UPDATE OF PAUL & JOYCE TRAVIS WORKING WITH FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Romans 8:22-23 says: “For we know that the whole creation GROANS and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves GROAN within ourselves. eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Thank you for praying and having a part in this ministry, seeing people set free from their bondages. All of us live in the midst of the turmoil of this world, but we do not have to be a part of it. we may be enjoying victory. This is why you & we have been helping these hurting people. We pray that this ministry is like the story of Lazarus [John 11] Jesus raised him from the dead and the first thing Jesus said to Mary and Martha was: “Loose him, and let him go.” In other words, “take off his grave clothes.” This is a description of the purpose of our ministry. Your prayers and gifts enable people to hear how they can be relieved of their grave clothes. Then they enjoy being both redeemed and relieved.
We continue to have about as much work as we can handle. Praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers and support.
People have been asking us: “how can we know God’s will?” This may help:
Believing God has a plan and a will for us. “Show me Your ways O Lord.” Psalm 25:4,5,14. Being right with God, and if we come to a complete submission to Him, He will let us know His will. Rom. 12:1-2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
We need to be submissive to the Lord and claim His promise of John 7:17 “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know… ” This is being willing to do whatever He says. Do not hurry, but wait before Him.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.
Delight yourself in the Lord … and Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psa. 37:3-7, 23 Ready and willing, separated from the world and valuating God’s Word trusting fully in the Lord, leaning not on our own understanding, but acknowledging Him and He shall direct our paths. Prov. 3:5-6, Eph. 5:I 7
Pray that God will guide us through the Holy Spirit and His Word, not just going by feeling. Start the day with prayer, bathe everything in prayer and step on no ground over which we have not prayed. Psalm 32:7-9
Trusted Friendly Counsel
Mature and godly counsel can benefit. Often things happen that we cannot explain. Usually it’s God speaking.
God grants peace. Remember just as it is difficult to steer a car without power steering, so it is with knowing God’s will, when standing still; stay on the move. Also stay close to the guide. Pray to hear the Lord say:” This is the way, walk in it.” Isa. 30: 21. Only as we are in agreement with God do we have peace. Remember that no diamond is ready for God’s jewel box until it is cut, ground and polished, so are we.
It’s a joy to see the change in their lives when they simply start believing more of God’s truth. So far we’ve never advertised, but God always knows who and when to send believing souls that need some help. We are learning that verse in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ WHO STRENGTHENS ME (US).”
Paul and Joyce
p.s. Paul has recorded two testimonies about our life and ministry that are featured on our resources page here.