powerful forgiveness is – people were getting set free because they decided to forgive – some had been holding onto unforgiveness for years - and that is why I decided to adapt his book into my Recovery program and named it “Biblical Foundations of Freedom” (BFOF) Program. Forgiveness is powerful because when we decide to forgive, we are obeying God’s Word and when we obey God, we will be blessed.
It is very important for us to know how to handle all our relationships and to know the difference between God’s nature and satan’s nature, therefore, I am posting a teaching from the “Preface” and “Introduction” sections of Dr. Mathias’ book, “Biblical Foundations of Freedom Destroying Satan’s Lies With God’s Truth.” To get the most out of these teachings, please take your time and study them; asking the Holy Spirit to give you understanding-I have also included the study guide with each one. I am using these materials from Dr. Mathias’ book and other training aids by permission from him and his wife Patti. Please do not use any part of this teaching, without first contacting Dr. Mathias; his information is on this page. Welcome to the journey that is going to change your life!
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks, PsyD
Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun" (KJV – www.biblegateway.com). God continues to teach His people through His Holy Spirit, and His truth is coming forth in many places throughout the earth. In light of this Scriptural truth, I submit that no thought of man is truly “original.”
The book, “Biblical Foundations of Freedom Destroying Satan’s Lies With God’s... is about anger, hatred, jealousy, rejection, fear, pride, bitterness and others, and how they separate believers from God, creating "disease" in our souls and physical bodies. It is so important for us to make sure none of these sins are in us because God cannot heal us of the diseases, and sicknesses that attack our body if we have unconfessed sins. God will not bless us when we choose to disobey Him. Why should God choose to bless us if we choose to disobey Him? Deuteronomy 28 and many other passages graphically lay out the blessings of obedience and the curses, or consequences of disobedience. In these curses are listed all the diseases of mankind. Disease is the result of sin, either Adam's or our own. We live in a fallen world, and Scripture says there will be infirmities because of the fall. An example of this is the blind man in John 9; before sin entered into the world there were no diseases.
Christians, we have an active part to play in this temporal life. Our part is to obey the Lord. When we choose to live the way God commands, He delights in blessing us. God teaches us that we are to draw nigh to Him, and He will draw nigh to us (James 4:8). We are to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and then all other things will be added (Matthew 6:33). These verses show that there is a level of responsibility and obedience required to receive His blessings, and to enjoy a very close and personal relationship with Him; we can walk in the "cool of the evening" with God, as Adam and Eve, if we have dealt with the sin in our lives.
Most of us do not understand what sin is. We have become immune to sin so that we do not understand that sin in our lives separates us from God. God called each of us to be holy and set apart. We are to be in this world, but not of it. Sadly, many of us are "leavened" by the things of this world. Then we wonder why God's power is not evident in our lives or our churches.
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks
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