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Monday
Aug032015

God-Sized Dreams 

When I was a little girl, I used to tell everyone, “I’m going to be a missionary when I grow up!” It wasn’t until years later that I learned I didn’t need to make that dream come true. In my thinking, the right connections were important to seeing my dream become a reality, so I attended my church’s Bible college. That connection led to a six-week internship at a sister church in Mexico.

My dream was taking shape, and I was finally on the mission field. It was during that six-week internship in Mexico when God planted a seed in my heart that would blossom years later. We did a lot of street evangelism and hospital ministry there. During one of the hospital visits, I saw a lady sitting in the waiting area. I immediately knew I was supposed to ask her if I could pray for her. As I walked up to her, she put her arms out and said, “Don’t touch me; I’m dirty.” I stretched out my arms and said “I’ll make you clean” and hugged her. It was strange to me that I said that, but as I held her and she began to cry, I knew God was doing something. I prayed with her, and then she told me why she was crying. The night before, she’d had a dream. A man dressed in white came to her, and she told Him not to touch her because she was dirty. But He stretched out His hands and said, “I’ll make you clean.” I told her that the man she saw was Jesus and that He had sent me to tell her about His love for her. She received Jesus that day!

I was awed as I realized what God had just done through me. God did all the work—through me.

After a second six-week internship, I moved to Mexico as a full-time missionary, working with the church’s youth pastor and the praise and worship team and teaching English. Even though my days were packed from start to finish, I managed to take Charis Bible College courses online. I downloaded the audio files and listened to them as I walked or rode the bus between my home and the places where I ministered. The teaching I got at Charis opened my eyes to see that I was relying on my own works and ability to do God’s will. I learned that Jesus can make connections for me that I’d never be able to make. I was freed from pleasing people and relying on religious politics for advancement. I found freedom when I began to rest in Him and let Him do the work.

My journey has led me to Charis World Outreach, where I work with missionaries around the world, helping to spread the same message of God’s unconditional love that changed my own heart. That little-girl dream was much bigger than I ever imagined. It was a God-sized dream that only He could bring to pass.

Do you want to reach the nations of the world with the Gospel or support those going out onto the mission field? Help fund global missions, at www.awmi.net/donation. You can also learn more about the Missions Track at Charis Bible College here!

Monday
Jul272015

The Pirated Gospel

On a recent trip to England for the annual Grace and Faith Conference, Andrew Wommack reunited with a couple from Buncrana, Ireland. Mike and Aster Mullins had previously shared the testimony of their young son’s healing with him. “When our eighteen-month-old son was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, it shook us to the core,” Mike said. “Thanks to Andrew Wommack and his free teaching material, we were able to rebuild our faith on the truth of God’s Word instead of man’s tradition.”

When Mike and Aster’s son Andrew began displaying unusual symptoms and losing weight, they took him to their family physician for a checkup. “The doctors examined him but couldn’t find anything wrong,” Aster said. “But I knew something wasn’t right. When I found the lump on his back, the cold hand of fear gripped my heart.” The discovery of that lump would initiate a storm of tests and a final diagnosis of stage 4 neuroblastoma.

The Mullins soon discovered that the cancer in Andrew’s body had affected nearly every bone, including his spinal column. In the midst of the battle for their son’s life, Mike and Aster struggled to hold on to their faith. “I’d been told all my life that God was in control, that He had a purpose for everything we experienced in life, but my heart was confused. I couldn’t understand how I, as an imperfect parent, could have more compassion for my son than God did. Did I have to beg God for mercy? At one point, I remember thinking, Maybe if we got 10,000 people praying, God would respond,” Mike recalled. “I just couldn’t figure out why we were still praying at all,” Aster added. “I mean if everything in our lives was set in stone, if God controlled everything, then why bother?” “We were in survival mode,” Mike commented.

Then one day, the Mullins received a care package in the mail that included a pirated CD series from Andrew Wommack Ministries, entitled God Wants You Well. “When we got the handwritten copies of Andrew Wommack’s CDs, I was so raw, I couldn’t listen,” Aster explained. “But when we finally took it off the shelf, what I heard was like water to my parched soul. Could it be true? I thought. Does God really want to heal everyone, every time?” Soon the Mullins were searching the Word for themselves, and what they found boosted their faith! “We discovered that healing is a part of our salvation and that we could lay hands on the sick and see them recover.”

The Mullins immediately laid hands on their son’s legs and arms and commanded health into his bones. Several days later, new test results came in, and Andrew’s bones were completely cancer-free! As they continued to learn more about healing and their authority as believers, the Mullins prayed for their son again. “We commanded cancer to leave his body in the name of Jesus and stood on God’s promise that no poison or other deadly thing would harm Andrew, despite the progressive treatment he was undergoing (Mark 16:18).” Then the doctors called to confirm that Andrew’s whole body was cancer-free and that all his organs were healthy and functioning normally!

Thanks to the faithfulness of Andrew Wommack Ministries’ partners, anyone can access this nearly-too-good-to-be-true news from anywhere in the world—completely free of charge. “All of my materials are copyrighted,” Andrew said during the Grace and Faith Conference in England. “So, if you’re going to copy them [like the person who sent the Mullins his CD series], do it right, and use them to boost someone’s faith!”

Monday
Jul202015

Letting Go of Myself

While reading Andrew’s book Grace: The Power of the Gospel, I came across this truth:

You are not only saved by grace, but you also maintain your relationship with God by grace. This means you are healed by grace, delivered by grace, and prospered by grace. None of the benefits of salvation come to you based on your performance (p. 48).

It was the last night of the first Healing School in Russia, and every piece of equipment I owned decided to have a meltdown—my camera, my lens, my SD cards, my batteries. Everyone was counting on me to create an incredible video to show back at Charis, and I was pouting in the back of the room, dangling my camera in defeat, waiting for someone to feel sorry for me.

Finally, out of pure desperation, I held up my camera, hit record, and said, “All right, God, You have to make this happen because I can’t do this by myself.” Watching the screen in front of me, I stood back in amazement as God began to film what I could never have made happen on my own. It was as if God was showcasing His own private screening, and I was given a front row seat.

And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him.

Colossians 2:6 (The Living Bible)

Andrew continues,

The same way you were born again is the same way you should continue walking with Him. Sad to say, most people don’t do that. We must place our entire faith in the Gospel! (p. 50)

I learned something I will never forget in that small village in central Russia—I cannot accomplish in my own strength what God has called me to do. However, God is always willing to show Himself strong where I don’t have any strength, wise where I still lack wisdom, and creative where I still lack skills. It’s all through the power of His grace in my life!

God has already provided—through the atonement of Christ—everything we’ll ever need. Now it’s up to us to believe and receive. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be forgiven, healed, delivered, prospered—every benefit that’s ours through what Jesus Christ did comes to us by grace through faith (pp. 191-192).

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New Living Translation)

The entire Christian life is a gift that we get to partake in simply because of who God has recreated us to be—members of His very own family. When we operate by faith in the grace that has made us who we are, we get to experience the power of God in our lives.

I encourage you to dive deeper into this teaching of Andrew’s, entitled Grace: The Power of the Gospel. It is foundational to everything in our lives as Christians. Also, watch Andrew discuss this on his Gospel Truth program! Please post a comment below if this has ministered to you.