Where Does All this “Should” Come From?

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The young people Amaris and I work with (that’s 2 sentences I’ve ended a preposition with 😉  have a commendable zeal for  issues in today’s society- a lot of “shoulds”.  But when confronted with the question “why?”, they have few answers.  This may be a common condition for zealous teens of all generations, but no generation in human history  has had a world– no, a UNIVERSE–  of instantaneous information held under their maniacally texting fingertips.   (There is someone to blame for this generation’s ignorance of the “Why’s” of life, and we’ll see who in a bit…)

So, Amaris and I teach our students that God’s Word teaches truths in the context of real peoples’ lives. We teach students that, through the Biblical Authors and Prophets, God’s Holy Spirit breathes the “Why’s” that were the foundation of the Godly  “shoulds” that drove the faithful believers who received His Word.

Unfortunately, our young people have been raised in a global society that teaches that there is no “Truth”.  This is why the “Occupiers” often give a blank stare and a slogan when asked to explain their alternative economic model.  This is also why young people are often pro- gay-marriage, pro- hyper-sexuality, yet anti- “sex-trafficking”, but can’t perceive that all these evils come from the same root (the destruction of the family).

But Amaris and I refuse to quench our students’ “shoulds”!  Their zeal is the answer to the enemy’s truthless relativism- but only if it is redirected to God’s Word!

Our hope and goal is that our students see the enemy’s “why”less-ness clearly, because they’ve met the “Truth”– God’s Word in flesh– Jesus!

Then, when they do ( and THEY DO, don’t give up hope!) meet Him in His Word, and begin to understand why Jesus’ Spirit gives the REAL zeal for families, and justice, and economic honesty and integrity, then this generation of young people morphs into world-changers!!

The enemy meant their reasonless zeal to be used for destructive purposes: like the Bolsheviks, the Hitler youth, Mao’s Red Guard, Pol Pot’s Khmer,  and so on, throughout history…

But this generation, when properly equipped with Jesus’ loving Truth, with answers from His Word, WILL be an INFORMED force that can REFORM the issues that plague our global society, and become a witness of the presence of Jesus’ Kingdom in their forgiven hearts.

Hence, the “7 Mountains of Culture” Bible book mark in the photo above.  It was given to our Discipleship Training School students here at YWAM LA.  Though I don’t entirely agree with some theological aspects of the current movement (specifically the reconstructionist/dominionist elements), there is absolutely no doubt in Amaris’ and my  mind that Jesus wants his people to be salt and light in EVERY area of society.  Jesus wants these young people to reach the Lost- their  “why-less” peers- before the enemy can mobilize their “shoulds” to destructive ends.

Only the Truth, the Word in Flesh, can answer the “Why’s” of the world!  Please pray for our Biblical Studies schools!

God bless you,

Cliff

God Always Comes Through!

My life is about to take a turn into yet another transition when I join Youth With A Mission full time alongside my fabulous husband. It got me thinking about trusting God for daily needs such as faith in finances. Much of my life has been lived by trusting God daily like the Israelites did in the wilderness and I have ALWAYS seen God come through for me. Still, even with all those past experiences under my belt, it can be a challenge to trust in the area of finances especially.

For the last 8 months I have been working a ‘normal’ job and that time is about to come to an end. It has really got me thinking and talking to God about it all…
At the end of the month I will be teaching Kings in Tijuana, Mexico CSBS so I’ve been reading the book (or at least trying to but constantly falling asleep 🙂 Today I final finished and found myself so encouraged through a story so familiar to me! I wanted to share it with you here…

This story comes to us from 2 Kings 4:1-7
“Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servants my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor had come to take my two children as slaves.” Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She answered, “Your servan has nothing the the house, except a jar of oil.” He said, “God outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not just a few. Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full set it aside.” So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” But he said to her, “There are no more.” Then the oil stopped flowing.  She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest.”

I pray this story may speak to you in the place you may be. Many people have needs now a days that seem too much to bear at times. Trusting God is always a good idea.  I spoke to a friend yesterday who was trusting God for a place to live within her budget.  She said she was sitting at work day dreaming and wrote down her dream living situation at an unrealistic price; or so she thought.  Days later someone approached her with an offer exactly what she had wrote that day.  God can do it, will we ask?