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Monday
Mar062017

When God Says You’re a Winner

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Hebrews 12:1 (English Standard Version)

The gun had fired, and I was running for my life! Well, at least it felt that way. In reality, though, it was a referee’s pop gun, and I was running beside thirty other high school girls. We were all jockeying for positions in our three-mile race. Just as with most of the races in my cross-country career, I eventually dropped into my normal place…near the back. I was never a fast runner. In fact, I never came in a place higher than a few from the end. With results like that, many would question why I kept running. And sometimes I questioned
it too.

This race in particular was a rough one. As is typical of an early fall day in Michigan, it was hot, humid, and sticky. It was hard to breathe, and my legs were aching from shin splints and tendonitis in my knees. From the back of the pack, I was laboring just to keep moving forward.

I heard the approaching footsteps on the grass indicating that someone was catching up to me and was about to pass. When the blonde girl moved past me, I almost shrugged. This was just so “normal,” almost expected. What I was not expecting was her voice in my ear as she passed by: “You should just give up, you loser.”

Anger rushed through me much faster than I could have imagined. But I put that anger to use and threw my head up, lengthened my stride, and somehow found the strength to push forward. I raced after the girl and passed her moments later. When I dashed toward the finish line, every part of my body was screaming. I was not going to let that girl beat me.

And I didn’t. I crossed the finish line a few minutes later, sucked in some much-needed air, and limped away. My shins and knees still hurt and, yes, I was limping—but I was limping triumphantly.

There were plenty of times in my four-year high school running career when I could’ve given up. I had sustained multiple running injuries and had regularly finished at the back of the pack. I never actually won a race. I never
even placed.

I may not have seemed like a winner, but one thing I was not was a loser.

This winner/loser scenario made me think about something I heard from Andrew. In his A Sure Foundation teaching, he tells people, “When God says that you’re a winner, man, agree with him. You may not see how it’s working, it may not be visible to you at the moment, but don’t come out and disagree with God.” He goes on to explain how grace and peace come through the knowledge of God.

So, we get to know who we are as we get to know God better. And one thing I am learning is that I am a winner, no matter who is passing me. It’s
my race.

No matter how many times I came in last or finished ahead of only a few, I was a winner. God says I was then and am now, so I’m going to believe Him. That’s all that matters at the end of the day. The better you know God, the easier it will be to see yourself as a winner in every circumstance, regardless of how it feels. The more you build that foundation through the knowledge of God, the easier it is to see the truth: You are a winner!

If you’re interested in hearing A Sure Foundation for yourself, you can get it in Andrew’s Christian Survival Kit Complete Package. Find out about this and the other teachings offered in this package here.

We’d love to hear your comments if this has encouraged you in any way.

Monday
Feb272017

While You Are Sleeping 

While I was studying Andrew’s teaching from his Christian Survival Kit, a story from a Charis Bible College friend came to mind. Her testimony of crisis and then victory seemed to sum up the very thing I was studying.

While living in Nigeria, my friend Dorothy found herself in a crisis. Her son was sick with a very high temperature. Her husband was out of town, and she was far away from the nearest hospital. The fever was so high that her son’s body was shaking. Being a woman of faith, she prayed, rebuked the devil, and confessed the Word over her boy, but things just kept getting worse. After several hours of this, she stopped and told God, “I’m believing in Your Word. By His wounds, my son was healed [1 Pet. 2:24]. I have done my part, and now I’m going to sleep.” Off she went to bed, while her son’s body continued to fight the invisible battle.

I remember hearing her testimony and thinking, Either she’s crazy, or she’s a hero of faith. I think many of us would find it hard to go to sleep while one of our loved ones was fighting illness. In a crisis, fear and anxiety can overtake us, and we can cross the line from faith into fear without noticing.

But Dorothy was a woman of faith. By the time the African sun woke her up and she went to check on her boy, the fever had subsided and he was sleeping peacefully.

Remember, nothing catches God by surprise. He’s aware of every problem. God knew that somewhere in Africa, a mother was fighting for the life of her son. The same is true for every crisis you will ever face. God is aware of your personal situation. You might feel lonely, but He knows what you’re going through. That’s why Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1, New King James Version).

Andrew’s Christian Survival Kit helped me understand how Dorothy could look beyond her crisis. Andrew points out that the first thing a believer needs to do in a crisis is control their emotions and not panic! He explains by asking this question: “How do you keep from being troubled?” He then goes on
to explain:

“You have to use your faith. Faith releases the power of God. Your first response, the way you respond to a crisis often determines the outcome…. Faith is just taking what God has said in His Word and exalting it above every other voice, every other feeling—not just outside voices, but your own voice. Whether you feel it or not, what does God’s Word say? Faith is speaking and believing and trusting in that. When you get mature in faith, there will be a confidence and a security in it.”

Dorothy overcame fear by keeping her eyes on the Word. She had a peace that surpassed all understanding, and her faith gave her the victory. When you understand these truths, like Dorothy, you’ll be able to sleep during your battle because you will know you have a faith that overcomes the world!

The Christian Survival Kit covers so much more and includes such topics as knowing God, the power of love and joy, and handling persecution. Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions book (which is available separately or as part of the Survival Kit package) will teach you how to take responsibility for your emotions and see the fruit of self-control work in your life. 

Please comment below and let us know how you are applying these truths in your life.

Monday
Feb202017

How Hungry Are You?

Athletes who compete in the Olympics are considered the best in the world. It’s never in doubt that those involved are quality. As Christians, we are spiritual athletes. Although we shouldn’t compete with each other, we do strive to successfully finish the race (2 Tim. 4:7). A successful race for Christians means walking in everything God has for us. So, what about you? Do you want to live in all God has for you? The next question is, then, how hungry are you?

The Bible’s many spiritual athletes strove for the best. Jacob wrestled with an angel for a blessing (Gen. 32:22-28). Hannah wept, asking God for a son (1 Sam. 1:1-20). The 120 people who remained in the Upper Room were the ones who pushed through to Pentecost. Could there have been more, ones who grew impatient and left before receiving the promise? Even Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14, Amplified Bible).

Thank God that under the New Covenant, living in God’s best has to do with manifesting what Jesus already did for us. But we still have a choice. We can choose whether or not to walk that out. In Andrew Wommack’s new teaching, Living in God’s Best, he says,

“You need to learn how to receive what has already been provided. That’s huge. It is so much easier to release something that you’ve got than it is to go get something that you don’t have…. This is a major mindset difference.”

Andrew shares more from this teaching about the most important heart attitude to have so you can live in God’s best:

“So, what [2 Chron. 16:9] is talking about is that God is looking for somebody who is just so hungry, so committed to God that He can show himself strong in [their] behalf. Man, that’s important. You’ve got to really desire the things of God. Another way of saying this is, as long as you can live without God’s best, you will. As long as you can live an inferior life, you will. But when you reach a place that, ‘God, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired; I’m sick and tired of living like this. There’s got to be something more than what I’ve experienced,’ when [you get] that attitude, man, the eyes of the Lord stop right there. He’s looking for somebody with that attitude.”

You could have an okay life. You could even have a life that’s better than most. But for many of you who are like Jacob, Hannah, and Paul, you wouldn’t really be happy until you had God’s best. A hunger like that never goes away until it is completely satisfied.

Check out Andrew’s new teaching, Living in God’s Best. It’s available in CD, DVD, or book format. You can also watch him teach this topic on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

Share a comment below if this stirred you up!