Hey friends. For some time now I have felt in a blog writing dead zone. I was unsure of what to write based upon a few wicked thoughts racing in my mind. The first was I was unsure if the things I had to say were even worthy enough to write down and reveal to y’all, and the second was a disgusting desire to say something equivalent to that of a powerful quote from someone like Beth Moore, so that I may receive the glory rather than God. But directly after my pastor spit some absolutely true fire, I went to high school service to hear students give some of their testimonies from camp this past week. I had been blown away by the faithfulness of these students, but knew, from past experiences with camp, that the spiritual high we find ourselves on at camp can easily diminish once we step back into our day to day lives at home and at school. I felt God tugging on my heart to share with these eager high schoolers a passage of scripture, so I began to write down what I felt like God wanted me to say. In the back of the room I had a short page written in my notebook and I could hear God say, “Share.” But you know what…I didn’t share.
After the high school service ended, I knew I had done exactly what the preacher told me not to do. I had quenched the Spirit. God laid it on my heart to share this passage and I didn’t do it.
I say all of this to say, that because of that, I will not let the enemy win. Here and now, I want to share with y’all the passage and the page I wrote down in the back of the room that God laid on my heart.
“And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and affliction await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to tesitfy to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”
(What God laid on my heart/I wrote in the back to share):
I made my high school experience difficult. Not God, not anyone else, ME. I made my high school experience difficult because I did not fully commit my life to Christ. I cared way too much about what my friends, my teachers, and a dad (who didn’t show very much interest in my life), and complete strangers thought about me that I compromised everything I said I believed in. But I want to challenge y’all to listen and do as the passage says. Don’t count your life as any more valuable as someone else’s and begin to SHARE the GREATEST NEWS EVER, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to anyone and everyone. And SHARE urgently. Shout it from the rooftops so that all those who encounter you, all those who God has entrusted into your flock, your sphere of influence, may know and understand that God is much bigger than the minuscule, irrelevant opinions of your peers. God’s love covers everything about you and because of that, you and your friends can know and believe that you don’t need the love, acceptance, and approval of others. All you need for everlasting joy is the love, acceptance, and approval of God.
One thing I want to challenge y’all with is to write down your testimony. Revelation 12:11 says “And they have conquered him [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Every story matters, and alongside the saving grace and power of God, every story conquers the enemy. Write yours down and begin to share it.
If you, while reading this, realize that you do not have a story where you have had a memorable moment of where you came to know the Lord as your personal Savior, I plead you to PLEASE let me know. I would love to talk with you!
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”