God is really teaching me to be more responsible both in the ministry and even at home. He’s constantly showing me how he is greater than the daily problems and is teaching me how to trust in his hands and dwell in his heart. It was more important to trust in God’s knowledge instead of my knowledge and who he is because I didn’t have the answers. He’s been growing my faith by trusting he’s still there for me, even though the work is tough, and the pressure is on…his plan is bigger than I can see. Gods been showing me ministry starts in the secret place, and it’s your constant relationship that will keep you. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.
The Summer Camp Meeting was an awesome experience for me. I was expecting to get a touch from God and to come out with more of a passion for the lost. I know the Lord touches people in different ways and the fire of God comes to burn out the things that are not of God if you allow it too. One thing the Lord really dealt with me on during those four weeks was timidity. One morning the power of God hit me in an amazing way! Later that evening I noticed that timidity had left me and my worship went to another level. I thank God for all of the change!
I never thought I would sit where I am currently sitting, or know God how I know him, or for that matter even be alive if it weren’t for the effect that Revival Ministries International has had on my life, and the lives of my family. I thank God for Pastors Rodney and Adonica.
I came to live in Tampa two years and one month ago. I moved here with my mom shortly after my father passed away. My dad was a pastor of a Rhema church in Kissimmee Florida. It was a sudden and devastating loss; I was only sixteen years old at the time. I grew up in a Pentecostal church my entire life, but I had never fully received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and I really did not know God. I knew about God but I never knew him as my Heavenly Father. I thought I had a free ticket into heaven because my father was a pastor. I was oblivious to the truth.
When I was 15 years old, my dad, my sister and I went to the Great Awakening Tour in Miami Florida. One night after the service my dad and my sister and I got a chance to talk to Pastor Rodney. While we were talking he told my sister and I that if we ever wanted to attend RBI or RSW that we would have scholarships. I picked up an RSW pamphlet and started talking to my dad about how I would love to go there one day, but that I wanted to go to Rhema like he did. I had other plans for my self but God knew what he was doing. When I got the scholarship I had no idea that I would one day end up living in Tampa while my mom would attend RBI.
At summer camp, with Pastors Allen and Kristin and the youth group August of 2010 God spoke to me and told me that my Rhema plans were not what he had for me. I had already gone to their college weekend and I was really trying to make it work so I could go there. God also informed me that I was going to go to the RSW. This past august at summer camp God confirmed his word again. The Fire of God touched me in a way it never has before. I literally felt fire all over my body and my face. I was screaming, crying and laughing all at the same time. While he was touching me he was showing me all the times in my life where the devil tried to steal my joy and how it DIDN’T work. He was showing me that I had victory in him. I knew from that night on that I was in the right place.
This RBI/RSW revival had been utterly life changing. God has really broken down walls I had no idea even existed. I now have an intense passion to be a radical giver. He has shown me how sewing and reaping REALLY works! On Thursday of the third week I gave my purse, my iPod and my electric guitar away as seed. I believed God for a laptop, a Mac Book specifically. On Sunday Dave Leszchek asked me to come out to the lobby and handed me his laptop which was exactly the laptop I had been believing God for! I was overwhelmed with joy and I just felt the love of God all over me. I was just blown away by his goodness. He provided for me exactly what I needed. He is so faithful.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me this year! It feels amazing to be doing the will of God and be directly in the center of what he has for me……Christa J.
I am very thankful for what God has done through me during my internship. Although it has been a very trying road, I have grown more during my internship than I have my entire three years of Bible school. This has been such a time of refining for me. It has been such a time of having a servant’s heart, submitting to authority, learning, growing, believing God, trusting in the word, and a time of teaching. This has been a time of preparation for later ministry. It has been such an honor and privilege to serve under each pastor and department that I have; from outreach with Pastor Daniel and Pastor John, the youth department with Pastors Allen and Kristin, and now ending my internship managing Studio C in productions under Mr. Chris Williams. From each different department I have taken away different things and grown in different areas. It is also very stretching to work with so many different people because it forces you to learn how to relate to different authority figures. Some pastors that I was under gave me so much responsibility and trusted me to get the job done and others like to micro manage which also is okay. I definitely learned that in ministry you need to be able to work with all different types of people and leaders and you can always continually learn. Even if you know or have worked in your area for many years, there is always room for improvement somewhere and you should always remain teachable with a humble spirit.
We had a big outreach this month many people got blessed with presents but most of all people received Jesus in the heart as their lord and savior. It is really cool to see people receive Jesus in their heart. The Lord has been showing me this month that Jesus is our best gift we can ever receive. For God so loved the world that he what, gave his only son that who should believe shall be saved – John 3:16. During a GAT in Alaska, many people’s lives have been changed and set free. There was a man by the name of Ralph who will never be the same again. We have to have that revelation of Jesus that he is our reward. It was a lot of work in our department. We made phone calls to all the people that came out to the Christmas outreach for the first time. But thank God for His grace we can do all things through Christ who strengths us. The greater one lives inside of us. We have to pull on the inside of us to get the job done. God will enable you to do what is needed as long as you humble yourself. He gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. That is Bible so you have to follow that if you want to do great things for God and his kingdom. Thank you Jesus.
I have seen faith in action through God’s many blessings in my life. Recently, the Lord has been dealing with me about seeing His hand in all the small things in my day to day life. This past week I had someone put $40 of gas in my car, buy me lunch, both of my roommates made me dinner, and someone else took me to lunch another day. Having said all that, just a few weeks ago the Lord really spoke to me in regards to seeing his hand in every single blessing, whether big or small. He then gives increase in the midst of our thankfulness and us honoring him.
This was really a HUGE lesson for me and a very timely one as well. Questions had begun to build up that I allowed to almost becoming a burden. I am always believing God for provision in my life and other specific things, but I had become discouraged because people had blessed me with things that were close to what I was believing for, but not exactly what I wanted. So in my mind I began to question whether any of it was God, because it wasn’t perfect, and God IS perfect. If God is the God of “more than enough,” why is everything not coming in as “more than enough?” So instead of thanking the Lord for the increase and what He was entrusting me with, I became discouraged because I didn’t think any of it was God.
But then I spoke with a friend of mine and he began to encourage me with Luke 16:10, “To be faithful with the little things” and that as I walk in a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness that God will honor that and begin to make me ruler over more. So rather than getting caught up in the details of what I thought I wasn’t getting blessed with, I began to get caught up in every single blessing in my everyday life that were totally undeniable! I began to see the hand of God in everything that I did and the blessing and faithfulness of God in my life became almost overwhelming! It seemed so simple but for me it is huge – this change of perspective changed everything! My faith is being strengthen day by day because I know that I can do nothing in and of myself, that I did not create the blessing that is on my life, and that James 1:17 says “whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father!”
During these past couple months of internship the Lord has really been teaching me how to trust Him and just flow. He has taught me to flow and listen to the Holy Spirit in every area of my life. From finances to time management, and crazy as it seems but even what clothes to wear every day. (I almost wore some really warm clothing on a day I was to do some intense sweating. Thank God for the Holy Spirit!) It’s amazing what can happen and how much more efficient you can be when you listen to the Holy Spirit. Another thing I’ve been learning these past couple months is to be proactive. I like to be active and everything, but it has gone to a whole other level. The Lord has taught me to be proactive and do things with excellence in every aspect of my life or in my work. In the Bible it says if you’re faithful with the little He’ll make you ruler over much. That really came alive to me these past couple of weeks because even though we think that what we do sometimes is little, God sees everything. I’m excited to see what more God has in store for the rest of this year.
As I enter into the final days of my internship, “WOW”. What God has done in me has been amazing. I have had many, and I can say “many” health, and life challenges. “I know what the Word of God says”; Philippians 1:6 (AMP) And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you!
I have learned more and more each day, how to hear the voice of God. I think of something, and go to the Word to see what it says. We must remember we are a “work in progress”, from Glory to Glory. Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin….” What a comfort it is to know that God has sent His Holy Spirit to help me (us) in everything, including prayer. There is no situation that He cannot work for good. As I prayed today, I ask the Holy Spirit to help me. Even if I am hurting so deeply that all I can do is groan, the Holy Spirit can even articulate that accurately to God and bring my answer. I (You) have a Divine Helper Who is with you all the time, so be sure to call on Him often. The Bible also tells us in Proverb 3:5, 6, 7 to trust Him…
I’ve learned this year to not only listen to the Word, but let your heart grab hold of it and run with it. In Matthew chapter 13 Jesus uses a parable to explain the Word going forth and whether the people just hear it or actually grab hold of it. If you’re letting the Word get inside you and you truly hear and understand God’s word, you’ll see fruit. If you’re just listening to what is said and letting it go in one ear and out the other, you won’t see any fruit in your life. I’ve been using this passage to encourage myself to pour into others what has been poured into me. I’ve been asking God to bring people across my path who I can share the love of God with. After I got home from church, my friends and I decided to stay in my car and just listen to worship music. Before we knew it, we had been worshipping for over an hour. When we got out of my car, a man in my apartment complex was walking his dog. We immediately went over to witness to him. He began to tell us about his life. He was a war Veteran and had lost his wife and daughter. He told us how he hadn’t experienced true love since their passing. So, we used that opportunity to just share the love of God and pray over him. His exact words were, “If I ever had to go into battle again, I would want you girls with me because you have the Lord on your side and I know we would win.” I’ve never received such an amazing compliment. So, if you pour out what has been poured into you, you could change someone’s life.
When your heart is right and receptive to God you want the Word to take over you. You come to a place in your life where something drastic happens or you realize that you’ve hit rock bottom and you are nothing without Him. For the longest time I didn’t get into the Word because every time I would begin to read it, I wouldn’t understand it. But it’s because my heart wasn’t where it was supposed to be. I didn’t care to look for answers and I thought I didn’t need anything else but the world. But something drastic happened in my life and there was nothing else but the Word to depend on. The Word is everything you need. I woke up one morning and prayed, “Lord break my heart; break my heart for what breaks yours.
Let me be more in love with you than my job, than my family, than my friends.” I wanted my heart to be broken for everything that God had and wanted for me. I needed answers and I opened up the word to Isaiah 58:11 “I will show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places; firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.” He gives you a life where you see no direction in your own. I began to let the word take over me in every empty place. I would read and be receptive and everything started making sense. Whether it was peace, comfort, love, guidance, or faith, the word began to show me the love and grace of God and He’s all I ever need in my life! Once your heart is right and receptive to God, you will want to constantly eat the Word and fill yourself and never become empty again.