STATE OF MIND
Father God as we come to the end of the month of May we want to thank you for your divine protection over us.
We want to let you know how much we appreciate your mercy during our times of falling short.
We pray that You would continue to knock on the doors of our hearts calling us into a deeper understanding of the relationship You desire to have with us.
We pray that Your Right Hand cover us keeping us safe throughout this day and that we allow Your Holy Spirit to direct our actions, our words, and our thoughts today. Father God remind us to be civil towards one another, caring & compassionate especially to those who are misunderstood and act out because of pain and circumstances unknown to us but seen by You.
Allow Your anointing on our lives to draw even the one soul to Your salvation keep us humble as we tell others about Your goodness and grace whether they be student, teacher, or even another parent.
In Jesus name guide us into All Truth that the enemy may not be able to deceive us and lead us into harmful situations.
We thank You in advance for hearing our prayer and we honor You with our trust in Your ability to perform for Your Glory these requests in Jesus name Amen.
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Where Do You Draw the Line?
Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20-22
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. 2 Timothy 2:22
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT, Why do I have such strong sexual feelings if premarital sex is wrong? Maybe you’ve never asked that question out loud, but it might have danced through your mind. Don’t you sometimes wonder why God made your desire for sex so potent if you can’t do anything with it right now? Is God playing some kind of joke on you?
Not at all. Say thanks that you have that strong desire for sex-but also realize that you might have many years ahead of you to keep that desire under control until marriage. Your sex-saturated culture doesn’t make it easy. But remember: God has given you all the power you need to keep your sexual desires in line. Follow his advice in 2 Timothy 2:22.
“So if sex before marriage is wrong,” you might still wonder, “how far can you go? I mean, how far is too far?”
Most kids want someone to step up, draw a bold line, and say, “Okay, everything up to here is fine. But if you go past this point, you’re out of God’s will.” It sounds nice and simple, but it doesn’t work that way.
Actually, there are better questions to ask than, “How far is too far?” Try these: “What caring actions can I use to show my true feelings to my date?” “What actions best express how much I care about my date at this point in our relationship?” “What is honest, righteous, and best for where we are right now?” But at the same time, the Bible is clear about drawing a line when it says, “Never cheat a Christian brother” (1 Thessalonians 4:6). We “cheat” others by taking from them to fulfill our sexual desires. Here’s how to avoid that.
First, realize when you start wanting what you can’t have. It usually starts so slowly that you don’t realize it’s happening. But when you raise your own desires above what’s right and spiritually healthy, you have crossed an important line.
Second, aim at applying the command to love one another. Learn to love the 1 Corinthians 13 way-selflessly seeking out God’s best for the other person.
Third, recognize that physical affection between a guy and girl is exciting because God made it that way. And it’s progressive-one stage naturally leads to the next. Setting your standards and drawing your “lines” ahead of time will enable you to stand up in a situation that requires serious resisting and keeps you from making a mistake you might later regret.
REFLECT: What are you going to do to keep your sexual desires inside God’s boundaries?
PRAY: Ask God for wisdom and power to keep his great wedding present -sex- for the wedding.
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