The Victory Leaders' Band department oversees the needs of today's youth. Psalms 78:4-7 says, "...shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments."
A Message from the Coordinator
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7).
In these scriptures we are admonished to be anchored in Christ. We ought to walk in Him as we received Him; by prayer and through faith. We must continue in active prayer and faith to keep our relationship with Him and allow that relationship to flourish. Then we are told to be rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith and abound in the faith. When we become rooted, built up, established and abounding we will find ourselves Unmovable and Unshakable no matter what the enemy of our souls will bring our way. In the times that we live in many hearts have already failed for fear of what is coming upon the world. The righteous must endure to the end to receive the reward of faithfulness and that endurance will be possible only when we become so settled in Christ that nothing will be allowed to move us.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon (Psalms 92:12).
At first thought the palm tree and the cedar tree have little in common. They are even different in the standard characteristics that they have as trees; such as bark and leaves. Despite the seemingly vast differences between the two the Bible proclaims that the righteous shall be like both of them. There is something about these two types of trees that is very similar however; each tree's root system is designed perfectly for the conditions in which the tree exists.
Palm trees are typically found in sand and tropical areas. These areas are known for the very forceful winds that blow during tropical storms. A palm tree's root system goes extremely deep-in many cases deeper than the tree is tall-allowing the tree to be able to withstand the fiercest of winds without being uprooted. Cedar trees are typically found on the faces of mountains where they are unprotected from the harshest of weather conditions. The roots of a cedar tree entwine themselves through the rocks on which they grow in order to anchor them against the weather and elements that assault mountain sides. In both cases God has perfectly designed the root systems to greatly strengthen these beautiful trees.
As Christians our root systems need to take on the characteristics of both the cedar and the palm. Our roots must grow deep for the winds of life and temptation that blow against us are fierce and will attempt to uproot us at every turn. In addition, the deeper a root system grows the better nourishment one can receive. Many people depend upon surface water to sustain them but surface water is much more susceptible to drought. When our roots go deep in Christ we can drink from the source of the water and get our strength directly from Him. Also our roots should entwine themselves around the rock which we are planted-the rock of Christ. We must really dig into Him and allow Him to give us the stability that we need to withstand the harshest conditions that the enemy of our souls will throw against us. Deep roots and roots that grab a hold of Christ are the type of roots that will sustain a Christian through all storms and trials and carry him to victory in the midst of the storm.
Each tree also has a unique characteristic that as Christians we ought to take on that we may better survive. In most trees the living part of the wood is directly under the bark making surface damage very dangerous for them. In palm trees the living wood runs throughout the tree, all the way to the heart, so surface damage has little or no effect on the tree. The cedar tree is able to grow to great strength and longevity even in the harshest of conditions because rather than grow extremely fast they grow slow and extremely strong. Shallow Christianity leads to rapid growth but lacks the protection against the outside forces that come against us. If we will grow slow and strong and allow our life to run deep into our hearts then the assaults from the enemy that may bruise us will have little other effect upon us.
In these last days God's people must be anchored securely in Jesus Christ. The skies are growing darker as the storms grow more intense than they have been in our lifetimes. The first words that Christ spoke when warning the disciples of the end times should ring in our ears louder than ever: "Take heed that no man deceive you." Deceivers abound and they search for anyone who is not deeply rooted and anchored in the truth of Jesus. We can not afford to be anything other than "Unmovable Unshakable."