By Jonathan C.
I did not have much anticipation for the Levites School because I had just come back from the Mexicali short term missions trip. Mexicali was a tiring week and I wanted to rest. I was also trying to spend as much time as I could with Josh Fong before he went back to Hong Kong. I felt bad that I was leaving him during his vacation. But I had already committed to the Levites School, so I still went.
I remember the past children’s Levites School that I went to and how it was mainly focused on songwriting and music. I thought this one would be similar, but it was not. There was more talk about the spiritual nature of worship. From that last Levites School to this one, I have matured greatly, in age and spiritually. I was able to grasp what I really wanted for myself and listened a lot more intensely.
Mexicali really changed my worldview, it made me more grateful, but the Levites School really challenged my identity and the things I have placed my energy into. On the first day, the Holy Spirit told me that we were all His royalty and showed me a cloud of purple surrounding everyone in the Chapel. I realized that I had placed many things over God and that was the reason I was feeling unfulfilled. I was like the Israelites–half committed, half in…I was lukewarm.
With that being revealed to me, I asked God to free my spirit so that I would no longer be just a surface level, Sunday Christian, but instead, devote my life for Him. Uncle Rocky’s Freedom in Worship session really helped me give praise in a more sincere way. I know how the presence of the Holy Spirit feels, but I did not know how to act in response. Uncle Rocky said we need to let go of our self consciousness in order to worship freely. I realized that that matched up with all the other times I had worshipped with all my heart.
In previous encounters with the Holy Spirit, I knew that God gave me a heart to intercede, but I did not know what to do with it. So when I got placed into the Intercession group, I knew it would be helpful. We covered the bases of prayer and how to listen to God’s voice. The next day, we put it into action. We prayer walked around the shopping plaza that Tea Lyfe was in. It was hard to listen while being outside but I think we really broke the ground for our night ministry to be effective. The Tea Lyfe worship ministry was really powerful…we sang and hopefully impacted some lives.
All the worship during this school has been powerful because of our hearts’ longing for the Holy Spirit. My heart was put forth many times and God revealed to me and realigned my priorities. I want to stay like this…being completely cleansed and always listening to the Holy Spirit talking to me. I got rid of many self-imposed lies that have controlled me for a long time. I want to be a clean house for God and make my body God’s temple. Let me be thirsty for the living water of Jesus Christ and let others know about it.