Pastor Andre Mitchell

My 3 yr old and 2 yr old sons are currently in the room adjacent to me. They are together and as I type they are supposed to be going to sleep. They keep finding ways to wake themselves up. Full of energy, and they have not had a nap all day.  As the father figure, I’m going to have to step in and shut the whole operation down. Tomorrow is Saturday. It’s our family day. They will miss out on many joys if they sleep the day away tomorrow.  They are too immature to know the importance of resting now because another day is coming that they need to be prepared for.

How many of us are just like my boys. We go go go go go, but when it’s time for rest we find an excuse or reason to go go go again. This is unwise. All throughout scripture God championed the idea of resting from our labour. He rested himself in the creation account, and much is said about the sabbath throughout the Bible. In our break-neck pace of today’s world, filled with technology that should save us time but doesn’t, we are forgetting the spiritual prerequisite to REST. We can not remain immature like my boys. We have to realize that resting is a command not an option.

You should not ignore the manual on your car and expect it to run at its highest level. Likewise we can not ignore scriptural laws; especially, the ones that recur over and over. Even though you may be working for God, He still needs you to rest so you are prepared to fill all of His purposes for your life. We can not get around this. We will never save the world, until we learn how to effectively preserve our own.

I speak of both physical and spiritual resting. This includes resting from worry, anxiety, and fleshly works among other things; and relying solely in Christ’ finished work at Calvary. To put it in laymen terms: Everybody, It’s time to Get Some Rest.

Now I’m off to the room next to me to lay down the law. Don’t force God to have to do you the same way. Take the initiative and rest now so He can use you more effectively later. God bless you and once again, please Get Some Rest.

Exodus 33:14And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 6:31And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:9-11There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.


Pastor Andre Mitchell

One of the tragic issues in Christianity is that we have an enemy that knows our book better than we do. Too few Christians have an accurate knowledge of the scripture therefore Satan has the ability to deceive us using our own Holy Bible.

Obviously, the scripture lets us know that God is not a man that he should lie; so I’m not suggesting that the Bible is in error, but what I am saying is that if you are not careful Satan can pervert the truth so you believe a lie.

So what is the biggest lie the Bible ever told. I know it’s going to be a shocker for you but this is it “The truth will set you free”. I hate to burst your bubble but that is a big fat lie.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV) Yes it is very true the Bible plainly states that the truth will set you free (NIV). However, we fail to understand the importance of context when we read scripture. Do we remember our rules of grammar that say you can’t start a sentence with the word and. This word is a conjunctive word meaning it combines two thoughts together. Whenever we see a verse that starts with and, it is imperative that we read the verse prior to find out the contextual thought that is being conveyed.

Let’s read verses 31 & 32 together. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Context changes everything.

You see, it’s the truth that you continue in that makes you free. In John 17:17 Jesus states “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” So to Jesus God’s word is truth. Therefore, when he told them to continue in His word; He was telling them to continue in truth. Then the knowledge of the truth they continued in would set them free.

For example, a man who is 500 lbs knows he needs to lose weight. However, the knowledge of that truth is not enough to set him free. He has to continue in the knowledge of that truth until it forces him to take action. Then and only then can he be free.

Many Christians come to church and hear the truth, but unless they continue in that truth they will never be free. Satan doesn’t mind you hearing truth, he only cares when you continue in truth and make application to your life. When you do that, you are on the pathway to freedom.

Don’t let satan deceive you any longer(Jn 8:44). Be consistent and lay hold of the truth without wavering. Continue in the word until the truth of the word makes you free in every area of your life. That is what Satan is afraid of. His big lie is exposed. Only the truth I continue in can free me. Don’t wait, make a point to start walking in God’s truth today.

AMM CEOHave you ever been in a situation that looked hopeless at best. I should say ordeal instead of situation becomes sometimes it goes on for days, weeks, months, and even years. What is important to remember is to never lose your faith because this too shall pass.

Even storm chasers and storm trackers understand that storms are designed to pass. It is in the nature of a storm to move and to not stand still. This is true of not only natural storms, but any storm you may be faced with. Storm chasers chase the storm because they know that storms operate by moving along a path. There is a revelation in that, maybe you’re  faced with a storm now so you will endure it and then chase that storm away from the path of others. Sometimes your pain is what qualifies you to be an effective deliverer for someone else (ie Moses).

I’m reminded of the storm Paul was in that caused him to be shipwrecked (Acts 27). The KJV Bible called it a tempest, when you look up tempest you will see that hurricane and gale are among its synonyms. So this was one serious storm. The scripture let’s us know it lasted a minimum of 2 weeks. However, an angel appeared to Paul and told him to “Fear Not”. He reminded Paul that he was destined to get to Rome. Well let me tell you the same thing, “Cheer Up” your future destiny is greater than your present storm.

I say cheer up because that’s basically what Paul said next. He first reminded them that he had advised them not to sail. Remember that many times storms come because of bad decisions. Sometimes the storm you are in is not even your fault. One stroke of a political pen can cause multiple storms. For that matter, much of today’s economic storms were caused by a few greedy people in prominent and powerful positions. Yet, our job is not to sit around and complain about who caused our storm, but rather take our God-given authority and do something about it. At the least, say something positive about the storm. Remember, what we say in times of crisis, can either position us for victory or defeat (Prov 18:21) Let’s look at what Paul choose to say next.

He told the ship mates to “be of good cheer” no life would be lost. Paul was in the storm too, but he got a Word from God. In your storm, if you will not murmur and complain like the Israelites did, but get a word from God on your lips like Paul did; you too can cheer up and speak peace and deliverance to those around you facing the same impossibilities just like you. Never think you are the only one going through tough times. Instead look for someone else to encourage and prove to that you have a storm, but the storm doesn’t have you.

Furthermore Paul gave one life or death instruction: “stay with the ship”. Ultimately the ship was wrecked and the passengers floated safely to shore by holding on to whatever they could. I also need to give you one life or death instruction: “STAY IN FAITH”!!!! It may not be easy and you may have to hold on to a few scriptures to survive, but faith in God and His master plan for your life will float you right onto the shore of destiny. Eventually that great big bad tempest testing storm, will only be known to you as a distant memory now called a Testimony. I’m here to remind you to “Fear Not”, “Cheer Up”, because “This too shall pass”.

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


Pastor Andre Mitchell

It’s been quite some time since I have blogged.  Few things lately have inspired me to blog.  I have been inspired to talk, think, and tweet; but not blog until now.  As I participated in last Sunday’s worship service, I noticed something significant.  I should say, as I tried to sit, because there was such a jubilant praise in the building.

A few key members of the praise team were just arriving, while the others took their places. Seeing that the organist had not quite situated himself yet; one lady broke out into a congregational song.  That one song turned into several oldies but goodies.  Songs about the blood, our mighty God, victory, and freedom etc.  You couldn’t help but join in with your voice, your hands, and even your feet.

I’m not talking about emotional gymnastics, but rather when the lyrics jump out at you and become alive.  In those moments, you remember that no matter what you may face when you leave, God is present and He is worthy of your best praise.  Our best praise means different things to all of us.  Sometimes it is silent thoughts, jubilant shouts, toes tapping, eyes watering, hands clapping, hallelujahs ringing, amens whispering, drums beating, organs piping, people standing, people sitting, and on and on and on.  The point is, we all do it differently but whatever praise wells up inside of you belongs to God.  Psalms 150 exclaims “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD” 

It’s also  in these times that we forget whatever is wrong about our lives and we immediately are just excited to be alive, to have computers to type on, cell phones to talk on, and families to share life’s ups and downs with.  Also for many of us to be living in a land where we still can worship freely is an extreme blessing.   At the end of the day, we know that only God could have done  these things for us. 

I got up after the praise as I always do.  I encouraged the people to praise a little while longer, but then the Spirit began to shift quickly.  As I stood with the microphone in my hand, I could sense the entire room’s sincere need of a Savior.  I began to quote scriptures and exhort on the blood of Jesus.  Right then and there an altar call was given.  The jubilant praise turned into a reverential respect as people all over the building cried out to their Redeemer and their Lord.  Tears began to flow from my eyes like a broken dam as I was reminded that all my righteousness, yes even my praise seconds earlier, is as filthy rags.  Without God sending His Son to die for us and pay the penalty for our sins, we would be men and women most miserable. 

Instead of misery, we have joy knowing that one day on Calvary’s cross there was a man from Galilee who hung, bled, and died for us.  Not only that, He rose with all power in His hands.  He gave gifts unto men, and in Him we are now seated in heavenly places with full access to the throne room of our Abba Father.

With all these thoughts still flowing through my mind I sat down so the ushers could receive the offering.  Well, no offering was able to be taken.  When one of the ushers reached the front he grabbed the offering basket but quickly had to put it back down.  The  presence of God arrested him and he too began to exhort the congregation under the influence of the Holy Spirit.  Finally, the pastor got up and flowed right into an awesome message from the Father.

Later that day, as I reflected on the service, a lyric from an old song leaped inside of me. It articulates in seconds what has taken me several paragraphs to describe. The song simply says “Sweep Over My soul, Sweep Over My Soul. Sweet SPIRIT, sweep over my soul.  My Joy Is Complete as I Kneel at His feet, Sweet SPIRIT Sweep Over My Soul”  Shalom!


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!


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 )


Pastor Andre Mitchell

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I want to share a blog that was written for my friends at IA

First I want to thank Nate “Merse” Allen and the entire IA crew for allowing me this opportunity to share my thoughts. I love getting hooked up with Kingdom minded people.

Recently I studied the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. His story of becoming a freedom fighter in a South Africa that was riddled with racist apartheid was extremely fascinating to me. I am beginning to see myself as a freedom fighter as well. I am not fighting the ills of racism, hatred, or oppression. What I fight is actually much deeper than that. It is the root cause of all evil. Romans 8 calls it the Law of Sin and Death. This law is the cause for all oppressive behavior. It is responsible for all that is wrong in our world.

You and I have been freed to live under an entirely different law. It is called the Law of the Spirit of Life. Romans 8 tells us that this law frees us from the control of the previous law. Just like the law of aerodynamics will transcend the pull caused by the law of gravity; the Law of the Spirit of Life overcomes the Law of Sin and Death every time. This is the freedom that I am fighting for. I want to see people walking in this freedom. I am willing to make sacrifices just like Mandela had to do.

However, without trying to sound arrogant or disrespectful to Nelson Mandela, I believe my cause is a more noble cause. I say that simply because this freedom that I am speaking of will never have to be entrusted to human hands in order to see it properly carried out. My Bible tells me in John 8 that If the Son makes you free you will be free indeed. That Son is referring to Jesus Christ the Righteous One. In Him is a freedom truly worth fighting for. Freedom in Christ is and always will be the final answer. If more people had embraced this truth right away, people like Mandela would never have had to fight so awfully hard.

I urge today’s Christian generation to fight and secure this freedom in Christ and release it everywhere they go. Afterall, we still are the Light of the world! I’m fighting this good fight of faith so that the people in my sphere of influence will sound just like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They will be shouting, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty we are Free at last”


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.”