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Pastor Andre Mitchell

Recently, I have been studying the best-selling business book “Good to Great”.  It is an interesting book authored by Jim Collins who also wrote the legendary business book ” Built to Last”.  What I like about Collins’ approach is that he doesn’t write from his own expertise. Rather, he uses extensive research and lets the research form his arguments.  He writes as a journalist who is neutral and is just reporting on what he discovers. Therefore, you get less opinions and more analysis of the facts.  

In the book, several companies are researched on why they somehow went from good to great and outperformed their competitors. Many revelations came out of the research, but it was Collin’s discovery on the idea of breakthrough that was eye-opening for me.   

All of the companies that made the transition from good to great had major breakthroughs that skyrocketed them past their competition.  However, the research showed that none of the great companies could point to any one thing that produced the breakthrough.  In essence, what the research was telling us is that it was all the little things put together that produced the major breakthroughs.   

There is great revelation here for all of us who desperately need a breakthrough.  Just keep doing all the little things right and remain  consistent to your convictions.  One person once said, “in consistency lies the breakthrough”.  So instead of  expecting that one miracle moment, keep doing what you know to do with the best of your ability.  

For instance, the constant dripping of a gutter day in and day out can do more damage to a home’s foundation than a onetime storm that dumps 5000 gallons of water sporadically throughout a neighborhood.  The laser focus of a continual dripping against a foundation will eventually erode and buckle the concrete.  Sure the storm seems more devastating, but the absence of focus makes its impact irrelevant. 

I want you to know that your breakthrough is closer than it has ever been before. You don’t need a super anointed prophetic word to push you into your destiny.  Just stay focused on what you already know.  Stay in the love of God in all of your relationships, keep praying to the Father in the name of  Jesus, keep fellowshipping with other believers, and keep reading and studying your Bible.  Do the simple things over and over and over again; the big breakthroughs will take care of themselves.  Before you know it you will be smack dab in the middle of your destiny living life to the fullest until it overflows (Jn 10:10 amp); and you won’t quite know how it happened. 

In conclusion, breakthrough should not be interpreted as an event, but instead characterized as a dedicated process to principles that eventually produce results. I know it’s a tongue twister, but it’s also a revelation that may keep you from quitting too soon.  You are making more progress than you realize. Stay focused!   “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”  Galatians 6:9

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

Caught by His hand and held by His love; no one knows the power I feel from above.  I try to explain, oh what a feeling.  It’s hard to express, such joy, such healing.  When will we learn to give Him our all.  How many mistakes or times must we fall.  Open your hearts, He’s sure to come in.  Giving over to Him is one sure way to win.  Keep pressing ahead don’t look at what’s behind.  You will find the journey has been well worth your time. When times are hard and stress is high, don’t drawback it is time to draw nigh.  Leave your agenda and yield to His plan.  He will prove He knows best again and again.  The Him I speak of is the one true Savior.  With Him in your life there’s no need to waver.  It is He and He alone that can free us.  He’s our King, our Lord, our Big Brother; HE’S JESUS!

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

I want to know Him more.  If church as normal is all I am going to get, then I will be a man most miserable.  I want to see Him.  See Him high and lifted up.  See Him manifesting Himself throughout the land.  I want everyone to know when He is in the room, from the smallest infant to the most seniored person.  It is only in Him that we will live and move and have our beings.  Christ in us is our hope of Glory.  He is our risen Savior, shouldn’t He be rising up in us.  At the grocery store, I want people to recognize Him with me.  In the schools, I want our youth to exude His presence.  Over the telephone, let His presence be known.  In the autum breezes, let us hear His voice.  May He become so real to us in this season, that moments devoid of Him become gut wrenching.  May we hunger for His word like it’s our necessary food.  May we rather starve then be out of His will.  May we cling to his promises like the dear pants for water.  May we go to sleep talking to him and wake up finishing the conversation.  May purity and holiness be our automatic response to His goodness.  May the poor see that we care.  May the sinner feel loved by us and not condemned, may he be convicted and desire to know the man from Galilee.  May we remember He is no longer the baby in the manger, or just the lamb slain before the foundation of the world, but He is now the Lion of the tribe of Judah longing to make His triumphant return.  Oh how I long to see religion driven Christianity die so relationship driven Christianity will live.  I will see it, in my lifetime.  I will see the church becoming all that she is destined to be, and I promise to let it first start within me.  Shalom. Selah.

Pastor Andre Mitchell

One day while working in a factory, I had a simple but profound revelation from God. I was running a machine that cuts metal. I was placing the metal part on the fixture so I could start the machine. With much effort I tried to put the part onto the fixture but it just wouldn’t go. I struggled and struggled. I pushed, I pulled, I pressed down, and I exerted both energy and force. I actually wore myself out. So I decided I was going to go get a hammer and tap the part into it’s proper position. In order to do this, I had to let the part go. To my utter surprise, as soon as I took my hands off the part it fell right into place. Then this revelation hit me like a ton of bricks; “How many things in your life will never work until you finally take your hands off of them?” It came to me just like that in a question.

You see, many times as human beings we have this great need to be in control. The only problem is, we just don’t know what we are doing. How many people’s marriages, families, children, careers, and overall lives would be better if they stopped trying to be in control. Take your hands off! The God that created this vast universe, has created you too. He has a great big plan for your life. Stop trying to be the superhero of your life, and acknowledge your Creator in all you endeavor to do (Prov 3:5-6). Yield your plans to God, yield yourself to His Word, and yield your will to His Will.
I have flown many times, but never once have I ever taken the controls over from the pilot. You wanna know why? Cause I don’t know how to fly! As much as it hurts, I have to trust that the pilot knows what he is doing and just enjoy the ride. Life is exactly the same way and the Triune God is your Master Pilot. So likewise, it’s time to trust God and enjoy the ride (Ps 118:8). I know it has been said a thousand times, but it bears repeating once again: LET GO AND LET GOD!

(originally written for the incorruptible aliance blog http://www.incorruptiblealliance.com )

Pastor Andre Mitchell

As I prepared for the onset of 2010, I decided to do some cleaning.  It was New Years eve 2009 and I wanted to enter the new year with less clutter.  Somehow it turned into throwing away the old.  I came across t-shirts that I had over a decade ago.  I  realized it was time to let these items go.   How could I expect the new while still clinging on to the old and useless items of the past. 

Obviously this sparked revelation in me as I paid attention to the spiritual equivalence.  Spiritually, it is the same way; we need to make room for the new things that await us on our spiritual journeys.  I shouldn’t expect peace until I’m willing to let go of the things that constantly cause confusion.  God will always hold true to His promises, but are we always willing to make the necessary adjustments required to experience His promises?

I often say that we treat God as if He is a spiritual Santa Clause.  In Santa’s case, he doesn’t need you to make any room.  He will squeeze himself  in the chimney and bring a bag of “goodies”.  He doesn’t expect much, except for you to be nice and maybe leave him milk and cookies.  Well, here is a News Flash for you, Jehovah God is not squeezing into anything. 

The problem is; Santa is a fairytale but God is real.  He requires you to make Him room.  He doesn’t need your nice acts.  Your righteousness is as filthy rags to Him.  He also doesn’t need your milk and cookies, or your methods to appease Him religiously.  However, what He does need and ultimately desires is a heart that will open up and say “YES” to His will.

This is how we make room for God and His entire spiritual agenda.  We must open ourselves up to Him and surrender our will to His.  We clean out anything that hinders us from yielding to His plans and purposes.  We abandon all that trys to take precedence over Him.  Simply put, we make Him room.  Once God is invited in and is given space, He will do the rest.  So with this understanding, allow me to take a page from the movie Field of Dreams and tweak it’s famous saying to fit this revelation.  “If you truly open it, He will come.”

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Pastor Andre Mitchell

I went to church tonight with a friend.  I was the only African-American in the entire building, but I did not feel like a stranger at all.  I felt just like family.  The family of God transcends all of our distinctions whether it be race, gender, class, or even doctrine.  God is bigger than all of that.  His presence was so strong in the place.  It makes me believe that we will never FEEL God the way He desires us to, as long as we focus on what separates us.  God is LOVE. It is only in that atmosphere that He will FEEL most comfortable.  He will not reside in an atmosphere void of LOVE.  If the singles are jealous of the married, if the singers stay upset with the audience, if the pastor is sick of the members, if the deacons are plotting to overthrow the pastor, and if the teens are at odds with the adults; then we will not see or FEEL God.  No, it is not just about a FEELING; however, a breeding ground of LOVE will make Him comfortable to show up and show out anytime He wants too.  All I’m saying is let’s make sure we have an atmosphere conducive for his appearance.  This should be all of our New Year’s Resolution, “I’m walking in LOVE in 2010.”  Because,  “When we all get together what a day of rejoicing that will be.  When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the VICTORY .”