Join Thousands Of Young Adults At The 2011 IHOP OneThing Conference

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   12/27/2011

Jesus has more to give us than the world has to offer. Do you believe that?

Jesus is the only real reward giver (Hebrews 11:6). Do you believe that?

Jesus is all we need. Do you believe that?

If you look at the evidence, if you take a moment and read about Jesus, if you ask someone who testifies of how Jesus recused their life, there is no comparison to what Jesus has to offer us.

All the treasures of the world combined do not compare to the great things Jesus offers us.

The International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City is a place that there is nothing greater than the truth, so why settle for anything less?

This years’ annual four-day conference is December 28-31 and the motto this year is “Jesus, Our Magnificent Obsession”. Last year they registered around 25,000 before the conference started and 30,000 before it was over. Don’t let anyone tell you that young people today don’t seek after God.

The conference is free, but if Kansas City is a long way to drive, you can also watch the Conference online at their website at www.ihop.org.

Is Jesus Worth It?

Over the Christmas vacation I got the chance to read a few books that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. One of the books that made it to the top was John Piper’s book, “Don’t Waste Your Life”.

It was perfect timing as usual. I have so many good books to read that I don’t trust my judgment to pick the best one at the right time. So I pray and ask God to put the best book in my hand at the right time, and just like God I almost always find the book I read to be in perfect timing. Try it and you will see.

In this book, Piper says that our passion to seek after God results in our greatest joy and at the same time fulfills our created purpose which is to glorify God. Piper says it this way,

“Enjoying God supremely is one way to glorify him. Enjoying God makes him look supremely valuable.” … “Seeking happiness in God and glorifying God were the same”

Piper goes on to say that until he discovered this, it seemed like glorifying God and pursuing happiness were at odds with each under. Piper also found this in one of Jonathan Edwards sermons and writes;

“But now here was the greatest mind of early America, Jonathan Edwards, saying that God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.”

“God created me--and you--to live with a single, all embracing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the sphere of life.”

This is what the IHOP conferences are all about, glorifying God and forgetting about everything else. They are obsessed with Jesus, as thousands of student spend their time in the 24/7 prayer room seeking God rather than working or studying or dating or networking or any other way they would gain something from the world.

They would rather spend their time glorifying God, than anywhere else. What a testimony to the greatness of God and how his rewards far outweigh laboring for the things of the world.

Scripture tells us where to find joy;

“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11)

If you get a hold of this in your mind, you will realize that the world does not have anything for us. It has no treasure. It’s not the source of our life and it doesn’t contain anything that satisfies us. Christ is the only treasure and the only thing worthy of pursuing.

Jesus is worth it.  It is better for us to pursue Him first in everything we do so that He will be involved in directing our paths (Proverbs 3:6) and we will know that He is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. 

I have to admit the first time I tuned into IHOP's 24/7 online prayer room I was not sure I liked it, until I realized that they were not singing to entertain me like so many other ministries try to do. They are worshipping Jesus is mind and spirit, for hours and hours on end, trading time with Jesus for time anywhere else.  Once I figured this out, their style of worship made a lot more sense to me.

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