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God Will Continue That Work
// Kenneth W. Hagin
Psalm 138:8 (NKJV) declares, "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me." When God starts something in us, He doesn't stop halfway. He is faithful to work out His plan for our lives. And if He did it once, He'll do it again.
God is not a one-time God—He's an every-time God. Some people may get only a one-time blessing, but they could be blessed every day! The reason they get blessed only once is, that's all they were expecting. We get what we expect.
You see, once God gets started, He keeps going—day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. He doesn't get tired or have bad moods or bad days. In fact, Scripture says that He doesn't sleep or slumber (Ps. 121:4). He doesn't work 9 to 5, 3 to 11, or 11 to 7. No, our Heavenly Father is a 24/7/365, always-on-duty God!
// Kenneth W. Hagin
WHATEVER YOUR AGE, vocation, or location, there's a time and season for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) says, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."
Times and seasons are there for us all, and they affect us not only in our natural life, but in our spiritual life. As you follow the Holy Spirit, He'll lead you into the different seasons of your life. To successfully follow the Holy Spirit, we have to learn to navigate the times of our lives.
GENESIS 8:22 (NKJV)
22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
WHEN GOD CREATED the world, He gave dominion over all the works of His hands to Adam (Gen. 1:26, 28). In one sense, then, Adam was god of this world, because God turned it over to him.
But we read in Second Corinthians 4:4 that Satan is now the god of this world. How did that happen? Adam committed treason in the Garden of Eden by willfully eating of the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1–7). When he did this, he gave Satan man's dominion over the earth.
In Luke 4:6–7 Satan said to Jesus, "All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Who delivered this power to Satan? Adam did!
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' "
—MATTHEW 25:37–40 (NKJV)
STEVE HOUPE grew up in dire poverty. Other kids made fun of him because he had holes in his shoes and dirty clothes. He smelled bad because he couldn't take a bath. The shack he lived in didn't have running water. His alcoholic father sometimes wouldn't come home for days. As a kid he had to learn to take care of himself.
// Marvin Yoder
A PROCLAMATION of the creation of Heaven and earth is found in the first three verses of the Book of Genesis: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1 NKJV). This is not an explanation of creation. It is a revelation of God proclaiming, "I created the Heavens and the earth."
Verse 2 (NKJV) continues, "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
This is much like a mother hen sitting on her eggs waiting for them to hatch. The hen moves them around to make sure they get turned. She fluffs up over them and flutters around them. She is getting the eggs ready so that at the right moment, life can come forth. Likewise, the Holy Spirit "hovered over the face of the waters," getting ready for life to come forth.
There's no doubt that God hears us when we pray. Here are some testimonies of His answers!
"I phoned your PRAYER PARTNER DEPARTMENT and shared a prayer request. I was scheduled to have surgery to remove a kidney stone. I was going to have general anesthesia and was struggling with anxiety and fear about it. That same week I found an article, "LET IT GO!," BY CRAIG HAGIN in the May 2016 Word of Faith magazine. This article provided me with the very answers I needed to help me calm down and have faith that all would go well. It turned out to be just that way. I have been home resting and recovering for one week and I'm getting back to normal health and activities at age 69. I sincerely thank you for joining me in faith and prayer about my surgery and for allowing me to benefit from your teaching." // DAVID
// Kenneth E. Hagin
WHEN HOWLING AIR-RAID SIRENS signaled another bombing raid in London during World War II, everyone ran to the nearest air-raid shelter. Everyone, that is, except a certain elderly woman.
The people in her neighborhood were busy during the daytime cleaning up debris and trying to repair damage inflicted by the bombs. At night, they huddled for protection in the air-raid shelters.
After several nights, someone commented that this elderly woman was missing. Some speculated that she had been injured and was in the hospital. Other neighbors wondered if she had been killed. Still others thought she had gone away to the country to escape the bombs.
// Kenneth W. Hagin
WE ARE SPIRIT BEINGS, and God communicates with us through our spirit (Rom. 8:16). The Bible teaches that we each possess a soul and live in a body (1 Thess. 5:23). With the body we contact the physical realm. With our spirit, or heart, we contact the spiritual realm.
The soul includes the mind, will, and emotions. Therefore, we contact the intellectual and emotional realms with the soul.
It's easy to define what our body is, because it's the part of us that's visible. It contacts the physical realm—the realm we can touch and observe.
// Craig W. Hagin
If you've ever thought, "I'm a failure. There's nowhere I can go from here," I have a scripture for you.
I LOVE WHAT the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi. "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13–14 NKJV).
This scripture tells us that we can forget everything that's behind us—the good and the bad. It's not about what we've done. It's about what we're doing now in Christ. And what we should be doing is living an abundant life.
// 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)
WHENEVER WE START a new year, I like to look at it as a blank page. We have a clean slate on which to write new pages of history. As we face each day, it's important to do so with a positive attitude. Often we're held back from accomplishing the things God desires because we're continually looking backwards. We're focusing on past failures or letting our minds dwell on people who've hurt us. I'm amazed when I hear someone say, "I remember what so-and-so did to me 30 years ago. I will never forget it, nor will I ever forgive them for how they treated me."