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Apr182016

An Excellent Spirit

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has always been one of my favorites. As a child, I loved the story’s sense of adventure. As a teen, I was moved by the three Hebrew children’s determination and conviction. But as an adult, it’s the hidden part of their story that speaks to me.

In Andrew’s new teaching, An Excellent Spirit, he talks about this hidden part of their story:

Everybody would like to have the benefits that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had. [But] it says right here (Daniel 6:3) that the reason he was promoted was because he had an excellent spirit…. Everybody would like [promotion] , but not everybody does the things that produce an excellent spirit…. God is not the one who determines whether you have an
excellent spirit!

I’ve seen the truth of that statement in my own life. When I turned sixteen, I prayed for a job. And when God gave me the opportunity to work somewhere besides fast food, I jumped on it.

I started working for minimum wage, wrapping Christmas presents in a ritzy gift shop downtown. Sooner than anticipated, the holiday rush was over, and my hours dwindled. With no other skills to speak of, it began to look like I would lose my job. So, I made a point of learning new skills every time I was on the schedule. I cleaned the windows. I swept the floor. I took out the trash. I dusted shelves. I spent all of my time organizing supplies or finding lost merchandise in our behemoth of a storage room. And I kept my job.

All that time spent in the backroom made me very familiar with our product, and before long, my coworkers started asking questions to which I knew the answers. My confidence grew, and I began taking on more responsibilities. I learned how to display merchandise, write tickets, and work the cash register. I learned how to manage customer accounts and interact with them on the phone. I even started placing reorders. Soon, my boss took notice.

Andrew says,

I’m telling you, God made every one of us to succeed. Now, this is relative to what God’s will is for you. He may not call you to do [what I’m doing], but He has called you to greatness…. If you’re working in a business, God wants you to be the best worker there is. If you [work] with an excellent spirit, as Daniel did, I guarantee you, it would be just a short period of time until somebody would see that excellence, and they would set you over the entire deal.

It’s true! One day when I arrived at work, my boss called me into her office to give me a list of jobs to complete while she was gone. “Roxanne,” she added as we finished, “I just officially made you the manager. See you when I get back.” I was seventeen.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Luke 16:10

Discover the characteristics of an excellent spirit with Andrew’s new teaching, An Excellent Spirit. This teaching is also available to watch on the Gospel Truth broadcast. Prepare to be positioned for promotion today!

Share a comment below if this has inspired you.

Reader Comments (6)

Thank you for sharing. I often watch Andrew Wommack on TV and appreciate what he has to say most of the time. There is something that I've been wondering about however. Previous to this series on An Excellent Spirit, Andrew was teaching on Body, Soul, and Spirit. In this series he taught that when we were born again we were changed in our spirit and we now have the same Spirit as Jesus within us. Since Jesus was perfect and had this "Excellent Spirit"; it seems that when we were born again that we received this "Excellent Spirit" also. So it just seems to me that on one hand Andrew teaches we have been changed in our spirit and have the Spirit of Jesus which is perfect and, I am guessing, is also excellent- then on the other hand he is saying this "Excellent Spirit" is something we need to develop. It seems as if I'm missing something in his teaching.

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Swigart

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April 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Yes, thank you again Roxnne, this article has inspired and so has Terry Swigarts comment.
I guess we all do have the same Excellent Spirit within us, but we are all at different Spiritual levels in our carnal body and come to that we are all different parts of the one body. As I understand it, we shall never reach perfection in a carnal body here on earth. Err... I don't think I'll continue with this comment it might become more confusing. But as for your article, I have just been for a quiet walk and prayer time here on a remote Scottish Island were I live. I asked God for some answered to my thoughts and I believe you have helped to supply them. I'm to continue to wait while I'm being trained up and not get frustrated at not seeming to see any positive results.... I'm sort of still at the 'back room stage' and not up for management. Although I'm not able to listen to this new teaching 'Excellen Spirit' at this time, because we only have very slow internet... God Willing, we believe we shall catch it up at a later date. But my wife and I have listened to 'Body Soul and Spirit' and other AW teachings over and over, becasue it always seems to come back with fresh thoughts and new insights.
I send my comment in the hope it will in some way encourage others who read this website.
God Bless You both and All at AWM

April 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobert W Cholawo

Terry Swigart, I really do appreciate your comment above. I feel inclined to add one or two things I've come to understand that I believe may be of great help to you.

I've listened to some Andrew Wommack messages and I really thank God for him. One thing I've learnt from him and from the Word is this: We really have every spiritual blessing there is once we are in Christ! Christ died to give ALL of them to us. For what purpose? I believe one of them is to enjoy life to its fullest! I don't believe God wanted us to live mediocre (we are His Children. Royalty!), and having an excellent spirit is one thing that will make your life stand out here on earth and point others to Daddy God.

But here's the thing: Each one of us is a product of how we think (the mind REALLY is the engine of our lives). I believe that even though an excellent spirit is one of the many spiritual blessings we are endowed with by God, we've got to learn to think that way to really manifest it in our lives. I mean, it's one thing to have something, and another to KNOW you have it and manifest it. Let me give an example. As a girl, I have a gap in my teeth that I never considered pretty, but at some point, I kept getting comments about how great my smile was, how pretty I looked in pictures especially when I didn't smile close-lipped. That changed my mind and trust me, I don't smile the same anymore. It's a thing of pride now, this gap of mine :). I don't know if my example works, but the idea is because I am now conscious of how good the gap looks, I am now 'manifesting' it by showing it off in pictures. It's no longer hidden anymore; undiscovered. My mind about it was changed, and my pictures are better now!

The excellent spirit is in you (it's a spiritual blessing and resides in your regenerated spirit) but lies undiscovered just like many other gifts God has endowed you with. You now have to get your mind to think in line so as to manifest it. The compliments in my example is likened to the Word. It will get you to believe that you really do have it in spirit AND to act in line at last. (But remember, ALL of this is through the help of the Holy Spirit. You really can't do anything sustainable on your own. He will work it in and through you. Trust Him.)

April 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOmasan

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May 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMyron

Well, I'd like to clarify this: I've listened to the first message in the series (Identity), and I'm listening to the second one; just came online to find out what when the series was done.
When Wommack started the first message, he actually clarified this. He said what he meant by "an excellent spirit" is different from "spirit" in "Spirit, Soul, and Body".
I take this to mean that, in this context, "spirit" has to do with your mind (and mindset), like saying someone is "in high spirits"; this has nothing to do with your spirit.
The use of the term may be confusing, but Wommack had to use it, as this is the way it was used in the Bible, concerning Daniel.
Also note that neither Daniel nor Joseph (nor anyone else in the old testament, as a matter of fact) had a regenerated spirit; so, of course, this is not what an "excellent spirit" refers to: it's about excellence.
As Wommack explains, an excellent spirit is something that you have as a result of your knowledge of your identity, and WE, believers, have the best of that! IN CHRIST!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOlusegun

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