On Friday night, we watched a sermon by the founder of YWAM, entitled Let’s Go Barefoot. I wanted to share some powerful things I received:
- Servants always walked barefoot in the presence of their masters
- God says, Submit, let me be your master
- Those that are humble will receive the world
- Jesus was barefoot when He took up the cross; he was a servant to the world
- Responsibility-rights= reward of relationship with God
- Maintain your responsibilities, relinquish your rights and be given a new relationship with God
- If you want to follow God you must deny yourself and take up your cross
- God gives us rights to see what we’ll do with them
- We can please God by giving up those rights for Him
Laren Cunningham broke down how we may relinquish our rights to God in all aspects of our lives:
Relinquish your right of freedom
- When Paul was kept as a prisoner in jail, he was never man’s prisoner, because he was free from the world through the Lord
- He choose to stay in the jail to continue working on the prisoners
Relinquishment of family
- Children think their lives are normal until their parents express self-pity
- “Why has thou forsaken me?” -Jesus on the cross (Separated from God, His Father for the first time)
- When children/people learn to put Jesus first, they feel secure
- When you relinquish your rights, God has the ability to change and bless your life and actually allow you to spend more time with your family
- Give up marriage up to God, He will show you and when it is time
- Focus on ministry and mission
- You’ll always get God’s best when you let God choose
Relinquish the right of reputation
- God gives you another reputation
- Jesus was persecuted, you will be persecuted
Relinquish your right of money and belongings
- The Lord will give you a new sense of security
- Faith in Him will create a flow of finances for His purposes
- When we give God our lives, He is able to use us to multiply
Signs you haven’t relinquished your rights:
- Anger (You cannot lose your temper over something you’ve relinquished)
- Insecurity (A lot of confirmation is a sign of rebellion)
Our leader than assigned us some questions to answer during quiet time:
- What have you had to give up to come here?
Relinquishment of family- I can attest that by giving up their approval of me and putting God’s opinion and plans for me before theirs, has actually allowed us to become closer in some ways and opened a door for conversation. It has planted spiritual seeds within them. I have also given up my reputation. All of my friends have gone on to college and I have had to chose and own a different direction. There were times when I was insecure in announcing my plan to come to YWAM. I would like to get to the point where I can shout it from the rooftops and be proud to be a child of God.
- What rights do you feel like you still need to give up?
I need to give up my right of freedom… I need to put God before myself in every aspect. I must listen to His wants and desires before any dreams and future plans I may have. I must trust that His plan will be better and greater than I could ever even imagine. I can grow in my relinquishment of reputation. I need to give up my search for love in a relationship. I have always found security in a boyfriend. I need to find security in the Lord’s love and trust that His embrace will be abundant.
- Make a commitment for the next 6 months.
I make a commitment to focus solely on the Lord. To be present and aware in how He is working. I commit to spending less time on my phone when with others and more time engaging and interested in learning about their lives and stories. I make a commitment to take each day as a blessing and thank the Lord for this opportunity and all of the people that believe in me. I make a commitment to dive deeper, to be open and honest, to be unafraid of my past and not let it define me. I commit to not being focused on a romantic relationship. If it is meant to be, God will show me when and if the time is right. I make a commitment to my health and the temple that God has gifted me. I promise to pray and worship. I commit to trusting in His future for me and to follow Him without question, whether that being called to pray or apply for a school. I commit to being outspoken and not let the fear of perfectionism hold me back from sharing words the Lord wants to be heard. I commit to investing time in my loved ones, checking up on them, praying for them, and sending them letters. I commit to making a difference in a child’s life. I commit to stripping away the fear of man and judgment. I commit to fearlessness. I commit to being present.