Day two at Passion 2k17 was just as fabulous as day one. Day two consisted of 4 sessions. So to make this short and sweet I am going to give a few take aways from the day as a whole.
John Piper discussed the ultimate essence of evil and how putting anything above God is sin. He also pointed out Romans 14:23 which basically states that any action that doesn’t come from faith is sin. This verse really stood out to me. It’s something so so simple yet something we do while we don’t even realize that we do it.
Francis Chan preached from Isaiah 55 which talks about God’s ways being higher than ours, and his thoughts being higher than our thoughts. He pointed out that we tend to listen to OUR thoughts way too much. This sermon really spoke to me because I am totally guilty of justifying my actions by what I think. I’m so quick to tell myself my opinion, when I should be taking it to God, reading His word to see what he reveals to me. WHO CARES about what little me thinks. What HE thinks is the ONLY thing that matters. He is the ONLY authority. My favorite quote of the week was, “God doesn’t think of us the way we think of us, or even how we think he thinks of us.” His thoughts are so much higher than ours we can’t even try to reach his level. This sermon really just made me humble myself before Him.
Throughout day two, I was convicted left and right about things in my life that were not exactly reflecting Christ. As I am now home and have entered back into reality I am working on multiple things in my life that need some tweaking. I encourage you all to find something you are struggling with, give it to God and let him change you in this new year. Good Luck and God Bless!
Snow is good and snow is great. In fact some of my most fun and memorable days have been snow days. I tend to sleep in and enjoy a peaceful morning with coffee and usually something sweet for breakfast. Ya know, you gotta splurge a little because it’s a special occasion. This morning consisted of 2 very yummy cinnamon rolls made by my sweet momma! Nothing quite beats going to bed with the anticipation of a winter wonderland and waking up to the actual thing the next morning. The perfect sheet of snow that lays across the front lawn and the picture perfect rooftops just makes me happy happy. I love looking at the leaves on the bushes that have what seems to look like cotton balls resting on top. The scenery just brings peace to my soul. My friends and I went out to the woods behind my house and we were in awe of the beauty around us. We had a blast throwing and blowing snow around. We took some fun pictures to capture such sweet moments.
However throughout all the fun, I’m humbled by the fact that Jesus makes us white as snow. When The Lord looks at us, he sees his son, Christ. When I woke up this morning and gazed out my window, I was reminded of Natalie Grants song “Clean,” that says, “there’s nothing too dirty that you can’t make worthy, you wash me in mercy, I am clean.” What a beautiful picture. What a savior we have to see us not as broken, but beautiful, not shattered, but whole. People… we are cleaned by the mercy and grace of Christ Jesus. I can’t think of a more incredible thing.
So I’m not really sure how to even begin to wrap up this three day experience into one post. So I’ve decided I’m going to post one blog for each of the three days. Each of the posts will consist of some of my main take aways from each session that day. The Lord worked in mighty ways over three days, and I can’t help but share with you all what God did within my life and those around me.
The atmosphere alone is incredible. It’s breathtaking and simply indescribable. It’s so indescribable because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in a place where 55,000 people are gathered in His name.
Speaker: Christine Cain (phenominal by the way)
Christine preached from Hebrews chapter 12 and had a main topic of “Endurance.” She stated, “You don’t build endurance in the path of least resistance.” In other words you build your strength when you are put in situations that test you and cause you to rely on God. We need to start dropping the weights that are holding us back and slowing us down so we can accomplish what God has in store for us.
She also hit on that fact that we tend to live for the future. We say, “I can’t wait for that, I can’t wait to be there so I can do that.” We need to start living for the HERE and NOW! I know for me I really need to focus on being faithful where God has placed me. If I’m not faithful here, I can’t be fruitful there.
My big take away is to trust that I am where I am because God has a task for me. God has placed me on MY campus, in MY classes, in MY town for a reason, and instead of wishing my “now” away, I can live fully in my present knowing I have things to accomplish for the kingdom of God.
So let’s go and be the hands and feet of Jesus each and everyday where God has placed us, because we are HERE for a reason.