A couple Sundays back, my Auntie Kristy (youth pastor's wife) had us write down names of who we wanted to speak in our class...Special Speakers :) And today we got Sis. Letty, a very respected saint in our church, and boy oh boy! It was so good!
She talked about potential. At the end of the class, Steven Orell said, "We should have taped this!" I whole heartedly agree!!! It was THAT GOOD! I believe God used Sis. Letty this morning to touch my youth group (ME especially!) Of course, I can't write every word she said (way too hard to remember ;) lol) but I'll try to do a brief summary-ish post :) *including the 2 pictures she used!! The EXACT ones lol*
*by the way, this is very hard to put into a post...or transfer it from thought to "paper"*
The definition of potential: capable of being or becoming
We all have potential of becoming something GREAT for God! Sis. Letty had us close our eyes and visualize what it was or what we felt it was. She talked about Gideon and how God called him to be a mighty man of valor.
God, "Gideon, mighty man of valor."
*Ignores this voice, believing it was just the guys next door teasing him because he was out in the fields and not in the war.*
God says again, "Gideon, mighty man of valor."
Now, Gideon knows its the voice of the Lord and says, "You've got the wrong tent! The mighty men are next door."
God, "No, I want you!"
In the army, they won't give you a gun and throw you out in the trenches the first week. You need training and prove that you can be out there. That's how it is with God. He won't say, "Meagan, go do this and this," and me, standing there confused and telling God, "Uhh-I...I don't know how to do that..." He won't do that and you can't throw yourself out there either!
Like in Acts 19:15, "And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"
You can't go out there unprepared and expect to cast out spirits. You need training...
Young people, our training is outreach, going door to door.
You walk up to a door and you feel like God has a word for them and then you lose it and freak out! You end up just handing them a church card and invite them to church. You learn from that. The 2nd time, you do the same thing! Man! "I freaked out again!" But God says, "Its okay, You're learning. You'll get it next time." :) Next door, you aren't studdering. It seems like the conversation about God and church just flows right off of your lips! That's the annointing of God :) It's a learning process. Instead of "practice makes perfect," it's "practice makes progress."
Out in the trenches:
You've learned how to fight and now you're out in the battlefield.
Whoa! You got shot!
Don't stay fighting, you're killing yourself! You have to go back and get help!! Get medical attention! We can't stay out there and keep on shooting with a bullet in your arm, which is where other youth come in. Some men and women of God aren't meant to be sent out in the battle. They are meant to be there for the ones who need "medical attention." You question yourself, "Can I save his arm?... Yes, I can." The soldier isn't better than you because you have the power to save a part of him! The "doctors" and "nurses" are JUST as important as the "soldiers." We all need Doctors and Nurses in our lives. When we get hurt or wounded, we need someone to help heal us.
We also need to be the "truck drivers" bringing food and supplies to our soldiers. Without truck drivers, they couldn't eat and they can't go out into battle. Be a spiritual truck driver! It could mean being a prayer warrior!
Be prepared to go out into the field. Sometimes the medics have to go out there to save somebody because they are so wounded, they can't crawl back. I want someone to SAVE me. We don't believe in a "once saved, always saved" kind of thing. Right!? Right. :)