Many people are concerned about what you and I do, or don’t do. (Police, Teachers, Adults) Why is that?
Do you think God is more, or less concerned about our actions as your youth leaders, your parents or your teachers?
If your heart hates any authority or rules, but you still follow them just to keep out of trouble, you are probably very exhausted keeping up with expectations. There is still some benefit to others.
If your heart understands that laws or rules are for all of our benefit, obeying the rules requires less effort, and you will appreciate it when others do this as well.
If your heart noes not care, you are not safe, and are putting others at risk as well.
What does your heart believe about the authority of God?
What do you say? Do you say what is on your heart, or what you think others may want to hear? What are the benefits of one or the other?
What does your mouth say about Jesus?
“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” -Romans 10:10-11 (NIV)
I believe that Jesus is LORD, I believe that he died on the cross and was miraculously raised from the dead. My acceptance of this pays for my sin and saves me from it, even the sins I may commit after my confession of faith. I now do not choose to do wrong things purposefully, and acknowledge when I am wrong to God and others, looking to the word of God for direction about what is right and wrong. I still may mess up, but will allow God to change me. I will also listen to others who approach me, knowing that I don’t have everything figured out by myself.
What do you believe?
What do you say?
You may be uncertain, listen to what God says, and ask Him to speak to you.
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