“God needs age-turning vessels; in every age-turning work, God purposely uses young people. Only the Nazarites can bring back the Lord Jesus. Whether or not God will find a way in this generation depends on whether or not there are absolute people in this generation. In these last days before the Lord’s coming, we must be those who have great resolutions in heart and great searchings of heart.” – Focus, evening message one
“And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.” –Romans 12:2
Landmark: An event or a change marking an important stage or turning point.
It was such a privilege to be able to attend the National College Training! For one week, 1.800 crazy lovers of Jesus gathered together to see a vision regarding God’s desire to end this age, and that God needs the overcomers for His purpose. It was truly a landmark in the Lord’s move among the young people today.
During the week, I appreciated seeing the many patterns of age-turners in the Old and New Testament. However, what I enjoyed the most is that God has a need for age-turning vessels. The goal of God’s eternal economy is to have the corporate Christ, Christ with His overcomers, as the crushing stone to be His dispensational instruments to end this age and become a great mountain, the kingdom of God.
To become an age-turner, we need to become the Nazarites. Who are the Nazarites? They are those who are voluntarily consecrated ones and sanctified absolutely and ultimately to God. They bear the following four characteristics:
- A Nazarite must overcome worldly entertainment and pleasure.
- A Nazarite must overcome rebellion.
- A Nazarite must overcome death.
- A Nazarite must overcome natural affections.
At first those four points may sound daunting and unattainable. We definitely cannot achieve them by ourselves. But praise the Lord, we just have to be absolute! God needs those who are absolute for Him and His purpose in this generation. A simple prayer that I particularly enjoyed was “Lord, here I am! I am willing!” If we are willing, the Lord will be faithful to be the overcoming one in us.
Revelation 14 mentions about the 144,000 overcomers. Although 144,000 may seem like an insignificantly little number, it is enough to defeat anti-Christ and bring the Lord back! Lord, make us part of the 144,000!
“I will choose to be a living overcomer,
Be a person not ashamed to be a Jesus lover,
One who eats the tree of life,
And drinks the living water.
I will give myself to be an overcomer,
To see a heav’nly vision,
Keep my flaming spirit burning!
I give myself to You, to turn this age!”
I also have a new burden for the preaching of the gospel on our campuses.
“And He said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” –Matthew 4:19
Today, we are in the best fishing ponds for the Lord’s recovery: the college campuses. Every fall, a new batch of “fish,” the freshmen, will be released into the fishing pond, and we must go “catch the fish.” Lord, make us the fishers of (fresh)men! I particularly enjoyed the points on the Spirit, the Body, and prayer from morning session two:
In order to preach the gospel on our campuses, we need the experience of the Spirit. Because we have the Spirit, we have the power to boldly preach the gospel. We also need to exercise our faith, but we need to make sure we have a good conscience without offense. Once we have this faith, we have will have this boldness. Everyday, we need the Lord to shine on us so that we can have a pure conscience.
“Lord, I consecrate myself to You and open up myself anew to You. Cleanse me from all my sins with your prevailing blood. Thank You that You are the Spirit. I am in You and You are within me.”
I appreciate that, in order to preach the gospel, we need the experience of the Body. I definitely cannot do this by myself, but Hallelujah, we have one another! We cannot be individualistic, but we need to be one. Not just individual Christians, but the Body corporately!
Before we set out to our campuses and start speaking to people, we need to pray. We are all priests, bringing man to God and God to man. However, many of our concepts hinder us. Sometimes I may think “this person doesn’t look too open, so he may not be saved.” But God desires that all men to be saved! When we pray, we allow the Lord to work with us. Prayer is to cooperate and work together with God, and to allow God to express Himself.
What the Lord needs today is a final group of overcomers. During this training, we have seen this vision and received a commission. It is now our responsibility to carry out this commission. May we be the ones who turn this age and hasten Your return!
And our prayer is—
“Come, Lord Jesus!“
And our prayer is—
“Come, Lord Jesus!“
“Come, Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus, come!”
Sharing by bro. J. K. (USA) from his topmost enjoyment in the 2015 National College Training in the USA. Were you there during this time? Did you listen to the messages online here? You can also share your enjoyment – email us at email@example.com.
Listen and enjoy the song, Would you choose to be a living overcomer, / Be a person not ashamed to be a Jesus lover! – in the atmosphere and enjoyment in the #NCT2015