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// Kenneth W. Hagin
Are You Ready to Receive?
We all face a choice. We can be satisfied where we are, or we can choose to move to a new experience with God. We are still His people, no matter which direction we take. But we are the ones who decide whether we will enjoy all of His blessings.
I know that sometimes it can seem as if there is no way out of our situation. But look at what Second Corinthians 6:2 (NEB) says: "The hour of favour has now come; now, I say, has the day of deliverance dawned." The dawn of a new day is here! Dawn means a new beginning. Dawn means the old darkness has faded away and the light of a new day has come. We can rise from the darkness that we've been in—the darkness of hardships, trials, tribulation, and all the other difficulties the devil is throwing at us. We can enter that new day!
// Craig W. Hagin
AT ONE TIME or another, everyone faces struggles in life. We all have unexpected things happen. This shouldn't come as a surprise, because we see in John 10:10 that "the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy."
Whenever adversity strikes, we can find help and inspiration in the Bible story of David and Goliath. We can look at how David won his battle against Goliath, follow the same principles, and come out on top in any situation we face.
At that time David was a young shepherd boy who tended his family's sheep. His encounter with Goliath was no doubt the biggest battle he had faced up to that point.
Jesse, David's father, had given David food to take to his brothers who had joined King Saul on the battlefield. When David got to the front lines, he heard Goliath, a huge Philistine soldier, taunting the Israelite army.
A Call to Arms 2015
HUNDREDS OF GODLY MEN gathered on the Rhema USA campus in November to hone their faith, be built up in the Lord, and live above any attack of the devil. Speakers at Kenneth W. Hagin's A Call to Arms Men's Conference aimed to strengthen, challenge, and encourage those who attended. They left refreshed and better equipped to enforce the victory Jesus has already won for them. A Call to Arms 2016 will be held November 3–5. Be there!
// Kenneth W. Hagin
SOME CHRISTIANS don't realize they are three-part beings. You are a spirit; you have a soul; and you live in a body. When you are born again, your spirit is recreated. To grow in Christ, your mind must be renewed with the Word of God (Rom. 12:2).
What, then, are you to do with your body—the house you live in (2 Cor. 5:1)? Remember, your body is not who you really are. Your spirit is the real you.
Most Christians don't live like they are spirit beings. They seem unaware that the Spirit of Almighty God lives in them. Many allow their bodies to control the way they live.
It shouldn't be that way. A Christian who lives according to his physical senses will run into trouble. He won't be able to accurately listen to his heart and follow the Holy Spirit's leading.
// John Grunewald
DURING THE MID-1980s, Kenneth E. Hagin held prayer meetings at Rooker Memorial Auditorium on the Rhema USA campus. He often told those present to stretch their hands toward the large maps of the world's continents that covered the walls of the room and pray for those nations. During one season of time, Brother Hagin always had us pray for Europe.
Little did my wife, Michelle, and I know that God planted a seed in our hearts then. It was the beginning of a vision—something He was going to have us do. We didn't know what it meant or what to do with it. We just knew that there was something big in our hearts about Europe.
For years we helped anybody we knew who was going there. However they needed help, we'd lend a hand. We often prayed about going to Europe, but we always had a check in our spirits. For a long time we thought God wanted us to stay in the U.S. and help from here. It was 13 years before we finally got the release to travel to Europe. And within six months of that trip, we moved to Germany.
// Denise Burns
BEING "ALL IN" means different things to different people. When I think about being all in, I think of football fans.
Some of the craziest people I know are football fans who are seriously all in for their teams. Have you ever seen them? They're the ones in the camera shots screaming—with their shirts off and their team's colors painted all over their bodies. They don't care what anybody thinks of them as they make fools of themselves.
In the Bible we learn about three individuals who were all in for God. In the Book of Daniel we see the story of three young Hebrews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They lived in Babylon, a rich and prosperous city, but one with practices against the ways of God. These three men were officials in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar, but they feared God and served Him.
One day, King Nebuchadnezzar built a 90-foot-tall statue made of gold. He wanted the people to worship it. The King gathered a huge band of musicians. At the sound of the music, everyone in Babylon was to fall down and worship the gold statue. If they didn't bow down and worship the statue, they would be thrown in a fiery furnace.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
IN MY OPINION, if there is one thing lacking among Charismatic Christians, it's consecration and commitment to God. We need people with backbones like crowbars. Too many have a backbone like a thread. Anybody can twist them around their finger. These people give up too easily, and I don't understand that kind of thinking.
I got saved when I was 15 and was healed when I was almost 17, and I left that bed of sickness preaching. The thought to give up never entered my mind. I sometimes had to work on the side to supplement my income, but the thought never entered my mind to do anything but obey God. I said, "Here I go, live or die, sink or swim, go under or over" (and it looked like I was going to do all of them). But I didn't look back, praise God. I just kept going. I just kept plowing, even when it looked like it was not working. Why? Because I had made a commitment, a dedication, a consecration, and I stayed with it. We need people like that today. Those are the people who will turn the world upside down for Jesus.
Let's look at a passage in Paul's first letter to Timothy.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
IN THIS ARTICLE we are going to consider the tangibility of God's healing power. Tangible, you may know, means "capable of being touched" or "perceptible to the touch."
We see an example of this in the story of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25–34. She had suffered with a flow of blood for 12 years, and no doctor could help her. But then she heard about Jesus.
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
HAVE YOU EVER had a defining moment in your life? A time or place where everything changed? Jim Montgomery had two such moments.
The first came when he read Kenneth E. Hagin’s book The Believer’s Authority in the late ’70s. This book set Jim’s life on a completely different course. He read The Believer’s Authority in one sitting. Afterwards he told his wife, Stephanie, “This is the message our hearts have longed for ever since we’ve been Christians.”
Jim’s second defining moment came after he and Stephanie graduated from Rhema Bible Training College in 1991. Narhari and Lata Thorat, who are now the directors of Rhema India, were in the same class. Jim was part of a missions team that helped the Thorats reacclimate to their native soil and regain momentum in India.*
“India is where God put the world in my heart,” Jim says. “Just seeing the hopelessness, suffering, bondage, and despair—that’s really where the Lord expanded my world vision.”
// 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)
THE WORD LOVE in the English language holds many meanings. We love cars, houses, and vacations. We love food, recreational activities, and our friends. We love our parents, our spouse, and our children. And of course, the most important person we should love is God.
Because we use the word love in so many ways, I am concerned that often we employ it flippantly. When we greet people in church, many times we say, "Love you, brother," when we might have just met that person. We don't recognize the true meaning of the word. Most of us have been guilty of using that phrase this way.