The last five weeks have been packed full of amazing lectures, words from God and breakthroughs!!
– Kingdom of God
I found this topic so interesting. We focused on how to live in the Kingdom of God while still on Earth. At face value it looks like a strange and hard to grasp concept. The way I understood it was that when Jesus was on Earth, He preached that the Kingdom of God had come. Because He is the Prince of Heaven, wherever He goes, the Kingdom goes with Him. Same as when a monarch visits other countries here. Their flag goes with them. By accepting Jesus into our lives, we carry the Kingdom with us because wherever Jesus is, there the Kingdom of God is. Its about making a full commitment to Jesus and walking as His ambassador on Earth. Ron taught us a helpful declaration. The Kingdom of God is in this place because the Kingdom of God is in me. Because I am here, God’s Kingdom is here. Where God’s Kingdom is, Jesus is Lord. This is a great declaration to use in spiritual warfare and to start the day.
During this week we focused on what it looked like to live with Jesus as Lord of our lives. We learned about passivity and how in God’s eyes it is a sin. When you don’t live out your faith in accordance with the Word and just sit back for a “easy life”, that is disobedience and therefore a sin. We repented from passive behaviours that we recognised in our lives and made declarations of what God wanted out new identity to be, in place of passivity. God told me that I will be passionate, strong and bold like a lion and I will bring joy and freedom. At the end of this week we burned things in our lives, such as attitudes or items, that were obstacles stopping us from fully committing to Jesus. I burned some jewelry that had become a symbol of vanity and pride for me. I chose to forgive people who had hurt and manipulated me. I burned attitudes and habits that I no longer wanted to be a part of me.
– Spiritual Warfare and Prayer
This was another impacting week led by a kiwi!! The topic covered a variety of subjects. I enjoyed hearing about spiritual gifts and about the spiritual realm (Heaven and angels etc) During a prayer session one morning, Josh went around praying for everyone. When He got to me he said that God has given me eyes to see. 2 Kings 6:17 That I would be stronger in the seeing gifts. Words of wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment of spirits. I have always been quite sensitive to spiritual things and have been perceptive about people and their heart conditions for a while. But since Josh spoke this over me, it was a like an opening of my eyes and I have felt and seen so much more.
– Mission and Vision
During this week there were a lot of one liner words of wisdom that spoke to me. If we don’t have any difficulties in our life, we tend not to be close to God. I love the story about the missionary John Wesley. He was always being persecuted for his work. At one point he had gone 3 days without anything happening. He got down on his knees and said “God, am I not close to you? Have I done something wrong because no one has done anything to me for 3 days. Do you still love me?” After he had said this, a man who recognised him threw a rock at him that just missed his head. He got up “Thank you God for loving me!” Being hated, mocked and persecuted was a part of his everyday life as a Christian. I found this both alarming and encouraging!
– Outreach Prep
The last 3 days we had lectures preparing us for outreach. Myungsook taught us from her experiences. I was greatly encouraged by her strength and determination. She is so focused on her relationship with God and so sensitive to the workings of the Holy Spirit. Her stories of the work she has done with other teams on outreach has inspired me. I am looking forward to the adventures and opportunities I will have on outreach over the next 10 weeks.
I leave with my team tomorrow morning for Japan. We would appreciate prayers as we go.
I hope you have enjoyed my updates. Unfortunately I will have no access to technology for 10 weeks but I will have heaps of stories when I get back!!
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