"By the blood of the Lamb and the WORD of our testimony"
We all know the late-great films capturing the epochs of history that stir up the cry of mankind for justice, for might, for power, for UNITY....Braveheart, The Patriot, Finding Dory...The past couple of weeks we had 117 young people and over 45 staff at the University of Nations, Kona - an epoch to accompany the greatest of all genres.
GOD IS MOVING. HE IS ACTIVE. HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN THE YOUTH.
The Spirit of Revelation is faithful to reveal Jesus to us (John 16:13); God gives wisdom to ANYONE who asks (James 1:5); The lovingkindness of God is never ending, and His Faithfulness continues throughout the generations (Psalm 100:5). After 10 days, we sent the 117 young people back to their homes with fires in their hearts and bolstered faith in Jesus. Wholeheartedly engaging in worship, teaching, outreach, discussion, vulnerability, and in fun, they are ready to wholeheartedly engage as Jesus lovers in their schools, their families, their churches, and with their friends.
These are real-life, real-time testimonies of the Audacious Gospel. This moment for you reminds me of another epoch from 2 Chronicles 20, where God said "Stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf," right before rescuing an entire nation. And uncannily so. Now, stand and see!
Do you bear witness to this Audacious Gospel? Stop, and think about it for a moment - you can intentionally agree that the Gospel is true and let it shape your heart, your response to the world, and your perspective. The enemy is conquered by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and that of these young ones (Rev 12:11). People know we are Christ-followers by our love and how we show them Jesus (John 13:35). This means that how you view the world and God's involvement in your own life really matters and greatly impacts the people around you. So, do you bear witness to this Audacious Gospel?
Jesus had the audacity to say He was Savior. He had the audacity to claim Himself as Solution. He had the audacity to say He's the way for a full life. And he had the ability to prove Himself right (see this article).
These youth made themselves available, and God met them. And they are audacious. Sold in love, sold in joy, sold into a secure, transformative life.
To the King on the throne - His Kingdom has come and will come again.