SNATCHED OUT OF THE FIRE
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
As we are getting ready for the weekend, we are excited for the opportunity to be together for our DNOW weekend at the church. I am asking today that you help by being a part of the prayer team for the weekend. I know that some of you will be here and others will not, but it does not mean that you cannot participate with us for the next few days. We are stepping out on faith again and praying God's hand of protection as we gather in a large group setting for the first time in a while. We are excited to be teaching others how to be disciples and step out in their own communities to spread the Gospel to their neighbors. We are honestly going to spend time trying to make a dent into our communities as we do prayer walks and hand out words of encouragement to as many people God gives us the chance to encounter. I say all of this because our theme for the weekend is Difference Maker and I am praying for the spiritual battles that are going to occur today. I am praying for the eyes and hearts that may be opened or warmed to the call that God may be revealing on the lives of each of our students. One of the coolest things is that something that is said or experienced this weekend just may be the beginning of someone's call to ministry.
I say all of that because for me it was an experience just like this weekend. The only difference was it was a summer camp in the mountains of South Carolina. I can remember still to this day that moment where I felt God's spirit enter into my heart and mind and I knew from that moment on what I was going to do for the rest of my life. 29 years later, I am still
waking up each morning with a desire to be used by God. I still have a passion to invest into the lives of others and I am still blown away that God would choose someone like me to be a part of His bigger plan. I guess that is what I am praying will happen this weekend as well. I am praying that God, already being in the room, may have a chance to change the heart and mindset of one of these students or leaders to see beyond the norm and step out into the wonderful world set aside by God. I am praying that God is ready to snatch out of the fire another life that can be used to impact even more people than ever before. It only takes one person that is motivated by that Holy Spirit to create a world that is on fire for Jesus. I have seen it countless times, and I continue to be humbled to be just a small part of the journey God has provided for us in this life. I know that there were so many other things that I had planned for my life, but when I was able to step into God's plan, I have never looked back or doubted this journey a single day of my life.
As we step into the Letter of Jude today, I hope that we can see the importance of Jude's words. Jude, the brother of Jesus, was writing to warn and encourage the followers about stepping away from the faith and the persecution that they could face daily. Jude was challenging the believers to hold firm to the TRUTH and to pray that the Holy Spirit would provide opportunities for the Message to be spread to save others. Basically, Jude was calling out the people of God to go beyond their borders and to be Difference Makers. We are reading a part of the struggle when false teachers were stepping into the life of the church and a true spiritual battle occurred. I hope and pray that we are able to take the time and read this short letter in its entirety because of the powerful lessons that still apply to us as the Church today. We have so many ways in which the Church can help to provide opportunities to transform the world, but unfortunately, there are those who have infiltrated the Church that have caused division in hopes of stopping the spread of the Truth. This weekend, I am really hoping to plant seeds of truth that will begin rooting into the hearts of these leaders and students. This weekend could be the start of the next major revival in America and I am praying for our students to be a part of that movement.
One of the most powerful statements that I read in Jude is the last lines in today's scripture. Jude writes, "Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear.' We have been called to make a difference in the lives of the people in this world. Wherever we are planted right now... wherever we are living right
now... is the place where God has called us to minister and begin showing mercy to those living in darkness. We have ALL been called to SNATCH THEM FROM THE FIRE... or to help plant the seeds of the Gospel in order that those who may be lost in this world can be found in Christ. We are hoping to provide an opportunity for lives to be changed and transformed in such a way that people will be snatched from eternity separated from God to an eternity worshiping God. I still believe in the power of ONE which states that it ONLY takes ONE person that is willing to be used by God to transform the world for eternity. I cannot even imagine what that would look like if we had 1000's. So I am asking today that you pray for us and the Holy Spirit to break down the walls and infiltrate the city of Savannah through these students this weekend. I am praying for a hedge of protection and to bind satan from even getting a toe hold in this place. I am praying for the future lives that will be changed because of the willingness of these students and leaders to give their time and efforts to push out the Gospel to the world. Today starts that same opportunity for us all. May we be willing to be used by God and make an impact that will light a fire in those seeking to find true connection in this world.