By Jessica Belwood

"Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles." Isaiah 13:2

In the Bible, the word "banner" is used in battles and wars. Banners are raise to direct the route to cities which are well defended (Jeremiah 4:6) and to call attention to news (Jeremiah 50:2;51:12). In wars, the soldiers need to count on somebody to catch their attention and to direct them to fortified cities where they can be safe from enemies.

Jesus is the Banner of Salvation in our battleground of the world of deaf and hard and hard of hearing young people. Lift Him up! Jesus reaches out to us from the hilltop in midst of the war of good and evil, and beckons us to run and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We have to choose to seek out and follow the Banner which signals the way to safety and peace, or perish.

In the teenagers' lives, we are also the Banners, calling to them: "Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! Follow Him, so you will not perish!"  

We need to be perched on the hilltops in their lives, in clear sight so they may be able to view the Banner plainly. We need to be shouting loudly, beckoning to them so they will be able to hear us. We need to show them the route to the Kingdom of Heaven, so they can find their way Home. For if the teenagers do not have any Banners in their lives, they will be lost in the war and will die spiritually.  

I pray that we all will pick up the Banner of Salvation, and wave it ceaselessly until the war is over. I praise God for your love for these students. Your faithfulness makes all the difference in the world. Have an awesome summer sharing the story and holding the Banner high. In Christ, only and always. AMEN


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