Friday, April 27, 2012

A New Thing

Last week Derek Schoenhoff taught our class on the nature and character of God.
Derek’s parents joined YWAM in the 70’s after they had spent some time learning from Francis Schaeffer in Switzerland. Francis Schaeffer wrote the book “How Then Shall We Live?” (an amazing book!) He was a theologian, philosopher, and social thinker that challenged the ideas of the day (counter culture, modernism) and exposed them for what they were. Check out: www.labri.org/ for articles and mp3’s of some really good material from Schaeffer and others like him, as well as for more information on Schaeffer and his ministry and its legacy (very inspiring, and challenging as we face even greater struggles in our day).
We saw much breakthrough in the lives of the students as Derek barraged them with the truth of who God is.                                                                
Our staff also prayed and heard from God as to our outreach locations for this year: Tahiti, Samoa/Niue, Fiji (and outer islands), Saipan, Papua New Guinea, China/N. Korea, and India/Thailand.
Lisa and I will not be leading a team this summer, because we felt God leading us to come home! We will be home at the end of June, all of July, and leave at the end of August.
We will come back to Kona but not to work with Asia-Pacific DTS any longer. God has been speaking to us about a new thing. We feel that God is leading us to work with YWAM Orange County… but out of Hawaii. It is a long story (one for another day) but YWAM OC is pioneering a boat ministry that will minister in the Pacific (among other    places). For now they feel to tie in here with YWAM in Kona, but eventually we will shift to the OC. I will explain later why it is out of the OC, how Kona fits in, and the kind of boats we are looking for.
Thanks so much for all of you prayers, and support. We love you all and are excited that we might see many of you soon.
Please continue to pray for:
1) Our health (we have been getting back pains, colds, etc.)
2) For wisdom as we disciple students from diverse backgrounds
3) For Samuel that he will continue to grow and develop as he should
4) For us to grow in our relationship with God and each other.
5) For our students to hear clearly from God as to what outreach location they should go to.
6) Do you have any prayer requests? Feel free to contact us.
Thanks,
Lisa, Morgan, Samuel
PS I will write a post below on STEP 2: Hearing God’s voice. 

Hearing God's voice part 2:

Once again I want to highlight how to hear God's voice. I am borrowing this from Donna Jordans manual on "Listening to God". Hearing God's voice is basic right of every believer. John 10:3-4 "The sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out... and his sheep follow Him because they know His voice". It is very important to have the mindset that 1) He speaks and 2) He wants to speak to you (in fact I believe he is constantly speaking we just aren't plugged in, tuned in, the power is off, and the antenna is down).
It is also important to realize that while listening to God there are other voices out there. I will highlight four voices that you may hear. We must silence three of them in order to get to the Gold.
1) Our own voice:  We must silence or die to our own imaginations, desires, and burdens, giving them to God.
a) 1 Peter 5:7 Cast your burdens on Him because he cares for you.  Come to Jesus and give Him all of your cares, worries, and anxieties.
b) When speaking to a friend we are focused, and our minds are not wandering. Neither should they be when we are listening to God. You must learn to quiet your thoughts, and emotions.
 Prayer: In the name of Jesus I silence my own voice, emotions, and desires help me to hear only you voice! I give you all of my fears, burdens , etc. (be specific, and pray out loud!)

2) The Voice of Others: Parents, teachers, media, friends, but we should only look to others as much as they look to Jesus and His Word. Often times we are asking God what we should do in a situation, and you cannot help but wonder what your friends would think if they saw you do this or that. 
Prayer: In the name of Jesus silence the voice of all others that might ring in my head and try and influence. (Pray outloud)

3) The Voice of the Enemy (Satan):
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
The key is to be submitted to God, than you have the authority to resist the devil and to send him packing. Our enemy is a deceiver, but when you here the enemies voice it either 1) Won't line up with scripture.
2) There is a "check" in your spirit.
or 3) It causes you to fear
Satan can quote or misquote scripture in order to get you to act in haste.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I submit myself completely to you. In the name of Jesus I command satan and demon powers to be silent, amen.
4) The voice of God: This is what we need to hear more than anything else. Not just for the answers to our questions, but because it is the relationship that must precede every relationship. As a warning there is  a great responsibility that goes with hearing His voice, ask God for the grace to listen and to obey.
Hearing God's voice is not a gift but a skill. Hearing is all by grace, through faith, and he gives grace to the humble.
Hearing God's voice will change you life, but it will cost something. Seven years ago a huge desire began to grow in me to hear God's voice and to become closer to Him. I began to position myself in a way that I could truly hear His voice. I began praying, reading His word, hanging out with men and women that lived this lifestyle, fasting, and I separated myself from things that held me back. It became my passion. I was so thrilled when I began to recognize His voice. My prayer is for you to hear his voice, but you need to desire it and to go after it.

I will write two or three more posts with 1)the ways God speaks 2) Hindrances to hearing His voice and finally 3) Principles to hearing.
I will leave you with an exercise: 1) Silence the three competing voices in Jesus name (out loud). 2) Tell Jesus that you love him three times, out loud. Did you hear Him respond? What did he say? Trust that the voice you heard was His (unless you heard something creepy). Now tell Him you love Him every morning when you wake up.

Thanks. I truly hope this helps you in walk with Jesus.

Morgan


Monday, April 16, 2012

Can you hear Him?





Week 1

How to Hear God’s Voice:

“There are many believers, but there are few disciples” was a comment made by our first week's speaker, Donna Jordan. Donna is a woman in her 70’s that has been working in YWAM since the mid-70’s. She started out as regular ole’ housewife that was living a casual or “lukewarm” Christian life. Through a series of events she and her husband got a serious desire to know Jesus better. Long story short God called them to help pioneer the YWAM base in Kona, Hawaii and have been working with YWAM ever since. Donna travels the world speaking on “How to Hear God’s Voice.” She is a sassy grandmotherly woman that is kooky, straight forward, and very much anointed. She was a real pleasure to listen to and to learn from.

I will include some of the principles of hearing God’s voice in the coming weeks. She has a manual and if you are interested in getting a copy I can get one to you, just let us know.

On Thursday the 5th the campus welcomed 400 students from around the world. Our class, Asia Pacific DTS, welcomed 32 students from South Korea, China, Malaysia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, USA, Vanuatu, Germany and Haiti. Students are very eager and excited. We have students from all walks of life: a Korean family living in Michigan where the husband is an architect; a Micronesian girl whose parents are missionaries in China; a video game designer; a young American hair stylist ( I think her parents made her come); a guy who is out on bail; a barista; some house moms; several university students; etc.

Samuel is doing fantastic. Samuel is growing bigger day by day. Today he is three months old. He is making baby babble, laughing, smiling, sleeping through the night, rolling onto his back from his stomach, and is the source of a lot of joy in our house. He loves being held by just about anyone who is willing to hold him, which is a lot more people than mom is comfortable with (give her a break, she is a new mom). Everyone says he looks like mom, but I think that is only because he cannot yet grow facial hair.

GOOD NEWS: Lisa, Samuel, and I will be coming home at the end of June! We will most likely be home for 6 weeks or so. We prayed and felt like we weren’t to lead an outreach. We also have an exciting change in direction that we will announce on another one of these posts. Hint: It involves YWAM, boats, and a new location (actually, maybe several locations!).

Please be praying for us. As our school walks in new things, as we face new ministry opportunities, and not to forget our new role as parents we are facing opposition from the devil in ways that are hard to explain and hard to shake off. In humility we ask that you please pray for:

1) us to grow closer to Jesus

2) our marriage

3) wisdom as we raise a little baby boy

4) unity in our school amongst the students and the staff

5) our finances to come in

Thanks and God Bless.

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel

PS In the next several posts I will include principles to hearing God’s voice. For more clarity feel free to write us. This is something that has dramatically affected the way we live our lives, and relate to Jesus and others.

Principle 1: Relationship with God: Four levels

Hearing God’s voice has to do with relationship with Jesus. The depth of relationship will determine how well you hear. In other posts we will talk about what the other voices are out there, and the ways that God speaks to us.

1 Academic: 1 Cor 1:18-31. A lot of people know a lot about God, but don’t actually know him. “Intellecet give information but the spirit gives revelation”.

2. Casual-lukewarm: Rev3:15-22. Often times we go through the motions but are not very passionate about Jesus. We might go to church but don’t spend time thinking about Jesus, much less spend time with Him.

3. Growing-Hungry for More- Thirsty:

Psalm 107:8-9, Isa 55:1-3, John7:37-38 This has a lot to do with making Jesus LORD of your life. You realize how good he is and want more of Jesus no matter the cost. It is crucial to make Jesus LORD of your life if you want to 1) grow in hunger/thirst, and 2) hear his voice.

4) Intimate: Nothing else matters but to be with Jesus and to please Him. You realize that He is speaking to you all of the time (I will go over the ways that he speaks later). Intimacy is about friendship with the one who created you.

Which one describes you? Where do you want to be? How can you get to the next level in relationship with Jesus?