2014 April


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.


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."


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.


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.


This Gospel is Really Doing Wonders!


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 . . .