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Monday
May092016

Finding the Father’s Love

“Our first night of ministry was at a youth group in Subotica, Serbia,” said second-year Charis Bible College student Lauren Bartlett. “I noticed this small, pale boy in a death metal shirt, standing in line for the altar call. When it was his turn, the first thing I asked him was if he was saved, to which he said no. So, I asked him if he wanted to be, and he
said yes!

“In that moment, I could actually feel heaven leap, shout, even dance with joy. It’s one thing to know in your head that heaven rejoices and God dances over each lost soul that comes to salvation; it’s another thing to truly experience it.”

Last December, a group of second-year Charis students invaded the spiritually dark corners of Eastern Europe, taking God’s love and grace to people who had never heard the Gospel. Teaming up with European Initiative, the team traveled across Hungary and Serbia, seeing soul after soul translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

Students made the most of every opportunity to reveal the Father’s love to those precious people. Whether it was leading worship in the subway stations, performing dramas in the schools, or playing with children in the Roma villages, the love of
God overflowed.

Faith Kennedy, another student on the trip, recalled such a time in the subway. She noticed a woman who had been there for a while, clinging to every word the team shared. Faith inquired about the woman’s story, and when she heard what the woman had to say, Faith’s heart began to break.

“She said she had been raped, her husband cheated on her, and [she] had been homeless for the past three months,” Faith said. “I don’t remember everything the Holy Spirit had me say, but I do remember sharing God’s heart with her. I expressed to her how the Lord’s heart broke at the thought of what she’s been through and that He wanted to love, protect, and restore her. I could actually feel the ache of the Father’s heart throughout my bones. As I spoke to her, I began to cry, and so did she.

“I finally asked her if she would like to receive Jesus, to let Him love her and take care of her. She said yes! So, we prayed, and she received the Lord that day. I wrapped my arms around her, and we both began to cry. After a little while, I began to sing in tongues. This turned into singing in English, and then she began to sing with me in English, even though she didn’t speak the language. Afterward, I had the interpreter tell her what we were singing. It was the Lord singing over her, ‘You are mine; I will never let you go.’”

Eastern Europe will never be the same, and this is only the beginning. More and more students are being sent out to minister the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Charis missions trips are made possible through the support of the partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries. Students are challenged, and people across the world are introduced to their loving Father. With every trip, miracles abound, student’s lives are impacted, and hundreds of lives are eternally changed. Find out how you can help today.

Monday
May022016

Me, Proud? No Way!

God’s been dealing with me about true humility—and I didn’t even recognize it. It all started while listening to Andrew’s new teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. Nothing about this teaching struck me. I felt like everything he said, though true, was something I already knew. Then, one day, I was struggling with writer’s block. I asked my husband for ideas, and he told me to write about a certain event from my past that illustrated what I was working on.

“I can’t write about that!” I snapped.

“Why not?” he asked. “It’s true and it’s a great example.”

Then it hit me: Andrew’s teaching had been right—like many others in the body of Christ, I held an incorrect, religious definition of humility.

Humility is not this beat-down, low self-esteem that sometimes has been portrayed. Religion has presented a wimpish idea of what true humility is. Jesus said He was meek and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29), and yet I guarantee you, there’s nothing weak in Him. He was strong. He was bold. He did not fear the religious leaders.

My husband told me to write about an instance in my life when I’d followed the principles of God’s Word on true humility and had been blessed because of it. I immediately refused. I can’t brag about my success! I thought.
That’s prideful.

The Lord spoke to my heart: Actually thinking that this success story is about you is prideful. That story is about Me.

Whoa! God was right. That story had nothing to do with me. It wasn’t my own awesomeness that made God’s Word work, and it wasn’t pride to acknowledge His faithfulness. It wasn’t pride to recognize His work in my life or to defer to His opinion of me. That’s the part of Andrew’s teaching I missed. He said,

The Scripture says not to think more highly of yourself than you ought (Rom. 12:3). But you also shouldn’t think more lowly of yourself than you ought. Religion has said you can’t knock yourself down low enough. But [anytime] you exalt your opinion above God’s, you’re proud. [Though] the Word of God says you’re the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), [if] you say, “Oh, no, I’d never say that,” that’s pride…. Humility is not exalting your opinion about yourself above God’s. If the Word of God says it, it would be arrogance—it would be pride—to exalt your opinion above what God says.

All my life, I’d been taught not to brag about my accomplishments, not to be prideful. I’d been taught that pride is a terrible sin—and it is—but my definition (and application) of pride was not complete. My “humility” was actually a cover-up for pride. Well, not anymore!

I don’t know how long it will take to change these habits, but I’m determined not to allow anything in my life to exalt itself against the knowledge of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)—not even my own “humility.”

Tear down whatever religion has taught you about humility. Get Andrew’s teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. Also, watch the series at length on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

Post a comment below if this has encouraged you!

Monday
Apr252016

Do Something—Lest You Do Nothing

Saying nothing is saying something.

You may have heard this phrase recently, especially in connection with the desire to see our nation return to its Christian roots. People are crying out for the America of years ago but feel powerless to do anything about it—especially with the increasingly hostile attitude toward Christianity. On a special edition of the Gospel Truth broadcast, Andrew discussed ministry in today’s culture with Bob Yandian and Pastor Duane Sheriff. They addressed controversial topics, tying each issue back to the Word of God.

As these ministers delved into the issue of hate speech, much of the interview hinged on Leviticus 19:17-18—

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. [18] Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. 

“If you don’t rebuke your neighbor when they’re wrong,” Andrew said in reference to this passage, “you hate them.” Bob Yandian then addressed the response that some have had about the direction this country is headed: “People are putting the brakes on. They don’t like what they see, [but] they don’t know exactly what to do.” He went on to relay that America is on the verge of revival but that it may happen because of the direction our nation is going. Historically, the church has always grown in size and strength during persecution.

Andrew later mentioned Matthew 5:38-46 as a passage people have used against him to defend Christian passivity in the face of growing immorality. The first two verses say, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: [39] But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matt. 5:38-39). Andrew commented, “I’ve actually heard these exact words used to justify total passivism, to where there is no such thing as national defense; there is no such thing as standing against abortion, homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, or anything…. How do you reconcile this?”

“I’d like to jump in on that,” Duane spoke up. “Part of why we’re in the mess we’re in is [because of] confusion over the Word of God.” He brought up how he has taught in the past on the passage in Leviticus. Then he dropped a bombshell: “True hate speech is to not speak up when something is about to destroy [someone]…. Hate speech is silence while they go right off the cliff. It is not hate speech to warn somebody.”

Suffering sin upon your neighbor can take many forms. It could be as simple as disobeying God’s voice. Ways of responding—not suffering sin on your neighbor—could look a lot like becoming a teacher, joining the police force, getting involved in politics, or obeying the call into ministry. Sometimes “speaking up” is what you do rather than what you say.

So, how are you going to respond?

What’s most important in countering ungodliness is following the Spirit of God. Duane mentioned that the problems in this country stem from not understanding the written Word of God. Taking that one step further, people are also confused or fighting against the rhema of God’s Word—what God has spoken to their hearts by the Holy Spirit. Are you ignoring what the Lord has said? How you answer that question can have serious repercussions for not only you but also an entire nation.

Watch Andrew’s full interview here, dig into the Word, and ask God how He wants you to respond. Somebody needs what He put inside of you!

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