This Is For Y O U th Newsletter
"... Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11
We are all spiritually dead in sin at one time. We did whatever our flesh desired. We went after fame and fortune.
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" Ephesians 2:2
We live only through Jesus. Without Him we are spiritually dead and live in disobedience. How can we become alive? How can we leave the darkness of sin? We cannot do it ourselves.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:4,5
Only God's mercy and love has given us life. He has to touch our spirit to light it, but how do we stay alive once we have been quickened? How do we keep the flame burning in our lives? The Lord is merciful to give us life and forgive our sins, but how do we stay alive?
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalms 32:8
If He is going to teach us and guide us as it says here then we need to have our ears open to hear. How is He to speak to us if we cannot hear Him? We need to have a quiet time with the Lord.
"This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declared unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5
We need to be one with Christ to keep that light of life in us. Not only do we need to keep our ears open to His voice, but we need to also be in His presence at all times. Then, because we are with God, we will have the light He has.
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7
If we have fellowship with God, and not only listen to Him, but speak with Him then we will have the light. By walking with Jesus His light will keep ours burning.
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life" he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" John 11:25,26
In order to walk with Jesus we must believe in Him. How can we walk with Jesus and in His light if we can not see Him?
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17
Faith! We need faith to walk with Jesus. Not only do we need faith that He exists, but also faith in His word. By faith we can believe and walk in the spirit of Christ.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death." John 8:51
If we know the Word which is also a light then we will not see death. The light of His Word will keep our spirit kindled with life.
Therefore, we are all spiritually dead until God decides to light our path. His mercy forgives us of our sins and allows us to live. Once we receive light we must listen to His guidance. He will show us how to stay alive and not slip back into darkness. In order for us to listen to His guidance we must be in His presence at all times and have faith in Him and His Word. By Pam Huff
One day when I was at the Mall, I found this poem written out on a piece of paper. It looked like it had been carried around for a long time. I am sorry someone lost it, but I hope it will mean something to you.
Life is so lonely
People just don't seem to care
Life is so complicated
People just aren't fair
Do things have to be like this
Will they ever change
Do things ever get better
Will it always be the same
Will I always be lonely
Feeling like nobody cares
Will it ever get better
Will it ever be fair
I feel like I'm trapped
And I can't get out
I want to feel loved again
And not have doubts
So please help me
Take away my doubts
Please just love me
And help me out
Life is so very lovely
There are people that care
Life doesn't seem complicated
It can be fair
Things don't have to be like this
Things can change
Things do get better
It doesn't have to be the same
I don't have to be lonely
Because someone does care
It did get better
Now it is fair
I am no longer trapped
God helped me out
I now feel loved again
He took away my doubts
So please let Him help you
Let Him take away your doubts
Because He does love you
And He wants to help you out
Submitted by Lydia Spearman
Hey YOUth! If you have scriptures or an experience that you would like to share, please write to us; we'd love to hear from you!
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