WOW! That was the word for the day for me in church yesterday. I probably said it at LEAST 100 times! The message was just amazing to our church on how repentance is a solid foundation of building maturity with Christ. And then we head over after service for our Jr. High Youth time. Ryan led the message for the day & we thought things were going to be off a little because technically - we're busted! We run very much a technical program for the kids with videos, worship music with words on the screens, just lots of use for our computer, TV & speakers - well, our computer has been wack-o - one of our TV's fell off the wall & busted - we're getting no feeds to our other TV - you would think everything was going to be a downer for the day.
God had other things in mind!
We proceeded with worship playing songs that we knew the kids were familiar with. It was just amazing - the room was mostly dark with no TV's glaring words & in the darkness, you could hear these kids still worshiping, praising & lifting their voices up - it was a spine chill moment. But God was like - "Wait - I still have more in store here!"
Ryan delivered the message - & let me tell you - I SOOO wish we had video taped it so it could have been shown to EVERY youth group around - it was truly a God-inspired message! He said he was working on his message called "Is Sin Nasty?" when he was just having a hard time getting it together. Then, the night before, he said he had a dream where he was giving his message & behind him was just music that the kids listen to that was drowning him out. He couldnt keep their attention - he was literally screaming & no one could hear him over the music. In his dream - the kids were just ignoring him, bouncing to the beat - reciting the lyrics - taking in everything these words had to say. He said he woke up at 4:00 am & was just so moved by it - his message took a turn.
He started out asking the kids what their favorite songs were right now. OH MY - the names of some of these songs made my eyes buldge out. "I Kissed a Girl" - "Shake it" - "Lollipop" - oh, the class was moving with titles & they would start singing these songs. Ryan then asked them what Jesus died for? After some discussion - the kids were realizing the Jesus died for the exact thing they were loving - lyrics that would make Jesus cry - shows that would make Jesus turn away - life styles that would break Jesus' heart. I can't even BEGIN to tell you how awesome the message was.
The day was wrapping up & Ryan just gave an invitation of one that was similar to the one we just received in church to repent - to turn away from things in your life that shouldn't be there. He said, I'm going to pray in the back & you can just take it to God because you dont have to take it to me - well, he never even got to the prayer! As he was moving to the back - these kids just fell to their faces! The message hit their hearts like never before! The Holy Spirit was MOVING!!!!
And let me tell you - if you wonder what kids in Jr. High have to deal with & you think they're still babies or so young - well, they have real adult situations in their lives - but they still have that young mind set which makes it even scarier & harder for them to deal with. We had kids broken - dealing with relationships, lifestyles, drug abuse, suicide issues, sexual pressures - these kids were repenting of so much - it was just one of those moments you sit back & are in awe of God & how He works.
So right now - I'm still on a God high! I dont know why I get amazed at the things He can do & the movements He can produce. But if you know a child between the 11-15 year age - or if you have a child in that age - pray hard for them! They are dealing with so much as they are growing up. The world throws so much at them younger & younger. How we'd love to think they dont have to deal with grown up things yet - but they are dealing with it regardless. These kids need God & His protection over them more than ever!!!
And watch this video - Ryan found it & its just a perfect example of his message for the day - & kudos to the interviewer!!!...& by the way - most the kids knew who Young Jeezy was - AND the lyrics that are mentioned here about going to Hell!