Sunday, 3 June 2012

My personal big nuggets from Isaiah conference 2012 - New Generational Leaders:
  • We are a people of HOPE. ~ John Basson
  • A failure to rest is a failure of faith. ~ Craig Duvel
  • [The young lions are roaring "CHARGE!" - already off the ground and into the fray with teeth and claws bared] // What are you praying for at the moment? Do you think that is all God is wanting you to trust Him for in your life? The early church were FEARLESS! ~ Jason Humphreys
  • When under pressure, I am in danger of _______. ~ Martin Pohlmann (fill in the gap for yourself. Know your weaknesses.)
  • Don't put your armour on David. // We need more Samuels. // How many fired-up-by-the-Holy-Spirit young leaders have I hosed down or kept quiet whilst watching a hose-down? 'Do not quench the Spirit.' 1 Thess 5:19 // 'Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.' Pr 3:9 Don't do things cheaply. // All the technology in the world cannot replace a good captain. ~ Neil Smith
  • Young people process truth relationally. // AUTHENTICITY, openness, transparency, vulnerability are key qualities. // Create an atmosphere of overabundance - extravagant, wasted love. ~ Tristan Jensen

1 Samuel 17
  • Stop putting your armour on My Davids.
  • Cheer, don't jeer.
    • David's brother - his own brother - jeered but we are all called to stand like the faith heroes in the hall of faith fame in Heb 11 - the great cloud of witnesses - and cheer the Davids on. A picture of David standing in a vast arena (like a gladiators' arena) and we were all standing and clapping and cheering. Jesus Himself stands at the right hand of God to watch under some circumstances.
      • Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (NLT)
      • Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
  • Re-write the Saul story
I was reminded of two scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy:

  • The two young-and-stupid (Gandalf consistently wanted to box their ears. We've all been there) hobbits that followed Frodo Baggins on his adventure find themselves in trouble and run into the forest for shelter. They are raised onto the shoulders of the Elts who are like our greybeards. The Elts are reluctant to get into the war as they claim it has nothing to do with them. The young call the greybeards into the war and their actions ultimately change the course of the war.
  • Frodo manages to get the ring to the House of Elrond and the warriors are all arguing about who should take it into the Fires of Mordor. Frodo steps up and says that he'll go. They offer him their skills. 'You'll have my sword.' ... 'And my bow.' ... 'And my axe.' And so the Fellowship of the Ring is created. This is how it should be. We should get around new generation leaders and churches and offer our skills.

  • Let your cry again be David's passionate, outraged cry: "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?"

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