Who wants the Charis experience to affect future generations? Ben and Joy Johnson do! Right after Ben and Joy got married, Joy developed multiple sclerosis and, soon, was in a wheelchair. Although Ben had been a pastor and Joy had been a missionary to Hong Kong before...
How to Call “Good” Good
Did you know that there are people, perhaps many people, who call good evil and evil good (Is. 5:20)? How does that happen? I would venture to say that some folks adopt such thinking purposefully, while others come by it honestly. But whether these people know it or not, they have let the world relegate “good” to feelings and, ultimately, to what serves self. They’ve embraced the errant belief that if something sounds good and feels good, then it must be good. Some of these people are even Christians and, therefore, have applied this philosophy to the Gospel. Because the Gospel is called “Good” News, then it must sound and feel good, right? Wrong. Only God is qualified to define what good is, because He is good (Ps. 34:8). He is the source of good (James 1:17). We have to go to God and learn of Him (Matt. 11:29). But there needs to be a priority on going to God. We shouldn’t go to Him after we’ve gone everywhere else. The Bible says:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10, emphasis added
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33, New King James Version, emphasis addedNow, if you’ve already gone everywhere else and found nothing, I’ve got great news for you. You can begin to put God first! Today is a new day. So, how do you go to God? One sure way is to go through the Scriptures. In his A Sure Foundation teaching, Andrew Wommack has this to say:
You cannot truly put Jesus first in your life without putting the Word of God first in your life. Jesus is the Word! And a person can’t truly be committed to Jesus with their whole heart if they aren’t committed to the Word of God, and how can you be committed to something that you’ve never read and you don’t even know what it says?Well, you can’t. But once the Word of God is first in your life, you’ll see things the way God does. He’ll start defining things in your life. Andrew describes it this way:
You just get the Word in your heart, and it influences all of your thoughts. It influences all of your actions. Even though you’re doing other things and still at work, and even though you’re with your family and other things, you still are letting the Word of God dominate you! You can meditate in it day and night is what the Scripture says.This is what it takes to start building a sure foundation in your life that cannot be shaken.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25, NKJV
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