when you pray for something and it does not look right

Jeremiah 2911Looking through some of the audio prayers we recorded for patients I came upon two prayers to help strengthen an end state cancer patient whom the doctors had advised to be transferred to hospice. She continued to believe in God during her medical treatment. At that time she was in regular severe pain despite her increasing reliance on morphine. She made a decision to rest with a Christian family instead of staying in a hospice. During the last stage of her fight she had good social support through the love and care of good friends who got to know her through her involvement in the church and prayer group who only came to know of her case then. She passed on despite the medical treatment and prayers.

Why? We cannot help but ask.

Today while studying for my Bible College courses, I come upon the following teaching which I find very relevant to my question. The teaching is on the case of Jesus reprimanding His disciples for not having faith concerning a boy who suffered from epilepsy in Matthew 17:21. When the disciples prayed they saw things in the physical realm like the symptoms actually got worse. The bystanders/crowd were pressing in. The patient’s father/family was anxious and disappointed. Unbelief in us rises and can negate our faith.

How to stay in faith? How to overcome our natural unbelief in spiritual/supernatural things? It takes practice and focus. Fasting and praying is one effective way to do that. I pray we all learn to develop a close relationship with God and become more and more sensitive to His spiritual reality, hearing Him and aligning our prayers with Him.

“When you pray for things, sometimes it gets worse instead of better. And the reason is is because the devil, you flushed him out in the open. He is going to have to leave if you continue to stand in faith. And so he will do something to manifest something contrary to what you have believed to try and get you into unbelief that will negate your faith.”
“And so, when you pray for something and it does not look right, how do you overcome that natural unbelief that comes against you through that? Prayer and fasting is what does that…you are talking to a God that you cannot see…And then you hear Him, and do you know what? That goes against all of your natural senses…And if you live a life of prayer, if you have much prayer, then do you know what it does? You get your senses accustomed to, “There is more going on than what I can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel.” Especially when you pray and ask God for wisdom, and then God speaks to you, and you act on it. And now you see that it works, and everything worked out…” (Andrew Wommack)

Here are links to resources that will help explain further about our insensitivity to God and how to overcome that hindrance to our receiving what God has given.
http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/hardness_heart/
http://www.awmi.net/audio/audio-teachings/#/awm_1003d_cure.mp3

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a powerful testimony of an ordinary man who heard God and followed for fifty years…

AW testimony“When Andrew first went on television, the Gospel Truth broadcast only had 3 percent coverage in the United States. Now, with recent additions to ministry coverage, the program reaches a potential 3.2 billion people worldwide. By God’s grace, the Gospel is going farther and deeper than ever before!…”

“It all began when Andrew was born again at just eight years old. Although he avoided the rebellious phase often associated with adolescence, he believed that through his own righteousness, he could develop a relationship with the Lord. But then, on a Saturday night in 1968, everything changed. Andrew realized he had fallen into the bondage of legalism and began confessing his self-righteousness, expecting the wrath of God to fall. Instead of wrath, however, God’s presence flooded him with love. “God’s love consumed me,” he says. “When I was at my worst, God’s love was the strongest.” This encounter changed his life forever and motivated him to follow God’s leading in his life. He decided to leave college, even though that meant losing his student deferment. Drafted into the Army and shipped to Vietnam, he served as a chaplain’s assistant. Despite how difficult and dangerous things were on the front lines, God used that time to ground Andrew in His Word and begin establishing the course of his life.

Upon his return, Andrew submitted to the call of God to be a teacher of the Word. He and Jamie were married in 1972, and together they began teaching Bible studies. Over the next six years, they would pastor three small churches and complete their family with two sons, Joshua and Jonathan Peter.

In 1976, Andrew broadcast his first Gospel Truth radio program on a little country-and-western station in Childress, Texas. By 1980, Andrew and Jamie had moved their ministry to Colorado Springs. Their vision was becoming quite clear: to teach the truth of the Gospel to the body of Christ throughout the United States and the world, with special emphasis on God’s unconditional love and the balance between grace and faith. They were fulfilling that vision by traveling to speaking engagements, producing radio broadcasts, and distributing audio cassette tapes, which were provided at no cost to those who could not afford them.

Andrew Wommack on radio
In 1976, Andrew broadcast his first Gospel Truth radio program on a little country-and-western station in Childress, Texas.

God began speaking to Andrew about 2 Timothy 2:2. In that scripture, Paul told Timothy to take the things that he had learned and commit them to faithful men who would be able to teach others. Andrew knew God wanted him to do the same. In 1994, a cornerstone of the ministry was laid in place with the dedication of Charis Bible College—a college committed to equipping the saints for ministry by providing sound biblical teaching and practical, hands-on training.

In January of 2000, Andrew broadcasted the first Gospel Truth television program on INSP Network. Response to the message was tremendous, and since then, the Gospel Truth has been added to over twenty networks including The Church Channel, Daystar, God TV, and CNL, as well as over 500 television stations around the globe. And the Gospel Truth continues to grow.
But God was putting even bigger things on Andrew’s heart.

The ministry quickly outgrew its first two buildings, in Manitou Springs and on Robinson Street in Colorado Springs. Andrew began looking for a new home for the ministry. Although he saw several move-in-ready properties, he knew the ministry needed more space than they could offer. Instead, he chose the partly finished, but much larger, Elkton Drive location. AWM moved into the Elkton building in 2004, and for years this location was able to accommodate substantial growth for Charis Bible College, the Communication Services Department, Product Services Department, Television Department, Marketing Department, and the other departments that help make this ministry a success around the world.

In early 2011, AWM continued to grow in its reach and started to broadcast the Gospel Truth program on TBN. This nearly doubled the viewership and was a huge answer to prayer!….” (Excerpts quoted from the link below)

Read on for the full amazing and powerful testimony. Be encouraged as you read about how one man heard God and continued to hear and obey and let the impossible God do the impossible in his ordinary life. (This comment is this blogger’s own)

http://www.awmi.net/about-us/ministry-history/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=andrews-50th-anniversary&utm_content=social

another live testimony: severe pain and cancer healed

John 153

For many years this blogger has heard of divine healing and healed testimonies of various diseases from many different people in developed and developing nations. There seems no difference between people from all national backgrounds and walks of lives when it comes to healing by Jesus and His power in Holy Spirit filled believers using His name. What Jesus has said to His disciples about what those who believe in Him can do, in Mark 16:15-20, has come into physical reality, and many people get healed just by believing what Jesus has said.

As reported in this blog previously some of us have also practiced and experienced divine healing in our daily lives. We have read many books and testimonies and received both Biblical teaching and practical hands on training on divine healing. We have personally encountered healing and also witnessed others healed by our praying over them. We are encouraged by healed testimonies of those whom we prayed over. But we are not discouraged by not receiving testimonies from others.

A fortnight ago an evangelist/Bible teacher in our midst was invited to teach divine healing to a small group and someone brought a couple to her for prayers. The wife was instantly healed of pain which she had suffered for over weeks. The evangelist/Bible teacher went home and was led by the Spirit to invite the couple to come to see her a second time. So they came and she taught them the Bible verses about divine healing. She also prayed over the man who had cancer and had doctors’ report (death sentence) that he had to have lifelong chemotherapy until he dies. But the man had reached a point that he just couldn’t continue with the chemotherapy. The following day he went for a medical check up and the medical report had turned out to confirm that there is now no trace of cancer in him! The couple went home rejoicing and praising God.

It is always very encouraging to hear this. We pray that our readers are encouraged to read and believe in the Bible verses about healing and the healed testimonies of many. How did the couple receive their healing? By faith. They just believed and received with gladness.

Tonight I am led to read again a case of healing by Jesus: Luke 7:1-10 a Roman centurion’s dying servant was healed by Jesus because of the centurion’s faith in Jesus’ word. “But say the word and my servant will be healed.” He believed in the supreme authority of Jesus over sicknesses.

Today we are doing the same as Jesus has commanded His believers. We let the Lord (Holy Spirit) fill and lead us, use Jesus’ name, His word and authority to command sicknesses to depart. And we have witnessed many healed testimonies. I believe the latest healed testimony is a breakthrough in faith in action. Faith on the part of the healer and the patients as well.

I am reminded of another passage from the Bible of what Jesus said to His disciples in John 15 that he is the vine and we are the branches and unless we abide in Him we cannot do anything. This is a command for anyone who practices divine healing. Meditate on His words and let Jesus speak to you too. The evangelist/Bible teacher and the couple who came for help have held fast to John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Indeed, Jesus’ words came to pass.

The motivating force must be love. Only the love of Christ can compel a believer to want to give his or her life to serve in the divine healing ministry. John 15:9-13. Jesus has set the example and blazed the trail. This is the difference between those who continue to bear fruit and those who no longer bear fruit. A heart that is after God’s heart bears good fruit.

Belief in Jesus name is most important for healing. I have overcome my unbelief and seen supernatural results.

Don’t explain away the healed assurance even when we don’t see immediate effect. Hold fast like a bull dog. Just continue believing. Then the results will always manifest. Because it’s supernatural. God is supernatural.

the power of faith in God’s promises to receive healing

Hebrews 11Faith is a major key success factor among those who believe in divine healing. We all need faith to receive healing, whether by someone laying hand on us or by we ourselves reading and believing in the healing verses. Today we read Hebrews (chapter 11 and 12:1-3) to learn more and be assured about how faith works. Here is my summary of the Bible reading.

1. Faith is tied to the word of God and can be seen in the word of God. By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. (11:3 AMPC)
2. God is pleased with faith expressed by us when approaching Him. (11:6)
3. Faith in God means we believe He is God and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. He likes us to seek Him out. (11:6) We can learn from Jesus’ example of having an intimate relationship with the Father in heaven.
4. Faith is tied to promise. God gives promises to us. We believe in His promises. Healing words are God’s promises.
5. We receive the manifestation of the healed by faith action: by believing, taking and holding fast to the words of promises we hear, receive, and proclaim to be ours.
6. Faith in action is a testimony. God records such testimonies. The following is a list of Biblical examples of such faith testimonies.
Abel’s more excellent sacrifice, Enoch’s close walk with God, Noah’s godly fear and preparation for saving his household, Abraham’s obedience, Moses’ choice and many others’ heroic overcoming various adversaries and adversities. (See below*)
7. Faith means although one does not see the result yet one continues to press on toward the goal: being motivated by the desire for a better condition than where we are.
8. Faith requires us to run with endurance the race that is set before us.
9. God has provided assured strength for us to complete the faith race if we follow the following divine instructions:
a. lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us;
b. looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
10. Faith means we focus on seeing Jesus (in our born again spirit) rather than looking at ourselves and the current conditions. Imitate Jesus. He successfully completed the race and is now sitting at the right hand of the throne of God!

*Hebrews 11:33-35a
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.

Read this prayer aloud

Read this prayer aloud and let your heart agree with it: Heavenly Father, thank You because You’re my Father and I’m your child. I have been born again. I am born of You. You are my very own Father, and I am Your very own child. Hallelujah! It is written in Your Word that “my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” [Phil. 4:19]. I believe that in my heart. You supply my physical needs – that is, healing for my body – for it is written in Matthew 8:17, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Jesus took my infirmities. He bore my sicknesses. What He bore, I need not bear. Because He bore them. I’m free; I’m healed. I believe that in my heart. I say it with my mouth. It’s mine. I have it now. He meets all my needs. My spiritual need is met. My financial need is met. Every material need is met. All my needs are met. I believe it in my heart. Because I believe it in my heart, I say it with my mouth. It is done. Confession: I’m not a doubter. I’m a believer. I am a child of God. God is my very own Father. I am His very own child. I am born of God. Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

Healing Is Here 2017

http://healingishere.org/?ref=em03
Quoted from the organizers on the above website:
“This event is free! But you must register. Healing Is Here fills up fast, so don’t delay.
Registration for Healing Is Here 2017 gives you admission to:
Four main sessions, featuring speakers Andrew Wommack, Daniel Kolenda, Jerry Garcia, and Greg Mohr.
Eight ministry training lessons with Daniel Amstutz and Carlie Terradez.
Up to three interactive workshops.
Three Q&A sessions.”

Charis Bible College: Healing School

http://www.charisbiblecollege.org/watch-charis-live

Live Stream Schedule

(subject to change)

  • When: Thursday, 05/18/17 1:00 PM MDT with Tracey Bartlett

  • When: Thursday, 05/25/17 1:00 PM MDT with Rick McFarland

    Come, bring family and friends. Learn the truth, then witness and experience the healing power of God.

    Watch Healing School LIVE on Thursdays at 1 p.m. MST

    Read Praise Reports from the School of Healing

    Schedule: Every Thursday at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park

    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Live Praise & Worship

    Thanking God for what He already accomplished on the cross!

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Teaching Session

    Training through God’s Word, guest speakers and miracle testimonies.

    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prayer & Ministry

    Prayer and ministry to those who need healing from those who have been trained in the ministry of healing.

    Starting January 2017: Healing School at Night!  Second Friday of Every Month

    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Live Praise & Worship, Offering, Testimonies and Giveaways

    Thanking God for what He already accomplished on the cross!

    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Teaching Session

    Training through God’s Word, guest speakers and miracle testimonies.

    9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Prayer & Ministry

    Prayer and ministry to those who need healing from those who have been trained in the ministry of healing.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsljKOcYKll4vQmvPOsovkQ

Grace Encounters: Five True Stories

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Two women with backgrounds of legalism and spiritual abuse were set free by the power of God.
A person walked away from a history of drug abuse through discovering how good God is.
A man in prison encountered God in a way that set him on a path to freedom and victory.
A couple who felt “unusable” by the Lord was so impacted by grace that it transformed them and sent them into the heart of Africa to set captives free.

This package will help you understand what the Bible says about God’s nature and love for you. Be inspired to have your own grace encounter with God.

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One healed restored mind: emotive-cognitive behavioral functioning

jesus healed the mind
Jesus heals and restores sound mind

Many Christians find that not all who are suffering from challenges in their mind are healed from the symptoms and the causes thereof.
Why? This is a question that really bothers those who practice divine healing. Why do mental patients seem to find it harder to receive healing? Are there scriptural evidences that mental conditions that torment a person may be healed like that of physical conditions? If so, where are the evidences in the Bible? This is our topic today. Christianity is all about effective successful functioning living in the power of God and His words (life and spirit. John 6:63) for all who believe.

Let us read the following Bible verses (God’s words) with a heart that is opened to the Lord’s Spirit. Here is a brief summary of key positive healing words for all believers I find from the verses: They refer to our thought life and our own behavior. What we put in our heart and actually come out. Evidences of our inner lives that others can see.
One mind. Sympathize. Love. tenderhearted. humble attitude. bless and not curse or seek revenge. speak no evil (it also means do no evil. speaking is equivalent to doing). turn away from evil. do good. seek peace. work to maintain peace.
worship Christ as Lord of your life. Gentle, respectful, keep your conscience free. 

The two keys to living a powerful Kingdom of God life: Living the life in the Spirit, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

1 Peter 3:8-22 (NLT)
All Christians
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”[b]

Suffering for Doing Good
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way.[c] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

18 Christ suffered[d] for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.[e]

19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.[f] 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from[g] a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Footnotes:

3:8 Greek Show brotherly love.
3:10-12 Ps 34:12-16.
3:16 Some English translations put this sentence in verse 15.
3:18a Some manuscripts read died.
3:18b Or in spirit.
3:20 Greek saved through water.
3:21 Or as an appeal to God for.

Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
Ephesians 1:15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,[e] 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[f] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[g]

19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Footnotes:

1:1 The most ancient manuscripts do not include in Ephesus.
1:6 Greek to us in the beloved.
1:11 Or we have become God’s inheritance.
1:13 Or he put his seal on you.
1:15 Some manuscripts read your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and to God’s people everywhere.
1:17 Or to give you the Spirit of wisdom.
1:18 Or called, and the rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his holy people.

Practical application:
1. repeatedly listen to the Bible verses.
2. copy down the verses.
3. worship God.
4. keep mind under the control of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection power of Christ.
5. take Holy Communion.
6. use our mouth to proclaim God’s positive words.
7. keep our mind thinking of thoughts of God’s goodness.
8. As Paul has taught, keep praying in tongue.
9. fellowship with other Christians who practice these.
10. be baptized by the Holy Spirit and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

More power of Praise!

praise cardWe continue today with more power of praise. Praise turns darkness to light. Praise switches the role of being a victim to that of a victor! Praise places believers of Jesus to the head position and not the tail. Why does God honor them? Because they honor God. God builds His throne on our praises.

The time was darkest, at midnight. The two faithful disciples obeyed the Holy Spirit, went to evangelize this city and were falsely accused, thrown into prison with cruelty and treated as the worst criminals by the authority. Could the two be wrong in hearing God? Anyone would wonder. What a terrible fate. someone would remark. But these two were sure of their calling and their destiny. They did something that was just the opposite of despair. They sang powerful and hopeful praises to God at midnight, and miracles happened! As they sang praises and worshipped God, supernatural events took place: great earthquake, prison shaken, doors opened, chains unfastened, prisoners and jailor converted to Christ, jailor’s family also saved and converted. None of the prisoners ran away after conversion. Paul and Silas too were enjoying the presence of God so much they did not take the opportunity to run away. Instead, Paul (the former prisoner) took charge in an authoritative way, continued to bring the jailor and his family to Christ. The next day the table turned as the local officials had to apologize to them, and escorted them out of prison as very important honorary guests. Paul and Silas did not hear God wrongly. They were right to respond to their calling and they succeeded in their mission to evangelize the people who were crying out for help in a vision. THEY WERE FEARLESS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW GOD THROUGH THEIR REGULAR PRAISES TO GOD.

Let us read what happened on that fateful midnight.

ACTS 16:6-10; 22-40 AMP

PAUL SAW A VISION
6 Now they passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, after being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor]; 7 and after they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 so passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 Then a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from [the Roman province of] [a]Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 And when he had seen the vision, [b]we (including Luke) tried to go on into Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

PAUL AND SILAS IMPRISONED
16:22 The crowd also joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and ordered that Paul and Silas be beaten with rods. 23 After striking them many times [with the rods], they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely. 24 He, having received such a [strict] command, threw them into the inner prison (dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks [in an agonizing position].

MIDNIGHT PRAISES AND THE POWER OF PRAISES: MIRACLES!
25 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 suddenly there was a great earthquake, so [powerful] that the very foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer, shaken out of sleep, saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, we are all here!” 29 Then the jailer called for torches and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out [of the inner prison], he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE
31 And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their bloody wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, since he had believed in God with his entire family [accepting with joy what had been made known to them about the Christ].

HONOR RESTORED TO PAUL AND SILAS
35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their officers, saying, “Release those men.” 36 And the jailer repeated the words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent word to release you; so come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without a trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now they are sending us out secretly? No! Let them come here themselves and bring us out!” 38 The officers reported this message to the chief magistrates, and [g]when they heard that the prisoners were Romans, they were frightened; 39 so they came [to the prison] and appealed to them [with apologies], and when they brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city. 40 So they left the prison and went to Lydia’s house; and when they had seen the brothers and sisters, they encouraged and comforted them, and left.

Footnotes:

Acts 16:9 Northern Greece.
Acts 16:10 At this point Luke (the writer) apparently joined the journey and includes himself in the narrative, speaking in the first person.
Acts 16:13 Apparently there were not enough Jews living in Philippi to establish a synagogue.
Acts 16:14 The first recorded believer in Europe.
Acts 16:14 This was an important and valuable fabric, having great demand, being used on the official toga in Rome and its colonies.
Acts 16:16 Lit a python spirit. In Greek mythology, Python the earth-dragon (serpent goddess), was associated with the oracle at Delphi.
Acts 16:38 Paul was a Roman citizen because he was born in Tarsus (22:28), capitol of Cilicia and a city that the emperor Augustus had pronounced “free” because of its support of Rome. Nothing is known of Silas’ family background, but if his name is short for “Silvanus,” it is a Roman name (taken from the god of the forest) and it could be that Silas was also born a Roman citizen. Details on Roman citizenship at that time are sketchy at best, but it is clear from Acts that punishing a citizen without a trial and guilty verdict was illegal, probably involving severe penalties for the magistrates in charge. Also, a Roman citizen charged with a crime had the right to go to Rome and be tried in the emperor’s court (25:9-12).

A reading recommendation: spiritual dyslexia

oywj“Most Christians have a disease which can be fatal if not treated. It is spread through close contact with religion and is highly contagious. This disease makes the individual see everything backwards. Instead of God’s love compelling them to live holy, they think living holy will cause God to love them. This causes chronic fatigue and frustration from trying to give what they haven’t received. Discover the joy of knowing we are already loved by God.” (Andrew Wommack)

Spiritual Fitness 26th February (from Andrew Wommack’s Daily Devotional)
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:23-30
Is Jesus advocating dismembering of our bodies? Quite the contrary. He is drawing on the universal drive within every person of self preservation to make a point. If you value your body highly enough that you would never sacrifice one of its parts, then you should esteem your spiritual well being much higher.

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, man’s priorities have been misplaced. Great effort is put into preserving our physical life while our spiritual condition is often overlooked. It constantly gets put on the “back burner” while we tend to more urgent matters of this life.

Yet our physical bodies are just temporary. If we live 70 years or more, that is just a fraction of a second in the light of eternity. Our spiritual man lives forever. The state in which it exists is determined by choices made in this life.

Therefore, choose to make your spiritual condition your top priority. Spend more time on your spiritual well being than you do your physical well being. You and everyone around you will be eternally grateful that you did.

Please visit the following links for the original and more free resources which will answer your many queries in life and help you to fulfill the good plan God has given to you.

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Living a Life of Fire and Faith quotes

I am led today to share some quotes from an evangelist of our time. Recently I have been interceding using the word “fire”. Today I suddenly thought of this evangelist’s autobiography, but I forgot its title. After I searched the internet I found that it’s aptly called, “Living a Life of Fire: An Autobiography” by Reinhard Bonnke. Indeed, it’s a time to call down supernatural fire. Many are suffering, oppressed, persecuted and lost. Some are forever lost without Jesus. Is this a time to build our own bigger and more luxurious houses with fancier ceilings? Good reminder from the old prophet Haggai. What is your call? That is the crux of the matter.

“It is said that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die. There is no room for such a waste of energy in the service of God.”

“You have faith stories, too. No matter how small, remember them, recite them, count them, and celebrate them. They build your faith for what is coming next in your life.”

“When people decide not to take risks, this is why. They fear they might suffer unexpected consequences. And, as my ulcers and depression proved, the risk is real. But is that reason to hang onto the past? To cling to mediocrity? No. Doing that is the first step along the path of seeing a living faith become a dead one. The old place, the old building, the old method, the old success, is comforting. The new step is frightening. We must place our trust completely in God to move beyond these comfort zones in life.”

“Divine healings were signs and wonders to confirm the preaching of the gospel. He took the sick man by the hand and commanded that”

“When you pull up roots in order to fulfill a divine destiny, there is not a sense of pain or loss. Rather, there is a great expectation for things to come.”

“The need is not the call. This piece of wisdom has saved the lives of many a missionary, especially in Africa, where the needs are so great that they can pull you to pieces. A missionary can put out so many fires trying to meet needs around him that he suffers burnout. I have known missionary friends who said, “I hear the cry of lost souls calling me into the mission field.” These workers are headed for the missionary bone yard. They have responded to the call of the need rather than the call of God. We must go where God sends us, speak what He gives us to speak, hear His voice and obey it – this is our best protection from burnout. It will also guide us to the very best strategy for accomplishing His mission. For everything a man does to follow the call of God, there are ten things he does not do. We cannot do everything. We must focus on the call and not simply the needs.”

Faith: The Link with God’s Power by Reinhard Bonnke

“We do not first acquire the faith that we bring to Scripture. Scripture encourages faith. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).”

“Commitment Now, nobody can have unity on his or her own. You cannot be married on your own. There is no such thing as an independent believer. You cannot have unity by belonging nowhere.”

“Jesus did not call them—or you and me—to ditch their smiles and to wear sackcloth. His mission was not to turn people into “stick-in-the-muds.” Jesus Himself was not very conventional! The disciples caught His infectious spirit, one that would challenge the stuffy establishment. He showed them new things, especially faith and love, by which, they would conquer the world.”

“God the Deliverer The primary truth about God is that He is the Deliverer, the Emancipator, and the Savior. He is God only to the free. Faith is a venture that turns life into an adventure.”

“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity. He is the bonding element. This bonding is a wonderful effect of faith in Christ. It is creative. It brings about a new kind of oneness not even known in the closest of earthly families.”

“Faith…needs to be matched with action. Belief is not just brain cells in motion. It demands a response. Do we do what we believe? If we believe in a seed, we plant it.”

The following write-up is quoted from : http://www.cfan.org.sg/about-reinhard-bonnke.html

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke is principally known for his Great Gospel Crusades throughout the Continent of Africa. The son of a pastor, Reinhard gave his life to the Lord at age nine, and heard the call to the African mission field before he was even a teenager. After attending Bible College in Wales, and his ordination in Germany he pastored a church and then went on to start missionary work in Africa. It was there, in the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, that God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus’ — an entire continent, from Cape Town to Cairo and from Dakar to Djibouti that needed to be reached and to hear the proclamation of the signs-following Gospel.

He began holding meetings in a tent that accommodated just 800 people, but, as attendance steadily increased, larger and larger tents had to be purchased, until finally, in 1984, he commissioned the construction of the world’s largest mobile structure — a tent capable of seating 34,000 people! Soon, attendance at his meetings even exceeded the capacity of this huge structure, and he began open-air Gospel Campaigns with an initial gathering of over 150,000 people per service! Since then, he has conducted city-wide meetings across the continent with as many as 1,600,000 people attending a single meeting using towering sound systems that can be heard for miles.
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It has now been some thirty-five years since Reinhard Bonnke founded the international ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN), which currently has offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Since the start of the new millennium, through a host of major events in Africa and other parts of the world, the ministry has recorded 55 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ.

As part of the discipleship-training program, 185 million copies of CfaN follow-up literature have been published in 103 languages and printed in 55 countries. Millions of books have been printed and freely ‘seeded’ in nations around the world. All this is in addition to the ‘Reinhard Bonnke School of Fire,’ an online, self-study course, aimed at inspiring others to Holy Spirit Evangelism and leading to either a certificate or university credits.

Reinhard Bonnke is also recognized for hosting ‘Fire Conferences’ in many different countries of the world, events that are aimed at equipping church leaders and workers for evangelism; for distributing over 95,500,000 copies of Minus to Plus, a profound salvation message, to homes around the world; and for seeking every opportunity to reach and to save the lost.

More recently, Bonnke has spent several years developing the ‘Full Flame Film Series,’ a series of eight inspirational films aimed at inspiring and challenging the church to Holy Spirit evangelism.

Evangelist Bonnke is married to Anni, father to Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle, and Susie, and grandfather to eight grandchildren.

Decisions Determine Destiny (a call)

andrew-wommack-teachesI have decided to share this letter as I have subscribed and partnered with Charis Bible College World Outreach. By faith I decided sowing the seed of a mere $30 a month. What is a $30 to you? To a person not living in a developed world it could mean a lot. By faith I am also a registered first year correspondence student with the Charis Bible College through one of their overseas branches. I agreed with Andrew that “Decisions Determine Destiny”. I was born again in 1983 and for twenty years I tried to read the Bible and live the Bible way. I invested a fortune in buying many costly reference and commentary books from many theologians before I heard of Andrew’s free teaching. Despite the good intention and my zeal to serve God and live a better life (more abundant life) I increasingly realized that my discipleship ministry had no power and the word taught to me had no reality as they were mere words (in black and white letters). Finally I decided to listen to the free audio teachings of Andrew, which someone gave me around 2003 and the truth of the Gospel of Christ with special emphasis on God’s unconditional love and the balance between grace and faith has changed my destiny. The difference is obvious. Andrew teaches the Word differently. The powerful change to my way of thinking has changed my life. The Word becomes life and spirit to me. My God is now real. My life and ministry have been transformed. What happened? My mind has been renewed. The change is significant. I thank the Lord now for the divine appointment without which I would have missed out my true destiny. Andrew’s vision forty years ago has in turn birthed many others’ (including mine).

~~~~~~~~~Here is Andrew’s letter~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’m sure you’ve heard the statement “Life is a series of choices.” To some, that’s too simple, but it really is true. Your decisions determine your destiny.

Jamie and I recently took a vacation. We didn’t get in the car and just go in any direction; we had a goal, and every turn we took was calculated to help us reach our destination. We checked the map often and made a few adjustments when we missed a turn. We didn’t do it perfectly, but we got to where we wanted to go, because of decisions.

Likewise, you make decisions every day that move you closer to your God-ordained destiny—or away from it. There is no such thing as just sitting still or putting God’s plan for your life on hold. That’s a deception. God’s will for you is intertwined with His will for others, and that is a constantly moving and changing dynamic. It’s like catching a flight. You can miss it.

It’s true that the Lord can get you to your destiny another way. He’s certainly smarter than a GPS device that “recalculates” when you miss a turn. There is always a later flight with God. But who wants the hassle, disappointment, and delay that comes with missing a connection? I want God’s best. Don’t you?

When you are on a road trip, those who are ahead of you can be valuable sources of information. It doesn’t matter how you feel about them personally. The fact that they have already driven the road gives them insights that you need. They can tell you what accommodations and restaurants are available. Or they can let you know of a wreck or construction ahead and then advise an alternate route. You would be foolish not to draw on the insights of others who have gone before you.

With that in mind, we have put together a number of what we call Destiny Stories. These are the stories of individuals who have made choices that changed their lives for the better. They are people just like you, with challenges, failures, pasts, and even successes that stood in the way of them following God’s will for their lives. But with a few good decisions, they made their lives count.

Take, for instance, Kevin and Rachel Dowling. They were living on the streets of New York. Homeless and helpless, they were dope addicts with no good future. But through a woman at one of the soup kitchens they frequented, they found the Lord and His love. Five years later, they were free from dope, but still lacked direction for their lives. They decided to come to Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs, and everything began to change.

Not only have they been set free from the feelings of unworthiness and shame that dominated their lives, but now they are bringing others into their newfound freedom. The ones who used to sleep in cardboard boxes and eat out of trash cans are now providing food and the Gospel to thousands of other people who need a new destination.

Or take Leland Shores, who was a successful businessman in Dallas, Texas. While he lay on the floor, nearly choking to death on a sandwich, his life flashed before him, and he knew that all of his “successes” were worth nothing. When he recovered, he made the decision to sell everything he had and dedicate his life to the Lord.

That one decision led Leland to CBC and eventually Africa, where he helped establish the Discipleship Evangelism course, which has now reached nearly 500,000 people. Leland also established the AWM bookstore in downtown Kampala, Uganda, where hundreds of people have been born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit. If that weren’t enough, Leland started CBC-Uganda, with over 100 students who are changing Uganda.

Leland died unexpectedly in June 2011, but in the eleven years since he made the decision to make his life count for the Lord, he did more than most people do in a lifetime. And because Leland’s emphasis was on discipleship, his disciples are continuing the work he began. Numerous people have been raised from the dead through those Leland reached. Disciples are ministering on the radio daily, and others are holding crusades with signs and wonders. Leland’s impact is just beginning.

Carrie Pickett is a young woman who came to our college fresh out of high school. She had known that the Lord had a call on her life since she was a little girl, but she was transformed by the Word and her missions trip to Russia. God put a love in her heart that she has been following for the last thirteen years in Russia.

Some would think of all that Carrie gave up to go to Russia. She’s an attractive young lady who put her personal desires for a family on the altar to serve the Lord. But God had the perfect husband for Carrie—in Russia. She would have missed him if she hadn’t followed the Lord to the ends of the earth. Now she and her husband, Mike, have a beautiful daughter, Elliana.

Their lives are making a big impact. They not only have established a CBC in St. Petersburg, but they also have a goal of starting 1,000 new Bible colleges in the next five years and are well on their way to seeing the completion of that vision. They were also responsible for getting my books and television broadcasts translated into Russian. Through their efforts, the Gospel Truth television broadcast now reaches 160 million homes in Russia every weekday across eleven time zones. They also direct our AWM-Russia office, which ministers to thousands of Russian-speaking people throughout the world.

What would all of these people’s lives have been like if they hadn’t made the decisions they did? An even greater question might be, what would the lives of the millions of people they’ve affected have been like without them? Every one of us has a God-ordained destiny that is designed to touch others. We are carrying other people’s miracles. I don’t think we can fully comprehend this. It is certain, however, that the lives of millions of people were changed simply because these “heroes of the faith” made the right decisions.

Are you certain that the decisions you are making every day are the ones the Lord wants you to make? If you can’t answer that affirmatively, then what is stopping you? Most people don’t intentionally decide to miss their destinies; they just get busy with the cares of this life, and before they know it, they are in a rut that they can’t seem to get out of.

But remember, your life is the result of choices—YOUR choices. Others can influence or hinder you, but your choices are the determining factor of your destiny. It is never too late to make the right choices.

My spiritual life started with making a choice. I had been seeking to know the Lord’s will for my life when He directed me to Romans 12:1-2, which says,

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

He showed me His will for my life was to be completely committed to Him. That’s the main thing. I was only seventeen years old at the time, but I started seeking to become a living sacrifice to the Lord with all my heart.

That decision led to a miraculous encounter with the Lord on March 23, 1968, when God revealed Himself to me in a way that changed my life forever. I have never been, and will never be, the same. I made an absolute and complete, unconditional surrender to the Lord that has propelled me to the life I live today. I’ve made thousands of decisions since then, but the decision to unconditionally follow God’s will for my life started it all.

The fact that you are receiving this letter is the result of decisions made by you and me. I decided to follow the Lord and teach His Word, and you decided to contact us in response to something He spoke to you through me. Our lives have been connected because of decisions. Decisions determine destiny.

My study of the Word of God has been the single most influential force on my decisions. God’s Word is a light to our path (Ps. 119:105). It’s like I explained in my book Effortless Change, all we really have to do is put the seed of God’s Word in our hearts, and it will change us effortlessly. That’s how God established His kingdom.

Charis Bible Colleges are changing the lives of thousands of people through the ministry of God’s Word. We now have about 2,000 people involved in correspondence courses, online Bible courses, and our eighteen campuses. But we are reaching the limits of the number of people we can accommodate here at our campus in Colorado Springs.

As you know, I saw this coming, and the Lord directed me to start preparing for a Bible college campus where we could train at least 3,000 people. We purchased 157 acres in 2009 and just got released from some legal issues in June 2011. We are now in the final stages of getting all the work permits. It might be possible to break ground in November, but with the weather in Colorado, that could be tough.

I’ve decided to have a groundbreaking on March 23, 2012, the forty-fourth anniversary of my miraculous encounter with the Lord. That is the night I made a decision that has led me to this place. I think that beginning date is providential.

I encourage you to go to our website and view the special live-streaming internet broadcast I did back in July. I fully discussed where we are in the process of building this Bible college campus and where we are going with it. I also asked that you help me make another decision.

Our CBC campus will have two main buildings. Together they will give us 220,000 square feet of space to train the men and women who will be world changers. That’s twice the space we now occupy, and there is plenty of room for expansion if needed. But constructing these buildings is costly. Therefore, I am currently in the process of making a decision on whether I should build one building as a first step or build both of these buildings at the same time.

I’ve decided the Lord wants me to do this debt free. I’ve witnessed other ministries make decisions that put them under financial pressure, and it changed their ministries. I’ve decided not to do this. These buildings are just tools. I think they are necessary tools and I’m following the direction the Lord has given me, but I’m happy and blessed without them. Regardless of how long it takes or if I never see the building of this campus come to pass, I will still be blessed and in love with the Lord. I will not put this ministry in a bind for buildings.

Therefore, I am asking those whom God has joined to Jamie and my heart to help me decide how to approach this. I haven’t got the money to pay for this out of my pocket, and I’m not taking out a loan. I need to ask what you are willing to do. You are God’s bank.

To build the smaller structure would take 6,100 new Foundation Builder Partners averaging $60 per month for twenty-eight months. This half of the campus includes a 1,500-seat auditorium upstairs, a 500-seat auditorium, and twenty-three classrooms downstairs.

If I also build the 2,500-seat auditorium with all the offices and Phone Center at the same time, I would have to have 16,668 new Foundation Builder Partners for thirty-six months to complete the whole project.

I know these numbers may seem overwhelming, but if you look at this from the viewpoint of how many people we are reaching, this is an attainable goal. There are 86,000 people receiving this letter. A $14.63 gift per month from everyone for thirty-six months would pay for this whole project, debt free. When you factor in that millions of people watch my program daily, this becomes nothing. All things are possible with God (Mark 9:23).

I ask you to simply pray about this and do whatever the Lord leads you to do. I would remind you that I am in the process of making a decision on how to approach this project. It’s important to me that you let me know in the next month or two what the Lord is leading you to do. I must decide whether to build just one building or both of these buildings simultaneously. I will have to give direction to my builder by January 1.

On July 28, I broadcast, via the internet, a special video message talking about our progress on the development of The Sanctuary project thus far and the steps we will be taking in the near future. Please take the time to go to our website to listen to this message, and then watch the virtual tour. I know it will bless and encourage you.

Decisions do determine destiny, but those decisions must be based on the truth of the Word. It was the Word of God that changed my life, and it will change your life as well. To help you, I have spent years developing a study of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). It became the first edition of what we call the Life for Today Study Bible and Commentary.

In this Life for Today Study Bible: The Gospels Edition, I have arranged the four Gospels in parallel and chronological order. It makes it very easy to compare what each of the Gospels say about specific events in the life of Jesus. In addition, I also recorded an audio verse-by-verse teaching to accompany it. Previously this was only available through partnership, but it is now available as a standalone resource.

It includes the Life for Today Study Bible and Commentary: The Gospels Edition and over fifty-five hours of verse-by-verse teaching and commentary loaded onto one simple USB card as MP3 audio. In the old CD format, it required over seventy CDs. This study Bible and audio teaching together is valued at $600, but I am offering it for a gift of $155 or more.

I also encourage you to order our Destiny Stories DVD for a gift of $15 or more even if you do not become a Foundation Builder. Each story will encourage you to make the decision that will move you toward your own destiny.

The Lord has awesome things planned for your life. Regardless of what things look like now, your positive decisions can change everything.

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this book opens the door to new hope and a new lifestyle with God as the “best friend”

you-are-gods-best-osborneYOU ARE GOD’S BEST by T.L. Osborn

This classic on human value is an inspiring guide to the discovery of self-dignity in God’s redemptive plan. It features topics such as: What God Thinks of You, Unlock the Gold Mine, Start Your Miracle, Redeemed from Inferiority and much more. You Are God’s Best exposes the demeaning influences of negative religious tradition and opens the door to new hope and a new lifestyle with God as the “best friend.”

God’s Value System

God wants you to discover the essential fact that every human person is created by Him, for

His lifestyle, to fulfill His purpose on this earth—and every person includes you.

To discover that principle puts your own life into perspective. It gives dignity, purpose and

value to living.

The greatest possible achievement in life is to be the terrific person God created you to be.

When God Lives in You

The most powerful concept you can hold is that God is in you. Your life is the very breath of God.

God’s life in you means His love is in you, limitless, healing, lifting, blessing you and others

through you.

The Bible says: Whatever you sow, you shall reap. Gal.6:7

* Whatever you plant, you will harvest.

* When you sow love and kindness, that is what you reap.

* If you sow judgment and condemnation, you will be judged and condemned by people.

* If you are merciful, you will reap mercy. Mat.5:7

This principle has lifted everyone who ever discovered it. It is God’s value system.

Jesus said, Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall others give to you. Lu.6:38

Jesus’ rule was: All things that you want people to do to you, do those things to them. Mat.7:12

Plant kindness in people and you will reap kindness. Heal people by planting seeds of love and you will reap healing love from others.

You are the master of your own harvest. Learn this greatest principle of life. Just plant in others the kind of seed you want to reap, and God will fulfill your greatest dreams.

Excerpts from: YOU ARE GOD’S BEST 10

Showing What We Are Jesus showed us God by what happened to people who came in contact with Him. We show what God is like in our lives by what happens to people who come in contact with us.

The greatest tragedy in your life would be for you to live and die and never come out of yourself—to never realize the possibilities hidden within you.

Discover this principle and resolve that such shall never be the case in your life.

The greatest triumph in life is to discover yourself in Christ, to discover the rich, full happy life

He created you for, then to develop that unlimited life by sowing it in others and reaping God’s abundant lifestyle of total peace, happiness, success and fulfillment.

Grasp God’s viewpoint. Yield to His full development. Believe in the full potential of God at work in you.

2 INTRODUCTION (From LaDonna C. Osborn)

God’s Plan For You Is Good

My father has written this book to help you discover that YOU ARE GOD’S BEST.

There is a sense of destiny in your life because you are God’s idea, His dream. This book will help you discover your roots in God, the value He places on you, the limitless potential within you, the vital principles of peace, prosperity, success and fulfillment. This book is based on the Good News of the Bible. God’s plan for you is all GOOD. He is not mad at you. He loves you like you are and has already paid for every wrong you ever committed. Knowing that God invested so much to create humanity, then paid such a price to redeem each human being, we realize how much He values each person. Through this book, my father will help you to make the greatest discovery you can ever make—your identity with God. — LaDonna C. Osborn

3 What You Talk Is What You Produce

Whether your words are positive or negative, they are seeds. They will produce. Whatever you sow you will personally reap. It is impossible to negate that law.

The New Confession

I am created in God’s likeness. I am somebody important in God’s eyes. He believes in me. He loves me and needs me. I am part of His plan. God loves me as much as He loves anyone else.

It is God who caused me to write this book for you, so you can discover that YOU ARE GOD’S BEST.

Start Your Miracle

THE BASIC PRINCIPLE to be discovered in this book is so powerful that it will actually start the miracle you need in life. God’s power will begin working in you as you go through the pages. You will discover this great principle if you are alert to it in your heart. You can grasp any principle you are ready for. The seeds that will be planted in you through this book will produce God’s best in your life. They will work like a miracle. Order your copy today.

Excerpts from: YOU ARE GOD’S BEST 4

Destiny Is Now at Work in You

Why were you chosen for this information which has lifted tens of thousands of people around the world? It is God’s way of saying:

“I love you. I created my best when I created you.

I paid a price for you and you are worth all I ever paid for you. I have destined my best for you.”

God is first class all the way. He created you unique. You are exceptional, one of a kind.

Discovering Dignity

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jn.3:16

All that is required of us to receive total justification before God, is that we simply believe with all of our hearts that Jesus Christ died in our place, and respond to such love by willingly confessing to others what we believe. Rom.10:9-10

Once we comprehend this and respond, an in-credible miracle takes place:

God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us. 2Cor.5:21LB

Jesus Christ became the way back to God for you and for me. Through His sacrifice, He removed forever the condemnation of our sins and dissolved the bar-rier between us and God, so that we are now wel-

Excerpts from: YOU ARE GOD’S BEST 5

Come to return to His presence where we can once again share His lifestyle. Hebrews.10:18-22

We have been restored to the dignity and righteousness of God for which He originally created us. We have been justified

—as though we had never turned away from Him and had never sinned. When this miracle has come to pass, we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, and we must never again condemn, discredit or slander what God has paid so much to redeem and to justify.

Who You re in Christ

Six facts of the new Christ life:

God is what He says He is. I am what He says I am. God has what He says He has. I have what He says I have. God will do what He says He will do. I can do what He says I can do.

Start Your Own Miracle Now

I believe words are seeds. They have the ability to produce what they say. They are energizers. I believe that God’s words are energized by His own divine, miracle working life. He created the world by the power of His word, and the Bible says, the word of the Lord endures forever. 1Peter.1:25

His word is as powerful today as it ever was.

Excerpts from: YOU ARE GOD’S BEST 6

That is why we believe and teach the powerful and positive Gospel of Jesus Christ. Teaching about being created in God’s image, about His original design and plan for each human being, about His love for us even though we had sinned, about the price Jesus Christ paid to redeem us to God, about how to believe the Gospel and to accept Jesus as Savior, about God putting everyone here for a purpose so special that no one else on earth can do what they are here to do. Word-seeds have power. There is a remarkable statement about the power of Jesus’ words.

As he was teaching, the power of the Lord was there to heal the people. Luke.5:17

I urge you to personally accept the fact that you are a special creation of God and begin believing that by cooperating with God, you can discover new life through believing on Jesus Christ and through accepting Him by faith.

Love Proved Your Value

IT IS WONDERFUL when you get God’s view-point, His attitude about you and your life.

So now we have been made right in God’s sight be-cause of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. We are able to hold our heads high, for we know how dearly God loves us.

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Introducing you to a new lifestyle: Living in God’s Best!

20170204_105031Living in God’s Best: Change your address and live in God’s best!
Divine health and prosperity are better than divine healing and provision. If you can’t see the difference between the two, then maybe you’re only visiting God’s best instead of truly living in it.

Many Christians live in a place where it’s just a matter of time before there’s a crisis in their lives and they need a miracle. Miracles are great when you need one, but you weren’t meant to continually get by on them. God wants to change where you live. Let Andrew show you how to live in God’s best today!

LIVING in God’s Best by Andrew Wommack
Don’t Settle for Less
I have been meditating on this teaching for several years now, and I believe the Lord wants me to share it in a much bigger way than I have before. It’s about living in God’s best.

The Lord has really impressed on me that the main reason we aren’t living in His best is because we are willing to settle for less. Sometimes we are influenced more by the world than by God’s Word. We have been “dumbed down” to accept far less than what God has provided. As long as we can live with less than God’s best, we will.

If you’re not experiencing His best, you have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired. You have to have a holy dissatisfaction with mediocrity before you can experience all that God has for you. It doesn’t happen accidentally or automatically. If you don’t aggressively pursue it, you won’t get it.

Everything in our fallen world naturally goes from good to bad. Things don’t get better without effort. We have to seek to find, knock to get the door opened, and ask before we receive (Matt. 7:7). We must raise our sights and aim higher. Most people are shooting at nothing and hitting it every time.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The New International Version says His thoughts “give you hope and a future.”

When the Lord spoke to Jeremiah to write these words, Israel was devastated. The city
of Jerusalem had been destroyed, and many people had been taken captive to Babylon.
Thoughts of peace were probably the last thing on their minds.

But Jeremiah went on to say in verses 12-13,

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will
hearken unto you. [13] And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall
search for me with all your heart.

I’ve had people tell me they prayed and believed God, but nothing happened. These scriptures in Jeremiah promise otherwise. The key is, you have to seek with ALL your heart. That’s the missing element. You have to reach a point where you won’t live with anything less than God’s best.

This attitude is missing in the lives of far too many Christians. The bar of expectation has been lowered in regards to healing, finances, and more. I am not trying to condemn anyone. We have all been raised in and influenced by an ungodly culture. And nobody learns how to receive God’s best overnight. It’s a process, but we need to begin moving in that direction. I haven’t arrived there either, but I have left and am on my way.

I have told this story before, but it is such a good illustration that I want to share it again. A man asked for prayer in one of my meetings and told me about a terrible pain in his neck, in addition to a long list of other problems: his sciatic nerve causing leg and foot pain, neuropathy, and on and on.

Then he said, “But if God could just heal the pain in my neck, I could live with the rest.” I said, “Well, I understand. If we asked God to heal all of those things at once, the lights in heaven might dim. I’m not sure God could pull that off.”

The guy just looked at me for a minute and then replied, “That was pretty stupid, wasn’t it?” And I agreed. You see, we don’t have to settle for less than complete healing–God’s best. Like this man, it’s that attitude that keeps people from receiving their healings.

Christians should be walking in supernatural healing and financial prosperity. Many, however, are just as sick and broke as their unsaved neighbors. You will never receive God’s best until you become completely dissatisfied with second best–dissatisfied with mediocrity.

One of these days, we are all going to stand before God. And when we do, we will know all things even as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12). In an instant, we are going to know what we could have had while on this earth. We will understand that the same power that raised Christ from the dead was present within us all along (Eph. 1:18-20).

Unless you’re willing to stand and fight the fight of faith, you will be overcome by this world. If you don’t stir yourself up, you will settle to the bottom. The world isn’t going to encourage you toward God’s best, and most Christians aren’t either.

We have to recognize that it’s all about receiving what God has already done and not about getting God to do something He has yet to do. We don’t need God to heal us; by His stripes, we were healed (1 Pet. 2:24). That miraculous healing power is already in us. We don’t need God to move; we need to believe what He has already done and then learn how to receive it.

I want to encourage you to live in God’s best. I’ve written a new book filled with truths that can change the results you’re seeing in your life. For information on how to get your copy, go to http://www.LivingInGodsBest.com.

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Get ready to live in God’s best!

God bless you,

Andrew & Jamie

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