When you think of God, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Big? Angry? Loving? Powerful? Faithful?
In the first week of our DTS, we have been learning about the nature and character of God. This teaching can challenge some of our previous thoughts or ideas about God. What we believe shapes our lives. As we study God’s nature and character we are compelled to respond, aren’t we? Our hearts begin to worship Him for who He truly is, praising Him for His unchanging ways, thanking Him for His eternal love, or humbling ourselves before His mighty power. Once the truths of who God really is sink in, we can’t help but go and be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.
The amazing thing is that God invites us to share in His characteristics. He even calls us to demonstrate His character in our daily lives. He is holy and set apart. Is there an area of your life that needs to be sanctified? To be made pure? Or set apart for His purposes? God is the only true God. Are there other “gods” at the center of your life instead of the ONE true God? God’s love is constant and personal. Are there people in your life that need to experience His unconditional love through you today?
The truth of who God is transforms us to be more like Him!
Researchers contend that 80% of new Christians in South Asia come to Christ as a direct result of supernatural encounters. More than half of new believers in Iran have had a dream or vision of Jesus and at least 35% of all recent Turkish conversions were in response to a dream and/or vision. In most cases, these supernatural encounters are in relation to a specific need or answer to prayer and are the result of years of prayer and labour by God’s people, including martyrdom. Often, a Muslim has heard the message of Jesus or even read parts of the Bible. While not all Muslims experience dreams or visions of Jesus, the supernatural is very much an accepted part of life.
There are many stories throughout the Bible where God spoke through a dream or vision. (Genesis 41, Genesis 46:2 & 3, Daniel 4, Judges 7:10-15, Ezekiel 11:24, Matthew 2:12, 19, Acts 10:3-20, Revelation 1:1). In many of these cases the end result was for the purpose of salvation or physical safety. Ramadan is a strategic time for Christians to believe that God would sovereignly reveal Himself to those who do not yet know Him.
* As you pray, pray for issues such as Muslim leaders and governments, Muslim families and children. Pray for increased numbers of missionaries and workers, and pray for new believers (1 Timothy 2:1.)
* Pray for God to reveal more about Jesus to the many Muslims who will seek God tonight (Psalm 118:21, Acts 4:33.)
By Lauren Dailey
My time with YWAM Myrtle Beach was the most amazing experience of my life! Going in I was experiencing a serious attack from the enemy and being fed lies and doubts as to whether God existed, even though I know He does. I was ready to experience Him in a new and miraculous way.
Everything up to that point was preparation for my time there, and it was really amazing to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. God truly showed up in a way I had never experienced before and I believe being there was key for this experience.
We were taught principles for hearing the voice of God. As we listened and waited the Holy Spirit would guide us in what to do. This was something that I needed to hear and learn. You see, I can be very hasty and impatient. I need to take time to listen to what the Lord is saying to me.
So, I am learning to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to thrust Him. I am ignited and set free!! I can't wait to go back for my DTS!!
During spring break this year, I joined a group of friends and went to YWAM Myrtle Beach. I wasn't sure what to expect during this time, but I knew we would be involved in evangelism. I was fearful of that. When I shared with my friends and my new YWAM family that fear quickly went away!!! The truthful and loving response I received from them combatted the lie I was believing. I was afraid I would get it all wrong. That fear (lie) was causing me to not trust the Holy Spirit in me to speak through me. Once I was made aware of that lie, my confidence, trust and belief was restored! Hallelujah!! The most amazing thing from this trip is that the Lord radically set me free from fear, doubt, anger, unforgiveness, mistrust, unworthiness, and judgment all in one week! Amazing!!
YWAM encouraged me and others to be transparent with each other and vulnerable to the Spirit. The trip was life changing for me because it made the Christian lifestyle so much more attractive to me. I am used to seeing many people treat Christianity as if it is just a religion, not a relationship. Following Jesus is a loving and joyful decision, relationship and lifestyle. It is NEVER BORING! YWAM Myrtle Beach welcomed my friends and me with nothing but love and they made us feel so comfortable to ask questions, suggest ideas, and just be ourselves.
YWAM is a wonderful organizations that I may want to be a part of one day. I recommend YWAM, but particularly Myrtle Beach because that is where my life radically changed and my hunger for Jesus grew even more!