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Monday
Jul032017

Lands of Liberty

Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. Flags waving in the breeze. Fireworks lighting up the night sky.

This week, homes all across the United States will be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the red, white, and blue. On July 4, 1776, the United States declared their independence from the British Empire and adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the celebration of our independence has evolved into today’s festivities. But because liberty is an ideal every person desires, this celebration week is not reserved for only Americans. We can all celebrate freedom!

Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” If you are saved, this spirit of liberty—the Holy Spirit—lives in you. Andrew says in his teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit:

“When you get born again is when you get changed on the inside, but when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and begins to release this life … through you.”

This life that he’s talking about is the new life you received at salvation. The Holy Spirit helps release it.

Your “Independence Day” was the day you were born again and set free. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” You have been empowered to live independently of sin and death and to share that freedom with others.

Every Christian is a walking “land of liberty.” With your independence comes a newfound authority. When Jesus won the war over your heart, you received rights and privileges. You now have the God-given authority to release the spirit of liberty everywhere you go.

According to Joshua 1:3, “every place that the sole of your foot shall tread” is given to you.

Andrew continues,

“The truth is, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you now have the same power that’s in heaven, living on the inside of you. And if you will believe and receive, you can release this supernatural power ….”

As Americans celebrate their independence this Fourth of July, we can all rejoice in the liberty we have in Christ. Learn more about the freedom living in you with Andrew’s teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit. It’s available through the ministry’s online store, both individually and in the Holy Spirit Package.

Happy Independence Day!

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Written by Aria Fischer

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Monday
Jun262017

Wonderfully Made

I clearly remember a dream I had not long ago. I could see my body lying on a bed of flowers. My calm countenance reflected the peace of an eternal rest. My lifeless body was resting, but I was floating higher, leaving it behind. I was experiencing a new sense of freedom. Absorbed in this exhilarating experience, I heard the Lord say, “Your body gives you authority on this earth, but only for a brief period of time.” Then I woke up.

The next day, as I reflected on this, I came to a realization: maybe I’m not looking at my physical body the right way. It seems our modern culture is obsessed with our bodies. Every day, we face a continual stream of messages that promise everything from the perfect abs to a life free from wrinkles. It seems almost impossible to escape these messages. Even when I wait in line to pay for my groceries, my eyes are drawn to the covers of magazines. Without realizing it, I start comparing myself with the perfect models. My messy ponytail and old sweatshirt are no match for the beautiful bodies, glowing with tans. When I arrive at the grocery store, my goal is usually to get the ten things I need without forgetting anything. But by the time I get to the cashier, I feel my problem is much bigger. I think to myself, I don’t even have the right body to walk on this earth!

But God’s Word says something different. It says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). The words God spoke to me in that dream, reminded me of the real significance of the human body.

Andrew’s teaching The Word Became Flesh gives the right perspective on this. He says, “Even though God is almighty, He is almighty in the spiritual realm. In the physical realm, He gave control and dominion over the earth to physical human beings.”

Psalm 115:16 says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”

God gave the earth to people for them to manage it. Andrew goes on to say, “In a sense, when He released this control and dominion, He limited His own intervention in this world because He doesn’t have a physical body.” That’s why when Adam yielded to Satan and obeyed him, he made him the god of this world. To overcome the devil, God had to become a man with a physical body. The Word (Jesus) became flesh (John 1:14) and “led captivity captive” (Ps. 68:18). He restored the dominion and authority we had lost.

Demonic spirits don’t have physical bodies. That’s why they need to work through people. Andrew says that “a slug has more authority than the devil” because it has a physical body. “And of course,” Andrew continues, “humans have the greatest authority of all because of our body.” What a
great revelation!

The moment our spirits leave our bodies will be a liberating moment! But for now, we need to remember that our bodies have a very important mission in this life. It doesn’t matter if we’re short or tall, if we have gray hair or no hair, our bodies are marvelous creations. They were created with a divine purpose: to give us the right to rule and reign in this life with Christ Jesus (Rev. 5:10). So, give yourself a hug, and go out and make the devil flee!

You can get The Word Became Flesh, along with several other related teachings, in the God’s Spoken Word Package. Order online or through our Helpline: 719-635-1111. 

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Written by Citlalli Macy

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Thursday
Jun222017

Love Doesn’t Give Up  

“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t]. I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop. I knew that he was healed, and his ankle was there where it wasn’t before!”

—Drew Harris

Drew Harris is just one of the students who traveled with a Charis Bible College missions team to Hungary, Serbia, and Ukraine this past school year. There, faith and miracles were an expected occurrence. But miracles don’t always happen in one instant. Sometimes it takes persistence and trust on behalf of the student, and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.

This happened to Drew in Budapest, Hungary, when he took notice of a man on crutches while the team was ministering in a subway. “We asked him if we could pray for him to be healed,” recalls Drew. “We asked him what was wrong with his legs. Through the translator, we discovered that it was not his legs, but his ankle. We began to pray over him … [and] he told us his ankle was hot…. It turned out that he was born without a left ankle!”

This man had gone his entire life without a left ankle, which meant he also had weak muscles for walking and could never run or jump. Drew now understood that he wasn’t just praying for healing, but for a creative miracle. “So, we prayed over him again, but still he did not receive,” Drew explains. “He continued to feel that heat where his ankle should be…. We told him, ‘That heat is Jesus healing you!’”

The team returned to the skit they had been performing, and this man stuck around to watch. Drew kept feeling like he should go pray for him again, but not in the same way as before. God revealed to him that this man needed to take a step of faith—literally. Drew brought two team members and a translator over to this man and asked to pray for him again. Drew explained that he wanted him to put his crutches down and that the team would hold him up.

“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t],” Drew recalls. “I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop…. I stood up and told them to let him go…. I [watched] his face. He was scared to fall. Then, as he put weight on his new ankle, his face lit up, and he was overcome with joy. He began to walk through the subway. Then he began to run, praising God and running around, experiencing his healing. After a while of running around, he came to me and said that the next time he saw me, he would be faster
than me.”

This is just one of the many examples of the miraculous acts our students are doing around the world on their second-year missions trip. Not only are they discipled in the message of God’s unconditional love and grace, but they are also given the opportunity to reach out to people around the world with this love and grace, a love that doesn’t give up on people (1 Cor. 13:8).

Like Drew, you too can make a difference. Whether you’re called to attend Charis or to support others like Drew, you can find all the information you need online.

Please comment below if you’d like to share your own missions or
healing story.

Written by Jessica Giaimo.

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