We are very thankful that you came to the Conference this year. Many of you made wonderful decisions for Christ and God changed your life. Many of you settled some things with God, with parents, with friends, with pastors. Praise God for the decisions that you made for God! But if you have truly settled these things, then you have made up your mind; you know what you want.
After every mountaintop experience comes a valley. The mountains are wonderful and even the Scriptures tell us, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" Ps 121:1. But the truth is this: We don't live there. And in all reality, the mountaintop experience isn't what really helps us. That same Psalm goes on to say in the next verse, "My help cometh from the Lord." You can't take the mountain (the Conference, the friends, the speakers, etc.) home with you. But the Lord's presence will go with you as long as you don't quench God's Holy Spirit in you. As you put your trust in Him, as you lean on Him, as you shun earthly idols and human wisdom and look to Christ, you will sense His presence and power and know a peace that cannot come from anything else. At the Conference, we tried our best to point you to Christ. He is your power for living in any environment…good home, bad home…good school, bad school. If you think that you are now strong enough to stand on your own, you will fall. If you think that you have finally found a counselor who understands you, someone you can tell all to, someone who has answers, someone besides Christ, you are deceived and you will fall. If you think that you will be strong in the Lord without reading and studying the Bible, without prayer, without staying in church, we have not helped you at all. But I have good news for all of us!
1 Peter 5:10 says, "But the God of all grace
In 1 Peter, the Apostle is writing to believing Jews who had been scattered and persecuted as a result of accepting the truth of the Gospel of Christ. They were suffering for their faith and Peter tells them that, while they were having trouble with human beings, their real problems were personal attacks from Satan
Whereas you may be back in the valley and away from the friends that you made at the Conference, we are all under attack if we are living for Christ. You are part of a family, a mighty army, a kingdom that suffers together but is strong in the power of our King. But like a house that is built on a rock, if you have settled the issues where Satan attacks you most, you'll live on the mountain everyday.
We'll see you all at Snow Camp but until then…
- READ & STUDY YOUR BIBLE
- PRAY UNCEASINGLY
- BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR HOME CHURCH
- CONCENTRATE ON OTHERS - NOT YOURSELF!
The Lord will bless you and keep you. I promise!
Rev. Bob DeWitt, President/Founder - Solid Rock Youth Ministries, Inc.
(because none of us deserves His favor)