On Friday, May 19, 278 graduates of Rhema Bible Training College USA proudly entered the Cox Business Center auditorium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Family and friends surrounded them, cheering and capturing the special moment with many pictures.
Along with a runner's relay baton, each graduate received a diploma, which marked the
completion of their studies. The baton serves as a reminder that others have run before them, and now, it's their turn to enter the earth's harvest fields and run their race for the Lord.
Rev. Dan Morrison, former pastor of Summit Church in Farmington, New Mexico, a 1981 and 1982 RBTC graduate, delivered the commencement address. Rev. Morrison reminded the graduates that God has a plan for their lives.
Graduates, don't think for a moment that God would miraculously lead you to Rhema, provide for you financially, and dynamically empower you, only to leave you on the steps of the Cox Business Center with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
Jeremiah 29:11 in the Knox Bible says, "I have not lost sight of my plan for you, the Lord says, and it is your welfare I have in mind, not your undoing; for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope."
Thank God for the graduates who have gone before you. God is using them powerfully. But He is also saying, "for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope."
You should never entertain thoughts of inadequacy—thoughts of "I can't do this" or "I'm not good enough." Thoughts like that don't originate from God. They come from your insecurities and the devil.
Imagine an air traffic control radar screen. God knows where you are. He sees your heart full of obedience and surrender. You're a bright blinking star on the radar screen of Heaven, ready for your next assignment and destination.
Thank God for the graduates who have gone before you. God is using them powerfully. But He is also saying, "for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope."Rev. Dan Morrison
God calls you a masterpiece! "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10 NKJV).
You are God's handiwork. He has fitted you with a unique assignment, one that only you can accomplish. That's why it's unwise to compare yourselves with others.
God uses ordinary people and gives them extraordinary plans. I think about how Jesus first called Peter.
Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when He saw Peter and Andrew casting a net into the sea. He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Him"(Matt. 4:19–20 NKJV).
Peter was an ordinary person with an ordinary plan for his life. God, on the other hand, had an extraordinary plan for him.
God has a habit of taking ordinary people and placing dreams and callings on their lives. He uses people with insecurities, fears, and inadequacies. Then, He sets them on a seemingly impossible course for their lives.
After you leave tonight, don't miss the opportunities that will fall across your path. Some will be things that you never would have imagined. With every opportunity, you need to say, "Sure, I can do that!"
At the same time, don't wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. Get out there and make yourself available. Watch God do great things through you. Be a light and make a difference in the world where God has placed you.
As commencement ended, graduates walked out of the auditorium holding a lit candle in one hand and a baton in the other. Each baton bore the inscription: "I commit today to carry the baton of revival to this generation. I will carry the banner of faith and God's power to a lost and dying world. This is my time to do all God has called me to do!"
Congratulations Rhema Eagles for winning the 2017 ACCA National Championship!
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