It’s hard to believe that we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Lynette Hagin’s Kindle the Flame® Women’s Conference.
Many women who gathered on the RHEMA campus this past September have attended Kindle the Flame year after year since 2001. An equal number of women showed up for the first time.
But everyone who has attended any of Lynette Hagin’s women’s conferences agrees—they are life changing.
Lynette kicked off the 2010 conference by encouraging women to love themselves just as they are. She spent the evening tackling the issue of low self-esteem and encouraged the women to be happy with the way God made them.
Lynette Hagin presents the Kindle the Flame 2010 Highest Attendance Award to Vicki Shearin of Word of Life Christian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, and members of her congregation.
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Guest speakers Friday and Saturday included Patsy Cameneti, Vicki Shearin, and Brenda Thomas. Workshops dealt with setting healthy boundaries in life and offered tips for decorating, hair styling and makeup, and cleaning and organizing a home. A style show featured elegant evening wear.
Saturday evening, Lynette encouraged the women to build a wall of prayer in their lives in the same way that Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem. Brick by brick the wall was built, showing the ladies the power of persistent prayer. To illustrate that power, during a time of corporate prayer, the women brought bricks they had been given to the front of the auditorium. The bricks were then stacked, vividly representing a wall of prayer.
‘I Am Who I Am!’
When I asked the Lord, “What do You have for the ladies who come to Kindle the Flame® this year?” the words that He gave me have been ringing in my ears ever since—“I am who I am!” Then God began to deal with me that there is an epidemic today, especially among women, of people being unhappy with who they are.
All of my life I have seen women put on facades and try to hide their hurt or pain on the inside. Many of them have suffered terrible hurts, because they were desperately trying to live up to someone else’s unrealistic
Instead of viewing ourselves the way others think we should be, we need to look at ourselves the way God looks at us. How does He look at us? Psalm 139:14 says, “Thank you [God] for making me so wonderfully
complex! Your workmanship is marvelous” (NLT). The Message Bible says, “Body and soul, I am marvelously made!”
The Lord wants each of us to become a whole person and be healed from the hurts of the past so we can accomplish the mission He has for us on this earth. Unless we learn to love who we are, we cannot reach
our full potential and do what God has called us to do.
That’s why Jesus commanded us in Matthew 22:39, “You shall love your neighbor IN THE SAME MANNER AS YOU DO YOURSELF” (Wuest). Really, we have to love ourselves in order to love anybody else.
Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to improve ourselves. But we don’t need to be obsessed with living up to someone else’s idea of perfection.
Let me ask you a question today: by whose standards are you judging yourself? Remember, the Lord says that you are wonderfully made. Don’t be ashamed of God’s creation. Allow the balm of the Spirit to heal your hurts so you can be the person God created you to be!
“When God restores He doesn’t just give you back what you lost. Isaiah 61:7 says, ‘For your shame you shall have double.’ You will have double for your trouble! God is a Redeemer, Restorer, Rebuilder, and Rewarder. That’s Who He is. That’s what He does. And He will bring restoration in ways you can’t even imagine.”
“When people don’t give us affirmation or validation, we feel like something has been taken away. But there is a true honor that comes only from God. God doesn’t just receive honor; He gives honor. He gave it to His Son, Jesus. And Jesus gave it to man, who needed it. We don’t have to wait for [people] to give us honor. We can get true honor from God.”
“The Apostle Paul faced some hard times. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and thrown into prison. But he said,‘I think myself happy.’ Why did he think himself happy? Because happy are the people whose God is the Lord (Ps. 144:15). We’ve got something to be happy about! And I refuse to let the devil, tests, or trials wipe the smile off my face. I have made a choice to rejoice!”