This Is For Y O U th Newsletter
Do You Know?
In I Corinthians 3:16 it starts with this question. Know ye not? - Do you know?
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Corinthians 3:16
A temple of God is a place where God dwells. As a Christian you become like a temple. You are allowing God to dwell in you. As a temple of God you need to act differently then the world around you. One way is how you start your day.
"I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me." Proverbs 8:17
We need to find the Lord each and every morning to ask for His leading and guiding throughout the day. We ask for His peace and His Spirit to be upon us as we are among the world.
"Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors." Proverbs 8:34
Watching daily to catch a glimpse of the Lord.
Remember the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19? He wanted to see Jesus. But, because he was of little stature he could not for all the people. So he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a tree. That way when Jesus passed that way he would be able to see Him. We're nothing without Jesus - we are of little stature. We need to run ahead of the crowd; not with the crowd. If you run with the crowd you may never see Jesus. Especially if it's with the wrong crowd. Run ahead of the crowd, be an example. When Jesus came to the place and saw Zacchaeus He said, " Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I will abide at thy house."
When we get up and start our day seeking the Lord, watching daily to see Jesus, running ahead of the crowd; we will be blessed as Zacchaeus was. Jesus will abide with us - at our house. A House is a dwelling place just like a temple is.
Do you know? We are all apart of this race. Whether you run with the crowd or ahead of the crowd is up to you.
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." I Corinthians 9:24
Starting your day is the just the beginning. We need to be with Jesus all day long.
"Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long." Proverbs 23:17
And at night.
"My soul shall be satisfied - When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches." Psalms 63:5a-6
"With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early;" Isaiah 26:9a
It's a chain reaction. If we start our day asking for Jesus to be with us, He will. He will be with us all day. If He is with us all day in our thoughts, of course our thoughts in the night will be of Him, too. In the morning we start again. With a desire to greet Him at the start of each new day.
This is why we are different than the world. As a temple - a Christian - we desire God to be a part of our lives. This is what we need to know. Donna Bixler
LOOK TO THE LORD
AND YOU WILL ALWAYS
BE GOING IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION
FREE TO DO WHAT?
A lot of times we teenagers misunderstand the meaning of the word freedom. We seem to twist it all around to the meaning we want. When we think of freedom we think of running wild with no responsibilities, but freedom without responsibilities is immaturity.
Freedom is the right to be responsible for yourself. Being responsible is being accountable for your own actions.
Usually when we get to do something that our parents let us do, we are given rules and a time to be home (responsibilities). Most of the time if we don't keep up with our responsibilities we lose our freedom. We may think this is unfair. But, if they didn't give us sound rules, would we be responsible enough to come up with them on our own? Freedom isn't just running wild but being responsible.
Also to have freedom we need to keep our responsibilities with God. God's greatest commandments were to love Him with all of your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30,31. Our freedom should never interfere with these two commandments.
The pilgrims came over to get out of bondage from the king and the church of England. But the only way for them to keep free of that was to keep the responsibilities of starting and defending a colony and being loyal to God. They didn't do what they did just to run wild, have no restraint, but to be free and responsible with their faith in God.
So, remember, freedom is the keeping of responsibilities, not being free of them.
Tom Spearman - 16
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