How is this for a tweet:
“If I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first hour sharpening my axe.”
At first you may think this is just cute and clever, but actually think about it. When you’re preparing to “do battle” with something (in this case, a tree), you really have to prepare for it. You can’t just swing away if you don’t have the right tools for the job. It’s like when you have a test coming up. For that one hour test, you may study 6 whole hours, but if you have the right knowledge, the test is a breeze.
It makes you think of boundaries too. We talk about them in the show and 434 course, but what we do in 2 hours on a single night isn’t enough to keep you from crossing some lines. It’s up to you to commit to boundaries, remind yourself of them, study them and sharpen your perception of what’s going on. It also helps to have a partner.
We can encourage you, but when things get tough fast, we want you to have your 2 a.m. friend ready to go. The 2 a.m. friend is the person you could call at any hour of the day and you know they’d be there to help you fight temptation and stick to your commitment.
Guys, get a guy to keep you on track and ladies, find another girl to help you out. Choose someone who will challenge and sharpen you, someone who’s not afraid to ask the tough questions. It may feel awkward at first, but it can be amazing for your friendship. It’ll keep you out of some trouble too!
Fighting temptation is one of the biggest “trees” you’ll have to face in the forest of life. And you WILL have to face it at some point. What are you doing to sharpen your axe?
Live in God’s Power:
Some people look at Christian life and say, “I couldn’t begin to live that way and hold to those standards. It is too hard!” This is true. It is not hard to be a Christian – it is impossible (that is without the help of the Holy Spirit). You see, God has given you the power to live the Christian life. The moment you asked Jesus Christ into your heart, he gave you the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only takes up residence in your heart, but He empowers you to live a holy life and to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit’s power is much like an investment. You need to draw upon His power daily to live out your faith.
1. God’s Spirit will guide you. The Holy Spirit will help you understand the truths of scripture and the character of God. John 16: 13 – 15
2. God’s Spirit will empower you to witness. The Holy Spirit will give you greater courage and an increased ability to share your faith. Acts 1: 8
3. God’s Spirit will encourage you to be obedient. You will have the Holy Spirit-inspired desire to obey God’s commands. Romans 8: 13 – 14
4. God’s Spirit will help you overcome sin. Sin will no longer have the power over you it had before you accepted Christ into your life. Romans 8: 9 – 14