Awakening Youth Conference

Rubric: News, Preaching

blogWe had the privilege of having Luke Page visit us December 5th-7th. It was a great three days for many of us as his teachings were very down to earth and easily relatable. The conference was called AWAKENING—so most of his topics were related to the people of God being awakened in their spiritual lives.
In Hebrews 12:1-2 we read: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Sometimes, life can be very hard on us, but we need to remember to fix our eyes on God, not on our circumstances.
We also discussed the fact that God is LOVE. In 1 John 4:16 we read: “And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.” We need to remember to love those around us, even if sometimes we think they do not deserve it.
Luke shared a TED Talks video with us entitled, “How to Create a Movement in 3 Minutes”. It is a video of one young man who went in front of a crowd of possibly hundreds of people and he simply began dancing around, all by himself. Then, after a time, another young man joined him. They then danced together and made it look like a fun time. That in turn created a domino effect of many others running up to them and dancing as well. We learned that to be a leader, you must have followers. And what does a leader do? A leader LEADS! A leader nourishes and embraces his first few followers and does not treat them like they are slaves under him, but instead befriends them and helps them to grow because then they can attract others to follow them, causing them all to essentially follow you. We were also reminded that leadership can be over-glorified. A leader cannot lead without a following. You must be reliable and be able to find other reliable people. Can God rely on YOU?
A leader must have followers. We learned these steps to being a good follower:
Help your leader to become a better leader
Ask yourself, “How can I help my leader?”
Do what you have committed to do
You must submit AND commit your heart
Love the vision and strategy of your pastors
Keep setting goals and work towards them

Next, we studied about Elijah and the drought in the land. The drought brought about a famine as well. It was dry. There were no crops, there was no water. The people were dying out. But in 1 Kings 18 we read of how Elijah proclaimed that there will be rain upon the land. The dry and dusty land is like the example of the dead dry bones we also read about in the Bible. This is like Christians today who walk around, work, eat, and go to church…but are dead spiritually. We need to awaken these dry bones! We need the rain of God to water our lives. Elijah was praying incessantly for rain. He would send his servant to go check for rain over and over again. 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 times, 5 times, 6 times, and then finally on the 7th time the servant ran back to him all excited because he finally saw a cloud coming in the distance. Elijah would not give up. He kept praying—and he ignored the fact that no one else believed him—he only focused his mind, heart, and eyes on what God told him. We need to apply this to our lives. If God makes a promise, He keeps it!

The next topic covered was entitled: The Due Date. Just as when a woman gets pregnant, she starts to prepare everything in her life for the baby. So our church, WHC must prepare for our due date in the year 2015!
Sometimes in life what we expect is not what we experience. And sometimes, this happens so much that we get used to lowering our expectations and to not expect great things to happen in our lives. Instead of listening to God and His promise, we start to get discouraged by what the world says around us. In Luke1:13 an angel appeared unto Zacharias and told him that he and his wife Elizabeth would be having a son. But this news seemed impossible to him, for how could they conceive a child when they were both so old in years? Because of this unbelief the angel caused Zacharias to be mute (unable to speak) until the child was born and named John. We need to remember that God is working in our lives. Sometimes He is doing things that we cannot see, and therefore we start to doubt Him. This doubt then tries to choke what miracles may come to our lives.
In Luke 1:28 the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her that she will conceive a son and that she will name him Jesus. Mary was amazed that this could happen, as she had never been with a man. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and that the power of the most high will overshadow her. Mary was chosen by God to carry His Son…she found favor in His eyes. After the angel gave her the news—although she was surprised, she still remained faithful to God.

Nothing is impossible with God! Expect great things. Conceive in intimate prayer, and confess your faith according to His Word!

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