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Who We Are

    We are born again servants of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is Gods' only son and he came to earth as a man and was crucified for our sins. By his death, burial and resurrection, we can have total forgiveness for all of our sins. As believers in Christ, we are called to a living relationship with him. The purpose of this site is to share Bible studies and materials to encourage growth in Christians. Part our goal is to encourage believers of Christ to experience the fullness of what God has for his children and fall in love with His word. (The Bible) This can only come as a result of time spent with our Lord and Savior. 

    Although only a child when he became King of Judah, Josiah brought tremendous reform and revival to Judah. In these times, the Church needs to return to the Lord completely and seek his face. God is not hiding, if we seek him we will find him.

(Psalm 63)








The Holy Spirit


Part one


Our men’s Bible study has been studying the Holy Spirit. In our last lesson, we were asked to name some people in the Old Testament who were filled with the Holy Spirit. King David and King Saul came to mind. Both were mightily filled with Holy Spirit and anointed King, but had entirely different results. David died and is forever remembered as “a man after God’s own heart” and the standard by which all Kings were measured. Saul died as a demonized man in rebellion apart from God. And a failure. How did this happen?


            In recent years I have noticed the same difference in those who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not dieing the same death as Saul, but never experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit we should expect.  I believe that we have more control over this than we think. In Ezekiel 47, the Bible speaks of water flowing from the temple. First, a trickle, then to the ankles, then to the knees, then to the loins, and eventually a river that totally immerses the writer. As the river flows, it sustains all kinds of life down stream.


     Water is sometimes symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. (John 7:37-39 and John 4:13-14) I believe that is the case here. This section of Ezekiel is speaking of the restoration of the Temple and God’s people. He speaks of putting things in order (the requirement of the different rooms and implements of service). He also speaks of the people repenting and turning from their idols. The preparation was essential before the Spirit filled the Temple. In the cases of King David and King Saul, the conditions of their hearts made the difference in their outcomes. Although not perfect, David’s heart was right before the Lord, he had true repentance. His filling lasted his whole life. He became the standard by which all kings were measured. Saul often walked in direct disobedience of the Lord and eventually the Spirit was removed from him. 1 Samuel 16: 14-15 “Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him. And Saul’s servants then said to him, behold now, an evil spirit from the Lord is terrorizing you”.     Instead of true repentance, Saul had excuses. His heart was not fully given and it cost him.


     I have seen a number of people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and I have to ask “Why do the results differ from person to person?” To some believers (such as the original 120) it was a life changing event that changed their world and lasted a lifetime. To others it is like Saul’s, where the power is there in the beginning, but fades or disappears with time.


      In Luke 8:4-15, Jesus tell and explains the parable about the seeds. I think that some of the Church is in between the seed sown in the weeds and the seed sown on good ground. In seed sown on good ground, the result is obvious, as is seed sown in the weeds. Time will tell. In my own life, I have found that the more of this world I am willing to give up (TV, hobbies, and sinful behavior) the more of the Spirit I will walk in.


In John 14:16&17, Jesus speaks of the promise of the Holy Spirit. “Whom the world cannot receive”. As I read this, I wondered, “If I have too much of the world in me, am I hindering how much of the Holy Spirit I can receive?”


In a society filled with idols, are we trying to keep one foot in the world (in the weeds) and one foot on the fertile ground? If the Church wants a Pentecost type experience, maybe we should try to conduct ourselves as the original 120 did; In prayer, fellowship, devoted to the Word and breaking bread together. I know that God has so much more for me than I am experiencing now. I am determined to keep seeking until I find it. In Ezekiel 47: 7-12 the writer speaks of the great flow of the river sustaining life down stream and even making the sea fresh. This is what I see what started with the original 120 and spread throughout the whole world. If we are not content with ankle deep or calf deep filling of the Spirit, we can change that by our behavior. Verse 11 gives a warning that we should pay attention to. 11. But its’ swamps and marshes will not become fresh. They will be left for salt. A marsh is dead stagnate water that will not sustain life, Salt water will not sustain us either.  


Throughout the years I’ve read about great men of God who were mightily used by God. I find it very encouraging to read about these people. I ask myself, Why not me? Or, Why not my church or community? If the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead and filled these saints’ lives in me, then why not me?  In Luke 24:49, Jesus said; “And behold I am sending forth the promise of my father upon you, but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high”. They were blindly obedient to what Jesus told them to do and when the promised Holy Spirit came, the New Testament Church was born. I pray that this message encourages you to say, “Why not me”?  Yours in Christ, Marty







Years back, Robin Mark recorded a song called “Revival.”  In one of the verses is the line “From the preacher preaching when the well is dry’ I’ve thought a lot about that line over the years. It’s talking about a preacher being able to preach through hard times. I relate it to preachers who went through the depression, times of sickness and disease, countries torn apart by war and oppression, or religious persecution. I liked to think I could have been one of those who despite hard times could still preach the Gospel with out those circumstances affecting me.

After 25 years of painting and four surgeries, my hands are a mess. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t have some sort of reminder of the condition of my hands and my limitations. Over the last 12 years, I still have able to glorify God in my life and share the Gospel without it hindering me. I kind of considered it “preaching when the well is dry”. Although I had not been through wars, the depression, famine and disease, I thought my faith was tried and tested and I was doing alright. About a year ago, something changed in my right hand. The pain started going up my arm, through my elbow, my shoulder and into my neck. For over a month, there was nothing I could do to get a release from the pain. I couldn’t sleep or do anything that didn’t stir up the pain. My doctor checked my neck and could not find anything wrong. He sent me home with some muscle relaxers that didn’t help. At that point I prayed and sought the Lord more than before. After that the pain began to lift and return back to where it was before.  I wish I could say that the pain never broke me, but I can’t. I can say that my seeking of God was more than I can remember and that God was there and delivered me. The only way to test our faith is to have to use it. There is no other way.

Over the years I have found great encouragement in reading the Psalms. I see the Lord delivering his children out of many attacks. The thing that we must see here is that he delivered his children “out” of them. I have seen the Lords divine protection and provision over myself and those around me. Seeing these and hearing testimonies of these things does build my faith. But there are times when deliverance comes during the attack. These are the times my faith has grown the most. Many times the Psalmist cried out and the Lord delivered him. We must understand that there is an enemy who desires to destroy Gods’ children. Not just our lives, but every part of our lives. He is also known as the accuser, trying to destroy our reputation. Not only before God, but in this world as well. I know that everyone will stand before God and give an account for their lives, I know that there is a price to be paid on earth as well for our actions. There are consequences for sin and a price to be paid. I must remember it is not up to me to decide when these will take place. I thank God that through the blood of Jesus all of my sins are covered.

I read about the suffering that many people are going through and know that my problems don’t compare with theirs, but they still hurt. The pain is real. In recent times I have had to face some of the most trying times of my life. I’ve heard the words “Lord don’t let me fall” through out the Bible. I always thought it meant things like “don’t let me be defeated”  or “don’t let me lose” and things like that. But in recent times I am seeing it as, Lord don’t let me fall away. There have been times where that has been my cry. I find encouragement in I Corinthians 10:13 13     No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be  tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. I must hold on to this verse and others like it to make it through these trials and testing of my faith. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the Bible is fully true and that it is for me today. I believe that God means what he says in it.

            As I was working on this message, my wife was starting her third day of a migraine headache that would not release. No amount of prayer or pain pills was breaking through. Our family has been going through a trial that is tearing my heart apart worse than anything I have ever been through. It feels like God is not hearing our prayers. In this silent time I have to decide if I really believe that the Bible is fully true in every situation or not. On that day the migraine started to go away and as I cried to the Lord, he heard my cry and started to speak to me through his word. As I have listened he is counseling me and bringing through these times. There seem to be opportunities to work this situation in the flesh, (mans way) or wait and see God’s solution. Sometimes these solutions are not even an option. As Israel fled the Egyptian army in Exodus 14, there was no place to flee and no way to fight. God was their only choice, he parted the sea and his people passed through safely. The Egyptian army perished when they tried to follow.

            Through out the Bible there are many times where God delivered his people. During the attack, it seems as if the enemy can do anything they want to do. Many times it cost the attackers their lives, while other times they were driven back. I don’t know how God is going to deliver us from these times, but I know he is going to. One of my thoughts is, God did not bring us this far to just abandon us, I know he is faithful and will deliver us. During these times we must stand and know that our God is not only able, but desires to deliver us. Psalm 91, verse 14 he says “because he loves me I will save him” Hold on to those words and keep expecting deliverance from all attacks. I pray that this encourages you. Keep in prayer, I’ve never heard of anyone being accused of praying too much. Please leave comments or feedback in the guest book or email me at; martyg@josiah-ministries.com    God bless you all, Marty Griffeth

            We can not allow the enemies attacks to silence the Gospel of Jesus. The world must see the Church of Jesus Christ standing strong through all circumstances.           



In 2001, I spent many nights in the emergency room with Joan. Two of those nights the attending physician told me that he did not know if she would make it through the night. This was a result of C-dif, severe dehydration, possible kidney failure and number of other issues. Those were long nights. Through much prayer, Joan survived. Even though she was stable, she was never without complications and pain for the next four years.

                        In 2005 we started attending the “Life in the Spirit” class at Northwest Church in Federal Way. Eventually Joan received prayer for this and was completely healed. What was once trying to kill Joan was gone. She started to enjoy a life without pain and sickness. This did not leave without a fight. It was a fight each time she went for prayer, but she continued and the Lord set her free. It was a battle for a while as the sickness tried to return. But at the name of Jesus, it had to leave. We are facing an enemy who wants to destroy us. But we stand with the authority that God gives his children. In Genesis 32:26 we hear Jacob speaking to “The Angel of the Lord” saying “ Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  Our continuing to seek healing was saying to Jesus “I will not let you go until you bless me” Joan’s healing was a battle we fought for a few years. Why? I don’t know. But I do know that she is healed and our pursuit was part of that.


            Most of the time, God does not work as we want him to. The Profit told Naaman to “dip himself in the Jordan river 7 times. This made Naaman furious, God was not doing it how Naaman wanted. When Naaman was obedient, his healing and restoration came. When we were members of the Northwest Church prayer team and Flames of Fire healing ministry, we saw the Lord heal many people. Sometimes it was instant and sometimes it came after they went home. Often times the Lord showed us things that needed to be worked through and other times it was as simple as saying “be healed in the name of Jesus.”  There is no set way or formula to healing. I think it’s that way so that glory would given where glory is due. Jesus is not only our savior but our healer. If the Holy Spirit is giving us instructions, our part is simple, obey.


            God’s giftings are free, we would do well to remember that. If Jesus didn’t charge for his services, why should we?  Naaman could not buy his healing; we should understand that we can’t either.


           Because he loves you and cares about you. That’s a good place to start. When Naaman returned to his own country, he no longer offered sacrifices to other Gods, only to the God of Israel. Naaman wanted to give glory where glory was due. I am certain that his household and all those around him saw the evidence and testimony of his healing. After Jesus cast all the demons out of Legion in Luke 8 and Mark 5, Legion wanted to leave with Jesus. But Jesus told him to return to his city and tell them about what the Lord did for him.

 I have experienced great healings in my own life as well as in the lives of people around me. I don’t say this to brag, I say it to encourage those who read this to not give up. I hold on to these testimonies and want everyone to know what the Lord has done for me. To those under attack the church needs to stand with them and not let the enemy take another life. In John 14, Jesus said that we would do the things he did. Plus even greater things, I believe him. Throughout the Bible, God did not have a backup plan. I want my statement to be “I will not let you go until you bless me”

I know of ministries who still pray for the sick and see healings on a regular basis. Just ask. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from what God has for you.

May the Lord bless and keep you. And make his face to shine upon you.

In Christ, Marty Griffeth



You Are Not Alone In This Battle. If you have any prayer requests, leave them on our blog or email them to us. We would be honored to pray for you.

As you read through I and II KIngs and Chronicles. you can see that because of Israel's rebellion, judgment is unavoidable. There were a few Godly Kings, but overall things did not look good for Isreal or Judah. King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became King. His heart was right before the Lord and he began going through the land destroying the idols and their alters.  I believe that Josiahs' obedience touched the heart of God and judgment was delayed 31 years while he was King.

The sins of our land are increasing and it would appear that judgment is unavoidable. But I believe that if the true remnant of God's people would humble ourselves, repent and pray, that God would look at our hearts and postpone judgment. Whether Christ return sooner or later, I pray that when He returns, he will find me doing my Fathers' business. The early church expected Christ to return in their lifetime. We should serve the Lord with that same mindset. I pray that these studies will encourage you to seek the Lord all the more as you see his return is near.

What brought us here

We have been serving the Lord for over 25 years. We have worked in childrens ministry, youth, street ministry, worship, preaching/teaching and most recently we are part the prayer team for Flames of Fire Healing ministry. Our desire is to encourage all we meet to push themselves to draw nearer to God. I have found that the best way is to seek Gods face. There is no shortcut, it only comes by time spent with the Lord.(reading the Bible, prayer, worship and some times just sitting before him. We hope that these materials will encourage you to go on further in your walk with the Lord. As we post lessons, feel free to email us with questions.


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