Generation of Youth for Christ 2017

Divine Service

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: 17GYC

Program Code: 17GYC000008A

00:34 That summer was life changing,
00:36 not only did God answered my prayer for a friend
00:39 but also someone who I would look up to,
00:41 who spiritually is led by the Lord.
00:43 It's the Jesus inside of Ranela that shines so brightly.
00:50 Ranela loves her family.
00:51 All she does is talk about how amazing her family is.
00:54 She loves God's people, but most of all,
00:57 she loves the creator of this universe.
01:00 She loves the Jesus that died for her.
01:03 And I know
01:04 that you all will hear a message
01:05 from heaven today.
01:07 Her scripture reading for this morning is found
01:09 in the Book of John, if you have your Bibles,
01:11 you can turn there, John 6...
01:17 John 6:37.
01:23 As you're turning there,
01:25 the story of this passage of scripture
01:27 is so special to me
01:29 because it's the very first verse
01:30 Ranela ever shared with me.
01:32 I don't know if she remembers that,
01:34 but I remember being in despair in my Christian relationship
01:37 in walk with God.
01:38 But this is the verse she shared,
01:40 and it's her scripture reading for this morning, John 6:37-40.
01:45 It reads in,
01:46 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me,
01:49 and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
01:52 For I have come down from heaven,
01:54 not to do My own will,
01:55 but the will of Him who sent Me.
01:57 This is the will of the Father who sent Me,
01:59 that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing,
02:03 but should raise it up at the last day.
02:05 And this is the will of Him who sent Me,
02:08 that everyone who sees the Son
02:09 and believes in Him may have everlasting life,
02:13 and I will raise him up on that last day."
02:16 Let us have a prayer
02:17 for the Word this morning and for Ranela.
02:20 Father in heaven, thank You so much for the Word of God.
02:24 Thank You for the Holy Spirit.
02:26 We asked that You would fill Ranela,
02:29 and that this morning
02:30 we would hear a message from heaven.
02:32 In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
02:49 As the earth is full of beauty
02:54 As the sun is full of light
02:59 As the oceans swell with water
03:04 And the mountains burst with height
03:09 Overwhelm my soul with You
03:13 Lord Like the waters fill the sea
03:19 Give me Jesus
03:22 Without measure
03:26 That my heart be full
03:31 Of Thee
03:40 Come as beauty that engulfs me
03:45 Come as joy that floods my soul
03:50 Come as wisdom to direct me
03:54 May I yield to Your control
03:59 Every thought and every motive
04:04 All of You and none of me
04:09 Give me Jesus
04:11 Without measure
04:16 That my heart be full
04:21 Of Thee
04:29 Be my power, reign within me
04:34 Vanquish every wrong desire
04:38 Be my purpose, be my passion
04:43 Set my languid soul a-fire
04:47 Every word and every action
04:52 For Your glory, this my plea
04:57 Give me Jesus without measure
05:04 That my heart be full
05:08 Of Thee
05:13 Jesus
05:17 Give Me Jesus, Jesus
05:23 That my heart be full
05:28 Of Thee
05:36 May my life exalt You only
05:41 Every breath lift up Your name
05:45 Fill my being with Your Spirit
05:50 Let no empty part remain
05:54 Purge the dross and melt the coldness
05:59 Conquer sin to set me free
06:04 Give me Jesus Give me Jesus
06:09 Without measure Without measure
06:18 That my heart
06:22 Be full
06:27 Of Thee
06:33 Full of
06:40 Thee
06:58 Good morning and happy Sabbath.
07:02 Isn't it a great Sabbath to be together?
07:06 I hope you guys got at least a few hours of sleep last night
07:11 after catching up with friends,
07:13 and waking up early to have personal devotions,
07:16 and rushing to catch this meeting.
07:19 You know, I love GYC, don't you?
07:22 Everyone's either are hungry or tired or both.
07:25 But it's okay
07:27 because it's a big happy reunion of people
07:29 we love and we don't see enough of.
07:33 And it's a time to be spiritually challenged,
07:37 encouraged, uplifted,
07:39 a little taste of heaven, isn't it?
07:42 The Bible says,
07:43 "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.
07:47 So much the more as you see the day approaching."
07:53 On this Sabbath day, I'm sure the Holy Spirit
07:56 is just waiting to be poured out on those
07:59 who are hungering and thirsting to receive a blessing.
08:05 I want to begin with an experience
08:07 I had just about a month ago.
08:11 I recently moved to Maryland a few months ago,
08:13 and I was driving on the highway
08:15 one rainy evening,
08:17 going to pick up my boyfriend, Kyle,
08:18 from the airport which I tend to do often.
08:22 I was singing at the top of my lungs
08:24 trying to lift my spirits from the rainy night,
08:26 just having a peaceful ride.
08:29 I was in the fast lane, which, especially in Maryland,
08:33 I love being in
08:34 because, you know, I'm still getting used
08:35 to Maryland versus California.
08:38 In California, you can typically drive like 74
08:41 and it's okay in a 65.
08:44 But in Maryland, the speed limit's like 55.
08:47 So anyway, I'm in the fast lane
08:48 and I'm little frustrated that the people in front of me
08:51 are going kind of slow.
08:53 You know, it's raining but I'm in Kyle's Outback,
08:56 so I feel really safe.
08:58 Well, as things go on the highway sometimes,
09:02 a car starts pulling up next to me
09:04 in the next to fast lane,
09:06 but he can't seem to get in front of me
09:09 because of the car in front of him
09:11 who's going a little too slow.
09:13 Of course, I'm thinking,
09:15 why is this person trying to pass me.
09:18 Doesn't he see that the person in front of me is going slow
09:21 and I'm keeping the closest and safest following distance
09:25 and there are several cars in front of him.
09:27 And so...
09:28 you know, you know how it goes.
09:31 So he's inching his way forward trying to cut in front of me.
09:37 And I'll admit I'm like.
09:40 And I inched closer, you know, subconsciously.
09:43 I inched closer and closer to the car in front of me
09:45 just shaking my head, thinking,
09:47 "Man, why Maryland drivers, why?"
09:50 We go back and forth like this for a few minutes,
09:53 me being adamant about not letting him in
09:56 and wanting to keep my spot.
09:58 And why are Maryland drivers the worst,
10:00 and all these thoughts in my head.
10:01 All the while Google Maps is going off telling me
10:06 that my exit is coming up in 1.8 miles,
10:09 in 1 mile, in 0.5 mile.
10:13 But unfortunately,
10:15 I had the volume turned down a little low,
10:17 I could hear it but I couldn't hear it
10:20 because I was so focused on the frustration,
10:23 the distraction you could say,
10:26 of trying to keep my place in the fast lane,
10:30 not letting this guy in.
10:32 When I finally realized my exit is half a mile away,
10:35 my mind quickly begins to work out
10:37 how in the world I can get over fast enough to my exit
10:40 because I knew if I didn't,
10:41 it'd be several miles before the next exit,
10:43 and I would just waste so much time
10:45 so I quickly lose sight of wanting to keep my place,
10:47 I actually break motioning to this guy
10:50 to get over in front of me.
10:51 So now I can move over to the slower lanes.
10:55 I see a wide gap of cars in the next two lanes
10:57 and as I'm swerving over to exit, I'm thinking,
10:59 "I'm such a bad Maryland driver."
11:02 Simultaneously, I'm not quite clearing,
11:05 you know, that triangle before it splits
11:07 and the exit sign is there.
11:09 So I sort of clear but not really,
11:11 I hit two huge potholes and I'm yelling,
11:13 praise the Lord for Outbacks.
11:17 You know, I'm sorry, Kyle,
11:18 I've never actually told you this story
11:20 but I think your car is safe.
11:23 I make it off the freeway barely all
11:28 because of petty distraction.
11:33 Distractions can create real problems.
11:37 They can cause us to lose sight
11:39 of what's important, what really matters.
11:44 And when you look back on that distraction,
11:46 sometimes you think, "Wow" that deserves
11:48 so little of my attention compared
11:50 to what I really should have been focused on.
11:54 The message this morning is titled
11:56 "The Power of the Undistracted".
12:00 Let's have one more word of prayer.
12:06 Father in heaven,
12:08 this Sabbath morning,
12:11 we come to You so in need of Your Holy Spirit
12:15 because I can't see anything that means anything.
12:19 And the listeners can't really
12:21 have this message touch their hearts
12:23 without Your Holy Spirit.
12:25 And so we pray, Lord,
12:27 that You do the miracle of changing a human heart
12:30 to be spiritual.
12:32 And that the words that you want me
12:34 to speak would come out
12:35 and would reach deep into the hearts of these people
12:38 and my own.
12:39 We thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen.
12:45 Distractions or diversions are used in war
12:50 to cause the enemy to be surprised
12:53 and overcome by the unexpected attack.
12:56 They're used in competitive sports
12:58 to lure as many people away from that one player
13:02 who is planning on making the touchdown
13:04 or driving to the basket.
13:07 Have you ever been talking to someone
13:09 who is easily distracted?
13:11 Maybe here at GYC, you're at the booth,
13:14 you're so excited to see your friend
13:16 that you haven't seen in a while
13:18 and you start talking.
13:19 And as you're talking,
13:21 you'd start noticing their eyes are going everywhere.
13:24 "Wow, so you're going back to school, that's great.
13:27 Oh, I'm so sorry your daddy is not doing well.
13:31 I hope he feels better."
13:34 A distraction is anything that prevents someone
13:38 from giving full attention to something or someone else.
13:43 I want you to take your Bibles and go to John 6.
13:49 In John 6, we find a story, a fascinating story,
13:54 that we've heard, some of us many times.
13:57 Jesus has just performed an incredible miracle
14:02 of the feeding of the 5,000,
14:05 probably thousands of people more that were actually there.
14:08 He's just multiplied the loaves and fish for that young boy,
14:12 and the people are incredibly amazed
14:14 at what has just taken place.
14:17 The men gathered there are being confirmed
14:19 more and more in their minds, this is the Messiah
14:23 who is finally here to free us from the Romans.
14:28 He can restore the kingdom to Jerusalem.
14:31 He will make Judea an earthly paradise,
14:34 a land flowing with milk and honey.
14:37 He can heal soldiers wounded in battle
14:40 and supply whole armies with food.
14:44 He'll conquer the nations
14:45 and give Israel the long sought dominion.
14:48 Their hopes are running high and they begin to talk,
14:52 "How are we going to crown Him like King, like He deserves?"
14:58 The disciples joined in,
15:00 and as they're about to advance towards Jesus,
15:03 Jesus senses what is taking place.
15:06 And the Bible says
15:08 that immediately Jesus made His disciples
15:10 get into the boat
15:11 and go before Him to the other side
15:12 while He sent the multitudes away.
15:14 He spoke in an authoritative voice,
15:16 He knew that this was not why He came.
15:20 Jesus, not in the slightest flattered
15:23 by the ambition of the multitudes knows
15:25 that He was not called for this purpose.
15:29 Let me pick up the story in verse 37.
15:32 This is actually the day after the events
15:35 when He multiplied the loaves and fish.
15:37 And the people are looking frantically for Him.
15:40 And Jesus tries to tell them what His mission is.
15:44 And in verse 37, it says,
15:47 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me,
15:51 and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out."
15:55 Amen.
15:56 "For I have come down from heaven,
15:58 not to do My own will,
16:00 but the will of Him who sent Me.
16:03 This is the will of the Father who sent Me,
16:05 that of all that He has given Me
16:07 I should lose nothing,
16:09 but should raise it up at the last day.
16:12 And this is the will of Him who sent Me,
16:13 that everyone who sees the Son
16:16 and believes in Him may have everlasting life,
16:19 and I will raise him up at the last day."
16:22 Jesus was saying, "This is the Father's will.
16:24 I know what the Father's will is,
16:26 and I have come to do His will."
16:29 You see in situations that would allure any of us
16:35 to worldly honor, and riches, and fame,
16:39 Jesus held strong to what He knew
16:42 the Father's ultimate will was for Him.
16:45 They wanted to crown Him king.
16:47 They wanted to give Him honor and allegiance,
16:49 and yet this was not even tempting to Jesus
16:53 because He knew so clearly His mission.
16:56 Jesus faced temptation similar to this
16:59 when the devil took Him up to the mountain
17:01 and offered Him the whole world, fame,
17:04 riches, power, authority,
17:06 but Jesus remains undeterred from His mission.
17:09 Nothing can stop Him, nothing can distract Him,
17:12 nothing can seem to move Him
17:14 from His mission of revealing the character of God
17:17 and dying for the sinful race.
17:19 In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus says,
17:22 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
17:24 because He anointed Me
17:26 to preach the gospel to the poor,
17:28 He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
17:30 to proclaim liberty to the captives,
17:32 and recovery of sight to the blind,
17:34 to set at liberty those who are oppressed."
17:36 Jesus knew clearly what He was sent to do
17:40 and what His purpose was.
17:42 Luke 19:9-10,
17:44 "For the Son of Man come to seek
17:47 and save the lost."
17:49 In John 9, Jesus says,
17:51 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day,
17:55 the night is coming when no one can work."
17:57 Jesus was so focused,
17:59 He was undistracted from His mission.
18:02 And finally, Luke 9:51.
18:06 "Now it came to pass,
18:08 when the time had come for Him to be received up,
18:11 that He steadfastly set His face
18:14 to go to Jerusalem."
18:17 Jesus would not be deterred from His mission.
18:19 He was so convinced of His purpose,
18:23 He had so accepted and embraced His calling,
18:26 that you couldn't offer Him the world.
18:29 You know, we sing
18:30 "You can have all this world but give me Jesus."
18:32 Jesus is saying,
18:33 "You could have all this world but give me lost souls."
18:36 Jesus had purpose, He had vision, He had focus.
18:40 His attention was absorbed in one thing,
18:44 nothing could distract Him from it.
18:47 And this life of focus was a life of power.
18:52 This life of purpose was a life that shook the world
18:54 because nothing could distract Him
18:57 from His mission.
19:00 Why was it that Jesus could be so focused on His mission?
19:05 Why was it that nothing could distract Him
19:07 from His calling?
19:09 Did you know that Jesus
19:13 had to study the scriptures overtime as a child
19:18 and began to understand more fully His calling.
19:22 Mary, Jesus' mother, taught Him from the words of scripture,
19:26 and Jesus was an earnest student
19:28 of the prophecies of the Bible.
19:31 In Desire of Ages, we're given a picture
19:33 for the first time of Jesus' parents taking Him
19:36 to Jerusalem for the Passover.
19:39 He is of age, 12 years old.
19:42 Are there any 12 year olds in here,
19:44 this early in the morning?
19:46 A few, okay.
19:48 At that age,
19:50 Jesus was understanding His mission.
19:54 You know, parents don't underestimate
19:55 the capacity of your child
19:57 to sense a calling in their lives from God.
20:01 Jesus was 12, and as He studied the words of scripture,
20:05 He was understanding something,
20:07 and listen to what it says in Desire of Ages, page 78.
20:11 "For the first time,
20:13 the child Jesus looked upon the temple.
20:16 He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice.
20:21 With the worshipers, He bowed in prayer,
20:24 while the cloud of incense ascended before God.
20:27 He witnessed the impressive rites
20:29 of the paschal service.
20:31 Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly.
20:34 New impulses were awakening within Him.
20:37 Every act seemed
20:39 to be bound up with His own life.
20:42 Silent and absorbed,
20:44 He seemed to be studying out a great problem.
20:48 The mystery of His mission was opening to the Savior.
20:51 Rapt in contemplation of these scenes,
20:54 He did not remain beside His parents.
20:57 He sought to be alone.
20:59 When the paschal services were ended,
21:01 He still lingered in the temple courts.
21:04 And when the worshipers departed
21:05 from Jerusalem, He was left behind."
21:10 You can imagine Jesus
21:11 as He's starting to understand His mission.
21:14 It goes on in Desire of Ages,
21:15 it says, "As one seeking for wisdom,
21:17 He questioned these teachers," speaking of the rabbis,
21:20 "in regard to the prophecies,
21:23 and to events then taking place that pointed
21:25 to the advent of the Messiah."
21:28 He knew the fulfillment of the time of the Messiah
21:31 was coming near, and many people did.
21:35 Time prophecies gave Him and gave them an understanding
21:39 that the Messiah should be there.
21:42 Later on in Desire of Ages,
21:44 it says, "The rabbis knew
21:45 that Jesus had not been instructed
21:47 in their schools, yet His understanding
21:51 of the prophecies far exceeded theirs."
21:55 He knew more of the rabbis because He studied the Bible.
21:58 He studied the scriptures, He understood just where
22:02 they were in earth's history at that time.
22:05 And He knew that the Messiah was to come.
22:08 He understood the sanctuary service.
22:10 And He realized that He was the fulfillment.
22:14 One of the reasons Jesus was able to stay so fixed
22:17 on His mission, completely undistracted,
22:20 was because He realized
22:22 that He was the fulfillment of the prophecies
22:25 given hundreds and thousands of years prior.
22:28 And He accepted that calling.
22:32 You know, there's something about studying the Bible.
22:36 Something about studying the prophecies of Daniel
22:39 and Revelation that helps build a reason for our faith
22:43 that convicts us deeply
22:45 and keeps us focused on the purpose
22:47 for our existence in this day and age of the 21st century.
22:52 As you read and study the Bible,
22:54 as you discover this man, Jesus,
22:57 who was willing to die eternally
23:00 so that you could live eternally,
23:02 you start to realize
23:04 that this redeemer was also your creator,
23:07 and you begin to fall in love with Him.
23:10 As you read and study the scriptures,
23:12 you start to respect the true God of the Bible,
23:15 someone who wouldn't burn people
23:17 in hell for eternity,
23:19 someone who is just and merciful,
23:21 someone who forgives over and over and over
23:25 and who loves you just the same,
23:27 and you commit your life to Him as you read the Bible.
23:30 As you read the prophecies of the Bible,
23:32 you recognize
23:34 that your best friend has promised
23:35 that He is going to come back.
23:37 And He's outlined
23:38 how you can know He is coming soon.
23:40 You see the rise and fall of nations
23:43 that were foretold thousands of years in advance,
23:46 and your heart is strengthened to believe
23:48 that the book He left you can be trusted.
23:51 You see just where you are in earth's history
23:55 and that you're living in the time
23:56 just prior to when He is coming again.
23:58 He tells you
24:00 that He has a special plan for you
24:02 in the time period that you were born,
24:05 in a special sense
24:06 to call people's attention to Him
24:08 and to prepare the way for Him.
24:11 You recognize that the calling is a personal calling.
24:14 And how do you recognize that?
24:17 Because you read the Bible and you realize
24:21 that you are those messengers in Revelation 14.
24:25 And that you have a part to play in Revelation 18,
24:28 in the whole earth being illuminated
24:30 with the glory of God.
24:32 You are part of that group
24:33 that must prophesy again in Revelation 10.
24:36 And God is calling you to be part of that group
24:39 in Revelation 14,
24:40 who are redeemed from the earth,
24:41 who follow the lamb wherever he goes,
24:44 and who keep the commandments and have the faith of Jesus.
24:48 Yes, you read the scriptures, as you read the prophecies,
24:53 you understand
24:54 that this is a very personal calling.
24:58 Knowing and understanding the scriptures in the time
25:02 that we live in, friends, is crucial.
25:09 No wonder we are so distracted from our mission,
25:14 we don't really know what our mission is about.
25:19 No wonder, we so easily adopt the principles of the world,
25:23 the ambitions of the world,
25:25 we settle so easily for our lives here on earth
25:28 because maybe
25:30 we have not discovered our real purpose
25:33 as Seventh-day Adventist from the Word of God.
25:37 I was 15 years old,
25:39 I was sitting in the cafeteria of my high school,
25:41 Monterey Bay Academy.
25:43 A group of young people,
25:44 all 20s and 30s came to visit my school.
25:48 They were talking about canvassing and evangelism.
25:52 One guy was named Taj Pacleb,
25:56 and another guy, Bill Krick.
26:00 I was 15 years old
26:01 and was very open to God during that time.
26:04 I had been planning on going on a mission trip
26:08 with my school to South Africa.
26:10 But some of these guys started
26:12 talking about a ShareHim mission trip,
26:14 they were taking to Ethiopia.
26:17 And I sense the Holy Spirit really speaking to me
26:20 that I should go.
26:23 And so I don't know
26:24 how my parents let me do this as a 15 year old,
26:27 but I went to Africa with a group of people
26:29 I didn't know.
26:31 I've always appreciated my parents...
26:39 That even if I wanted to do something
26:41 that sounded crazy,
26:42 they would allow me to go where they sensed
26:44 the Holy Spirit was leading.
26:47 Parents, if you're out there or watching online,
26:50 don't be afraid
26:51 to let your children experience God in radical ways.
26:55 It might seem crazy to you or a waste of time,
26:57 but be sensitive to the desires
27:00 of your children to go on missions for God.
27:03 We're living in different times and don't be surprised
27:06 if the Holy Spirit is moving
27:08 on your children in powerful ways
27:10 because it could change their lives for eternity.
27:14 So I went on this trip,
27:15 not knowing anyone, pretty nervous,
27:18 we would review
27:19 and edit the sermons in the morning,
27:21 take a little break in the afternoon,
27:23 go around the town,
27:25 and in the evening, we would preach.
27:28 I remember my first sermon preaching on Daniel 2.
27:32 I had no idea what I was doing.
27:35 If any of you have been on these trips,
27:37 you know that they have
27:38 all the sermons outlined for you.
27:39 So you can edit them
27:41 or you can just read them word for word,
27:42 and I pretty much read a lot of it word for word.
27:45 I remember my first night making an appeal,
27:49 and I was just doing what I saw my dad do,
27:51 and what I'd seen growing up, and I said if you believe,
27:55 if you want to take the Word of God
27:57 as your only rule of authority,
27:59 I want you to raise your Bibles in the air.
28:01 And I saw people raising their Bibles,
28:03 and I was thinking, "Wow, they're actually doing it.
28:06 That's awesome."
28:08 I remember preaching night after night under a tree
28:12 in a small town called Dongoro.
28:14 And I had a great translator, you know, I was only 15,
28:17 so he was the type of translator
28:18 when I got to the end of the sermon,
28:20 I'd make my appeal
28:21 and then he would look at me and say, "Okay, wait."
28:23 And then he would go off in a row
28:24 and just start preaching and appealing,
28:27 and I would stand there and be like, "Amen."
28:31 What was a life changing about that trip
28:34 was that as I read and studied in the morning,
28:38 I was amazed how everything
28:41 we believed a Seventh-day Adventist
28:43 was straight from the Bible and how much sense it made.
28:47 I hadn't studied too much
28:49 for myself into Daniel and Revelation
28:50 or asking the deep questions of life,
28:53 but because I had to present it,
28:54 I had to understand it.
28:57 And I remember thinking, "Wow, this is amazing."
29:00 Fifteen years old.
29:02 There are teenagers
29:04 that would love to dig deep into the Word of God
29:07 if we gave them opportunities.
29:10 As I saw how God foretold in Daniel 2,
29:12 the rise and fall of the nations of Babylon,
29:15 Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome,
29:16 divided Rome, hundreds and thousands of years
29:19 before the events took place.
29:21 It was as a large stone
29:22 in the foundation of my faith being laid.
29:25 I began to trust
29:26 that this book was reliable, that they just...
29:29 They aren't just stories or allegories or metaphors,
29:33 these were real life experiences,
29:35 and the promises were for me.
29:38 I understood the issues of the great controversy
29:41 that an enemy has done this, has brought sin into the world,
29:45 and that God created a perfect world
29:47 and made provision for sin through His Son, Jesus,
29:50 if man were to sin because He gave us free choice.
29:53 I begin to understand
29:54 why bad things happen to good people
29:57 and why God is full of love
29:59 and is a relational, personal God,
30:01 and yet why
30:02 there is so much suffering in the world
30:04 sometimes in the name of God?
30:07 These deep-seated questions that
30:10 for lack of an adequate answer
30:11 turn people away from God began to be answered
30:14 in my mind
30:16 and was another affirmation of my faith,
30:18 another stone laid in the foundation of my faith.
30:22 I understood why we believe
30:23 that when you die you don't go straight to heaven
30:25 or burn in some cauldron in the middle of the earth,
30:28 but you're asleep awaiting the resurrection.
30:30 I begin to understand that the Bible teaches
30:33 that Jesus' second coming was literal,
30:35 physical, all would see it, it would be decisive,
30:38 an end to living on this sinful planet,
30:40 and that Jesus would be coming back
30:41 to take us home, that heaven is real.
30:45 And that heaven could begin here on earth
30:46 with Jesus in my heart.
30:49 I began to understand
30:52 more of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation,
30:55 and how they confirmed and expanded on Daniel 2,
30:58 how outlined 2,300 years of history,
31:01 including the first coming of Jesus,
31:03 His baptism, His death,
31:04 the sanctuary being cleansed at the end of those years,
31:07 what the sanctuary even was?
31:09 And how it outlines the plan of salvation?
31:12 The signs of the second coming,
31:13 the history of God's people throughout the ages
31:16 and their role in the last days,
31:18 the three angels preparing for the reaping of the harvest,
31:21 the judgment, and all the beauty of that,
31:24 and what the new heavens and the earth would be like.
31:27 So many beautiful truths
31:30 about the merciful dealings of God with man
31:32 throughout history,
31:34 and His plan to end sin forever,
31:38 these were being impressed in my mind.
31:41 And as I understood the clear message of the Bible,
31:44 it was logical, it was spiritual,
31:47 it was moving, it was relational,
31:51 and it changed my life.
31:54 And in a sense, just like the experience of Jesus,
31:57 I began to realize and understand
32:00 that I wasn't born in this world
32:02 by accident in this day and age,
32:05 to live in the 21st century just for no reason.
32:08 I was born during this time in earth's history
32:11 for a very specific purpose,
32:13 to prepare a people to stand before God
32:16 and to usher in the second coming.
32:19 I began to understand God's purpose for me
32:22 as I read the scriptures and I studied the prophecies.
32:30 My friends, if you do not know
32:31 why you are a Seventh-day Adventist,
32:35 you might be young or old,
32:37 you might have been in the church
32:39 for just a few years or for 50 years,
32:42 if you don't know why you are a Christian,
32:45 why you can trust this book, why you go to church,
32:51 what your specific calling is here in life,
32:54 you will be all too easily distracted
32:59 from this message, this mission, and this calling
33:03 because your foundation is faulty.
33:06 You will be distracted by false theology,
33:09 higher criticism or watering down of the message
33:12 of the Seventh-day Adventist movement.
33:15 Distractions happen easily to those who are not focused.
33:20 And those only are focused
33:22 who are deeply in love with Jesus
33:24 and fully convicted of their mission.
33:28 Jesus was convicted, sold out, sure of His calling.
33:33 In Hebrews 11:24-25, it says of Moses,
33:37 "By faith Moses, when he became of age,
33:39 refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
33:42 choosing rather to suffer affliction
33:44 with the people of God than to enjoy
33:46 the passing pleasures of sin,
33:48 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches
33:50 than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward."
33:54 Moses was taught by his parents about the true God.
33:58 And he was actually visited by angels, we're told.
34:00 He was told of his mission
34:02 to lead God's people out of Egypt
34:04 as the deliverer.
34:05 And nothing could deter him from that mission,
34:09 not even the hopes of being the next Pharaoh,
34:14 the most powerful leader
34:15 of the most powerful nation of the world.
34:18 All the riches and treasures could not distract him
34:22 because he had understood and embraced his calling
34:25 that God had revealed to him.
34:29 Unless you are convinced of your calling today, GYC,
34:34 everything that can be shaken will be shaken.
34:37 And just because you're here at GYC,
34:39 and just because I'm here about GYC,
34:41 excited about the message and mission,
34:43 doesn't mean you'll always be.
34:47 Distractions will come easily
34:50 if you haven't had
34:51 a personal realization of your calling
34:54 from the Word of God,
34:55 your mission, why you were born
34:59 to live in the 21st century.
35:03 We must first build the foundation for our faith
35:05 that is fully built on the Word of God and a connection
35:09 with the Jesus of the Bible.
35:11 And if we have any hope of living in undistracted life,
35:15 focused on the mission God has given to us,
35:17 we need to have a strong grasp and clear understanding
35:20 of the personal mission
35:22 God has given to us.
35:27 But even for those who have built a foundation
35:30 on the Word of God, who understand the prophecies,
35:34 who see clearly the beauty of Jesus' character,
35:37 the glory of the plan of salvation,
35:39 the hope of the second coming,
35:42 there are yet still distractions
35:44 that the devil loves to use.
35:48 Just because you have a knowledge of the Bible
35:50 doesn't mean you are exempt from the distractions
35:53 that the devil throws your ways,
35:55 isn't that right?
35:56 I want you to turn in your Bibles
35:58 to 1 John,
36:00 1 John 2:15-17,
36:08 and there it says,
36:09 "Do not love the world or the things in the world.
36:14 If anyone loves the world,
36:15 the love of the Father is not" what?
36:19 "is not in him.
36:20 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
36:23 the lust of the eyes,
36:24 and the pride of life is not of the Father
36:27 but is of the world.
36:29 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it,
36:31 but he who does
36:32 the will of God abides forever."
36:35 My friends in the ministry,
36:39 those who are leaders, anyone in this room,
36:43 the distractions in our day and age are unprecedented.
36:47 And anything that is distracting you
36:50 from fulfilling the calling of God in your life,
36:54 whether seemingly good or bad is a distraction.
36:58 The devil won't stop at anything,
37:01 whether you've been in seminary,
37:03 you're a pastor, a Bible worker,
37:05 a ministry leader,
37:06 whether you know
37:08 the prophecies backwards and forwards,
37:10 whether you long to preach the Word
37:11 and share Jesus with the world,
37:14 the devil will still come in and try to distract in any way
37:17 that he can, away from the mission
37:20 that we have in these days.
37:22 No wonder the Bible says in Proverbs 4:25-26,
37:26 "Let your eyes look straight ahead,
37:28 and your eyelids look right before you.
37:30 Ponder the path of your feet,
37:32 and let all your ways be established."
37:35 Don't lose sight of where your feet are going,
37:37 make every move intentional, look straight ahead.
37:43 I don't know, this morning, what your distraction is.
37:51 Maybe it's social media,
37:56 you know, I know how it is.
37:58 I have to catch myself too.
38:00 You start off with 10 minutes
38:02 and it turns into however long.
38:08 Maybe of social media, but every time you get on,
38:12 the temptation is too strong to look at things
38:15 you shouldn't look at there.
38:17 And you find yourself caught in the devil's snare,
38:21 distracted by the world, its principles,
38:24 by its temptations to sin.
38:27 I know social media can be a powerful tool for ministry.
38:35 But I'm just going to be raw and real.
38:38 I would venture to say
38:40 that at least half of us in this room
38:41 find a satisfaction from social media
38:43 that we really should be finding in God.
38:48 If you keep getting distracted for hours or tempted to sin,
38:53 get rid of it, cut it down.
38:56 Jesus said that if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
39:00 He meant go to any length to remove the obstruction,
39:03 remove the distraction.
39:05 It's taking your heart away from holy things.
39:08 Yes, you're keeping in touch with people,
39:10 but you keep seeing things
39:12 that are pulling your heart away
39:14 from the principles of heaven.
39:18 As I told you, we have no power to change ourselves,
39:21 it's God's power that does the work in us
39:23 but He gives us a will.
39:26 He promises to even help us with our will.
39:31 Philippians 3:13, brothers,
39:34 I do not consider that I have made it my own
39:36 but one thing I do.
39:38 Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward
39:40 to what lies ahead,
39:42 I press on toward the goal for the prize
39:45 of the upward call of Jesus Christ.
39:48 Are we straining ahead
39:50 are we continuing to be moved
39:53 off of the path every day?
39:56 Perhaps a distraction in your life
39:58 is an unholy ambition,
40:00 a refusal to let go of something
40:01 you've always wanted to accomplish
40:03 or do even if it takes you away
40:05 from living the life of ministry
40:07 God has called you to.
40:09 Maybe you're distracted by the issues of the church.
40:12 Believe me, it's distracting to all of us
40:14 but we are called to stay focused.
40:16 We're called to spread the gospel to the world,
40:18 to share Jesus in unreached places,
40:21 to love our brothers and sisters,
40:23 and to not look down upon one another.
40:27 Maybe there's a major distraction
40:29 in your life, a besetting sin.
40:36 I'm just trying to be real here this morning
40:38 because I think it's really important
40:41 to challenge each other to the core
40:44 if we really love each other.
40:47 Some of you may be distracted in a significant way by a sin
40:51 that is weighing you down spiritually,
40:55 and you feel caught.
40:59 You just don't know how to get out.
41:02 Statistically, many of you
41:05 in this room are struggling
41:08 with self control in the area of pornography,
41:11 and you just don't know how to get out,
41:16 there is help for you in God,
41:19 there is hope, so much hope.
41:23 The purity of heaven is more powerful
41:26 than the pull of lust.
41:29 I promise you,
41:31 Jesus can help you through this,
41:33 keep getting back up, keep getting back up.
41:38 God is in the business of complete
41:40 and total restoration of bringing us up
41:43 out of the miry clay
41:45 and setting our feet on solid ground.
41:48 He will remove this from your life.
41:56 Maybe today you're in a relationship
41:57 that is taking your heart away from loving the things of God.
42:02 Perhaps this person is not leading you to Jesus,
42:05 not leading you to love the things of God more,
42:09 and little by little you're losing your love for God
42:11 and interest in fulfilling God's purpose
42:14 for your life.
42:15 I remember at one point, as a teenager,
42:19 being involved with a guy who I knew I shouldn't be with.
42:24 I knew my Bible, I was giving Bible studies,
42:26 I was so on fire, I loved spiritual things,
42:29 and little by little as I hung out more with him,
42:32 and as I wasn't careful in my physical boundaries,
42:35 as my heart was drawn out,
42:38 my love for spiritual things began to wane.
42:44 I stopped opening up my Bible every morning
42:46 because every time I did, I was convicted.
42:49 And I didn't like the feeling of conviction.
42:52 I hated feeling like a hypocrite
42:55 'cause I knew if I open the Bible,
42:56 I'd just go on doing what I was doing,
42:59 so I just stopped.
43:01 I drifted further and further and began to backslide
43:04 and adopt my old ways again.
43:07 But praise the Lord, several months later,
43:09 I just couldn't bring myself to live such a hollow life
43:12 without God when I had experienced
43:14 so much richness with Him before.
43:17 And one day, I told God, I don't feel like it,
43:20 but if You change my heart, and help me,
43:24 and give me a desire
43:25 'cause I don't even want to open up the Bible,
43:27 I feel so far away from You.
43:29 I want the things of the world, I'm so distracted
43:33 by the allurements of the world,
43:34 but I said if You will change my heart,
43:37 I'll be devoted to You again.
43:41 I knew I didn't have it in me to change myself.
43:45 But it was God's power,
43:46 and I remember the next morning,
43:48 I woke up
43:49 and I couldn't wait to read my Bible.
43:51 God worked in me to will and to do of His good pleasure.
43:56 And I continued to walk in the path of God.
44:00 If your time and energy,
44:01 your money, your morality
44:04 is being sapped by something or someone,
44:07 if it's distracting you
44:08 from being the man or woman God has called you to be,
44:11 God is calling you to give it up.
44:15 No matter the cost,
44:17 God will supply the lack that you feel.
44:20 You feel socially alone when you cut down
44:22 or get rid of social media, that's okay.
44:25 God will speak to you through His Word.
44:27 Even if God were to call you to give up on a relationship
44:30 that's holding you back from growing in Him,
44:33 He will take care of your heart.
44:37 I'm just like you, friends, I feel the pull of the world,
44:41 of the distractions, of everything
44:43 that devil uses to pull our hearts away
44:46 from the message and mission
44:47 we've been given to share with the world.
44:50 I've been jaded by church politics
44:52 in the past.
44:54 I've struggled with depression.
44:56 I've been addicted to social media.
44:58 I've been addicted to impure thoughts
45:00 and had to learn to overcome.
45:02 I've had family struggles,
45:05 and I've longed for the things of the world too.
45:09 But this morning,
45:10 I'm here to tell you
45:12 that God has a greater plan for your life,
45:16 that He has called you to live in the 21st century,
45:20 in this time of earth's history for a reason,
45:23 and He wants to call you
45:24 out of darkness into His marvelous light.
45:28 He Himself will clear
45:29 the distractions so you can arise,
45:32 and shine, and live out
45:34 the calling God has placed on you
45:36 to be a beacon of light in a dark world.
45:40 This is His heart's desire for you.
45:46 What is more important than fulfilling the calling God
45:49 has placed on us, as young people,
45:51 in this time of earth's history?
45:55 You were not born to live a conventional life.
45:58 You were born with a very specific calling
46:01 just like Jesus was, and John the Baptist,
46:03 and Daniel, and Joseph, and Moses,
46:05 a call to be completely devoted to spreading
46:08 the gospel to the world.
46:11 As one of my friends said, "Stop living your life.
46:15 Your life is boring.
46:17 Live your calling."
46:21 I know that one of the reasons we exist today as a church
46:24 is because of a group of young people,
46:26 some of them teenagers,
46:28 who study the Word of God, who made it their one focus,
46:32 many times staying up all night
46:33 as they studied and prayed for guidance.
46:36 They were sold out for the message,
46:38 they were sold out for the mission
46:39 to see Jesus come soon.
46:41 Their hearts burned within them as they read of Jesus,
46:44 as they realize where they were in earth's history,
46:46 and that God would have a group of people
46:48 who would follow His commandments
46:50 and who would have the faith of Jesus.
46:52 I think of their sacrifice,
46:54 of the miles they would walk in the snow
46:56 just to publish their first papers
46:59 to send to the surrounding area,
47:01 to tell people that Jesus was coming soon.
47:04 And I think of how hard it is for us
47:06 to even just pass out one piece of literature,
47:09 people who started our church
47:12 were so devoted and committed to the mission.
47:17 I want to be like them.
47:19 I want to be sold out.
47:22 They were radical, they lived their lives
47:25 as if Jesus was coming soon,
47:28 ridiculed by many because of the way
47:31 they live their lives.
47:33 I don't believe that Jesus will come at a time
47:35 when we have less determination,
47:37 less focus or less sacrifice
47:39 than those who have gone before us.
47:42 And I'm appealing to you, my friends, in this room
47:45 and to myself,
47:47 those who were driven and tossed by the world,
47:50 unsure of what to believe, moved in every direction,
47:54 caught up in the ambitions of the world,
47:57 how are we going to go home?
48:00 Maybe you're waiting for some magical moment
48:03 like the latter rain to come when all of a sudden
48:05 you'll be magically transformed into someone
48:07 who puts away all distractions,
48:09 and focuses on the mission, and who loves winning souls,
48:12 and spending time with God.
48:14 Maybe you're waiting for the world
48:16 to get a little more worse
48:17 so you'll have a bit more reason
48:19 to believe Jesus is coming soon,
48:20 and now it won't be as big of a risk
48:22 to be sold out for Him.
48:25 Maybe you're waiting to get older,
48:26 but for now you just want to have fun
48:28 because you're young.
48:30 Friends, that day won't come. God works through our choice.
48:34 And today His still small voice is reaching out to your hearts
48:38 to live differently than you've ever lived before.
48:42 He's calling you to walk worthy of your calling
48:45 to make your calling and election sure.
48:48 When the moment comes
48:49 when we see Jesus come in the clouds,
48:51 the hope of all nations is here,
48:54 the moment we've all been waiting for,
48:56 I don't want to regret, and look back,
48:58 and think, well, I just wish
49:00 I would have lived my life differently,
49:02 so that more people could be saved.
49:04 I wish I wasn't so caught up in this thing,
49:06 or this relationship, or this pursuit
49:09 because now it doesn't mean anything compared
49:13 to our life in heaven with Jesus.
49:18 Today,
49:20 I have a very specific appeal.
49:25 You know, this weekend is a weekend of decisions.
49:29 It's a Sabbath to allow God to radically change your life.
49:34 And today you recognize
49:37 that you don't really have an understanding
49:40 of what the Bible teaches.
49:43 Maybe your understanding is surface,
49:46 maybe you are easily distracted
49:47 because you really don't know what you believe.
49:52 And you want to begin
49:53 having Bible studies with your pastor,
49:56 with your Bible worker,
49:57 someone who can teach you the Adventist message,
49:59 maybe you want to go online and find a training program.
50:03 You're committing to God to be trained at home
50:07 by someone locally
50:08 or find an online training site.
50:11 You want to study the prophecies,
50:12 you want to understand you're calling for yourself.
50:16 And this is not just head knowledge
50:18 we're talking about,
50:19 it's an experience with God's Word
50:21 that transforms our lives.
50:22 But you realize that you need that.
50:24 I invite you to raise your hands right now.
50:26 You realize that you need
50:28 to know more about the prophecies.
50:31 You need to know more about what you believe and understand
50:34 what your calling is in this day and age.
50:37 Amen. Amen.
50:40 My second appeal builds on this first appeal.
50:46 This morning you realize
50:47 that you have not built a solid foundation
50:49 for your faith
50:51 and you want to be trained in a very intentional way.
50:56 You sense that you don't know how to share your faith.
51:00 And you feel
51:01 that God is calling you to go to a Bible college,
51:06 to a training school or somewhere
51:10 where you will be intentionally guided
51:12 to study your Bible
51:13 and learn how to share your faith,
51:15 you need to be trained.
51:19 Maybe it's a summer of training.
51:21 I took a significant amount of time out of school.
51:24 I graduated later than everyone else
51:26 but I don't regret it for the world
51:29 because I believe that nothing is more important
51:31 than being trained,
51:32 and equipped, and on fire for God.
51:35 To be in an environment where you can spiritually grow,
51:37 there is nothing more important.
51:39 God is not calling all of us to leave school
51:42 or whatever we're doing, He isn't.
51:43 But there are some people
51:45 that he wants to go to a training school.
51:52 You want to be grounded in your faith
51:53 and you feel
51:55 that it necessitates focusing only on that
51:57 for a period of time.
52:00 I invite you to come forward.
52:03 God is moving on your heart.
52:05 I need to know my faith.
52:07 I need to understand
52:09 where we are in earth's history.
52:11 It might be a Bible college, it might be another school,
52:14 it might be some training program,
52:16 but in your heart you sense.
52:18 I know why I am living in these last days
52:21 but I don't know how to fulfill that,
52:23 and I want to be trained.
52:26 I invite you to come forward,
52:27 so that someone can scan your badge
52:31 and follow up with you.
52:33 God is moving on your heart to live differently
52:35 than you've ever lived before.
52:37 Yes, this is radical, yes, it's a risk, and believe me,
52:41 pray about it, it's a risk because if you do it,
52:44 and you're behind, and later on,
52:47 you regret it later
52:48 because you decided it wasn't worth your time,
52:50 you're going to be really bitter
52:52 or you're going to really love it
52:54 because your life is transformed forever.
52:56 This is a risk
52:57 but it's a risk God is calling you to take.
52:59 I'm not calling for an emotional decision,
53:02 I'm calling you to pray in your heart.
53:04 Lord, I need to be stronger in my faith.
53:07 I need to be trained.
53:09 I need to know what I believe.
53:13 Praise the Lord.
53:16 And as they're coming forward,
53:19 my last appeal is for those
53:20 who find themselves distracted this morning.
53:25 We talked about the distractions
53:26 that face us as young people, maybe it's social media,
53:30 maybe it's a relationship, maybe it's a besetting sin,
53:33 maybe you're distracted by your career,
53:35 one that isn't necessarily bad
53:37 but distracting you from living out your calling,
53:39 and God is calling you to make a choice
53:43 to put aside that distraction.
53:45 You know that
53:46 there's a distraction in your life
53:47 that is keeping you from fulfilling your mission,
53:50 I want to invite you forward as well.
53:52 You're committing to God,
53:54 Lord, I don't have a will of my own
53:56 but please take my will, take my heart, change me,
54:01 help me to overcome in this sin,
54:04 help me to overcome in this distraction in my life.
54:08 I don't have the power, I know I can't do it,
54:11 but I know that You have the power,
54:13 and that Jesus, You want me to live differently
54:17 than I've ever thought of living before.
54:20 Praise the Lord.


Revised 2018-06-18