Friday December 31, 2010

Today was the last day of the conference and it was another really great day spent in God’s presence. David Gordon spoke at the morning service on spending time in the secret place with God and also a bit on prayer and fasting. God really challenged me from this sermon. Here are some things that God spoke to me about: You can only grow in your maturity in your relationship with God when you spend time in the secret place. When we seek God’s face in the secret place He will birth a dwelling place within us. We are sustained in God when we dwell in the secret place.

Some other things God spoke to me about: Samuel ministered before God before he started ministering to men. Samuel was a priest before he became a prophet (1 Samuel 3). We can minister to God in worship and intercession. Daniel had a lifestyle of prayer and fasting even when the decree had been published (Daniel 6:10). Anna was a prophetess and she had a lifestyle of prayer and fasting (Luke 2:36 – 37). Jesus went to the solitary place at daybreak (Luke 4:42). When we dwell in the secret place repentance will become our best friend. God shows us things so we can encounter Him.

There are three things of how God brought David Gordon into the secret place: 1) Make a decision. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. It’s not an obligation but it’s a desire. 2) Discipline yourself. We must have proper sleep habits, eating habits and exercise. If we don’t do these things our spirit will not be able to focus. (Train yourself to be godly – 1 Timothy 4:7b). Also under disciple is to develop a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. 3) Having a desire. If you stay with it, it will become a lifestyle and you will be satisfied.

David Gordon gave out a challenge to everyone to give God for the next year one hour a day in the secret place. He said if we choose to do this then our lives will racial change. After he finished speaking he asked us to spend a few minutes in prayer and ask God to speak to our hearts. Then when make the decision to give God an hour a day in the secret place to stand up. As I asked God to speak to my heart He put this desire in my heart to take up the challenge.

I felt in my heart God say to me that if I make a daily commitment to spending time with Him every morning for at least an hour then my life will racial be different in the next year. God also asked me a question which was “Do you want to continue to live a life of worry, anxiety and fear? I told the Lord of course I don’t but I want to change. I took up the courage, stood to my feet and poured out my heart to God and asked Him for His help to do this. I would like to do my quiet time at 8:00 or 9:00am but I also realize that I need to make it a priority to go to bed no later than midnight. I have to start disciplining myself with going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.

We had two afternoon sessions. Both of the teaching sessions were very good. David spoke (not David Gordon but the other one) at the first one which was at 2:00pm. He spoke on having intimacy with God without shame. This session was a great reminder to me that I don’t have to be ashamed to go to God because sometimes I hesitate with approaching God with confidence. God’s word says that we can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). A couple of other things I was reminded of: The way we are transformed is by beholding Him and not beholding our sin. The Lord wants a bride that is spotless, without sin and shame, blameless – this is not who we are right now but this is who we will become. Knowing God delights in us breaks off shame (Isaiah 62:4-5).

I forget who spoke for second session at 3:00pm but it was really good. He spoke on prayer and fasting. I rarely hear sermons on prayer and fasting and I often wonder why because it is an important part of our spiritual discipline as Christians so it’s important to learn more about it. Some things I was reminded of and challenged by this session were: our basic things we need in life to live are air, water and sleep. Sometimes we can make an idol from food. Fasting is to bring us closer to God when we are empty before Him.

Some other things I was reminded of: Fasting gives us a deeper hunger for God. If we didn’t experience a long fast it is because we are afraid to do it. A lifestyle of fasting is easier to do than to do it whenever someone tells you to do it. People will discourage you not to fast and go into the secret place. Fasting is extremely important especially when you are being spiritual attacked. After Jesus spent time fasting then He started His ministry (Luke 4:1)

After the second afternoon session we had a break until 9:00pm. Ana and I decided to go the mall for lunch with two other girls (Claudia and another girl but I forget her name). When we finished eating we decided we needed to rest the rest of the afternoon because tonight we’ll be at church all night for the New Year’s Eve service. I was so thankful that I got an opportunity to rest but unfortunately I wasn’t able to sleep more than an hour. Well at least I slept a bit.

The New Year’s Eve service was amazing! I would say there were at least 350 -400 people

The church leaders praying for Romania!

there so the attendance was a bit more than the rest of the conference. The worship was incredible. Everyone just gave God everything as we worshipped God. I noticed that we sang a lot of the songs that the church in Reghin sings (my former home church when I lived in Târgu Mures) which was awesome! Zoli who is the worship leader from the church in Reghin goes to the Agape church every summer for their school of worship so that’s probably why we sang some similar songs. We even sang a song in Hebrew and we danced around the church with Pastor Daniel and the other leaders carrying the Israelite flag. We had such a great time!

Pastor Daniel Matei spoke after our first worship session on spiritual warfare. Before he spoke he even shared with us that he had another revelation from God of angels that were with us and other people shared visions that they received from God too. The sermon was another great reminder of how important it is to fight in the spiritual warfare we are in. Some things that I learned were: You can only fight in the spiritual warfare when you really learn how to pray and worship God. You have to know your authority we have in Jesus Christ and use it. To fight you need to rise up in faith.

Four weapons we have are: 1) the blood of Jesus and our confession (Revelation 12:11), 2) The word of the Lord (Hebrews 4:12). Love the word of God and live in it. 3) Prayer, intercession and fasting. Close the door to your mind and pray to God (Matthew 6:6). We need to pray in the Holy Spirit – in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2) and 4) Worship – This is not just music but we are worshipping the true living God!

Just after midnight nine people got water baptized. They were the first people to get water baptized in the year 2011! It was such a blessing to see their desire to take this step of faith in the New Year. There was even a girl who travelled all the way from the Moldova part of Romania to come to the conference to get water baptized. After the water baptism David Gordon spoke a short message on consecrating ourselves before God and challenging us to give ourselves fully to God at the beginning of this New Year. Then from 4:00 – 6:00am we had our last worship session which was really great but unfortunately by this time I had a lot of trouble focusing on God because I was so tired and my stomach was hungry too.

Wow, what a great way to start off the New Year! I slept at the church in one of the rooms with four other girls (Dana, Ana, Simona and Claudia) stretched out on three mattresses. We were all so tired that we didn’t care where we slept as long but as we could sleep and we were definitely grateful for those mattresses!

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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