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Above All Things

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3 John 2

When John penned these words by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he did so to show us that God places your well-being as His priority. He says in this verse that “above all things,” He wants you to be in health. What a straightforward and positive truth. God wants you to experience His very best, and His best for you includes complete health and well-being. Complete health means that every organ and system in your body is functioning exactly as God created it to function. Your body is the temple of God, and disease should not be allowed to exist in His home. Therefore, the symptoms of pain and discomfort need to leave your body. And complete well-being means that your mind is strong, and your thoughts are coherent and brilliant. You are sound, stable, and in control. Physical, mental, and emotional health are part of the “abundant life” Jesus said believers would and should experience
(John 10:10).

So, how did God make provision for our health? It all happened at the cross. Scripture tells us that at the same time Jesus took our sins, He also took our infirmities, bore our sicknesses, and carried our pains.

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

This is an amazing picture of God’s love toward you and me. Jesus knew the horrors and pain He would experience, yet He still went to the cross. And He did so willingly. He was taunted to come down from the cross, but His love for you and me kept Him up there until He cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). When Jesus cried, “finished,” He was actually fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy mentioned above. Matthew 8:17 says, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

God’s plan for our redemption was complete. He left nothing out. Jesus took all that was wrong and freely gave us everything that is right. On the cross at Calvary, Jesus took our sin; therefore, when we place our faith in Him as Savior and Lord, we freely receive His righteousness. Likewise, on the cross, Jesus took our weaknesses, sicknesses, and pains so that we can receive health from the finished and complete work of the cross! And if He took our sicknesses, we shouldn’t keep them!

God’s love for us is the central theme of His Good News. The moment we accept Christ, God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). It only makes sense that this would include physical, mental, and emotional health. Those are some pretty important things that pertain to life and godliness!

Scripture plainly paints a picture that God wants you well, so why isn’t everybody healed? Watch Andrew all this week on the Gospel Truth broadcast as he tackles this subject. He’s entering his seventh week of teaching God Wants You Well, so if you haven’t been watching from the beginning, I encourage you to go back and view the previous broadcasts at

Jesus took your pains, sicknesses, and weaknesses so that you would be free of them. So, walk in the health He has given to you. He wants this for you—above all things!

Written by W. Kent Smith

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If It’s Important to You, It’s Important to God 

I was in pain. A muscle was knotted in my neck, and it caused discomfort in my shoulder. I knew I had slept crooked the night before. But I also knew the muscle would eventually work itself out. It was a small thing. So, I didn’t even think to talk to God about it. I just lived with it even though it
wasn’t pleasant.

Sunday morning I was serving at my church as an altar call worker. Several people had just given their lives to Jesus, and I was in the back room, helping them get plugged into a discipleship program. One of my pastors was ministering to them on practical steps toward growing in their new walk with the Lord. Then he began to talk about the healing power of God.

As he preached the Word on healing, I felt my left hand heat up. I knew it was the power of God. That heat traveled up my arm, into the shoulder that had been hurting, and then into my neck. I just sat there for a little bit. After a few minutes, I started to move my shoulder and neck, and the pain was gone! The muscle did not feel tight anymore.

For days after that, I moved my shoulder and neck around, and it was almost like the muscle couldn’t tighten up again. This is the goodness of God! At the preaching of the Word, I got healed because God holds His Word even above His name (Psalm 138:2). In other words, God honors His Word. I didn’t even pray or command healing in my body. That’s how faithful God is to what
He says!

In Andrew’s teaching God Wants You Well, he shares:

“The Scriptures don’t make the distinction between Jesus forgiving our sins and healing our bodies that modern-day Christianity makes. They were both results of the one atonement of Christ. The Greek word ‘sozo,’ which was translated ‘save’ forty-one times and ‘saved’ fiftythree times in the New Testament, was also translated ‘healed’ three times and ‘made whole’ ten times in reference to physical healing. The Greek word ‘sozo’ was used in James 5:15 where it says, ‘And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.’ In that instance, it is very clear that God saving the sick is referring to the healing of their bodies. Healing is a part of the redemption just as much as the forgiveness of sin.”

No matter what you’re dealing with in your body, it is a small thing to God. Jesus already paid a big price, not just for your salvation but also for
your healing.

Are you battling cancer or some other incurable disease? Or maybe you have a history of migraines? If a knotted muscle was released under the preaching of the Word, imagine what could happen for you!

Nothing is too big or too small for God, because guess what? He already healed you!

To learn more, get Andrew’s book God Wants You Well, and watch God uphold His Word in your body!

Written by Aria Fischer

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Religious Freedom for the World 

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, second from right, wants Colorado Springs religious communities to help him promote religious freedom around the globe. He spoke June 11 at Glen Eyrie Castle. Courtesy of The Gazette, Colorado SpringsWith progressives getting more aggressive by the day, the freedom of religion clause under the First Amendment is perhaps more important now than when it was instituted. What those who oppose religious freedom don’t realize is that the right to practice one’s beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal is something that allows us all to live in peace.

Concerning the First Amendment, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following
in 1802:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

Throughout history, religious freedom has given us universities, hospitals, charities, and— believe it or not—economic growth.1 All of these are essential parts of everyday society from which everyone—religious or not—benefits.

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback says that religious liberty “brings people to invest in people. It opens up minds and gets people building schools, colleges, hospitals, and clinics all over the place. It cannot be a restrictive environment in which people fear for their lives because of their beliefs. Religious groups can’t send people in to help if they fear for their lives.”

That is why it is so important that we protect our God-given right to practice our own religion. With that in mind, Brownback visited Colorado this past June and met with local religious leaders, including Andrew Wommack. They discussed the contributions faith-based organizations have made to society that so many take for granted.

Brownback also mentioned to Andrew and others the importance of religious organizations being educated about persecution. “The Chinese government won’t let these Muslims practice their faith,” he said. “It won’t let them take Muslim names. The government has more than 10,000 Uyghurs in re-education camps. Go to Burma right next door, and we have Rohingya (Muslims and Hindus) persecuted by Buddhists. And now the Burmese have turned on Christians in the north. The Kachin are being driven out similar to the Rohingya. Thousands are being killed. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of religious persecution around the world, and that’s why I’m here. This is a community that can help.”

On a global scale, it has become evident that advancing religious liberty in America helps even those in other countries. As stateside ministries are allowed to function, their global reach and impact are increased. If they lose the freedom to practice their faith, whether through persecution or censorship, the people who need them stand to lose the most. That is why we must meet the challenge of progressives who are growing more brazen in threatening religious liberties. If we will defend the freedom to practice our faith, we don’t just have the power to make a difference in the lives of Americans but also untold differences in the lives of others around the world.

Written by AWM staff

1 Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, “Research,” accessed August 2, 2018,