// 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.
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.”
// 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.
// 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.