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Monday
Sep172018

Running by Faith

“The Bible says I will run and not grow weary,” I told my doctor. “I’m a runner, so I’m going to run.”

He looked at me—a person who had had already undergone foot surgery, X-rays, a painful cortisone shot, and now, custom orthotics—and said, smiling, “You can bike and not grow weary. You can swim and not grow weary.”

He was being patient with me. He and I both had seen my X-rays; the unnatural curvature of the bones had had years to move and to set in that position. He tried his hardest to convince me that I’m not cut out to be a runner. My feet were not runner’s feet.

But I knew in my heart that God’s Word is true, regardless of the shape of my bones or the tightness of my tendons. If God says that I can run and not grow weary (Is. 40:31), then it has to be true. I decided that I would believe Him and His Word.

My doctor is a good doctor and a Christian. I had no doubt that he wanted the best for me. But he was working in the knowledge that he had. He didn’t know what God’s best for me was. That’s what I love about teachers like Andrew Wommack—they understand that God’s best is far greater than the world’s view of what’s best. Andrew teaches that it’s God’s will for us to be healed. It takes a lot of guts to teach something that flies in the face of so much religious doctrine and so many excuses as to why Christians are
still sick.

But it’s amazing to me that people can still fight this truth when there is so much evidence in the Bible that it is always God’s will to heal. In his book God Wants You Well, Andrew says, “In the Gospels alone, there are seventeen times where Jesus healed all of the sick that were present. . . . Jesus did heal them all, and He hasn’t changed” (p. 81). Hebrew 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (New Century Version).

What this means to me is that it is forever God’s will to heal. So, even though I sat in that doctor’s office with valid foot problems, it didn’t mean that I had to stay there—or stay seated! If I truly wanted to, I could run.

Which leads me to the next point: once we know it’s God’s will to heal, we must act on that knowledge. Knowing something but not doing anything about it is useless. On the Gospel Truth broadcast, Andrew says, “Sometimes we’re afraid to act because it’s just not traditional; it’s not the way that other people are telling you to do it. . . . You’ve got to get beyond that. . . . You’ve got to start using your body as a weapon against the devil and start acting healed to the degree that you can.”

So, I ran by faith. I left that doctor’s office with nothing noticeably different about my feet. But my heart knew the truth: by His stripes, I’ve been healed (1 Pet. 2:24). I signed up for another 5K shortly after that visit. Now, I run regularly (well, regularly-ish), and I take care of my feet. With each step, my feet continue to grow stronger. Sometimes the familiar symptoms try to come back, but knowing who I am in Christ Jesus and speaking out His Word inevitably overrides the symptoms. And then I run another mile and another mile . . . (or I run home to the water faucet!).

Written by Jill M. Smith

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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
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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