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Entries in How to Find Follow and Fulfill God's Will (3)

Monday
Feb082016

Prospering by Accident

Tim and Nikki AbelloTim Abello and his family were exploring a small Christian bookstore near their home in Oklahoma when he discovered a book by Andrew Wommack—You’ve Already Got It! He found the back cover description to be a humorous reflection of his life and walk with Christ. After purchasing it, Tim couldn’t put the book down. In search of more teaching, he visited Andrew’s website and downloaded 250 hours of free audio messages, loading them onto his MP3 player. Little did Tim know that that encounter would be the catalyst behind where he and his family are today.

A year after discovering Andrew Wommack Ministries, Tim felt the Lord leading him to attend Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs (now located in Woodland Park). While there were many reasons this seemed impossible—the Abellos owned a business, had five children, and had recently moved into their dream home—Tim was almost certain they were supposed to go.

Tim downloaded all of Andrew’s teachings onto his MP3 player and listened to the messages for several hours each day.As he considered the prospect of moving his family, Tim told the Lord, “God, if I obey You and move to Colorado and You don’t come through, I’m going to sink like a rock in a pond.” God spoke so clearly to his spirit, “Tim, if you stay here and I don’t come through for you, you’re going to sink like a rock in a pond. Wouldn’t it be better to just go ahead and obey Me?” Things became clear for Tim, and he began confessing that somehow, he and his family were going to prosper more by accident in Colorado than they ever would on purpose in Oklahoma.

Tim and his family traveled to Colorado that fall. He and Nikki started first-year classes even before they had found a place for the family to live. God blessed the Abellos as they moved forward with their plans, and Tim soon secured a place for his family to call home in Colorado Springs. For the first year and a half, this family of seven relied on credit cards to survive. They quickly found themselves more than $60,000 in debt on the cards alone. They also fell eight months behind on their mortgage for their home in Oklahoma and three months behind on their tuition payments.

Abello's RoofingIn the face of negative circumstances, God continued to speak to the Abellos. With a voice of assurance, He said, “Peace, be still. Rest.” Tim eventually landed a part-time job in sales, working for a roofing company. The Lord’s favor was upon him as he performed his job, but as time went on, he found his employers to be handling his customers with less than the highest integrity. After prayerfully considering what he should do, Tim decided to start his own roofing business. As he was thanking and praising God, the Lord spoke to him, “Tim, you’re fixin’ to step into a level of prosperity that you have never imagined. The only thing that will keep you from stepping into it is you’re inability to imagine it.” Since that moment, the Abellos have purposed to stretch their imaginations.

Over the first ten months in business, Abello’s Roofing did more than $2 million in business—more than enough to clear their debt and to begin blessing others. In the Abello’s second full year of business, they saw an increase over the previous year’s earnings. Tim heard the Lord say to him, “The reason this worked is because of your confession. When you spoke those words two years ago…those words went out like little soldiers to perform and create the destiny that you spoke into existence.”

As the blessings continue to overtake the Abello family, they have come to realize that it hasn’t been through their effort that they have prospered; it has been through rest in Jesus’ finished work. Do you want to walk out the will of God for your life, like the Abellos? Check out Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will book, and learn how to prosper not just in your finances but in every area of life.

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Monday
Feb012016

Keep Running—Don’t Quit!

I was running as fast as I could, holding a lei of white flowers in my hand. My destination was clear. Out of nowhere, someone crossed my path, blocking my way. What I saw terrified me. First, I thought it was a person, but as I got closer, I realized it was a demon. The darkness in his eyes was trying to pierce me with fear. In a supernatural way, I was suddenly able to pass him and keep running. When I arrived, my middle son was there, and I placed the lei around his neck.

When I woke up from that dream, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Going to Charis Bible College will lead you into the plan I have for you. Your obedience will result in a spiritual legacy for your children.” Years later, I understood that the dream had been a picture of the spiritual battles I was about to face.

In our journey to find, follow, and fulfill God’s will, we will encounter the Enemy. He will attack our faith and our commitment. Our spiritual maturity will be put to the test. Andrew says, “In order to see God’s will fulfilled in your life, you need a goal, and you need to move in that direction. But I can guarantee you that all hell is going to come against you, trying to stop you from obtaining God’s best. And you will need to stand and fight.” When Andrew was preparing to go to Vietnam, the chaplain gave a word to him and the other young men he was with. He told them, “Going to Vietnam is a fire, and it will melt you. But you get to pick what mold you fit into.” The same is true for all of us.

If you find yourself in the midst of your spiritual Vietnam, Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will teaching will empower you to win the battle.

Andrew says that the first step in this journey is to become a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2). It’s a total commitment—spirit, soul, and body. When you surrender your will to God, you connect with His saving power just like you did when you were born again. This commitment is an ongoing process. If you haven’t dedicated all of yourself to the Lord, it needs to be a priority. It’s the first step. You won’t get to the greater things that God has for you without it.

Maybe you have made this commitment, but the Enemy is wearing you down. Renew your commitment in your heart. God is faithful, and He will encourage you and give you strength (Ps. 138:3). Don’t give up just because you are facing difficulties.

The second step is the renewing of your mind. In the heat of the battle, you have the power to choose the outcome. The attacks will try to melt your vision and hope. But you can overcome by meditating on the Word until you manifest in your physical senses what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).

In following God’s will for my life, I have faced huge obstacles. For the first time in my life, I was experiencing financial difficulties. During my second year at Charis, I had terrible insomnia. At times, I felt like a zombie while listening to Andrew in class. But God protected me, and I’m seeing more and more victory. These principles have helped me overcome discouragement and hopelessness. God has put a new song of deliverance in my heart, and He will do the same for you.

A resource that would help you on your race is Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will book. There are precious people waiting for you to step into God’s will for your life. I want to encourage you: Keep running—don’t quit, because God is with you!

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Monday
Dec282015

Faith Is a Thrill Ride

I was strapped inside and couldn’t move. As I sat on the roller coaster with my teenage son, I wondered if this was a big mistake. How fast did this thing go? Did it really go upside down? Maybe I should get out and request the most recent inspection report. Before I could even finish my thought, we were off like a bolt of lightning—flashing, twisting, and flying through the air. Suddenly we came to a stop at the top of a hill. After a long pause, I had a sinking feeling that the ride was about to go to another level. The man behind me groaned, “Oh, no! Does this thing go backward?” I know a prophecy when I hear one, and sure enough, we were headed south at what felt like the speed of light.

We don’t always like the unpredictable or unexpected. We like to know what’s coming and even have a little control along the way. The problem with the need for control is that there can only be one captain of a ship. When it comes to following God’s will for our lives, it’s either our way or His. It can’t be both. To fully walk in God’s will, we must relinquish control and have faith in His perfect plan, even if it seems like a roller coaster ride.

In Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will teaching, he shares this:

When we get to heaven and look back on our lives, I don’t think many of us will say, “I trusted God too much.” But many of us will say, “I played it too safe. I spent my time being occupied with too many things and not going for what God said.”

Whenever God calls us to do something, it is almost always out of our comfort zones. Obedience requires an element of courage. It demands faith—not in an outcome but in the One who gives perfect peace.

Andrew continues:

You commit yourself to God. You run up the white flag. Take all of the reservations off of the table. Just say, “Father, there is nothing that I’m holding back.” You’re not responsible for the consequences; you’re responsible to obey God. If you keep your mind stayed upon God through studying the Word and focusing on Him, you will have perfect peace. If you don’t have perfect peace, your mind’s not stayed upon God.

By the way, I survived the roller coaster and proceeded to ride it six more times. I even bought the T-shirt. It made me think— If I can trust the engineers who built the roller coaster, how much more can I trust a heavenly Father who created the earth and everything in it, including me?

Yes, He asks me to do things that I don’t feel qualified for and to go places I would never dream of going on my own. The good news is, His ways are perfect and His plans for me are for good and not for evil, to give me a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).

I still have to keep myself from asking too many questions about the ride ahead, reminding myself that it’s the devil’s way of trying to break my focus. To follow God’s will and fulfill His purpose for my life, I must keep my mind stayed on Him. The ride can be unpredictable, but it’s also too exhilarating to miss!

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