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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.

Monday
Jul132015

Not Limited Anymore

Judy and Anna with one of Anna’s neighbors“All my neighbors here in this community know how I used to walk with my arm stiff. I always had it covered. People knew I could not sleep because of the pain. I could not dress myself, and my daughters had to brush my hair for me. As you can see, that is not the case anymore.”

As a team of Charis Bible College students arrived at the little village on the outskirts of Santiago, Dominican Republic, they prepared for yet another opportunity to share and minister the love of God to the expectant hearts of the people who began to surround them. One of the locals, Anna, headed straight for one of the students on the team, not realizing that this student was not only one of the two fluent Spanish speakers on the team but also happened to be a nurse.

“My plan was to pray for the little children, but God had other plans,” remarks second-year student Judy Saiz. “Anna came up to me and presented with a painful right shoulder. She stated that she had had this condition for a while and that it had progressively worsened.” Needless to say, Anna was tired of her condition and sought the only source of hope she had left—her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Anna and Judy lifting their hands high—something Anna couldn’t do beforeWasting no time, Judy began to minister to Anna. “When I asked her what she would like Jesus to do for her,” remarks Judy, “she responded with, ‘I believe that God can heal my shoulder so that I can do the things I have to do every day.’”

After a brief exam, Judy realized that Anna had what is called a frozen shoulder and experienced limited flexion and extension in her arm. “I thought, Lord, this is a frozen shoulder. In my experience, this will require surgery and three months of intensive physical therapy. The Lord said to me, ‘Yes, I know.’

“I told her that we would have to pray in agreement, and I commanded the pain to leave and never come back. I prayed for full range of motion in her shoulder and for the inflammation to leave immediately in Jesus’ name.”

Instantly, Anna received her healing. Jumping up and down, she extended her arm straight upward and began to glorify and praise God for the healing she had received.

Anna sharing her testimony with her people, with translator Conrad and Pastor TimAnna then took the platform and told the people in the little village of Rio Seco, Jacuaga, about the great healing that had just taken place and what Almighty God had done for her. “As you can see, I’m not limited anymore,” Anna proclaimed.

Anna and Judy’s encounter is just one of the many examples of the testimonies that come from the Charis Bible College missions trips. As students continue to take the message of God’s love and grace to the cities and villages of the world, there’s no telling what God will do next!

Thursday
Jul022015

Andrew’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Decision, June 26, 2015

I was truly saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that homosexuals had a constitutional right to be legally married with all those rights and privileges. That was wrong in so many ways.

I will let others detail all the legal and constitutional errors, but I want to comment on the moral inequities of what the majority did.

God, not man, created marriage, and He ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Therefore, man has no right to redefine marriage. Homosexual unions are a violation of the Christian heritage upon which this nation was founded.

The five justices who voted for homosexual marriage rights show not only their contempt for the Constitution but also their total rejection of God and His Word. I’m sure they would assert that they believe in God and might even claim to be Christians, but their actions speak louder than their words.

To paraphrase Charles Finney, “If America fails morally, the blame has to be laid at the feet of the clergy.” God’s ministers lost the moral fight long ago when they quit fighting for morality on many levels. This is just the inevitable outcome of generations of passivity by the church.

I agree with Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, that this is an issue that deserves civil disobedience from committed Christians. Hopefully, this will jar the sleeping church out of their complacency and compel them to take action.

If that happens, this could actually turn out for our good. If the radical LGBT community uses this as a platform to start further suppressing the religious liberties of Christians—which I’m sure is coming—then this could cause a backlash against their radical agenda by so many people that it could bring America back to her senses.

The true hate speech today is not from Christians against homosexuals; it is the other way around. The homosexual community are the ones who hate Christianity and any moral standards. They are the ones who are truly intolerant.

Beneath all the rhetoric is a true hatred for Christianity, the Bible, and all the moral restraints they impose. This is the spirit of antichrist that is working in the whole earth (1 John 4:3).

What should be the Christian response to all of this?

First of all, we don’t need to let this steal our joy or cause us to react in fear. This world or this nation has never been our source of life. That only comes from God. God gives us these things, and the government can’t take them away if we keep our eyes on Jesus. It’s been a blessing to have a nation that was founded upon godly principles and gave us the liberty to follow the Word of God as our consciences demand.

Believers who have gone before us, however, have had it much worse. Paul was in a totally ungodly governmental system, yet he and the Gospel flourished. But that only happened because he never compromised what he believed or taught, and he suffered imprisonment, beatings, ridicule and eventually death because of his stand. Yet here we are, 2,000 years later, speaking of him. He has impacted the world because he didn’t compromise.

Therefore, I, for one, am still going to teach what the Word of God says about homosexuality. I’ve not been mean to homosexuals in the past, and I don’t intend to start being mean now or to pick a fight over this. But if the LGBTs try to force me to shut up or to hire people who violate our standards or promote their lifestyle, I won’t do it.

I’ve heard the reasoning that we might lose our tax exemption or face fines or go to jail, and therefore, it would be better just to not do or say anything that would limit our outreach. Ministers have said they just want to love them and eventually that will set them free.

But it’s the truth that sets people free (John 8:32). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). Yes, the truth has to be spoken in love, but love without the truth is not true love.

Leviticus 19:17 says, “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

If we don’t speak the truth, who will? If we don’t speak the truth, it’s because we love ourselves more than we love them. We don’t want to suffer the rejection and possible penalties that may come.

Homosexuality is a very destructive lifestyle. It takes twenty years off the average homosexual’s life, while cigarettes only decrease the average smoker’s life by seven years. If people weren’t hypocrites and fearful of political correctness, the government would put out a warning that homosexuality is hazardous to one’s health.

Spousal abuse among homosexuals is over 100 times as great as among heterosexuals. Depression and suicide are nearly 3 times as great in the homosexual community as the straight community. And nearly 50 percent of homosexuals have 500 or more partners in a lifetime.

Any way you slice it, homosexuality and homosexual marriage are not normal or beneficial to this nation. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).

This is a sad day for America and all who love godliness and the influence that godliness has on our society. But my hope is in the Lord, and I am going to keep on keeping on, regardless of the consequences.

This decision by the Supreme Court came out on the last day of our directors’ meeting at The Sanctuary in Woodland Park. These were the directors of our sixty-eight Charis Bible Colleges and eleven Andrew Wommack Ministries offices worldwide. We all agreed to take a stand and not compromise on this issue. We also ordained twenty-six of these directors, and prophecies came forth about how they would be lights to counter the darkness that seems to be growing in our land.

I’m encouraged. I can see clearer than ever before the wisdom of God in what He has led me to do. Charis is impacting the world already and is poised to make an even larger impact. We are invading the arts-and-entertainment world with the addition of our third-year program training students to do Christian theatrical productions.

We are also starting a school of practical government in cooperation with David Barton of WallBuilders. We are going to train committed Christians in how to get involved in the political process and take our nation back. We pray it’s not too late.

I believe there is still hope to return this nation to its Christian heritage. I join with you in humbling myself according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 and praying and seeking God’s face in faith that He has forgiven our sins and will heal our land.