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June 2019 - Forgiveness

   These words were spoken to me by an experienced old timer” preacher.   I felt mistreated and was complaining to this minister about some friends who had done me wrong.  I wanted to get even with these people, and I was sure this minister would understand.  As I explained my situation, this minister said these powerful words that I have never forgotten, you may be able to whip a skunk, but you might not want to.  Anytime I want to get back at someone I always remember that skunk.   
   The first step to walking in Gods love is to forgive.  Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us... Eph. 5:1-2.   Gods love nature is in you and He would not require you to do something you couldnt do. God is faithful and just to forgive our sins, so like Him we can forgive. Then we are in position to receive forgiveness, mercy and answers to our prayers.  
   Jesus said in Mark 11:25, And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any.”  An ought is any little thing.  People say,” You ought to or ought not have done this.” Instead, Jesus said to forgive so that your Father in heaven can forgive you.  I sometimes think it would be good to spray some people down with ought remover!  Jesus said you can forgive while you stand praying.  It can be that quick! Dont say its going time to get over your offense. Time doesnt enable you to get over your hurt, only choosing to forgive does.   

THE COST OF UNFORGIVENESS  

   In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus taught the disciples to forgive, even up to seventy times seven times each day.  He also talked about the sycamine tree and how they could use their authority to command the tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea.  The sycamine tree actually represents offense.  Here are five amazing facts about sycamine trees: 1) the tree grows in dry places 2) the roots grow deep 3) the fruit is very bitter and is eaten by the poor 4) the wood is used for building coffins 5) it is pollinated by the stinger of a wasp.   
   Unforgiveness puts us in a spiritually dry place where Satan can find an entrance into our lives (Matt. 12:43).  Unforgiveness and bitterness grows deep roots that not only takes over your life, but defiles others as well (Hebrews 12:15).   As believers, we have the authority to speak to challenging places of offense in our life and they have to be planted in the sea.  The wonderful thing is the sea has the capacity to dissolve any bitterness and hurt so that we cant even remember it.   

 IT PAYS TO FORGIVE  

   Dad Hagin told a story about a lady whose daughter had epilepsy.  After spending some time with her, he found out that she had bitterness toward her mother-in-law.  She actually confessed to him, I hate my mother-in-law.”  Dad Hagin explained to her 1 John 3:15 says that if you hate your brother, youre a murderer.  He asked her to say those words again, and asked her to listen down on the inside this time.  So she said them again and described that she felt a little scratch inside. Dad Hagin told her that scratcwas the Holy Spirit trying to get her attention.  He instructed her to act like she would if she did love her mother-in-law, because she did.  This lady forgave her mother-in-law and began to pray for her.  The little girl was fine until a few days later when she suffered another seizure.  This time the mother simply said, Satan, Im walking in love.  Take your hands off my child.”  The seizure stopped and the girl never again suffered another attack.   
   I remember going to one of Dad Hagins meetings expecting to hear about his visions and latest revelations from God.  Instead, he preached a message about forgiveness and walking in the God kind of love.  I thought, That is not my problem.”  As he continued preaching, I realized I did indeed have a problem with unforgiveness.  At the end of the service, he called for those who needed to repent to stand to their feet.  I was sitting in the ministers section and thought there is no way I am going to do that – that would be embarrassing.   But I knew I needed to respond so I stood up, repented and decided, Im going to walk in love whether anyone else does or not.” It was a small adjustment, but it made a big difference.  In fact, in just 30 days, I was out of debt as a direct result of my decision to forgive and to walk in the love of God.  Does it pay to forgive?  Yes, it does! Faith works by love. 

LOVE: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS  

   This month we want to offer you some tools that will help feed your faith.  We have a 4 CD set called, “Love: The Secret to Success.” We also are excited to offer you a brand-new study booklet that includes scriptures and confessions that will help you renew your mind on the love of God.  For your offering of $25 or more we will send you these wonderful resources.  The love of God will never fail in any situation. It’s shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost and will cause you to walk in victory.   
   As you receive this letter, we will be ministering in Zambia and Kenya.  We are expecting a great time in the Word and in the presence of God with these churches and Bible Schools.  We are also anticipating a wonderful time at our Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA June 23 – 28, 2019.  We want to personally invite you to be a part of these special meetings as we get saturated in the Word of God and His presence.   
   Thank you once again for your faithful partnership with us in World Missions.  As you sow your seed, we believe the seed is guaranteed! It has a return address. Your harvest never gets confused (Ruth 2:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Hebrews 10:35)! 

In Christ, 
Mark and Trina  

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May 2019 - Meditation

 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night; and He shall be like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1:2,3

The Hebrew word for meditate in verse 2 is “hagah.”  The Spirit Filled Life Bible has this note: “Hagah represents something quite unlike the English “meditation,” which may be a mental exercise only.  In Hebrews though, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them in a soft, droning sound, while utterly abandoning outside distractions.  From this tradition comes a specialized type of Jewish prayers called “davening,” that is reciting texts, praying intense prayers, or getting lost in communion with God while bowing or rocking back and forth.  Evidently this dynamic form of meditation-prayer goes back to David’s time.”

Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green, It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7,8 Amplified

In 1 Timothy 4:15, Paul said to “meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all.” When a tree is well watered, it is evident to all because you can see the fruit and the green leaves. In the same way, those around you can see the results of the Word working in your life. The fruit of blessing, health and peace is very tangible!

HOW TO MEDITATE

The dictionary defines the word meditate as this: to talk with yourself, mutter, cogitate; it is an inward and outward conversation; it means to study, chew over, think over, ponder, excogitate, muse, reflect, mull over, speculate. The wordcogitate” means to think deeply, think out, think up, dream up, and to hatch. Excogitate is to invent; create mentally. Christian meditation is NOT sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, humming to yourself and emptying your mind. Meditation is a relationship with the Word of God.

If you know how to worry or if you have been offended, then you know how to meditate. You constantly think about what could happen, what is happening and speculate about the results. It even affects your body and emotions! The Bible originated in the East where the culture is given to meditation and it has much to say about this exercise. Philippians 4:6,7 says not to worry about anything, but to turn those worries into requests followed by thanksgiving. God promises to surround your heart with His peace. According to verse 8, our part is to do something with our thoughts. We are to meditate or think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and begin praising instead of worrying.

 

According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:3,4

As Christians, we do not have to participate in the corruption around us. There is an escape! Because of the new birth, you are a partaker of Gods divine nature and have in you everything you need to overcome in life. Through meditation, the Word becomes engrafted in you and is able to save or restore your soul which is your mind, will and emotions (James 1:21). When you are speaking the Word of God, pondering, muttering, turning it over, digesting, and dreaming about all of these great promises that are given to you, you begin to draw up divine power, just like a tree draws water out of the soil it is planted in.

DELIGHT IN THE LAW OF THE LORD

David said his delight was in the Law of the Lord. What are those laws? They are His Word. They are the Law of Faith (Romans 3:27); the Law of Love (1 Corinthians 13); the Law of the Spirit of Life (Romans 8:2); the Law of Sowing and Reaping (2 Corinthians 9:6-11). Every Christian must be personally responsible to tap into the power of God in these areas in order to live above the corruption in the world.  Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, overflows with Davids love for Gods Word. He mentions meditation seven times. When you sing psalms like David, it is a form of meditation. He said, “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord,” Psalm 104:33,34.

PARTNERS IN CHRIST

This month we are offering six powerful messages entitled, Meditation: Moving from Information to Revelation and Trina’s teaching, Biblical Meditation – God’s Medication.    These messages will stir you up to make the Word of God your meditation - day and night.  We also want to offer you our Spirit-Filled Scripture Study Guide.  This is a powerful tool that will help meditate on the Word of God.  As you do this, you will see supernatural results in every area of your life.

We are getting ready to preach at a great church in Lusaka, Zambia and also at a wonderful faith conference in Nairobi, Kenya in May.  We love being in Africa and are expecting powerful times in the Word and the Holy Spirit.  Not only will we be ministering but we will also be distributing hundreds of books in these meetings.  The Word is multiplying around the World AND your faithful WORLD MISSIONS PARTNERSHIP is making this possible!  Thank you for being faithful to pray and also to give as we continue to train and equip believers around the World.  We pray you will prosper and be in health as your soul prospers with every need met according to God's riches in glory!

 

In Christ,
Mark and Trina Hankins

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