Monday, October 31, 2011

it's been awhile

    sorry everyone for taking so long in posting this but i've been super busy!

   So about three weeks ago we as a school went to the Acts 1 conference with all the other YWAMers in Colorado. We all met in Colorado springs for a three day session of praising Jesus and Interceding for the nations. about a week before going there God told me that he needed to know my faith, he told me that i needed to praise him even when i could not feel his presence.
   Believe me it was hard to go to this conference where God was going crazy and not feeling him for myself! But i praised him through my loss and was rewarded greatly. the day after we got back to base God spoke again, this time telling me to fast for two days straight. My fast ended in what i like to call a holy spirit party, or getting drunk in the spirit. sounds pretty awful but its indeed the best thing ever! me my four roommates and two other guys went out into the woods and did nothing but seek God.

   the week after that we were taught on the father heart of God. about how his love is unconditional, seems like sunday school stuff right? yeah, until his love take you over and makes you cry. lol I swear I've cried more in the last month than in the last 8 years. I guess I'm learning to let the past go.

  this last week we learned all about relationships. Wow. what a life changer! I don't think ill be ready to date again for a long time, and i don't really want to be either. I'm just not ready for it.
   And not only dating relationships either, I'm talking about with everyone! certainly made me want to reevaluate my friendships.

   I guess that gets you caught up, i'll be posting much more often in my blog! sorry again to keep you waiting :) take care of yourself and God bless!

        God's Peace,


Sunday, October 9, 2011

week two, snow!

    Well week two is finished, and yesterday it snowed for the first time! the mountains are breath taking while covered in snow! I love Colorado and all the new friendships that have been formed, my roommates are the coolest guys you will ever meet!

   This week our speaker was a man by the name of Blake Mattocks. He spoke about the character and nature of God.  My only complaint is that i wish we had more time to learn from this wise man. He spoke with authority, based everything he said off the bible and was completely open about his life with us. That i think is why I respect him as much as I do.
    As me and my team prepare for a two month outreach im Thailand we are becoming more like a family every day. We eat, sleep, worship, learn and live together. This family is the most loving, sharing, caring, and supportive community I have ever lived in. And it's not because of the people I live with. It's because we are all here to seek God and his kindom here on earth.

   I can feel myself changing. Every day I'm a new person entirely. I'm afraid that when i get home no one will even know me anymore, but that's ok, it's the price paid for living life in the spirit. Each friday night we have the option to give up our night off and go into downtown Denver for street evangalizm. I decided to go for a night and God rocked my world. We started off with an hour of worship at a local church to prepare our hearts before the Lord, during this time God led me to pray over my friend from Brazil. God said "Pray for him to be able to speak freely." (his english is good, but he struggles with alot of words.) Right in the begining of our outreach he met a guy and girlfriend who spoke spanish and he was able to speak the gospel to them and pray for them.
    As we worshiped in the streets of Denver I was led to stay with the small group of people who were singing and playing guitar instead of going out with the many groups of YWAMers that went off in twos and threes. After about an hour of Intercession a man began talking with some of the other people who were with me as well, I watched and prayed because something felt off about him. After a while I saw him aproach a dear friend of mine so me and one of the staff girls went over to her side. Within only a few minets I knew he had demons within him. He spoke of spirits and auras and other evil things. Soon he wished to depart and wanted a hug. I told him I would not, but I would shake his hand in parting. The girls I was talking to him with left and he told me, "If you knew my spirit you would hug me." I told him, "I do not know know your spirit, I only know the spirit of God!" He stared at me for a moment and then I could see the demons within his eyes, but I could also see the spirit of God shining from within me. We stared at each other for several minets as the spirits within us fought. And then I prayed, "Father God, let your spirit shine through me." and I found myself looking down on this man taller than me. His face grew worried as he turned and disapeared into the night. I did not see him agian, but I pray that the man wants Gods spirit instead of the ones he woships now. This is how I know that the Holy Spirit is inside of me. Because I saw it. After wards I asked the girls how long i spoke with him, and the many minets that had passed were indeed only about ten seconds. This is the Power of God.

Gods Peace. Jake.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

taming what has been claimed

   This marks the end of week one, and a hard week it was. I told myself on mon that on Fri i would know the names of everyone staying at Eagle Rock Base.... and im proud to say i know them all! Some students i know better than others, but that's to be expected. There are none that i can honestly say i dislike. I love this community.

   Faith. This word has meant more in this week than any others. My life is being stretched in every way and it is faith that holds me together. God has spoken in ways i never thought possible, through dreams, words, pictures. people, me. I am truly blessed.  

   Physically i'm adjusting quite well i think. The altitude is awful, one of the girls here has some kind of altitude sickness and its terrible seeing her in this condition. Today i was pumping some iron, went for a long run, and hiked to the top of Eagle Rock. Pics will be coming soon to my fb page.

   Thanks for reading, please pray that God continues to speak to me and through me, pray healing for my friend with altitude problems, and pray Gods peace upon Denver and the surrounding area.

Gods Peace, Jake