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Monday
Dec212015

Build a Solid Foundation

“It’s not working!”

“I can’t do it—it’s just too hard!”

As a parent, I have heard those frustrated words many times—usually right before something crashes. For several years, it seemed like I heard them every time my kids played with LEGO™ toys. Most of the time I would patiently respond, “Just try again.” But one day I realized my standard “mommy” response was actually causing one of my children more frustration.

“It doesn’t matter how many times I try; I just can’t do it!” complained my son, just before throwing his LEGO™ toys across the room.

Instead of delivering the usual reprimand for losing self-control, on this particular day, God infused my “mommy” brain with a grace that said, “Show me what you’re trying to do.” My son began to explain his plans for building a huge tower and demonstrating his ability to transfer that picture in his mind to the blocks in his hands. Then I saw the problem: He was missing a vital piece of information regarding physics. So, I showed him how his foundation (or lack thereof) was affecting the way his tower responded to outside forces like gravity, wind, and his little sister. Soon I was hearing shouts of “Mom, come look at this!”

It’s amazing how a little bit of knowledge can revolutionize our lives. But what would happen if, instead of trying to build our lives on one truth from God’s Word, we began using the whole counsel of God to build a solid foundation? Would we be constantly frustrated and ready to quit? Or would all the pieces put together help us move away from childishness and into the maturity of Christ?

Andrew’s Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword teaching sheds light on how a solid foundation helps us maintain our spiritual equilibrium:

Where I live, there’s a dirt road with ditches on both sides of it. If you started sliding into one of those ditches, you might turn the wheel violently to get out of it, but if you weren’t careful, you might hit the ditch on the other side. Well, one ditch isn’t any better than the other ditch. If you want to reach your destination, you’ve got to go down the middle of the road—in between the ditches. Similarly, error is simply one truth from God’s Word taken at the expense of, or to the exclusion of, another truth from God’s Word. If you are really going to divide the Word of God correctly, you’ve got to put it in its proper balance. (paraphrase mine)

I love that! Using the truths of God’s Word in proper balance can help us avoid mistakes and keep us from constructing a faulty foundation. And how much easier life—and building with LEGO™ toys—would be if we made sure we started with a solid foundation!

If this has blessed you, please post a comment below.

Thursday
Dec032015

Roots of Righteousness

A while back I had a dream: I saw white roots growing out of my feet. My first thought was, Well, that’s weird. But then the Lord spoke to me and said, “Those are the roots of righteousness.”

Before I was born again, I had no biblical background, so even well-known stories like David and Goliath were new to me. Andrew says that young believers are like little plants that need to be in a protected environment until their roots grow deep. In the natural world, the root system of a plant will sustain it for life. Our spiritual roots will do the same for our spiritual growth. They need to be strong and firmly planted so that we can mature and bear fruit.

As I was trying to understand the Bible, I would watch different ministers on television and read a lot of books. But sometimes it was hard to connect the dots, because there were a lot of contradictions in the things I was learning. The Word says that we should not be “carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine” (Eph. 4:14, Amplified Bible), but we should “grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15, AMP). All of us need to take care of our spiritual roots. For healthy spiritual growth, it’s essential to stay away from influences that contradict the Word. To overcome problems in this life, we need more than spiritual input from a variety of sources; we need a stable foundation that will allow our roots to be firmly established in the faith.

Andrew’s teachings fortify the roots of faith. One of the great benefits of his messages is that they interconnect and build on each other. They reveal the whole counsel of God and help eliminate discrepancies.

The Apostle Paul said,

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], [7] having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.

Colossians 2:6-7, AMP

Paul exhorted us to be deeply rooted in Christ and to be continually built up in Him and established in our faith, just as we were taught. It doesn’t matter whether we are new in the faith or have been walking with God for a long time, our roots will stay strong as we remember the things we were taught.

Maybe you have already heard all of Andrew’s teachings. But let me ask you this: Are all the things you were taught active and alive in your heart? Have you given up in some areas because you didn’t see the manifestation soon enough? If so, there’s hope.

Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword is one of the best-kept secrets of the ministry. This teaching is a compilation and summary of the sixteen most important revelations that God gave Andrew. Each chapter addresses a specific topic in an abbreviated form. This format provides an overview that helps you to understand how these truths relate. Whether or not you are new in the faith, an overview of these topics will help you put each one in its proper perspective and fortify the roots of righteousness growing in your life.

You can order this teaching as a paperback book or as a CD or DVD series. A companion workbook is also available. To get your Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword, go to our website: www.awmi.net or call our Helpline: 719-635-1111. Also, check out the Gospel Truth program to watch Andrew teach on this.

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