Praise the Lord for the European Young People’s Conference in 2015! Thank You, Lord, we can come together for You and gain more of You!
How to be today’s Joseph:
- See the vision
- Live the vision
- Enjoy your confinement
- Keep yourself pure
- Obey the Spirit
- Know / Recognise the Lord
- Deny the self, Shepherd, and Serve
- Pay the price
- Be a Nazarite!
The inevitability of truly enjoying this year’s European Young People’s Conference was surely fulfilled as the week unfolds the importance of God’s dream and living this vision demonstrated by the secret of the reigning life of Joseph. We need to be today’s Joseph! It was such a privilege to hear such words and to take in more of the reality of the Lord.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise our youth, but be a pattern to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Amongst some of the early messages of the conference, there was a sharing of Joseph receiving God’s dream: ‘His people are sheaves of wheat full of life and heavenly bodies full of light.’ We may doubt ourselves and assume we cannot be today’s Joseph, that it may seem unreachable, but we need to look away from our failing self and see this heavenly view and live accordingly.
Lord, make us dreamers! Lord, may we have Your vision to reign in every situation!
We have been called to reign with Him. Regardless whether our condition is good or bad, we are still full of life and of light. Thank you Lord, we can be sheaves of life and stars of light!
God needs a corporate Joseph who has seen the vision to turn the age with Him and for Him. Acts 26:19 ‘Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.’ The more we have this vision, the more we mature in life!
I was also touched that we need to have a realisation that ‘before enthronement, there is confinement.’ If we were free all the time, we would never be trained to reign. Our natural concept is that, once we’ve seen the vision, we will instantly be living a life of glory. However, it does not work that way. The Lord wants us to remove any distractions between us and Him, to separate us from the world, and to allow the limitations to operate in us (whether it is living far from the saints and meetings, or being surrounded by worldly things).
This suffering and imprisonment is not ordered by the Lord to trouble us but rather to prepare us to become kings. Just as Joseph was in prison learning valuable lessons for enthronement, we too are in our imprisonment being trained to reign in life.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The Lord’s heart for us is always good. Therefore, we need to enjoy our confinement and have the boldness to say the church life is wonderful – even when our dream has not yet been fulfilled.
I particularly appreciated in one of the messages the vitality of paying the price to gain the reality – which is the Lord Himself. We see in various situations that the people in the world are in a constant hunger and they can never be fully satisfied with what they turn to.
In hindsight, only the Lord can completely satisfy us, can be our real enjoyment, can fill us, and can be our genuine life supply. If we want the spiritual food, however, we must pay the price – gaining the Lord doesn’t come cheap. We must give up our conveniences and what we depend on, give the Lord our means of living, and let the Lord claim every aspect of us.
We need to fully consecrate ourselves to Him. If we don’t want to be hungry, we must pay the price. When we pay the highest price, we enjoy the best portion. When we give everything to Him, we no longer care for such things. We will only enjoy the rich supply of our Lord Jesus. Lord, I choose You!
Sharing by sister A. P. (Brighton, UK) from her enjoyment in the 2015 European Young People’s Conference in Poland (in the summer, #EYPC2015; listen to the messages from this time online here, and find us on Facebook). If you were at this conference and would like to share what you enjoyed the most, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.