Kay’s Message for Transform

 

WHAT’S COMING?

 

Have you stopped, my friend, to consider the future of this nation you are living in?

What do you think it will look like in the next 5 or 10 years? 

 

If you are a teenager or a person in your 20’s, does the future look hopeful or scary?

 

What will be the principles or moral values that will govern your behavior whether the times are good or desperate? 

 

Or have you even really thought about it?

 

You better, beloved of God – and you better do so now – because this is your future, the culture you’ll live and survive in…and eventually even raise your children in.  I urge you; prepare yourself as a follower of Jesus Christ for the days ahead. 

 

 ARE YOU READY?

Over the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of teaching hundreds, probably thousands of teenagers and college students how to study the Bible for themselves – inductively.  They can tell you with courage that no matter what may come, they are prepared and unafraid. Why?

 

They know what’s coming because they’ve studied God’s Word!  They have a personal first-hand knowledge of what God’s Word says because they’ve dug out truth for themselves. They know God says “that the people who know their God will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32b)” 

 

Whatever may come – whether it’s good or bad, difficult or peaceful – they can stand firm because they’ve discovered truth for themselves. They are ready, prepared, and lovers of God.

 

And YOU can be too. How? Through studying the Old Testament as well as the New Testament you will come to know and understand God.  You’ll discover He is sovereign – which means He rules over all!   It may look like chaos but God has it under control.  And you can trust Him!  He tells us righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.  He is the Lord, there is no other.  He creates light and darkness, causing well being and calamity.  He is the Lord who does all these things (Isaiah 45:6-7 ). And all things will work together for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28-39).

 

IT’S A ROUGH CULTURE – TRUTH HAS STUMBLED IN THE STREETS

 

We are living in times similar to those Israel experienced during the days of Isaiah:  “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.  Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. (Isaiah 59:14-15)

 

You are probably familiar with Barna’s statistics about your generation. They tell us that when students go to college they lose their faith. But if you know what the Word teaches, you know you cannot lose genuine faith! The word of God teaches us that trials prove genuine faith, they don’t nullify it. They build endurance (James 1). 

 

Listen, my friend, but don’t panic over these statistics.

 

I believe these results prove that many who profess Jesus don’t really possess Him – or I should say, He doesn’t possess them.  A great majority of youth ministries entertain rather than train the students to study the Word of God. In the push for ‘decisions’ we often don’t see genuine conversions, as many times there is not an understanding of what genuine faith looks like.

 

SO HOW MANY YEARS DO I HAVE LEFT?

 

So . . . how old am I? First, let me just say that I do not feel my age – and many people tell me that I don’t look it, but come and judge for yourself!  I would so love to meet you face to face!  Iam 79years old. In November of this year I will be 80!

 

Suppose God in His gracious plan has another 5-10 years for me – WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THEM? 

 

I am going to continue to live out this passion  – the high call of God – on my life; to establish people of all ages in God’s Word so together we  can say, “I have not turned aside from Your ordinances because You, Yourself, have taught me (Psalm 119:102)”. 

 

If you have the time, you may want to go to Liberty University’s web site and listen to the message  I shared with about 8,000 students at their convocation and you’ll get a taste of my concern, my passion.

 

I’m looking for those who are serious about God. Men and women who want to be true Christ-followers no matter what the cost – who want their lives to have eternal significance. I want to train young people to live in such a way that they can say, “I’m not perfect – but I’m pressing on to the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus– join me, be an imitator of me as I am of Christ” (Philippians 3; 1Corinthians 11:1) .

 

AND HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT YOU?

 

“Who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation?  Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy.  For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, 3:8 )”


 

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