God Is Faithful
// Kenneth W. Hagin
This month as we celebrate the mothers in our lives, I can't help but think about my own mom, Oretha Hagin. It will be nine years ago next month that she left this earth and went to Heaven. Not a day goes by when something doesn't remind me of her.
You see, my dad began traveling and ministering when I was in the third grade. Mom stayed home with me and my sister. This wasn't an easy time. There were many hardships during those early years. But Mom's love and devotion never wavered. She never complained. She always said, "Don't despise the beginning. If you can't endure the beginning, you'll never last to the finish."
Mom taught me so much. But one of the most important things I learned from her is that nothing is more precious or sacred than doing God's will. Over and over again—through her words and actions—she taught me that the God Who calls us is indeed faithful.
Faithfulness was one of Mom's hallmarks. I want to share an excerpt from her book, The Price Is Not Greater Than God's Grace, in which she talks about this very subject.
// Kenneth W. Hagin
SECOND CORINTHIANS 4:13 (NKJV) says, "Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, 'I believed and therefore I spoke,' we also believe and therefore speak."
Paul is not talking here about a literal spirit. He is talking about a spiritual attitude in a person. This is the attitude of faith. Paul was quoting what David said in Psalm 116:10, and Paul declared that he had the same spirit or attitude of faith that David had. Notice that Paul didn't say I—he said we. We have the same spirit of faith. Paul was writing to the Church at Corinth, but that's for us too. It's for all believers. So this means that not only David and Paul could have this attitude of faith, but every believer can have this same attitude.
Kenneth Hagin Ministries is built on the cornerstone of faith. Kenneth E. Hagin, my dad, founded the ministry, and I grew up in his home. As far back as I remember, he always had the attitude of faith concerning healing, because he was raised off the bed of sickness through faith in God's Word.* But in the beginning, he didn't have the attitude of faith about finances.
You see, you can have an attitude of faith in one area and not have it in another area. When we were sick, we always got healed. But man, we were on the bottom of the barrel financially. In fact, we were actually under the barrel!
// Kenneth E. Hagin
STOP TRYING to make God's Word work and start acting on the Word. If we know that the Word is true and if we act as though it is true, it becomes a reality in our lives.
Let me share with you the testimony of A.B. Simpson. He just acted like the Word is true and received his healing. I read his testimony years ago in a Christian magazine. Dr. Simpson, a Presbyterian minister at the time of his healing, later founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance. At the age of 46, he was told he was dying of a heart condition and was given only about six months to live.
Dr. Simpson said he had heard many testimonies of healing, even in his own church. He took a short leave of absence and went up to his farm, where he could spend a lot of time studying God's Word.
At the end of two weeks, Dr. Simpson took a piece of paper and a pencil and wrote, "After searching the Word of God for two weeks, I am convinced the Bible teaches that divine healing is for us today. And I, this day, accept Jesus Christ as my Healer and declare that I am now healed from heart trouble and that I am well. And I promise God to use this new-found strength and life and energy entirely for His purpose and to further the Gospel. I promise God I will share this truth of healing with others and will help them."
After that time, Dr. Simpson went to a luncheon where he was to be the speaker. At the gathering he gave his testimony that he had searched the Bible and concluded that Jesus was still the Healer today.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
—1 CORINTHIANS 3:9
IN THIS VERSE, "ye are God's husbandry" is a little blind to us. Moffatt's translation says, "You are God's field to be planted." Another translation says, "You are God's garden." God wants us to bring forth abundant fruit to His glory! He never intended for us to suffer lack, sickness, or disease. He's given us a full supply by furnishing us with His imperishable seed—His Word—to plant in the garden of our hearts and lives.
Because you are God's husbandry, "Ye are not your own" (1 Cor. 6:19). Why? Verse 20 tells us: "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." You are not your own because a field or garden belongs to its owner—it doesn't belong to itself. God holds the title deed to you!
God purchased us with the blood of His own dear Son so that we could be His garden. Therefore, every human being needs to know that he or she has been bought with a price to be God's very own.
When we are born again, we become a part of God's garden in which His imperishable seed, His Word, is to grow. God created us to produce abundant results in our lives—a supernatural harvest. In order to yield a crop like this, we, like a garden, must be planted, tilled, and cultivated.
// Andy Thompson
MANY OF US in the Church are looking for Jericho power. It's part of why we praise and worship God. Jericho power is praise with an expectation. It releases power for God to do what only He can do in our lives. It causes the walls that are keeping us from our blessings to come down.
We learn about Jericho power in Joshua 6:5–20. The Lord tells Joshua that He will deliver the fortified city of Jericho into the hands of the Israelites. He orders Joshua to have the people march around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day, the Israelites are to march around Jericho seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets the whole time. Then they are to shout.
So the Israelites carry out these instructions. And on the seventh day, when they hear the sound of the trumpets, they shout, the walls collapse, and they capture the city. The way through Jericho was the way to their blessing—Canaan.
Jericho power helps us understand that if we can shout, we can take the city—our personal Jericho. Praising God causes Him to move on our behalf. It causes Him to show up and change things.
To give a shout of praise, we don't have to have all the college degrees. We don't have to have it all together and be perfect. All we have to do is know how to holler.
We ought to be shouting because we know that when we worship and praise God, He shows up! Praise pays! I know we like to say, "I did not come to ask for anything, but just for the privilege of glorifying Your Name." But sometimes when we're praising and worshipping God, I can't help but say, "Lord, I want You to know that this is a Jericho shout. I'm shouting because I believe that as I praise You, walls around my personal Jericho are coming down." I shout because I need something that only God can do for me.