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Monday
Jun292015

Finding the Answer

Cassaundra Siegersma“I grew up in a religious home, and sickness was just punishment for doing something wrong. I remember telling my dad about my back problems, and his response was, ‘What did you do to cause it?’”

Cassaundra Siegersma had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, sleep apnea, asthma, and fibromyalgia and had two herniated disks resulting in two back surgeries. She would sleep all day and stay up all night while her husband worked three jobs to pay the bills. Still, they were on the brink of bankruptcy.

Searching for a change, Cassaundra decided to tag along with one of her relatives to AWM’s annual Summer Family Bible Conference in Colorado. “I remember sitting under Andrew’s teaching,” recalls Cassaundra, “and he started quoting verses from the Bible concerning healing. Anytime I would have the thought of his teaching being false, I would be reminded of Romans 3:4, ‘Let God be true, but every man a liar.’ I realized that Andrew was quoting the Word. And God is true; therefore, His word is true.”

After receiving prayer for her healing at the conference, Cassaundra went back to her hotel room and threw her medication away, deciding that she was going to take a stand on her healing. Two weeks later, she received a touch from God that she would never forget.

“One morning as I was trying to sleep, I felt someone touch my toe. I thought my husband wanted me to take him to work. So, I opened my eyes, but no one was there. Within five minutes, I was asleep and slept better than I had in years.

“I can honestly say that I have been healed of everything. Not only did God heal me physically, but He was also able to heal my broken heart. God healed all of the hurt, anger, and condemnation in my life and replaced it with His peace.”

Cassaundra’s family is closer, stronger, and more loving than ever before. She has experienced her Healer and, as a result, will never be the same. “Healing is like any gift,” remarks Cassaundra. “If God paid for it in order to give it to you, then He wants you to have it!

“I think one of the greatest realizations I have come to understand is that healing is about the solution, not the problem. The cross is the answer, and it does not matter what problem you are facing. God can change your mind, your circumstances, and even that giant in your life. What Christ did on the cross is so much bigger than any sin or circumstance in your life.

“Let God be your refuge, your fortress, your deliverer, and a very present help in time of need. He will meet you wherever you are with outstretched hands and a loving heart. Go hear the Word, hear the truth, and expect to see a good God show up in powerful ways in your life!”

Monday
Jun222015

More than an Event

As I was reading Andrew’s book, Grace, the Power of the Gospel, it startled me to read this:

We’ve been corrupted through thinking things contrary to the Gospel. If we could just break free from a performance mentality to truly understand God’s grace, we would wind up living holier accidentally than we ever have on purpose (p. 110).

Even after being born again, I still chased after “being good.” It was years before I heard the message that grace was the power of the Gospel and that it would set me free from trying to live out my salvation through performance. An incident in my life really highlights that although I had received the Good News of the Gospel and had been radically saved, my moral upbringing also had to be surrendered to receive the grace for living the Gospel.

As I was dropping off my two-year-old at childcare, I heard myself say, “Be a good boy for Miss Sandy.” Then one night before bed, my son hugged me and said, “Mama, you’re a good boy!” I laughed, knowing that this was a compliment of love flowing out of his heart. But then I gasped as I realized, I’m training him to be a good boy, just like I had been trained to be a good girl. The performance mentality had seeped into my marriage and was springing up in me as a mother.

Ignorantly, I had gone from receiving the Gospel by faith to trying to live out my salvation by being “good.” Andrew describes it this way:

When the Scripture says that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, it’s not just talking about how to be born again and have your sins forgiven. It also means that the Gospel—the grace of God—is the power of God…unto everything that comes to us as a result of being born again. It’s talking about your relationship with God (pp. 14-15).

This truth always confronts any religious thoughts still buried in us. Andrew says the Enemy is quite happy to have us as Christians receive “the event” of salvation but then “earn the things of God…to put our faith in what we’ve done instead of faith in Christ as our only means of receiving from God. This is his biggest weapon against us!” (pp. 15-16, emphasis mine).

Even if I train my son to love Jesus, unless I receive the power of grace to work in me as a mother, I will have trained him to be a “good boy” rather than to have a relationship with Jesus, which is another gospel! If you'd like to learn more about establishing the true Gospel of grace in your heart, check out Andrew's teaching called Grace, the Power of the Gospel. This teaching is available in many formats: CD, DVD, book, and by television broadcast. If this has ministered to you, please post a comment below.

Monday
Jun152015

Imagine Yourself Winning!

One afternoon, I was working on my computer when my daughter entered the room. Just by looking at her sweet face, I could tell that something wasn’t right. I asked her, “Are you okay?” With a quiet voice, she said, “I’m really scared.” For weeks, she had been struggling with fear, and it was getting worse. She was waking up in the middle of the night, scared and anxious. Her dad and I would comfort her, but the fear kept tormenting her. It even started affecting her during the day.

This time I realized it was a spiritual attack against her, and we needed to do something about it. Andrew’s teaching Meditation came to mind. He says—

The real power, the real energy, the real benefit of the Word of God comes when you meditate in it. Take a truth and get to the place where you can imagine it. Meditation means to imagine. You have to see it on the inside before you see it on the outside.

God was showing me how to help my daughter! I told her, “Go get your brother’s laser sword.” When she came back, I explained that God wants her to have perfect peace, but the Enemy was attacking her with thoughts of fear. I told her that it was her turn to fight back. I said, “Do you remember the movie where the good guy was fighting every attack of the enemy with his laser sword? Well, you are going to do the same. When a thought of fear comes, grab your sword and, in your imagination, destroy it. Then say, ‘Thank You, Lord, that You give me perfect peace.’”

I turned back to my computer as she lay down on the floor next to me. She was lying there quietly, and all of a sudden, she grabbed her sword, swung it in the air, and muttered, “Thank You, Lord, that You give me perfect peace.” This went on for about half an hour. After that, she got up, left the room, and went out to play. In the following days, I could see that she was free from fear. Her countenance changed, and she was happy.

The important thing was that she was learning how to use her imagination in a godly way, meditating on the Word. Like Andrew says, “It’s not the volume of Scripture you read. It’s how much you get out of the Scripture that you know.” Fear and anxiety don’t just attack children—they attack all of us. That’s why the Word exhorts us to cast all our anxiety on the Lord because He cares for us (1 Pet. 5:7, New International Version).

It doesn’t matter how the Enemy is attacking you; God’s Word is a powerful weapon to overcome (Eph. 6:17 and Heb. 4:12). Godly meditation is one way you activate it. Learn how to unlock the power of your imagination and experience the abundant life God has for you. Andrew’s teaching on meditation will help you understand some common misconceptions, and you will learn what the Scriptures really say about godly meditation. If you'd like to learn more about this, check out Meditation. It's in CD and DVD, or you can watch it on our television broadcast. Please share below if this has ministerd to you.