Newsletter Aug 2011

August 2011

You've Already Got It, So Quit Trying to Get It!

Dear Friend,

     On March 23, 1968, I had a miraculous encounter with the Lord that changed my life forever.

     Instantly, I received “revelation knowledge” that I’m still trying to understand and communicate today.This knowledge didn’t come through the normal channels of study and education; the Spirit of God supernaturally imparted it to me.

     When I came heart to heart with the Lord, I just knew things about Him intuitively. One of those revelations has become a mainstay for what the Lord has accomplished in my life, and it’s one of the most important and foundational truths of the Gospel.

     It’s the knowledge that God has already done His part.When Jesus cried “It is finished” (John 19:30), He meant just that. His work on earth was done. The Atonement was complete. He provided everything we could ever need. We aren’t waiting on Him to give; He is waiting on us to receive.

    The book of Ephesians is written from the perspective of everything already being ours in Christ.

     It starts in Ephesians 1:3 by saying,

     “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (emphasis mine).

       Any blessing you could ever need or desire from the Lord is not something to strive for but something you already have. God made the provision before you had the need. It is just a simple matter of receiving what He has already done.

      The benefit of understanding and being assured of this is enormous. It kills legalism and the performance mentality, and that takes a huge load off you. How could you doubt that God will give you something if He’s already given it to you?

     When Jamie and I first pastored our little church in Seagoville, Texas, in 1973, I didn’t even have a complete Bible. The one I had taken with me to Vietnam was all mildewed, and entire books were missing. I decided that believing for a new Bible wasn’t an option—it was a necessity.

     I had to start seeing results somewhere and it was here. I would get a new Bible or die trying. If I couldn’t trust God for $20 to get a Bible, how could I trust Him to minister to people about eternal things?

     The devil knew how important this was to me, and he fought me “tooth and

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