Authentic Conversations with Andy Mason
068 Who is right? Whose side is God on?

068 Who is right? Whose side is God on?

November 23, 2020

How do you navigate so many different opinions? Politics. Pandemic. Racial (in)equality...? In this episode I unpack what I am learning...

First, let's get your self-awareness going by answering a few questions. This is designed to get you to become aware of what you believe to be true. Be candid with yourself and say out loud the first response that comes to mind:

  • Was God on the side of the Israelites or the Canaanites when they entered the Promised land?
  • Was God on the side of the Jews or the Romans in Jesus day?
  • Was God on the side of the Germans or the Allies during WWII?
  • Was God on the side of the Democrats or the Republicans last election... or this election?
  • Is God on your side or your 'evil' competitors side in business or life?

Correct answer...Neither.

What?????!!!!!

Don't freak out yet... read on.

The Kingdom of God is above all.

He is God. His Kingdom is not of this world. He has no rival or equal. He doesn't vote. The real question is WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? Whose character and nature and ways are you representing? Keep the main thing the main thing... and still pray, vote and play to win!

Check out the story in Joshua 5 where the Israelites are rolling up to conquer their promised land. Their commander, Joshua, is scoping out the first enemy city - Jericho - and happens across a warrior he doesn't recognize.

"WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?!" challenges Joshua to the unknown warrior. The context for this question is that God had sent the Israelites. God had told them to wipe out Jericho. God had provided. God had said He would go with them...

So, surely God is on their side and this warrior was on their side or the enemy???

The warrior responded, "NEITHER ONE. I am the commander of the Lord's army."

Joshua immediately fell on his face and said "I am at your command, what do you want your servant to do?" Joshua 5:14 NLT

What's the point? 

1. God doesn't take our side, we take His.

2. You remain on His side as long as you are following His ways, fighting His battles, obeying His commands.

3. If you get proud or arrogant in the process, you will find out that, whatever 'side' you are on, you will have God resisting or opposing you (see James 4:6 and more!). Pride is what turned Lucifer from arch angel to chief of demons. Remember that!

3. Rather than telling everyone God is on your side so they best shutup, you are wiser to get on your face and say to the Lord, "I am at Your command, what do you want me to do?"

4. Then do that!

To be clear, take a stand for what is right and just and true. Don't hold back or hide or pretend that everything will be fine if you stay neutral. Faith engages. Faith is messy. Faith speaks and acts. 

Just act on God's command and not your cause.

 

067 The Greatest Partnership

067 The Greatest Partnership

November 17, 2020

What distinguishes you as a follower of Christ at work? What is even possible when we do business in partnership with the Founding Creative Entrepreneur of the Universe? In this session I outline WHY I do what I do, WHAT is possible with God at work and HOW to get started on this greatest partnership known to creation.

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“IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN CERTAIN THAT GOD WANTS TO BREAK INTO YOUR WORLD AND ROCK YOUR BUSINESS… YOU NEED THIS BOOK.”

Perry Marshall, Bestselling author of 80/20 Sales & Marketing and The Ultimate Guide to Google Adwords

066 When Nothing Makes Sense

066 When Nothing Makes Sense

November 10, 2020

What do you do when everything is uncertain and unstable and you are not hearing God say anything? 

1. Recenter your life on that which doesn't move. You get more of what you focus on, so focus on that which is good, that which is true, that which is unchanging. This is called worship. Try this - play this song (Way Maker by Leeland) and see what happens inside you as you refocus

2. Remember what God has said or been saying to you. I have a record in evernote of words spoken over my life since 1987

Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed. 2 Chronicles 20:20

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3. Remember the testimony of God in your life and simply say "do it again"

What has God done in YOUR history that has brought you to were you are today? Where have you experienced his deliverance, guidance, comfort....

Send me the testimonies of what happens for you as you do this andy@andyandjanine.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

065 Success Metrics

065 Success Metrics

November 3, 2020

How do you know you are succeeding from a KINGDOM business perspective? What even IS Kingdom and business? 

First, understand that there are clear business metrics that demonstrate you are a business! If you don’t have customers, you are not in business. If you don’t have a profit, you are not in business (OR you are in a startup | transition phase).

Second, the Kingdom of God is within us. It manifests around us in many different ways but some of those are non-negotiable. The KEY to EVERYTHING in the Kingdom of God is right relationship with the King. Another key aspect is that the Kingdom is that it is always increasing (see Isaiah 9:6) so some starting metrics are in this episode.

Send me your feedback andy@andyandjanine.com

I referred The Hayford Bible Handbook (2004)

064 Living ABOVE the Grind with Shae Bynes

064 Living ABOVE the Grind with Shae Bynes

October 27, 2020

Are you tired of being tired? In this episode I was on a call with Nate Goad as he interviewed Shae Bynes of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur. Shae unpacks her journey from living the corporate grind to finding a practical grace that enables her to do MORE than she imagined but from a place of joy and peace. 

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Find out more about Shae and her book(s):

Shae Bynes - Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur

Book - Grace Over Grind on Amazon

063 Make Sure You Do This

063 Make Sure You Do This

October 20, 2020

Last week I was reading The Making of a Leader by Dr Robert Clinton. It was going ok until I hit chapter seven - The Deepening Lessons: Life Maturing Processes. What hit me was the use (BY GOD) of isolation, conflict and crises in order to form maturity in character...

...IF the people going through the isolation, conflict or crisis recognize, reflect and learn what they could only learn in this season.

That's US RIGHT NOW! How many of US will LEARN from this season of isolation, conflict and crises or stumble through the other end to find that it was ONLY isolation, conflict and crisis!

The Israelites were LED BY GOD through the wilderness to be prepared to go into their promised land. Only problem was they NEVER LEARNED what they needed to learn so ended up 

1. Spending WAY TOO MUCH time in the wilderness, and

2. Actually dying there.

Bummer.

Jesus on the other hand was LED BY GOD into the wilderness. He learned what He needed to learn in the wilderness and walked out of the wilderness in 40 DAYS... in the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

So, will you take way too long in your isolation, conflict and crisis OR will you learn what you need to learn? 

Go ahead and ask God what He has for you in the NOW. Yes, it is painful and suffering. AND it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the goodness of God and what He has for you IN this season.

So, what will you do?

P.S. and B.T.W don't stop praying for a miracle!

062 At the End of Myself

062 At the End of Myself

October 13, 2020

Here's what happened last week when I reached the end of myself and six months of frustration, disappointment and restriction boiled over. I wasn't pretty and God didn't wave a magic stick and make everything better. He did speak and adjust my attitude and give me pause and confirm a painful decision that I knew was right... but didn't want to do.

Here's the story. 

If you are tossing up whether to walk away from some people in order to fulfill your purpose, promise or prophetic word then please pause and listen. It will be for your benefit!

If you are simply saying "I'm done with this!" and can feel anger and disappointment and pain about to spill over, listen to this. 

I pray grace over your moment and a raw and authentic experience with God that changes your life from here on out.

Here's what I've been listening to on playlist that has helped:

The Blessing by Kari Job and Cody Carnes

Champion by Dante Bowe and friends

Egypt by Cory Asbury

Another in the Fire by Hillsong United

Share this with a friend that you know could use some authentic conversations NOW.

061 Are You REALLY Ready for this?

061 Are You REALLY Ready for this?

October 6, 2020

Do you have what it takes to turn your idea into reality? Here's four keys, two great testimonies and a practical activation to help!

1. Ownership - do you truly own your dream? Are you ready to do what it takes to make this happen?

2.Motivation - staying in touch with the passion behind your dream - the WHY - is what keeps motivation alive.

3. Cost - it's not simply being aware of what this dream is going to cost you and those around you; it is taking into account the cost of NOT pursuing the dream. Who stands to lose and how much will it cost them if you DON'T pursue this dream?

4. Season/Timing - be aware of different seasons and timing. There are times when the best thing to do is nothing.... pause, reflect, wait. There are times for internal preparation and very little shows externally. Know your season and timing and partner with that to keep the dream alive and progressing, regardless.

Grab your copy of the entire book (Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life) on Amazon here

060 Courage and Clarity for Now

060 Courage and Clarity for Now

September 29, 2020

Navigating how to make decisions in the midst of uncertainty and unrest. The core question is WHAT IS MY SOURCE - of provision, of confidence, of clarity... If you are restless, anxious, fearful, waking disturbed in the night... then this is feedback that your source is your own ability. Listen to this episode to hear a story and learn how to anchor your source of supply that results in peace and clarity and confidence regardless of the circumstance.

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4 

Share this with someone you know needing confidence and clarity today.

059 What Does Your Life Show about Faith?

059 What Does Your Life Show about Faith?

September 22, 2020

How do you know what is God's part and what is your part in going after the dreams and desires of your heart? How do you practically partner with faith? Listen to this session to find out!

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