In the morning session, we saw another blessing of the New Testament jubilee, which is the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins is the base of all the blessings in the jubilee. We were so encouraged to see that when God forgives our sins, He not only spares us from judgment, but He also sends our sins back to Satan where they belong! Furthermore, when God forgives us, He forgets, fully removing any memory or trace of our sin forever. If we truly see this, we would be released to confess again and again. As 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The speaking brother was very burdened to release each college student from the suppression, oppression, and depression of unforgiven sins. Satan’s strategy is to blind the believers from the filthiness of sin, and discourage us from coming to God to confess our sins. At the end, all were encouraged to spend 1 to 2 hours in the afternoon to have a thorough confession of sins. This message was very crucial in bringing the atmosphere of the college training deeper and higher. As a result of this fellowship, in the evening the college students were more released in their singing and praising than ever before. Hallelujah, the blood of Christ restores us back to God and the joy of our salvation!
The evening message was a proclamation of freedom to all those in bondage and slavery. Fallen human beings are slaves to Satan, the self, and sin, and are toiling under hardships and anxieties. Sin is an addiction within us, and furthermore, it is a law that will insistently operate the moment we decide to do good. Our experience is just like the woman in Luke 13:10, who was bent double for 18 years, not able to stand erect at all. Her infirmity caused her only to see herself and the earthly things. But the Lord’s word to the woman was, “you are released.” The Lord wants to free us from the bondage and slavery of so many things. He does not require our self-effort, only our cooperation and belief. When we call on Him and cooperate with the law of the Spirit of life, He releases us to enjoy true freedom in Christ. The response from the students was an overwhelming “amen” to this word. Many students lined up to respond — so much so that more than 80 students who lined up at the microphone were not able to testify because of time.
The Lord is clearly starting to break through in many of the students, and we trust that through the prayer of the Body, the Lord will continue to gain the personal transactions He needs with all 1,900 students to make this a landmark experience in their lives.
May the saints continue to pray that:
- The Lord would continue to bring the training higher and higher in the remaining few days
- Students would apply the things they hear and see this week in the daily lives, especially upon returning home
- The Lord would be able to speak what is on His heart to the college students for the rest of this training