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// Kenneth W. Hagin
How badly do you want to live the extraordinary life God has for you? Often the difference between people who excel in life and those who don't isn't in their ability. The difference is in their level of desire.
When you have a strong desire for something, you will reach down inside yourself and give out more effort than you ever thought you could. Just look at the men and women who are participating in the summer Olympics right now! Their desire has pushed them beyond what they ever thought they could do.
When I played sports, there were a lot of people who might have been better players than I was, but I had a deep-down desire to play. I would do whatever it took to get on that playing field. I didn't just want to be on the team. I wanted to make a difference.
// Kenneth W. Hagin
TO WALK in the power of God and bring supernatural deliverance in people's lives, we have to get bold with the devil. I say this because too many believers act as though they are afraid of Satan and demonic power. It doesn't have to be this way when we know who we are in Christ and operate in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some teach that when the first apostles died, so did the power of God. They say that today people get saved, deal with the devil as best they can, and go to Heaven when they die. That should not be so! We are part of the same Church the early fathers were a part of. And the Word of God says that the glory of the latter house will be more than that of the former house (Hag. 2:9). That means we must be bold with the devil.
I believe we are in the beginning of the greatest revival the world has ever known, because this revival will be the last revival. As we read the world news, it is like reading Jesus' words in Matthew chapter 24 or Daniel's vision in Daniel chapter 7.
// BRIAN MCCALLUM
PRAYING FOR unsaved family members is always an action believers should take. However, both the Word and experience tell us that prayer should not be the only action taken.
To begin looking into other ways of witnessing to unsaved or backslidden loved ones, let's consider what Paul wrote to the Corinthian church: "Love is patient, love is kind. . . . it does not seek its own, . . . does not take into account a wrong suffered, . . . believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails" (1 Cor. 13:4–5, 7–8 NASB).
Love is inclusive, not exclusive. NEVER LET LOST LOVED ONES BELIEVE THAT YOU THINK LESS OF THEM OR WANT TO AVOID THEM. When they need material help, be the first one there with the most to offer.
// Craig W. Hagin
IT REALLY MATTERS how we use our faith. It also matters who we're placing our faith in. Sometimes we're not putting our faith in the right person. Therefore, we're not seeing answers to our prayers. But that doesn't have to be the case. God wants to move the mountains in our lives.
Anyone associated with Kenneth Hagin Ministries is familiar with Mark 11:22–24. These verses have been the keynote scriptures for this ministry since its beginning. We can speak to our mountains and they have to move.
But sometimes I think we're missing something important in these verses. I want to examine them from a different angle so we can identify whom we're placing our faith in and see mountains move in our lives.
MARK 11:22–24 (NKJV)
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."
Rhema USA Graduates 42nd Class
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE from family and friends greeted Rhema Bible Training College's 42nd class as the 297 graduates filed into the Cox Business Center auditorium in Tulsa. Their caps and gowns showed clearly that they had successfully completed their training and were equipped and eager to enter the harvest fields of the earth.
Rev. Dean Hawk, pastor of Rock Family Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a 1981 Rhema Bible Training College graduate, delivered the commencement address. Rev. Hawk encouraged and challenged the graduates to do the work God has called them to do.
I want to share five tips that I've learned from being in ministry that can help you successfully run the race set before you.
BREAK THE POWER OF SIN NOW BEFORE IT BREAKS YOU. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) tells us, "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE about Vermont? Old New England charm, brilliant fall foliage, quaint covered bridges, and the best ski resorts the Northeast has to offer. And don't forget the maple syrup and the many varieties of artisanal cheese.
During Tracey Turner's second year at Rhema Bible Training College USA, the 2011 graduate was asked by two of her classmates to consider moving to Vermont with them. The couple planned on taking over a pastorate and wanted her to be their children's minister.
"Southern girls don't do 52 inches of snow!" she told them. "Be warm, be filled, but no way! After graduation, I'm going to Jacksonville, Florida, to preach a conference, and then I'm going back home to Virginia."
Before heading south, Tracey had an opportunity to attend Rhema's Prayer School. That day the entire hour was spent worshipping the Lord. Before long, Tracey was stuck to the floor, sobbing profusely. To others, it may have looked like she was being blessed by the Lord. Actually, she was getting busted!
In between sobs, Tracey clearly heard God say, "You need to leave that dock. That isn't your home port any longer." While she was a student at Rhema, the Lord showed her that her call included encouraging, empowering, and equipping leaders. She envisioned itinerating out of her home church in Virginia to do this.
// Denise Hagin Burns
THE WORLD TELLS US as women that we can have it all. We can have a thriving social life, an amazing career, a happy marriage, kids that are involved in every activity, a Pinterest-decorated home, and an inspiring social media presence. But that's a lie. We can't. We can try to do all those things, but we'll sacrifice our happiness.
I know. I thought I could be superwoman. I was trying to give 100 percent to my job, my husband, my children, my family, my friends, and my social media status. Until one day, I was just worn out. I was stressed out and unhappy. I realized I couldn't give 100 percent in every area of my life and still survive!
I cried out, "God, I admit it. I'm not superwoman!" The Lord said, "Who's asking you to be?" And I didn't know. I said, "I just want to be me and I want to be OK with that." The Lord told me, "To just be you, you have to love yourself. You have to love yourself like I love you." And I realized that I didn't love myself.
Somehow, I don't think I'm alone. I feel like there are women who feel the same way I did. No matter how much we do, how early we wake up, or how late we stay awake, we just can't fit it all in. God began to show me how to love myself as He loves me.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
In Acts 27:10 Paul wrote, "Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives."
Paul did not say, "The Lord told me" that this voyage will be with much hurt and damage. He simply said, "I perceive" that it will. In his spirit, Paul had an inward perception, an inward premonition, an inward witness that the voyage would be dangerous. This is the primary way God leads all of us.
Paul did not perceive it mentally. He did not have some kind of "vibration" or psychic experience. I don't like this "vibration" business. Spiritual perceptions are not in the psychic realm. You do not find psychic phenomena in the Bible. Also, Paul did not perceive this physically. In his spirit he had a witness.
That belongs to all of us. The Holy Spirit abiding in our spirits must communicate with us through our spirits—not through our minds. That is why your spirit knows things your head doesn't know. But we have not been taught to listen to our spirits. And sometimes we are reluctant to do so.
// 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)
Last month I began writing about the days we are living in. I believe that we are in the last days. Jesus could return at any moment. Paul admonished Timothy concerning the last days, "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred"
(2 Tim. 3:1–2 NLT). Certainly all of us have experienced difficult times in this day.
Life for many seems to be "all about me." People ask, "What can satisfy me? How is this going to benefit me?" Jesus commanded His disciples concerning the last day, "You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected" (Matt. 24:44 NLT). In the last issue I said that the first step we need to take to be ready for the Lord's return is to present ourselves entirely to him.