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Living in Love

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// Kenneth E. Hagin

The Bible encourages us to let acquiring the love of God be our great aim and quest in life (1 Cor. 14:1 Amplified). There must be a reason why God wants walking in the God-kind of love to be a priority in our lives. Actually, there are wonderful benefits and good results that come when we walk in love.

Let's look at a scripture that talks about the rewards of walking in love. Walking in the God-kind of love is walking in godliness, isn't it? As you read the following verse in First Timothy, substitute "walking in love" for the word godliness.

1 TIMOTHY 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness [walking in love] is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote this to Timothy. This wasn't just Paul speaking. This was not man's idea. The Holy Spirit said this to Christians everywhere through the Apostle Paul. God was telling us that godliness causes us to profit.

We would do no injustice to this scripture to read it this way: "Walking in love is profitable for all things." Why does the Bible say that bodily exercise profits only a little? Because it has the promise of paying off only in this life.

But the Bible says that godliness is profitable for all things. When is godliness profitable? Is it profitable only when we get to Heaven? No, it's profitable in this life and in the next life.

Therefore, godliness or walking in love is profitable throughout our lives on this earth. But if we live for God now and walk in the God-kind of love, it will also be profitable to us when we get to Heaven.

Living for God means keeping God's Word. If we're going to live for God, we've got to keep His commandments. Well, under the New Covenant, the only commandment we are to keep is the law of love!

Walking in the God-kind of love is profitable. Walking in love pays off not only in this life, but also in the life to come.

 

 

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Winter Bible Seminar and RBTC Homecoming February 16-21, 2020!

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Winter Bible Seminar and RBTC Homecoming February 16-21, 2020!

Are you ready to be blessed? Make Winter Bible Seminar your "must-experience" event for 2020! On February 16-21, people from around the world will gather at the Rhema USA campus in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for a time of refreshing ministry. Through connection with God and one another, attendees leave recharged and with renewed vision.

Services begin Sunday, February 16, at 6 p.m. in the Rhema Bible Church auditorium and continue Monday through Friday. Various speakers will minister at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., followed by Lynette Hagin at 10:30 a.m. and Kenneth W. Hagin at 7 p.m.

Children and youth ministry is available for infants through 12th graders (evening sessions only). First through 5th grade will meet in the Rhema Kids Auditorium. Winter Blitz services for 6th through 12th graders will meet in the Varsity Youth Building Monday through Wednesday and Friday.

A "Welcome Back Fellowship" for all alumni of any RBTC campus around the world will meet in the NRC after the evening service on Monday, February 17. It is a great time to reconnect and catch up as well as meet new friends in the Rhema family.

All WBS guests may attend first- and second-hour classes at Rhema Bible Training College throughout the week.

Services will also be available via the Rhema USA app, online at rhema.tv, or livestreamed on Facebook at @kennethhaginministries. To learn more or preregister, visit rhema.org/wbs or call 918-258-1588, ext. 2238. Registration is free and open to everyone!

 

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4 Ways to Avoid Stress

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//Lynette Hagin

When I think of Christmas, it's easy for me to wonder how I will get everything done. When your schedule is hectic and you are overworked and sleep deprived, it's easy to become cranky and stressed out. Instead of enjoying the holiday celebrations, you wish they were over.

I realized stress was causing me not to enjoy Christmas. So I did something about it. An attitude adjustment was all it took to go from stressed to blessed!

Constantly thinking about the negative instead of the positive affects your attitude. If you are experiencing any kind of stress, attack every situation with the right attitude. I guarantee that your right attitude will become a reality for you. Here are four steps that will put you on the path to living a stress-free life.

1. Rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 4:4 (NIV) tells us to, "Rejoice in the Lord always." When Paul wrote this passage, he was in prison and had a marvelous opportunity to worry. He rejoiced, however, because he trusted the Lord to work everything out for good. Know that God will give you wisdom and show you what to do in every situation.

 

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Four Steps to a Fresh Start

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// Kenneth W. Hagin

LET'S FACE IT. No one is perfect. When you make a mistake, the enemy often tries to tell you that it's over! He wants you to throw in the towel. We all mess up. But it's not the end. God said that if you ask for forgiveness, it's yours, and you can go on. Our Heavenly Father is the God of second chances—and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth chances!

Have you heard the story of "Wrong Way" Roy Riegels? On New Year's Day in 1929, Georgia Tech was playing the University of California in the Rose

Bowl. Riegels recovered a fumble and started running in the wrong direction! He ran 65 yards before one of his teammates was able to overtake him—just before he scored for the other team.

When the team went to their locker room during halftime, Riegels was devastated. He sat in a corner and cried like a baby. When it was time to go back on the field, the coach announced that the same men who played the first half would start the second. They all got up and headed out to the field—everyone except Roy Riegels.

The young player didn't want to play the second half. He was embarrassed and humiliated. He felt like he let everyone down—the team, the coach, the fans, and himself.
The coach said to him, "Roy, get up, and go back. The game is only half over."*

Roy Riegels went back in the game. He couldn't change what had happened in the first half, but he left his mistake behind him and amazed the crowd during the remainder of the game.

Always Press Forward

You have to remember that God can turn anything around. So never let your past define your future! Nothing you have done in the past will affect your tomorrow unless you let it. It's not what you've done—it's what you're going to do that is important.

Thank God for everything He brought you through. But Paul said, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on" (Phil. 3:13–14 NIV). The lows and highs of the past are history. They won't do you any good tomorrow. Forget all of it—the good, the bad, the ugly—everything. Let it go. You can't change it. If you live in the past, it will hinder you from pressing on.

If you've messed up, get back up! No matter how young or old you are, Jesus has His arm out to you saying, "Come on! Let's go! Get back in the game. Play like you've never played before. There's a great future ahead!"

 

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The Power of Thankfulness

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//Kenneth E. Hagin

The Bible exhorts believers to pray always (Eph. 6:18). Along with their continual fellowship with the Lord through prayer, they can also fellowship with Him through thanksgiving and praise. In fact, praise is a type of prayer that every Christian should master.

The Psalmist David praised God at least seven times a day (Ps. 119:164). But God is worthy of thanks and praise always—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anytime is time to give thanks and praise to God!

We're going to look at a number of scriptures dealing with "thanksgiving" or "giving thanks" so we can understand the vast importance of this subject in the life of the believer. For the Christian, every day should be a day of giving thanks to God.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The Holy Ghost said through the Apostle Paul, in effect, "Let your requests be made known to God with thanksgiving." Looking at this from a natural standpoint, suppose someone prepared a delicious casserole for you. You ask for the recipe, so the person who made the casserole gives you the recipe. You want to prepare the same dish, so you begin making the casserole, thinking you're following the recipe. Yet your casserole doesn't turn out like the one the other person made. As you look back over the recipe, you realize you left out an ingredient!

Similarly, many people make requests to God—they pray and supplicate, begging favors of God—but they leave out something. They leave out thanksgiving, so their prayers don't work!

No Worries

Let's look at Philippians 4:6 again and take it step by step. First, it says, "Be careful for nothing." That phrase is a little blind to us today. The Amplified Bible reads, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything . . . ." We're not supposed to worry. We're not supposed to be fretful or anxious. Well, what are we going to do, then? The next part of that verse says, ". . . but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

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