Saturday, August 28, 2010

Big Expectations

How do we invision the Holy Spirit? What are we really talking about when we talk about the Holy Spirit? These are all things that I have been dealing with since I have been here at YWAM because I have encountered the truth of the Holy Spirit.

My time here at YWAM has been insane to say the least. I have experienced things that I truly have never experienced in my life and they have brought me to the truth about my life. Now I am going to share something kind of personal and please don't think this is true for every Christian out there but this was true for me. The second night I was here at YWAM during worship I looked around at everything that was going on. People were truly on fire for God and there was so much passion flowing out of their worship among other things. The Holy Spirit was working inside of them and they didn't care what they looked like to others, they were completely surrendered over to God and free to be who He wanted them to be. About 30 minutes into worship with all of the charismatic stuff happening I got truly terrified of being in that place. Now I realized as I shyed away to the back that I wasn't terrified because of the things that were happening to others, I was terrified because I realized I wasn't feeling anything.

My whole life I thought I had an intimate relationship with God and at that moment I realized I didn't. Now I do believe that I had found salvation and that I was saved, and if I would have died I was going to heaven... but I did not know God and I did not have an intimate relationship with Him. My relationship was dead and I was living in religion. Do we really know who we are in Christ? Are we truly walking in an intimate relationship with him in which he is always number one in our life? For me this wasn't true and I saw what it would look like if it was true. I encourage all of you to really look at your life and see if you have this sort of relationship with God and if not just come to him and tell him that you want it and that you really want to give everything up to him. Believe me that once you do your life will be changed in unbelievable ways. There is such power in letting God be number one and being led always by him. Loren Cunningham (the founder of YWAM) spoke in our class on Friday and every single story in His life is just God telling him what to do and then Him just doing it. That is what we are called to do with our life, listen and obey. I assure you that once you do your life will be unreal. If you have time you should read Loren's book "Is that Really You God." It is about the founding of YWAM and the crazy things that have happened in his life just by listening to God.

This week coming up in class is Spirit week and we have Amy Sollars and Heidi Baker coming to speak on the topic. If you don't know who these two are you should look them up and see the miraculous things that are happening through their ministries. I am telling you that things happen around them because of the power of the Holy Spirit in and around them... things that if I even mentioned them on here you would think I was crazy. But if you want to see modern day miracles you must look them up and thier ministries. Our class has huge expectations for what is going to happen this week as we invite the power of the Holy Spirit to take over our class and so I ask that you would be praying for myself and my classmates to be open to whatever God wants to do this week. I love you all and as always if you have any questions, concerns, or prayer requests please get a hold of me so I can answer, explain, or pray for you.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Calling... Update on India

So there are a few things that I wanted to update you guys on. This one is not so much on what God is teaching me, but more about what God has called me to and what my team is tentatively going to do in India.

First off I just wanted to update all of you on the fact that God has called me into the missions field for a while. Just how long He wants me here I do not know but what I do know is that I will be home for a few weeks starting toward the end of December and then I am going to be leaving again about a week into January. The exact date of my departure and the time I am going to be gone depends on where in the world God is calling me and again depends on what God has in store for me. What I do know is that I have never been more at peace and fulfilled in life as I am serving God in the missions field. It is the part of me that was always missing that I have been trying to find in everything else that just didn't quite satisfy me.

Now for what is more set in stone is an update on what my team will be doing in India. As of now it sounds like we are going to work with a church planting group in the area of Wardha for about a month. At this location we will be starting up churches and even having a chance to preach the Word to the locals of this area. This is something that I am really excited about because I love preaching the gospel and I love talking in front of crowds. We are also going to spend some time hopefully in Bollywood with a contact that our team has. He is going to try and get us on some sets to speak with some of the actors and actresses in India. We are hopefully going to do this for a week and try and spread the word there. For the last month or more of our trip we are going to spend time in Mumbai and go live in the slums. Here we are going to work with the orphans, and try to spread love and light in the red light district which is a very dark place where many women and families are held in bondage. It is very sad the more we find out about such places as this in India but nothing is more exciting than the reality of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to places of hell on earth. As I recieve more information on what we are going to be doing in India I will let you know... One thing I can let you know though is that I am still in great need of financial help from all of you.

Asking for financial help from people other than my parents has never been my strong suit but what I have began to realize is that I am not asking for you to just part with your money on my behalf but rather I am asking for your financial support so that together we can go out into the world and spread God's love. The reality of community, support, and different parts of the body of Christ working in different areas has really helped me in the area of asking for help and realizing I cannot do this on my own. So I ask you once again to please help support me... I still need to raise 3000 $ by the first week of September. If you can help at all the link in the top right is the easiest way to support by credit card online and if you would like to send a check you can send it to:

Cassidy Green, July 2010 Awaken DTS
75-5851 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA

Again I thank you all for your prayers, financial support, and the support of community by following the transformation of my life on this blog. It means so much to me... I cannot thank you enough... Blessings.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What am I Willing to Die for?

Alright Mom before you read the title and think that I am talking about martyrdom be at ease because that is not where I am fully taking this.

As Don Gilman got up to the front this morning to teach our class about "Missions and giving up our rights," he started off with a really tough question. "What are you truly willing to die for?" He asked us to take a minute and be honest as we write down what we would actually die for. My list looked something like this:
- My faith
- My close family
- My future wife and kids
- Some of my friends

Now this might have even been a stretch because while I was trying to be honest I was also being hopeful in some ways. Let's be real, this is a very hard question to answer. Well after this Don hit us with the truth...

"Until we know what we are willing to die for, we really don't know what we are living for!" Wow... it really does make sense that the things we really live for are the things that we would be willing to die for. As if this isn't enough, Don hit us with a left hook and asked our class, "Is this life you are living now worth Jesus dying on the cross for?" So now I take a step back and evaluate my life as I hope you are doing right now. What am I really living for and is my life worth Jesus dying on the cross for? If it isn't, then why not take this time to make a change. It doesn't have to stay this way. Do you know what the word repent really means? In the Greek it means a change of mind, and in the Hebrew it means to change direction. Well then if you answered no to the latter question as I did, it is time to repent and change our mind and direction in life. What a way to start the week off hahaha.

The great news of this though is that Jesus came to this earth with one purpose. Mark 10:45 says, "For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." He came to serve others and die for our sins. Romans 5:6-8 says, "When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners... But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." This is so amazing that Christ found our lives worthy of his death even if we may not, but this does not mean we are to just sit in the place of mediocrity. No we are to repent, change our mind and direction and then live the same life as Christ. We will never be truly content until we begin living a life more worthy of Christ dying for.

Most of what holds us back from this type of life is fear. Fear will keep us from being who we were meant to be, it will keep us from faith. Fear is truly just misplaced trust; instead of trusting God, we are trusting that something is going to go wrong. We must give our fears over to God so that we can truly live the life we were meant to live. I pray that you and I can live a life without fear and that we begin each day looking more and more like Christ. How great of a world would it be if the church truly reflected Christ? A bit of Heaven on earth if you ask me.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Living Radically

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We have so lowered the bar in Chrisitanity that what was to be normal has been declared radical; But Jesus came to demonstrate the norm for the life of His followers. He wants to redefine the possible in us. He did not die on the cross so that Christians could survive but rather he died on the cross and rose again so that Chrisitans could strive! We are once again to be consumed by the Holy fire of God and become a man burning in the desert like John the Baptist... we are to be consumed by the Holy Spirit and do the "miraculous."

John 14:12 says, "The truth is, anyone who believes in me (Jesus) will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father." If we are so afraid of failure that we don't step out in faith, then we are failing God in who he created us to be. Don't fear hurting God's reputation by trying the miraculous, rather fear not obeying what God has called us to and that is performing greater works! These works that we are to do and perform are not of our doing but of faith in the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. John 14:15 says, "If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth."
This Holy Spirit works through us to perfom miracles and provide revelation and prophesy from God. It is a direct connection with the Father that works in everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and has faith in his grace and truth.

Acts 2 talks about the works of the Holy Spirit in us. 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 emphasize this truth in us and how the Holy Spirit can manifest. I come bringing this truth to all of you not because I have read it here in the Bible and know the Bible is wholly true, but because I was a skeptic until God encountered me here at YWAM and showed me the truth. I challenge each and everyone of us as a body of believers to understand and learn the power that God can use through us whether it be prophesy, healings, signs and wonders, and so on. I can gaurantee that when we discover the reality of this, our prayer life, our time in the word, our worship, and our entire relationship with God will be transformed so radically that we will finally understand what Jesus asks of us wherever we go and whatever we do in the world.

Again I have just thrown so much upon you and it may not make sense but it is something that has really been on my heart. I have experienced so much here that I truly never imagined and I want all of you to experience this too. God is igniting a revival in the church around the world that is "radical" but truly the norm and we should be a part of this. If you have any questions about any of this or want to hear more please email me, call me, facebook me, or leave a comment below this blog.

Side note... God is doing crazy things through prayer here and not just for people on this base. We have prayed many times for family of students here back home and have seen miraculous results, so if you or anyone you know needs prayer please let me know and we will pray for them! Love you all and please stay in touch because it means a lot.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Revival of the Heart

This week we have been hit with the concept of revival. Now you must forgive me as I am about to just let everything flow out for a minute because there is so much on my heart I want to share.

"The greatest event in a human life is moving from death on the inside to life abundantly (zoe). This is what we call salvation." ~Andy Byrd

This is what Andy calls Revival of the Heart. It is from this point that we try to move to a place of sanctification (reformation or transformation; making our life reflect the choice we had made). The problem here is that so many people have a point in their life where they have reached a "spiritual high" and are loving God so much in that moment but they don't get to sanctification and within a couple weeks they are right back where they started creating the effect of a spiritual roller coaster. The reason for this as Andy described is one of great importance that once understood will truly transform a life.

After the Revival of the Heart we hit a place where we must walk through the small gate of SURRENDER. Andy put it in this way when talking about surrender to God, "intimacy without surrender always leads to adultery." What we need to understand is that revival of the heart is like walking into a marriage with God. All throughout the Bible in places like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and all over the New Testament we see this reference to Jesus being the bridegroom and us being the bride of Christ. Now the most important thing to remember with this reference of marriage and surrender is that something so significant happens on our wedding day. When we look at the person standing across from us and we say, "I do..." What is really happening is that we are not only saying yes to them, but we are saying NO to the thousands of idols, people, and temptations that are to come at us in our life. Saying yes on your wedding day is this same as saying no to everything else the rest of your life that tries to come between you and your spouse. This is the surrender, we are surrendering ourselves to a lifetime of no's to anyone or anything that tries to come between us and our life with God. So once we have encountered God in our lives, we must reach sanctification by surrendering to God and telling him truly that no matter the circumstance, we will never say yes to anything else but him.

Once we get to this point we begin to see what true revival is like... we become a burning man like John the Baptist who was so consumed by God that he didn't even have to leave the desert to do his ministry, people by the thousands came out to him. Once we have this revival and we start to be transformed, we can become the people that step into the corporate church and spread the fire, which leads to revival of the church and then reformation of the church and then eventually to revival of the lost. This is God's heart for his people and this is where we are to go... but it starts with encountering Him, saying yes to Him, and surrendering ALL to Him.

Now I have a lot more to say so later today I am probably going to blog again on what a life that has been revived at the heart and is a burning man looks like. I am going to tell you one of the most powerful things that I have learned here... The truth that the life Jesus and the disciples lead is not radical but the NORM!

I love you all! If you have any prayer requests about anything or anyone please let me know so that me and my team can pray for you. We have seen God do the miraculous here on a daily basis for us and others around the world that have been prayed for so don't hesitate because God wants to do the miraculous for all of us.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Intercession

So it has been a little bit since I have blogged last and it is not because there is nothing to say, but because there is so much and it is very hard to put what God is doing and teaching into words. One thing though that we are learning about this week that has had a massive impact on me is the idea of prayer and intercession. I know I have already talked about a change in my prayer life here but God has been encouraging even more change still.

Intercession according to the dictionary is the act of intervening between two parties. Well this is exactly what intercessory prayer is all about. It is the act of hearing God's heart for a person, group, or nation and then asking God desperately to intervene in the injustice of what is happening. Well before I get into this a little more, I must confess that my prayer life (and I would think many of our prayer lives) has been mediocre at best. Prayer, if I am to be honest, has always been boring to me and I always wondered why I would have to pray if God already knows my thoughts. Well like everything else that has happened to me here at YWAM, God has rocked my world and revealed his true heart on the subject.

Prayer is more than just speaking mundane words to God. Prayer is about an intimate relationship with God that we have been blessed to be able to have. In the Old Testament, the people would have to go to the Levites and have them hear and speak from God. But because of what Christ did on the cross we have now been blessed with a connection to God that is so real and fruitful that we would be foolish not to take advantage of. Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Our words are not in vain but truly have power and we are able to relate this power back and forth between us and God because of the intimacy that dwells in us. Christ left his spirit in us when he died on the cross and the Holy Spirit is a direct connection to God that we are blessed with.

On top of this power of prayer that we are to fully believe in, Christ commands us to use this to intercede on behalf of those who need God's help. Luke 18:1-8 talks about persistently crying out to God in prayer on behalf of justice and in turn His justice will reign. "One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up... so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen ppeople who plead with him DAY and NIGHT?" There is so much to say about the power of prayer and intercession but we must realize that there is more power in prayer than we can even comprehend and that going to God in intercession is a place of voluntary weakness to let Him do his work and not rely on our own humanity.

I don't know how much of this made sense because it is a lot to work through, but if you have any questions please feel free to post it right below this where it says post comments or even email me. I urge all of us to take a step back and truly look at our prayer life and realize that there is power in our words and that God wants us to come at him with a realness and passion more than just a multitude of words. Pour out your heart to Him and watch him bless your faithfulness.