By Ada Yue
Last year in March, a sister and I had lunch together. She told me about the Women’s Empower Training that she was in and invited me to check it out. Subsequently, she met with me over lunch two more times in April and in May 2018 inviting me to take the training. I did not think this training was for me. I declined her invitations three times because I was worried that I would not have the time to commit to the course, I would not have adequate ability to do the class assignments, and I would waste my investment in an education that I do not need since I am old (approaching 60!) and insignificant (not in any sort of spiritual leadership). I told her that I would not take this training course unless God spoke to me loud and clear.
Guest what? In June 2018, God did speak to me loud and clear in a dream with the message that if I keep ignoring the invitation, I would miss the golden opportunity of being lifted up in a helicopter to a higher place. So, I finally signed up for the Empower One class.
Having almost completed the first year of the training course, I have seen three major life transformations:
- First of all, my relationship with God became more intimate. Before the class, I knew God objectively and impersonally in my head; now I know God subjectively and personally in my heart. Through the personal knowledge of God and my intimate relationship with God, I often experience His power and miracles in my own weaknesses.
- Secondly, I have been set free from the lies that crippled my life all these years. The lies I believed were that I was inadequate and unloved, which led to fear of rejection. As a result, I developed the coping mechanisms of insecurity, pride, and perfectionism. In this class, the power of God broke all these lies and restored the proper self-view in God’s sight. So, I no longer have to strive to earn human approval or acceptance.
- Thirdly, I have been empowered to take risks in obeying God to do things that are out of my comfort zone, such as translating into Mandarin at a Health Presentation with my elementary-level Mandarin, and serving as a Prayer Minister at SJCAC’s Deeper Life Conference and at Cedar Church’s Children’s Ministry Equipping Conference, with the lack of eloquence. The power of God has made the impossible become possible.
It has been worthwhile for me to take this Empower training even though I originally had multiple excuses of no time, no ability and no need for it. God has proved to me that all my excuses were lame. He has provided me the time and the ability that I need, and He has opened my eyes to see my need for this training. I would not have experienced the transformational breakthroughs if I did not take this class.