Patmos alumni gets a taste of raw Christianity...
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith,giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform." Romans 4:20-21
Becoming a disciple means forsaking all to follow Him. Along the way, challenges will come as a reminder of the decision made on that blessed day. The reminder is Him beckoning His children to continue to trust Him, depend on Him, and walk by faith. Abraham did not understand how God would fulfill His promise, but never did he waver if what was spoken would become reality. This faith granted Him grace upon grace to honor God with his life. See how this type of faith has changed one of our alumni!
God called me to Patmos pretty specifically. After attending Calvary Chapel for a few years and hearing about Patmos, I never thought it was for me. One day, I saw a Patmos banner, and I can’t explain why, but it just looked different that day. After praying about attending, God started making things clear. I started to hear teachings through Revelation on the radio mentioning the island of Patmos. I read missionary letters about God changing hearts about their calling. It seemed to see the word Patmos everywhere.
God has done nothing less than rock my world.
The icing on the cake was a close friend of mine telling me she had been praying for me about going to Patmos. Needless to say, I felt the calling in a strong way. While here at Patmos, God has done nothing less than rock my world. Being away from all that I know has given me a new perspective of what raw, unadulterated Christianity looks like. Being able to walk through life as the original 12 did with Jesus gives Christianity a whole new meaning. Practically living out the teachings and practices of Jesus has shown me how far I was from walking with Jesus in the intimate way He desires. I’m not saying that Patmos is the only way to receive the revelation I have — I’m just so thick-headed that I had to walk it out this way. Regardless, God has shown me the depths of my depravity and His unfathomable grace through my Patmos experience.
He truly deserves every part of our lives in surrender to Him.
He truly deserves every part of our lives in surrender to Him. It’s scary to give up everything, but it’s amazing to watch Him use people and provide in unthinkable ways. The Lord has put a few things on my heart as I approach the end of my Patmos term, but I’m still praying through them. Regardless of what they are, I know that God is using Patmos to prepare me for His perfect will. Whatever it is, I’m ready.