Last week we were blessed to be taught by our very own Jen Dorrough. Our topic for the week was Recognizing the Voice of God. One of YWAM’s values Hearing the Voice of the Lord. We believe that every believer can and does hear the voice of God. But I don’t know about you, I don’t always recognize when God is speaking to me. So we learned about the many different ways God speaks to us. Like the Bible, dreams, visions, friends and mentors, circumstances, impressions, etc.
But at the end of the day, recognizing the voice of the Lord comes down to relationship. If you get a phone call from someone you’ve only met once and all they say is “Hey it’s me!” You’re probably not going to recognize who it is. If you get a call from your mom and she says “Hey it’s me.” Odds are, you’ll recognize her voice instantly. It’s also kind of a circle, because it’s really hard to have a relationship with someone unless you are communicating with each other. Along with relationship, we also talked about how familiarity, trust, and knowing our identity in Christ, are all a part of good communication with the Lord.
One of the highlights of the week for me was watching the excitement and joy play out on the faces of the students as they recognized God speaking to them. For some of them it was the first time they had recognized Him. Q said that hearing God speak was the highlight of his week. I think it really shows how much we long for relationship with God.
In other schools we’ve offered tracks, during which students learn about something for one afternoon a week, like photography or music. And then, you know, you take pictures or play music. This year we’re doing it a little differently and instead of having one long track with the same teacher each week, we have a different speaker and different topic each week. This week Ashley Evers, one of our very own fantastic staff members, taught us about the Biblical mandate for missions. We saw that from the beginning of the Bible, particularly through the LORD’s covenant with Abraham, that the LORD’s heart has been for all nations of the earth to be blessed. He promises Abraham that Abraham will be blessed to be a blessing and that all nations of the earth will be blessed through him. We saw throughout the Old Testament that it God was longing for Israel to be a light to the nations and to draw the rest of the world to Him, they just did a pretty bad job of it. And we see God rebuking them for that in the prophets. And then we got to the New Testament. At the end of the day, our mission is Jesus’ mission. And we see His passion and His motivation in John 17 and His prayer to the Father. Jesus’s passion is to know God and make Him known. So our passion must be to know God and make Him known.
Next week, Jason Kelly is speaking on Prayer and Intercession and Jacqui Bishop is speaking on Spiritual Warfare. I can’t wait to hear what they’re going to show us! Thanks for your prayers for us!