Here is the continuation of my notes for the week at camp. I hope you all enjoy them!
"Woe is me! for I am undone: because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King the Lord of hosts.", we would live our lives so differently. No one or thing is like our God and Isaiah saw God's glory and was overcome. Can you imagine seeing what Isaiah saw?
"v. 1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
v. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain* he covered his face and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
v.3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
v.4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried and the house was filled with smoke."
Are we overcome with God's greatness, power, glory, holiness, righteousness, perfectness & justness like Isaiah was? Or do we forget and get caught up in our own little worlds forgetting about Him in our own lives. He is our Creator and Savior. We should never forget who He is and what He has done for us for one second of our lives. Everything we say, do and think should be for His glory. Our time here is so short. What will we do with the time we have here on earth to serve Him?
The last night he spoke out of a passage in 1 Timothy. The fifth night was spent explaining that although we were all on a spiritual high from being at camp all week, spiritual growth and godliness does not happen because we are in a "zone"(a Christian environment). The kids have Chapel, God & I Time, God & I Time follow up and an evening service everday, as well as being surrounded by Christian friends, counselors and staff that want them to grow in there relationship with Christ. Mark wanted the kids to understand that to have spiritual growth and to encourage godliness in their lives, it would take discipline and work to accomplish. At camp, many things that distract us from God are taken away. For example, no phones, computers, music or movies are allowed on the camp. Mark wanted the kids to see that that they needed to find the "weights" in their lives. - Things that were holding them back from spending the time they need to spend with God. Things that are ultimately meaningless.
Mark's definition of becoming godly was: to exercise or work to be more like God. It doesn't just happen, we have to work at it. How much time do we spend working on our relationship with God?
Gym in the greek is where we get our english words, gymnasium, gymnastics, etc. In gyms we work out and strive for perfection in whatever it is that we are there to do.
Are we staying in the "spiritual gym?" Are we working hard and striving for perfection in our relationship with God?
As we all know, any serious athlete is disciplined. Are we serious about godliness? Are we disciplined when it comes to "working out" in the spiritual things? Do we make it a priority to be godly?
1 Timothy 4:12 is a self test that we can take to see how godly we are.
Our godliness needs to be shown in our word(speech), conversation(life), charity(love), spirit(faith), and in purity. We need to live so others can see Christ in us at all times, not matter the situation. - This was a reminder to me, that I need to wake up every day asking myself who am I living for and what will I do for Him?
Everywhere we go we are leaving an impression. What kind of impression are we making? Our words should be backed up by our actions. If we are truly God-focused then our actions will show it.
When we are struggling in any area, we need to immediately go to the gym. If an athlete is weak in any area they go and strengthen it. If we are weak anywhere we need to go to God and ask Him to strengthen it while striving to obey and live for Him.
Where is our focus? On God, or on ourselves? It takes work to be godly, but well worth the effort. We need to take the self test everyday and make sure our focus is on God and what He wants of us.
I learned a lot under the teaching of Mark Kittrell. God used Him in the lives of the young people that were there. It was a week filled with many blessings and all the staff could see God's hand at work!
Well, those were my notes from the week in condensed form :] In my next post I want to share with you some of the personal lessons I learned in the kitchen :] It was truly a stretching time in my life, but I loved it all!