Friday, March 13, 2009

Fight the good fight!


1 Timothy 1:18-19 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.


1 Timothy 6: 11-12 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses

Paul is trying to get something across to us in these two verses.....


FIGHT

Life is a fight. Fight for what God wants for you in your life and against what the enemy wants to do to keep you from God's plan.



This week has been a huge fight for me. I guess I have been fighting discouragement a lot this week. Sometimes it is really easy to look at what is going wrong and not what is going right.




Bryan (my hubby) has been youth pastoring for 9 years now. There has been a lot of kids come through our youth group in those 9 years. Each kid that we have had we have loved them like they were one of our own children. We pour into them the whole time they are in youth...then there comes a time where they have to choose what kind of life they are going to live.


For the first time ever we had youth tell us that they didn't want to go to camp this year. That really broke my heart. You see last year we had it prophesied that we would have a youth group of 1,200 youth. Since then our youth have over doubled in size. So when this happened it really broke my heart. On top of all that we have several youth that have just totally walked away from the Lord this year......This breaks both of our hearts.


So long story short we reached out to several youth that said they didn't want to go to camp 4 of them changed their mind and are now going to come. This made me so happy.




I then thought about this verse. You see we are supposed to fight. Paul tells us to never give up. Lay hold of the words that have been spoken. It is all about our faith at these points. We can't give up. The worst thing we can do is lay down and stop. Paul also says the there are ones that have given up and shipwrecked their faith. How true that is those people are all around us all of the time.



About two years ago the Lord had shown me that I had focused too much on the youth and people that walked away from God, and not focusing on the ones that have been changed.


You see I know that all of you are not youth pastor's. You have different problems. Maybe marriage, children, finances, depression, health or whatever it is that you are batteling. I just want to encourage you to FIGHT. Don't ever give up. Don't ever let the enemy make you think that you are not gaining ground. I love what it says in Ephesians "having done all else stand and stand therefore"



Girls you stand in the face of your problems and know that God is on your side you stand and stand tall and watch God do BIG things on your behalf. Don't ever let the enemy make you think what you are doing is for nothing.



You see I know the visions in my heart. I see my husband preaching to hundreds of youth although we only have around 25 right now. I see kids coming up and getting delivered from drugs when my husband prays for them. Even though right now some of our youth are addicted to drugs. I see myself preaching to hundreds of women...even though the biggest I have preached at is around 80 ladies thus far. You see you have to go with the what you see in your heart.

Because on the great side since I have been in ministry I have seen so many youth saved, radically delivered, lives healed, marriages totally restored. So the enemy still has a few. I am just believing God that those kids (who most aren't kids anymore) are going to come back as the protical son did.

Fight girls fight, with everything you have. Your miracle may be closer than you thought. Never give up!! When I look at these pictures I don't just see people I see people that God has changed their lives forever! I know that some of them I am still believing God that their lives will be changed. I just stand on the word & know that they too will be changed it is just a matter of time!

2 comments:

Counting Your Blessings said...

What a beautiful post. My husband and I have been teaching Jr. High at the church for a long time. When our first group moved up to the highschool level, my heart ached a little for losing them. But they needed to grow.

I'm learning lately about the ripple effect that youth leading has. Perhaps your personal youth group won't hit big numbers but as these kids reach others, God is growing His followers. "He must increase."

It's a hard job that requires a piece of your heart be given to each one of the kids. But God has given you everything you need to do His work. Praying with you...

Blessings... Polly

LillySue said...

Crystal-
Your blog has spoken to my heart as usual! I am in the middle of a "Fight" myself. It took me a L-O-N-G time before I learned God REALLY wants me to TRUST him. He knew I loved him, but did I trust him. Now I really feel a big trust in my heart. What makes it hard, is being around people who don't trust Him. Most Christians "Love" God, but not very many "Trust" him. I am in a marriage to a guy who professed to be a Christian and then turned and went totally the other way. I am choosing to make some big changes after hearing from God and really all I can do is TRUST him to lead and care for me. People close to me keep telling me what I need to or should be doing. I know I wouldn't be trusting God if I did some of those things....I choose to believe God is in control, I just need to "fight the good fight", I am his and choose to live accordingly each day. It is all I can do and He will take care of the rest. And He is!! I know he will do the same for you!
Blessings- LillySue