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The Answer’s Simple—Obedience Is the Question

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Have you ever wondered why people genuinely find the answer to that question puzzling?

“And God created…every living creature that moveth…and every winged fowl after his kind…. [22] And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful,
and multiply

Genesis 1:21-22a, emphasis mine

The answer is only puzzling if you don’t know what God’s Word says about it. The chicken came first.

Knowing God’s answer is not the only thing that matters, though. Once you have an answer from Him, your obedience to His Word becomes the question. In Andrew’s Lessons from Elijah teaching, he demonstrates how Elijah’s life teaches that both hearing and continuing to obey God’s voice are important.

Elijah “appears on the scene with no introduction” (p. 1) during a time
of wickedness:

“And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. [31] …he took to wife Jezebel…and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”

1 Kings 16:30-31

The word of drought that God gave Elijah to declare to Ahab changed everyone’s circumstances—even his own. Today, too, in a climate of confusion and darkness, believers are looking for answers. But as Andrew puts it, that’s not really the problem:

“It’s not a lack of words [or answers] from God that is the problem; it’s the failure of people to realize what they have in God’s Word and [to] act on it that is the problem today” (p. 3, brackets mine).

In other words, the real problem lies in believing an answer God’s provided and taking the next step of obedience to what He has said:

“We want to have the entire picture before we step out on God’s Word. Elijah didn’t have that! He didn’t know that the Lord was going to make supernatural provision for him. He just had one word from God: ‘Tell the king a drought is coming.’ Then after he was faithful to go and speak forth that word, God revealed the next step” (p. 7).

I faced a time like this in my own life. In March 2013, I attended Charis Campus Days in Colorado, thinking I was just there to find out about distance learning. In one of the sessions, Andrew said, “Someone here is thinking— I can’t come to school because I have older parents, my son will have to switch schools, I have a business, I have a dog…” I felt like there was a giant neon arrow pointing down at me. I knew God was speaking. Then Andrew said, “If that’s you, stand up.” I felt as though I had on a 100-pound lead suit. I struggled to stand and was the only one standing. Slowly others stood. He prayed that we would never forget the moment that we got the call to come to school.

When I went home, I found out that there were real obstacles to my obeying God. However, as I faced each situation, it was as if I had been given a machete and was hacking my way through a jungle. For me, it became a question of continual obedience. By August of that same year, my belongings were in a trailer going west, and my son and I were traveling toward Colorado in a car the Lord had provided for me just two weeks earlier.

Andrew teaches through Elijah’s life that God sends provision to the place He intends you to be. He calls this principle “a place called ‘there.’” Because God is good, He may give you supernatural incentives to make your obedience easier, but—

“Your place called ‘there’ isn’t necessarily a specific geographic location. It’s often more an attitude of wholeheartedly moving toward doing what God has said for you to do” (p. 21).

The outcomes of my obedience have been wonderful. My three years at Charis Bible College healed and changed me. The Lord has positioned me in the Andrew Wommack Ministries Publications Department, from where I am blogging today. Lessons from Elijah makes it clear that you will find God’s answers for your life—obedience is the only real question.

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What Do You See?

Intimidation is a powerful weapon. Satan wields it through people and circumstances to interrupt, deter, or completely stop the plans of God. Have you ever been afraid to do what you felt God wanted you to do? The prophet Elijah could relate to that feeling. In his Lessons from Elijah teaching, Andrew shares from Scripture a specific incident. Elijah had just finished slaughtering 850 prophets of Baal and of the groves, who had been fed at Queen Jezebel’s table (1 Kin. 18:19). This means Baal worship was the state religion (p. 97).

“Jezebel didn’t like Elijah, because he was a prophet of the Lord. Upon hearing the news of all Elijah had done, she became furious and took an oath saying, ‘May the gods make me like one of these slaughtered prophets if Elijah isn’t dead by this time tomorrow!’ Then she sent a messenger to tell Elijah what she was determined to do. ‘And when he [Elijah] saw that, he arose, and went [fled] for his life’ (1 Kin. 19:3, brackets mine)… So what did Elijah see? He saw himself like one of those dead men he had just slaughtered. Jezebel painted a word picture, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if you aren’t like one of those dead prophets by this time tomorrow!’ Elijah’s mind flashed back to that grisly scene and he saw himself dead. That’s why he
fled” (p. 98).

When you confront Satan’s kingdom, he will work through people and circumstances to try to intimidate you. As Andrew points out in his book, Jezebel was trying to intimidate Elijah. If she had really planned on killing him, she would have sent a soldier, not a messenger.

There is a reason Elijah had the courage to challenge the prophets of Baal:

“The day before, he had seen the word God had put in his heart. He saw himself challenging the prophets of Baal to a duel, calling down fire, and slaughtering them. He told the Lord, ‘Let the people know that I have done these things at Your word.’ He had seen these things already in his
heart” (p. 99).

What do you see in your heart? How do you see yourself, and how do you
see God?

If you read Elijah’s whole story in the Bible, you learn that God took care of him, even though he didn’t always handle every intimidating circumstance well. If God did that for Elijah, He will do it for you. Let that be an encouragement as you remain steadfast in the midst of your circumstances! Andrew continues:

“Due to his boldness to proclaim the word of God, the king had sought him in every nation on the face of the earth (1 Kin. 18:10). If you stick around long enough, you’ll see the word of God put you in a position of authority every single time. However, you must be truly speaking God’s Word, not just your own doctrines and opinions. Sooner or later, the word of God will always exalt you” (p. 72).

Are you facing an intimidating situation or person? Learn from Elijah’s mistakes and successes through Andrew’s Lessons from Elijah teaching. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, and study guide formats. You can get the book in Spanish as well. You can also watch Andrew teach Lessons from Elijah on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

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When Your Dream Seems Forgotten 

My lazy eyes roamed over the view I had from the top of the bluff I hiked that evening. While taking in the grand splendor that is Colorado Springs, I let my thoughts wander to the central issue of my life at the time: What exactly am I doing here?

As someone who has loved media her entire life, making the decision to go to Charis Bible College to pursue God and leave behind all dreams of a future in media was no small feat. My dream was to attend the University of Georgia and study broadcast journalism. My plan was to become a sport’s broadcaster. But as my high school graduation day drew closer, it became obvious to me that God had other plans. I shared a little more about this in my previous blog post Dreaming Big with God.

Moving to Colorado seemed like the death of every dream I ever had for myself. And yet, because I had been pursuing God so strongly, I knew in my heart that this was the right thing to do. So, sitting on the bluff that day, even though I felt like the setting sun was taking all of my dreams along with it as it disappeared behind Pikes Peak, I knew I was where God wanted me.

In Andrew’s teaching Lessons from Elijah, he explains,

“I really believe that God doesn’t show you His perfect, total will for you all at one time. He does it in steps and in stages…. So, God is going to show you things one step at a time, and if you want step number two or step number ten, you’ve got to start doing step number one.”

A lot of people thought I was crazy for moving to Colorado without a solid plan. I thought I was crazy. But it wasn’t until I made the decision and took the first step that I began to see God’s plan unfold in my life.

Andrew continues,

“[Elijah] didn’t get the second word from God about how God would protect him and sustain him through the drought. He didn’t get that until he had delivered the first word. Step out in the direction that God is calling you to go, and then God can direct you and confirm. But you have to take the word that God has given you and act on it.”

Taking my seat in the first-year classroom the next day, a special announcement was made. Charis would be starting a Third-Year program featuring several different schools, including a Media School! I don’t think I heard anything else after that.

It wasn’t even the school that impacted me the most; it was the fact that God was speaking directly to me. In that moment, He showed me how all of the dreams that had been in my heart since I was a little girl were in fact from Him and that they mattered. I didn’t have to give them up to serve God. Rather, in using them, I would bring glory to Him in a way that only I was created to do.

Andrew concludes,

“Are you doing what God called you to do? Are you obeying everything? Is there any leading that God has put into your heart that you haven’t yet stepped out on? If that’s true of you, well then you know what, God’s provision is going to where He told you to go. There is supernatural anointing, peace, rest, finances, and people that are going to help you. Everything that you need is there. Are you there?”

Nothing in my original plan could have brought me to where I am today. God knew what He was doing all along. I just needed to trust Him and take my first step.

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