Psalms 110:3 “Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your warfare, in the splendor of their consecration. Your young men will be to You like the dew from the womb of the dawn.”
Psalms 110:7 “He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore He will lift up His head.”
Christ likens Himself to a plant that needs the watering of the mild, soft, gentle dew. As Christ is on His way to carry out God’s economy, He needs to be watered. Christ is watered by those who offer themselves willingly to Him. Whoever volunteers himself to Christ as an offering is a young man likened to the dew conceived in the womb of the dawn for watering Christ. (Footnote 3, Psalms 110:3 RcV)
As Christ is taking the lead to fight through to the end, He will need water to drink, and this water will be the overcomers. (Footnote 1, Psalms 110:7 RcV)
We first need to see that God needs the overcomers and He is calling for His overcomers today. How should we respond to our dear Lord Jesus? By offering ourselves willingly to Him. It is just our consecration, our freewill offering of ourselves to the Lord that He needs. We can say to Him everyday: “Lord, I am willing. Make me an age turner, make me an overcomer.” We only need to be willing to cooperate with the Lord, willing to answer the Lord’s call. Consecration means that we give Him the permission to do whatever He wants to do in us and with us to accomplish His purpose, His heart’s desire.
What is an age turner? An age turner is one whom God uses to turn, to end, an age. God wants to end this age. Furthermore, virtually everyone used by God to begin a new thing or chosen by God to turn the age was a young man. An age turner is an overcomer.
I was enlightened to see from the National College Training what it means to be an overcomer practically. The choruses of these two hymns have been the theme of my enjoyment and encouragement during and after the training.
“God needs the overcomers, our dear Lord Jesus lovers, make us those who live to turn the age”
“Would you 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?
Would you choose to be a living overcomer,
To leave the world and consecrate
To be today’s age-turner?
I give myself to You for Your return.”
An overcomer is:
- One who loves our Lord Jesus Christ
- One who voluntarily consecrates oneself to Him. This is the principle of the Nazarite. It is not by being appointed, ordained, or even chosen by the Lord, but voluntarily consecrating yourself to Him.
- One who eats the tree of life
- One who drinks the living water
- One who is filled in Spirit, inwardly as life and outwardly as power. We need to empty ourselves to be filled with the Spirit essentially as life, and we only need to believe that the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon us and claim it.
- One who spends time to behold Him in the morning, to find grace in His eyes, to breathe Him in as everything, and to fellowship with Him. One way to absorb Him is to pray read the Word!
- One who preaches the gospel. In order to preach the gospel we need the Spirit and the Body, prayer, the Word, companions and homes, a proper daily living and a universal love.
These are not exhaustive, but a few of the points that were brought out during the training and which I was impressed with. It is so normal to love our Lord Jesus Christ, to consecrate ourselves to Him, to eat the tree of life, to drink the living water, to be filled in Spirit, to have a morning time to behold the Lord, and to preach the gospel!
There are also many other patterns of young age turners in the Bible: Noah – who found grace in the sight of Jehovah (Gen 6:8), Moses – who was God’s companion (Exo 33:11), Samuel – who ministered to God as a faithful priest and gave Himself to be a Nazarite (1 Sam 2:35), Daniel – who had companions, ate God’s Word and who was a man of prayer (Dan 6:10), John the Baptist – who left religion and was filled in Spirit (Luke 1:15), Peter – who was a fisher of men (Matt 4:19), a living stone (1 Pet 2:5) whom God is continually adding Himself into, and one who is quick to repent and return after failing, Paul/Saul of Tarsus – who saw a heavenly vision and was given the stewardship of grace (Eph 3:2), and Timothy who fanned his spirit into flame by praying and being soaked in the Word (2 Tim 1:6). Thank You Lord for these patterns!
We need to realize that this is our golden time to be used by the Lord; the Lord needs us channels through which He can carry out His move; the way for us to grasp this opportunity is to go to the Lord to open and empty ourselves, give ourselves to Him and allow Him to take us, to possess us; then the Lord will be able to go on through us in a marvelous way; we all need to consecrate ourselves once again to the Lord for His eternal purpose. (Message 2, evening session)
May the Lord gain His overcomers among the young people in this generation, those who would stand with Him in His victory and refresh Him as He carries out God’s eternal economy. Lord Jesus we love You! Make us your overcomers!
Sharing by sister N. L. (London, UK) from her top enjoyment in the 2015 National College Training in the USA. If you were there at the training and wish to share your testimony with others, email it to us at email@example.com.