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Monday
Oct302017

2 + 2 ≠ 5  

Two plus two does not equal five. Of course not; two and two make four.

George Orwell’s 1984 was assigned reading when I was a sophomore in high school. Some of you may recall the main character, Winston Smith, writing “2 + 2 = 5” in the dust on the table at the end of the novel. Others of you may not have read it. But don’t worry—I’ll keep you clued in.

I love to read. But when I was a sixteen, I didn’t love to read the Bible. God was flexible with me, though, and He spoke to me often through secular books, especially 1984. For those unfamiliar with that work, 1984 is no fairy tale. The main character struggles to maintain safety and sanity in a dystopian society where free thought is outlawed.

Through the book, Orwell coined the term doublethink, which he defines as “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”* Doublethink is very much like double-mindedness. And the “power” it entails is extremely dangerous.

James 1:8 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” And James is right. Sixteen-year-old me roamed the school halls, unstable. I professed Jesus as my Savior, and I believed He was, but somehow, I lived out other “truths,” simultaneously believing that I was alone and hopeless. I lived powerless, bitter, and miserable. I was practicing doublethink, and it was keeping me from living free.

In his Discipleship: The Path to Freedom teaching, Andrew explains the mess that doublethink can lead people into. He says that “there are reasons why we aren’t experiencing the abundance and the quality of life that God wants us to . . . we cry out, we beg, we plead . . . but we don’t renew our minds. We don’t know the truth. We don’t continue in it until we get free, and we wonder why things aren’t working.”

Andrew goes on to say, “The greatest thing you will ever do is renew your mind by the Word of God, and that’s what the Bible calls being a disciple.” In John 8:31-32, Jesus defines discipleship. He says, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Sixteen-year-old me needed to renew her mind. Instead, I was brimming with anxiety and fear. But while reading 1984, I came across the lines, “There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”*

When I read those words, Jesus confronted me in my spirit, as if to say, How long will you practice doublethink? You say I am your Savior, but you live like you don’t know Me. There is truth and there is untruth; whatever is separate from the truth must be a lie. Will you defend the Truth with Me?

What was so complicated before became simple. I said yes—a whole-hearted, single-minded yes. I embraced the truth and forsook the lie. I began dismantling the doublethink I had become so familiar with. I began living free. Jesus calls us to discipleship. He calls us to defend the Truth, and that starts with renewing our minds to know the Truth. Andrew says, “It’s not easy to be a disciple. It’s simple, but it’s not easy.” So, how do we do it?

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5, English Standard Version

In other words, we remind ourselves that 2 + 2 ≠ 5.

Don’t miss Discipleship: The Path to Freedom, airing on the Gospel Truth. Andrew will teach you how to be a disciple of Christ and live the free, abundant life Christ came to give to us (John 10:10).

Written by Katie Scruggs

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*Quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 are frowww.goodreads.com.

Monday
Oct232017

Back from a Dead End 

“An excellent spirit is faithful and consistent. It has a moral foundation that doesn’t fluctuate or compromise. It does what
is right.”

Andrew Wommack

There is a wooden chair displayed at the Andrew Wommack Ministries headquarters in Colorado Springs. This keepsake was used during Kathryn Kuhlman’s crusades decades ago. Andrew talks of his experience attending Ms. Kuhlman’s meetings as something that helped him break out of his religious background. He says, “I remember serving as an usher in her meetings. I saw some of the most astounding miracles I’ve ever witnessed in my life. Her message encouraged me to see beyond my limitations and to pursue the call of God on my life.”

Ms. Kuhlman had a tremendous impact on Andrew and countless others. But even a champion of faith like Ms. Kuhlman is only such because of God’s forgiveness and amazing grace. The following tells the story of how God brought her back from the brink and how He can do the same for us.

The sun was flickering through the great limbs that stretched out overhead. At the end of the block I saw a street sign. It said simply, ‘Dead End.’ There was heartache, heartache so great it cannot be put into words.” 1

Kathryn Kuhlman

How did Kathryn, a mighty woman of God, get here? She compromised her convictions. When Kathryn met Burroughs A. Waltrip, an evangelist from Austin, Texas, he was already married with two sons. However, she fell in love with him anyway. Opening her heart to a friend, Kathryn said, “I loved him more than I loved life itself.”2 Waltrip eventually divorced his wife, and on October 18, 1938, he and Kathryn were married at Radio Chapel in
Mason City.3

It wasn’t long after when Kathryn began to realize the marriage was a mistake. She had to face the truth: she had compromised her integrity and her ministry. She was trying to get something but lost everything.

It’s not hard to identify with her regret. As we go through life, the cares of this world and our desire for things can take us down a wrong road. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (English Standard Version). Our desires battle with our convictions, and if we are not careful, we start going down a path of compromise—a path that leads to a dead end.

In his teaching Excellence: How to Pursue an Excellent Spirit, Andrew explains, “Whatever you compromise to get or to keep . . . you’ll eventually lose.”

He also says, “God wants to help us in every area of our lives. He desires for each of us to experience the good things He has for us. But the only way to do that is to seek first His kingdom,’ like Luke 12:31 says. We have to choose to do things God’s way.”

In a heartfelt confession, Kathryn said, “I had come to the place in my life where I was ready to give up everything.”4 Finally Kathryn cried, “Dear Jesus, I surrender all, I give it all to You.”5

Her life became like a grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died. But God resurrected her ministry, giving her a new beginning. Her ministry grew, and God performed countless miracles through her. She helped the body of Christ to understand the importance of a more intimate relationship with the
Holy Spirit.

Like Kathryn did, we need to receive God’s forgiveness and grace. If you find yourself at a dead end in some area of your life, there is hope! It doesn’t matter how you got there. You can become the kind of person who is humble and faithful, one who has an excellent spirit. As you learn to depend on God, you won’t go down the road of compromise, and you will find the way out of any dead-end road.

Order Andrew’s Excellence teaching or watch the Gospel Truth to learn more about having an excellent spirit and living without compromise.

Written by Citlalli Macy

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1 Benny Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman: Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1998), 103.
2 Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman, 102.
3 Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman, 97-98.
4 Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman, 103.
5 Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman, 103.

Monday
Oct162017

Bold Not Cold 

Something Andrew said this morning on the Gospel Truth really hit home
with me:

“You’re always going to turn out better if you stand on your convictions rather than compromise.”

Lately, I’ve found myself in situations with people who—just like Andrew describes—are people who “don’t let the Bible get in the way of what they believe.” Through the course of discussion and fellowship with them, I discovered that they read what they believe in the Bible, instead of believe what they read.

In each of these situations, I had a choice. I could share the truth with them as the Word says it or soften it and take some of the edges off, so as to not turn them off. But do you know what that’s called? It’s called man-pleasing; i.e., compromising. And Andrew says bluntly, “Compromise is a language of the devil.”

Yowch! While hearing that may not make me feel good, I want to be wise and receive truth (Prov. 9:8) the same way I want others to receive it when I speak to them. Paul probably went through the same struggles when he wrote, “If I wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10, Easy-to-Read Version).

Well, I want to be a servant of Christ. But I don’t enjoy confronting people. Challenging what someone believes is offensive. Now, I don’t think I get a pass to be offensive just for the sake of being offensive. But the Scripture talks about speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). That’s another way of saying be bold but not cold. So, if I’m going to be a servant of Christ, I can’t be afraid to be offensive. I’m only relaying what He told me to say and do.

It’s like being a messenger. A good messenger delivers the entirety of a message in the way, or manner, the sender instructed. In a world where standing up for truth invites persecution, rejection, and hatred, something in me still desires to be a good messenger.

However, being a messenger is about much more than just challenging someone’s beliefs. Andrew explains that “you just do not compromise who you are and what God has made you to be, what God has called you to be; you don’t compromise.”

Wow, when I compromise, I’m not embracing my identity. I’m actually quashing it! I don’t like the sound of that. I want to step up and be who God made me to be, without apology. Andrew explains what this looked like for Daniel and his friends in the Bible:

“The Babylonians were trying to separate Daniel and his three friends from their core beliefs and tried to make them in the image of the Babylonians, but Daniel and Hananiah and Mishael and Azariah—they wouldn’t compromise, they wouldn’t change, and that was the beginning of the spirit of excellence.”

The purpose for walking in an excellent spirit is not so you can say, “I’m awesome!” Andrew says, “If you truly have your identity in Christ and what He’s done in you, it will lead to humility.”

So, in the case of being bold but not cold, it’s a matter of me humbling myself and embracing how God made me. It’s just me being me.

To learn more about what it means to have an excellent spirit, watch Andrew Monday through Friday on the Gospel Truth. His Excellence: How to Pursue an Excellent Spirit series will be airing all this month.

Written by David Moore II

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