I was blessed to be able to attend Passion Conference 2019 with my church at the beginning of the month.
It was not only my first time going to Passion but it was also my first church trip ever. There’s so much that happened over the three days that I am still trying to process.
God was definitely moving in my life as well as others there. It was a sold out venue. It was amazing to see so many others my age worshipping and praising God. It was so refreshing.
If I had to summarize the three-day conference in one word the word I would choose is: POWERFUL! Between the worship and the speakers, I can personally say my life was changed. My perspective on faith was challenged and strengthened all at once. I’m not quite sure how to explain all the emotions that were running through my mind.
Over the course of the three days, we heard from speakers like Louie Giglio, Chad Veech, Gary Haugen, Matt Chandler, and Christine Caine.
There are so many great messages and takeaways from the different speakers that we’d be here all day so I am just going to share the highlights and my favorites.
Louie Giglio opened up the conference the first night. He shared about the love and affection of a father.
“Jesus was forsaken by His own father so you will know that you will never be forsaken by yours.”
Three points that were made that stuck with me were these.
- Primary relationship with God is like a relationship of a father and child.
- There is an enemy who has a plan for you. The plan is to shatter fatherhood and get rid of it.
- The gospel gives us a beautiful hope of a brand new birth.
You are no longer a slave to the fear of earning a fathers affection. You have His affection!
Chad Veach brought a message called: THE PLACE I CRAVE
“Hope is an architect, but faith is the builder.”
Hebrews 11: 6 tells us: And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Let’s raise our faith and not put the power of God into a box! It is impossible for God to lie. We have this unshakable hope. Be encouraged that Jesus is praying for you when you feel like no one is because He is the high priest.
“Everything I need is in His Presence.”
Psalms 42:2 – my soul longs to be with you JESUS.
- Whatever you run to, you trust. We run to God because we love Him and trusts Him.
- Hide in His faithfulness. The way God works is backward from us. When we hide in His faithfulness we can watch what He can do.
- Everything I need is in His presence. God gives us strength. We come in one way but leave changed. We find new strength. God may pull you in but He will send you out.
- He’s trying to anchor me in His love. We must drop our anchors in Him.
Next, we heard from Gary Haugen. He spoke on being a light in the darkness.
John 8:12 tells us: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
You are the light of the world! We know from scripture that Jesus is the light of the world. However, He turns around and tells us that we are the light of the world.
“This is God’s plan for bringing glory to Himself in the world; it’s to raise up sons and daughters of light who shows the world what His goodness looks like.”
God builds bonfires from little bits of light. Our job is to let Him take our little light use it for His glory.
Matt Chandler really spoke to me. His message was very thought-provoking and really made me think about things.
He used John 4:1-42 as the Scripture reference. It talked about how Jesus had to pass through Samaria. This was the first I AM statement which I found really interesting.
You can’t fight the devil in the dark. He will knock you out. You need to fight him in the light.
“To be 99% known is to be 1% unknown…”
Wow! That statement right there really struck me hard. You see fear wants us to believe that hiding is better than being seen and being known. God wants all of you: not just the good version of you, not just the “presentable” version of you. He wants the real you. He is interested in the whole you, all of you, every single part.
Psalms 139:1 tells us: You have examined my heart and know everything about me.
How you understand God matters? Jesus will not be dodged.
Last but certainly not least we heard from Christine Caine. She was another one of my favorite speakers from the conference. I love how open and vulnerable she is.
Jesus marveled…. thaumazo = Greek word. Marveled is only mentioned twice in the New Testament.
When you get familiar and start taking things for granted we lose all the wonder and amazement of Jesus. It was the unbeliefs of the people that kept JESUS from doing miracles.
Would we have faith the would make Jesus marvel?
“You can’t impress God but you can amaze Him with your faith. I want a faith that makes JESUS marvel.”
If we stopped trying to amaze each other and start amazing God then He would start doing amazing things. When you realize that He is everything then it takes the pressure off of you!
Our calling is not our career path.
Faith is predicated on trust. If we don’t trust God we won’t follow Him. We have to trust that God will work all things together for good and for His glory. God never said you weren’t going to have pain. He did say that He was going to be there right with you through it.
Somewhere spiritually speaking you came in here in the back of an ambulance.
The issue isn’t are we going to die but are we going to live the life Jesus put us on the earth to live?
WOW! Her message was powerful and gave me a lot to think about for sure. Overall, this conference was amazing and really filled me up Spiritually. God is so good and He is always faithful. As I continue to meditate on everything I learned, it just makes me feel blessed that I have a relationship with Jesus. A relationship that continues to grow as I open up my heart, soul and mind to everything He has to teach and offer me.