I was up Saturday evening in my college dorm room at Georgia State University waiting for The Ramp to come on via the internet. The Ramp is a ministry made up of young people between the ages of 15 to 25 who are hungry for God and the truth; who are living the life and spreading the Gospel. This ministry is spearheaded by Karen Wheaton, an anointed Woman of God who has a passion for this generation.
I’ve been watching The Ramp for the past 2 to 3 years. This is by far one of the few dynamic group of young people who feel what I feel and see what I see and are hungry for what I have a hunger for… and that’s God and Him alone. They understand that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and they’ve caught on to the realization that you can either choose God NOW or go through life the hard way and wish you had Him later. But either way, it’s your choice. They’ve decided that He, in the end, is the only thing that matters. And I love their passion and drive, especially in a time where most youth are so out-of-touch with God.
But the reason why I’m posting this is not to rant and rave about how awesome their ministry is – because it is definitely the hotness – but it is to keep you abreast as to what has transpired recently in my little ole’ life. This happened Saturday, and Saturday was quite awesome. Well, actually every Saturday awesome, and everytime I watch The Ramp it’s always an experience… but on this Saturday, I experienced something that I’ve been waiting for and seeking after for a LONG TIME.
During the mid-portion of the broadcast, Damon Thompson (one of the prophets/preachers who is a common speaker and teacher at The Ramp) was praying over the youth pastors and leaders who were there. He had asked them to come up on the stage and for the audience to pray aloud for them. Feeling the need to join in, I began praying in my dorm room. It was intense prayer and I was crying. I touched on alot of issues and people that were important to me, and that I’ve been waitng on God to show Himself in.
Toward the end of me praying, something I’ve been praying about for a long time and was praying about that night happened. I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. (Matthew 7:7)
It was something about this Moment In Time that was different than all the rest. I truly believe that God is up to something and I know He’s using young people and youth groups and ministries such as The Ramp and Aquire The Fire and Bound4Life for such a time as this. So I’m praying that this generation of believers would hunger for God and desire for His will to be accomplished in the earth.
I believe God is raising up a generation who hear the sound; who hear the call to stand up and not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17)! We cannot wait, we cannot remain silent, we cannot continue in the repetitious state of religion and church antics! There is a dying people and generation that is in need of a Savior! I’m asking God, “Who will take their position and push away their plate of comfortability? Who will risk their life and reputation and truly bear their cross?” It’s gotta be us!