EL SHADDAI MINISTRIES
As Christian women, we all have unique personalities, giftings, and abilities which God wants us to use to for His Kingdom plans and purposes. Since He created each of us, He wants us to to get to know Him on a personal, intimate level so that we can enter into relationship with Him and come to understand His loving and never-changing character. His truths and promises for a rich and abundant spiritual life are there for us to claim if we believe and know who we are in Christ.
But in order to be sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, we each have to face our own fears and be willing to confront the lies of the enemy. Otherwise, we will continue to live our lives out of a victim mentality instead of that of a warrior bride of Christ and our effectiveness as His ambassadors and change agents will be limited here on earth. The decisions and actions that we make today will have far-reaching consequences on our lives and those around us, now and eternally.
Unhealthy fear, as opposed to a healthy and reverential fear of the Lord, can cause us to act in ways not reflective of Christ-like character. Fear is masked by different names, to name a few, pride, control, intimidation, gossip, perfectionism (differs from excellence), denial, blaming others and substance abuse, all things that keep us from facing the truth about ourselves.
If we have an "overriding fear of "man" and the need for 'man's" approval (people pleasing) in order to feel accepted and often, loved, our true growth potential and beliefs in who we really are become stifled and we will never experience true freedom in the spirit. Instead, we will resort to things of "the flesh" such as manipulation, pride and control.
Unless our dependence and trust is in in God, we will continue to look to others and/or or things to fill this void in our life. This is called co-dependency and if not addressed, can literally kill you, spiritually and physically.
What has proven true in Diane Houston-Lloyd's life over and over again is that in order to move forward in life with passion and purpose, one must operate from a place of truth and courage; the courage to face one's own fears and unhealed spiritual and emotional pain/hurts, the courage to walk truthfully in love and compassion without compromising your own beliefs, the courage to forgive others and ourselves and the courage and genuine desire to break free of unhealthy thought and behavioural patterns that can keep you in bondage to the "lies of the enemy"
Diane founded El Shaddai Ministries in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. God showed Diane that He wants women (and men) to be free of unhealthy bondages and to have spiritual blinders removed so that He can use them for His Kingdom purposes in creating cultures of honour within the 7 mountains of Influence. Cultures of honour that are built upon His Kingdom principles and are reflective of Christ-like character. Here are a few ways that the Lord is using Diane and her husband, Mark, also a spirit-tilled believer, to advance His Kingdom purposes in this area.
The Lord has given Diane a heart for Women's Ministries, but this ministry is not for the faint-hearted. This ministry is designed to shed His light and truths into the lives of women so that healing and restoration and unity in spirit can occur. This has required Diane to go through a refiner's fire herself so that she can discern and speak wisdom into the lives of other women.
If we truly want to be ambassadors and change agents for Jesus Christ, then we have to understand who we are in Christ and we do so by communicating to God through prayer and speaking in tongues, by spending time in reading the living Word, by allowing the Holy Spirit to change us from within, by fellowshipping with other believers and praising and worshipping the Lord in the Spirit.
As a facilitator of Women's Bible Study groups, Diane sees the purposes of such groups as providing a forum for Christian women to:
Fellowship, heal and grow in spiritual maturity as we experience God's love, transforming truths and freedom from spiritual bondages through the study of the living Word and various teachings, videos, courses, through prayer and through praise and worship
To support and encourage one another as we step out in faith and see the challenges of life through His eyes
To promote a level of accountability to each other in a a climate of trust and respect and,
To broaden our understanding of how God wants to use our spiritual giftings, individually and corporately, for His purposes for such a times as this.
If you are wanting to start a Women's Bible Study or are struggling with how to move forward in your group, Diane can assist you in this area so that your group reflects a culture of honour towards one another and most importantly, towards our Heavenly Father.
Teachings and Books
As a child, Diane was exposed to the religion of Christianity while she attended an Anglican church with her parents and family in Mississauga, Ontario. By the time that Diane reached her late teens, she left the formal church setting as she felt there was more to discover outside of the four walls of the church.
With an adventurous spirit and a passion for life and the truth, Diane began a journey of discovery that would take her to different parts of the world where she was exposed to different cultures, religions and faiths. It was during this journey that Diane had a supernatural encounter with the living Jesus Christ which brought her to a crisis of belief. It was this life-changing experience that brought Diane to her knees as she knew she had found the truth. It was then that she invited Jesus Christ into her heart.
It was this decision that immediately sealed Diane's eternal destiny as she was instantly adopted into God's royal family as His daughter. She was a new creation in the Spirit. God's promises are real and as the scripture 1 John 3:1-2 states "At our conversion, we were adopted into God's family through Jesus Christ. We have a new identity-the sons and daughters of God. The eternal God is our Father."
Since that time, Diane has developed a ongoing personal relationship with Jesus and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, has gradually come to understand that a culture of honour begins within oneself......in other words, how one honours their relationship with God will be manifested outwardly in how one honours oneself and others.
As Diane has grown in her maturity as a spirit-filled Christian, her personal testimonies speak to the power of the supernatural relationship she shares with Jesus and how she is being used to advance her Father's Kingdom here on earth.
She has been blessed by the teachings of many other Christians, to name a few, people such as Smith Wigglesworth, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Patricia King, Lance Wallnau, Sid Roth, Reinhard Bonnke and others. Diane often uses these teachings in her work with other women and she herself is currently writing her first book.
You yourself may be experiencing a crisis of belief about who you are in Christ......you may already be a Christian or someone who is seeking the truth. If that is the case, make sure that you are being taught the truth as today, we live in a world where shades of truth are prevalent everywhere and denial and deceit are two of the enemy's greatest weapons.
Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you in this area.