Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Testimony from LHSM Camp - Paige Elliott

A huge part of what God taught me at camp can be summed up from a couple verses in Acts 1. Right before Jesus went back to heaven, his disciples were gathered and they asked Him when He was going to come back again and fix everything like they expected. He replied:
"It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:7-8)

We may not know how or when the Lord will provide for us and give us the power when He calls us to minister in different situations. But we can be certain that God is in authority. David Platt says it this way in his book Radical: “God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in His extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate His power to all who are radically dependent on Him and radically devoted to making much of Him.” Because of the cross, we receive the Holy Spirit so God can give us His power. By relying on Him, we can be witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Also, verse 14 of Acts 1 tells us how we tap into that power that God is so ready to provide:
“They all joined together constantly in prayer.” (Acts 1:14)

History tells us that those twelve guys gained 3,000 followers by Acts chapter 2. David Platt says, “Our great need is to fall before an almighty Father day and night and to plead for Him to show His radical power in and through us, enabling us to accomplish for His glory what we could never imagine in our own strength.”

The disciples continued to be unified and defined by prayer. We must do the same if we ever hope to change our campuses and communities for God.

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