The word of God admonishes us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word transform signifies change. In order to experience life impacting change, the individual must begin renovating his or her mind. No renovation project begins simply by building. The first stage of a renovation is clearance, followed by demolition.
In the same token, if you or I wish to renew our minds, we must first clear out the things that will weaken the structure, and thereby cause further deterioration. Additionally, sometimes there exists further destructive thoughts that cloud our judgments in times whereby we need to make sound decisions. Such thoughts need to be demolished.
You see, as much as you may desire to be made anew, this canâ t happen until your mind is changed. Iâ m not referring to just any kind of mediocre change, but rather a kind of change which remains constant in the face of trials and temptations; One that is not directed by pure emotions and irrationality. Such change comes only through genuine acceptance of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Do You Have A Visual Picture Of Where You Are Heading?
It is sad to say, but it appears that many of the youth today are despondent and uncertain about their future. Since they have no clear picture of what their tomorrow holds, they are trapped living in their today. Transformers 2013 was designed with the explicit goal of assisting the young people of this nation in visualizing their true destiny.
No child was created by accident. Every child was created by God with greatness in mind (Jeremiah 29:11). No matter what struggle the individual is facing, no matter what they have done or will do, there is yet a destiny of greatness that awaits every child who is willing to accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Christ has the power and ability to make something great out of the individual we least expect greatness from. He is just that kind of God.
The Message of The Times
The message we seek to relay to our young people, as many of them prepare for the new school year is that the spirit of slow progression has no authority to hold them back. They can move forward and accomplish academic success through Christ. Additionally, drug addiction has no right to captivate their mind or total being, once their minds stay on Christ.
We want our nation to succeed as a global competitor in an ever changing world. This paradigm shift can only be accomplished through the proper edification of the spirit man within every young boy and girl in this nation. We must start investing in the spiritual growth of this nation. The best investment is in the youth. It is also the most productive because of the long-term success that is guaranteed. Yes my friends, now is the time to stir up the gift of God in the lives of our youth. Begin speaking those things that are not as though they are. Call them forth not as thieves or black sheep. Rather call them forth as the next generation of prophets and prophetesses, evangelist and pastors, apostles and teachers.
Failure Is Not An Option!
We are competing for the minds of our young people because of the many distractions out there. Face book and other such websites along with the latest electronic and secular music are all seeking to bedazzle our children. We know too well the negative effects such vices can have. While we are to remain fervent in prayer, there are yet practical actions that we must employ to save this generation of young people for the Kingdom of God. By all means we will win this goal because failure is not an option!
Beginning Tuesday August 20th through Friday August 23rd, Lighthouse International will launch its third annual Transformers Youth Crusade under the theme â Visualizing Your Destinyâ . It is anticipated that young people from throughout the length and breath of Grand Bahama will gather at the church for a life changing experience in the word and godly fellowship. We believe that this is a time when God is getting ready to birth something great in the physical realm. We are also excited about the fact that God has enabled us to host a free concert and Back2School Give Away to assist the less fortunate in our community.
No one knows more so than a single parent the struggle of preparing several children for the new school year. We hope that the parcels distributed will be of great assistance to many. Our determination is to aid the molding of the whole child; body, mind and soul. If this word has been a blessing, write and let us know firstname.lastname@example.org. Lighthouse International is located 10 Oak Street in the 2-story building opposite Dolly Madison. For prayer or counseling visit the church or contact 225-6685, 442-0771 or 439-3825.