Rev Naomi Dowdy — Salt&Light

“God didn’t start with us. And God will not end with us,” Reverend Naomi Dowdy reminded pastors and church leaders during the closing session of the Elevator Conference organized by Alliance of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of Singapore (APCCS).

“God is a generational God. So we have to start thinking about generations and the future.

“What are you going to pass on to your spiritual sons and daughters, as well as your natural sons and daughters?” challenged Reverend Dowdy, who was the senior pastor of Trinity Christian Center for over 30 years.

Attended in person by more than 250 people from 45 churches at Grace Assembly Of God, the three-day event from June 15-17 aimed to inspire and equip leaders for the new season ahead.

Plenary speakers included Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong of Cornerstone Community Church, and Reverends Dominic Yeo and Naomi Dowdy of Trinity Christian Centre.

Inflamed, not watered down

“Pastors and leaders, you must not serve this generation and the next generation with remnants of faded passion, locked in the old revelation of our past generation,” Reverend Dowdy said, adding that the fire that the Holy Spirit deposits in hearts could unintentionally be extinguished through negligence.

“You wake up one morning and realize, like Samson, that there may be action, but there is no power or presence of God.”

She challenged the audience that even though they started out with a great passion for God, they still had to beware of “getting bogged down and doing the routine things of ministry.”

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” she warned. “It just fades away. You wake up one morning, step into the pulpit and realize, like Samson, that there can be action, but there is no power or presence of God.

“We can’t be too careful. We need fresh bread, fresh revelations, new encounters with God with fresh fire from his altar, as God took fire and put it on Isaiah’s lips to awaken him and bring about his anointing.

God does not want us to pass on neglected, watered down, or dead faith, but He does want us to be so filled with passion, power, and commitment that the next generation around us will pick it up before we even say anything. let it be, Reverend Dowdy added. .

During the altar call, Reverend Naomi Dowdy first asked pastors and leaders over 60 to seek God again for themselves before inviting younger ones to come pray for them . “You must not serve this generation and the next generation with remnants of faded passion, locked away in the old revelation of our past generation,” she told leaders.

King David left a legacy of having “served the purpose of God in his own generation” – not only as the leader of Israel, but as a man after God’s own heart. But what would it look like for us to serve God’s purpose in our generation?

Lessons of a Man After God’s Heart

Reverend Dowdy shared four lessons about David’s life legacy of faith:

1. His life of passion

David was an avid worshipper, Reverend Dowdy said, noting that he wrote many songs to exalt the Lord.

“If you live a life of passion for God, you will do things others may not.”

What is pleasing to God is that we adore him, she says. David was so passionate that when the ark entered Jerusalem, he joyfully took off his outer garments and danced before the Lord.

David was open with God about his frustrations, challenges, and enemies, but he was also open about God’s greatness.

“If you live a life of passion for God, you will do things that others may not do,” Reverend Dowdy said. “It didn’t make his wife happy. But he made God happy.

“His complaints did not overshadow his great awareness of God,” she stressed. “And even in his old age he did not grow cold.”

2. His life of miraculous provision

David was filled with God’s miraculous provision in his daily life and work, Reverend Dowdy said.

“David is a role model we need to show our generation; to leave a legacy of faith, we must take care of the things under our watch.

Although David was not drafted into the army to face Goliath, he went anyway. David accepted the challenge to go against Jehovah’s enemies and chose to wage war on Goliath despite his modest age, size, and lack of experience.

Provision was not always about money, although David was able to accumulate a lot and he could give a lot, she added. On the contrary, God’s provision was victory over enemies. For wisdom and knowing what to do in every situation.

“What a challenge for us!” exclaimed Reverend Dowdy. David is a model that we must show to our generation; to leave a legacy of faith, we must take care of the things under our watch.

“You have to think with a war mentality,” Reverend Dowdy said. “Not a mentality to hold the fort. We do not win a war entrenched and in a defensive position. You only win when you are on the offensive.

“Have we killed the giants under our watch? Or will we pass on the giants of our generation to the next generation? »

3. His life of honor

David honored Saul even when Saul was desperately trying to kill him. Even when they were in the same cave, David chose to honor Saul as God’s anointed king, thereby losing his opportunity for revenge and a chance to finally stop running for his life. (1 Samuel 24:11)

“We have all made mistakes. But there is a God in heaven who says, ‘I see beyond your mistakes.’

“David followed the principles of heaven,” Pastor Naomi said. “Let God fight your battles.”

She encouraged the audience, “Listen, we have to model not only receiving honor, but also giving honor. Give honor to whom honor is due.

“Yes, we know that David was not perfect. He made horrible mistakes in his life and terrible choices in his lifestyle. (2 Samuel 11-12)

“But only David is described as a man after the heart of God. God saw a repentant heart. God saw a man who was trying to please God. This is good news for all of us!

“I like it. It gives me hope, because I’m not perfect. We’ve all made mistakes on some level in life and in ministry. But there’s a God in heaven who says : ‘I see beyond your mistakes.’

4. His passion for developing leaders

“I believe David had a heart for the underdog. The ones that others would overlook,” Reverend Dowdy said.

David himself was an outsider, he knew what it was like to be overlooked and left out. He was neglected by his brothers and his father, and even the prophet Samuel who had been sent to anoint the next king of Israel.

“Your religious heritage is not the number of buildings you have. Your heritage is the people.

“Notice the kind of people God sent to him,” she pointed out, adding that the men who first joined David’s motley army in Adullam were “those in distress, in debt, or discontented.” . (1 Samuel 22:2)

“I love this part of David’s life,” she says. “David built one of the greatest armies of Israel ever with this kind of raw material.”

Asking for leaders, Pastor Naomi added, “Part of serving in our generation is prophetically seeing the potential in the lives of young men and women.

“If you don’t see it in the Spirit, you can’t get it out of them. Then you will use them, but you will not trust them or develop them. You will make them run errands without giving them leadership.

People are a very important aspect of your leadership, she added.

Malachi 4:6 speaks “of older experienced warriors indeed… affirming the next generation that they may be stronger and more affected than we are.”

David decided to attack an oversized Ammonite army to reclaim his men’s wives and children. “He did not overlook the grief and the needs of his men,” she said.

“Your religious heritage is not the number of buildings you have. Your heritage is the people.

Passing on the heritage of the faith

“We have to be able to understand that the major part of our mission is to take the victories we have won and be able to pass them on to the next generation,” she urged the leaders. “I took care of my giants, I don’t pass on my giants.”

“The best thing God has given you is someone who will stand by your side and walk with you.”

Referring to the well-known verse in Malachi which speaks of the return of the hearts of the fathers to the children (Malachi 4:6), Reverend Dowdy said: through the battles of God, breaking cycles of curses and dysfunctional mindsets, dealing with hate and rejection. Nurture orphaned minds, stand with them, embrace them and affirm them, so that the next generation is stronger and more impacted than us.

“Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak and struck the waters to see where Elijah’s God was. Would the waters open for him? They did it.

“The best thing God has given you is someone who will stand by your side and walk with you.

“I want to see my spiritual sons and daughters go further, faster, higher. To accomplish more and produce more fruit than me.

“The only legacy I want to leave to my spiritual children is a heart for God. A burning passion to serve him. And the awareness of working and walking in the power of faith and miracles and the Holy Spirit.


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