Friday, April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012

As I watched a young man drop to his knees yesterday, I realized that God is moving in our youth harder and faster than we believe.  Colton was knocked off American Idol and the words he sang to millions of viewers was "God you're all I need, He's all I need."  If you didn't watch it, it was a profound moment for those that believe and more than likely for those that are lost.  He was number seven, coincidence, I think not.

His interview after the show was even further confirmation that this young man has conviction that few of us carry.  He said that he wanted to write music and sing to God.  He admitted that the need to get the judges approval outweighed what he knew he should have done and that in the end, it was just his need for Lord Jesus that put him on his knees.

I am awed and humbled by that kind of conviction.  It took me years to have the courage to write this blog.  And as I contemplate writing a book, I still feel a little afraid.  But a young man, full of courage, said to millions of people, I only need Jesus.  I don't know how you're feeling today but I am really thanking God for moving in our youth.  They don't have to be lost, confused and a mess.  Jesus is there for them and all they have to know is that He's bigger than any problem they might have today.  I pray that Colton goes on to be a great man of God.  I'm sure he will be famous but I want Him to be used by the Lord, like he was last night.

If God is calling you, I would ask that you would step out on faith and know that He has a greater purpose for your life.  I am not a prophet, so there is no way for me to know what He's doing in the lives of others.  However, I know that His children are being called and it's time we answer.  The disciples were asked to leave everything to follow Jesus.  The least we can do is to follow with the talents He gave us.  It's no coincidence that Colton was on American Idol this year.  God is calling His youth to be bold and bright.  They will and are lights unto the world.  He's using them and their faith to change lives.  I hope you will join me in praying that many saw the hand of God last night and that in the dark, they said yes to Jesus Christ.

I believe in the power of the cross.  I believe that God made music to calm our spirits and to praise His name.  I believe that all that call out to Jesus are saved.  But mostly, I believe that faith can move mountains and that God is in control.  Worship the Lord today and praise Him for the mighty God He is.  We need to bow down to our maker and be courageous.  He was for us!

Thank you Colton for reminding all of us that God is more important than fame and that His hand is sufficient today.  But most of all, thank you God for using a young person to show the world that You are here!  We need to know it and You revealed it last night.

Matthew 5:18-20 NKJV:

    And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."  They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

I find courage in these words.  As the brothers followed, they saw miracles beyond our imagination.  They walked and talked with God's Son, they ministered, and they suffered all for the sake of our Savior.  Many may say that God does not exist, then why did men leave their livelihoods to follow a worthless man.  The men that were called ended up dying for what they believed.  I would say that in their journey they saw a man that was truly the Son of God!  If you don't know Him, please ask Him into your heart today.  It's totally worth it.  You will never regret knowing Him or loving Him.  He is the answer, don't let anyone tell you differently.

My prayer today:

    We come before you women that are in need of a Savior.  We are raising and mentoring your next generations and we want to be women of You.  Help us guide your children to the cross.  We want them to know the light that has filled our hearts and that makes us strong.  Please forgive us of our sins and provide for us daily as we walk this journey with You.  As the Bible states, no man will no the time or hour of Your coming, but we want to prepare ourselves and the future generations for Your coming. We thank You for giving us courage when we have none and for reminding us, through Colton last night, that You are ever present.  Fame, nor money, nor recognition is sufficient for any of us.  It's only You, lighting the way for us in a darkened world.  We need You Lord every day but especially today.  We ask this in Jesus name.  AMEN

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