By SUNDAY ODIBASHI
The Loveworld Believers Ministry, Christ Embassy, is holding an annual youths programme in Lagos on the theme – NEXT CONFERENCE 2019 WITH PASTOR CHRIS. The Conference holds from August 1 to August 4, 2019, and has well thought out tutelage handouts for the building of great minds for the future from the youth population with capacity to change the world.
National Daily was at the opening event of the conference on Thursday, August 1, where participants were taken into the divine realm of absorbing the WORD of God in the SOUL to develop functional MIND to stand UNIQUE and make the DIFFERENCE in the SOCIETY. The Teacher of the day communicated the efficacy of the word in creating the mind where the Holy Spirit dwells, which stimulates human actions that demonstrate the light God deposited in the Believer. The mind is the engine of ideas which fulfillment in realities of life can only be attained through tutelage, mentorship or training by a leader, the Teacher had elucidated.
The Conference, in all its ramifications, develops a framework of grooming practical BELIEVERS and differentiating them from passive believers.
The Teacher took the participants through the knowledge that the life in the Believer is stimulated by the light of God which culminates in the believer gaining public notice; affirming that getting public notice is a divine right. He maintained that the Believer having the light of God in his/her life can never be obscure.
The Teacher cited that David was not significant among the sons of his father, but God found him out to be King of the great nation, Israel. He noted that David was not a new creature in his days but participants at the Conference are all new creatures, assuring that it implies that greater will be the manifestation of God’s glory in them; adding that GRACE has brought them thus far.
The Teacher, therefore, mandated the participants to “expect to be noticed; expect to be seen;” adding: “and you cannot be obscure.”
He noted: “it doesn’t matter your ethnic identity, it doesn’t matter your family, it doesn’t matter your community, once the light is in you, you will be noticed.”
The Teacher recalled that God said let there be light in the world and there was light; elucidating that this shows that the world is darkness; and God said you are the light of the world. Every Believer is a carrier of the light of God, he insisted.
The Teacher, then, questioned: “How can somebody in darkness call you a failure;” counseling: “Don’t allow somebody in darkness destroy your mind. Never be discouraged. The word is there for you. You are what God has said.”
The Teacher further highlighted how the Believer can apply the light in the reality of life and using it to change environments or circumstances. Thus, he made the light and the word substances of influence and dominion. According to him, “wherever you are, don’t look down on it – be excellent. You are the light of the world; so, let your light shine to change the world.”
The Teacher also emphasized the imperatives of independent human actions for the sake of righteous rather than human reward or praises. He cited the function of the candle stick which illuminates light that influences the environment, drives away darkness and lightens the vicinity. The candle stick stood out significantly not by its recognition by other object in the environment but the function it performed, it was never obscure; other objects in the environment responded to the function of the candle light, he observed. “Don’t do things because people are looking at you. You can never be obscure. The spirit of excellence is in us; you are the candle stick,” he declared.
“You are in this world to make this world a better place,” he added.
The Believer, the Teacher said, is the vehicle for taking the gospel to the world not just by preaching the word but by the reflection of the word in the behavior of the Believer. You have the mandate of “taking the gospel to into people’s life. Wherever you are, it must resonate and make people see the light in you,” he declared.
The Teacher further enumerated the benefits of learning and being taught to know; explaining that learning or mentorship guides one to accomplish goals in life. He noted that some people don’t like to serve others before establishing themselves. “You have to serve; you have to be mentored; you have to be taught. This is what the Next Conference 2019 is all about,” he declared.
He maintained: “You have to hit your target. Without training, people will miss out on the most important things in life.”
The Teacher revealed that teaching or mentorship empowers and strengthens the mind in the right direction. He stated that mentorship help develops ideas stored in the mind to be accomplished in realities.
According to him, “In your mind is the Holy Spirit. Your mind is being refined; your mind is being renewed by the entrance of the word of God.”
He maintained: “The word of God converts the soul, changes you. The ideas you have are to be developed. People need mentorship; you need to midwife your thoughts and ideas into realities.”
The Teacher further emphasized that the above phenomenon boosts the fortune of the mind into greatness. “Your mind is a fortune…when the word of God develops in you; you can’t think small, you see possibilities; you see positive things,” he declared.
The Teacher noted that fear is a major inhibition of man.
He further emphasized the importance of reading and right companionship. The Teacher recalled a statement by Pastor Chris many years ago that: “in 20 years you will remain the same person; what you read or who you associate with determine your future.” Apparently, the future is determined by investments individuals make in acquisition and renewal of knowledge.
“What are you reading, who are you associating with,” the Teacher asked.
“When the word sinks in your mind; you will see the skill, you will see the movement, you will see the inclination of God in you. When you have found the word, you will have a future,” the Teacher declared.
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