This morning Ian Henderson spoke about how John 10:10 reminds him of Louise Johnston a granny from Wolverhampton, who during the riots, realised her hair salon was under threat, looting and mobs were going into all the shops. Most people hid behind the counter in those shops. Louise Johnston cared, she stood outside her building, as thieves come to destroy her shop, she says “you will not have my shop!”. The people look at her and think ok and move on to smash up the shop next door!
You care about your young people, you’re not hiding behind the counter like many of the shop assistants did in the Riots. There is a thief that is coming to destroy your young people, he is trying to destroy their identity, their lives, their futures.
We were challenged to stand up and say to the devil “you will not have my youth group” – to take a stand. As you’ve spent the weekend hearing from so many different speakers, chatting with so many other youth workers you have been challenged, inspired and encouraged not to worry about yourself, but to stand up to the devil.
What issue is it that you are standing in the gap for? Is it pornography, self-harm, friendships, unemployment, alcohol, drugs – there are too many to mention here, but what is it that God has broke your heart for, what passion is it that God has laid on your heart?
Our prayer, our hope, is that you will take that from this conference, that you will go home and keep asking God what rules can you ignore. In the same way David saw Goliath as a 9 foot giant who was huge and intimidating, but whilst Goliath wants arm-to-arm combat, but David says we don’t have to do it that way. What new ways is God laying on your heart to stand in the gap, we have to do something, we cannot ignore it anymore.