HUNDREDS OF GODLY MEN gathered on the Rhema USA campus in November to hone their faith, be built up in the Lord, and live above any attack of the devil. Speakers at Kenneth W. Hagin’s A Call to Arms Men’s Conference aimed to strengthen, challenge, and encourage those who attended. They left refreshed and better equipped to enforce the victory Jesus has already won for them. A Call to Arms 2016 will be held November 3–5. Be there!.
// KENNETH W. HAGIN
Take Control of Your Thoughts
“So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.”
—1 Peter 1:13 (Message)
WHEN WE EXERCISE self-discipline in our thought life, we can beat the devil’s attacks and always land in the winner’s circle. Unfortunately, too many Christian men are losing this battle. As a result, they aren’t able to help themselves or anybody else.
NO MAN HAS SUCCESSFULLY SERVED GOD WITHOUT FIRST TAKING CONTROL OF HIS THOUGHTS. We must get our minds in gear to move into the place of victory in God. If we can escape the prison of our own thoughts, we can rise up to be all God wants us to be.
Here are four simple keys to help you change your thinking.
1. Read and meditate on the Word of God. Don’t do this every once in a while, but for at least 15 minutes every day. Spend time letting it soak in (Joshua 1:8).
2. Take authority over Satan’s efforts to control your thinking. When he tries to put ideas in your mind, use the Name of Jesus against him. Luke 10:19 (NKJV) says, “I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” What is authority? Delegated power.
3. Confess the Word every day (Mark 11:23).
4. Regularly attend a Bible-believing church where there is an anointing to break the enemy’s grip over your mind (Heb. 10:25). Regularly means all the time, not once a month or every six weeks.
// Craig W. HAGIN
We Already Have Jesus
THE STORY OF the man at the Pool of Bethesda is found in John chapter 5. This man hadn’t walked for 38 years. He was lying by the pool hoping to be the first person to get in when an angel troubled the waters. People often focus on the angel and the pool. They get stuck there and miss the fact that it’s Jesus Who touches lives. They’re looking at the pool and not the Savior . . . not the Healer.
The man at the Pool of Bethesda probably knew he was never going to be the first one in the water. But he kept sitting there. He kept trying. He was going to do whatever it took. Then one day Jesus decided to visit him.
How many Christians today are still looking for the pool? They say, “God, do something!” They’re asking for something that’s already happened.
Quit looking at the pool. Quit trying to figure out how something’s going to happen and start looking at Jesus. He’s already made it happen.
// AARON HANKINS
“Sometimes it seems like the ladies are the loudest praisers or shouters in the church. Men will get loud about something they are passionate about. It’s time for men to display their emotions about the goodness of their Lord. In Psalm 27:6 (NLT) King David says, “At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy.” My question to men is, how can we stay quiet in church after all the Lord has done for us?”
// JEFF PERRY
“Florence Chadwick failed at her first attempt to swim the Catalina Channel because of dense fog. Florence was only a mile from shore on the 26-mile swim when she quit. Afterwards, she said it was not being able to see land that made her stop. Later, she attempted the same swim and fog settled in again, but the mental image of the shoreline kept her going. The dream thief comes to steal God’s vision out of our hearts. In order to fight the weapons of mass distractions, keep your eyes on Jesus.”
Left to right: Loren Hirschy, Jerry Weinzierl, Charlie Daniels, Don Burns, Cliff Graham, Bracken Christian
POWER TALK HIGHLIGHTS
“God wants us ‘to command’ our children and household so that He can bring upon us His blessings. ‘To command’ means to set things in order.” // LOREN HIRSCHY, FINDING YOUR FAMILY
“Where our minds dwell, our actions will eventually follow. We have to use our authority to cast down imaginations that are against God’s Word.” // JERRY WEINZIERL, LUV: MORE THAN A 3-LETTER WORD
“You always lead with vision. Keep a vision in front of your wife and children. It’ll help keep you on the right path.”
// CHARLIE DANIELS, LIFE OF A LEADER
“What has a man gained if he acquires wealth and loses it all because of his health? We cannot accomplish God’s plan for our lives if we do not take care of our bodies.” // BRACKEN CHRISTIAN, LIVING HEALTHY AND WHOLE
“Money is a secondary resource to the big three: time, energy, and attention. Amazing things can happen when you take these three and focus them on a goal.” // DON BURNS, MASTERING THE MONSTER—MONEY
“When God put us on the planet, He said, ‘I see greatness in every one of you!’ Men need to rise up and charge after the superabundant, ‘above all that we can ask or think’ of God!” // CLIFF GRAHAM, A LIFESTYLE OF ADVENTURE
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