Welcome To Josiah Ministries

Current Bible studies: Please click on any of the following Bible studies: Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God part II Wearing The Armor Of God My Files Tribute To My Mom Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. part 3  Do You Know Who I Am> Now What? Prayer Requests Guest Book Child Like Fath / A Mustard seed of Faith Child Like Faith/A Mustard Seed Of Faith Part II

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)

 

LATEST MESSAGE

              WHEN THE WELL IS DRY 

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.           

 

 CHILD LIKE FAITH Part II

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.

OBEDIANCE

            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.

GREED

            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.

WHY WOULD GOD HEAL ME?

           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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