Why Do We Serve with the Young People? What’s Our Vision?

Why Do We Serve with the Young People? What's Our Vision?This past Lord’s Day it was my turn to serve with the young people, and the lesson we were getting into was inspired from 1 Samuel chapter 1, something related to God’s calling and preparation of Samuel to be an age-turning young man.

As I was preparing I was really praying to the Lord concerning my vision and my burden when serving the young people:

Why do we serve with the young ones? Why do we need to have some special lessons just for them, from time to time? Why do we need to take care of the next generation? Is it just to “baby-sit” or preserve them, keep them, and help them to stay away from evil influences? Is it just to help them “understand the Bible” and the things of God?

It’s good to pray to the Lord about this. He needs to impress us with the importance and preciousness of the young people, so that we may see them even as He sees them, and we may treasure them as He does.

Why Do We Serve with the Young People?

There are young people’s camps, young people’s conferences, retreats, weekends out activities, young people’s meetings, etc. Why? Why do we have all these? Why do we need to serve the younger generation? In 1 Samuel 1 Hannah was desperate before the Lord to have a child, and she even vowed before Him – Lord, if You give me a son, I will give Him to You for Your service in the temple!

She identified her need with God’s need: she needed a son, and God needs young ones to be absolute for Him. This is why we serve the young people – God needs some young ones who are absolute for Him, some who are open to Him, clear concerning His desires, and cooperating with Him to end the age!

Samuel was one after God’s heart: he did not sin against God by not praying for Saul (even though he failed God), but rather prayed for him even when he didn’t deserve to be prayed for. God needs young people who are one with Him, those who are absolute for Him so that He may end this age and bring in the age of the kingdom!

The Young People – A Dispensational Instrument

For God to turn the age, He needs some who are fully one with Him, some visionaries, those who don’t care for their needs or situation but care more for God’s need and His heart’s desire. Throughout the Bible we see how God changed the age, ending one age and turning it to a different age for Him to operate in a new way in humanity. The young people are those who can really give themselves to a good cause once they see it – and when God gains them, there’s nothing that God cannot do through them!

I was recently pondering of some examples of how the young people have cooperated with God throughout history to change the age and to be a dispensational instrument in His hand…

  • Moses – was called by God when he was young, but he had to go through a 40-year process of transformation so that he may be qualified to change the age from the age of the slavery to the age of entering into the good land.
  • Joshua – always called “the young man who attended Moses”, he accompanied Moses on the mount to receive the law, and he was chosen by God to lead the people of Israel into the good land. He was a young man, and he was in great need of encouragement – in Joshua 1 we see that 3 times he’s encouraged with, Be strong and take courage, don’t be dismayed! He changed the age to the age of the enjoyment of the good land!
  • Samuel – so one with God in all he was and did, he changed the age from the age of the judges to the age of the kings by anointing David, a man after God’s heart, to be king over Israel.
  • David – called by God, a lover of God, a man after God’s heart, he loved God’s word and His purpose since he was young. He cared more for God not to be insulted by Goliath than for losing his own life. God used him greatly to establish the kingship.
  • Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and the prophets – they were all young men, and they yearned for God’s will to be done on earth and for His people to return to Him. They all identified themselves with God in His desire to recover His people back to Himself, and they were absolute for the Lord!
  • Daniel – a young man from Israel who was taken captive in Babylon, one who prayed for God to remember His promise to return the people of Israel back to their homeland. He was a man of preciousness, one who fought in prayer, and one who saw visions of God concerning the whole history of mankind and God’s economy.
  • John the Baptist – he was a young man when he consecrated himself to the Lord, and God used him to change the age from the prophets to introducing the Lord Jesus, the Messiah! He was radical – he saw that God hates the deadness in the old Jewish religion and he separated himself unto God, and put to death anything natural!
  • The Lord’s disciples – they were a bunch of young men who traveled with the Lord, who were natural and selfish, but who were transformed by the Lord in His apostles, those who changed the age to the age of the church!
  • Paul and Timothy – when they both started, they were young and zealous for the Lord. The Lord really used Paul to bring the gospel all the way through Asia to Europe. He could speak freely through Paul!
  • Our forerunners like John Wycliff (A.D. 1324-1384), John Huss (A.D. 1370-1415), Peter Cheltschizki (A.D. 1390-1452), United Brethren in Bohemia (A.D. 1457-1621), Kasper von Schwenckfeld (A.D. 1489-1561), they all were young men who gave their life for recovering bits and pieces of the truth that they saw in the Bible.
  • Madame Guyon (A.D. 1648-1717) – a young sister, loving the Lord very much, suffered greatly for the Lord, and experienced a strong inner life which issued from her communion with the Lord.
  • John Wesley (A.D. 1703-1791) and Charles Wesley (A.D. 1707-1788) along with George Whitefield, young men burning for the Lord and for the preaching of the gospel to the whole inhabited earth!
  • John Nelson Darby (A.D. 1800-1882) and the British Brethren – started as young men, they were smart British men whom the Lord captured in His word and they dove into the riches of the Bible, expounding on what the Lord revealed to them from His word.
  • Watchman Nee (1903 – 1952) was gained by the Lord when he was really young, and he was used greatly by the Lord to open up the Bible in its deeper truths in a further way for our daily experience. He learned many lessons from the previous generations, and he stood on the shoulders of those who were serious with the Lord in the line of His recovery in the past. He was 23 when he wrote The Spiritual Man, and he served the Lord full time for most of his life. “The Lord’s raising up of Watchman Nee in China was a big blow to the pride of many missionaries there” (source).
  • Witness Lee (1905 – 1997) was also gained by the Lord in his youth, and he consecrated his life and his future to the Lord from a young age. He was greatly used by the Lord in His recovery to open up the Bible book by book through the life-studies (and then the crystallization-studies). He worked together with Watchman Nee in the same flow of the Lord in China, and then was sent to Taiwan in 1950, where the Lord brought in a great revival through him. In 1962 the Lord lead Witness Lee to the USA, where he visited many believers, held many conferences, and established Living Stream Ministry. He was faithful to continue the ministry of Watchman Nee as part of the continuation of the unique ministry in the Bible, the one divine stream.

What About our Young People Today?

The Lord needs to raise up another generation of young people, some who may not be as big, as influential, and as capable as the ones above, but some who are “small potatoes” who love the Lord with all their heart. The Lord wants to raise up an army of young people who are absolute for Him, those who say AMEN! to His will today.

These ones are predestined and called by God to have the highest life on earth and they live for the highest purpose today, to bring the Lord back! They can be the generation who will bring the Lord back!

We can be those who consecrate ourselves to the Lord to be one with Him and speak something to them to prepare them, inspire them, constitute them, and make them these ones who bring the Lord back! We may feel that we are not qualified, that we have failed too much… but for their sake we consecrate ourselves to the Lord that He may produce them as the dispensational instrument who “know their God and take action”!

Not Another Wasted Generation…

Young People in England - not another wasted generation!If Satan manages to distract and ruin the young people – as it seems he is prevailingly doing all around the world – he will cause this generation of young people to be wasted. Where are the young people today? In England they either study really really hard, or they are on their computers and gadgets, or they do all kinds of stupid things with an evil attitude… The ones in the country side want to move to the big cities, and the ones in the big cities are caught up in all kinds of vices, gangs, terrible things, or just cultural activities.

But who cares for what’s on God’s heart? Where are the young people who burn for the Lord and are absolute for Him? The young people today don’t care for anything except entertainment, lusts, and worldly things…. Lord Jesus, may this NOT be yet another wasted generation!

The Preciousness of the Second Generation

We need to see the preciousness of the second generation and their value in God’s hand. At the end of this age, God wants to make a dispensational move, an age-turning move. For Him to do this, He MUST obtain a dispensational instrument, a generation of young people who are His overcomers in this age!

What a privilege it is to give ourselves to the Lord to be a part of those who prepare an age-turning dispensational instrument! We don’t just want to “keep and preserve” the young people, but we want to cooperate with the Lord to produce a generation BETTER than us, those who are truly His overcomers, those who bring Him back!

We need to have our view uplifted and strengthened, so that we may see what’s really going on and be those who are one with the Lord in this! These ones are so precious and instrumental in His hands!

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Paying Attention to the News that are Really News

Paying Attention to the News that are Really NewsIt used to be that you need to wait until you get the newspaper to find out what’s going on in the world. It used to be that only at set times during the day there were news on radio or TV.

And people were absorbing what the news stations / agencies had to give them. Word by word, they were “the news” to them.

But now it’s all changed. “The news” are coming to you. They are everywhere, you just need to have one of those smartphones. Or be online. Or look around.

The News are Coming to You!

The news are now breaking on twitter and they are on Facebook. You just need to know who to follow on twitter and what Facebook pages you need to be a fan of. You can have alerts on the breaking news, and you can download apps for every news agency in the world.

You can view TV news on your smartphone, PC, laptop, tablet, wherever you are and at any time. They are recorded and put online. And there’s lots and lots of news.

So This is what You Call News?

What are we being fed? What is today considered as being news? Here are some of the kinds of things we find out through the “news websites”:

  • News about wars, revolutions, social unrest, shootings, killings, evil people doing evil things. Are these news? Same things happened since the world began, and every year they happen again and again, only their intensity and frequency differ. The actors, location, nation, and details are different, but it’s the same “news”: things are really bad, no matter where you are.
  • News about politics, parties, corruption, lies, shame, dishonesty, immorality, etc. These are NOT news; rather, they are just like the first category, the “more refined and cultured” expression of the sinful human nature. There is NO way for a politician to be true to his beliefs and ideology, which change as time goes by since he wants to please the masses. He is never moral, not a pattern, but a sinner like the rest of us. Why are you still surprised?
  • Gossip, celebrity news, relationships, and other stuff. Most teenagers and young people feed on this. This one got together with that one, and that one broke up with that one. This one became pregnant, the other one was caught with drugs, another one was shot, etc. There are websites dedicated to this, and it is pleasing to the flesh of some people to just browse them and subscribe. Again, this is NOT news: in 2 years from now they are old, not valuable, and forgotten.
  • Tech News: new gadgets coming out, thinner phones, higher technologies, better operating systems, more apps, more games, etc. There’s google with their search engine, but then there’s the social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which have no value except a lot of users, so google makes google+ to match them! There are websites dedicated to “reviewing the gadgets” and “talking about tech news”. Newer technologies and newer phones coming out, and the one you buy as NEW today is old in a month. This is NOT news: it’s just “hot air”, people speaking of things which have NO value. In 2 months what someone writes today has NO value, and even the principles of reviewing and writing change.
  • News about other topics: nature, climate change, cars, books, culture, cooking, people, health, wedding, marriage, shopping, children, young people, parents, gaming, photography, programming, spirituality, atheism, science, the universe, etc. They may present certain information which seem so real and true, and in a few years “science discovers a new thing” which annuls all the previous things. We’re being cheated. New things make the old obsolete. New photographers or coders make the previous ones look old and infantile. Something’s wrong!
  • News Analysis: there are some websites that do great reviews and analysis of the REAL news, having some deep insights of why wars and insurrections happen (see stratfor.com), etc. You read one article there and you think you know what’s happening, and why the terrorists do what they do, etc. But then another article comes out, with a longer review, and you realize: I’m wasting my time reading stuff that will change tomorrow anyways, and all they do is expose man’s evil nature in its intricacies…

These are not all the news out there – whatever your preference is, there’s “news” about that. The question still remains: are these really news? They are new for a moment, an instance, and then they are old news, something that occupies your memory (if you allow them to reside there). Then another piece of news come, and… so on.

All these so-called news are merely hot air. The more they bombard us and try to get us, the more we are filled with dung flies which make us itchy, nervous, and hungry for things which are not real.

What is Really News?

Video news. Text news. Picture news. Breaking news. World news. National news. Local news. Friends news feed. Family news. Animal news. Nature news. Climate news. Your personal news.Video news. Text news. Picture news. Breaking news. World news. National news. Local news. Friends news feed. Family news. Animal news. Nature news. Climate news. Your personal news.

What is news? What is really something that can feed you, constitute you, make you better, inform you, take you on, and make you a human being that is properly informed of what is really going on?

Believe me, I check the so-called news daily, and the above categories are just some of a “system of news” designed to get your attention, pester you, make you thirst for them, and never be satisfied but rather be drugged and be unreal, not genuine. What really is news? What is GOING ON today in this world?

God’s Move today is the Real News!

Behind the human history – which is outwardly, in your face, hitting you everywhere and trying to get into you without asking for your permission or warning you of its side-effects – there is another history. God is operating behind the scenes. The real news today is that God is moving. The real news is the Good News: God coming into man to be one with man and move in man to gain the whole earth for God!

I think I am seeing something about this. No matter the age, the country, the people, the culture, the gender, or the situation, there is one thing that is constant: God has an economy, and He is moving toward a goal, to CLOSE THIS AGE. He wants to end the age of grace, the age of mystery, and bring in the age of the kingdom.

Paul saw this; Peter saw this; thousands of seeking believers see this, and all genuine Christians have a yearning inside, Come, Lord Jesus! This is the news – God’s need for overcomers who become the dispensational instrument to terminate this age and bring in the kingdom age.

God is moving, steadily, in every country, among all kinds of people, and He is gaining something real and solid in the hearts of men. God’s move is not in “the news” today, but that’s what is really going on.

He is moving in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. He is moving especially in Europe; He is doing something secret yet solid in the Arab countries, and He will regain a shining lampstand in Jerusalem. And the Lord Jesus will return. Do you SEE this?

Pay Attention to the News that are Really News!

What shall we say when we have so many thousands of witnesses testifying to us: go on, gain Christ, grow in life, and become an overcomer, to end this age!?! When we see God’s move, His desire, His working in and through human history…. and we see the locusts eating people up, devouring man’s flesh, crawling everywhere, at any time, and in any space – we just need to give ourselves to the Lord to be one spirit with Him in His move today!

Don’t miss God’s move! In Abraham’s age there was only he that God moved through. In every age God has only one move, and today we are in His ultimate move, to bring in the age of the kingdom. Don’t miss it. Be connected to the news that are really news, and make sure you know what’s really going on.

Don’t be drugged, preoccupied, drunken with what the world has to offer, or stupefied with the “news” today. Exercise your spirit, be one spirit with the Lord, stay in the coordination with the other saints in the church life, and move one with God’s move!

Don’t just “watch the news” or “read the news”, but “make the news” by praying at the incense altar one with Christ for the great wheel of God’s economy to move on earth! Grow in life by daily enjoying Christ, ask the Lord to produce you as an overcomer, and firmly believe that He will do it!

It is through a small group of people that God will change this age. Oh, may we be among those who know their God and rise up to take action! May we be those who are consecrated to Him for His move today! May we be those continually de-toxified from what the ruler of this world infuses in the system of the world today, and be fully one with God to Make the News that are Really News: God’s Move on Earth today!

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