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Word of Faith Magazine - Online Christian Magazine

2014 April

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Heart to Heart April 2014

04 Pic 1Faith Always Brings the Answer

//Kenneth W. Hagin

It's easy to make a statement of faith. It's another thing to live it, especially when circumstances start pushing in on us and even our close friends and relatives begin to question us. But if we want to stay fully persuaded, we must not become separated from our faith!

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Near the Cross

04 Pic 2//Kenneth W. Hagin

In our modern world, the cross has become little more than an object or a piece of jewelry. But the scene on Golgotha's hill where Jesus Christ was crucified was bloody and gruesome. Once we understand that, it might be hard for us to grasp why anyone would want to witness Jesus' agonizing death. Isaiah 52:14 says His face was so marred He wasn't recognizable. He was so beaten, He hardly looked human.

But Scripture tells us there were a handful of people gathered to witness Jesus' death. They were Mary, Jesus' mother; Jesus' mother's sister; Mary, the wife of Clopas; Mary Magdalene; and John, the disciple Jesus loved (John 19:25–27).

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Coming Home

04 Pic 3Kenneth and Lynette Hagin are always encouraging Rhema graduates, partners, and friends to "come home." They know how important it is to sit under the anointing and hear a timely word from the Lord. Campmeeting provides a great opportunity to come home. It's a time to see old friends, hear plenty of good preaching, and allow God to touch your life in ways that only He can.

Bill McNeese, a 1982 Rhema Bible Training College graduate, and his wife, Fredna, can attest to this. After he graduated, Bill worked at Kenneth Hagin Ministries for 10 years. Then in 1992 the Lord called the McNeeses back to their hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, where they pioneered Harvest Family Church. Although Bill and Fredna were now over 700 miles from Broken Arrow, they were determined never to unhook from Rhema.

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Run to the World

04 Pic 4//Lynette Hagin

The most important qualification for receiving from God is abiding in Him—giving Him first place.

There's nothing like the Word of God to keep our minds and hearts in peace. During troubled times—when worry and depression try to overtake us—we can always run to God's Word. His Word is our safety in the midst of harm! His Word is our peace.

That's why it's more important today than ever before that we build a strong foundation in God's Word and make His Word a daily part of our lives. Sometimes our schedules are so busy that we think we don't have time to read and meditate on the Word. But we always seem to have time to do the things we want to do!

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Success Principles from the Life of Joshua

04 Pic 5// Bill Ray

I'm going to share some principles for success from the life of a man whom God chose and used to lead Israel into the Promised Land. I'm talking about Joshua.

The Bible says that the experiences the Israelites went through are examples for us today (1 Cor. 10:11). Looking at Joshua's life will help us succeed at what God has given us to do.

Keep Your Eyes on the Good Report

The first principle we can learn from Joshua is that to succeed, we're going to have to keep our eyes focused on what God has promised.

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This Gospel is Really Doing Wonders!

04 Pic 6A//SPECIAL REPORT: INTERNATIONAL RHEMA

Kenya . . . stepping off the plane it's exactly as you'd imagine Africa to smell—earthy and smoky with a hint of spice. The larger cities mix new and old. Donkeys and foot carts mingle with cars in the shadows of high-rises. But wherever you go in this equatorial country, one thing remains consistent—people. They're everywhere. Men, women, and children . . . walking, sitting, and trying to sell their goods to earn a living. Seeing them, you know why Rhema Bible Training College has come.

One of our staff writers recently visited Rhema Kenya. The students and graduates she talked to all agree—nothing compares with Rhema's teachings! And those who hear them are taking them to their neighbors, their church members . . . anyone who will listen. They're impacting the people of Kenya for Jesus.

 

Here are just a few testimonies . . . 

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Praying About the Unknown

04 Pic 7Timeless Teachings by Kenneth E. Hagin

There is a realm of prayer in the Spirit that many Christians know nothing about and others have barely touched. It is only in this realm that we can fulfill God's command, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints" (Eph. 6:18). We don't know "all saints," so the only way we can pray for them is in the Spirit.

Many examples of operating in this realm of prayer stand out to me. One incident happened years ago when we had just started Prayer & Healing School at Rhema. One day as I ministered, I had a sudden, urgent burden to pray, but I didn't know what to pray about. I asked, "What is it, Lord?" Then I realized that someone's life was in danger.

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Quit Blaming God

04 Pic 8SPECIAL FEATURE: Todd White

The Bible tells us to reign as kings in this life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
—Rom. 5:17

First Timothy 2:4 says that it's God's will for all men to be saved. The word saved in this verse comes from the Greek word sozo. It means "healed; delivered; protected; made whole; kept safe and sound; do well; and to be kept safe from harm." This is what God wants every person on the planet to experience.

But because people have been taught that God is in control of everything, when Satan sneaks through the grass, bites someone, and slithers away, God often takes the rap for it.

Contrary to what many believe, the Bible doesn't say that God is in control. You can't find that anywhere in Scripture. If God is in control, then everything bad that happens comes from Him. And that's not true.

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Oh How He Loves You

04 Pic 9//Kenneth E. Hagin

Many people have a difficult time comprehending God as a Father Who loves and cares for them. They have the idea that God is like a judge who sits up in Heaven and looks for a chance to punish them the moment they make a mistake.

But no, God is a loving Heavenly Father! The Bible says that He is love(1 John 4:8, 16).

In the Gospels Jesus always portrayed God as a loving Father.

JOHN 3:16 (NKJV)
16 "For GOD SO LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
JOHN 16:27 (NKJV)
27 "For THE FATHER Himself LOVES YOU, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God."

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Seed Thoughts April 2014

04 Pic 10//Lynette Hagin

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be Like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." -Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

I love spring. The flowers begin to bloom. The weather is warming up. Most of us are ready to come out of hibernation and experience the fresh air. It is time to enjoy a little outside recreation after the winter that many parts of our country have experienced this year.

I remember a few years back my husband and I decided to take up fishing for relaxation. It looked pretty simple to me. Just put your line in the water and pull it up. I thought, "Sure! That will produce fish!" I was able to catch some crappie that way. However, I soon realized that to catch larger fish, I would have to learn to cast.