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Tested Refined Proven.. TRUE!

| Andy Mason

Are you walking in the gap between what God has promised and your current circumstances? It’s a tension. A mystery. It tests everything, challenges what you believe. Challenges your motivation. But if you keep walking, holding on to hope, it refines you; it PROVES you. More so, it proves GOD TRUE IN YOU. It’s part of the process. Here’s some evidence from our own journey and what we did to keep walking…

In 2008, we left our 5 bedroom, double living area, great location, New Zealand home, to follow God on this crazy adventure. Toward the end of that year, Janine and I realized we would need to sell our NZ home (something I said I would never do), and use the proceeds to meet our financial requirements here in Redding, USA.

Within a year of being here,  we started receiving prophetic words that we would have LAND IN THIS LAND – and a place to call home, specifically in Redding. The consistency and accuracy of the prophetic words were amazing, and so, the dream began.

[MY ACTION: I secretly buried a copy of our New Zealand house sale contract in USA soil as a prophetic act – “God, we have sown our house in here!”]

ANOTHER TWO YEARS OF NO INCOME. Then we went a further two years with no income. Now we didn’t even have enough left from our NZ home for a house deposit. Not only that but after the money started to run out, we found out we had no credit history here, so no USA institution would even lend us money. How would we ever get a house again? Where was the fulfillment of the prophetic words?

[MY ACTION: Write out the prophetic words and read them over and over again. Listen to encouraging songs or Psalms to keep His Voice louder than the circumstances.]

Soon afterward, I began bumping into supernatural property testimonies. People receiving a brand new home for free, and others receiving $3m+ buildings for next to nothing. It wasn’t that I just heard these testimonies from a distance, I got to VISIT these properties and hear those testimonials first hand. I slept in that $3m+ building that was ‘purchased’ for $12,000!  I got to personally hear the story of an organization receiving a $1.3m check to purchase their building!

[MY ACTION: I started intentionally recording and repeating those testimonies.  “C’mon Jesus, do it again…with us!”]

We bound ourselves to the testimonies and made the decision to put ‘skin in the game’.

[MY ACTION: We wrote checks to those who had already experienced the miracle provision and called it “investing seed in proven ground.”]

As I heard more miracle stories of provision, combined with the consistent prophetic words about our own home, faith increased.

[MY ACTION: Take the kids to celebrate ahead of time – as if we had already received our promise.]

[MY ACTION: Go on prayer walks around houses that had great curb appeal.]

[MY ACTION: On the drive to school, we would refocus our attention on God by thanking Him for the house and all it’s many details.]

But nothing seemed to be happening. Couldn’t we just exchange the testimonies and prophetic words for cash?!

DREAM WORKSHOP. Five years into this journey I was speaking at a Dream Workshop in Illinois.  The participants decided to do a surprise ‘house offering’ to invest in us. There were about 130 people. The level of response was a surprise to them also! They presented us with a check equal to a 10% deposit on a home! I was speechless…

Awesome! God is faithful! Our house was now happening… or was it?

We still had insufficient credit history to borrow any money in the USA. I could have sniffed around and MADE IT HAPPEN by using alternative sources (I was previously a bank manager in NZ), but His still, small, voice repeated in my ears a resounding, and frustrating, “Just wait…trust Me.

‘My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have [its] perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

So we continued to wait. I don’t like waiting. I like instant. But instant, unfortunately, does not produce patience. And patience is required to become the fullness of what Christ paid for.  So we waited…

And waited…

Twelve months went by…

 

MOTHER’S DAY (May 2014). Our second daughter, Emily (11 at the time), looked up at Janine and said, “Mum, when are we going to get a house?” Janine was tired. She answered, “Well, if Jesus does something, it could happen next week, otherwise, it’s going to take a long time.” Emily’s downcast face was a display of how we ALL felt.

“Make haste to me O God!” Psalm 38:22; 40:13; 70:1; 70:5 (extra references for the legal emphasis!) 

[MY ACTION: “Help, Jesus!”]

JUNE 2014, GREELY, COLORADO. I was at a speaking engagement. A young man was praying for people, stopped and said to me, “I feel like God is telling you to pack your bags; that He is giving you a house.” He wasn’t sure if it was figurative or not. I assured him it wasn’t. I phoned home with the news.

[MY ACTION: Janine partnered her faith with those words by going out and buying some packing boxes. The girls started to remove some pictures from their bedroom walls.]

[MY ACTION: Ben (10) asked Jesus what date we would find a house.  He heard Jesus say “June 27.”]

A couple weeks after receiving the “pack your bags” word from God, I received another surprise gift – this time from a business. This time it messed me up to the point of tears. Combined, 12 months apart, these two surprise gifts would now enable us to make a 20% deposit on a home!

We checked with a lending institution (thanks Chris Lamm and Team) who advised us that we now had sufficient credit score to borrow MORE THAN we wanted to purchase a home (with a 20% deposit)!

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 (Ben’s date). A 5 bedroom, double living area, great location, home came on the market. We saw it online but didn’t go inspect it until the next day. We had already looked at a number of houses that week and felt like we were rushing ahead of God. Before looking at any more houses we decided to refocus and partner WITH God by going to Bethel’s Prayer House as a family and re-centering: “Let’s ask God how we will know which house is ours.” We all heard God say that when we walked into the house we would know.

We arrived home from the Prayer House just as our Real Estate Agents (thanks Jerry and Laura Jamieson) returned our call about the house we had noticed the day before. We agreed on a time to go look at it.

The moment we walked inside we all knew. It just felt right. Peace is a great governor.

We asked the kids to ask Jesus what price we should offer. We chose to go with Ben’s price.  If it hadn’t been for that, I would have offered more out of fear of missing out.

We put in our offer at 9:00pm, Sunday June 30th.  The very next morning, just after 8:30am, we received word that they had accepted our offer!

WE GOT OUR HOUSE BACK. Early August 2014, the Mason family moved into our new home. It is perfect fit for our family. We got our house back.

Every morning I am waking up amazed at this testimony of the goodness of God that I am living in…that I began to dream about. Six months earlier, it was listed as an impossibility and then BOOM, we were LIVING in His promise. Our monthly payment, including home insurance and property tax is the same as what we were paying in rent.

EVERY word of God is tested, refined and PROVEN pure (true).”

Proverbs 30:5 (AMP)

What word is being PROVEN pure (true?) in you?

God IS faithful to fulfill His promises. Keep walking. Steward the testimony. Keep your heart aligned through thankfulness. Spread this testimony and infect others with the same HOPE that it carries…

Thanks for being part of our journey.

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill ALL your purpose.” Psalm 20:4.

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14 thoughts on “Tested Refined Proven.. TRUE!”

  1. Thank you once again for teaching so well through your family expleriences. It’s like food to my soul. And it’s as if you have been reading our mail! What an honour to be grow in the journey, and just recently I asked the Lord the question ‘Jesus, why is patience so important to you?’ I would love to hear your thoughts as to why you think Patience is so important to Him. Is it because it produces character? That’s what I felt. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so so much Andy. I have really learned so much from your posts. Many blessings, Ruth Rogers (uk)

  2. Thank you for this Andy. My family has a similar story. For years every time we thought we were close to owning a home circumstances would come up that would prevent it from happening. We began to renew our minds in the Word and stands on a promise God gave us that we would own a home.

    In September of 2014 the Lord spoke clearly to my wife and I to start looking. We were confused as we only had a couple thousand dollars saved but God told us to log to open houses and we were obiedient. At one open house we were ridiculed by the realtor for not knowing our price range and not having pre-approval from the bank already.

    The company I was working for at the time had partnered with God and was prospering. In December 2014 the owner gave me a Christmas bonus cheque for $25,000 for our deposit. God came through! By February 2015 we had an accepted offer on an amazing home in our dream neighbourhood. Since then the value of the home has increased by $250,000. Our God is a God of increase!

  3. Thank you for your post! My mom died tragically & quite unexpectedly in Oct. The last 4 months have come & gone. I have not worked much during this time. Today I felt the Lord say it is time to ‘catch up, plant your seed, time to move forward.’ So tomorrow I am withdrawing the last of my savings to pay our tithes. (I had been behind the last 4 months.) I am thankful and trusting that the seed of our tithe will indeed increase more than we could ask, think or imagine! Trusting for a beautiful new home/business by the ocean.

  4. Thanks again for this story Andy! Thom and I are believing in our Cielo’s Sanctuary in Colorado. You are a hope giver! We look forward to having a great big testimony to encourage others as you have.

  5. Thanks Andy. I love reading your life story and testimonies!! We have been waiting long for our break through and so this is very encouraging!! Thank you Jesus!!!

  6. Thank you for this post Andy. I’ve read the story of your house before, and yet today it was fresh and “just what I needed”, as some of the sentences just sounded like you’d transcribed my heart right now. Only a couple of hours ago I was having a bit of a crisis of faith, waiting for provision and the fulfilment of a huge vision that God has given me, and this is precisely what I needed to read, at precisely the right time (of course!)

    Bless you for sharing your testimony again. It’s amazing to be living IN your testimony.

    1. Lord I pray for Stephen, and Lord I ask that you would open the ancient doors and that you The King of glory would come in. Would you provide his every need for the dream you birthed within him. And may he walk out the journey. We ask for this month of June to see breakthrough in the area that he is needing and we call for heavens resources to fall in his lap! Thank you Father that you are true to your promises. I ask now for courage, boldness and fearlessness to be what my brother in the Lord is known for and as he continues to hone you His ‘yes’ would you show him that you are with him and that his day is coming. And I declare over you Stephen – if you build it – they will come!

  7. Thank you Andy and Janine. A great article that explains the journey we take as we trust God to bring our dreams to pass. It seems like the dreams of our heart are God drawing us into an experience that transforms our lives. In my life he changed me as I believed for the dreams, and He became the Dream of all my dreams! Then, he still makes
    my hearts desires come true. Amazing Father!

  8. Thanks Andy! It seems God has impressed on me to read your blog because our stories are a bit similar. I too have a blog called Dreaming Again. In 2010 my family and I resigned a perfectly good church to plant a church in Colorado. Long story short it turned out to be an epic failure. One of the many results of this failed church plant was that we lost our home in Colorado. A five bedroom three bath home with two levels. This hurt my wife to the core. We have sense moved back to Texas and are starting to Dream Again. This blog was very encouraging for obvious reasons. Our heart still hurts at times, especially my wife’s. Thanks again!

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