Monday, February 21. After having the congregation stretch at the beginning of the 8:30 a.m. service, Bill Ray ministered on “The Stretch of Faith.” He encouraged those in attendance to be flexible for God. “Stretch yourself,” he said. “It’s good for you to be uncomfortable every now and then. When you are stretched, you have to depend on the Lord!”
In the 9:30 a.m. session, Rick Fern encouraged his hearers to have a spirit of faith. Second Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (KJV). “We say what we believe,” Rev. Fern said. “In order to have a spirit of faith, you have to believe and you have to speak.”
“Trust in the Lord.” Those are the words Winter Bible Seminar’s Monday morning crowd heard over and over again as Lynette Hagin took the pulpit for the 10:30 service. She encouraged attendees to always walk in the steps God has ordered for their lives. Even when we don’t understand those steps and want to question where the Father is leading us, she said, we need to follow Him. When we walk in His plan and rely on Him—praying and hiding the Word in our hearts—He’ll put everything together for us, right on time!
Monday night, February 21. Adversity is no respecter of persons. At some time, everyone will experience it. Kenneth W. Hagin offered rousing words of encouragement to those buffeted by the winds of adversity. The enemy’s goal is to get us off course. He wants us to quit what God has told us to start. But in the midst of seeming failure, we must rise up and say, “I believe God.” Our victory is in the Word. And when we exercise our authority in Christ and put our foot on the neck of adversity, we will win every battle.
Tuesday, February 22. In the 8:30 a.m. session, Jeanne Orrison laid out God’s Pathway to Life. Third John 2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (NKJV). God doesn’t mince words. He tells us exactly what kind of life He wants us to have: abundantly prosperous, with “running over” blessings. When we believe in Jesus, God takes us off the path of darkness and puts us on His ever-brighter path. And He tells us in His Word how to have a good trip on that path. “God wants us to prosper in all things,” Rev. Orrison said. “But not only does He want us to prosper—He wants us in health.”
In the 9:30 a.m. service, Bob Keich asked the congregation, “What are you submitting your life to? Are you submitting your life to the Word and the Spirit of God?” He talked about how today’s society is driven by what we think and desire. “Submission isn’t something our flesh yearns for,” he said. “But submission is a plan of God for you to walk in blessing.”
“You’re going to come through the storm,” Lynette Hagin encouraged Winter Bible Seminar attendees during the 10:30 a.m. service. No matter the adversity, she taught, as we commune with our Heavenly Father, He will bring us out of every situation. He’ll show us what to do, how to pray, and how to stand. And He’ll give us the words of encouragement we need. Following her message, Mrs. Hagin invited attendees to come to the altar or kneel at their seats and seek the Lord’s direction for their lives. We’re coming into a new season, she proclaimed, so it’s vitally important that we stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It’s as we stay rooted in the Word and connected with the Father in prayer that we’ll take our place in Him.
During the Tuesday evening service, Kenneth W. Hagin reminded everyone that the Word will work for them if they believe. God is faithful, dependable, and able to do what He promised. He then admonished the congregation to stick close to the Word of God. Too many people are following after doctrines of men because it’s easier to follow something new than to be a doer of what they already know. But only the Word will bring us home with money in our pocket, a body that is well, and joy in our soul.
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