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March 2018 - No More Condemnation

NO MORE CONDEMNATION

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  - Romans 8:33-34

This is the radical, revolutionary revelation of the reality of righteousness. If you believe this, you are a radical. You are not only a radical; you are a revolutionary. This means you are going to change some things in the world.  You have got radical, revolutionary Good News!

It is God who has declared you righteous. It is God who has justified you. God produced your righteousness by the blood of Jesus. Now in Christ, no one can say you don’t measure up or that you aren’t qualified. Why can’t anyone condemn you? Because no one else measures up to God’s standard of righteousness.

 

GOD WILL NOT REMEMBER YOUR SIN

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.  - Isaiah 43:25-26

Your justification goes into effect the moment you receive divine approval. Since the blood of Jesus has the power to remove sin from the mind of God, it also has the power to remove sin from your mind. You no longer have to live with a sin consciousness or a guilty feeling, but you can now have a righteousness consciousness.

 

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

Several years ago a lady from our church was driving her family home late one night and fell asleep at the wheel.  The van she was driving turned over, killing her husband and one of her children. She called me in the middle of the night screaming, “I’ve killed my husband and my child!” Immediately we traveled to where she was to be with her. 

After the funeral she came back home, broken and alone. I knew how important it was to be in the presence of God. One Sunday I did not see her in church and told someone to go find her. They searched all around the church and found her outside in the bushes. She had hidden there and was sobbing, heartbroken and oppressed by guilt. She came back in the service that day and kept coming to church.

During one particular service, the Holy Spirit said to tell her, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault!” The anointing broke the guilt and shame tormenting her as I laid hands on her and she received the power of God. From that moment, she was restored, received peace, and was set free from oppression. If God declares you, “not guilty,” then you are not guilty (Romans 8:33,34).

Psychologists tell us if they could get rid of the sense of guilt, they could help eighty percent of patients who struggle with depression. They try to treat the depression, but what they use cannot reach the root of it. Isaiah 54:14 says, “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” The moment you are established in understanding righteousness, you will be far from oppression. What is oppression? It’s a dark cloud hanging over your head, pressure from thinking about what you did and shouldn’t have done. It is impossible to be depressed when you have a revelation of righteousness.   The blood of Jesus has the power to remove sin from the conscience and impart a righteousness consciousness.

 

FREE FROM SHAME

In the book, The Complete Life Encyclopedia, Christian psychologists, Minirth, Meier and Arterburn, say this about human behavior:

Shame is the issue that drives almost every compulsive, self-defeating behavior known to the human race. Shame is at the root of all addiction – whether it is an eating addiction, spending addiction, drug addiction, or approval addiction. It may be forgotten, hidden, or disguised, but the shame is there, it is real, and it drives behavior. In counseling it is sometimes the shame that surfaces first. In other cases, the addiction surfaces first. Because shame and addiction always go together, whenever we encounter one, we always look for the other – shame and addiction can always be found together.

How are you going to get rid of the shame? If the Gospel of Jesus Christ can get rid of the root of shame in your life, then it can change your behavior. Faith in the blood of Jesus brings freedom from a guilty conscience and replaces it with a sense of righteousness - of being right with God. Your thinking, your talking, and your behavior - everything changes. Most of all you can approach God with confidence and full assurance of faith.

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.   - Hebrews 10:22

…let us draw near with a sincere heart, in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled with the blood which cleanses all guilt from the conscience.  - Way 

Let’s cleanse our hearts from any unworthy feeling… - Jordan

 

DIVINE APPROVAL

This month we would like to offer you the CD sets, The Power of the Blood of Jesus and Divine Approval.  In addition, we also want to offer you our new book, Divine Approval.  As you listen, read and meditate on these resources, we believe you will have a revelation of righteousness and be set free from depression, shame and constantly seeking approval from others! 

Many thanks to you, our partners, for sending us to the nations.  Our next assignments will be to Mexico City, Nairobi, Kenya and the Ukraine. Your partnership is a tremendous blessing in the furtherance of the Gospel.  We are also distributing thousands of books in Kenya and also in Spanish speaking nations.  Your partnership is causing the Word to grow and multiply around the World.  Paul said in Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory.”

We also want to invite you to our Supernatural Leadership Conference, March 13 – 16, 2018.  It is a time of instruction as well as impartation from the Holy Spirit.  Many have said, “It can’t be explained, it must be experienced.”  We invite everyone to come - all believers are welcome! 

In Christ,
Mark and Trina Hankins

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February 2018 - The Gospel

I was reading the book, How Things Work, learning how such things as washing machines and car engines work. I came across the chapter called “How Nuclear Energy Works.” It caught my attention. I began to compare natural energy with supernatural power. Nuclear power plants provide 17% of the world’s electricity, as well as power nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. When a single atom splits, an incredible amount of energy is released. Uranium is the heaviest and the best example of a naturally radioactive element. The most commonly used isotope in creating nuclear power is a material called U-235.

When it undergoes fission, an immense amount of energy is produced. This process occurs quickly — in about one picosecond, or one millionth of a second.  For fission to be effective the uranium sample must be enriched so it contains 2-3% U-235. In a nuclear bomb, you want uranium to undergo fission as quickly as possible, releasing all the energy in an instant and creating a gigantic explosion. A pound of highly enriched uranium used to power a nuclear submarine or nuclear aircraft carrier is equal to about a million gallons of gasoline. When you consider the fact that a pound of uranium is smaller than a baseball and a million gallons of gasoline would fill a cube as tall as a five story building, you get an idea of the amount of energy available in just a little bit of enriched U-235!

THE PRAYER THAT ENRICHES FAITH

Just as uranium can be enriched, so can your faith. The first thing we need is knowledge of Dunamis, the God kind of power. What is this dunamis power? It is inherent power; power for performing miracles; moral power and excellence of soul; the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth; power and resources arising from numbers; power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts.

This power is in the blood of Christ and it cleanses us from the very root of sin. This power is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Paul gives us a prayer we can pray in Ephesians. These are some of the words used to try to describe the great power that raised Jesus from the dead.

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He wrought in Christ when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the Heavenly places.  -Ephesians 1:19,20

…the limitless scope (Translator’s)

…incredibly immense strength (Johnson)

…great beyond measure (Laubach)

…extraordinary power…it is the enormous overmastering supremacy (Cornish)

…incredible outburst of his might (Centenary)

…transcendently great (Wade)

…super abounding greatness (Weust)

Just think about the resurrection power used to raise Christ from the dead. It was the same identical power that made you a new creation when you confessed Jesus as Lord. It is activated when you believe and speak the language of faith in God.  Romans 12:3 tells us God has dealt to every man a measure of this faith substance. It is like nuclear power, but much greater. It is energy to explode and stop the power of darkness and death, and bring light and life.

Just as there is an exact formula in the substance of U-235, there is an exact formula of faith as well.  The mountain moving formula which activates this resurrection power is believing with the heart and speaking with your mouth. It only takes a mustard seed faith to move a mountain. It is the identical faith God has. Jesus commanded us to have this God-kind of faith in Mark 11:22.

This faith can be enriched by praying in the language of the Holy Spirit. One of the first times I experienced this to be true was on a trip to Africa, as a young man, to preach. I spent a whole day praying in tongues and really had no great feeling of power at the time. However, that night in the service, the power of God was present and many people were healed and set free. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 20. “But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...,” Acts 1:8. “Wait on the Lord, receive the power so you can run and not grow weary, walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31.

PREACH THE GOSPEL: RELEASE THE POWER

There is power to heal the sick and change lives in the Gospel. Jesus came, preached the Gospel, cast out devils, healed the sick and raised the dead. He commanded His followers to do the same. After the day of Pentecost, Christians went everywhere preaching that Jesus died, was buried, and raised up by the power of God on the third day. Everywhere they went, there were confirming signs of the power of God following the preaching of the Good News.

In Acts 14, when Paul preached in Lystra, a crippled man heard the Gospel and it gave him faith to be healed. Paul shouted at him, saying stand up on your feet! And he leaped up and walked. Explosive energy called resurrection power was released as he believed the Gospel. The same power that is in the actual events of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is in the message of the Gospel. The devil is just as afraid of the message as he is of the events.

That power has not changed and is available for believers to walk in today. The Holy Spirit is still confirming the Good News with signs and wonders.  We can all preach the Gospel and release the dunamis power of God to this generation!

On the day of Pentecost, the 120 people in the Upper Room were baptized into this power which gave them the ability to do the same works Jesus did with the same boldness in prayer and preaching as Jesus had. These 120 people were immersed into the identical power that raised Jesus from death. They all began to speak in languages they had not learned, telling of God’s goodness. Peter was so transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit that he preached mightily, and three thousand people were saved! The results of this baptism of dunamis power shook the world.

THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. -Romans 1:16, 17 

The power of God is revealed in the Gospel — a spoken message, which releases great joy. It makes you glad. It is the language of redemption. It comes from the Greek word, evangelion.  This word, together with its rendering of “good tidings and glad tidings,” occurs 108 in the New Testament, none of which intimate anything less than “finished redemption” in Christ.  The classic Greek meaning is “Good news from the battlefield or a battlefield victory.”

Paul defined the word GOSPEL as being the message of the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Christ.  Much emphasis is given to the declaration and explanation of it, as the Gospel contains the power of God. When you preach it, the Holy Ghost will help you.  Angels respond because they desire to look into it (1 Peter 1:12). This good news is not man-made, but was announced by angels to the shepherds. The shepherd’s responses were to rejoice with exceeding great joy.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you… for I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. -1 Corinthians 15:1,3,4

Here we see the Gospel is the telling of the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The significance of the resurrection of Christ is determined by the nature of His death. When we understand what happened on the cross, that Jesus took our curse, sin, and death, then we understand that His resurrection is our resurrection, our life, our blessing and our victory. Everything God did in Christ, in His death, burial, and resurrection was for us and is set to the credit of our account.

The more Paul walked with the Lord, suffered persecution, preached in the regions beyond, and was caught up in the Spirit, the more he desired to know Christ. After pouring out his life for the Church, going on his three missionary journeys and witnessing signs and wonders, the most significant experience of Paul’s life was the revelation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the revelation of his union with Christ. The deepest cry of his heart was to know Him, not to keep the Law, but to possess Christ’s righteousness by faith.

[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in the same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death. -Philippians 3:10, Amplified

WORLD MISSIONS PARTNER

Many thanks to you, our partners, for sending us to Lagos, Nigeria!  Thousands from many African nations came to hear the Word day and night.  It was astounding to see their spiritual hunger.  These meetings included powerful outpourings of the Holy Spirit, great demonstrations of joy, and many received healing!  Your partnership is a tremendous blessing in the furtherance of the gospel.

This month’s offer features two powerful ways to build your faith: a BRAND NEW set of four CDs, The Power of the Gospel and the book, Faith Opens the Door To The Supernatural for your offering of $25 or more.

We believe God with you for impossible situations to turn around.  Our prayer is for you to know Christ more fully and we declare this blessing over you, “May God supply all your need according to His riches in glory, (Philippians 4:19).”

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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