I am very grateful for the opportunity that God gave me this year to be able to go the second annual summer YWAM in touch camp in Romania from Sunday July 20th to Saturday July 26th. The camp was held in a small village called Prod which is near Sighisoara. Last summer my church didn’t have camp and it was the same this summer so I am very thankful for this time that God gave me to get away for a week to be able to seek Him and meet some new people as well. It was such an amazing week it was and I am so very grateful for everyone who prayed for me during the time I was at the camp!
There were just around 50 people that came that are either serving in YWAM now, they had taken a DTS before or they are somehow connected to YWAM in some way. There were also people from eight different nationalities that came to the camp (Romania, Moldova, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland, Great Britain (UK) The United States, Canada) and also there were people that were from three different YWAM bases in Romania as well (Cluj, Medias and Targu Mures). The Crossroads DTS outreach team from Montana joined us for the camp as well which was a real blessing as they worked with the children and ministered to the people there throughout the week too.
I just want to praise God for the beautiful weather that we had and for the wonderful and
refreshing time that we had in God’s presence. The worship and the prayer times during the week when we met were amazing as God came and met us in a very special way every day. Donna and Peter Jordan came from Canada to minister to us at the camp. It was such a blessing from God to have them speak on hearing God’s voice and wow the stories they shared were incredible because they came into YWAM from the very beginning of when it started!
One of the key things that I have learned this week when I was at the camp was how very important it is to ask God questions and they don’t have to be complex and hard questions but they can be simple questions a child would ask. I am a person that loves to ask people questions to the point of even annoying people because either I am just really curious or because I just feel like I have to know the answers. I don’t know why but I haven’t really gone much to the Lord with my questions but I usually always go to people first. I think it was definitely a huge revelation to my heart that God loves it when we ask Him questions because He loves to engage with us in conversation and He is just longing for that intimate relationship with us too.
At our first teaching session that we had on Monday morning Donna asked us to answer
two questions which are: 1) Do you desire God’s power or His presence? and 2) What are your expectations of coming to camp that you want to see God do this week? When it was my turn to answer these questions I shared that I desired more of God’s presence because where His presence is there is intimacy. For the second question of my expectations I shared how I desire to be able to hear God’s voice with more clarity. I just want to praise God that He certainly came and past my expectations because I was able to experience His presence in a new fresh way especially as I waited on Him to listen to His voice and also during the times of worship and throughout the week the Lord taught me more how to hear and discern His voice with more clarity as well!
On Tuesday morning Donna encouraged us to tell the Lord that we love him and then to listen to his response. We did this by simply saying “Jesus, I love you” a couple of times during the week and then to listen to his response which I thought was really neat to do because I don’t know if I had done that before in that way. I also learned that it is very important to submit my mind to the Holy Spirit and to Jesus’ lordship every day. We did this by placing one of our hands on our head and then praying a prayer of submission to the Lord, then we told the enemy to flee and then after that to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us.
Throughout the week Donna asked us to ask the Lord different questions throughout our
teaching sessions and then to listen to His response. I thought those exercises were so life changing and it was really impactful with my relationship with the Lord. The questions that we asked the Lord were: 1) Holy Spirit what pleases you? 2) God what game do you want to play with me and why? 3) God what hurts you? 4) What hinders me or the church from hearing from you? 5) God, what do you think or feel about me? 6) What are your plans or purpose for me? 7) Jesus, what do you and I love in common? I would like to encourage you to take some time to ask the Lord these questions too, then to wait for His response and don’t forget to write it down.
I am so very thankful that God taught me so much this week at camp and how much He
spoke to me especially of how He reminded of how much He loves me, that I can simply come to Him with a childlike faith, that He is for me and He has amazing plans for my future and He also spoke to me a lot about my identity of being His daughter as well. On Thursday we took time to write down what hinders us from hearing from God and then we burned those pieces of paper as an act of repentance. We also had a time of communion and foot washing as well too. It was definitely a very special evening with the Lord.
I would like to share with you on this blog entry some of the teaching that I received from Donna Jordan from the YWAM in touch camp. I hope it will be helpful to you as well.
Some hindrances to hearing Gods Voice are:
– Not being real before God but instead we are being fake before Him.
– What makes God sad is when He doesn’t have anyone to talk to or when we don’t believe that He doesn’t have the best for us.
– Fear especially the fear of failure or the fear of man.
– Being too comfortable in our own ways.
– When there are conflicts and tensions in the family.
– Lack of trust in God.
– Not walking in childlike faith.
– When we question and doubt God.
– Fear of receiving that we have to lay certain things down.
– When we are disobedient to God.
– To idolize – which means when we put anything in front of God which could also include a certain ministry, our family or even ourselves.
– Lack of love for God and for others.
– An underdeveloped spirit (when we don’t spend quality time growing in our relationship with the Lord when we don’t take time to read our Bible, pray, worship, etc. If we don’t develop our spirit than deception will come in).
– When we do not forgive it will cause us to be spiritually deaf.
– Calloused conscience
– Neglect from not spending time with God.
– Busyness in our lives or even being distracted by doing good things.
– Our thought lives and attitudes (for example when we are jealous and when we compare ourselves to others).
– Not honoring our spouse or our parents
– Unconfessed sin
– Negative authority figures that we had in our lives
– Negative life experiences
– Not knowing your identity we have in Christ as sons and daughters of God.
– Not knowing God’s character and not believing or speaking the truth
– Condemnation is from the enemy
– Stress and anxiety
Ways to be more sensitive to the voice of the Lord Jesus speaking through the inner witness and inner voice:
– Let your mind be controlled by the Spirit of God
– Express love to God in words
– Ask God to teach you
– Learn to wait on God and to quiet yourself before Him
– Don’t doubt
– Listen, obey, confess and turn away from sin. A clean heart is necessary if you continue to listen to God. Ask the Lord to convict you.
– Pray in the Spirit
– Don’t give up because of mistakes
Some conditions to hearing God’s voice are:
1) Lordship – Jesus must be Lord over every area of your life.
2) Confess any unforgiven sin. We must repent of our sin.
3) We must have faith. Faith to believe God wants to speak to us and to believe what He says. You will go through tests and trials of faith as it says in James 1:2-7 but these are times where we can grow in our relationship with God.
4) We need to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13).
5) There is a spiritual warfare when we press in to hear God’s voice
• James 4:7 – We must submit ourselves, then to God and then resist the devil and he will flee from you.
• Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but it is spiritual battle.
• The accuser of the brethren is Satan and he will do everything that he can to interrupt your communication with God.
• Jesus must be Lord over every area of your life.
• Ephesians 6:10 – 18 – put on the full armor of God.
• Two fronts:
– Offense: advancing the kingdom –attacking and not being passive.
– Defense: we already have the victory and we need to defend the victory.
• Other weapons that we have are:
– The name of Jesus
– Jesus’ blood
– The power of the Spirit
– The sword of the Spirit
Four Safeguards when you receive something from God are:
1) Does it go according to God’s word?
2) Does it glorify Jesus and bring you closer to God our Father?
3) Does it witness in your spirit with the Spirit of God?
4) Does it witness in the spirit of others who are in a right relationship with God and show the fruit of the Spirit?
A few more tips to hearing God’s voice are:
1) God’s voice in our hearts sounds like a flow of spontaneous thoughts:
– It is spirit to spirit communication.
– God’s voice is light and gentle. It is easily cut off by your own thinking.
– God speaks to you in the first person (e.g. “I love you”)
2) We must learn to still our own thoughts and emotions.
3) We need to be aware that God may want to speak to us through the eyes of our heart as well as our ears so sometimes we may see pictures, visions, etc.
I hope it was helpful for you to read in this blog entry some of the teaching that I had received from Donna Jordan when I was at the YWAM camp. It was definitely helpful for me and I desire to continue to grow in my journey with hearing God’s voice a lot more now. I believe there are two things that the enemy the devil hates: 1) when we know our identity as sons and daughters of God and 2) when we know and recognize God’s voice.
I believe the devil hates these two things because when we as Christians know our identity
as sons and daughters of God and we know how we can recognize God’s voice then we can truly be very effective for the Kingdom of God and we’ll be able to fully run in our destiny that God has for us so let’s continue on in this journey together and also continue to encourage each other in these areas in our walk with God too.
I would like to thank-you for taking the time to read my blog and I pray that you will have a deeper revelation of God’s love that He has for you and His desire to draw you into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him as well. God bless you!