As a school, we feel that we are moving from a season of wandering in the desert into the promised land. The “desert season” was not necessarily bad. The Shekinah glory of God went with His people as they wandered through the desert, and the God of the Universe sent down manna to sustain his people EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It has been a season of trusting God to provide out basic needs, and He, in his infinite kindness and faithfulness, has miraculously provided time and time again.
In this new season, The Daniel Academy is sensing that it is time to learn to “eat off the land”. The school sits on 18 acres of land, right off the freeway, and it’s time we learn to cultivate it.
Before Joshua was able to lead his people from the desert into the promised land, God asks every man to circumcise themselves.
At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth. (Joshua 5:2-3)
After they obediently circumcise themselves, they celebrate the passover, the manna stops, and they are able to eat of the produce of Canaan (Joshua 5:12).
On January 15, Mr. Lee stressed the importance and necessity of this painful procedure that every Israelite man completed before entering the promised land and before eating of the produce of Canaan. Before the promised land, there is sacrifice. We, the high school students, were asked to “circumcise” our hearts and rid ourselves of unnecessary things that compete with God for our full attention despite the cost.
After Mr. Lee’s message, our response time started, and it was extremely powerful. Students were invited to come and pray prayers of re-consecration. Our long assemblies usually end at 9:30. 9:30 came and went, and we stayed in a beautiful place of worship. We started praying for our friends. Students were asking God what he wanted to say to their friends, and God was speaking and sharing his heart. HIghschoolers started walking around the room, taking back ground for God. The students were loudly interceding and worshipping over the sanctuary. The elementary and junior high students started to trickle in and joined marching around the room. We prayed and laid hands on all of our teachers, and we even got to pray for all 147 of our alumni through two of them who happened to be there that morning.
When the entire school was in the room, two students simultaneously saw pictures of every student lying face down, and so as a school, we bowed facedown and just worshipped a God who is entirely Holy.
We ended our time together in worship. The whole school was screaming Let it Rain. Elementary students were seeing pictures of the Throne Room. The worship team was moving with Holy Spirit, and ministering to people in powerful ways. Jesus was very near, and we believe this is only the beginning of what he has in store for 2020 and the next ten, twenty, thirty years. God is marching into the Promised land, and we want to be right next to Him every step of the way.
The Presence of God was moving in our midst. The Floodgates of Heaven are opening up over TDA. I felt Holy Spirit doing specific breakthroughs and healings amongst all of the student body. We definitely did enter into the throne room of God as a student body. There was a sense of peace and joy in the room, and in that mix was also a supernatural war going on (Which has been going on for a long time). – Samuel Young (Sophomore)