Campus Alive

February 1, 2010

The Second CA of 2010: Loving the Lord Your God with all your heart!

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 9:24 pm

Photo credits: Chen Liang

MOVED BY THE SPIRIT

First of all, I am thankful that I have received a lot of positive feedback from my friends after leading for praise and worship during the second CA gathering.  And, believe me or not, they were not the only ones who were moved by God’s presence on that night. I myself was overwhelmed by what He had done through me and my worship team tonight.

Anyway, I had once asked the Lord to make me lead the worship team for the first CA gathering this year. Well, I was not ready (and not too sure of myself) to lead during the first gathering, so I told Him again to ‘postpone’ my service for a while.  However, I did not expect His calling for me was so soon that I freaked out when Abigail messaged me to lead the praise and worship on Saturday night before the gathering. I did tell her earlier that I wished to lead for praise and worship but it will only be done after CNY break because I felt the need to fully prepare myself for it. Even though I freaked out, I still accepted the task since I believe that that was His call to me, and I should answer His call.

However, things did not turn out as I wanted. (I bet) Satan is very quick in messing around with my plans for that gathering. On the next day (Sunday) after I accepted the task, I had fever due to over-exhaustion. My whole body was aching and very hot, and I could barely walk. I dragged myself to church and I could not concentrate during the service. I could not even smell the food and I lost my appetite ever since. Still, I just dragged myself to come to class on Monday to go for worship practice in the evening. Miraculously, I felt better during the practice because I could not feel my body aching and feeling very weak. I only turned weaker and I almost lost my voice after coming back from the practice later that night.

My ‘spiritual battle’ went on through Tuesday and Wednesday. However, I got better on Wednesday’s night and I was delighted to have my own self back again. I was happy that I managed to recover just in time for the gathering.  But Satan launched his second attack: I woke up the next day with a slight migraine. I prayed to God the whole day so that the pain will leave me soon but it got stronger as time passed. I was worried. I need to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared before 8pm. I was frustrated because I could not find any solution to this. I felt down. All that was left for me was to leave and to depend entirely to God. I still remembered that I told the Lord to just take over my entire body and mind so that I could go through everything during the gathering. I was hopeless, and all I could do was to surrender myself to Him.

And once again, the enemy was finally defeated. After taking my meal and my medication, the pain was gone within an hour. Normally, with the high intensity of pain and the feeling of throwing up, I can only recover from the illness on the next day. Nonetheless, all my pain had been taken away from me within one hour only. I was finally managed to get myself prepared for the praise and worship! Praise the Lord!!

Surrendering my entire self and letting God works through me would be the turning point of my service that night. Frankly, I did not feel that I had total control of myself while leading on that night. I could feel that I was moved by a strong force from within me. This force made my heart to beat faster and I bet my adrenaline level was high too. I did not sing as exactly as planned during the practice…it was just different. Personally, I was emotionally affected while singing “Bagai Rajawali”. I could even hear a voice that asked me to keep repeating the chorus while I was singing this song. The Lord had touched me with His love that He almost made me cry at that time.  After such a long time, I had never experienced the vibrant presence of The Holy Spirit within me. The Spirit was the one that had moved me throughout the session, and I was glad that those that came admitted that they did felt a strong presence with them on that night too. I was also glad that I finally able to share His love and to glorify His name with those who came on that night. I bet this was the best evening that I have ever had because up until now, as I type this testimony, I could feel the Spirit’s lively presence deep within me. (And honestly, I think it’s contagious!) I would like to thank my worship team members for their guidance and their support.

Last but not least, I would like to share with all of you from Ephesians 4:30-31 that reads:

And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.

Let the Spirit that is in you rejoice and praise the Lord. By doing that, then we will always be in touch with Our Lord and will be able to walk (and live) in His presence. Let us also continue to serve Him and to spread the Good News to others. (Amen!)

-Maritha John

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My first experience with Campus Alive was a good one. From the start, the commitment shown by both the pastor and the pastor’s wife (they drove me to Kota Kemuning and back!) was mirrored by the dedication of my fellow INTECiansin organzing and participating in CA. The game ‘Cars on a Busy Road’ had us running and shrieking crazily, while worship was uplifting and inspiring. Pastor Ron Hee had us laughing as he talked, but his message truly stayed with me: ‘guard your heart. live beyond yourself.’ Everyone at CA was friendly and although I was new there, I felt included. The spirit of togetherness in the room was amazing, and ultimately that was the part of the night that stayed with me.

=)

Ju Vern

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The second CA of 2010 started off with an invigorating game, led by Larry & Grace. Praise God for a wonderful time of praise and worship. (Oh yes, I must add, one of the highlights would definitely be the part when David rapped =D)

Next, we had an encouraging sermon by Pastor Ron Hee, a senior pastor from New Life. In accordance to the theme of CA, love the Lord your God with all your heart, we were reminded that everything should be done on the basis of God’s love. He also urged us not to allow rejection to hinder us from achieving God’s higher plan. Even when circumstances seem to be against us, God still loves us and everything happens for the good of those who love Him.

After an announcement by Jan about the upcoming ‘Ops Gegar’ event, we had a birthday celebration for all January babies. Each received uniquely designed cards (courtesy of Carol) with the CA logo on it =). Refreshments were awesome (courtesy of Ming Khai)! Oh yes, there was a special testimony from Phillip, who miraculously recovered from one of the worst cases of denggi fever! Praise God, for his mercy endures forever!

It has been such a blessing to be able to gather here as a family, once again. Thank God for his endless grace and mercy!

A big thank you to all who made this CA possible!

Sarah =)

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Please note that:

1. Prayer Meeting this Wednesday will be held at:

a) Dataran Cemara at 8pm for all girls and senior guys

b) TV Room, Block 1, Cendana at 8pm for all Cendana-ians =)

2. Combined Cell Group for all guys and girls this Thursday.

a) For girls and senior guys, wait at the Akasia bus stop at 7.30 pm

b) For the Cendana-ians, be at the guardhouse at 7pm. Transport will be provided.

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1 Comment »

  1. amazing testimony… ^^, it was a wonderful night!

    Comment by campusalive — February 2, 2010 @ 5:29 pm


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