We Know Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is…

15 Apr

Last night we had an awesome experience at youth group here at Westside.  We are still working our way through Francis Chan’s The Forgotten God.  Last night was week four of the study and we asked the question, “Why do you want the Holy Spirit in your life?”  It was a great time of discussion about what the right and wrong motives are for wanting the Holy Spirit in your life.  These kids seem to have a good understanding of what the correct motives are.  It really is important that we question our motives in wanting the Holy Spirit.  There is one very right reason for wanting the Holy Spirit, and it is out of loving God and wanting to show the people around you that you love them.  However, there are several very wrong reasons to to want the Holy Spirit.  We can think that we are able to lead the Spirit into doing things that we want to do, but those things do nothing but serve our own interests.  I say this to get to the awesome portion of the evening.  In the book Francis explains that in order for us to truly experience the Holy Spirit in our lives we have to remove everything that keeps us from having an intimate relationship with God and with others.  We had a time of prayer and I opened the floor for people to confess or pray for each other.  God showed up in an amazing way!  It was slow to start, but once a couple kids shared some real struggles in their lives the floodgates were opened.  People were confessing things that they were struggling with, others were praying for those who were confessing, and others were comforting those who had confessed.  It was such a great time together.  God moved, and walls were broken down.  It has been my desire for so long for the kids to understand that we, as a youth group, are a community of believers, and it is our responsibility to lift each other up in prayer and encourage each other.  I think that it really was a breakthrough for the kids in the group.  The great thing is that if that wasn’t enough one of the guys came to talk to me after the service, and I was able to lead him to Christ!  God shows up in amazing ways when we least expect it.  It was such a great night!  I say all of this to encourage those who are struggling in ministry.  We have been struggling for a long time, and it was awesome that God is making Himself known!

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