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Monday
Feb202017

How Hungry Are You?

Athletes who compete in the Olympics are considered the best in the world. It’s never in doubt that those involved are quality. As Christians, we are spiritual athletes. Although we shouldn’t compete with each other, we do strive to successfully finish the race (2 Tim. 4:7). A successful race for Christians means walking in everything God has for us. So, what about you? Do you want to live in all God has for you? The next question is, then, how hungry are you?

The Bible’s many spiritual athletes strove for the best. Jacob wrestled with an angel for a blessing (Gen. 32:22-28). Hannah wept, asking God for a son (1 Sam. 1:1-20). The 120 people who remained in the Upper Room were the ones who pushed through to Pentecost. Could there have been more, ones who grew impatient and left before receiving the promise? Even Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14, Amplified Bible).

Thank God that under the New Covenant, living in God’s best has to do with manifesting what Jesus already did for us. But we still have a choice. We can choose whether or not to walk that out. In Andrew Wommack’s new teaching, Living in God’s Best, he says,

“You need to learn how to receive what has already been provided. That’s huge. It is so much easier to release something that you’ve got than it is to go get something that you don’t have…. This is a major mindset difference.”

Andrew shares more from this teaching about the most important heart attitude to have so you can live in God’s best:

“So, what [2 Chron. 16:9] is talking about is that God is looking for somebody who is just so hungry, so committed to God that He can show himself strong in [their] behalf. Man, that’s important. You’ve got to really desire the things of God. Another way of saying this is, as long as you can live without God’s best, you will. As long as you can live an inferior life, you will. But when you reach a place that, ‘God, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired; I’m sick and tired of living like this. There’s got to be something more than what I’ve experienced,’ when [you get] that attitude, man, the eyes of the Lord stop right there. He’s looking for somebody with that attitude.”

You could have an okay life. You could even have a life that’s better than most. But for many of you who are like Jacob, Hannah, and Paul, you wouldn’t really be happy until you had God’s best. A hunger like that never goes away until it is completely satisfied.

Check out Andrew’s new teaching, Living in God’s Best. It’s available in CD, DVD, or book format. You can also watch him teach this topic on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

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Monday
Feb132017

Remember Your First Love

February is the month of love, and whether single, married, or somewhere in between, every Christian has a love story to celebrate. But in today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy for Christians to put their relationship with God on the back burner. Here are a few elements to incorporate in your life to help spark that romance with your First Love once again.

L ook to Him 

When Jesus was on the earth, He said that He only did what He saw the Father do (John 5:19). The Son of God patterned His life after keeping His focus on the Father. Are you overwhelmed with stress? Look to Him for your rest and peace (John 14:27). Are you trapped in a dead-end job and don’t know where to turn next? Look to Him as your way-maker and liberty (Deut. 31:8). Do you want to take the family on a vacation but can’t fit it into the budget? Look to God as your provider (Phil. 4:19). You’ll find in every circumstance, as you turn to Him, that He has kept His eyes faithfully on you.

O vercome Obstacles 

The bride in Song of Solomon (symbolic of the bride of Christ, the church) speaks to her beloved, “Take us [catch] the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes” (Song 2:15, brackets added). In the New Testament, Jesus echoes the problem with these same “foxes” when He teaches about how “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of [desires for] other things entering in, choke the word” (Mark 4:19, brackets added). Ask God to reveal any areas in your life that drain your energy and distract you from developing your relationship with Him.

V alue Him

The American Heritage Dictionary defines value as “to regard highly; esteem.” When you place value on God first in all areas, it reminds your heart of whom your source really is. The Bible specifically talks about valuing God in a couple of areas. Giving is one of these areas. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). Tithing and giving are acts of worship and show that you place value on God as your provider. Another area of valuing God is through your obedience. John 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Make it a practice in your life to immediately obey the Word of God. First Samuel 15:22 says that obedience is better than sacrifice. So, let God’s Word be your safeguard. Following it will keep your heart soft toward Him and make it easier to hear Him.

E mbrace His Presence 

More important than your outward behavior is your heart. The first step to embracing His presence is to spend time with Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When pursuing God with your time, it’s not just about reading the Bible; it’s understanding that you are spending time with Him and opening up your heart to let Him speak to you. Pick a verse that really speaks to you and go take a stroll. As you walk, meditate on that verse and on His goodness. You will be amazed at the things He will reveal to you as you spend time with Him and develop your relationship
with Him.

Remember your First Love this February. His heart is always for you, even if you’ve wandered away from the closeness of that relationship. As you turn your affections back to Him, you’ll find He never left.

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Monday
Feb062017

What’s Keeping You from God’s Best?


While standing outside Wal-Mart, waiting for cars to stop so I could get back to my vehicle, I felt it before I saw it. With the thumping, window-rattling bass coming from the car speakers, it was impossible not to feel the car coming. Loud, profanity-laden music filled the air. Feeling somewhat intimidated and not a little old, I watched the young driver and his equally young passengers roar by and settle in a parking spot.

As a part of the evangelism team at my church, I had just come from an event. Outreach was at the forefront of my mind. But let’s be realistic, I thought. Most believers wouldn’t consider this an opportune time to share their faith in Christ.

And I was certainly one of them.

Some of the usual thoughts flooded my mind: Why would those kids be interested in what you have to say? They’re young and have other things on their minds. Wait for a better opportunity.

Finding an opening in traffic, I made a beeline for my car. Suddenly another thought surfaced: Wait a minute. This is a perfect time to get out of your comfort zone.

Recently I had been making a determined effort to fight fear in my life. I knew of its limiting influence, and I didn’t want to be held back by it. So, I’d made a habit of putting myself in uncomfortable situations—like evangelism outreaches—to fight against those limits. The Word says that we are subject to whatever we fear (Heb. 2:15). So, wherever fear rules in our lives, wherever it’s allowed or tolerated, that fear is calling the shots. It’s establishing boundaries and limitations and keeping us from God-given opportunities and blessings.

While reading Andrew’s new book, Living in God’s Best, I couldn’t help noticing how well his words lined up with my resolve. He says,

“Are you praying for different results? Are you hoping for everything to change, yet you’re afraid to do anything differently? Maybe you love security too much that you won’t take a chance. You’d rather be secure and miserable than make a change. You’d rather stay a slave in Egypt, eating leeks and garlic, than follow God out through the wilderness toward your promised land. Are you on the edge looking in but afraid to enter because it might mean having to fight some giant? Get up and go take your land!”

This was the case with the armies of Israel who faced the Philistine champion Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Because the soldiers were afraid of Goliath’s size and his taunts, none of them would stand up to him. Because of fear, they were being kept out of the land that God had promised them.

Changing directions mid-parking lot, I approached the suped-up car. The driver immediately turned down his music. All four kids listened as I shared Christ with them. I was a little surprised when I didn’t get any resistance. The “field” was definitely white with harvest. I’m so glad I pushed past the fear because all of them prayed to receive Him as their Savior!

Have you been wondering why your life isn’t exciting? Are you ready to believe for something bigger? As Andrew says, if your life isn’t supernatural, then it’s superficial. It’s time to lift up your eyes and pursue what’s yours. Don’t settle for less—start living in God’s best!

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