Born To Overcome – Chelsea Graveson
A LIFE Conference 2018 Blog
Overcome: verb ‘succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty)’
One of the things that I absolutely love about youth ministry is seeing young people passionate and on fire for Jesus. I have journeyed with many young people over the years who have been radically saved and I’ve seen their lives be completely transformed because they’ve met Jesus. Although, one of the hardest parts of youth ministry, and in ministry in general, is seeing people who were once on fire for Jesus let circumstances and opposition take them out. They’ve been faced with bad news, a bad outcome or situation that seems impossible to overcome and they’ve chosen not to give it to Jesus but instead let it take them out.
I know for myself, I was one of those teenagers. I grew up in church and have loved God my whole life but when the going got tough and peer pressure hit, I struggled to say no to the world and yes to Jesus. In the moment, it always seemed easier to give up and not look to God for the strength to overcome. My ongoing challenge to myself and to every young person I lead is ‘Will you keep trusting God and relying on His strength to get your through or will you give up and turn away from God?”
My prayer, along with our whole youth team, as we’ve been preparing and praying for our LIFE Conference 2018 and the Youth Conf. that we’re apart of, is that young people would not only be on fire for Jesus but they would make a predetermined decision to put their hope and trust in a God who is ALL powerful regardless of how bleak a situation may appear.
I love the story of Job who tells of a man who lost everything – his children, his wealth and his livestock. But the bible tells us in
Job 1:20-22 “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Can you imagine losing your family on top of your livelihood and all your wealth? So many of us are quick to blame God when something unexpected happens because we don’t understand why He let it happen. However, in the face of great adversity, Job still chooses to praise God rather than blame Him, as Job knew that His ways are higher than our own.
We believe that a generation will rise up who say “I was born to overcome!”. And no matter what comes their way, they will hold fast to this great hope we have in Jesus Christ, an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Our heart is that we would all have the revelation that we serve a God who has already overcome the enemy and can help us overcome ANY situation we may face.
All it takes is one decision from us to trust God and let him do the rest.
With Him, nothing is impossible!
See you at LC18!
North Youth Pastor