What happened? You went to Sunday school. You read your Bible stories. You learned to pray. You dedicated your life to the Lord as a young child. But then, something changed. You hit the teenage years and now you question your belief in God.
I’ve had many conversations over the years with teens who have struggled with their faith and some have walked away from Christianity. Some believe we all have the same God – we just worship him differently. This is not true. It’s a lie. We don’t all have the same God.
You are my witnesses, declares the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:10-11. ESV
My friend, to know His truth for your life – I long for you to know God and His Word – the Bible – all of it. It’s important to understand the Old Testament to know God and His promises made long ago to understand the New Testament that points to our Savior, Jesus Christ – the Son of God.
It’s only then can you decide whether you believe or not – there is no middle ground. If you truly have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then He abides in you and you in Him. 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:15.
Today’s question – Which one will you choose?
- Matthew 7:13-14 tells us, “Enter throughthe narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
- Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:10-13 that many will fall away. “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
My friend, my message to you today is to be bold, firm, be wise and enter through the narrow gate. Don’t let the challenges and lies of this world distract you from seeking God’s promises and truth for your life. God never promised us that our lives would be easy. In fact, He tells us in James 1:2 that we’ll face trials of many kinds. “Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds.” We are going to meet trials, but good news is that these trials are not to weaken you, but to strengthen you. Not to damage you, but to develop your character into what God wants you to be – be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4.
This is His truth for you today.
Stay encouraged and know that God is working in your life. He is in control. Trust Him. Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 ESV