Thursday December 30, 2010

Today was such a great day! I spent the whole day at church for the conference and I

I really liked this drawing I saw at the church.

enjoyed every moment. It was such a blessing to spend time in God’s presence worshipping Him and also to hear the teachings as well. Daniel Matei spoke at the morning service. Before Pastor Daniel shared his message he told us during the worship time God showed him angels that walked along the sanctuary and touched some people who were worshipping God. I thought that was so neat when I heard that and I wondered if I was touched by an angel.

Pastor Daniel spoke on the work of the Holy Spirit. A few things I was reminded of or challenged from his sermon was: God comes in the measure that we come to Him when we go to Him with an open heart. When you pray do you allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and wait upon Him? Jesus has the authority and He has given us authority. A lot of us are scared of using our authority. If you fear people more than God you will hear God’s voice less and less. Sometimes prophecies are not fulfilled because we didn’t act upon it ourselves. It is the inner man that is being built when you pray in tongues.

After Pastor Daniel spoke he wanted to do an altar call for anyone who hasn’t received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However before he asked people to come forward for this he asked people to stand up if they haven’t been praying in tongues on a regular basis and if they felt they have lost their passion for God. I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit when I was a teenager but I haven’t been praying in tongues lately on a regular basis and the last couple of months I felt I have lost some of my passion for God so I stood up for prayer.

I was grateful for David Gordon and for my friend Stefan who prayed for me. I felt God’s

Dana, Simona and I

sweet presence come all over me as I sought Him. David prayed again for my stomach ache (I had one the night before) and the issues of anxiety and fear that God will continue to heal me and set me free. Stefan prayed that I’ll have a deeper passion for God and I’ll hunger after Him again.

After they finished praying for me I continued to pray on my own. I began to pray in tongues again and just focused on the Lord as I continued to seek Him. As I was praying a guy came up to me and told me that he received a word from the Lord for me. I don’t know who it was because I didn’t recognized his voice nor do I know what he looked like since I had my eyes closed when he spoke to me. Honestly I don’t think it was important if I knew who it was or not because it was God who spoke to me and I knew it was from God because he didn’t even know who I was nor did he know that I had been praying for God to increase and expand the ministry that He has called me too.

God is so good and faithful! The word that I have received from God this morning was that the destiny and purposes that God has on my life will come to pass. The seeds of the destiny that God has called me to do will start to blossom in the near future. I just felt God speak directly to me and confirm it in my heart that God will bring it forth. As I listened tears just came streaming down my face and I felt so encouraged. I just thanked God and told Him that I received it by faith. I believe in my heart that God will do exactly what He has spoken to me today! Praise the Lord!

We had two afternoon sessions. Both of the teaching sessions were very good. David spoke (another David who works at the House of Prayer with David Gordon) at the first one which was at 2:00pm. David spoke on the worth of Jesus. His session was a good reminder of how worthy Jesus is to be worshipped. Some other things that I learned were: the spiritual atmosphere shifts when we enter into intercession, His worth is not connected to our circumstances, God created us in His image so that when He looks at us He is glorified and every day we need to see the worth of Jesus.

Gabi spoke at second session which was at 3:00pm. He spoke on the importance of knowing our identity in Christ which was a great reminder to me. One of the things that he said really struck a chord in me which was “the point where we understand our true identity is a breaking point”. Wow, that really challenged me because once we truly understand in our hearts who we are in Christ (that we are His bride, His priests, His children, etc) we will have a breaking point! It is my continual prayer that the Lord will truly help me to understand my identity in Him and I will walk in His freedom.

Before we had our evening session we had a two hour break for dinner. I went to the mall

I am with my new prayer partner Ana!

with my friends for a bite to eat. Yesterday after I found out that Ana lives in Rogerius which is in the same neighbourhood as I do it has really been on my mind to ask her if she would be interested in being my prayer partner. It was really on my mind but at the same time I was a bit afraid to ask her because I had already asked three people and I haven’t had any luck yet.

My best friend Cristina in Târgu Mures was my prayer partner when I lived there which was such a blessing beyond what I could put into words but it was a desire in my heart to have a prayer and accountability partner where I live now. This has been something that I have been praying for since I moved to Oradea because I feel it is very important as Christians to meet with someone to pray with and be accountable to. On Tuesday when I was home and I spent time in prayer for the conference I also expressed this desire to God again. When I asked Ana if she would be interested in meeting once a week or so to pray she was more than happy to do that with me! I was so happy when she said yes because it’s such an answer to prayer! Wow, I’m so thankful that God brought me to the conference to work in my life and He has also given me a prayer partner here in Oradea where I live! God is so good!

The evening service was great! The worship and the teaching were awesome. David

Ana and Anca

Gordon spoke on spending time with God in the secret place and a wounded heart. Some things that God spoke to me from this sermon were: If you want to increase God’s power in your life then you need to increase the intimacy that you have with Jesus. When we enter the secret place and spend intimate time with God. He will expose our hearts and souls and show us things that we don’t even know about. A wounded heart struggles with drawing close to God. Many times we are so busy and distracted that we can’t even see or recognize the wounds in our heart.

Some more things God spoke to me from the sermon: God wants us whole and not wounded. We need God to transform our minds and cleanse our hearts. We put up walls to protect ourselves from getting wounded again. There are two things that we put up walls which are: 1) fear of failure and 2) fear of rejection. Many of us live for the approval of God but God says we are to live from the approval of Him. After David spoke I received prayer for the fear of failure and rejection which are two things that I really struggle with. My new friend Ana prayed for me and another lady too. God ministered to my heart. God is so good and I praise Him for His healing!

Tonight Ana and I slept at another girl’s apartment (she is a university student) which was a real blessing because we got to sleep in our own beds! That was a nice treat because yesterday night I slept on the floor. The girl that invited us to stay with her had two extra beds because her roommates were visiting their families for the holidays. God is so good! I praise Him for His provision!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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