Statements that can transform lives
- Trust facts over feelings.
- To be in God’s presence is a privilege that came at a great price.
- God will never love you more nor less than he already does in Christ.
- Many of us have learned to feel helpless (like an elephant raised on a chain), but in Christ we are NOT helpless.
- Noone can fight sin alone, in the dark.
- If God loves us and is in control, then nothing “bad” can happen to us (from a man with cerebral palsy).
- Those whom God reconciles to himself, he will never release.
- The sin is mine, but the consequences are ours.
- Our identity comes not from what we have, what we do, or what others (or we ourselves) think of us; our identity is in Christ.
- Delayed obedience is disobedience.
These are a few of the profound truths the students heard at Generate camp June 10-14. One of these statements could transform any life. Most will go untried and will be forgotten until we hear them again.
Scripture commands us to keep truths like these active in our memories by mulling over them alone and together. Over time, truth activated in our memory will conflict with habits and attitudes. Then we confess to Jesus how helpless we feel, and the Holy Spirit meets us with power for the next step: obedience.
When truth shapes you
When truth changes our character, that’s when we start to know truth. It’s less “head knowledge vs. heart knowledge” and more “hearing truth vs. doing truth” (James 1:22-25). When truth shapes our congregation, then we will begin to see the “greater things” that Jesus mentioned.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV