Generation of Youth for Christ 2015

Opening Session

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Greg & Jill Morikone (Host), Natasha Nebblett


Series Code: 15GYC

Program Code: 15GYC000001A

00:43 The love of God is greater far
00:49 Than tongue or pen can ever tell
00:55 It goes beyond the highest star
01:01 And reaches to the lowest hell
01:07 The guilty pair, bowed down with care
01:12 God gave His Son to win
01:18 His erring child He reconciled
01:23 And pardoned from his sin
01:37 When hoary time shall pass away
01:43 And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall
01:48 When men who here refuse to pray
01:54 On rocks and hills and mountains call
01:59 God's love so sure, shall still endure
02:05 All measureless and strong
02:10 Redeeming grace to Adam's race
02:16 The saints' and angels' song.
02:21 Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
02:27 How measureless and strong!
02:32 It shall forevermore endure
02:38 The saints' and angels' song.
02:46 Could we with ink the ocean fill
02:51 And were the skies of parchment made
02:57 Were every stalk on earth a quill
03:02 And every man a scribe by trade
03:07 To write the love of God above
03:13 Would drain the ocean dry
03:18 Nor could the scroll contain the whole
03:24 Though stretched from sky to sky
03:29 Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
03:34 How measureless and strong!
03:40 It shall forevermore endure
03:45 The saints' and angels' song.
03:50 Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
03:57 How measureless and strong!
04:02 It shall forevermore endure
04:08 The saints' and angels' song
04:14 It shall forevermore endure
04:20 The saints' and angels' song.
04:48 Good evening, friends.
04:51 You know many, many people this weekend will probably
04:54 come up here and call you GYC,
04:57 but to me this evening you're my friend.
05:02 I know that there's, there's a big stage up here,
05:04 there's beautiful flowers,
05:07 all the lights but in many ways,
05:11 in all ways the people that you see up here are really
05:15 very ordinary people just like you.
05:20 I have the privilege of introducing you
05:23 to our speaker this evening.
05:26 She's someone that I've known for a very, very long time,
05:31 it actually struck me just today,
05:36 and that I've almost known her for half of my life.
05:40 Known her for a very long time
05:42 and she is someone that has grown very near
05:46 and dear to my heart.
05:48 Near and dear to my heart
05:50 because we share a heart passion
05:53 to see the majesty and the glory of God
05:57 return into the lives
06:00 and the hearts of this generation,
06:02 to return into my life and into my heart.
06:07 I simply want to share with you some of the heartbeat
06:13 that I know pulses through her veins.
06:16 It's one that pulses through mine as well.
06:21 First of all, she has a heart,
06:25 a deep sincerity
06:28 and a heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
06:33 A heart for the work of God here in this world
06:39 and a heart that is touched
06:41 for the weak and the broken,
06:45 for the orphan and for the trafficked.
06:49 It's a heart that pulses with the heart of Christ
06:52 as he looks on to a broken world.
06:57 She also has a heart for sacrifice.
07:01 Many of you may not know,
07:03 in fact, probably most of you do not know
07:06 the sacrifice that she has gone through
07:10 simply to stand on a stage in front of you.
07:16 She has a heart to lay everything on the altar
07:20 to see our savior lifted up.
07:26 And she also has a heart in a generation where,
07:30 where there is so much confusion,
07:36 in a generation where we have strayed
07:41 so far from the image of God in humanity.
07:45 She has a heart
07:46 for biblical femininity,
07:53 to stand as a woman
07:56 in an age where we hardly know
07:57 what it means to truly be a woman
08:00 and to be a man.
08:06 She caught this vision at a very young age,
08:10 and I can truly tell you that I know no one that,
08:14 that has the ability to honor and to respect
08:17 and to build those in her life
08:21 especially the man in her life
08:23 and to lift up the cross of Jesus Christ.
08:28 She as I've already mentioned,
08:30 she's someone that is very near and dear to our hearts
08:33 and to be to my heart and to be very honest with you,
08:38 we share this heart pulse, this passion.
08:42 Honestly,
08:47 we are somewhat tired of stages and lights
08:51 and pretty flowers and beautiful music,
08:56 that the glory of God would come into this place.
09:00 That the Spirit of God would fall on our hearts
09:05 that we would truly see him face to face.
09:10 And so this evening I introduce to you
09:16 not a president but a princess.
09:21 And not just any princess
09:23 but my princes
09:25 and my beloved fiancé Natasha Nebblett.
09:30 I'd like Natasha to come up on to the stage now.
09:38 Hi, sweetheart.
09:45 Sweetheart, we share a passion
09:47 for the vision of seeing God's majesty
09:49 return to this world.
09:51 Amen.
09:53 And I challenge you this morning,
09:55 I mean this evening as you speak
09:58 be not afraid of their faces,
10:02 for as the Lord our God, that goes with you.
10:06 He is your strength.
10:09 I also challenge you to be bold.
10:13 We live in a generation that
10:15 frankly we're tired of politically correct speeches.
10:20 We want to hear the undiluted word of God.
10:24 I challenge you to be bold
10:26 and to stand
10:28 and share the word with strength and with power.
10:32 And I challenge you to humility
10:36 because ultimately
10:39 we're simply dust in His hands.
10:43 You and I are simply here to wash the feet
10:48 of those we come in contact with.
10:53 Let's pray.
10:55 Our heavenly Father, I pray that Your Holy Spirit
11:01 would come and wash over my beloved fiancé
11:04 as she shares your word this evening.
11:10 Father, I pray that you would
11:12 take our minds off of any form of production
11:17 and stages and lights and that You would face
11:19 that we would see Your face.
11:22 That Your Holy Spirit would enter this building
11:25 and enter our hearts with power and with glory.
11:30 That we would go from this place knowing that
11:32 you are our almighty God,
11:35 and with a love that is build.
11:38 Father, I pray that You would put Your words
11:41 into Natasha's mouth,
11:43 that You would give her boldness to speak Your word,
11:48 and that she would be given humility
11:52 to forever stand humbly before Your throne.
11:57 We pray that You would take each one of our hearts
12:01 and soften them this morning,
12:03 this evening,
12:05 soften them before You because
12:09 all of us are simply dust in Your hands.
12:14 May we see Your face in Jesus' name,
12:18 amen.
12:20 Love you.
12:24 He is a sweetie, uh,
12:26 I'm marrying an amazing man.
12:29 Well, welcome to GYC everyone.
12:31 It is so good to see
12:34 the work of a whole year
12:38 coming to reality in the faces that are in this room
12:42 and GYC actually taking place,
12:44 it's such a blessing to know that
12:47 how much we have leaned on God
12:50 and prayed hours and hours worth of prayer
12:54 is coming to reality and God will bless,
12:56 I know He will.
12:58 Something about my fiancé in his very kind introduction,
13:02 something about GYC and my fiancé and myself
13:05 two years ago right before Orlando in 2013,
13:09 the day before GYC Orlando began,
13:11 he asked to court me, so I was like all you know.
13:15 Surprise and everything throughout Orlando,
13:17 and then one week before Phoenix last year,
13:21 he asked me to marry him.
13:24 And now in 45 days from today,
13:27 we're going to get married on Valentine's Day.
13:29 So I'm a blessed girl.
13:31 Very, very, very blessed girl.
13:33 He has put a lot into supporting me,
13:35 and I'm so thankful and my family as well,
13:38 all of my family is here tonight
13:41 including my sister and brother-in-law,
13:43 and niece and nephew, they're missionaries to Africa.
13:46 And last year they were in Africa,
13:47 we were at Phoenix.
13:49 But this year
13:50 because of my wedding in 45 days
13:53 their schedule has changed and they're here at GYC.
13:56 And that means so much to me,
13:58 my parents and my brothers
13:59 and all those who have sacrificed so much
14:03 to support me over this last term
14:07 as being president of GYC.
14:09 And I had to be honest with you,
14:11 the last several months,
14:15 I have been thinking
14:16 and a question has been going over and over again in my mind,
14:19 and that is if I never had the chance to speak
14:23 with any of you again.
14:25 What would I want to be sure,
14:28 I had communicated to you tonight?
14:32 Because this is the opening night of GYC,
14:34 but it is also in many respects my closing,
14:39 my closing message to you because
14:41 after a wonderful term being president to GYC,
14:44 I'm getting married and so I'm stepping down as president
14:46 and being replaced by an extremely,
14:49 extremely capable president and extremely capable team.
14:51 And I am so excited for where God will lead GYC
14:55 under Mellissa's leadership.
14:56 But I'm stepping down and so this is my last opportunity
14:59 to share with you as president of GYC.
15:03 And so I've been thinking about, you know,
15:06 thinking about the last term,
15:07 thinking about my years before that
15:08 as V.P. of Logistics for GYC,
15:10 thinking about this movement
15:12 which has become so special to me.
15:14 So precious to me, thinking about our God.
15:17 What would be what I want to share with you
15:20 if it's my last opportunity to share.
15:24 That's why I want to talk to you about tonight.
15:26 Tonight's message is going to be
15:28 quite a personal one for me.
15:31 And don't, don't expect
15:33 a big professional presentation,
15:35 don't even expect a comprehensive
15:37 treatise of the subject.
15:39 I'm just going to be sharing with you
15:40 what has been going through my mind
15:41 for the last couple of months,
15:43 and what God has really been pressing on my heart.
15:47 As I've been coming to the very end of my presidency
15:51 but by no means coming to the end of my involvement
15:53 in this movement,
15:54 and my belief in it, and my prayers for it.
15:57 So before I get in and share, let's have one more prayer.
16:03 Heavenly Father,
16:08 you know I've not had as much quiet a day as I would,
16:11 have liked to had as much time to reflect in my message
16:17 as I like but ultimately Father,
16:20 this does not need to be me.
16:24 In fact, it had better not be me,
16:26 it needs to be you.
16:28 And you can use me
16:30 whether I am feeling all collected or I'm not.
16:36 So I pray that You would put Your hand upon me
16:38 and Your words in my mouth
16:41 and that I would just beseech in Christ instead.
16:46 And all of me would be put out of the way,
16:49 and that all of you would come to the front.
16:54 Give me Your Spirit I pray
16:56 and give Your Spirit to all those that are here
16:59 in Jesus' name, amen.
17:04 So it's kind of anticlimactic technically
17:08 to share the point of my message
17:10 at the very beginning, you know,
17:11 before I've even gotten into it
17:13 but I'm going to tonight because I don't have...
17:16 I don't have time in my presentation
17:18 to just kind of talk away
17:21 before I get down to my real point.
17:23 So I'm just going to tell you
17:24 the point of my message right now
17:25 and that's "Love" love for God.
17:29 And really actually tonight is kind of
17:31 part one of my seminar
17:33 because this has been on my mind so much.
17:36 You know there are unofficial
17:41 like condensed mission statement
17:43 as GYC 'cause all of us in this room are GYC,
17:47 is that we are a movement of young people
17:49 on a mission to take The Three Angels' Messages
17:54 to the entire world in this generation,
18:00 this generation.
18:02 And while of course we cannot actually
18:06 measure a spiritual thing by earthly measures,
18:11 yet at the same time it is a very defined goal.
18:13 The Three Angels' Messages, entire world, this generation.
18:18 It's a very defined goal,
18:19 so as I have been president of GYC,
18:21 I have often spent a lot of time thinking about,
18:24 are we accomplishing what we set out to do.
18:28 Are we taking The Three Angels' Message
18:29 to the entire world in this generation?
18:33 Elder Carton was up here talking earlier
18:35 and he is gonna have a seminar about the Middle East.
18:38 Has GYC done anything about the Middle East?
18:41 Have we done anything about India?
18:44 The 10/40 Window,
18:45 I mean it's like the need is so enormous
18:48 and what we're actually saying is
18:50 that every single person in all of those countries
18:54 will hear The Three Angels' Messages
18:57 and the message is that we have
18:58 as Seventh-day Adventists in this generation, us.
19:03 So that we're not going to get old and die
19:05 and then our kids get, you know,
19:07 whatever before Jesus comes.
19:09 We're actually saying, "No,
19:10 that's gonna happen before them."
19:11 And I think what's it gonna
19:13 take for that really to take place.
19:16 And of course, we can't always see the movement of God
19:19 on people's hearts.
19:22 But as we look around us, we say you know
19:25 what the need is extremely great
19:27 What's it gonna take for us to actually get this done.
19:33 And I'm convinced that love is the one ingredient
19:39 that we need more off for this to get done.
19:45 Not just the job of taking The Three Angels' Messages
19:49 to the entire world in this generation,
19:52 but also lack of love is involved,
19:53 and lack of true conversion,
19:55 and doubt, and complaining, and lack of unity,
19:58 and pretty much everything that is involved
20:02 in our lives and in the church.
20:04 And lack of purity, backsliding,
20:06 unfaithfulness, criticism.
20:10 And love is what took Christians
20:13 into coliseums to be torn of lions
20:16 and to be lighted on the streets of Rome
20:18 and at the same time took the gospel
20:20 to the entire world in one generation.
20:25 And love gave people
20:27 a completely different perspective.
20:28 Listen, I've been stewing over this story
20:29 for two months now.
20:31 I was reading in Foxe's Book of Martyrs and you know what,
20:33 I don't meet very many people
20:35 who like to read Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
20:38 But I would strongly encourage occasionally
20:40 to pick up and read a bit of it
20:43 because it sets forth Christianity at its strongest,
20:47 at its best, it's amazing.
20:49 This is a story from Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
20:53 it was right at the beginning
20:54 of the St. Bartholomew massacre,
20:56 which was one of the most
20:57 infamous massacres of Protestants.
21:01 And the Prince of Navarre
21:04 was the champion of Protestantism
21:05 and so the king in an effort to take him down
21:08 artfully arranged for a marriage
21:10 between the prince and the king's sister,
21:13 the princess.
21:14 And all of her professions of love
21:18 for the Prince of Navarre was just an artful way
21:22 to bring him down.
21:24 Isn't that sick?
21:26 And so picking up what Foxe's Book of Martyrs has to say,
21:30 they had like a week's worth of celebrations
21:33 over this new marriage and everything
21:35 and four days after their celebrations
21:38 for their marriage had ended.
21:41 Picking up quoting from Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
21:44 "Four days after this the prince
21:46 as he was coming from the council
21:48 was shot in both arms.
21:52 He then said to Maure who was a family friend
21:55 because he had been the pastor
21:57 of the prince's deceased mother.
22:01 He said to Maure, "O my brother,
22:03 I do now perceive that I am indeed beloved of my God,
22:08 since for His most holy sake I am wounded.
22:14 Although, Vidam, advised him to fly,
22:16 yet he abode in Paris,
22:17 and was soon after slain by Bemjus;
22:20 who afterward declared
22:22 he never saw a man meet death
22:25 more valiantly than the admiral."
22:32 I mean what kind of reaction is that.
22:35 He comes out, this is a week, you know,
22:37 he's just gotten married and he realizes in this moment
22:40 when he comes out of the council
22:41 and shot in both arms.
22:42 This woman was a total joke.
22:44 The king was a total joke,
22:46 they arranged this whole thing to take this man's life,
22:49 and what is his reaction?
22:51 Is it anger?
22:52 Is it, you know frustration?
22:54 Is it anything like that?
22:55 No, his reaction is,
22:56 "I do now perceive I am beloved of my God
22:59 since for His most holy sake I am wounded."
23:02 And a few days later he's killed for good,
23:04 you know, the job was finished a few days later
23:08 and even the man that killed him said,
23:09 "He had never seen a man meet death more valiantly."
23:12 That is the power of Christianity
23:14 and that is the Christianity I want in my life.
23:17 And you know what?
23:18 That kind of Christianity is not caused by
23:21 having in our minds that we're going to be that way
23:24 and that if we get wounded we're gonna...
23:27 It just does not produce it
23:29 that kind of determination, that is produced only by love.
23:32 It changes the way we think,
23:34 it changes our perspective entirely,
23:36 it makes people unearthly,
23:38 the world was not worthy of these people
23:42 because of love.
23:44 So let's turn to our theme verse
23:45 Revelation 17:14,
23:51 this is where our theme comes
23:52 from a theme of called and chosen and faithful.
23:54 These shall make war with the lamb,
23:56 this is talking about the beast and the dragon and all those,
23:59 "Make war with the Lamb
24:00 and the Lamb shall overcome them."
24:04 Can anyone say amen?
24:06 "For he is Lord of lords and King of kings
24:11 and they that are with him are called
24:15 and chosen and faithful."
24:17 And we're going to be digging into
24:18 what that means to be called
24:20 and chosen and faithful this week
24:21 and it's a profound thing
24:22 what we're digging into the concept of the remnant.
24:24 Millennials don't like the concept of the remnant.
24:27 But you know what?
24:30 I'm a millennial and it's in the Bible
24:32 and so I love it.
24:36 But what I want to focus on tonight is those
24:39 that are with him.
24:41 Those that are with him, all this earthly power,
24:45 earthly and the power,
24:47 all the powers of earth and hell are against the Lamb,
24:50 but then there's this little company
24:52 that are with the Lamb and my question is,
24:54 who is with him tonight.
24:57 Who is with him tonight?
24:58 Obviously, I'm getting married in 45 days.
25:01 And so because I'm getting married in 45 days,
25:03 I've given a lot more thought to the two wedding vows
25:09 for better or for worse.
25:11 We're very familiar with these words,
25:14 "In sickness and in health,
25:18 to love and cherish,
25:21 forsaking all others,
25:23 keep you only to him till death do us apart.
25:30 Powerful words.
25:33 What I am saying, what I will be saying
25:35 by saying those words in 45 days
25:37 when I get married to my beloved Paul,
25:39 what I will be saying is, you know what,
25:41 it does not matter, if his life,
25:43 if he is wealthy or if he is destitute.
25:45 If his life goes well or it doesn't go well,
25:48 if we have health or God forbid some lingering illness
25:52 comes that lasts for years and years
25:55 of suffering and slow loss.
25:59 What I am saying by saying wedding vows in 45 days,
26:02 is it does not matter if it's going well
26:04 or if it's not going well.
26:07 I cast in my lot with him,
26:08 he cast in his lot with me, why.
26:11 Is it just because I'm like,
26:13 I'm going to do this if it kills me,
26:16 I'll be with him is that, is that kind of...
26:20 I mean no, no.
26:23 Why?
26:25 Because I love him, because I love him
26:28 and it is love that makes me say
26:30 that if his life is better or if his life is worse
26:33 I'll be with him.
26:35 It's not just some intellectual assent.
26:37 Yes, I will admit that
26:39 marriages have happened on earth
26:41 that were just into let, you know,
26:42 people going to the altar knowing fully
26:44 well they should not be there.
26:46 But that's not the case now
26:48 and it should not be the case in Christian marriage.
26:50 The case is I'm casting in my lot with Paul
26:53 because I know in my mind
26:57 and I know in my heart, love.
27:01 And you know what?
27:03 Marriage is supposed to be an example
27:08 of our relationship with Christ
27:11 that for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer,
27:15 and Christ is never poor
27:17 but sometimes on earth
27:20 it is not profitable to follow Him
27:26 in society as us.
27:31 It's not just, well, I had knowledge.
27:32 Richard Rembrandt,
27:35 who was tortured for 14 years for the name of Christ
27:38 and never once was willing to renounce his faith,
27:42 never once bent.
27:44 When he came out of out of jail,
27:47 somebody asked him basically,
27:49 how do you withstand 14 years of torture?
27:51 Many of those were in solitary confinement
27:54 and this was his comment,
27:56 "If the heart is cleansed by the love of Christ.
28:00 And if the heart loves Him,
28:03 you can resist all tortures."
28:06 He continues on to say,
28:07 "What would a loving bride not do for a loving bridegroom.
28:11 What would a loving mother not do for her child,
28:15 if you love Christ..."
28:16 This is him quoting him still,
28:18 "If you love Christ as Mary did
28:20 who had Christ as a baby in her arms.
28:22 If you love Christ as a bride, loves her bridegroom,
28:25 then you can resist such tortures.
28:28 God will judge us not according to how much we have endured
28:32 but how much we could love.
28:36 I'm a witness."
28:37 He says, concluding,
28:39 "For the Christians in communist prisons
28:42 that they could love, they could love God and men."
28:49 Right now, it's pretty easy to be a halfhearted Christian.
28:54 If we give our heart partially to Christ
28:56 or if we choose not to,
28:59 if we decide to ride the fence
29:01 or if we decide to be all in for him
29:02 or decide to be not all in for him.
29:05 Doesn't make that much difference
29:07 but time is the time is soon coming
29:09 when being a halfhearted Christian
29:12 is not going to be enough.
29:15 When halfhearted Christians will find the going to rough
29:19 to keep sailing.
29:21 Remember, the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price,
29:26 but the merchant man finds the goodly pearl
29:29 and he goes and sells everything, everything.
29:33 Same thing with the Parable of the Treasure in the Field,
29:35 he finds a treasure in the field
29:36 and he goes and sells everything to buy that field
29:39 and the rest of the world is looking at him like,
29:41 "What are you doing?
29:42 Why are you selling your house?
29:43 Why are you selling all your livestock at the time?
29:45 Why are you selling all your earthly assets to buy a field?"
29:48 Because he knew the value of the field.
29:51 Why are you selling everything you have to buy the pearl?
29:53 Because he knew the value of the pearl.
29:55 Why am I going to forsake all others and marry Paul?
29:58 Because of the value of Paul.
30:00 Why would we forsake the world for Jesus?
30:04 Because of the value of Jesus.
30:06 Who is with Him tonight?
30:10 Who is standing here and wondering
30:13 the pearl or the world both actually not both,
30:16 the time is coming
30:18 where we will sell the world for the pearl
30:19 or we will sell the pearl for the world.
30:23 One of the two,
30:25 one of my favorite books is, "Pilgrim's Progress"
30:27 and one of my favorite quotes in Pilgrim's Progress is when,
30:30 "Christian is talking to this guy called By-ends
30:32 who wants both God and the world
30:35 and he's like, "Man, these go together just great.
30:37 I'm going to live my life with both,"
30:38 and Christians statement to him is,
30:40 "If you go with us,
30:42 you must go against wind and tide.
30:44 You must own religion in his rags
30:47 as well as in his silver slippers.
30:49 You must stand by him too when bound in irons
30:51 as when he walks the streets with applause."
30:56 Who tonight will follow Christ in His rags
31:01 as well as in His silver slippers?
31:04 Who will stand by Him when everybody is applauding
31:07 and wants Him to be king after the feeding of the 5000?
31:13 And who will stand by Him
31:15 when He's hanging on the cross?
31:21 This is not a mere intellectual assent,
31:23 it's a level of bonding
31:25 that is fused to the person of Christ
31:29 so much so
31:32 that you would rather die than hurt him.
31:37 And I have slowly learned
31:39 what that level of love means
31:41 by being in a relationship and getting married
31:43 and suddenly it's like what would I rather do,
31:46 be tortured or turn Paul over torture.
31:49 Suddenly the issues are clarified.
31:52 Love makes a difference.
31:54 It makes a difference in the way
31:57 we live our lives so...
31:58 I want to share.
32:06 Let me share this quote
32:07 and then I want to share three things
32:09 that the Lord has been putting on my heart
32:11 over the last probably three months
32:16 especially, on the subject of learning love for God.
32:22 And this is not kind of,
32:23 this is not a comprehensive study of the subject
32:25 by any means but just three things
32:26 that God has really been pressing into my heart,
32:29 this quote first, "True holiness..."
32:31 This comes from Christ Object Lessons,
32:32 "True holiness is wholeness in the service of God.
32:36 Love must be the principle of action.
32:39 Love is the underlying principle of God's government
32:42 in heaven and earth
32:43 and it must be the foundation of the Christian's character.
32:47 The thought of His honor
32:49 and His glory will come before anything else.
32:51 This is the religion of Christ anything short of this,
32:56 she says, is a deception."
33:01 Pretty strong words,
33:02 so I want to share with you three things
33:04 that God has really been pressing into my heart,
33:07 'cause I'm like Lord,
33:09 have you found it just the world is set up
33:13 to not let us have love like this
33:15 for Christ to esteem Him.
33:17 Yes, and think highly of Him and want to worship Him,
33:20 want to serve Him in everything.
33:21 But, but to love Him consumingly and passionately
33:27 and with every single thing
33:29 we have just the world is set up.
33:31 We know, we can't see Him and
33:34 the world's set up to make the I have faith grow very dim.
33:38 So have you ever wondered.
33:40 I esteem Him and I want love for Him
33:42 but I know I don't quite have it.
33:46 If you've had that I want to share with you three things
33:49 that God has really pressed in my heart
33:50 and the first one is,
33:52 "That no one will love Christ passionately
33:54 until they know how much they need him."
33:58 Turn with me in your Bible to Luke 7...
34:08 Luke 7:36.
34:17 This is the story of the woman
34:21 who poured the alabaster on Christ's feet,
34:24 Mary Magdalene.
34:28 I'm not going to read all for the sake of time,
34:29 because it's going on quickly but,
34:31 we know the story,
34:33 Christ is invited to this feast.
34:34 He comes in, He is eating there
34:36 and then this woman Mary Magdalene comes in,
34:38 and she cracks the thing over His feet
34:40 and she is wiping His feet with her hair and crying
34:42 and the smell goes through the whole room.
34:44 And everybody starts muttering about this woman
34:46 and not what kind of waste this is
34:47 because that's a whole year's worth of stuff
34:49 that you just poured on His feet and it's gone now,
34:52 we should have sold it and give to the poor
34:54 and then Christ ask this question of Simon
34:57 who is the host of the feast.
35:00 And he tells them the story.
35:02 He said, you know there was certain creditor,
35:04 there are two people that owed him
35:06 one 500 pence the other 50
35:09 and when they had nothing to pay
35:10 he frankly forgave them both.
35:14 Which one loves more?
35:16 Simon is like, "Oh yeah, well
35:19 the one that owe 500 right?"
35:23 And Jesus says, "You see this woman,"
35:27 and Jesus begins to compare
35:29 the actions of Mary Magdalene her gratitude to Simon.
35:33 Now let's compare the two actions, okay.
35:37 "Mary Magdalene as we know had been what.
35:41 A prostitute, in Magdala,
35:43 a Roman party town had seen very much
35:47 the underside of life.
35:49 Seven demons Christ cast out of her seven,
35:54 and at the end of all of that,
35:59 her love for Christ was so intense
36:02 the she poured out her whole life savings
36:06 basically on His feet.
36:10 Simon on the other hand is this Pharisee
36:12 and we know from the Desire of Ages
36:14 that it was his sin
36:17 that actually set Mary on the trajectory
36:19 that ended her up on the streets of Magdala.
36:24 But Simon is over here thinking
36:27 feeling pretty good about himself,
36:29 he had been, he had been healed of leprosy even.
36:31 He should have a lot of reason
36:33 to have tremendous gratitude for Christ
36:35 but he is looking at Mary and he is like,
36:37 "Oh, that woman, have mercy,"
36:39 if Christ knew who she was, he wouldn't let her touch him.
36:42 When Simon was in as desperate need
36:46 of Christ forgiveness as Mary was.
36:50 But he thought himself not to need it.
36:54 And so what is he doing
36:56 criticizing both Mary's conduct and Christ's conduct
37:00 for allowing this to take place.
37:04 Jesus on the other hand is like
37:06 Mary washing his feet perfume.
37:11 Simon, no perfume, no water,
37:13 no nothing, no kiss,
37:16 both of them needed Him just as desperately.
37:19 One knew she needed Him and the other one did not.
37:24 And I'm convinced that
37:26 this is one of the dreadful downfalls
37:28 of my generation and of myself.
37:31 It's like, "Oh, I know I need Him.
37:34 I do realize I need God
37:36 but do I know how desperately I need God.
37:39 Do I understand the desperation of my own soul poverty
37:43 that I am nothing without Him."
37:47 Nothing, going back to, to Pilgrim's Progress,
37:50 one of my other favorite parts in Pilgrim's Progress is,
37:52 when they're going to the Enchanted Ground
37:54 and Hopeful is sharing his conversion
37:57 how he decided to go on pilgrimage
37:59 and Ellen White says that,
38:00 "Pilgrim's Progress lays out the path of the Celestial City
38:03 so clearly that thousands have been saved through it."
38:06 Anyway Hopeful is sharing his conversion story
38:09 and he talks about how he was...
38:10 Oh, he loved sinful company,
38:12 he loved doing all the things of this world
38:14 and after a while he came under conviction
38:15 that that was wrong
38:17 and so he turned away from it
38:18 and he decided he was going to do this right.
38:20 So he started weeping for his sins,
38:21 he started fasting, he started praying,
38:23 and everything and for a while
38:25 he thought he was pretty good,
38:27 pretty well off.
38:29 And then he said, he started reading such verses as,
38:32 "All our righteousness is are like filthy rags.
38:37 And by the works of the law shall no man be justified."
38:41 And after awhile just,
38:46 just quoting Pilgrim's Progress here,
38:47 he said, "For a while I thought myself,"
38:48 well, after he had been weeping,
38:50 weeping for his sin and having all his prayer
38:52 and all that.
38:54 ''For awhile I thought myself well
38:55 but at the last all my trouble came tumbling upon me again,
38:58 and that over the neck of all my reformations.
39:00 There were several things that brought it upon me
39:01 especially such things as these
39:04 all our righteousness are filthy rags,
39:07 by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
39:10 when he have done all these things say,
39:12 we are unprofitable."
39:14 And this is his conclusion,
39:16 "I believed that was true that had been told me to wit
39:20 that without the righteousness of this Christ
39:23 all the world could not save me.
39:27 And therefore, thought I with myself
39:29 if I leave off I die but I can but die
39:32 at the throne of grace."
39:35 How many of us have decided
39:38 we don't want to live a life of the world
39:40 and so we're going to reform our lives
39:42 and we do reform our lives and then we think ourselves.
39:45 Well, when we have nothing to commend ourselves to God.
39:51 What have we done to deserve His favor?
39:54 What have we done to make Him think
39:56 that we're wonderful?
39:57 Nothing, nothing and yet
40:00 His love is still stretching out to us.
40:02 And if we knew how desperately we needed Him,
40:05 if we knew that without the righteousness
40:07 of this Christ,
40:08 this one Christ there is no other name
40:10 under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
40:13 Without the righteousness of this Christ,
40:15 all the world cannot save us.
40:17 Tonight in this very room,
40:19 we have one option for salvation
40:22 only one and that is Jesus Christ.
40:24 Without Him, we are all doomed, all doomed.
40:28 How much do we realize it
40:30 when we know how much we need Him?
40:32 And that He is there and that we can run to Him
40:34 and find shelter under His wings,
40:37 then we will who love our Savior,
40:39 when we know how much we need Him.
40:43 But as long as we think ourselves well,
40:46 Jesus is a wonderful buddy, but...
40:54 all the things God has been pressing upon my heart is
40:56 Natasha, you do not know how much you need me.
41:01 You still have that little idea running in your mind
41:04 as much as I strive to renounce it
41:07 and God has been working in my life,
41:09 and I thank Him that I know so much more tonight
41:12 how much I need Him than I knew two years ago.
41:18 But without the righteousness of this Christ,
41:21 all the world cannot save us.
41:24 Second part is communing to love,
41:28 Deuteronomy 6:4, 5,
41:30 "Here O, Israel the Lord our God is one Lord
41:33 that shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
41:36 with all thy soul and with all thy might..."
41:38 Christ again quotes this verse in the New Testament
41:41 and He says, "This is the first and great commandment."
41:46 The word first, primary foremost in time,
41:51 place order or importance.
41:54 And the word great in the Hebrew,
41:58 Megas, probably not pronouncing it right,
42:00 excuse me all of you Hebrew scholars.
42:03 But in other words, it's the word from where
42:05 we get the word mega from.
42:06 In other words, Christ is like
42:07 this is the one that's primary in place,
42:10 order and importance, this is the mega commandment,
42:12 "Love God with all your heart, with all your soul,
42:15 with all your mind, with all your strength."
42:18 All of them love God.
42:19 This is the mega commandment.
42:21 Then the second one is like it,
42:23 love your neighbor as yourself.
42:25 And when we see that
42:27 we're struggling to love our neighbor as ourselves
42:30 in the world and in the church,
42:33 we can look to the fact
42:35 that the first and mega commandment.
42:38 Love the Lord with all your heart,
42:40 with all your soul, with all your mind,
42:42 with all your strength
42:46 has somehow not gotten deep into our hearts yet.
42:53 Communing to love
42:54 we've lost the art of loving God.
42:59 I would have told you that two years ago
43:01 from an intellectual perspective
43:03 but I'm going to tell you that tonight
43:04 from my personal experience.
43:07 I can tell you with a resounding,
43:10 resounding yes that we do not know really
43:13 what it means to be in love with God.
43:16 Let me give you a very practical example,
43:18 what it means to be in love, okay, I would know.
43:22 So about two or three months ago,
43:25 my fiancé was at a conference.
43:28 And I was not there, I was at home
43:29 but he was going to be on stage that night
43:31 and I wanted to watch, it was being live streamed
43:33 but it was at the same time as my workout and everything.
43:36 So I was like, ah, I'll just put it on my iPhone,
43:38 put it up on my dresser, I was working at my room.
43:40 I'll just work out and I'll be able to hear
43:42 what he has to say onstage, it will be great.
43:44 So I put my iPhone up on my dresser
43:47 and I'm listening to it and everything else,
43:50 all the other things were happening
43:53 and I was just working out.
43:55 and suddenly this familiar voice
43:56 comes on to my phone.
43:58 And I tell you, I did not have time
43:59 to reason through my reaction,
44:01 I whirled up off the ground,
44:02 I had been doing a ton of ab exercises, core exercises.
44:06 And I whirled up off the ground,
44:07 snatched my phone off a dresser
44:09 and I was looking at it like this
44:10 and then I thought,
44:12 "Wait, that's kind of weird."
44:14 I mean just calm down and go workout.
44:18 It's not going to change, he is thousand miles away.
44:20 It's not going to change
44:21 if I'm looking at it like this or if I'm not.
44:24 How often when we hear the name of Jesus being spoken
44:28 do we immediately react
44:29 and want to know what he has to say.
44:32 When the Bible is there, how do we rush to open like.
44:35 What does it say?
44:38 That's what it means to be in love.
44:41 That's what it means to be in love with Jesus Christ,
44:45 that when we hear His name being spoken,
44:47 we perk up.
44:48 It's like,
44:50 ''What did you have to say."
44:53 Why do we expect that of people in love with people,
44:57 and we don't expect of people in love with God.
45:01 What is wrong with the way we think about it?
45:04 Well, it's because we don't have,
45:06 we don't have examples before us of
45:09 martyrs going to their death and singing in the flames.
45:15 In the Dark Ages their way of killing men was mostly
45:19 burning them at the stake there with.
45:21 Murdering women was burying them alive and,
45:23 and if you read back in Foxe's Book of Martyrs and such.
45:27 They say that the women went to their graves
45:31 to be buried alive in their best clothes
45:34 and with a smile on their face
45:35 and a song in their singing,
45:39 why?
45:42 Because they loved Him.
45:45 They loved the one for whom
45:48 they were going to die.
45:51 That is love,
45:52 the song Solomon says that
45:54 love is stronger than death and it is true.
45:57 It is true, commune to love.
45:59 We've lost the art of loving God.
46:03 When it comes to my family or my fiancé,
46:06 I want to know what makes them happy.
46:08 I want to know their likes and dislikes.
46:09 I want to understand them
46:11 because why, I love them
46:12 and it works the exact same way with God,
46:14 we want to know Him.
46:16 We want to know His likes and dislikes.
46:17 We want to know what pleases Him,
46:18 what satisfies Him,
46:20 what brings Him glory because we love Him,
46:21 when we love Him.
46:28 What does it...
46:30 What does it take to make God feel loved
46:32 by the human race?
46:34 There's a story of a man who deeply loved God,
46:41 and he loved to pray
46:42 and he said to his servant one day,
46:44 "I'm going to go pray for half an hour
46:46 come and get me when, when,
46:49 when half an hour is over."
46:51 So the man went off to his room to pray.
46:53 Half an hour later the servant went looked in
46:56 and the man was so wrapped in prayer
46:59 praying out loud
47:00 and he was so wrapped in prayer.
47:02 The servant felt really bad about interrupting him
47:05 so he thought I'll just give him a little more time,
47:07 I'll come back later, so the servant went away.
47:10 While later the servant comes back, looks in,
47:13 the man still completely absorbed in communication,
47:16 I'll better come back a little bit.
47:18 This continued on until three hours later
47:20 the servant was like,
47:22 "Now this is awkward because he told me
47:23 to get him after half an hour."
47:25 And it's been three hours and he goes there
47:27 and the man still lost in communion with God
47:29 but the servant felt like he had to interrupt him
47:31 and so he's like you master,
47:34 you know, it's time
47:38 and the man turned to him and he said,
47:39 "Oh, half an hour goes so quickly
47:44 when I'm communicating with Him."
47:47 I want that experience,
47:52 where after three hours, I think,
47:55 oh, half an hour goes by so quickly
47:59 when I'm in the presence of Jesus Christ,
48:02 the one, the only one that can save me.
48:07 How often do we commune not to tell God,
48:10 oh, this happened and it was terrible,
48:12 and oh, God, please make that person be more agreeable.
48:17 And, Lord, this happened and such and such
48:20 and hey, please I need help with this test,
48:22 and oh finances, Lord, oh, my finances.
48:26 How often do we go to God just pepper with him
48:29 and treat him like a gumball machine.
48:32 Quarter, gumball, quarter, gumball,
48:34 quarter, gumball, pray, answer,
48:37 finances, money, that person deal with them.
48:41 And instead start thinking of the fact
48:45 that God loves us so much,
48:48 He would love to just communicate with us
48:50 exclusively for the purpose of just loving Him.
48:56 How would my family or Paul like it
48:58 if the only reason I would talk to them was just be like,
49:04 "Honey, fix this, Honey, do that."
49:07 Some marriages probably are like that
49:09 but that's not...
49:12 They are not vibrant.
49:15 Communion just to love
49:17 this is a second thing God has been pressing on my heart,
49:19 I'm running out of time,
49:20 God's been pressing on my heart,
49:22 "Natasha, sometimes come to me just to love me.
49:26 Sometimes come to me just so I can love you.
49:34 But ultimately,
49:37 oh, let me let me share this.
49:44 We find the same principle in the Bible.
49:46 For instance, Moses right after the scenario
49:48 with the golden calf, it's awful, his...
49:50 The tabernacle is removed from the camp.
49:53 He's outside in the tabernacle
49:55 away from camp interceding for these people,
49:57 and go to Exodus and read it
49:59 because he's there interceding for these people.
50:01 You can actually watch in the account.
50:06 Moses becoming more and more distracted
50:08 just from the people
50:09 and more and more just in enchanted with God
50:14 until he's finally like,
50:17 all he can think about is God's glory,
50:18 he's like, ''I just beseech you,
50:20 show me your glory."
50:24 How would you like to be distracted
50:25 from the things of this world by God?
50:29 Same thing with the beloved John.
50:31 While everybody else was out hiding behind bushes,
50:34 John was at the foot of the cross.
50:36 Why?
50:37 Because he thought this was supposed to happen.
50:39 No.
50:41 Because he loved Him,
50:43 because he loved Him,
50:45 commune to love.
50:47 There was a Waldensian martyr in the Dark Ages,
50:50 who was a pastor and he was caught
50:53 and he was told that his wife and his son
50:55 were going to be killed
50:56 and that he would be killed
50:57 with all the perfected tortures of the inquisition
51:00 if he did not renounce his faith in Christ.
51:06 The Waldensian pastor's response to his torturers was
51:10 "Ten thousand deaths of such a kind
51:12 would be too few to express my love for Him."
51:20 How do we fall in love with Him?
51:24 Ultimately,
51:26 it's knowing how much He loves you.
51:30 Jeremiah 3:14 says,
51:33 "Turn, O backsliding children,
51:37 saith the Lord, for I am married unto you."
51:41 What would possess the God of the universe
51:45 to look at stubborn humanity and be like,
51:50 "I'm married to you
51:53 for better or for worse,
51:55 for richer or for poorer, to love and to cherish,
51:58 I'll keep myself only to you throughout eternity,
52:01 God Jesus Christ never gives up His humanity
52:08 forsaking all others,
52:09 keep himself to the human race,
52:13 till death do us part and not even death can part us.
52:18 God is in love with the human race
52:21 for some inexplicable reason.
52:24 How much do we love Him in return?
52:28 Why are we discussing this?
52:30 GYC's mission statement
52:31 like I mentioned at the beginning,
52:33 "The movement to young people on a mission
52:34 to take a Three Angels' Messages,
52:35 to the entire world in this generation."
52:42 That means that we're going to see
52:44 all the prophecies of Revelation fulfilled
52:46 in this generation,
52:48 that's what, that's our goal,
52:49 that's what we, that's what we want.
52:51 Obviously, God is in control of all these events.
52:52 But that's what we're saying we desire
52:55 and only one thing is going to suffice to accomplish it
52:58 and that is when our hearts are so lost
53:01 with love for God that nothing else can suffice.
53:05 Some of you may ask
53:07 why are you telling so many martyrs stories.
53:09 I told you at the beginning, because I love how clear,
53:12 crystal clear Christianity is in the lives of these people
53:14 so I have one more to close off with you for you.
53:18 The Waldensians during the Dark Ages were,
53:22 well, they were persecuted for a millennium, right.
53:24 So it was many, many times
53:26 and they had to run for their homes
53:27 but this particular time their persecutors chose
53:29 the dead of winter to evict them from their homes.
53:37 "Cold and icy were the peaks..."
53:39 This is J.A. Wylie, History of the Waldenses,
53:41 "Cold and icy were the peaks
53:42 that looked down upon this miserable troop,
53:45 who were now fording the torrents
53:46 and now struggling up the mountain tracks,
53:48 but the heart of the persecutor was colder still.
53:50 True, an alternative was offered them,
53:52 they might give up their faith."
53:55 Did they avail themselves of it?
53:56 The historian Leger informs us
53:58 that he had a congregation of well-nigh 2,000 persons,
54:02 and that not a man of them all accepted the alternative.
54:07 "I can well bear them this testimony," he observes,
54:10 "seeing I was their pastor for eleven years,
54:12 and I knew every one of them by name, judge, reader,
54:15 whether I had not cause to weep for joy,
54:17 as well as for sorrow,
54:19 when I saw that all the fury of these wolves
54:23 was not able to influence one of these lambs,
54:28 and that no earthly advantage could shake their constancy.
54:31 And when I marked the traces of their blood
54:33 on the snow and ice
54:35 over which they had dragged their lacerated limbs,
54:37 had I not cause to bless God
54:41 that I had seen accomplished in their poor bodies
54:43 what remained of the measure of the sufferings of Christ,
54:45 and especially when I beheld this heavy cross
54:48 borne by them with a fortitude so noble?"
54:54 This is the Christianity that can
54:56 and will come back to this generation.
55:02 Not because we will, will it,
55:04 not because we like pull ourselves up
55:06 by our own bootstraps
55:07 and decide that we are going to renounce
55:09 everything of the world
55:10 and that we are going to go spill our blood on the fields,
55:14 that is not going to be what does this.
55:17 It's going to be understanding the passionate love of God
55:21 for my soul,
55:25 that's for better or for worse.
55:27 He's committed to me for richer or for poorer,
55:31 He's married to me, He's dedicated to me,
55:35 He will never leave me or forsake me
55:38 and without the righteousness of this Christ
55:39 all the world cannot save me
55:41 and therefore I turn my life over to Him.
55:45 At the beginning of GYC,
55:49 as GYC is starting,
55:53 I want to challenge all of you to reflect
55:59 just how much do you love God.
56:04 How much is your heart turned over for Him?
56:08 How much are you willing to trade the pearl,
56:12 pardon me trade the world for the pearl,
56:17 is not the Lamb that was slain worthy
56:22 to receive the reward of his inheritance?
57:03 Worthy is the Lamb
57:06 That was slain
57:12 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain


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