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Monday
Jul112016

What Do You See?


Intimidation is a powerful weapon. Satan wields it through people and circumstances to interrupt, deter, or completely stop the plans of God. Have you ever been afraid to do what you felt God wanted you to do? The prophet Elijah could relate to that feeling. In his Lessons from Elijah teaching, Andrew shares from Scripture a specific incident. Elijah had just finished slaughtering 850 prophets of Baal and of the groves, who had been fed at Queen Jezebel’s table (1 Kin. 18:19). This means Baal worship was the state religion (p. 97).

“Jezebel didn’t like Elijah, because he was a prophet of the Lord. Upon hearing the news of all Elijah had done, she became furious and took an oath saying, ‘May the gods make me like one of these slaughtered prophets if Elijah isn’t dead by this time tomorrow!’ Then she sent a messenger to tell Elijah what she was determined to do. ‘And when he [Elijah] saw that, he arose, and went [fled] for his life’ (1 Kin. 19:3, brackets mine)… So what did Elijah see? He saw himself like one of those dead men he had just slaughtered. Jezebel painted a word picture, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if you aren’t like one of those dead prophets by this time tomorrow!’ Elijah’s mind flashed back to that grisly scene and he saw himself dead. That’s why he
fled” (p. 98).

When you confront Satan’s kingdom, he will work through people and circumstances to try to intimidate you. As Andrew points out in his book, Jezebel was trying to intimidate Elijah. If she had really planned on killing him, she would have sent a soldier, not a messenger.

There is a reason Elijah had the courage to challenge the prophets of Baal:

“The day before, he had seen the word God had put in his heart. He saw himself challenging the prophets of Baal to a duel, calling down fire, and slaughtering them. He told the Lord, ‘Let the people know that I have done these things at Your word.’ He had seen these things already in his
heart” (p. 99).

What do you see in your heart? How do you see yourself, and how do you
see God?

If you read Elijah’s whole story in the Bible, you learn that God took care of him, even though he didn’t always handle every intimidating circumstance well. If God did that for Elijah, He will do it for you. Let that be an encouragement as you remain steadfast in the midst of your circumstances! Andrew continues:

“Due to his boldness to proclaim the word of God, the king had sought him in every nation on the face of the earth (1 Kin. 18:10). If you stick around long enough, you’ll see the word of God put you in a position of authority every single time. However, you must be truly speaking God’s Word, not just your own doctrines and opinions. Sooner or later, the word of God will always exalt you” (p. 72).

Are you facing an intimidating situation or person? Learn from Elijah’s mistakes and successes through Andrew’s Lessons from Elijah teaching. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, and study guide formats. You can get the book in Spanish as well. You can also watch Andrew teach Lessons from Elijah on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

If this has blessed you, post a comment below.

Monday
Jul042016

I Am Willing

“When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. [2] And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ [3] Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Matthew 8:1-3, New American Standard Bible

What was the number one force behind Jesus’ ability to heal the sick or work miracles? This one factor—in a single moment—determined the future quality of life for some of those alive during His life and ministry. Let’s look at some of those people whom He healed. The centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant (Matt. 8:5-13), the two blind men who received their sight (Matt. 9:27-30), and the leper mentioned above are just a few. All of these people used their faith to draw on the compassion of Jesus—His willingness to heal!

To know what God is willing to do is to know His character. At last year’s Healing Is Here Conference, many people discovered an aspect of God’s character regarding healing. Through biblical teaching from Charis Bible College instructors, they were able to operate in the power of believing in God’s willingness to heal them.

Many Christians are taught in church that “if it is God’s will” to heal, then they will be healed. Assuming what God does or does not want to do can radically affect a person’s core beliefs about God’s nature, steering them toward something that may or may not be true. So, it’s important that what we as Christians believe is rooted in Scripture.

It could be a temptation to base what you think about healing on past experiences. The man at the pool of Bethesda waited thirty-eight years to get healed (John 5:2-15). He was focused only on trying to get into those waters for his healing—until Jesus came along and showed him another way.

While you don’t need to go to a conference to get healed, sometimes being in a different environment—one filled with faith—alongside other, supportive Christians can encourage you to receive from God like never before. Many have received the manifestation of their healing at Healing Is Here.

Are you desiring for God to “make you clean” like the leper but you think God can heal only if He wills it? Well, thank God, He has already made up His mind about that at the cross! First Peter 2:24 says,“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (English Standard Version,
emphasis added).

Jesus already displayed His willingness to heal—to the point of being humiliated, beaten, and eventually giving up His life. He did His part. Now it’s up to you. Are you willing to receive?

Make plans to attend the 2016 Healing Is Here Conference. You will receive healing ministry, learn how to minister that healing to others, and experience the love of God. Some who have come in the past were healed just by sitting under the Word! For more information and to register, click here. Please share a comment below if this has blessed you.

Monday
Jun272016

When Your Dream Seems Forgotten 

My lazy eyes roamed over the view I had from the top of the bluff I hiked that evening. While taking in the grand splendor that is Colorado Springs, I let my thoughts wander to the central issue of my life at the time: What exactly am I doing here?

As someone who has loved media her entire life, making the decision to go to Charis Bible College to pursue God and leave behind all dreams of a future in media was no small feat. My dream was to attend the University of Georgia and study broadcast journalism. My plan was to become a sport’s broadcaster. But as my high school graduation day drew closer, it became obvious to me that God had other plans. I shared a little more about this in my previous blog post Dreaming Big with God.

Moving to Colorado seemed like the death of every dream I ever had for myself. And yet, because I had been pursuing God so strongly, I knew in my heart that this was the right thing to do. So, sitting on the bluff that day, even though I felt like the setting sun was taking all of my dreams along with it as it disappeared behind Pikes Peak, I knew I was where God wanted me.

In Andrew’s teaching Lessons from Elijah, he explains,

“I really believe that God doesn’t show you His perfect, total will for you all at one time. He does it in steps and in stages…. So, God is going to show you things one step at a time, and if you want step number two or step number ten, you’ve got to start doing step number one.”

A lot of people thought I was crazy for moving to Colorado without a solid plan. I thought I was crazy. But it wasn’t until I made the decision and took the first step that I began to see God’s plan unfold in my life.

Andrew continues,

“[Elijah] didn’t get the second word from God about how God would protect him and sustain him through the drought. He didn’t get that until he had delivered the first word. Step out in the direction that God is calling you to go, and then God can direct you and confirm. But you have to take the word that God has given you and act on it.”

Taking my seat in the first-year classroom the next day, a special announcement was made. Charis would be starting a Third-Year program featuring several different schools, including a Media School! I don’t think I heard anything else after that.

It wasn’t even the school that impacted me the most; it was the fact that God was speaking directly to me. In that moment, He showed me how all of the dreams that had been in my heart since I was a little girl were in fact from Him and that they mattered. I didn’t have to give them up to serve God. Rather, in using them, I would bring glory to Him in a way that only I was created to do.

Andrew concludes,

“Are you doing what God called you to do? Are you obeying everything? Is there any leading that God has put into your heart that you haven’t yet stepped out on? If that’s true of you, well then you know what, God’s provision is going to where He told you to go. There is supernatural anointing, peace, rest, finances, and people that are going to help you. Everything that you need is there. Are you there?”

Nothing in my original plan could have brought me to where I am today. God knew what He was doing all along. I just needed to trust Him and take my first step.

If this has inspired you, post a comment below.