Staying Full Of God By Andrew Wommack (quoted in excerpts)
Do you ever feel like you and God have drifted apart and that the love and joy you once experienced with Him has faded? If you do, you’re not alone. Most Christians feel like the experiences they have with God diminish over time and that they need another touch. But that is not what the Bible teaches.
The Bible says God will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). If that is true—and it is—who moved? As born-again believers, we are all capable of living in the fullness of God every day of our lives. God is continually pouring out His love, joy, peace, revelation knowledge, and every other blessing. But we can get to a point where we’re not receiving and “feel” like He has drifted away.
Romans 1:21 says,
“When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
This scripture contains four separate elements, or keys, that can lead us into and keep us operating in the fullness of God. Expressed positively, they are glorify God, be thankful, recognize the power of imagination, and have a good heart. We have the power to control each of these in our lives.
In many places throughout the Bible, the word magnify is the same word translated glorify. Therefore, magnify and glorify can be used interchangeably. And magnify means “to make bigger.”
Did you know that you can make God bigger? Technically speaking, God is who He is, regardless of what you think, but in terms of your perception, He can be big or small. You have the power to make Him one or the other in your life.
Most of us have become masters at enlarging the problem and minimizing God and His Word. I remember a lady who thought she was pregnant but found out she had cancer instead. The doctors said she needed a hysterectomy immediately. They said she only had a 50 percent chance of living, and she wouldn’t live more than two weeks without surgery.
She came to me, crying, “Andrew, have you heard what they said?” Now, I don’t always respond this way, but I believe God led me to say what I did. I started laughing and declared, “Cancer’s no problem with God. The lights in heaven won’t dim from the power drain if the Lord heals you! It’s not any harder to be healed of cancer than it is to be healed of a cold.”
I started magnifying and glorifying God. It’s now been almost twenty years. I made the Lord bigger and the cancer smaller. … You can magnify the Lord and make Him and His Word bigger than any problem. ..
“All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
Paul listed un-thankfulness as one of the signs of the end times and put it in the same verse as covetousness, pride, blasphemy, and unholiness (2 Tim. 3:1-2). Not many would argue that we live in a society full of unthankful people, even in spite of the fact that we have more prosperity and opportunity than any people who have ever lived.
The second key to staying full of God is a thankful heart. Glorifying, magnifying, and thanking Him are all interrelated, but to glorify God, you must be thankful. As you are thanking Him, you’re reminding yourself of what He has said and done, which magnifies Him.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”(Ps. 103:2)….
Imagination is much more important than most people realize. The Hebrew word that was translated “imagination” in the Old Testament literally means “conception.” Imagination is how new ideas are conceived. Without it, people become spiritually and creatively sterile.
A few years ago, I took a trip to Israel. I remember stopping in the valley of Elah. I got out of the bus and walked down to that little stream. I picked up five smooth stones just the way David once did. I began to imagine what it must have been like for David when he faced Goliath. The story came alive.
The Word of God comes alive when you can picture what it’s talking about. ..We need to use our imaginations to agree with God’s Word and see ourselves the way God sees us: happy, healthy, and prosperous.
A Good Heart
The Scripture makes it very clear that the attitude of your heart is far more important than your actions.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 23:25-26,
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
The Lord is more concerned about your heart than He is your actions.
Matthew 12:35, Mark 7:21-23, and Proverbs 23:7 make it even clearer:..
Our hearts control what we say, and they also control what we do. All of the above are products of our hearts.
So, what do most people do when they realize their actions are being controlled by their hearts and are causing problems for themselves and others? They resort to behavior modification. ,,If people want their behavior to change, they must change their hearts. They must make sure that the Word of God is the dominant influence.
If you will put these four keys into practice in your life, you will never be the same. It will change the way you think about everyone and everything around you. It will give you a God perspective.
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The keys to staying full of God are not a secret and they are not mysterious, they are simple. For that very reason few people recognize their value and even less practice them! In this amazingly practical message, Andrew Wommack reveals the essentials to a strong, close relationship with God. Learn what they are and how to put them into practice. It will keep your heart sensitive toward God and your relationship will grow like never before!
|Table of Contents|
|Chapter 1 – Intuitive Revelation|
|Chapter 2 – The Place Of Importance|
|Chapter 3 – “God Loves Me!”|