God is continuing to do amazing things here at YWAM DP. I feel like our time during this DTS has been a continuous journey of Him leading, challenging, healing, convicting, comforting, teaching, loving, and uniting us in a way that we have never experienced before.
We have been blessed with great teachings focused on Spiritual Warfare and the Holy Spirit over the last two weeks. It has been an eye opener for me realizing just how REAL the spiritual realm is and how much authority and power we have been given as children of God. Manuel Ramminger, our speaker on Spiritual Warfare, said, “Without man, God will not. But without God, man cannot!” The fact that God has chosen to work through us because he wants to is something I had not ever stopped to think about before. Although He has the power to do all things, His nature of being relational and loving means He will not force us into anything. We have to be willing and ask Him to move or He ‘will not’. On the other side, we cannot do things in our own strength without God and His authority. Our authority comes from Him….
Learning about the Holy Spirit has been both fun and enlightening. For most of our class, we have had a tendency to focus more on God the Father or Jesus the Son who sacrificed His life for us on the cross. We often forget the Holy Spirit and the fact that the Spirit is a real person of God the Trinity. I have come to realize just how essential and special the role the Holy Spirit plays in both the creation of man and our ability to live in relation with Him. God has been showing me how like water the Holy Spirit is fluid, gentle, and moving; like fire She is powerful, full of energy, light and beauty. Like the wind the Holy Spirit has an element of mystery. We cannot see it, but we can feel its caress. It has a playful nature and loves to dance with the clouds and intertwine itself through our hair. It can be both gentle and strong.
When we plant ourselves in the Holy Spirit and live with integrity, we allow room for the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in our lives. He gives us the ability to live in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Out of the Spirit, we can facilitate the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, discerning of spirits, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation. Through the Holy Spirit, we can forever dwell in God’s presence, and know Him personally. How amazing is this! I know for me this is something that I am eternally grateful for and I am really looking forward to seeing what other new revelations God has for me!
Tessa Manase- April 2013 Leadership DTS