Describe your youth group? What is it like? What is a typical Wednesday? What type of biblical study guide do you use? Curriculum? Hmmm.. How do you describe that which cannot be captivated by words, but needs to be felt, held and seen? I struggle always coming up with an approach to describe what I feel, or experience. I seem to never do justice to that which is in my soul, trapped in this cage of flesh and marrow, wanting to escape and run wild. To be set free, not to know the restrictions of time, grammar, and vocabulary, to which I am gravely deficit in.
I imagine the Disciple John, toward the end of his life having the same problem.. In 1 John he writes,
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.” (1 John 1:1-4)
These words echo in me, they reverberate off the hardened cliffs in the canyon of my soul. I too write this, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, and touched with our hands concerning the Word of Life. This Life, The Light of the World, has appeared to our youth..
AW Tozer has wrote, “Revivals don’t happen in churches, they happen to individuals, and individuals make up the church.” Revival is knocking on the door, “behold I stand at the door and knock,” and those individuals that open up will experience “the fullness of God.” But don’t think this is based on age. “For the promise is for you and your children and all those far off.” (Acts 2:39) God is not a respecter of person. It’s not about who you are, where you are, or what you can or can’t do. This is about God! This is about Christ. This is about Who Jesus is, and what He can do.
Despite what some may say, our youth are not against Jesus. They are against religion. They are all about the Power of the Cross, and “the Surpassing Greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Once you expose them to the supernatural, they hunger and thirst for more. They are hungry for the Real. They do not want the doctrine of men, they want the “Power from on High.” And so it was back in Paul’s days when he wrote, “The Kingdom of does not consist of words, but of Power.” “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
We have given them all kinds of words. Words of correction, condemnation, judgement, hatred, bitterness, religion, but have we given the “The Power from on High”? Have we given them a demonstration of the Most High God or have we relied on our intellect and wisdom? The kids will listen to your words when they see the power of the Cross in your life. Once you show them the Love of the Father, then you have their attention. Once they feel His presence and are touched by His Spirit, they will rush head long into the arms of the Almighty and will never be the same.
But, what about us as adults? What is it that’s keeping us from touching Christ? Why aren’t we seeing with our eyes, touching with our hands, this Word of Life in our services and lives? This is not a belief in the mind, but of the Spirit, being confirmed with the demonstration of Power.
We have said we believe the Bible, while we justify our unbelief in the Supernatural. We say the Bible is true, while we say the gifts of the spirit are not for today. We say we believe what Jesus says, but we do not practice what He says. “The works I do you shall do Also and Greater works than these shall you do.” People are watching, they are listening, and what are we giving them?? You want revival? You want to see the works of God? Then we must step out of the natural into the Supernatural. Leonard Ravenhill said, “I believe every church is either supernatural or superficial. I don’t believe there’s any middle ground.”
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
We are opening the door of our hearts to the God of the supernatural. We are sitting and eating the Bread of Life, and drinking from the well that never runs dry. So we invite you all, come to the well, come touch with your hands and see with your eyes all that God is doing.