When do you submit? Even
though I am a very committed Christian, at times I find myself wanting worldly
desires. I know it’s in all of us; it’s our human nature. But I never thought I
would feel so strongly about these temptations I know are bad! Have you ever felt this? It’s
like we know they are wrong, but it doesn’t take the fact away we want that. One
of my weaknesses as a young girl was stubbornness. My mom remembers several
occasions on which I would not listen to authority. The
Candice and Kelly. It’s popsicle time!” Mom enthusiastically announced, sitting
my sister and I down at the table. Kelly, the blonde-headed angel received her
Popsicle graciously. I, on the other hand, refused. “I
don’t want to eat a Popsicle.” I declared. Startled by the stubbornness of her
oldest child, and new to the whole discipline world, Mom stared at me confused.
do you mean you won’t eat your Popsicle?” And after many attempts to sweet-talk
me into eating it, she decided …
Is camp for me?
You've probably been faced with this question at some point in your life. Maybe it's because your best friend is always talking about how fun camp was, and you don't want to miss out.
Or perhaps you feel a little curious every time your youth camp promo video plays.
Whatever sparked your interest, camp has caught your eye. You hear stories about God moving in students hearts. Sometimes you wish you could experience that. You hear about the games, competitions, team cheers, small group sessions, and dorm pranks. But something in you is a little hesitant...what would the camp be like? Would you know anyone there? And, the more you think about it, the idea of getting wet and muddy doesn't sound inviting. Eh...you might try it someday. But not today. Besides, your summer is crazy with other activities.
Don't buy those excuses! Don't you realize that Satan is trying to get you to miss out on what could be the best week of your life? Have you ever …
Imagine if you were where you are in life for a critical cause. You're in settings filled with people who desperately craved truth. They've been told their whole lives that they were never good enough; a mistake. They've listened to lies their whole life and they wouldn't believe them if they had just one other voice speaking in to their life- but they don't. All they have is the Accuser whispering into their ear that nobody cares about them...and as much as they don't want to receive that message there is no one willing to give them any hope.
Then there's you. All you thought was that ever since your Dad's job change you just happened to start going to a new school and new neighborhood. It just happened. You had no control over it. Sure, it's not fun at times but it's no big deal. Sure, you go to church and your close friends know you're a Christian. But it's no big deal. You don't take everything as supernatural or "more than…