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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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Monday
Oct092017

Oneness

“It’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you are not.”

Writer and speaker, Denis Waitley

What’s holding you back? Are you being kept from achieving your full potential because you think you are not something? If so, then it’s probably because you don’t really know who you are.

As Christians, we must think of ourselves in accordance with the truth of God’s Word. We must know our true identity—who we really are in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (New King James Version ). The moment we accepted Jesus as our Lord, we each became a brand-new person, a new creation.

But what does it mean to be a “new creation”? We need an easy-to-understand description of who we are.

One of the greatest revelations I ever received from the Word regarding the new nature is found in 1 Corinthians 6:17. The English Standard Version puts it like this: “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” When you accepted Christ, or joined yourself to the Lord, a powerful change took place. This verse says that you became one spirit with Him. In other words, God fused His Spirit with your spirit and you became one. This is an amazing truth! There aren’t two spirits living in your body. There is only one spirit—you and God as one!

This one truth is so transforming, liberating, and empowering! It can radically change the way you think about yourself and, therefore, the way you live.

In Andrew’s broadcast this month, he’s teaching on Excellence: How to Pursue an Excellent Spirit. There, he explains that in order to have an excellent spirit, we’ve got to know who we are in Christ. He says, “It is impossible for you to release your true identity, who you are in Christ, if you don’t know what [your identity] is.”

He shares from Philemon when Paul prays for his friend. Verse 6 says, “ that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (NKJV, emphasis added).

Andrew explains, “The way your faith begins to work is when you start acknowledging. The word acknowledge, it doesn’t mean . . . you petition God, you intercede, you beg, and then God gives you something. No, you’ve already got it. You just need to acknowledge what has already happened to you when you got born again.”

For instance, some people struggle with the belief that they are close to God when they “feel” His presence, but far from Him when they don’t. If they fail because of a sin, that too makes them feel far from God. They think He has withdrawn His Spirit from them. But nothing could be further from the truth!

Andrew goes on to say, “I don’t care how much you’ve failed. You’ve got to find out your identity and once you discover that identity, you can’t compromise it. You can’t let your failures in the physical realm change your attitude about who you are in the spirit.”

Regardless of your feelings, you and He are one and will always be one. You are close to God. You can’t get any closer than one. And that is the way you must see yourself. Knowing your oneness with Him is the key to unlocking your full potential!

Are you one with Him? If you’re not sure you’re born again, don’t wait another minute. Call our Helpline today: 719-635-1111. This could be the best day of your life! Know who you are truly meant to be, once and for all.

And watch Andrew all this month on the Gospel Truth, as he continues to share what it takes to push past the obstacles holding you back from walking in the blessing of God.

Written by W. Kent Smith and Jill M. Smith

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Monday
Apr182016

An Excellent Spirit

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has always been one of my favorites. As a child, I loved the story’s sense of adventure. As a teen, I was moved by the three Hebrew children’s determination and conviction. But as an adult, it’s the hidden part of their story that speaks to me.

In Andrew’s new teaching, An Excellent Spirit, he talks about this hidden part of their story:

Everybody would like to have the benefits that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had. [But] it says right here (Daniel 6:3) that the reason he was promoted was because he had an excellent spirit…. Everybody would like [promotion] , but not everybody does the things that produce an excellent spirit…. God is not the one who determines whether you have an
excellent spirit!

I’ve seen the truth of that statement in my own life. When I turned sixteen, I prayed for a job. And when God gave me the opportunity to work somewhere besides fast food, I jumped on it.

I started working for minimum wage, wrapping Christmas presents in a ritzy gift shop downtown. Sooner than anticipated, the holiday rush was over, and my hours dwindled. With no other skills to speak of, it began to look like I would lose my job. So, I made a point of learning new skills every time I was on the schedule. I cleaned the windows. I swept the floor. I took out the trash. I dusted shelves. I spent all of my time organizing supplies or finding lost merchandise in our behemoth of a storage room. And I kept my job.

All that time spent in the backroom made me very familiar with our product, and before long, my coworkers started asking questions to which I knew the answers. My confidence grew, and I began taking on more responsibilities. I learned how to display merchandise, write tickets, and work the cash register. I learned how to manage customer accounts and interact with them on the phone. I even started placing reorders. Soon, my boss took notice.

Andrew says,

I’m telling you, God made every one of us to succeed. Now, this is relative to what God’s will is for you. He may not call you to do [what I’m doing], but He has called you to greatness…. If you’re working in a business, God wants you to be the best worker there is. If you [work] with an excellent spirit, as Daniel did, I guarantee you, it would be just a short period of time until somebody would see that excellence, and they would set you over the entire deal.

It’s true! One day when I arrived at work, my boss called me into her office to give me a list of jobs to complete while she was gone. “Roxanne,” she added as we finished, “I just officially made you the manager. See you when I get back.” I was seventeen.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Luke 16:10

Discover the characteristics of an excellent spirit with Andrew’s new teaching, An Excellent Spirit. This teaching is also available to watch on the Gospel Truth broadcast. Prepare to be positioned for promotion today!

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