Friday, May 14, 2010

Week 11 - Spiritual Warfare

During this week, we had our lovely school leader Rochelle speak to us about Spiritual Warfare!!

We learned all the names of the enemy, all they ways he uses to get to us. We as Christians are in a spiritual warfare whether we know it or know. Here are some of my notes!

~ Spiritual warfare: doing the works of Jesus & taking our authority over the devil as we go about our daily lives
~ Pride makes Jesus really angry, Lucifer was very prideful that is why he was thrown out heaven.
~ God has already WON the battle!!!!
~ "I have already beaten the power of the enemy, I have already won. Stop worrying about the enemies work in your life, for I have more power than him." - God
~ He (satan) is free to come and go as he pleases but he is subject to God and his limitations placed upon him by God (Job 1:7-12,
Mark 5:8,13, Luke 4:35, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
~ You are NOT alone!!!
~ He is the name above ALL NAMES!!!
~ We have authority over the enemy because Jesus gave us that authority
~ Unless we are seated and relaxed before the Lord, knowing who we are in Christ and trusting in the wonderful grace of God which is able to keep us from falling and unless we are walking with a clean conscience we will not be able to stand against evil powers.
~ every righteous thing a Christian does is Spiritual Warfare
~ if we can consistently watch over our minds, hearts, and mouths, we will deny the devil access to our lives and truly experience victory

This week was very challenging. There was for sure some Spiritual warfare going on during this week. All of us students felt upset, homesick, and sad. After praying on Thursday evening things started looking up, and it was a much better was to end the week!!

The most Eastern Point in Australia, Byron Bay!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The wonderful adventure in Australia...

So this week was an interesting adventure... it was scary, wet, cold and intense. During this week we started on Sunday night and had to have our hiking backpacks packed and ready to go until Wednesday night. We arrived at the church at 7 pm and it was crazy... we were then blindfolded and taken around Ashmore, it wasn't too much fun seeing as we didn't know where we were going or where we were gonna sleep. They dropped us all off at a random place and drove away before we could take our blindfold off. Once we heard the cars drive off, we knew we could take our blind fold off, and so we did... we were on a random car parking lot. We were given instructions about how we were to sleep that night and what time we had to meet Marty the next day. We were able to sleep in our own beds that night, Thank GOD!! The next morning we had to be up at 4:30 and meet up with Daniel at 5:15 in the morning, so we had to do an hour long walk, so we left and met Marty at 6 am. This was a challenging week were we had to physically overcome challenges and mentally. We were given very little food, and very little sleep.

The best part of this week was that My parents arrived while I was on this horrible adventure! It was so awesome having them here for a few day! We got to go see some crazy australian wildlife! My parents pet Kangaroos and we got to go see the Dolphins and sharks! It was so much fun, we did an amazing boat cruise and we got to spend a bunch of time together! It was so great to see them!

Dad and the Kangaroo!!

Mom and the crazy Ostrich

Week 9 - Jewish Roots

So for the week on Jewish Roots, I had a wonderful lady named Jesma. She came and spoke to us about many of the different Jewish traditions and words. Learning from her was good, I just wished I had known more of the history of the Jewish nation before I learned to more intricate details. Some of the notes I took:

- Genesis: Bereshit which means the beginning
- Hebrews: People who have crossed over into the ways of God
- we can tell what we believe by the way we live our lives
- p'shat: the direct and simple
- remez: hint
- darash: commentary
-sod: deep, hidden meaning
- Jesus' parables and Isaiah's parables are parallel
- Genesis contains everything in the Bible... everything that is written in the rest of the Bible, has already been written in Genesis
- in the beginning man and woman were created equal
- Genesis 2 - God rested even though there was more work to do; He took a Sabbath
- Our day off each week is to remind us of how we we're created in the image and likeness of God
- If you are too busy to take a day off, you are not free, you are a slave
- God is looking for availability, not ability
"We'll have peace in the middle east when the Arab's love their children more than they hate us (Isreal)"
- Remember the Sabbath day
- Sabbath starts when the first 3 stars appear. The mother blesses the family, then father joins in, then the father blesses wife and together they bless their children
- Sabbath is centered around the FAMILY!!!!

This week I found it really hard to pay attention. I think it was just a mid-point of the lecture phase and I think I started not paying attention, but by the end of the week I knew that I needed to pay attention!! And so I started getting more and more out of the week. Her voice was just too sweet and quiet to really pay attention...

Also this week, we had a week called Angel's and Mortal's... Everyone is given a person that they are to be angels for. I got to be Ellice's Angel and she had NO idea that it was me!! My angel was Paivi and she was amazing! She got my boyfriend to record himself singing a song and sent it to me, and it was exactly what I was needing, I was feeling a bit homesick, so having that really helped!!

Please continue to Pray for me that God will continue to show me His plan for my life!!