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Lots of people ask me how I became a YP – and its an interesting story of how we can trust God with our destiny and that as we follow Him day by day He leads us into His purposes.  My husband and I have always volunteered.  It was one of the things that attracted me to him even on the first day that I saw him – legit!  Anyway we had been running a young adults connect group in our home and our youth pastor resigned to take up an opportunity to play professional rugby in another city..  And it got near the end of the year and they still hadn’t found anyone – which I thought was crazy because didn’t everyone want to be in ministry??? My pastor asked me if I would step in and fill the gap, just for a few months until they find someone and to be honest even though I said yes I didn’t think that they would need me, because of course they would find someone.  But no, the day approached and I stepped in expecting it to be just a couple of months, a fill the gap and keep things going for the real youth pastor.   However, who knows that God can get you to where He wants you.  After about 2 weeks I realized that I loved this.  I loved the youthies.  I loved the leaders.  I loved what God was doing.  At the end of the 2 months my contract was up but there was still no “real youth pastor”.  At that point I had a meeting with Pastor Peter in which I cried and said I love this so much and don’t want you to find anyone…  So here I am in my 5th year as youth pastor at my awesome church.

Some of you here might be on the journey of finding out who you are and who God has made you to be and what He is calling you to do.   You are created on purpose, with purpose.

Ephesians 1:11 says “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who fworks out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”

God has chosen us in advance and makes everything work out according to his plan.  God has a plan and He sees the bigger picture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyday we are bombarded by voices.  Kids in our class.  Teachers.   Family.  Friends.  Social Media.

Those voices try, and succeed to shape our identity.   They try to pull us down, make us weak, discourage us, and make us fit in with what everyone else is doing and becoming.  And what is worse is that we actually often add to those voices with our own.  We look in the mirror and go meh.  We agree with all the negativity and then cant see the positive stuff.  We compare and compete.  The worst voice against us is often the one in our own head.

Do you know who should define our identity?  our identity is purely what God says about us.  Who he says we are is who we are.

You are loved by God.

You are called by God.

God sees the good the bad and the ugly and he says I choose you.  I choose you to be in my family.  I choose  you to be my friend.  I choose you to be my representative.  I choose you to be my servant.  I choose you.  I choose you to go out into all the world to preach the gospel and tell people how real I am.  I choose you to lay hands on the sick and they will be healed.  I choose you to do amazing things.

You are called to make a difference in your generation and the devil wants to shut you down and shut you up but God sees what HE has begun in your life.  Its not by our greatness, or our good works, or our talents and abilities but it is by what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives.  Our only part is to say yes.  Our only part is to agree with what God is doing.

This is why prophecy is so powerful.  Because it counters the lies we hear from the outside, and the lies we tell ourselves, and is God saying this is who you are.  You are my child.  I love you.  I have a great plan and purpose.  It is God speaking His hope and His dreams for us.  It is God encouraging us.

God doesn’t major on the mistakes we make.  He looks at the potential He has planted in our lives.  This is who we are.  This is who you are.

God sees you as a son and daughter of God.

He sees you as a leader.  He sees you as a world changer.  He sees you as a influencer.

In the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2

The promise is that the Holy Spirit will come and that those who know God, who are Christians, who are filled with the Holy Spirit will be able to prophesy.   You see God doesn’t choose special super spiritual people to give prophetic words, He can and does use anyone.

1 Cor 14:1-3 says Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

Propehcy strengthens, encourages and comforts.

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Giden he prophesied Gideon you mighty man of valour and Gideon was like who me?  No way.  God had planted the seeds of greatness and might in Gideons life and Gideon then had to choose to have faith in God and in His words.   He had to have a change in identity.

Daniel when he was taken to Bablyon, a captive, a prisoner agreed with the identity that God had spoken into his life.  He refused to be assimilated but instead stood up and make a stand for what God had called him to do.  He refused to have his identity compromised by the worlds culture and systems, even at the threat of his very life.   He knew what God had said and how God had said for him to live and lived by things.   He allowed his heavenly identity to shape how he lived.

Joseph dreamed of being a great leader and held onto that sense of calling and identity even when his brothers beat him in a jealous rage, and sold him into slavery.  Even when he was falsely accused of having sexual relations with that woman and thrown into jail he kept his sense of identity secure and lived as a leader, regardless of the location and situation.   He lived by the promises of God and then was ready for that day when God turned the tables and he became prime minister of Egypt.

What does God say about who you are?  What is God saying about who you are to become?  You might be like Gideon and look at yourself and say who me?  You might be like Joseph and wonder how on earth you’re going to get there.  But God has a plan and a purpose and it is Him who shapes your life and knows the days and seasons.   When we build our life by the Word of God we have real life.

 

 

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