Week 13: Destiny - Joseph Watson
We are so excited with out last week of lecture, because it means that Christmas break is around the corner and so is outreach! We leave for Bangkok, Thailand on December 30 and start outreach the moment we board our plane. Some of have already made trips to thrift stores for outreach clothes, and some are excitedly (or worriedly) looking at the checklist of things to bring. Some team members are spending their break with families in the US and Canada, but most of the foreign SBS and DTSers are staying at our YWAM residences for the break.
On our first day, our instructor Joseph asked us to go out into the snow, huddle in a tight circle (with almost no space in between), and proclaim God’s promises for teammates, outreach, and ourselves as a prophetic act. We prayed for unity, faith, and perseverance to withstand the enemy’s attack on outreach. Then he asked to close our eyes tightly as he walked around in circles while praying for us…then suddenly, SPLASH! A huge bucket of warm water hit us from above! What a warm introduction and a great way to break the ice 😀
As we discussed spiritual destiny this week, he asked questions that went straight to the heart:
Where are your eyes set on? Are you looking at outreach with earthly eyes or spirit eyes? Are you worrying about completing your outreach fees or where your next meal will come from? What are you most afraid of – the future, a career, relationships?
We learned that the enemy attacks us in areas that we’re most afraid of because he knows that when God liberates and frees us from sin and strongholds – to be who we were fully created to be – then we have more courage to take ground for Christ. When we worry, we are sinning because God specifically told us not to worry! When we worry, we don’t fully understanding the nature and character of God’s love and power.
We need to remember that we are not spiritual orphans but sons and daughters of the King of Kings! Since I am co-heirs with Christ to God’s kingdom, then I need to start acting with the knowledge that my Abba - my Heavenly Father and God of the universe - doesn’t just love to meet my needs. He loves hear me ask for my spiritual inheritance, claim nations and peoples for His kingdom, and to take the territory that is promised.
Do I act like an orphan or as someone knows my Father? Do I see God as an employer that I have to constantly please? Do I constantly blame others for failures or trust that Abba cares for my welfare? Is God my best friend or do I turn to addictions? Do I worry about “what ifs” or do claim my inheritance in Christ? Do I see others as competition or my sisters and brothers and co-heirs in Christ? Do I control and manipulate people or love to remove hurts from people?
My greatest calling is to know my Abba, my Father. When I know Him, then I am free to pursue the things that give me joy and passion – because God has put those desires and passions in my heart…a reflection of His heart.
We continue to learn abut keeping physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy on outreach. Wade and Joanna Pallister came to class for “outreach prep” and focused on how to deal with culture shock, which was invaluable since most of the team have never traveled to an Asian country before. However, we continue to trust God for what will happen and we know that God has already prepared the way for us – his sons and daughters for whom he has prepared our destinies.