This Is For  Y O U  th  Newsletter

So What Do We Know?

Praise God! You have answered the call of salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ! Now you are made clean and free from the bondage of sin and death. What an awesome joy it is to experience the love of God. Nothing, no high, no feeling in the world can even come close to the love of God. Now, you believe and know that God, the Almighty, sent His only Son to die for your sins.

You are a Believer. That is the first step that we must take. But, is it the only step?

James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devil also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

What kind of works was he talking about?. Surely we know that we can not guarantee our salvation by doing things. Think of it this way:

Salvation is not a result of works:

But works are a result of salvation.

Matthew 16:27 says Jesus is going to reward every man according to his works. (Things that are to be done physically and spiritually - not only for ourselves, but for others, also.) So what do we do now? We put our salvation into action. First of all we need to know what God expects of us, and we find that by reading the Word, praying to the Father and asking for guidance. We know that another good work is spending time with other Christians.

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching."

We are told to look out for each other. These needs are physical and spiritual.

Hebrews 10:12 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."

Being around non-Christians all of the time will not help you out in your walk. They will pull you away. The works, things you do with them, do not profit. Even if the work you are doing with them may be a good cause, what kind of environment are you in? What is everyone talking about?

Ephesians 5:11 "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."

Proverbs 13:20 "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." (Who is a fool? Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.")

This fellowship, communication, and companionship with darkness doesn't mean we can't every talk or be near an unsaved person again. It means that our friends, those we hang out with, those we prefer to be with, and the activities that we have now must change once we come to the Lord if we are going to walk this walk.

We Christians need to stick together. "Bear ye one another's burdens and so fullfil the love of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)

Sometime we tend to think that we are alone in our walk, but God thought it was better if we relied on each other for our needs, physically and spiritually. We can help keep each other in tune, keep each other from falling away from what God called us to be. It is real important as a Christian to have a church, or a fellowship, or involvement in church functions with other Christians.

Hebrews 13:16 "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."

It is real important to keep on striving for the Kingdom of God. This walk isn't over until we get to the end of the road. It takes more than believing. It takes good works to walk this road; it's not a one-time deal. Those good works are laid out in the Word of God for each person. Maybe not everyone is given the same scriptures, but they are instructed none-the-less. Examine the works of your heart as well as the works of your hands.

Titus 3:8 "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to MAINTAIN good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."   Danean Spearman - mom

I was asked if I had something short that would fit into this space. But as I sat down I thought, "How can you shorten God?" God can't be measured let alone shortened.

Then I thought that sometimes in life I shorten God. I give Him limitations of what I think He can do.

Isaiah 59:1 "Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"

God is big enough to be with you all day, in everything you do; and big enough to get you through it all.

Job 9:10 "[God] Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."

As you go about your week, think of how big God really is, and let Him have room.    Rachel Huff - 14

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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