I found these Benham Brothers “Whatever the Cost” sermon notes from GoTell Camp from 2017 in my prayer journal.
I was saved at 7 years old in the 2nd grade. I was singing in the balcony of the church. I had this feeling in every single ounce of me that I wanted to live my life for You, God. I knew what You had done for me. I had no idea at the time how much more You were actually doing and going to do in my life. Especially in the world outside my little 7 year old imagination. I ran back to my mama and with all the excitement I could muster and told her I wanted to be baptized. Nothing can change the fact that I was saved that day. My name was written in the book.
Satan cannot get me unsaved, but boy howdy can he get me thinking unsaved. That little nugget of wisdom was shared that week and let me tell you, Lord: You tapped right on my heart asking: “Are you listening my child?”
Another big ole heap of wisdom dropped in my lap was when we’re saved, we enter the fight between good and evil.
Lord, I prayed that I was tired of fighting victory. I prayed to fight from a place of victory. You already won the war. I prayed to fight with the presence of Your Truth. I prayed to delve into Your word more and more and more. “Through Your word, our faith turns to faithfulness.” I prayed I was tired of being a candle. Somebody comes along with a few negative words, my light goes out. When the winds of change come rolling in, my light blows out. I prayed to be a piece of coal in the fire pit. I prayed to know Your word so well that the Devil only fans the flames. I prayed for the light to be a burning ember in my soul. I prayed to burn from the inside out for You, Father. I prayed to win privately so I could win publicly for You and You alone. The same way we’re saved by inviting You into our hearts, privately, then we get baptized, publicly, to show we’ve been changed and set apart. I prayed to live like I’m saved.
Lost people are doing exactly what lost people do, acting lost. “It’s not the presence of darkness that is the issue, but an absence of light.” The Benham Brothers explained that we are chocolate chips in cookie dough. We mix in but do not change form. Even when baked, the chocolate chips are still distinct.
So, here is my prayer today. Lord, Father Almighty, draw me in close to you. Sink your word deep into my soul. Let your truth flow out of every pore of me. Lord, there are going to be days I feel like all I am doing is putting out fires. There are going to be days when I feel burnt-out. Those are guarantees. But my God, Isaiah 43:2 says When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. And if I skip back a verse it says: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine! Thank you, Lord for all of it. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.