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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!

Monday
Feb132017

Remember Your First Love

February is the month of love, and whether single, married, or somewhere in between, every Christian has a love story to celebrate. But in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy for Christians to put their relationship with God on the back burner. Here are a few elements to incorporate in your life to help spark that romance with your First Love once again.

L ook to Him 

When Jesus was on the earth, He said that He only did what He saw the Father do (John 5:19). The Son of God patterned His life after keeping His focus on the Father. Are you overwhelmed with stress? Look to Him for your rest and peace (John 14:27). Are you trapped in a dead-end job and don’t know where to turn next? Look to Him as your way-maker and liberty (Deut. 31:8). Do you want to take the family on a vacation but can’t fit it into the budget? Look to God as your provider (Phil. 4:19). You’ll find in every circumstance, as you turn to Him, that He has kept His eyes faithfully on you.

O vercome Obstacles 

The bride in Song of Solomon (symbolic of the bride of Christ, the church) speaks to her beloved, “Take us [catch] the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes” (Song 2:15, brackets added). In the New Testament, Jesus echoes the problem with these same “foxes” when He teaches about how “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of [desires for] other things entering in, choke the word” (Mark 4:19, brackets added). Ask God to reveal any areas in your life that drain your energy and distract you from developing your relationship with Him.

V alue Him

The American Heritage Dictionary defines value as “to regard highly; esteem.” When you place value on God first in all areas, it reminds your heart of whom your source really is. The Bible specifically talks about valuing God in a couple of areas. Giving is one of these areas. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). Tithing and giving are acts of worship and show that you place value on God as your provider. Another area of valuing God is through your obedience. John 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Make it a practice in your life to immediately obey the Word of God. First Samuel 15:22 says that obedience is better than sacrifice. So, let God’s Word be your safeguard. Following it will keep your heart soft toward Him and make it easier to hear Him.

E mbrace His Presence 

More important than your outward behavior is your heart. The first step to embracing His presence is to spend time with Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When pursuing God with your time, it’s not just about reading the Bible; it’s understanding that you are spending time with Him and opening up your heart to let Him speak to you. Pick a verse that really speaks to you and go take a stroll. As you walk, meditate on that verse and on His goodness. You will be amazed at the things He will reveal to you as you spend time with Him and develop your relationship
with Him.

Remember your First Love this February. His heart is always for you, even if you’ve wandered away from the closeness of that relationship. As you turn your affections back to Him, you’ll find He never left.

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