It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of our #WDYTYA16 series already. SO much has been shared and considered over the course of these eight weeks.
The process of writing the WDYTYA curriculum last year and leading several small groups since then was by far, one of the most powerful, rewarding, and encouraging experiences of my entire life. God taught me so much through His Word and also through what was shared by the amazing members of each group. I wish you could have been there. I'm sure there's so much I can learn from you as well.
I am so excited to share today’s guest post with you! Christian Rivera is a young adult who I got to know very well while serving at The Lighthouse Church. He was one of the famous “Super Seven” Lighthouse Interns of 2014 and since then has helped out in countless ways. He is a gift to the Church and it has been a joy to witness all the Lord has done in and through him over the past few years. Chris was a part of the WDYTYA young adults small group at Lighthouse earlier this year. When I approached him about sharing a guest post, he immediately chose WARRIOR and I’m so glad he did!
Christian loves the Word of God, is a great teacher, an anointed worship leader, and appreciates the perfect font (we share a special bond there!). He is in his last year at City College in New York City, where he is pursuing a degree in mathematics and education. I am grateful for his love and passion for the Lord and his encouragement to those he comes into contact with. I think you'll experience some of that here today. Check out Christian's post, follow him on Twitter and give him a shout of encouragement!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power… and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:10,18)
Here we are at the final week of our WDYTYA series: I AM A WARRIOR. Before we go there, let's recap. Over the last seven weeks, we’ve come to know and realize that our identity is in Christ. In Him, we have all that we need - every spiritual blessing. We know that He chose us in Him to be holy and blameless because of His great love for us. In Him we are redeemed - from our sins and for a purpose.
Everything we learned was not to keep to ourselves or ponder it alone. We are called to the Body of Christ. With that in mind, let's consider our warrior identity.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Since our WDYTYA series began, we have taken the time to look at who we are in Christ and dig in a little deeper to what the Bible says about our identity. Our eyes have been opened to all we have inherited in Christ: every spiritual blessing. We are Blessed. Chosen. Redeemed. Loved. Holy. The revelation has been powerful to realize not just who Christ is, but who we are and all that we have in Christ.
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."