Just give her more
Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and founder
of AnGeL Ministries, has been called by her father “the
best preacher in the family.” She has been teaching for
25 years and in 2000 launched “Just Give Me Jesus,”
a series of life-changing revivals held in arenas throughout
the United States and overseas. Recently, Lotz spoke with Associate
Editor Kirk Noonan.
You’ve established yourself as someone who loves to speak
and write about Jesus. What is one thing about Him that many
people tend to overlook?
He was God in the flesh. It was God who confined himself to
a woman’s womb and submitted to the birth process. It
was God who walked on this earth so we could see how He responded
when He was tired and hungry and ridiculed. It was God who went
to the cross and gave His life. What we observe in Bethlehem
and see in Nazareth and who we bow down to at the cross and
rejoice in at the Resurrection is a revelation of God in human
form. That deserves our respect and awe.
PE: Some people
say Jesus was murdered. You don’t agree with that. Why?
No one can murder God — you can’t take God’s
life. He deliberately gave His life by refusing to take the
next breath. It was His intent to go to the cross and give His
life as a perfect sacrifice for us.
PE: How do you
see people responding to Jesus?
People can’t be neutral about Him. He provokes adoration
or rejection and hostility. He is controversial because of who
He is and because of His claims of being the Son of God, the
only way to heaven and the only Savior for us. Because He says
He is the only way to have eternal life, He flies in the face
of people’s pride and religiosity. His uniqueness carries
with it an authority and power. Many people don’t want
to be accountable to anyone, much less to a God who requires
obedience and holiness.
PE: Have people
lost a reverent fear of God?
It’s not just nonbelievers; many Christians also do not
fear God as they should. If a person has no fear of God and
is comfortable with Him, he or she might become his or her own
god. We have to have a fear of God. If even Christians lack
a fear of God, those in the world will lack it even more.
PE: Why is it
so easy for believers to put Jesus on the back burner in their
person would have a different answer to that. But many people
are so busy they don’t maintain daily disciplines such
as Bible reading and praying. They have abandoned personal holiness.
When that happens some of the things that are fundamentally
important to God are easily shrugged off because there
is safety in numbers. We compromise saying, “Everyone
is doing it. It must be OK. The whole world can’t be wrong.”
But God still demands holiness, which to me is living like Jesus.
Give Me Jesus
Anne Graham Lotz
Heart’s Cry: Longing for More of Jesus
Anne Graham Lotz
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PE: What do you
say to a person who lacks discipline in prayer and Bible study?
We’re talking about a relationship, not a religion. With
my husband, I have to talk to him and listen to him and we do
things together to foster our relationship. In our Christian
lives our relationship with God is the same. I need to talk
to Him and I do that through prayer. I need to listen to what
He has to say to me and I do that through reading my Bible.
I also need to do things with Him and I do that through service
and obedience. We miss the point if we are praying just to get
answers or reading our Bible just for information. The focus
of these disciplines should be to develop and maintain an active,
close and loving relationship with God through Christ.
PE: What does
it tell you if a person is not yearning to be closer to Jesus?
They are either spiritually dead or spiritually sick. It’s
possible to be born again and have the Holy Spirit within you
and grieve Him with your sin or quench Him with your disobedience.
You can get along like that and have no desire for Jesus for
a season, but you are missing out on all that God wants for
you. He wants us to be saved and go to heaven, but there is
so much in between. To waste your life and miss the abundant
life and blessing God has for each of us is a tragedy.
What would be a good first step to getting closer to Jesus for
a believer who is feeling spiritually empty?
on your knees and tell Him you feel empty and you want to come
back. Your relationship with God is a love relationship. God
does not blame you for growing spiritually dry and for not being
consistent. If you are sincerely turning to Him because you
want to come back into that love relationship, He welcomes you.
In fact, He’s been waiting for you.
PE: What is the
focus of your books and meetings?
God led me to offer the “Just Give Me Jesus” events
for those who want more of Him and for those who don’t
know Him at all. It’s amazing because at each meeting
we see thousands of people who are longing for a fresh touch
The week before Jesus
was crucified the disciples began to understand that He was
leaving them. They desperately clung to Him and He poured himself
into them through His words. I felt I needed that from Him too.
Jesus is everything we need. He has been the answer to my heart’s
cry. All that I am doing through my books (Just Give Me
Jesus and My Heart’s Cry for More of Jesus)
and the arena events is offering people the answer that I have
found to my heart’s cry, and that is Jesus.
What would you tell someone if you had only a few minutes to
share your faith with him or her?
would tell them that God loved them so much He created them
to know Him and that He sent His only Son to die on the cross
for us. I’d also tell them that if they would place their
faith in Him they could have their sins forgiven and have a
personal relationship with Him that will ensure that when they
die they will go to heaven. I’d also tell them they are
not doing Him a favor by accepting Him; instead they are doing
themselves a favor.
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