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Monday
Jan142019

Power of Partnership

You’ve heard it before: there is strength in numbers. But implicit in that statement is that these numbers work together for mutual advantage. At minimum, there has to be agreement among them; otherwise, they cannot walk together (Amos 3:3). Ideally, an amiable relationship would make their strength even greater. The stronger the relationship, the greater the things they can accomplish together.

For example, when the people of earth gathered together to build a temple up to heaven, the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” (Gen. 11:6, NKJV).

And then read this passage:

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. . . . Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 and 12, NKJV

These examples communicate a very simple principle of how things work in the natural. But this is also how they work in the spiritual.

Jesus said,

“If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:19-20, NKJV

When brethren dwell together in unity, that is where God commands the blessing (Ps. 133)! Perhaps a good example of this is partnership. You see, partnership is two or more people coming together for mutual advantage. They want to accomplish something that they could not accomplish alone or separately. More often than not, it will take finances. Look at what Andrew says in his Power of Partnership teaching:

“Did you know that you can’t really accomplish God’s will in your life without finances? I know that that may be an offensive statement to some people, but it costs money to live, to travel, to minister to people, to put out products, to have employees. Whether it’s a church, whether it’s a ministry, anything that is preaching the Gospel, you cannot accomplish it without money, and somehow people think, Well, no, I’m just going to do what God tells me, and I don’t ever have to think about money. You need money to accomplish what God told you to do . . . . It’s a heart attitude that you don’t want to prosper just for yourself; you want to prosper so that you can accomplish God’s will, so that you can touch people, so that you can be a blessing.”

Ultimately, what we can accomplish through partnership is discipleship. Because it is a spiritual bond, Jesus is in the midst of it, and there God commands the blessing. It really isn’t about money; it’s about relationship. And that is what makes partnership powerful!

Written by David Moore II

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Monday
Dec242018

Aggressive Rest

It’s normal, especially in today’s culture, to strive for everything. But how much striving would you do if you knew God was on your side?

I used to get in there and strive for what I wanted. But now I know my battle is the Lord’s battle, so I can sit back and rest. It gives me great comfort.

Here’s a thought: When we’re striving for things, it’s because we don’t trust God to do it. In other words, whether we realize it or not, we don’t see God as on our side. There has even been teaching to justify striving. I’ve heard ministers point to Mark 11:24 as their text, which says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Mark 11:24 (New King James Version)

The Greek word for “receive” in this verse can mean “to take” (Strong’s Concordance), so it’s easy to draw the conclusion that we as Christians should be more aggressive in receiving. But that’s not true. That’s the trap I see so many Christians get into. What happens is their need to strive for things outweighs their trust in God and their patience for Him to bring something to pass. But Scripture says that through faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God (Heb. 6:12). That’s a big deal. God’s way of receiving is not through aggressively going after something. It’s through aggressive peace and rest.

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Hebrews 4:11

Laboring to enter the rest of God may sound like a paradox, but it takes effort not to strive. However, when you’re striving, it’s hard not to live with fear. Look at this passage.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. [32] For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:31-33

Do you see how that if God is on your side, you don’t need to fret? Worry leads to trusting yourself and earning things with God. Look at what Andrew said about this in his teaching The War Is Over:

“The only way you ever have peace with God is when you quit trusting in yourself and quit thinking that you have to earn the blessing of God, and you just rest in what Jesus did.”

Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief. Jesus has got this. God has made you promises, and through Jesus, you will receive them. But it’s by aggressively resting in Him.

Learn more in Andrew’s teaching The War Is Over. He taught on it all last week and will be continuing to do so next week. If you have a testimony of how this has worked for you, please share in the comments below.

Written by David Moore II

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Thursday
Dec132018

It’s Powerful. It’s Red. It’s THE BLOOD!  

Have you ever considered blood to be beautiful? Does the sight of it evoke any feeling of comfort or assurance? Probably not. Most people associate blood with feelings of fear or something going wrong.

Man became sin conscious—they received the conscience—after eating from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As a result, they realized they were naked and became aware of feelings of fear, shame, guilt, and condemnation.

The word conscience in the King James Version was translated from the Greek word suneidesis, and conscience means “a sense of right and wrong” (American Heritage Dictionary).

In Andrew’s latest book—Who Told You That You Were Naked?—he presents an outstanding study of the conscience that’s sure to set many free! In it he says that “fear and shame are results of spiritual death.” He also explains that “if we are living in shame, if we have insecurities in our lives, if we are fearful, that’s part of death. The problem is spiritual separation from God, and these things are just the physical results of that.”

Praise God for the blood of Jesus! The purpose of redemption was to restore mankind to the state of fellowship that existed before the Fall! Jesus shed His blood to make things right—to give us a good conscience toward God!

Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (emphasis added).

If you’re born again, the blood of Jesus has purged you from all sin and sin consciousness! Isaiah 1:18 (New International Version) says, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”

Place all sin, guilt, and condemnation under the blood, and don’t go peeking to see if they’re really white as snow. One drop of His blood is more powerful than all the sin of the whole world!

If you struggle with accusatory thoughts, realize that they’re not from God. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The Holy Spirit gently corrects us through the Word. He does not accuse or condemn us.

There is nothing you have ever done or can ever do that remotely compares to the power of the blood. You are saved and made righteous by faith in the shed blood of the Lamb. Magnify the power of the blood above your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Train your conscience to be good by renewing your mind to the fact that it has been purged by the blood, and steer clear of sin.

For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, American Standard Version).

Anytime your conscience (or the devil) tries to tell you you’re naked, declare that you’re clothed in righteousness (Job 29:14 and Psalm 132:9) and approach God’s throne of grace with boldness!

Stand on the efficacy of the powerful, red redemptive blood of Jesus—it accomplished a beautiful thing in your life!

So, who told you that you were naked?

To find out more about how to have a good conscience that works for you, get Andrew’s latest book Who Told You That You Were Naked? from store.awmi.net or call the Helpline at 719-635-1111.

Written by Zoe Isaacs

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