Challenge Youth Conference
The Fairlane Youth Ministry took a group of 32 adults and students to CYC this past weekend in Pigeon Forge and are traveling home today. Please continue praying over the weekend they just had, as it serves as a highlight for many in the group, year in and year out. This year’s theme was “Power.” Below is a thought provoking devotional article that the group considered together this weekend.
“You Have Power” by Larry Davenport
Has the Devil Tricked You? Does Satan have you convinced that you are POWERLESS to resist him? Well I have news for you, you are not powerless. You have some powerful spiritual weapons at your disposal and they will help you defeat that roaring lion that wants to devour you (1 Peter 5:8) and make you ultimately useless. It is my prayer that the following words will equip you with the skills necessary to use those weapons.
Thoughts, Imaginations, and Strongholds from 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments (imaginations KJV) and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. Paul understood that in spiritual warfare the battleground begins in our minds with our thoughts. So, if we are going to deal with the question of Satan entering our hearts and our lives, we need to get to the root of the problem. And the root of the problem is found in our thoughts.
How do you begin to think? Where does your thinking start? Where do you get your thoughts? A better question might be where do thoughts come from? Have you ever thought about thoughts? How did that thought get into my head? Did you know there are three sources for your thoughts? Sure. Thoughts come from one of three sources: your 5 senses, the Devil, and God.
Paul teaches us here that we have POWER over these strongholds and we can pull them down. How? When the thought comes, don’t allow it to become an imagination. If it is against God, throw it out. Jesus has given you POWER over your thinking, but you have to take control and stay in control. That evil thought – Don’t dwell on it. Take control. You have the POWER. Jesus has given you the weapons to overcome.
“Remember who you are and whose you are.”
~ Michael Rector