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Monday
May212018

What Is Your Calling for Today? 

All this talk of destiny and calling in Christian circles can leave you feeling dizzy about where you are in life. Sure, life shouldn’t be about what makes you feel good all the time. The Gospel is the Good News and not necessarily the “feel-good news.” But if you’re not careful, you can get wrapped up in doing rather than being. But being is an essential part of your destiny.

I don’t believe you’re supposed to know everything about your calling before you fulfill it. But you should have a sense of where you’re headed. Look at what Paul said in Acts 20:22-24:

And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. [24] But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

New King James Version

Paul was talking about his destiny. He believed he was supposed to go to Jerusalem, and that seemed to be enough for him. He didn’t worry about what would happen when he got there. In fact, Jesus gave us
similar instructions:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34, NKJV

Is it wrong to have a vision? No. Is it wrong to want to know more than the next step? No. But if your head is in the future, you could miss your destiny and calling for today!

Your present is not the enemy of your future. If you think it is, you could be focusing more on doing rather than being. To determine where your focus is, ask yourself what you’re thankful for. In Andrew’s teaching How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will, he explains the power of thanksgiving:

“If you would go back and start thanking God for your salvation and just think what could have happened if you weren’t born again . . . and you spent eternity in hell. Man, you go to thanking God for that and then you thank Him for all of the opportunities that you’ve got today. You thank Him for your health, you thank Him for your family, you thank Him for the job that you’ve got. . . . Go to thanking Him for the level of prosperity that you have, . . . and you know what, God just gets bigger and bigger and bigger in your way of understanding. And all of a sudden, your problems get littler, smaller and smaller and smaller. Your mind is like a set of binoculars. If you look through the little end and out the big end, it magnifies everything. That’s what thanksgiving does. . . . We need to go to magnifying God with thanksgiving. . . . If you do these things, you will fulfill God’s will. You fail to do this, and you will not fulfill [it]. You might start in that direction, but you’ll never cross the finish line, not as a winner, unless you learn how to be grateful and
glorify God.”

That just says it all. Being thankful for what God is doing in your life today does not mean you should forsake what He wants to do tomorrow. Instead, it will simply help you be prepared for what He wants to do in your life both now and in the future.

The Enemy will try to make what’s going on in your life today not seem very remarkable. He’ll have you worrying about things you can’t know right now. But I encourage you to look at your life with a thankful heart. Focus on tomorrow when tomorrow comes, and ask yourself, “What is my calling
for today?”

Written by David Moore II

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Monday
May072018

Ready? Set? Wait! 

As the spring semester is coming to a close and many Charis Bible College students are nearing graduation, I’m reminded of something Andrew said earlier this year during a live-stream chapel: the goal of Charis is to produce ministers who will succeed. Andrew is not in the business of sending out just anyone. He knows unprepared ministers can quickly get burned-out and quit. Success in your calling requires patience, diligence, and renewal by the Word to find the next step God has in store for you.

Many in our “right now” generation tend to look for the quickest way to get what they want. We were raised watching overnight successes and taught ideas like how anyone can start a business overnight or buy a plane ticket and “just go.” But how long will that self-drive and ambition last? Can your passion and excitement really keep you going? When there isn’t time sown into building your foundation, you and what was produced through you can waste away very quickly.

We all want to succeed and build something great—to leave a legacy or impact a generation. And that’s good; it’s a desire from God! But it comes from first persevering and maturing in relationship with Him.

Proverbs 16:32 says, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city” (New International Version).

When determining which path to take or which school to go to, the world usually tells us, “Now’s the time. Just go! Just do it!” And in Christian circles, men and women of God are often portrayed as warriors, taking on challenges without any hesitation. But wait. Doesn’t this verse say that patience is more valuable than vigor? That harnessing your emotions is better than “going crazy” for God?

Proverbs shows that taking time to seek Him will change you and mature you from the inside out and produce lasting fruit. God’s kind of success is better than any quick fix the world can offer. We can’t let our zeal get the best of us. Proverbs 19:2 warns us that “Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” (NIV).

Our culture puts all the focus on zeal and desire, producing a “get everything instantly” mentality. With declarations like “Stop wishing, and make it happen! Chase after your dreams! Don’t wait. Follow your heart!” it’s no wonder we have people running off, unprepared, overwhelmed, and confused.

You might feel ready to just go. To be the next star. Drop everything and move. And you might feel the passion overwhelming you to the point of restlessness. But remember this: There’s knowledge to be found. There’s the Word to renew you. There is communion and relationship with the Father to complete you. It doesn’t matter if it takes two months or two years; God will get you to where He’s called you. Trust in His steps. He will cultivate you as you cultivate your vision.

The book of Proverbs can provide you with so much on wisdom, knowledge, and walking with God. Get Andrew’s new teaching, Proverbs: Timeless Wisdom for a Life of Blessing, and let it help you prepare for what’s next in your journey with God.

And congratulations to all 2018 Charis graduates around the world! We’re excited for you and believing with you that the foundation you’ve established by sowing the Word into your hearts will produce success wherever your next step takes you!

Written by Mo Smith

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Monday
Apr232018

Limitless Thinking: Forget the Glass!

I come from a long line of negative thinkers. My grandmother lived with depression and dealt with fear on a daily basis. My mother was overly critical and cynical about most situations. And while I don’t consider myself to be in their league, I’ve definitely been a glass-half-empty person most of my life. The longer I walk with the Lord, however, the more that negativity falls by
the wayside.

The problem with my negative thinking was that it kept me from dreaming big. It was hard to be hopeful and believe for the best possible outcome. Instead, I usually found myself thinking about the worst-case scenarios. I didn’t understand that when we think small or think the worst about life and the future, it limits what God can accomplish in and through us.

One day I was having a pity party of sorts, wondering why I wasn’t seeing breakthrough in a certain area that I had been praying about for a very long time. God interrupted my “party” to remind me of Caleb and the spies during their recon mission of the Promised Land. I opened my Bible and read the story from Numbers 13. God spoke to my heart through verses thirty to thirty-one, and I immediately realized that it was, in fact, my thinking that had kept me from my own promised land of blessing.

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [31] But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Numbers 13:30-31

Caleb and the spies witnessed the exact same scenario. But the spies saw the land as having insurmountable obstacles, while Caleb envisioned it as being completely conquerable.

In Andrew’s Don’t Limit God teaching, he shares how, on January 31, 2002, the Lord spoke to him from Psalm 78. In the following passage, God showed Andrew that he, too, had been limiting Him with small thinking.

How oft did they [the Israelites] provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 78:40-41, brackets and emphasis added

Wow! We can—and often do—limit God’s power in our lives by how we think! God wanted to exponentially expand the Gospel Truth television program onto numerous stations worldwide. At that time, however, Andrew’s thinking was too small to catch God’s vision. But once Andrew understood how he was limiting the Lord from fulfilling His will, he began to change and expand his own thinking. Within only a couple of weeks, resources flooded in that made the television expansion possible.

There are many ways we can limit the Lord with our thinking, including not dreaming big enough, having an inferior image of ourselves, or expecting the worst. These all describe my problem—negative thinking. In Don’t Limit God, Andrew explains that we must “quit thinking small and limiting God and imposing [our] inadequacies and . . . failures upon God and recognize [that] He’s limitless.”

The way to do this, as Andrew discusses in his teaching, is to change our inner image. We must first see in our hearts what we want to see happen in our circumstances. This comes as we align our thoughts with God’s Word and allow Scripture to challenge us to think bigger. And because we have the mind of Christ, we can think as big as God thinks.

I challenge you today to start changing your thinking and take the limits off God. When you do, your glass won’t be half-empty or half-full; it will be overflowing. So, you might as well forget the glass!

Written by Renée Gray-Wilburn

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