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Entries in Discover the Keys to Staying Full of God (2)

Monday
Nov022015

Making God Bigger

Breathe. Just remember what will happen if you don’t at least try. You’re wearing his favorite dress. Everyone’s praying and fasting. You’re in God’s hands now.

Esther had to be thinking along these lines as she entered the king’s inner court uninvited. No one, under threat of death, entered that place without first receiving a summons from the king (Esth. 4:11). But something bigger than her own life compelled her.

Esther’s story could have ended sadly. She was an orphan, ripped from her Uncle Mordecai’s care to compete with other women in becoming queen. At her uncle’s advice, she kept her Jewish heritage a secret, as she was in a hostile kingdom. She’d lost her home, her identity, and her plans for the future. Esther could have become bitter, allowing riches and her situation to blind her, and ultimately turned her back on her people and her God. Yet she didn’t.

Sometimes everything around you will be screaming for your attention, but God won’t compete. He’s a jealous God, but He’s also patient. He will wait for you to choose Him. If you plan on fulfilling the call of God on your life like Esther did, magnifying Him above all else is not merely an option—making God bigger in your focus is a daily choice you must be committed to. In Andrew’s Discover the Keys to Staying Full of God book, it says:

You need to get to a place where you can honestly say, “God, You’re more important to me than anyone or anything else. Nothing will compete with You.” Intentionally glorify God and disesteem everything else. (p. 31)

One of the reasons Esther was able to fulfill her purpose and protect her heart was because she glorified God. The book of Esther does not say outright that she did, but I surmise that how she handled difficult situations speaks to her heart’s attitude toward the Lord.

When Mordecai told Esther about the royal decree commanding all Jews to “be destroyed” (Esth. 3:9), she initially balked at countering this evil. Mordecai, though, warned her essentially not to think herself above the decree, just because she was queen. He then encouraged her to speak with the king, even if it meant losing her life, because what if “thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esth. 4:14). Then Esther called the Jews to fast and pray with her before taking that risk.

Andrew mentions in his book:

Sometimes I have to literally shut out what’s going on in my life and force myself to focus on God. I have to turn away from looking at the natural circumstances and choose to magnify and glorify God. (p. 45)

And that’s exactly what Esther was doing.

Like Esther, we need to choose to glorify God above everything else. So, when we come to a crossroad of what our flesh would prefer and what God wants us to do, we are already full of God through our focus and attitude. And if we perish, we perish (Esth. 4:16). But, praise God, when we lay down our lives for Him, He more-than-abundantly restores us. And because Esther was willing to stay full of God instead of herself, an entire race was saved.

You, too, were made for this time. Check out the book of Esther for the full story. If you’d like to learn about more ways to stay full of God, get Andrew’s Discover the Keys to Staying Full of God teaching. It’s offered in CD, DVDbook, and study guide format. You can also watch it on our television program. If this has inspired you, please post a comment below.

Monday
Oct262015

Am I Enough?

I opened my eyes to the surrounding darkness, which was as empty as the response I felt I was getting. Gripping the covers, I used a corner of the bed sheet to wipe my tired eyes, trying not to drift back into the shallow sleep I had come out of. Why isn’t He answering me? I thought. Does He even care about this? Am I supposed to be learning some sort of lesson right now?

In a shaky voice, I attempted yet another plea for answers, staring at my moonlit bedroom wall, hoping my roommate was fast asleep. “God, what is it You want me to do with my life? I’ll do anything You want, but You have to give me something to work with here.”

I was a third-year Charis Bible College student in the School of Media, and somehow the concern about my life’s purpose had escalated into a full-blown, quarter-life crisis. I wanted answers. I wanted to know the steps God wanted me to take, when to take those steps, how to take those steps, and what I could expect out of each step. Was that too much to ask?

“Close your eyes.”

As I looked around the room as if to find out where this mysterious voice was coming from, I heard it again:

“Close your eyes.”

This time I obeyed, feeling a tad silly for acting like I didn’t know who was speaking.

“I want you to picture what your life would look like if you didn’t do Media.”

What?! Was God seriously going to make me walk away from everything that I had worked so hard for? Was that really His plan?

Completely unfazed, the voice continued, “I want you to picture your life if you didn’t do anything for Me—if there were no jobs, no ministries, and no career paths. Picture living your life with just Me. Would I be enough for you?”

In that moment, I realized what a horrible mistake I had made. I had tried to secure myself around a list of dos, don’ts, and absolute guarantees, instead of putting my trust in a faithful God who had only given me His Word. I guess that’s why they call it faith.

In Andrew’s Discover the Keys to Staying Full of God book, the very first key he discussed is to glorify God. Check it out:

Some people place so much value on their marriage, career, and other people’s acceptance that it honestly competes for the worth they’ve placed on the things of God…. Due to this, what the Lord has done in your life has diminished over time…. It’s because you’ve let something else occupy that place of importance in your life that was meant for God alone. (pp. 16 and 20)

As soon as I began to glorify God, putting Him in His rightful place in my life, that mountain of frustration started to melt away. I saw a young girl who was in love with and deeply loved by her Creator. In that moment, I couldn’t imagine anything greater.

In the two years since that experience, God has amazed me time and again with all of the opportunities that He’s brought my way. Whether it was doing a photo shoot in a bread factory in Los Angeles, moving (by myself) to Saint Petersburg, Russia, ministering in a tiny village in central Asia, or becoming a writer for Andrew Wommack Ministries, every step has been an adventure that I could never have planned out on my own.

That night, I lay back down in my bed, thinking about what this life with God might look like. As I finally pulled the covers up over my head, I whispered back, “You’re enough for me. You’re more than enough.”

Do you want to learn more about Discovering the Keys to Staying Full of God? This teaching is available in many formats: CD, DVD, book, study guide, and by television broadcast. If this has encouraged you, share a comment below.