TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
HE WILL WIN OUTRomans 5:20 TM
'Who made God then?' 'If God exists why is there so much suffering in the world?' 'Christians are mostly hypocrites.' 'Religion is outdated and causes wars.' 'Christianity is a crutch for weak people.' 'How can you know what's really true?'
Have you ever had questions and statements like these flung at you, leaving you unsure how to respond? Maybe you've gotten discouraged, tempted to stop sharing your faith or given up praying because of it. It happens to lots of Christians at school, and it can be quite demoralising.
In Galatians 1:13 Paul writes; 'I violently persecuted God's church. I did my best to destroy it' (NLT). Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. His intent was to destabilise the Church, and he never dreamt that one day he'd switch sides. But when God has a plan, He will do whatever it takes to fulfil it. So when Paul held the coats of Stephen's executioners, even then God was hatching a plan to make him one of the most remarkable Christians of all time.
Just like Paul, He has plans for your friends with all their objections, tricky questions, or questionable lifestyle choices. Tougher nuts have been cracked! God's grace will win out, so hold in there, and don't lose hope!
Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz is a powerful story of how God totally transformed one man's life in the New York City gang world. It's a good read - why not see if you can find a copy?Ex 28-29, John 7:45-53, Ps 9, Pr 24:30-34