Verse of the Day

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."

~James 3:17

Today's Devotional Thought

January 30, 2013 by Rachel Piferi


What I Want You to Know

My husband and I lead the youth at our church. And this past weekend, we took our group to a youth conference in a nearby city. It was a large, coliseum-based conference with bands and speakers and skits designed to show them how important they are to God. And how important they are to the kingdom and the work that God has for us all.

As I was preparing for this conference and praying for all of our youth, I was overwhelmed with how much I desire for them. How much I want them to know. To believe. To grab a hold of.

I will have them for such a brief period of time in our group. And I want them to understand so much. I want them to understand how much Jesus loves them. And I want them to just fall in love with him. Because once they fall in love with Jesus, there's absolutely no limit to impact they can make in this life.

I started making a list of all of the things I would like them to know before they leave our group. I just started writing and I was surprised at all that poured out that I want them to know. And I mean, really know! I am sure this list is not comprehensive. But, I would like to share some of them with all of you. I came up with 10 things. I will share 5 today and 5 tomorrow.

Here are the first five things that I would really want anyone to know...

1. The Bible is true. Every single word of it. Don't let anyone rationalize you away from believing that truth. They will try. They will use science and logic to make you believe that you are wrong. That we are wrong. That God was a liar. They will call you stupid, small minded, ignorant.

But believe me. The Bible is true. I believe it because I have lived it. I have experienced it. Now, you experience it for yourself. Read it. Ask God to show you its truth. I guarantee he will.

Do not let anyone lead you to think otherwise.

2. No matter how tempting things of this world look, they won't last. They won't fulfill you, love you, or complete you as much as they promise they will. Resist their temptation.

3. You won't make all of the right decisions. But, when you make a bad one, God is a God of forgiveness and mercy and grace and redemption. And he can redeem any bad decision you make. Do not abuse his love and mercy and grace, but let it be your hope when you make a wrong turn. It is never too late to turn back and let God redeem a moment, a decision, or a situation.

4. The best way to ensure you do make the right decisions is to seek wisdom from the source. Seek God daily. Memorize Scripture. Surround yourself with godly friends. Listen, and I mean really listen, and obey.

5. Pursue things that will lead to a destination that you want to go to. Don't date men or women who do not have the characteristics that you want in your eventual husband or wife. Don't become friends with people who won't make you better and urge you on to Christlikeness. Guard your heart in this way. Don't engage in activities that can take you down a road that could harm you or conflict with what you know is right. What you pursue determines the path you take. Pursue wisely.

Memorize this verse today:

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."
~James 3:17

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