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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

What Do You Believe

My husband and I went with the youth on a retreat. One of the speakers told the youth that his basketball coach told his team that if they had any energy left at the end of the game they did not give it their all. Same with the Holy Spirit. He tied it into the story of David who told the king, “I’ll do it.” The whole army was scared but David knew that the same God, that delivered him from the lion and the bear, would deliver him from the giant! David knew he had a different power through Jesus and it is a power we cannot contain. The more we lean on God, the more we trust God. The more we trust God, the more we trust God!

The Holy Spirit is our advocate and will teach us. John 14: 11, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” When we receive the Holy Spirit our life becomes different whether we feel it or not. It is not about how you feel it is simply a fact! Accepting Jesus Christ is the number one decision of your life! He is our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit is our Helper. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts that only God gets the glory for. We just stand back and wonder what just happened. Our youth were told to never let the resources we see be the size of our vision. God can do so much more than that! Isaiah 55:8-9, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"

Because there are going to be tough times, distractions and times when we are lost, our youth made declarations, as Christians, as to what they believe. They were to complete “I believe” sentences regarding God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church and living as a Christian. We need to know what we believe so we can look back on our declarations when times are tough. I think adults need to do this also. What do you believe?


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