I appreciate your teaching on the sower in Matthew 13 and Mark 4. It cleared up some things in my understanding.
Our heart is the Soil, and there are things that can hinder the seed of the Word taking root in our hearts.
I liked that part that you taught about our part in how we receive the word, put it to practice and not let the devil steal it. The Word can be choked by the cares of this world, how we need to live by faith in God and His Word.
You taught that offenses coming in could choke the Word, preventing it from taking effect in our hearts as well. I had no offenses that I could recall but came forward and repented just in case.
It was a blessing to have prayer after each lesson to make sure our hearts were right. I went forward a couple of times and God met with me. I don’t want anything to hinder the Word having it’s full effect in my life.
I had asked the Lord before the service to soften and circumcise my heart and after prayer I felt the anointing present as you prayed for us and it did just that.
My prayers seem to get answered quicker; I was blessed with gas money to fill my truck up to keep coming to Bible College.
I am not worried about my need for a place to Oil Paint and Water Color so I can sell my Art to support myself in R.B.I., or a place to stay, or the money needed for the rent, food, gas, or essentials, as well as seed to sow toward God’s will being done in me and through me. I just ask, knock, seek, and praise the Lord daily, hourly, all day long and thank Him for the answers.
Hallelujah! I am growing in faith
I want to testify about the awesome work God has been doing in my life through this ministry. I was born and raised in Holland and had a radical conversion during a mighty outpouring of the Spirit in the 1970’s. At that time I was also baptized in the Holy Spirit. I moved to the USA in the 1980’s and lived in Naples, FL the past seven years. Even though I had a great career I realized I had ended up in the worst spiritual desert ever. I started watching The Great Awakening in January, 2011 and was so excited to see that the same fire I had experienced in those earlier years in Holland was still available. I got so hungry for it that I would drive up to The River Church whenever I got a chance.
One day I was watching one of Pastor Rodney’s messages on You Tube. He was asking the question: “What are you going to do with the call of God in 2011”? That question hit me so hard and I kept hearing it in my spirit. God was stirring my heart to the extent that I knew He was calling me to come under the strong leadership of The River Church. Interesting enough, my job in Naples ended anyway.
I moved to Tampa in October, 2011. In the short time I have been here I have seen more fruit than in the past seven years! The uncompromising messages coming forth from the pulpit, along with the fire of the Spirit being released, is totally transforming my life. I am telling everybody about Jesus and have been able to lead many souls to Him.
In January, 2012 I answered the call of God on my life to full time ministry and started The River Bible Institute. I am receiving a special impartation for the End Time Harvest.
The day will come that I will take this fire back to the streets of Holland and wherever His Spirit leads me. I thank the Lord every day for the privilege to be a part of this amazing church and college.
This past month, I had the privilege and honor to go on my first GAT with the ministry to Jacksonville, FL. I was blessed to have the ability to make all the soulwinning folders using Google maps. I was also able to scout the area for missed soulwinning locations and an outreach. It was great that I was able to learn so much in doing the folders that I didn’t know before. It was very challenging and fulfilling that the Holy Spirit enabled me to take on that responsibility. I was also able to learn how to find really good Great Awakening testimonies that would empower the people. Also, I took on a major responsibility of overseeing the petty cash and the offering. It taught me to pay very close attention to detail and to keep everything logged and recorded and private, and to have proper signatures on everything.