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Monday
Jan262015

From Escaping Death to Inspiring Life

Carrie Fischer as a baby (Click to enlarge)“When I was a little girl, I had recurring dreams of a baby in the womb who was fighting for her life. I could tell this baby was in pain and literally felt her pain and heard her screams. It troubled me, but I let it go for several years. Then somebody told me that my mother had not wanted me and tried to kill me.”

Before Carrie Fischer was born, her mother attempted a first trimester abortion with her in 1968—five years before the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Six months later, on June 10, 1969, she had a beautiful baby girl, but not without some troubling consequences: “My mother was in labor for thirty-six hours,” explains Carrie, “and I ended up paralyzed on one side of my face and was deaf in one ear. The doctors were telling my mom that I was never going to be normal, that I would be mentally challenged by age thirteen, living like a vegetable.” Proving the doctors wrong, Carrie went through school making A’s, and B’s and even went on to earn a two-year marketing degree in college.

As a Carrie and her mother (Click to enlarge)teenager, Carrie confronted her mother about what had happened to her during her mother’s pregnancy. “She lived with a lot of guilt and shame,” recounts Carrie. “It hurt her, especially given the physical effects of how I turned out. She just broke down crying. I just remember being so overwhelmed. I was maybe a little angry, thinking, How could you do that? But those feelings became compassion and love for her. I told her, ‘I love you. I forgive you. I’m glad I’m here.’”

Even though God restored her relationship with her mother, the consequences of what had happened would follow Carrie, bringing their own trials and challenges: “I would go to school and come home, crying every day,” she admits. “In public school, kids would put me in lockers, spit on me, and beat me up—just very unkind stuff. It was hard. I begged my mother not to send me to school.” So, finally, in the eleventh and twelfth grade, she took a job to pay for private school.

“I was so distraught over it that when I got into my early thirties, I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore, God.’ So, I took some anti-depressants, drank a bottle of wine, and went to sleep, hoping I wouldn’t wake up again.” Miraculously, Carrie did wake up the next morning, completely untouched by any of the possible side effects from the night before. “That’s when I knew,” recounts Carrie. “I knew that God had a purpose and a plan for me being here.”

Carrie and her husband (Click to enlarge)Carrie and her husband of three years live in Houston where they help care for her mother. The incredible and redemptive love of God is evident in the lives of these two women, and continues on today. “I feel that’s what I’m called to do,” informs Carrie. “I want to minister to these women who are hurting and tell them that God loves them and God forgives them.

“For those who have aborted their children, I believe that God has told me I can offer forgiveness to them as an almost aborted child myself. I want you to know that your child loves you, your child forgives you, and that you will see your children again. God also loves you and He forgives you.                                                                   Don’t ever doubt that.”

Carrie and her husband continue to travel and speak as much as they can, inspiring hope and proclaiming that no matter what you’re going through, life is still precious and every life deserves a chance.

To see the full interview of Carrie Fischer with Andrew Wommack, which aired on January 22, 2015, click here.

Monday
Sep292014

A Balanced Christian Life—Revealed!

Howard Condor of Revelation TV interviews Andrew Wommack, August 4, 2014 (Click to enlarge)Is the church guilty of abusing the grace of God? Can our response to His grace effect how others view Him? How do we live out the grace of God yet do what is necessary to keep a good conscience and testimony before the world? During a recent interview in the United Kingdom with Howard Condor of Revelation TV, Andrew addressed these concerns.

As the message of grace gains popularity, more and more people seem to be taking extreme sides. One side says that God is good and His saving grace extends to all, regardless of whether they receive it by faith. This extreme leads people to ask, “What’s the point of doing anything? Everyone is already saved.” The other side emphasizes living by faith, but they rule out grace, which is what gives the ability to live the life of faith. This teaching tends toward legalism and the notion that one can “make God move.” Both views are dangerous.

Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith, is key to receiving from God (Click to enlarge)Biblical truth is actually a combination of grace and faith. Romans 5:2 says that we enter into God’s grace—redemption, healing, prosperity, and all the other things Christ provided—by faith. In his interview, Andrew said, “Grace is what God does for us—independent of us. But faith is our response to God’s grace.” It takes a balance of both ingredients to truly free us from sin and give us victory in life.

Andrew explained how he lives in the balance of grace and faith, a popular teaching of his. “I study the Word. I pray. I live a very strict holy life, but not in order to make me accepted by God. I’m accepted because of His grace, but I discipline myself to keep a good conscience before God—to keep my attitude toward God healthy.”

Traditionally, the church has preached “Go to church, pay your tithes, study the Word” and do the things necessary to “please God” and conqueror sin. But keeping the Law doesn’t break the dominion of sin or empower you to live holy (Gal. 2:21).

Grace destroys the bonds of sin (Click to enlarge)Romans 6:14 says—

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

It’s only recognizing the grace of God that breaks the power of sin in our lives and frees us to live in relationship with Him. Andrew said, “When we truly understand the message of grace, it sparks holiness in us—not as something we do to get God to bless us but out of thanksgiving for what He’s already done.”

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

-Titus 2:11-12

According to Andrew, “Holiness is a fruit, not the root, of salvation.” It is a byproduct of our relationship with God. It’s a matter of staying in the balance of grace and faith.

 

Monday
Apr212014

Andrew on Daystar's Marcus & Joni

DayStar program hosts, Marcus & Joni Lamb, stand with Andrew on their set in Dallas. (Click to enlarge)Andrew recently sat down with Daystar television program hosts, Marcus and Joni Lamb, to talk about how God has moved in his life and ministry.

During the live television interview the trio discussed Andrew's book, Lessons from Elijah. As Andrew fielded the Lamb's questions, Marcus brought up an interesting question about the story found in 1 Kings 17. In the familiar passage, Elijah requests that a widow in Zarephath give him her last bit of food. Marcus said that to some, the prophet's request may seem greedy, and he asked Andrew why he thought Elijah made such a request. In the moments that followed, Andrew gave a brief and direct answer to the question, but then used the opportunity to share an abbreviated teaching on the subject.

Be sure to watch the video below of Andrew's recent appearance on the Daystar program; it is sure to bless you. Besides sharing a bit of what the Lord revealed to him through the prophet Elijah's experiences, Andrew also shared a special word with the television audience.