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Monday
Dec142015

Gay Marriage and the Bible

Whenever a social issue of the day—such as same-sex marriage—gets confusing, we can go back to the Bible on the matter, where God reveals His heart. When people don’t know or understand what Scripture says—or if they just reject it outright—moral issues like homosexual marriage can end up destroying their lives. In the face of this reality, it’s sad to say that an increasing number of Christians are approving of gay marriage.

The first appearance and application of something in the Bible is indicative of God’s original intent. This is what’s called the Law of First Mention. One of the first things God established was marriage between one man and one woman. Look at how Adam responded after Eve was introduced to him:

This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Genesis 2:23

The Bible then goes on to say, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). So, the first mention of marriage in the Bible is clearly defined, and God blessed it (Gen. 1:26-28). Therefore, according to the Law of First Mention, God’s intent for marriage has been established here.

The Bible also says, in Romans 1:26-27, that people are naturally born heterosexual:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

When the natural order God established is perverted, violators really do receive the recompense, or fruit, of that perversion, which statistics have proven. A study in the United Kingdom has revealed that homosexuals are about 50% more likely to suffer from depression and engage in substance abuse than the rest of the populations. Some would argue that this is caused by society’s lack of acceptance of homosexuality, but the statistics on health for gays and lesbians do not improve even in more accepting environments. Partner violence also scores higher in homosexual and lesbian couples than with traditional married couples (Bureau of Justice Statistics).

If you are struggling to get free from homosexuality or if you’re looking for answers, contact Janet Boynes’ ministry, Called Out, for encouragement and help.

Andrew has also created a united front for believers to defend the Word of God concerning not only God’s definition of marriage in the Bible but also the sanctity of life. If you want to take a stand with him on these crucial issues, please sign the Declaration of Dependence upon God and His Holy Bible. This is just one way the body of Christ can respond to the ungodliness plaguing our nation.

Monday
Dec072015

A Moment of Clarity 

“I was just a Christian on cruise control, rolling along with whatever came my way. I loved God and knew He loved me, but I thought I was here to just work on myself, always trying to live up to His expectations.”

Ever since she was a little girl, Melanie Davis struggled with severe allergies to all sorts of things—dust, weeds, dog dander…you name it! Even with a daily routine of capsules, Melanie found it difficult just to breathe and sleep. “I kept everyone awake at night,” recalls Melanie, “and that June [2007], it was particularly bad. The whites of my eyes were swollen, so much so that they covered part of my pupils. I spent my days in a fog because of how bad the allergies were, and it didn’t seem like things would ever change.”

Sitting in the back of the room with her tissue box in hand, Melanie spent the first night of the 2007 Summer Family Bible Conference trying not to fall asleep. Miserable and full of antihistamine, she listened as Andrew began telling a story about a very young girl who was laying her hands on people and seeing them healed.

“Andrew then said that someone there was struggling with breathing and seasonal-type things, giving them trouble sleeping. He asked them to stand up. At that moment, it felt like there were arms under mine, lifting me up to my feet. There I stood, along with a few others around the room, when Andrew yelled, ‘Well, there’s Melanie Davis! Good to see you!’ I know I turned every shade of red there was.”

Andrew then directed those nearby to lay hands on those who were standing. With her eyes closed, Melanie could feel the warmth as hands were laid on her shoulders, surrounding her in prayer.

“I don’t remember what Andrew said or did,” remarks Melanie, “but at the end of the prayer, my eyes popped wide open. I could clearly see everything around me. My eyes didn’t itch at all, and I could feel the swelling leave. I was stunned and started crying. Then I looked to my left, and there was that young girl Andrew was telling us about. She had prayed for me! I was healed, head to toe, as quickly as the snap of my fingers.

“I knew that night that God was real. I figured He probably was before, but now I knew He was alive and that I was healed! Don’t be discouraged. You don’t need to work for it; it’s already there, just waiting for you to believe it. I may not have all the answers, but I do know that God wants us to be like 3 John 2—in good health.”

Melanie knew her healing had stuck like glue when she went on a bike ride in the same area where she had struggled to breathe before, and had no problems of any kind—except maybe keeping up with her kids! She can walk through a pasture, rub her face in a bed of weeds, mow, camp, fish, and cuddle with a dog without one single sniffle or sneeze. In the past eight years, she has not sneezed, and her eyes have not swelled.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13, New King James Version

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Thursday
Dec032015

Roots of Righteousness

A while back I had a dream: I saw white roots growing out of my feet. My first thought was, Well, that’s weird. But then the Lord spoke to me and said, “Those are the roots of righteousness.”

Before I was born again, I had no biblical background, so even well-known stories like David and Goliath were new to me. Andrew says that young believers are like little plants that need to be in a protected environment until their roots grow deep. In the natural world, the root system of a plant will sustain it for life. Our spiritual roots will do the same for our spiritual growth. They need to be strong and firmly planted so that we can mature and bear fruit.

As I was trying to understand the Bible, I would watch different ministers on television and read a lot of books. But sometimes it was hard to connect the dots, because there were a lot of contradictions in the things I was learning. The Word says that we should not be “carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine” (Eph. 4:14, Amplified Bible), but we should “grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15, AMP). All of us need to take care of our spiritual roots. For healthy spiritual growth, it’s essential to stay away from influences that contradict the Word. To overcome problems in this life, we need more than spiritual input from a variety of sources; we need a stable foundation that will allow our roots to be firmly established in the faith.

Andrew’s teachings fortify the roots of faith. One of the great benefits of his messages is that they interconnect and build on each other. They reveal the whole counsel of God and help eliminate discrepancies.

The Apostle Paul said,

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], [7] having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.

Colossians 2:6-7, AMP

Paul exhorted us to be deeply rooted in Christ and to be continually built up in Him and established in our faith, just as we were taught. It doesn’t matter whether we are new in the faith or have been walking with God for a long time, our roots will stay strong as we remember the things we were taught.

Maybe you have already heard all of Andrew’s teachings. But let me ask you this: Are all the things you were taught active and alive in your heart? Have you given up in some areas because you didn’t see the manifestation soon enough? If so, there’s hope.

Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword is one of the best-kept secrets of the ministry. This teaching is a compilation and summary of the sixteen most important revelations that God gave Andrew. Each chapter addresses a specific topic in an abbreviated form. This format provides an overview that helps you to understand how these truths relate. Whether or not you are new in the faith, an overview of these topics will help you put each one in its proper perspective and fortify the roots of righteousness growing in your life.

You can order this teaching as a paperback book or as a CD or DVD series. A companion workbook is also available. To get your Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword, go to our website: www.awmi.net or call our Helpline: 719-635-1111. Also, check out the Gospel Truth program to watch Andrew teach on this.

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