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Monday
Aug202018

If It’s Important to You, It’s Important to God 

I was in pain. A muscle was knotted in my neck, and it caused discomfort in my shoulder. I knew I had slept crooked the night before. But I also knew the muscle would eventually work itself out. It was a small thing. So, I didn’t even think to talk to God about it. I just lived with it even though it
wasn’t pleasant.

Sunday morning I was serving at my church as an altar call worker. Several people had just given their lives to Jesus, and I was in the back room, helping them get plugged into a discipleship program. One of my pastors was ministering to them on practical steps toward growing in their new walk with the Lord. Then he began to talk about the healing power of God.

As he preached the Word on healing, I felt my left hand heat up. I knew it was the power of God. That heat traveled up my arm, into the shoulder that had been hurting, and then into my neck. I just sat there for a little bit. After a few minutes, I started to move my shoulder and neck, and the pain was gone! The muscle did not feel tight anymore.

For days after that, I moved my shoulder and neck around, and it was almost like the muscle couldn’t tighten up again. This is the goodness of God! At the preaching of the Word, I got healed because God holds His Word even above His name (Psalm 138:2). In other words, God honors His Word. I didn’t even pray or command healing in my body. That’s how faithful God is to what
He says!

In Andrew’s teaching God Wants You Well, he shares:

“The Scriptures don’t make the distinction between Jesus forgiving our sins and healing our bodies that modern-day Christianity makes. They were both results of the one atonement of Christ. The Greek word ‘sozo,’ which was translated ‘save’ forty-one times and ‘saved’ fiftythree times in the New Testament, was also translated ‘healed’ three times and ‘made whole’ ten times in reference to physical healing. The Greek word ‘sozo’ was used in James 5:15 where it says, ‘And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.’ In that instance, it is very clear that God saving the sick is referring to the healing of their bodies. Healing is a part of the redemption just as much as the forgiveness of sin.”

No matter what you’re dealing with in your body, it is a small thing to God. Jesus already paid a big price, not just for your salvation but also for
your healing.

Are you battling cancer or some other incurable disease? Or maybe you have a history of migraines? If a knotted muscle was released under the preaching of the Word, imagine what could happen for you!

Nothing is too big or too small for God, because guess what? He already healed you!

To learn more, get Andrew’s book God Wants You Well, and watch God uphold His Word in your body!

Written by Aria Fischer

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Monday
Aug132018

Religious Freedom for the World 

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, second from right, wants Colorado Springs religious communities to help him promote religious freedom around the globe. He spoke June 11 at Glen Eyrie Castle. Courtesy of The Gazette, Colorado SpringsWith progressives getting more aggressive by the day, the freedom of religion clause under the First Amendment is perhaps more important now than when it was instituted. What those who oppose religious freedom don’t realize is that the right to practice one’s beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal is something that allows us all to live in peace.

Concerning the First Amendment, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following
in 1802:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

Throughout history, religious freedom has given us universities, hospitals, charities, and— believe it or not—economic growth.1 All of these are essential parts of everyday society from which everyone—religious or not—benefits.

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback says that religious liberty “brings people to invest in people. It opens up minds and gets people building schools, colleges, hospitals, and clinics all over the place. It cannot be a restrictive environment in which people fear for their lives because of their beliefs. Religious groups can’t send people in to help if they fear for their lives.”

That is why it is so important that we protect our God-given right to practice our own religion. With that in mind, Brownback visited Colorado this past June and met with local religious leaders, including Andrew Wommack. They discussed the contributions faith-based organizations have made to society that so many take for granted.

Brownback also mentioned to Andrew and others the importance of religious organizations being educated about persecution. “The Chinese government won’t let these Muslims practice their faith,” he said. “It won’t let them take Muslim names. The government has more than 10,000 Uyghurs in re-education camps. Go to Burma right next door, and we have Rohingya (Muslims and Hindus) persecuted by Buddhists. And now the Burmese have turned on Christians in the north. The Kachin are being driven out similar to the Rohingya. Thousands are being killed. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of religious persecution around the world, and that’s why I’m here. This is a community that can help.”

On a global scale, it has become evident that advancing religious liberty in America helps even those in other countries. As stateside ministries are allowed to function, their global reach and impact are increased. If they lose the freedom to practice their faith, whether through persecution or censorship, the people who need them stand to lose the most. That is why we must meet the challenge of progressives who are growing more brazen in threatening religious liberties. If we will defend the freedom to practice our faith, we don’t just have the power to make a difference in the lives of Americans but also untold differences in the lives of others around the world.

Written by AWM staff

1 Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, “Research,” accessed August 2, 2018, https://religiousfreedomandbusiness.org/research.

Monday
Aug062018

Sickness Is Strange

If you are following after Christ, the number one challenge you will encounter is not sickness and disease. It’s persecution:

All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 

How should you respond when you’re persecuted? Probably not how you might think. The Apostle Peter gives the answer:

If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Peter 4:16

What?! Shouldn’t we pray to God to excuse us from persecution? No. According to Scripture, if we’re following Christ, persecution is an inevitability. That doesn’t mean we should thank God for it, and that’s not what Peter was saying. But we shouldn’t think it’s strange when we’re persecuted either:

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Peter 4:12-13a

What we should think is strange is being attacked with sickness. But unfortunately, we as Christians have had a lot of help accepting sickness as normal. When we think of something as normal, we put our guards down. We submit and become passive. Worse, we make provision for and
accommodate it.

So, what should you do if you’re dealing with sickness? Fight! You have the victory over sickness and disease. You can win! Look at what Andrew said on the Gospel Truth:

“[God] has not redeemed us from persecution, but He has redeemed us
from sickness.”

Even though God wants us well, we have a part to play. We have to act on our faith. Andrew really gives a powerful exhortation to help us:

“There are some of you that are believing God for healing, but you aren’t acting healed. Get up out of your wheelchair. If you can’t stand, if you’re a quadriplegic, well then move something. Do something. Believe God to move your big toe, your little finger, and once that starts moving, well then move the next one and start doing something. You resist the devil, and he’ll flee from you. You resist sickness and that sickness will flee from you, but start doing something. Do what you can do. If you can’t do it all, do part of it. The Lord will meet you where your faith is, but faith without works is dead. You’ve got to start acting well.”

If I knew I had the power to prevent someone from stealing from me, I wouldn’t idly sit back. I suspect you wouldn’t either. How much more would you act if what was being stolen was something valuable, like your health?

You might need to be convinced that sickness is not something you should just tolerate. I think Andrew would say, “As long as you can live with sickness, you will.” Some Christians would say, “Well, the devil has attacked me with these symptoms. I must be doing something right.” That’s what Satan wants you to think. But never use the Enemy’s activity as an indication that something is of God. The Enemy attacks just because he’s evil. But he defaults to persecution to stop you from advancing. Of course, he attacks also with sickness, but he attacks everybody with sickness, whether they’re Christians or not.

In Andrew’s teaching, God Wants You Well, he clearly shares that Paul’s thorn was not some physical ailment. It was, in fact, persecution. To hear more about this topic, tune into the Gospel Truth this week: check your local listings to tune in Monday through Friday, or watch him online anytime at www.awmi.net/video/this-weeks-tv.

Written by David Moore II

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