STATE OF MIND
Good morning & Happy Monday. Heavenly Father we come before you this day, thanking & praising you with all that we have & all that we are.
Lord, help us to stay focused on the main things we need to accomplish.
Assist us to maintain our hope & trust in you, because you do everything for us.
Help us see you when times get rough & hard.
Help us to remember putting our hope in you to get us through this past school year.
Wow, we made it through and graduated & passed onto the next grade/level.
Now Lord, carry us through this summer with joy & peace.
Help us make good choices & right decisions.
We thank you In All Things & know you will continue to heal, bless & deliver us into our destiny & purpose!
In Jesus Name We Pray! Amen
I decree doing relationship the way God designed is better that the works way.
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22 NIV
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What’s the Latitude of Your Dating Attitude?
Bible Reading: Philippians 2: 1-4
Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Philippians 2:4
DID YOUNG NOAH ever take his future bride on a romantic boat ride?
Did Moses ever take his girlfriend to the Saturday night chariot races?
Did Jacob and Rachel go out for pizza and Cokes before they were married?
Did Solomon ever take any of his 700 wives and 300 concubines on a date?
You might never know the answers to those deep dating questions, because you can’t find dating in the Bible-for the same reason you can’t find Sunday school. Sunday school and dating weren’t part of Bible-times society. Back then, most marriages were prearranged by parents (see Genesis 24 for an example).
Just think about how great ready-made marriages would be. No worries about finding a partner. No problem about locating a date for the prom. No more demands from your friends to go out with some loser. No more dateless weekends. Your biggest worry would be figuring out who to double with.
The arranged-marriage plan has drawbacks, however. Your parents might do a deal for you to marry the cutest baby on the block-but in high school he might still be sucking his thumb. Then there’s that little thing called love-which most of us want to find before we marry. And your parents can’t even pick out clothes you like, so how could they pick out a husband or wife you would like? Given those alternatives, you’re probably glad for today’s system of dating.
Although you can’t find dating in the Bible, you can find plenty of Scripture verses that apply to your dating relationships. Most of them have to do with attitudes. Some people enter dating with an attitude of ownership. They think you belong to them and refuse to allow you to live your own life. They act as if you are their private property and want you to fulfill their every whim.
Then there are those who approach dating with an attitude of relationship. They put all the emphasis on being “in love.” They major on the romantic and go ugly with insecurity and jealousy when you go out with another person.
Philippians 2:3-4 expresses the right attitude to have about dating: friendship. The purpose of dating isn’t to meet your needs but the other person’s needs. It isn’t to “fall in love” but to grow in friendship. A relationship rooted in friendship is God’s idea of the appropriate attitude for any two people to have. And that includes two people who are dating.
REFLECT: Are you aiming your affections at someone God would be pleased by? How are you approaching your relationship with an attitude of friendship?
PRAY: Spend some time praying for your attitude toward any future dates with him or her.
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