I had a very massive breakthrough in Dullstroom regarding physical conditioning. Never in my life have I ever imagined myself being someone who would enjoy any type of exercise. Before Dullies the furthest that I have ridden on my bicycle was 11km. On the first day riding in Dullies I rode 36km and there were A LOT of uphills! That was not only a physical breakthrough point for me but also mentally. I in fact even enjoyed it, and I didn’t even feel like I was suffering the entire time.
On the spiritual side of the Dullstroom trip, I really received great revelation on bowing to the stuff of the world. The phrase that still sticks with me is when Ps. John said: “if you bow once, you will bow again.” That was a powerful statement for me to hear and I have been really focused on seeing where I have bowed to the world and where there are areas in which I should break the cycle to not continue bowing to those things.
PRAYER AND FASTING WEEKEND
I actually found it very interesting with the fasting. There are days when I sometimes forget to eat and then at about 1 in the afternoon I realize, oh wait, I am actually hungry. So what was strange is the fact that when we were fasting, I would wake up hungry, and after every fruit that I ate it would feel like I am just getting more hungry. That was a bit of a challenging moment. Ps. Sharon made a statement that fasting without prayer is just a diet, and that really had an impact on me to not just keep from eating but I should really be in the Word and with God during the fasting weekend.
I really do have a big expectation for the upcoming fasting weekends because I learned so much about what fasting can accomplish if you are doing it with a pure heart and for the right reasons. I am fully expectant that there will be a lot of breakthroughs personally and corporately because of our fasting weekends.
SUN CITY / ULTRA WEEKEND
I did not participate in any activity during the Ultra weekend, but I did go along as a vessel of support. I must admit that being a supporter had two sides to it.
On the one side, I was actually upset with myself because of not working hard enough, because it actually looked like a lot of fun watching how everyone was breaking their barriers and having amazing breakthroughs! The positive thing is that it really did inspire me to start working harder on my conditioning so that the next time we do something like this I can also join in.
The other side is how amazing it was to see how everyone who did participate just got a new level boost of energy every time they came past us who were supporting them. Just to see the effect of what it looks like when somebody is supporting you, was such a wonderful experience, and I really did learn a life lesson from seeing that!
EXPECTATIONS FOR FOOTSTEPS:
- My main expectation is that I would have such a powerful encounter with God that I will never be able to forget
- I really want to have a completely changed heart and focus on turning all of my ways into God’s ways. I expect the spiritual strength to be built up so that my spirit can dominate my soul and flesh.
- I expect that God will change my will to be in cooperation with His Will.
ONE SIGNIFICANT BIG ROCK MOMENT:
A big rock moment that I am still daily keeping at the back of my mind and also constantly meditating on is when I received what was for me a massive revelation that I received while being on the Footsteps To Destiny 2022 Tour. A lot of beautiful Baobab trees surrounded us and they were obviously a part of our conversations. On our first night, we were sitting around the campfire underneath this massive, beautiful, and old baobab tree. Hein was the one who then mentioned that the Baobab is actually called the “upside down” tree because the roots of the tree look similar to the branches of the tree. I was meditating in my tent later that night and I realized that a Baobab tree could be the representation of my life. The words that I put into my heart and then take root in my heart are what would eventually come out of my mouth, so what my life looks like on the outside is determined by what the roots in my heart look like. I went home and told my mother about this revelation that I’d gotten, and then her fiancé mentioned something that blew my mind even further! He showed me images of the little branches on the Baobab tree, and also images of the veins that we humans have inside our hearts, and the two looked so similar to each other. This has definitely been a big rock moment for me because whenever I speak something over myself or allow something to be sowed into my heart I picture a Baobab tree and in my mind imagine what I would want my branches to look like.