I have been privileged to be a part of establishing the amazing culture of NOW Summer Camps for the past 21 years. Some amazing young leaders have passed through during that time. A couple of years ago, Cody Pierce sent me a word at the end of camp and I never did anything with it. It has never truly left my mind, but today, it came flooding back to me in a special way. I send this out to all of our NOW Youth Camp students hoping to get you thinking toward camp, and to the rest of you just to encourage you. I can’t wait!
About two months ago, I had to fly for a trip. Knowing that I was going to be by myself, I already had my plan for the journey. I was going keep to myself, put my headphones on, listen to music on my phone, and sleep. As we were preparing to take off, I went to go put my phone into airplane mode. At that moment, I felt like the Lord spoke to me saying, “There are so many in this generation that are on airplane mode.” I asked God what that meant because it confused me. I felt like He elaborated, “There are a lot of them that are doing awesome things in My name – serving My church – and I have blessed them for it, but they have barely tapped into what I have for them. They don’t have my spirit inside of them and they are on airplane mode. They don’t have direct signal with the Father.”
I felt the Lord impress on me this idea that whenever you are in airplane mode with your phone, you have limited access. There are some features that you can use, but you have no way to contact anyone outside of that plane. I knew in that moment that an outpouring of His Spirit would be falling on this generation soon.
On Wednesday night, as Pastor Dusty Dean was leading us in ministry time, he directed us to open our hearts and begin to pray in the spirit, and the Holy Spirit filled that room at NOW Camp. The Lord reminded me of that previous word and I felt that He said, “They are off airplane mode now.”
Students of NOW Camp, God filled your hearts with His Spirit and now you have the power and authority to walk into any situation and make a difference. You have direct access to the Father. The signal is strong and the things that you struggled with before will no longer hold you back because of who is inside of you. Walk in your authority and know that the Holy Spirit lives in you!
2 Corinthians 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Whether you are a teen or an adult, this is a good word for us. Let’s abandon “airplane mode” and make sure our signal is open and ready to receive from the Holy Spirit for this season of our lives.
Pray: Holy Spirit, have your way in me. Let my heart stay open to Your voice. Remove everything that threatens to shut down our open lines of communication. Help me to fly, but keep me out of “airplane mode.” In Jesus’ name, amen.
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Cody Pierce is a graduate of Highlands College in Birmingham, AL and is now youth pastor at Heartland Church, Carrolton, TX.