was youth Sunday at Victory Church. Below is a video of some of the
teens performing the skit "Dancing with Jesus." This is a great visual
illustration of the battle that rages with our teenagers everyday.
Please take time to lift a prayer to our Lord on behalf of every
teenager you know!
“Go and announce directly to Jerusalem that this is what the Lord says: I remember the loyalty of your youth, your love as a bride—how you followed Me in the wilderness,in a land not sown.”—Jeremiah 2:2
Even when our hearts grow cold toward God and our devotion to Him weakens, His love remains steadfast.
We may forget God, but He remembers us.
God was concerned because the people of Judah had allowed their hearts to drift far from Him. In a powerful moment, God shared His heart with His people, recalling what it was like when they first began loving Him. He remembered how they had loved Him, as a new bride loves her husband, with excitement and enthusiasm for the future. He recalled the kindness they had expressed as they willingly followed Him wherever He led them. God reminded them of the love they had once had for Him, so that the memory might rekindle feelings of devotion and their hearts might return to Him.
If you do not guard our heart, you will grow cold in your love for Christ. A time may come when He approaches you and reminds you what your relationship was once like.
Do you recollect the joy that permeated your life when you first became a Christian?
Do you recall the youthful commitments you made to Him, pledging to do anything He told you to do?
Do you remember the thrill you experienced each time you came to understand a new dimension of His nature?
Spiritual memory is important. You may not realize how far you have drifted from God until you contrast the love you are expressing to Him now with that of earlier days.
God has not changed. He is the same Person you gave your heart to when you became a Christian (Mal. 3:6–7). If your love for God is not as intense as it once was, return to Him. He will restore the intimate fellowship you once shared with Him.
“As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by
ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.”—1 Samuel
It can be tempting at times to give up on God's people! They
are so imperfect and can be so sinful, yet they are His people. Samuel had
thoroughly warned the Israelites of the dangers in appointing a king over
Israel. Yet they wanted to be like the nations around them, insisting that they
were willing to pay any price. Almost as soon as the people were granted their
desire, they recognized their sin. But it was too late. What was Samuel to do?
They had ignored his warnings. Now they wanted him to continue to minister to
them. It would seem appropriate for Samuel to abandon them and allow them to
suffer the consequences of their actions.
Samuel knew, as Jesus knew, that God sends His servants to
the sick, not the healthy (Matt. 9:12). Samuel did not take the people's
response as a rejection of him but as an indication of their walk with God.
Samuel was serving God, not the Israelites. When God commanded him to minister
to them, he could do nothing else, despite their resistance to his message.
At times people will not respond as they should to the
message God speaks through you. Don't become discouraged; it is a reflection of
their relationship with God. You are God's servant; if Jesus spent His time
with the spiritually needy, you can expect Him to ask you to do the same. Don't
lose your patience with God's people. Keep in mind that God loves them as much
as He loves you.