Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Week 6-Father, If You’re Willing, Remove This Cup From Me


This week has been such a busy and testing week for me. I have been working on my ministry, preaching and have also had to read a book and complete a book report. I’ll make another post sharing with you all what I learnt from the book. 

Freedom!

This week I called someone I knew I had to forgive and boy oh boy did it feel gooooood. I felt soooo much peace, it was overwhelming. I feel free guys. I’ve realized that when we do as God instructs, we will experience feelings and emotions we would have never thought were possible to feel. Walking with God is a journey worth pursuing. If God is speaking to you right now about forgiving someone, don’t delay! Forgive and let God heal you.

Hard-Pressed Yet Not Crushed!

To be honest with you all, I don’t feel as though I have any friends on the base and have been feeling down lately. The other day I got so frustrated with everything. My arms and feet are filled with bug bites and I have been getting sharp stomach pains. I went to the doctor to find out that I have contracted scabies and stomach worms. AND to add to it I woke up with a lip that looked like someone had knocked me out in a boxing ring. I couldn’t believe my eyes that morning. An insect thought it would be great idea to bite my bottom lip (sorry no pictures available lol).

He Loves Me Just The Way I Am

I didn’t even want to go to lectures that morning and then decided that I’ll go but would use a mask to cover it up. God instructed me not to wear the mask and I told God that I didn’t want people to see me with my lip looking the way it did. God responded by saying “Yes Josie you look like this today BUT I love you just the same”. I was like woooo! I didn’t feel as beautiful as I did the day before because of my lip yet God loves me just the same, His love is unconditional and endures forever. God’s love is incomparable. Whether you have one arm or three arms, God’s love you just the same. He loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) therefore what He thinks about us is more important than what others think about us.

Convicted!

Through this experience, God exposed the condition of my heart. I felt so discouraged to the point where I was focusing so much on my situation that I pushed God to one side. The scripture that came to mind that day was Philippians 4:4 which says “Rejoice in the Lord always”. I felt so convicted and had to repent. He is worthy to be worshipped and praised regardless of my problems because HE IS GOD! HE’S THE GREAT I AM, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. In addition to this during my quiet time throughout the week God led me to 1 Chronicles 20 and then to Psalm 147 and 148 which all speak about praising God. I have realized that I don’t always praise God wholeheartedly especially when I’m going through a difficult time and this is something I need God to help me with.

Fresh Revelation!

During lectures this week, the speaker Pastor Conan was speaking on The Cross and touched on spiritual growth. This is something that has been on my mind for some time now. He said that if we want our spiritual walk to go from glory to glory and faith to faith we must fear God. The key to drawing closer to God is connected to reverence fear of God. That’s the connection. Me becoming familiar and at times not doing what I should be doing with all my heart soul mind and strength will affect my relationship with God. The Bible commands that we love God with all our heart, soul mind and strength, we must give Him our all and be consistent. 

What else has been happening this week? Ohh yes on Friday we had all night prayer, which I really enjoyed. It was from 6pm till 7am! I had the privilege of meeting YWAMers from Hawaii and also America. I felt so encouraged speaking to one woman in particular called Alison. I shared with her my feelings about being the only non-fijian on the base and my struggles. God truly blessed me-she completely understood where I was coming from and encouraged me greatly. Through being here God is teaching me so much about endurance and perseverance. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog :)


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Miss Josie Jo
Xxx

Monday, 3 June 2013

Week 5-He Is Faithful!


Bula :) 

I’m so sorry for taking so long to update you all, I have been super busy. This week has been another hard and testing week for me, and I sometimes wonder whether things will get any better. But then I remind myself that God has promised that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 KJV.  My brothers and sisters when times get tough we need to be like David who encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). Turn to God and declare His promises over your life, He has promised to bring your troubles to pass.

He Blessed Me!

This week’s topic has been “Spiritual Warfare” and speaker’s name is Jiurie but I call her auntie lol. She is from a small island close to Fiji called Rotuma. I can testify that in your time of need, God will bring the right people to you!  Auntie and I have connected on another level, which has been amazing. She did her discipleship-training course in the 1980’s. She too faced the endeavors that I’m currently experiencing. She really encouraged me and told me to remember that this is for a season. This happening to me just shows how much God wants me to depend on Him and that He is preparing me for what is yet to come in my life. God has truly blessed me, I’m really going to miss her and will definitely go and visit her soon.

My Break-though!

During lectures this week we had ministry time. This is a time where we allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us and reveal things to us. It’s a time where we open up and talk about our past hurt and issues so that God can heal us.  The Holy Spirit did just that in my life!!! Ministry time was groundbreaking for me.  The Holy Spirit exposed and revealed some things to me regarding my past ( I’ll share some of my past experiences in the near future). Ministry time for me went on for more than an hour. God has started to break my heart of stone and began the process of healing in my life. Tears were rolling down my eyes for a good hour. It's funny because I woke up early that morning and was speaking with God when I was led to Ezekiel 36:26 which says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”. The way God works is just phenomenal...He is faithful!


More Experiences, New Faces!

What else has been happening this week? Well on Wednesday mornings we have Bible study and have been studying the Book of Philemon and Titus. We finished reading both books and had perform a drama based on the books to illustrate what we have learnt. I found that drama to be very effective in helping me understand the underlying messages especially as we made it relate to modern day hehe.





On Saturday, the YWAM base from Australia came to visit our base, they are in Fiji for outreach. It was such a nice Saturday. I’ll be honest with you all, it felt sooo good to converse with people that I could relate to and it kind of made me miss home so much more.

I'm so thankful to God for bringing me here, it’s a real struggle at times and I get discouraged but I know that I’m in the right place. He brought me all the way from England to Fiji so that I could know more of Him and live out His purpose for me. How amazing is that?! Thank You El Shaddai.


Vinaka (thank you) for reading. I love you all (keep in contact with me guys, I miss you all)



My email address is: josieagyeman@gmail.com, I would love to hear from you. 

Love Miss Josie Agyeman
Xxx