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Retha and I on Retreat …

May 21, 2010In The News

facilitated by Doreen and Danie Mare.

When the invitation came for this retreat I felt strongly that the Lord had an appointment with both of us.  We would be very close to the end of our 50 day prayer vigil (day 47 and 48) and we still had many unanswered questions and so we went with heart’s  full of hope and expectation.

Doreen and Danie Mare and a small team of servant-hearts hosted a most wonderful weekend. We felt that they had set a table for us on their farm in the Groot Marico district , in the kloof and on the banks of the river.  There they served us, lovingly enabling us to feast on The Bread of Life – Jesus Himself.

Usually these retreats are booked for a minimum of 8 people – we were only 5 and for the first time ever the Mare’s felt to go ahead anyway.  As a result, the Lord addressed some deeply personal issues in our individual lives.

With Retha’s permission I share that God gave a fresh revelation of His love for her that will ensure that she is never quite the same. He started a tender conversation with her spirit in our very first session and continued to speak lovingly till all her objections and resistance melted. I have noted that whenever the soul is healed, tears are the result.  As her spirit embraced this fresh wave of God’s love, her soul was touched and healed at a new level.

For me, God disciplined me and in the process taught me some new things.  Jesus said that His Spirit would be our Teacher, our Counsellor and our Comforter. He showed me that there was an unclean spirit of jealousy having an impact on my life.  He showed me how the enemy would seek people who would come into agreement with him (Matt 18 teaches the spiritual Principle of Agreement) against the call of God on my life.  Agreement would add power to his attack.  The demonic is ONLY given power over us with sin and so I asked God how this demon had gained his foothold/permission to attack certain areas of my ministry? I was convicted of being surprised (and perhaps even a little offended) at God’s appointment, favour and promotion of a certain lady in God’s service.  God showed me that my attitude of judgment not only displeased Him, but it had been a snare that I had walked into, enabling the spirit of jealousy influence over my life.  I was exposed before God and repented.  Immediately the enemy was disarmed and the Holy Spirit showed me a short list of people who had come (inadvertently) into agreement with this demonic entity with regards me and my calling.  I could forgive them, cut off the demonic influence and claim back lost territory.  I am fully persuaded that this “barren” area of my ministry is about to experience the full impact of God’s favour.  Thank you, Holy Spirit for your ongoing work of discipleship in our lives.

(Here I am playing with fruit peels on my eyes – God took some “scales” off my eyes this week! tee-hee.)

(Here’s Reet being a little girl in her Father’s house!)     

As always, we invite your comments and your feedback.  May God continue to love and disciple us all unto greater effectiveness for His Kingdom.

With love,

viv

One Comment

  1. Riaan on May 21, 2010 4:55 pm

    Hi you guys

    I just want to say, that I’m SO impressed by your blogging skills! Very well done! :)

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