Abide

This past weekend we had a young adult rally and invited local churches and also everyone who wanted to come. We ended up having 104 in attendance, but if we only had 10 or less it would have been worth it! I had my good friend Pastor Danny Gonzalez come and teach us from the Word and also another good friend Kyle Slussar and his band Resolute come and play for worship. The presence of the Lord was thick in the house and I believe many souls were touched and transformed by the work that was done this past weekend. I share this with you because I think it’s important that we share experiences that we have and also words of revival that happen. We in the modern church need the Holy Spirit more now than ever before.

Allow me to explain this a little further. We have a generation that would rather get drunk and find some new partner for the night then have anything to do with the church. Why? That why is an important why. I also have many friends that I remember going to youth group with that now don’t take their faith seriously and would rather fill their needs from virtual worlds. Why is it more acceptable for Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists to talk and spread their religion but Christians must remain silent? I think it’s because we lost two things in the church today.

The first thing was something that we talked about this past Sunday morning (thanks to Pastor Danny) and that is our faith without details. We have lost the ability to not know but yet still trust and lean on the promises of God. When did we think God wouldn’t come through? Yet we still want to tell our younger generations that God is still good but they don’t see it in our lives. We need to come back to the heart of faith. We need to lead by example and stop telling and start doing. “Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you my faith by my works,” James says in Chapter 2:18 and rightly so.

The second thing is our boldness to love and to speak lovingly. We are so afraid of offending someone that we then allow them to offend us that we silently accept it. We need to have the boldness to talk about the love of Christ in our lives and how through the love of Jesus Christ we have overcome all things. We need to be bold enough to listen to the Holy Spirit when he tells us to pray for someone we don’t know and then faithfully do it. We have something that no one else has. The victory over sin, death, and the devil.

So, friends and readers, I encourage you to remember our battle cry and victory cry. “IT IS FINISHED”

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