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Monday
Sep252017

Rest Assured

A man who is sort of a mentor to me told me I needed to learn to rest, to let go. “You can’t receive with a hand that’s full,” he said. It was hard at first to understand what I was holding on to. Thinker that I am, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about it. The problem with thinkers is they tend to, well, overthink, which then tends toward a lack of peace, the very opposite of rest.

Needless to say, I got rest issues.

Teaching from his You’ve Already Got It! series on the Gospel Truth, Andrew speaks about rest:

“It’s not a matter of getting God to do something; it’s a matter of resting in what He’s already done. . . . The Sabbath was a picture of this rest that we have in the Lord. . . . When God commanded the Old Testament Sabbath—that man take a rest on the seventh day—it was [a] picture that everything was really from God. God had already provided.” (brackets added)

In other words, when I’m in a position of rest, it’s because I understand that God’s got this. It’s because I’m trusting in the Lord.

In Matthew 6:25-26, Jesus said it another way:

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

New King James Version

I can see how what Jesus said here applies to many areas of the Christian life. Take finances, for example. I’ve not heard many preachers go to the above passage in Matthew when they talk about sowing and reaping. They usually reference only 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 and put the emphasis on sowing in order to reap. The problem with that is, when this passage in 2 Corinthians is not taught in balance with the one in Matthew, people tend to trust in their sowing rather than trust in God. Where’s the rest in that? When I’m focused on what I must do, there isn’t any room for rest.

I’m learning that a better way to prosper is to put the emphasis on trusting God, which is all about the heart.

During the same broadcast, Andrew shares this about the Sabbath rest:

“When God first gave the Jews this command about the Sabbath, did you know that there was nobody on the face of the planet that took one day out of seven off? Man, they were working seven out of seven days, fifteen-hour days, laboring and bringing forth fruit by the sweat of their brow. And yet here come God’s people, and they take one out of seven days off. . . . They would have had less. But actually, it was just the opposite. Because they were trusting in God and relying upon Him and following His command, the Jews prospered more with just six days of labor than all of the other nations did with seven days of labor.”

That’s awesome! Andrew goes on to say that the Sabbath “was a picture to them that God was their source, and all of their effort was just a response to God. It was a cooperation with God.”

My excessive thinking was getting in the way of cooperating with God. And I was only getting what I could come up with on my own, which wasn’t very much. But when I co-labor with the Lord, putting the emphasis on trust in Him and His plan, I cease from fretting. I rest assured, “for we who have believed do enter that rest” (Heb. 4:3, NKJV ).

Have you entered into that rest? Share your story with us in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to watch Andrew’s You’ve Already Got It! teaching, airing all this month on the Gospel Truth, or watch missed episodes online or on Roku.

Written by David Moore II

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Monday
Sep112017

No Bullying Zone

“You’re not running your race to obtain the victory. The victory has already been won. It was delivered to you at the starting block. You’re coming from the victory. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to not become distracted by things that try to tell you that you’re without the victory, that you’re in lack. Don’t be deceived. You’re not operating from a deficit. You have what it takes. Keep running!”

The Lord surprised me one evening when He spoke those words to my heart, seemingly out of the blue. Always a big Mission Impossible fan, I didn’t miss the challenge He issued. He challenged me to not be distracted. I had no idea at the time just how lack-minded I was. Lies I’d believed about myself were so well-rooted and familiar that I didn’t realize how much they stole my focus and robbed me of victory in so many areas.

Somewhere along the way, I had adopted a mentality of being without. Without identity, without authority, without value, without enough. Without. Living in fear became a way of life because, at the basement level of my being, I was convinced I didn’t have what it took to succeed—whatever “it” was. Like Eve, I’d been deceived into thinking I was missing something.

In his book You’ve Already Got It!, Andrew relates Adam and Eve’s experience to us today.

“If you could convince perfect people living in paradise with no physical problems whatsoever to think they didn’t have it all, to doubt God’s Word, and to question His goodness, then I guarantee you can convince people living in a fallen world, who can look in any direction and see pain, tragedy, lack, and need, that they don’t have it all.” (p. 119)

But not having it all wasn’t true for Adam and Eve before the Fall, and it isn’t true for born-again believers now.

“The truth is, if you’ve been born again, you do have everything. You are complete in Christ. (Col. 2:10.) Everything you’ll ever need has already been given to you. . . . All you’re doing is combating [Satan’s] lies and deceptions.” (p. 119, emphasis mine)

My oldest son, always friendly and outgoing, came home one day in tears. Eleven years old at the time, he had a black eye and scrapes on his face. When I asked him what had happened, he told me that two older boys lured him into the woods, beat him up, and stole his bike. They were
obviously bullies.

Recently, in a flash of revelation, the Lord showed me that I was being bullied too. Satan had intimidated me into accepting symptoms in my body that weren’t mine and that I didn’t want. When God opened my eyes to what was happening, I could actually see how the Enemy was trying to steal my health.

Like I did when my son got bullied, I got angry. Really angry. I wanted to fight. But a believer’s battle is not with flesh and blood and isn’t waged with fists. So, where is the battle? Andrew explains:

“The battle against the devil is waged in your thoughts. That’s why God’s Word is so essential! Satan’s only power is deception. He lies and represents himself as more powerful than he is. But truth is the antidote to deception. . . . Apart from the power you give him through believing his lies, Satan can’t steal anything from you.” (pp. 119-120, italics mine)

Since the Lord gave me that revelation, I’ve decided that my days of being bullied are over. I may not know every adjustment that needs to be made in my thinking, but I know one thing for sure: it’s too late for defeat, because the victory has already been won.

Find out more about your victory and Satan’s defeat by watching You’ve Already Got It! on Andrew’s Gospel Truth broadcast. You can also listen to the You’ve Already Got It! series through our website or order the book. Don’t be bullied by the Enemy. Learn what’s already yours through Jesus.

Written by Sylvia F. Wells

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Monday
Sep042017

Believe All Things

When you’re a kid, everything is easier to believe. Then comes the day when you wipe childhood from your eyes and begin to see the world for what it really is. Somewhere along the way, you lose the ability to just believe the best about people or situations. While part of that is just growing up, when it comes to walking with God, seeing things “realistically” doesn’t always help.

First Corinthians 13:7 says that love “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (emphasis mine).

First of all, we need to believe God. When He says that we are “the righteousness of God” in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21) and that we’re already healed by His stripes (Is. 53:5), He wants us to just believe it and release that righteousness and healing. No questions. No doubts. No wavering. Like children, we must trust that He means what He says. We’ll never attribute the loss of a loved one, a failed business pursuit, or physical sickness to Him when we know that His intentions toward us are always good. We can believe Him when He says that He’s already given us everything we need for “life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3).

Andrew explains what this everything for life and godliness is in his You’ve Already Got It! teaching. “Everything that you will ever need in the spiritual realm, the physical realm, the emotional realm, the financial realm, has already been done, and He placed this supernatural, raising-from-the-dead [power] on the inside of everyone.” He goes on to explain, “It’s a matter of releasing whatever it is that you need instead of trying to get God to do what you need done.”

When it comes to believing all things in regard to other people, it does not mean being a dupe and accepting everything people say without discernment. It means to assume the best. It is hope.

Do you believe the best of others, of yourself, of God? Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Doubt and faith don’t mix. When we doubt, when we don’t assume the best of others, we’re not walking in love, and this messes with our faith.

Andrew describes our stance of faith as “our receiver”: “Whatever it is that you need, God has already done it. His supply is already there. God has already done everything through Jesus, and if you don’t see it, . . . the first thing you ought to do is check your receiver.”

Contrary to what the world tells us, believing all things, or assuming the best, is not childish. After detailing what the love of God is, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away
childish things.”

This verse implies that walking in the kind of love that believes all things is a mark of maturity. It’s essential to manifesting what’s already in your spirit. Start believing the best and develop a faith that works by love! This is the faith that releases what God has already put inside of you.

First John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” Get consumed with His love for you, and you’ll find that it’s difficult to see bad in others. Become captivated by His goodness, and you will never doubt His plans for you. When all you can see is the best in people, in situations, and in God, you cannot help but release what’s in your spirit. With Andrew’s teaching You’ve Already Got It!, you’ll learn more about God’s goodness and build your faith to what is already in you. It’s available as a CD, DVD, book, and study guide. Check it out today!

Written by Aria Fischer

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