Is there something in your life that when you begin to do something or you're around certain things you have a passion that grows for those things? I don't know about y'all but, I know that when I'm around Holy Ghost filled youth that are on fire for God something begins to rise up inside of me that wants to just jump out. It's a fiery passion that continues to build up until it boils over and I can't hold it in any longer. I know that I'm called to evangelize but, I also know that my future has something to do with youth. Does anybody else feel this way?
I went to a youth conference at Macclenny Church of God Saturday and Pastor Mike Townsend preached a powerful sermon on being a Samuel in a world filled with Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas. He meant that we are CALLED to be Samuels, who obeyed the Lord even around those we go to church with that still have a foot in the world and want to pull you in with them.
After that sermon I was about ready to jump out of my seat and start shouting! Even going to bed Saturday night I still felt the power of the Lord. I could barely go to sleep. :)
Isn't it so true that we as young folks want so bad to be a part of the world, but also on the other hand we want to obey God and follow His Will for our lives. It's our decision what we choose, whether or not we are going to be of the world. We are called for a greater purpose. Don't let those around you try to drag you back in to the world. Let your passion for Christ and the desire to study His word flourish and never let flame burn out! Let that Holy Ghost fire burn in your bones!!
On A Day In The Knowledge from Above
Recently, I've been going through a rough time emotionally. Even though the Lord has contained me and held my hand through the whole thing, I've not always been so obedient and listened to him. I've been wanting to do my own thing. Well, this has had costly results. When I was growing up, my dad implemented God into my life. I think I always defined myself as a God and Jesus believer but didn't really ever felt it. It wasn't until the beginning of this year that my life and my Christian outlook changed and I've trusted God with all my heart, and so I have been healed from many ailments, regardless of which area of wellness.
All of us go through rough times at one point or another. One of mine has been now. However, now that I've let God take the wheel, this hardship has suddenly become much easier. I've been thinking about how when we go through troubling times, we complain; we say that there is no point of going through such thing and why it happened to us. However, when we let God take control of the situation, beautiful things come out of it. This has been the case for me. Even though at first, when this hardship started I was broken-hearted, and this had costly consequences, when I let God in, this broken-heartedness has become something beautiful and has taught me something I always had a question about. I'm still not 100% but letting God take the wheel has been the greatest recompense I could have ever received. What I'm trying to say is, when you're going through a rough time, don't try to lean on your own understanding or try to fix it or even protest (I know it's hard but it's so worth it at the end), let God take control. Say, "Lord, I place this in your hands". Or even say, "Jesus, I need you". He will hear & LISTEN. I promise.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight" -Proverbs 3:5-6
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." -Psalm 34:18