I had the privilege of being a speaker at Unleashed Youth Camp in Wellington this week. It was fun to hang out with some of the most passionate and on fire for Jesus young people in the country.
I spoke three times at the camp seeing over 40-50 young people give their lives to Jesus for the first time or as a re commitment. Even members of the worship team were coming off stage and standing at the Altar. Then I was invited to speak at Elim International Church for good friends Ps Ric and Marrisa Knott.
It was a great time and just what I needed in terms of inspiration for the next season. When you see young people make commitments for Jesus it truly does remind you of what it’s all about.
This week, stop and notice the small things that are happening around you. It’s in those things that we can see the big picture of God. Pressure and stress can cloud your perspective. Be encouraged this week, God is on your side. He is strengthening you with his love and Grace. Remember that you are so significant in the eyes of God that he has sent His one and only Son to find you.
You are blessed to be a blessing. So go ahead and bless someone this week.
I can’t wait to be a church this Sunday. We start a whole new series called “Stewardship 101”. Ps Phil will be kicking off this series so make sure you don’t miss it.
See you on Sunday and if you come early you can join us for a Hot Chocolate in the foyer.
Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
… blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
I just loved Pastor Nu’s encouraging word on Sunday from Jeremiah ch. 17. How awesome to be reminded that God is able to bring us through any and every trial!
As Christians we are not exempt from having to face challenges and trials in our lives.
We still have to endure years of drought.
We all have different things that we’re facing that are our own equivalent of the heat being turned up. A very natural fear to have at such times is that the heat will be too much for us – that we will wilt and be burnt up.
It is such a wonderful description given in Jeremiah ch. 17 – instead of being consumed by the heat of the flames, the tree planted by the water (that’s us as we trust in God!) retains its greenery and continues to produce fruit! Be encouraged today – no matter how tough things get, as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and trust in Him to carry you through, He will again prove Himself faithful. You will not be burnt. You will not be consumed. Why not take two minutes today to put aside everything and lift your hands to heaven; receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit – allow the life of heaven to once again top up your tank!
Lay hold of those words from Jeremiah 17 as your promise for what you’re going through – “Thank you Lord that you promise to carry me through every challenge. I will not fear even though heat comes. I will not be overcome by worry or anxiety even in times of drought. As I trust in You, make me like that tree – always green and fruitful no matter what’s happening.”
Have a fantastic week! See you Sunday!