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Monday
Mar252019

God’s Love: Unchanging, Unending, Unconditional!

“If you don’t play my game, I won’t be your friend anymore!”

With a stormy temper, the seven-year-old next door marched up to my daughter and demanded that they play the game she wanted. My stunned daughter didn’t know what to do. She thought friendship should be more enduring. She soon discovered that friends often put conditions on relationships.

Sadly, many adults do the same thing, putting conditions on their willingness to love others. This is often why marriages fail—people aren’t aware of the unconditional love necessary to make marriage work. Perhaps we should consider more possibilities in our marriage vows, such as, “I promise to love you even if you leave dirty socks on the floor and forget how to take out the garbage.” Such vows wouldn’t be very romantic, but they would give engaged couples the opportunity to think about their commitment and the meaning of unconditional love.

Fortunately, God’s love for us is completely unconditional and is freely available to us by grace through faith. We need to understand God’s unconditional love to live in abundant life. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).”

How amazing to think that while we probably shouldn’t even have been liked, God completely, eternally, unconditionally loved us! It can be overwhelming to try to comprehend such love. Ephesians 2:4-5 shows us that God’s love for us is based solely on His grace. Our faith needs to stand on this fact. It’s not about the things we do or any value of our own.

Andrew Wommack explains God’s unconditional love in Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith. “God loves you. If you could grasp this revelation, it would solve all of your problems . . . If you understood how much God loved you, your faith would shoot through the roof. You’d be overwhelmed!”

Understanding God’s love for us empowers us to know that it is always God’s will to heal us; that it is always His will to prosper us; and that He would save us at any price.

Think of God as the opposite of the weather. The weather is frequently changing. In the natural world, we are subject to the conditions of the weather. One day it may be sunny; the next day, storms are brewing. But not with God. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (brackets added). This unchanging quality of God requires that His love for us is unconditional and unchanging.

God is not a friend with conditions. My daughter had to learn to reject the conditions of friendship that our neighbor tried to put on her. We must reject the conditions that we try to put on God’s love for us. Through faith, we must recognize that God loves us without limits.

To learn more about God’s unconditional love, given freely to us through His grace, read Andrew Wommack’s book, Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith.

Written by Roxie Hebson

For resources and products or to partner in the U.S., go to awmi.net; outside the U.S., visit awme.net.

Monday
Mar112019

Grace + Faith = The Balanced Equation of Life

With safety goggles and long white lab coat on, I began the weekly lab experiment in my high school chemistry class many years ago. I knew that if my measurements were off, I probably wouldn’t cause an explosion, but I would, at the very least, make a mess. I had to be aware of and carefully measure each chemical that I used.

Andrew Wommack makes a salient point about the importance of balance in his book, Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith, through his illustration of the chemicals, sodium and chlorine.

“Both sodium and [chlorine] are poisons. If you take either one of them by themselves in sufficient quantity, they’ll kill you. Yet if you mix sodium and [chlorine] together, you get salt, a mineral necessary to sustain your life.” (p. 9)

Andrew relates the balance of sodium and chlorine to the balance of grace and faith. Orienting life toward either grace or faith causes problems. Too much faith often results in people drowning in a raging sea of legalism, thinking if they can only perform well enough, then God will respond.

On the other hand, too much grace results in people lounging in a rising pool of carelessness, waiting on God to do everything.

Either way, too much faith or too much grace, the people drown.

Balance is the key. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” This profound passage reveals that our salvation comes by grace through faith.

In our lives, we must balance the call to faith with the realization of grace. At certain times, we must take action. For example, James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We must actively resist the devil. Other times, we must rest in God. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” We must recognize what God has already done and rest in it.

God clearly intended for us to live balanced lives. Balance can be seen throughout God’s creation. He gave us both day and night. He created both plants and animals, which together form a symbiotic relationship. He gave us different seasons to experience times of growth and times of dormancy.

God designed us to be balanced too. From the time He created us in our mothers’ wombs (Ps. 139:13-14), God freely gave us each special gifts through His grace. Our unique gifts combined with all that God has provided through Jesus empowers us to fulfill our calling. But sometimes, through faith, we must respond and take steps in this fulfillment. For example, thousands of people have responded in faith to attend Charis Bible College, and a multitude of graduates have stepped out in faith all across the world to answer God’s call on their lives.

In my own life, I see the importance of balance every day. Not too long ago, my toddler learned to walk. If I had instructed him to only use his left foot or to only used his right foot, he probably would not have had much success. However, he learned to balance himself by using both of his feet.

Without balance, we make messes, like a haphazard high school student in chemistry class. Thankfully, God has already given us the formula we need to succeed: live in the balance of grace and faith.

To learn more about how you can apply these principles in your life, get Andrew’s Living in the Balance of Grace & Faith book from AWM’s online store.

Written by Roxie Hebson

For resources and products or to partner in the U.S., visit awmi.net; outside the U.S., visit awme.net.

Monday
Feb252019

The Choice to Be Shy

Growing up, I was painfully shy. I could hardly look a person in the eyes, and the thought of getting up and speaking in front of people would bring me to the point of tears. My mom and I joke to this day about how she always had to ask the sales clerk if I could have a fitting room to try on clothes because I was too scared to ask for myself.

For the longest time, I believed this was just my personality. I was the shy, quiet girl who didn’t like too much attention. But while it was true that I was more of an introvert, what I was believing about myself was, in fact, a trap of the Enemy meant to keep me in bondage.

On Andrew’s Gospel Truth broadcast, he has been doing a verse-by-verse teaching through the book of Proverbs. During this series, Andrew talks about Proverbs 29:25:

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”

New King James Version

Andrew says, “Any person who is afraid of people’s criticism and of people’s reaction to them is not a free person. . . . You need to recognize that fear of people [and] fear of what people have to say is a trap of the devil. Satan is trying to destroy you. . . . Fear brings bondage. Fear of what people [have] to say is not a free life.”

As I got into the Word more throughout my adult life, I began to realize that this fear wasn’t simply an unfortunate personality trait that I had absolutely no control over. This was bondage: a perfectly set trap to keep me caged in my small world and small thinking. As long as I clung to that lie, I remained right where I was, unable to move forward into what God had for my life.

So, I began taking steps of faith, acting confident even when I didn’t feel confident. Some might see that as being fake or two-faced. But I had to make a decision about which was going to be the higher truth in my life: how I was feeling or what God said about me. I decided that I was going to act on who the Word said I was rather than on how I simply felt at the time. And that has truly made all the difference in my life.

In his Gospel Truth Proverbs series, Andrew also says, “What a great way to live, to where it just doesn’t really matter what people say about you. It’s what God says. If you, in your heart, know that you’re doing what God has told you to do, you do not have to be validated and confirmed by other people. . . . That’s a great way to live.”

Today that shy, insecure little girl is working for Andrew Wommack Ministries, reporting in front of a camera to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. God had much bigger plans for me than what I was allowing for myself. And you know what? He has bigger plans for you too. The only question is, which plans will you choose?

Don’t miss the Gospel Truth this month as Andrew wraps up his series on Proverbs. It will guide you to God’s timeless wisdom so that you can live your life of purpose.

Written by Jessica Giaimo

For resources and products or to partner in the U.S., visit awmi.net; outside the U.S., visit awme.net.