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Monday
Aug142017

By Faith You . . .

You’ve probably heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” While that can refer to people, you could very well apply that to life. All throughout the Bible, God teaches us not to accept circumstances at face value. As Andrew says in his teaching Faith Builders, “Faith isn’t denying that this physical realm exists. Faith is just acknowledging that there’s something beyond just the physical. There’s also a spiritual world out there.” Faith is all about not judging your circumstances by how they appear. You judge them by the Word of God.

Hebrews 11 lists several people in the Bible who did not judge their circumstances by how they appeared. “By faith Noah” built an ark to prepare for a flood God forewarned him about (Heb. 11:7). No one at that point in history had ever even seen rainfall before! But Noah knew the words God spoke to him and believed that His words superseded his current reality.

“By faith Abraham” offered up his long-awaited child Isaac as a sacrifice at God’s request (Heb. 11:17). The circumstances made it look like Isaac, Abraham’s promised son, would be gone forever. But Abraham’s faith in God’s promise helped him trust Him, and God responded to Abraham’s faith by having him sacrifice a ram instead of his son.

“By faith Moses” chose not to identify with Pharaoh’s household (Heb. 11:24) but rather to suffer with God’s people, “for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). Andrew says in his teaching:

“One of the things that has helped me to operate in faith is to recognize that when I am believing God for something, I’m not believing in something that doesn’t exist. I’m believing in things that are already realities in the spiritual world. They may not be able to be seen, but they do exist. . . . If you can understand that faith is just reaching over into the unseen realm and bringing into reality things that do exist—they’re just spiritual realities—it’ll change the way you see God.”

Paul admits in Hebrews 11 that he didn’t have time to go into the stories of all the others who lived by faith. Some of those people were Gideon, Barak, Samson, David, and Samuel “who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of the lions” (Heb. 11:33). Like Andrew says in Faith Builders, “Faith is what separates a person who’s walking in victory from a person who’s walking in defeat.”

In other words, the life of a believer should be marked by believing!

First John 5:4 declares:

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

“It is not your natural talents and ability,” Andrew continues. “It’s not your great wisdom; it’s not all of these things. It’s God and it’s our trust and adherence to Him that causes everything to work. . . . God’s plans for you are good, and if your life is not good, it’s not because God hasn’t blessed you and had a perfect plan for you. But we have to cooperate, and faith is how we cooperate with God. It takes effort on our part. The things of God do not automatically come to pass.”

What promises in the Bible don’t appear to be a reality in your life? God hasn’t changed His mind. Order Andrew’s Faith Builders teaching and build your faith to live in overcoming victory. It is the key to everything.

Now it’s your turn! By faith you . . .

Written by Aria Fischer

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Monday
Aug072017

Where Self-Dependence Ends

“You pray as much as you depend on God.”

When I heard the speaker say that, I was brought up short. A quick mental inventory of my prayer life yielded a dismal level of dependence on God. Perhaps that’s why I was getting some of the results I was getting. And maybe it’s the reason God brought it to my attention.

We serve a God who has Genesis 1 on his resumé, yet how often do we still try to do things in our own strength? It would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic. Self-dependence is an enemy of God, but many believers still struggle with it.

Before the Fall, Adam was completely God-centered. Everything he needed was supplied through relationship with his Creator. He was aware of no lack because there wasn’t any. But when Adam sinned, he immediately became aware of what he had lost and of what he was not (Gen. 3:7). He recognized his separation from God. He and Eve had become independent of God.

The results of their independence, both sweeping and devastating, are obvious in the world around us. Lack, chaos, and fear dominate the hearts of people. That’s because self-dependence, or independence, is the mindset of fallen man, and it prevents us from accessing the abilities, assets, and resources of an infinite God.

In Andrew’s Faith Builders series, he talks about the importance of coming to the end of self:

“Paul said, ‘When I am weak, then am I strong’ [2 Cor. 12:10] . . . You could turn it around and say, ‘When I’m strong in myself, when I am trusting in myself, then I’m weak. But when I am not trusting in myself, when my trust is 100 percent in the Lord, then I’m strong.’ We have to come to a place where we quit putting confidence in ourselves.”

As the oldest girl in my family and, later, a single parent for fifteen years, I’d learned a little too well how to rely on my own strength to get things done. I had gone to college, been self-employed, had homeschooled my children, and bought my own home. My self-reliant mindset continued to thrive even after my children were grown and out on their own.

But just like God had to bring Moses to the end of himself, He had to do the same with me. So, in the summer between my first and second years at Charis, the Lord orchestrated my own personal “burning bush” experience. Though I didn’t travel any farther than my comfortable bedroom rocker, the impact of the encounter left its mark on my life. Speaking directly into my heart, God let me know in no uncertain terms exactly what He thought about my ability to accomplish His will in my own strength:

“The only way this is going to work is when it stops being about you and it starts being about Me. Get yourself off your mind and get Me on it. If I don’t show up, you’re toast anyway, so why make it about you?”

Wow!

Thankfully, God is both loving and patient. It has been a process, but for the first time in my life, I am actually learning how to lean on Him. And He’s revealing to me that, no matter what, He’ll never let me fall.

Build your faith in a loving God by catching the full teaching of Faith Builders on Andrew’s Gospel Truth broadcast. If you miss any of the programs, you can watch them free or listen to the Faith Builders series on our website.

Written by Sylvia F. Wells

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