What’s your takeaway from Ignite 2011? Whether that’s a message from one of the speakers, or something that God impressed in your heart during the three-day conference, share it with us by posting a comment below!
during the conference, in the middle of worship,i somewhat opened my eyes unknowingly and looked around at all those young people worshiping so passionately, then i thought to myself,if i have all these people working with me in reaching out for our campuses, i would never be reluctant to do so. i mean, we may all not come from the same campus, but all throughout the nation we aim for one thing. and that is to bring people back to God.i was just so inspired with everyone and even if we may not know each other i know that we’ll be fanning the flame together.. see you in IGNITE 2013!!! =D
This is a note of one of our delegates from Bacolod:
I must say, the whole experience with Ignite was a lot different with Campus Harvest 2008. Indeed, God has brought His Kingdom from glory to glory. Everything about the conference opened my heart to God’s assurance that what we have been laboring in our campuses never was in vain for the simple reason that “HE HAS WON THE VICTORY FOR US”. But don’t get it wrong that because victory has been won, we’ll all just be comfortable staying under the pomegranate tree (as what Pastor Jojo Henson shared during the Pre-Con), but it just gives us this security in our hearts that whatever we’re laboring in right now, God is in control with it and that He needs workers, US, to ACT on His behalf as vessels into bringing the good news to His people.
Coming to Ignite was not an easy one. It was HARD WORK as each faith was tested and characters were molded. For someone who’s already not a newbie in attending conferences, I already had that assurance in me that God would really provide and that favor will just abound but for those who’s new to it, I really saw how God moved in their situations. True to what our leaders said, the spark already started when we were just preparing, with the fund raising, prayer and fasting and spiritual battle as each student believed God to move in each situation. It was both a battle and a struggle for everyone not knowing how God could intervene with each concerns we have, but God just never fails. HE NEVER FAILS.
So with God’s provision, favor, approval and blessing, we went to battle with hearts full of anticipation on how God would lead us into victory. To even attest to it, even during the Pre-Conference, I got a glimpse of God at the edge of His throne ready to pour out His heart to us. And most can testify what it felt to just be in the right place, with the right people under God’s will. All concerns we had in school, family or even personally were overpowered with the presence of God as each heart were set on fire from just a simple spark, our passion for God. The burning fire awakened and brought everyone to reality that we need to spread it, like a wildfire that will melt cold heart and souls. And as a body of Christ, we have that power in us because ” the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”(1 John 4:4).
But what I greatly appreciate during the whole conference was that the focus is not on what is of the moment, but on what happens AFTER everything will be over and done. And I was really encouraged with what Pastor Daniel Trinidad shared, “For this reason I REMIND you to fan into flame the GIFT OF GOD, which is IN YOU through the LAYING ON OF MY HANDS.”(2 Timothy 1:6). As all has the tendency to go lukewarm and worse cold, we need to consistently fan the flame in our hearts and not let it burn down no matter what we do are what unexpected may transpire. God will forever be faithful to us if that happens but will we let ourselves go that far and miss out on who God is again?
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:4)
WE ARE NEVER TO FORSAKE OUR FIRST LOVE – - – JESUS CHRIST.
Even when all else fails, things doesn’t make sense, our labors are far from breakthrough, but those are not enough reasons for us to turn our back to Him who gave His very life to us. Remember all those complaints are nothing compared to what He had endured on the cross.
Because at the end of the day, it’s not who we are, what we have or what we do that matters. But who we are according to the identity we have in Christ, the treasure that we have stored in heaven and how we had glorified Him with the gifts He gave us. With a BIG GOD that we have, we can’t afford to slack down, frozen in our comfort zones because we are called to respond to the great commission.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Let’s not suppress that fire in us, “his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9), for it is a privilege to be called.
As what Pastor Cesar Bordalba said, “Everytime the message of the gospel is preached, the power of God is UNLEASHED.”
It is God’s power working in us, through us and for us.
So let’s continue to declare this:
Our God is risen and reigning
And we’re elevating the glory of our God and King
RISE AND SING!!!