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Thursday
Apr202017

Look Higher! 

Recently I was watching the Praise show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network with Andrew Wommack as a guest. One of the first things he said got
my attention:

“Most people aren’t even believing for God’s best.”

What holds you back from believing for God’s best? For many, I’d say it’s some kind of feeling of unworthiness; that is, they think it would be presumptuous or selfish to want more than what they need. But did you know that it’s actually selfish to think only about your needs? Why? Because you can’t be a blessing to others if only your needs are met (2 Cor. 8:12)! God’s best is for you to have a surplus of prosperity. That’s exactly what He
told Abram:

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”

Genesis 12:2, New King James Version

I believe God was trying to set Abram’s sights higher. He wants to do the same thing for you. You’ve got to believe that God is on your side and that He wants the very best for you. That’s His heart. He’s into “much fruit”
(John 15:8).

In my life, I haven’t gotten very far when I’ve entertained the thought that God would abandon me when I needed Him most. That kind of thinking is based on a lie, because God said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5, NKJV, emphasis mine).

There’s no way I’ll receive God’s very best if I’m not fully convinced that He is with me. And guess what? That’s part of faith, which is what Andrew goes on to say during the program:

“So, the first step is, people have to begin to start believing for God’s best.”

As Christians, we can live by playing too much defense. But that’s not who we are. It’s not how God sees us. If we’re going to receive His best, we need to be on the offense. What does that look like? We’ve got to have a sense of identity that we won’t accept anything less than what God has promised us. It’s our right! As Andrew told the hosts, “People have to kind of be given a holy dissatisfaction with being like everybody else, and we need to start living up to God’s standards.”

So, if God came to you and asked what you wanted of Him, would you ask for His very best? If you truly want to be a blessing to others, you should. God is on your side. If you sometimes have trouble seeing that, watch the hourlong interview with Andrew on TBN. He discusses his new book, Living in God’s Best, which you can order from Amazon. Renewing your mind is a process, and what Andrew says in this teaching will really help!

Also, please comment below about how you’re going to start seeing that God is for you and wants you blessed.

Monday
Apr172017

Worth the Wait

Nothing is more important to me than accomplishing the will of God for my life. So, when God revealed to me in November 2008 that Bible college was the next step in my journey, I was excited. I’d sat in a Charis Bible College interest meeting at a Gospel Truth Seminar and thought about how awesome it would be to attend. But I had already done the college thing, you know? Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. Was it possible that returning to school really was part of God’s plan for my life? 

But, certain that I had heard from the Lord, I decided to attend Campus Days 2009. From start to finish, it was amazing—from the worship, to the teaching, to the tour of the college, to the first-year student named Rhonda who “adopted” me for the duration of the three-day event. Taking me and a few others under her wing, she went out of her way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Before we all left to return home, one of the other “adoptees” paid my application fee so I could enroll in the college! I returned home with high hopes, even though I had no idea how God was going to work
everything out.

Four years later, I was still in my home state of Florida, and I didn’t seem any closer to making it to Charis Colorado than I did when I left Campus Days.

Growing frustrated and even a little anxious, I decided to visit one of the Charis campuses in my state. Perhaps the Lord wanted me to attend a local campus so I could stay close to family. Brimming with anticipation, I visited Charis Jacksonville. But as wonderful as it was, I didn’t receive any confirmation from the Spirit that I was supposed to attend there. I headed home in tears.

Fast forward one year. After I sold my home and put my stuff in storage, I packed my car and headed for Colorado with my first year’s tuition in hand. My time had come.

Finally!

But you know what? It was worth the wait. And as I stood in line the day I registered for classes, something amazing happened. Standing in front of me was Rhonda, that same first-year student I’d met more than five years earlier! She had taken a break after graduating from second year and was returning for Third Year.

Has God whispered “Charis” in your ear? Have you felt Him tugging at your heart? It’s not too late to make plans to attend Campus Days 2017, April 20-22 in Woodland Park, Colorado. There you’ll experience firsthand Charis’s culture of love, transparency, and excellence. Attendees will meet and mingle with Andrew and other Charis instructors, sit in on classes, tour the campus, learn about the local community, and receive practical relocation information. You can register for this three-day event at CampusDays.org. If you’re not able to make the trip to Colorado, you don’t have to miss out! Tune in via our
live stream.

I’m just finishing up Third-Year Ministry School at Charis, and for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m finally beginning to tap into what God’s plan has been all along. I don’t have all the answers yet, but one thing I know for sure—the best is yet to come!

Monday
Apr102017

Blessed to Be a Blessing 

Chances are, at some point or another, you’ve heard the question: “If there’s a God, why is there so much evil and injustice in the world?” I found myself in such a conversation with someone not long ago. As is common, the person I was speaking to pointed to world poverty and asked why God doesn’t do something to help the poor.

Although I didn’t say it aloud, I wondered, What does this person expect God to do—rain money down from the clouds? God is a good, loving God. It’s certainly not His will for people to live in poverty and go without having their basic needs met. And, because He’s God and has thought of everything, He already has a plan for meeting the world’s needs. It’s found in Deuteronomy 8:18: “It is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant” (New King James Version). 

The covenant that God extended to the world isn’t only spiritual; it also includes material wealth, health, peace, and everything else He has to give. Of all the ways God could “establish His covenant” on the earth, He opted to use us—the body of Christ! What a privilege—and responsibility—we have to partner with Him in ministering to the world’s spiritual and material needs.

In Financial Stewardship, Andrew explains that “prosperity really isn’t for us. It’s so that we can be a blessing. It enables us to bless others.” The problem is that religion has taught the church that prosperity is evil and selfish and that we should avoid it at all costs if we want to be godly. This mindset accepts that poverty equals humility and godliness.

Those who believe this only want enough of God’s blessings to get by. They’re fine with just a little because they don’t want to be selfish. But 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” God wants us to abound to every good work. We can’t abound in helping others if we’re broke ourselves!

Viewing prosperity from a true biblical perspective, we’re selfish if we’re not abounding, because that means we aren’t able to give to others. According to Andrew’s teaching in Financial Stewardship, we need to start prospering so we can abound to every good work. This is why God wants us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that He can make us a blessing. We can’t bless others if we aren’t blessed.

If every Christian had the right attitude toward prosperity—understanding that prosperity isn’t selfish, but a blessing that God wants to get to us—I believe we could eradicate world hunger and poverty and send the Gospel around the globe. God’s not going to rain money down on people. He’s waiting for us to believe Him for prosperity so we, “having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

Please share a comment below if this has ministered to you!