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Monday
Feb172014

Jesus Reigns In Jacob Bain

Jacob Bain and his wife Bianca. (Click to enlarge)Jacob Bain was a born again believer long before his friend introduced him to Andrew’s ministry, but it was through Andrew’s teaching that Jacob found the true freedom and fullness of his salvation. No longer preoccupied with every little mistake he made, Jacob was free to receive all that Jesus had accomplished on his behalf.

It was in 2011 that Jacob’s friend, Mark Hicks, shared Andrew’s ministry with him. The first teaching Jacob listened to was Killing Sacred Cows, and boy, did it mess with Jacob’s heart. He said, “I immediately felt challenged. Almost everything I had been taught was being attacked—but in a good way. I needed to hear some strong truth to bring me out of my religious thinking.”

Early on, Jacob’s religious mindset hindered him from openly embracing portions of Andrew’s revelation, but he continued to listen simply because Andrew backed up his religion-crushing statements with scripture. The way Andrew puts the Word in its context allowed Jacob to truly understand the Bible, and after listening to the teaching several times, Jacob was able to see past his religious veil.

Jacob with his good friend, Mark Hicks, at the 2014 Men's Advance at CBC-Colorado's new campus in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge)Free from his old mindset, Jacob began to mine through the free resources on the ministry’s website, devouring archived audio teachings on his MP3 player and reading many articles. Jacob even wore his headphones while at work, so he could continue listening and receiving more revelation of God’s amazing goodness. There is no doubt in Jacob’s mind that Andrew’s teachings changed his entire view ofthe Father. “I love Him more and more each day, and I don’t know if I would have, if it wasn’t for those teachings,” he said.

After Jacob got a hold of Andrew’s message,You’ve Already Got It, he realized he possessed the authority to receive his own physical healing. This was great news for Jacob because he had been struggling with migraine headaches for some time. Jacob said, “I understood that everything was provided for me on the cross, and all I had to do was receive it. For the first time in my life I knew that God wanted me well.”

Jacob’s battle with migraines had become such a regular occurence that he often lost his motivation for the day as soon as he woke up in the morning with headache pain. Looking for a way to dull the pain, he had turned to self medicating. When over-the-counter meds didn’t help, he sought the assistance of a sinus specialist and a Bianca and Jacob both serve in the Army National Guard. The two were married in August of 2013.
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neurologist, but he was discouraged by their treatment options—more pills and injections. Before listening to Andrew, Jacob had submitted to the thinking that suffering with headache pain was just his lot in life. After listening to You’ve Already Got It, Jacob knew better.

Sometimes there is a difference between knowing better and seeing results. Jacob’s healing did not manifest instantaneously, but came progressively. His feelings of uncertainty with regard to his choice of words, and his self-consciousness when it came to speaking out loud to his symptoms were hurdles that Jacob had to clear in his mind.

“I finally said, ‘Headache leave in Jesus’ name. This is my body, and I command you to leave!’ I said those things over and over,” Jacob shared. Even though the pain was still there, and he was becoming desperate, he kept speaking healing over his body. Every time his head would begin to hurt, he would utter the same words. He said, “It was a little frustrating in the beginning because the pain did not want to leave right away.”

Jacob’s friend Mark agreed with him in prayer and told Jacob that he felt, in his heart, that Jacob was healed. Over time, the pain levels began to subside and eventually Jacob would go a day or two without any pain. Today, Jacob is completely healed and he is pain free.Jacob and Mark drilled together in the same National Guard unit. Mark introduced Jacob to Andrew's teaching. (Click to enlarge)

Aside from enjoying a general sense of relief from the pain that had plagued him, Jacob enjoyed the realization that it is God’s will for people to be healed. “The manifestation of my healing affected my beliefs. Before, I was not sure if it was God’s will for all people to be well, but I now know personally, that it is God’s will for all to be healthy. It’s an amazing thing to witness God’s power working through you. I just want to tell other people about the goodness of God now.”

Jacob has not had so much as a cold in over a year, and he attributes his health to using his authority and to speaking good things over himself. “This whole experience of God’s goodness has changed my life forever. I now know that sickness can’t reign in my body because Jesus reigns in me. Everything is paid for, one hundred percent!” Jacob said enthusiastically.

Mark and his wife Jannette and Bianca and Jacob stand with Andrew at last year's Phoenix GTS.
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Thursday
Dec122013

If YOU SAY to the Mountain

Andrew with Penny and Don Griffin in Atlanta in 2007.
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What can you do when the enemy comes to steal from you? Don Griffin, like many Christians, sets aside the beginning of each day to spend time with the Lord. This practice had been in place for many years, when Don was suddenly faced with a situation he did not know how to handle. Twenty-five years into his marriage, his wife, Penny, began to suffer from fibromyalgia. As the sickness progressed, Don continued to pray, but he began to feel helpless as he watched Penny's condition deteriorate to the point of being bed-ridden.

Penny Griffin, 2012
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One morning Don left the confines of his study, morning coffee in hand, and sat himself in front of his television. This was a highly unusual deviation from his normal routine. Don said, "As I sat flipping through the channels, I saw Andrew sitting in his chair teaching, and just before I continued channel surfing I heard him say, “God wants you well.” To my knowledge, I had never heard anyone say that, so I sat and watched."

For the next three weeks Don watched Andrew's program attentively. Although he knew in his heart that he was receiving God's truth, he didn't mention to Penny that he was watching until he heard Andrew say, "If you say to the mountain..." while he was teaching on Mark 11:23. That was when the light came on for Don. He and Penny are Spirit-filled believers, but they had been taught that God doesn't always heal. Don realized in those few moments that he had the authority to speak to his wife's mountain.

Penny and Don, 2004, approximately one year after Penny received her healing. (Click to enlarge)As Don continued to watch Andrew, faith and understanding grew to the point where he felt ready to speak to the mountain of fibromyalgia. In Penny's estimation, she received about 80% of her healing when Don prayed for her after receiving the revelation that God wanted her well. Penny said, "But, it took me a few months to realize that I was free from the sickness."

When Penny began to get a hold of the truth for herself, and she understood that she too could speak the Word in faith, she did. "'By His stripes I am healed,' 'God heals all of my diseases,' 'No weapon formed against me can prosper,' these were the words that I began to constantly speak over myself," said Penny. "I knew the Word was working because I began to feel like a real person for the first time in almost a year. The pain was gone."

Don and Penny's grandson, Wynn.
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Penny and Don are thrilled that she received the Lord's healing, and Penny said that it is as though she and Don have entered a whole new realm of God's Kingdom. Penny's healing has radically changed their lives. Because of their victory, they have grown in boldness in prayer for others, and they have seen other people receive healing as well. Most notable of the miracles they have witnessed happened when they prayed for their daughter-in-law, Kim, during her third pregnancy. "Kim and our son, Jonathan, were told that the chances of the baby being born normal were about 1%. In fact, one doctor encouraged them to abort the pregnancy," said Penny. Because the Griffins had shared their revelation with their children, Kim and Jonathan were able to recognize the detrimental power of the doctor's Wynn, age 3, August, 2013
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negative words. The couple cut the doctor's prognosis short and refused to receive the bad report. The Griffins prayed as a family, and stood on God’s Word. Today Don and Penny have a normal, beautiful three-year-old grandson

The Griffins have been able to share their testimony and Andrew's teaching materials with hundreds of people over the last several years while leading Sunday school classes at the church they attend. Don and Penny's pastors have also received a greater revelation of God's truths by watching Andrew's teaching, and they have used those truths to increase the knowledge and faith of the entire church.

"Let me say that Penny and I have been changed and have entered into a new joy and expectation that grows by the day. The steadfast guy that sits and talks and teaches the Gospel Truth has changed our lives forever," Don said with a smile.

Thursday
Dec052013

Veteran Finds The War Is Over

National Guardsman, Specialist (E-4) Mark Hicks while serving in Iraq. (Click to enlarge)Mark Allen Hicks was a born again, Spirit-filled believer long before the Lord used Andrew to challenge his restrictive religious practices. Mark, a veteran of the Iraq War, had just returned from the Middle East when he was introduced to Andrew's teaching. It was through Andrew's ministry that Mark has been released from decades of religious and physical bondage.

Religion Kills: Mark spent nearly two decades invested in a legalistic denomination. He became a youth pastor and preacher (as seen above). Once Mark realized his freedom in Christ through Andrew's teaching, he began to explore what had happened to his Dad. Mark remembers the Sunday night service when his dad stayed in the car at church, as the rest of the family went inside. During the service, Mark went out to check on his father. When he reached the car, he found his dad dead, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Mark was six-years-old. A year ago, he began to investigate the suicide. His father's closest friends indicated that his dad felt he had committed the "unpardonable sin" of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. He sought help, but was tormented by the church's strict interpretation of the words found in Matthew 12:31. Religious bondage forced his father to take his own life. This spurred Mark to share the message of God's unconditional love and grace. (Click to enlarge)Mark was raised in a denominational church where every aspect of life was regulated. He and the members of his church were required to adhere to specific rules in an effort to live perfect, sinless lives. Legalistic rules extended beyond simple modest dress codes, conservative hair styles and make-up restrictions for the women, but also went as far as to include being restricted from wearing wedding rings, watch movies, go swimming or participating in anything the church deemed worldly or secular. On top of normal adherence to the rules, there was additional pressure on Mark in that his family pastored the church to which he belonged.

In 2009, while Mark was far from his church circles, serving in Iraq as part of the United States National Guard, the Lord began to speak to him about his beliefs. It wasn't until he returned to the States however, that his eyes were truly opened.

Upon his homecoming in 2010, Mark and his wife, Jannette, visited a new church that his father-in-law was partnering with to build his own Hispanic congregation. During Mark's first visit to the church, the pastor of the English-speaking congregation ministered from Andrew's teaching, The War Is Over, and Mark's religious foundation was shaken. He was taken aback by what he heard. As he shared his astonishment with Jannette, she replied, "Baby, that is the guy," referring to Andrew, "I have been watching the past couple of mornings on the TV—he's really challenging me!"

The stark contrast between Andrew's message of grace and the rigidity of Mark's religious upbringing revealed a gap in Mark's relationship with the Lord. "I was born again and did speak in Mark and his wife, Staff Sergeant (E-6), Jannette, on the ground in Iraq. They met while in the National Guard, were engaged before their deployment to Iraq in 2009, and married when they returned in 2010. (Click to enlarge)tongues before Jesus wrecked my life through that Texan, [Andrew]" Mark joked as he acknowledged the clash of theology. "I truly let the tradition of men stop the word of God from working in my life, and I had a huge wall built between me and God."

As Mark began to read the Bible for himself, and as he continued to study Andrew's teaching, his life and relationship with the Lord began to transform. He was released from the bondage of legalism.

Mark found freedom to experience what the Lord had provided, without the burden of doing something to receive God's blessings. As he studied, he also found freedom from the physical bondage of migraine headaches. Mark said, "I struggled with migraines every since I can remember. I remember as a young child asking my mom to give me medicine. I would also ask every evangelist to pray for me to be healed. Jannette and Mark anticipating the arrival of their first child.
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When I listen to Andrew's God Wants You Well, I received it with open arms and gladness!"

During his first encounter with a migraine after understanding his authority in Christ, Mark stood against the headache and commanded it to leave—and it did! He said he had read the Scriptures Andrew used, with reference speaking to your mountain (Mark 11:23) and believing that you receive when you pray (Mark 11:24) but he never grasped their meaning until he heard Andrew explain them with so much love.

Mark said, "The day I spoke to the migraine I said, 'Migraine, I command you to leave my head in the name of Jesus!' I said, 'Pain, leave my head in the name of Jesus!' The Hicks' baby boy, Micah.
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From that day forward, they left and haven't returned. Satan tries to tempt me, but I blast his defeated self with, 'It is written!'"

When the headache and pain responded to his authority, Mark realized how much the religion and practices of his past had hindered his faith. "I was trying to get something I already had," he said.

The revelation of authority and expectation of God's goodness took a little longer for Jannette, but she did receive the revelation as well. Mark said, "My wife always expected to get sick around flu season and bought flu meds when they were on sale. She asked me one day, "Why don't you ever get sick‽" I told her, "Because I don't want it, I don't expect it, and I don't see myself sick." Since that conversation, she has Jannette and Mark met Andrew at the Atlanta GTS in 2012. (Click to enlarge)gone three years without getting sick. There are times when she can feel sickness trying to attack her, but Mark said, "She also blasts the accuser with the word."

Mark and Jannette are grateful for their freedom and for Andrew's passion for the Gospel of Grace. "I always saw God as the pagan god, Zeus. You know, sitting on a cloud with a lightning bolt, ready to zap us for the least mistake. When I listened to, The War Is Over, my whole perspective of the Father changed—180 degrees! The verse that says, 'God is love,' became real to me. I now see Him as Abba Father (Daddy) and not as some demon religion portrays Him to be," said Mark.

Since Mark has received the revelation of the true meaning of the Gospel of Grace he has been preaching and teaching through Facebook pages, local Bible studies, and engaging one-on-one with people he encounters everywhere. The Gospel Truth...is contagious!