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Willing and Obedient

The Charis Colorado team to DewsburyAs soon as the team of Charis Bible College students returned from their trip to England, the testimonies started pouring in. The fruit from these missions trips never ceases to amaze, and this trip was no exception.

“The one thing that stood out to me the most,” recalls student Ben Kaewakami “was seeing the New Testament church in action. It’s an experience that will stick with me forever. It was an unstoppable force that commanded change wherever it went.”

The power of the Holy Spirit in action was made evident through the lives of the people who were touched—people like Arne Thomassem, a first-year student at Charis Dewsbury (Yorkshire) who was delivered from lifelong depression after receiving prayer from Charis Colorado student Amy Sky.

Amy Sky“This was a major stronghold, and its removal has had a deep impact on me,” says Arne. “The horizon suddenly became very bright. In the following days and weeks, I have become more aware of the change. It is permanent!”

As Eileen Quinn prepared to speak at a church in Shelfield, she had no idea that God was using her to prepare people’s hearts for miracles. “When I finished speaking,” remembers Eileen, “several of the students came forward and gave eyewitness testimonies of miraculous healings that took place in their lives. Hope was mounting in the people’s hearts.”

The room was charged with faith as the team gave an invitation for healing. As they laid their hands on the sick, words of knowledge began to flow out of them like streams of living water, reaching people right where they were.

As Eileen looked around the room, she noticed a woman in a purple sweater standing frozen in front of her seat. When Eileen asked if she wanted prayer, the woman whispered, “I’m a nurse, and I killed my mother two years ago when I had to take her trachea [tube] out. She died.”

Charis Colorado student (left) and Rosélia Carter, intern at Charis Walsall (right)“I felt an anger rise up on the inside of me,” recalls Eileen, “because I knew that that accusation against her was a lie. By His Spirit, I told her how God saw her situation and that she had to break agreement with the lie she had believed. She had done her best, nursing her mother, but her mother died in the process.”

As she spoke out loud, breaking the agreement, a loud cry came up from her, and she began to wail. Something she had been holding in for two years left her body, and she was free. Clinging onto Eileen, the woman started praising and thanking God. “She could finally mourn her mother’s death now that the lie of condemnation was gone. He heals the brokenhearted!”

“It continues to amaze me that every meeting we had was successful,” Ben adds, “to think that God could flow through us like that. Some of us have never prayed for anyone or spoken in front of an audience before. It truly is incredible what God can do with people who are willing and obedient.”


Choose How You Feel 

While reading through Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions book, I came across this statement:

We can choose to be joyful in the midst of negative circumstances if we will put our minds on what God says and focus our attention on the spiritual realm rather than the physical realm. (p. 37)

It took me a while in my Christian walk to realize that I can actually serve God with my emotions, although God and I are definitely still working on this together! I appreciate the significance behind the definition of harness that Andrew put in his book:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word harness means “to bring under control and direct the force of.” (p. 1)

Feeling deeply can be a strength for anyone but only when that person knows how to funnel those emotions into something constructive. Jesus was a passionate man who flipped over the money changers’ tables and drove out those who sold animals! But He also curbed His emotions in order to go to the cross—even to the point of sweating drops of blood. If Jesus had not harnessed His emotions, there wouldn’t be a Savior today. Passion that is not submitted to God creates an environment for immorality to thrive. Unharnessed emotions give birth to sin—

Sin is conceived in the emotions. This verse [James 1:15] compares sin, or the process of the development of sin, to the process of childbirth. (p. 13, brackets mine)

While taking an extracurricular class in school, I saw that one of my friends had been promoted in the project we were working on. Growing up naturally more introverted and a bit of a perfectionist, my emotions would be all over the place when I was doing something I cared about. And after finding out about my friend’s success, I started to feel bad about myself and frustrated with my progress. Then it dawned on me that what was really going on was that I was jealous. I immediately repented and started thanking God that my friend was able to succeed in this area.

James 3:14-16 says,

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. [15] This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. [16] For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

(English Standard Version)

So, once I brought my mind under the control of what the Word says about jealousy, the pressure, stress, and even condemnation left me. In other words, my emotions followed. What I was feeling at that moment was the difference between my old nature and my new one.

If what you are thinking or feeling lines up with the Word, then that’s the new, born-again you. If what you’re thinking or feeling doesn’t line up with the Word of God, it’s the carnal part of you or the devil. If it’s the carnal part of you or the devil, you simply reject that thought or emotion based on the Word of God. (p. 84)

No matter the big or little problems you are facing right now, with the power of the Holy Spirit, you can worship God with your emotions. If you’d like to go deeper in this study on emotions, check out Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions teaching. It’s available in CD series, DVD series, and book, or you can watch it on the television broadcast. Gain greater stability in your life today! If this has ministered to you, please post a comment below.


Discovering Purpose

What is purpose? Why is it necessary? How can we find it? Purpose is “the reason for which something is…created” ( It is a goal—an intention. Purpose drives us to accomplish something. It helps define who we are and give us the boundaries we need to direct our lives. Without purpose, even we Christians can wander aimlessly and struggle with feeling unfulfilled.

That’s how Charis Bible College student Jackie felt before returning from her second-year missions trip to the Dominican Republic. “Before we left for the DR, we were told that these trips tend to be more for the students that go on them than the people we minister to. They said to expect God to reveal Himself to us in very personal ways and look forward to experiencing a deeper relationship with Him. I didn’t understand how that could happen, but it proved to be very true for me.”

The mission base Charis partners with in the DR is unlike any other in the world. Tim and Trena Johnson are lifelong missionaries. They’ve been on the field for nearly thirty years and have called the DR home for nineteen. When teams journey to work with Tim and Trena, they find not only a place to minister but also a place to be ministered to. Every morning, Pastor Tim takes the time to encourage the students individually and spur them toward discovering God’s giftings in their own lives.

“The first time we went out for ministry, I began to be overcome with fear,” Jackie recalled. “I knew I couldn’t do what I felt the others were asking of me. I’m not a preacher. I don’t sing. I’m not great at drama. I couldn’t figure out why I was even there. But when we arrived, the Spirit of Christ rose up in me, and all I could think of was to reach out and welcome every person I could physically touch. I was fine after that and tried to help wherever I could.”

As their times of ministry (and Tim’s encouragement) continued, Jackie began to find her purpose. “Nothing really dramatic happened to me on this trip. I didn’t see God use me as a frontrunner or teacher, but I did find peace in the DR. Before the trip, I compared myself with those around me, looking at their gifts and talents and feeling condemned for not having my own. I knew 2 Corinthians says this is not wise (2 Cor. 10:12), but it wasn’t until God showed me who I was created to be that I overcame it. God created me to be a helper. He created me to encourage His body through words and small acts of kindness (even cleaning the kitchen). That is my gift, my purpose, and I’m determined to do it wherever I can!”

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms .

1 Peter 4:10, New International Version