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Monday
Mar282016

You're Loaded!

Your spirit is filled with so much potential! If God revealed to you how much of that potential goes untapped, it might shock you. Andrew says in his Spirit, Soul & Body book:

You can actually die with all of the power that raised Jesus from the dead sitting untapped within you. It would be like dying of thirst while leaning against a well full of life-giving water. If you’re dominated by what you feel, your soul is agreeing with the natural realm. (p. 13)

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a teaching about living life on assignment. The speaker laid out how your Christian life can be a string of specific tasks God has for you to fulfill if you so choose. Jesus knew at twelve years old what was in Him and what to do with it: “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). Just like Him, you and I have to get on board with the
Father’s business.

Your assignment is whatever God told you to do last, if He hasn’t given you a new assignment. And if you live life focused on that, it positions you for God to unpack your potential. This speaker continued in the teaching, saying, “You’re loaded!” Instantly that phrase stuck in my mind, repeating itself like a broken record. I began to wonder if the Holy Spirit was trying to say something to me.

My mind wandered: I wonder what God wants to unpack in me? How will that look? Is my spirit really “loaded” like this guy says?

My phone chirped, jarring me back to reality.

When the teaching finally ended, I flipped through to the texts on my phone. It was my Bible study teacher, who also happens to be a Third-Year Charis student (shameless plug!). She had sent me a message around the time I was questioning everything. Once the text opened, Psalm 68:19 glowed on my screen: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” Then in all caps, she had typed,
“YOU’RE LOADED!”

My jaw dropped. Okay, God, I got the message!

In his book, Andrew continues in the same vein:

When your soul agrees with your spirit, the life of God in you will manifest itself in your physical body. You’ll experience healing, deliverance, anointing, victory, power, joy, prosperity—on and on it goes. Since most Christians don’t have a working knowledge of spirit, soul, and body, they’re dominated by what they can see, taste, hear, smell, and feel instead of by God’s
Word. (p. 14)

Being dominated by your natural senses will make it difficult to walk in your Father’s business—living on assignment. But if you have given your life to Christ, then guess what? You realize you’re loaded too! Your spirit is bursting at the seams with spiritual gifts, creative ideas, power, hidden treasures, and so much more that God wants to explore with you. Consider this from Andrew’s Spirit, Soul & Body teaching:

I’ve recognized that the Christian life isn’t a process of “getting from God.” Instead, it’s a process of renewing my mind and learning to release what I’ve already received. It’s much easier to release something I’ve already got than to go get something I don’t yet have! (p. 15)

If you’re wondering why things aren’t coming together in your life, then it’s possible you’re not fulfilling the assignment your Father gave you. Discover the potential that He has put in your spirit, and learn how to release it. Andrew’s Spirit, Soul & Body teaching is a practical explanation for how that process works. Please post a comment below if this has blessed you!

Monday
Mar212016

Celebrate Freedom with Us!

This summer, make plans to take a memorable family vacation in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and come to Andrew and Jamie’s Summer Family Bible Conference. You and your family will find this event to be a breath of fresh air as you unwind in peaceful surroundings and soak in the revelation of God’s love for you. Believers from all over the United States and many other nations—including Poland, Uganda, Norway, England, Australia, China, Belize, Ireland, and South Africa—look forward to this weeklong conference each year.

In addition to Andrew’s latest messages, the services will include teaching from Paul Milligan, David Barton, Wendell Parr, Greg Mohr, Barry Bennett, Daniel Amstutz, Carrie Pickett, Stephen Bransford, Lawson Perdue, and Mark Cowart. On top of that, vibrant praise and worship will uplift and encourage all who attend. You will be stirred up to embrace the hope of your calling.

Of course, the adults aren’t the only ones who will be blessed.

Each day, the children will gather for fun, fellowship, and dynamic worship and teaching that will meet them right where they are. At the Summer Family Bible Conference, your kids will not only be taught the Word of God but will also see firsthand God’s power in action. This year’s theme for the youth (ages 13-18) is “Identity in Christ.” Children (ages 5-12) will be led on an adventure designed to engage them in knowing Jesus as their ultimate superhero. By the end of the week, your kids will be walking in a deeper understanding of our great God and His goodness.

So, what are you waiting for? Make plans now to attend the Summer Family Bible Conference, July 4-8, 2016. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to gather and make connections with like-minded believers from all over the world. For more information and to register, please visit: www.awmi.net/events/meeting/summer-family-bible-conference-3/ or call our Helpline: 719-635-1111. Celebrate your faith, freedom, and dependence on God at this year’s Summer Family
Bible Conference
!

Monday
Mar142016

Time to Dream Again

“I have a dream…”

Those powerful words by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. never cease to stir me. I hear his iconic voice reverberating with passion and remember his dedication to that dream in the face of terrible injustice. And yet I wonder if I really understand the meaning of those words. Am I living with purpose? Is there something that compels me, something within me that ignites my imagination and stirs my willingness to face hardship and persecution? Do I have a dream?

I remember as a teenager being asked that question. It seemed that nearly everyone had plans and dreams for their future, and everyone else wanted to know mine. But at that time in my life, I didn’t have a dream; I was just trying to survive. Eventually, though, those questions began to rise back up in my spirit.

I began to remember.

I remembered what it was like to dream as a child. Sitting at the top of my swing set at dusk, I’d watch in awe as God drew the curtains of day once more. I remembered how natural it was to fellowship with Him, how big and capable He made me feel and yet how small I was.

And I began to dream.

I dreamed that God would restore the years that the locusts had eaten (Joel 2:25)…that one day, I would love and trust someone without hesitation or fear. I dreamed that in spite of what happened to me, I would walk out of those nightmares and into my future with confidence and peace. I dreamed of becoming a wife and mother who could function as God intended.

Now here I am, fifteen years later. God has fulfilled all those dreams. I have a wonderful husband, in whom I see God’s character and who still amazes me with his gentleness and wisdom. I have three beautiful children whom we are raising in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4, New International Version). And I walk in His confidence and peace—the nightmares are but a fleeting memory—with scars that are nearly undiscernible.

I was listening to Andrew’s teaching on Lessons from Joseph recently and felt God stirring me again. Andrew said,

God has a purpose for every one of you. It’s not up to you to pick and choose what you want to do; God has a design on your life. You can’t just do your own thing and ask God to bless it. You’ve got to find out what God’s purpose for your life is. Your talents, your skills, where you live, the time that you were born, everything about you was created by God. It was designed for a specific purpose.

I know that the things I dreamed were part of God’s plan for me. Being a godly wife and mother are high callings that I will not trample. But I also know that’s not the extent of His purpose for my life. He has made me an overcomer (1 John 5:3-5), and it’s time to start dreaming again!

Share a comment below if this has blessed you.