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The Rest of Your Life Begins Now (5/7/17)

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

Last night’s topic was— “The Rest of Your Life Begins Now”. Our student leaders helped deliver the message with things they learned from the Lead the Cause Leadership Conference they attended in March. Decisions we make now can have an effect on the rest of our lives. This statement isn’t said to make you nervous but to encourage you to make positive choices that will help prepare you for success in your walk with God for the future.

Statistics says that 80% of students walk away from their faith after they graduate high school. That means that out of the 26 students we have been averaging this year, that about 21 of you will walk away from your faith. Notice that I said that “Statistics say”. I don’t believe it will happen to this group because I believe that this group is full of people who will apply what you learn here, and be difference makers in your generation. Regardless of whether you are a senior in high school and a sixth grader, keeping your faith after high school begins today!

Noah talked to us first about leading ourselves. Some of what we learned from Noah was:

1. Lead Yourself

1. It is our responsibility to govern (lead) ourselves. We should accept this role and take responsibility. Regardless of what our friends, family, and those around us are doing or do to us, God has given us the ability to make our own choices and decisions. We are responsible for the decisions we make and the things we do.

2.  Time is precious. Be intentional on how you spend yours. Time can control us if we allow it to. We should be intentional in how we play and spend our time. We should be in control of our time and how it is spent.

3. Walk under the banner of God. Make a covenant with yourself. Walking under God’s banner means that we walk under God’s leadership and way of life. Making covenant with yourself is an incredibly powerful concept. A covenant in the Bible was an unbreakable contract. Breaking a covenant could mean losing your life. A covenant was your word and promise to deliver on the promise that was made. We should value ourselves enough to make a covenant with ourselves that we will always stand on God’s truth and lead ourselves down the path of life that God has created us to live.

Macey talked to us next about:

2.  Keeping Your Faith After High School
1.  The strength of a tree is in its roots. Part of staying strong in our faith is developing strong roots. Our life and the decisions we make should be rooted in God’s desire for our lives and his Word. Following the 3×5 principal— 3 exercises for 5 minutes each (pray, read, worship) is a great way to develop strong roots in our walk with God. Fifteen minutes a day can make an incredible impact on our growth in our relationship with God.

2. 4 D’s—
A. Discipline Yourself
B. Doubt your doubts (emphasize and explain)                                                                                                                                                                                                             C. Find someone to disciple you (find a mentor). Your mentor is not your best friend. Their main purpose is to tell you what you need to hear. Your mentor   should be someone who is mature and further along in their faith than you.
D. Develop godly friendships

We should always do our best to make the most of each decision we make. One slip is all it takes to walk away from your faith. While we know that God’s forgiveness extends to any mistake we make, there are still consequences to the decisions we make that can have a big impact on our lives even after we’ve been forgiven.

Mariah closed out the message part of the night by talking to us about:

3. Authenticity Is…

1. Authentic— having an origin supported by unquestionable evidence— operating out of your true identity! You know your true identity by being in the word.
A.  Be Yourself! Being yourself is recognizing that you are imperfect and flawed by sin but saved and perfected by grace.                                                                        B.  The Word should be your go-to above all else. The Bible is our guide in life and any situation that we face.

2. Authenticity is not:
A. Masking, filtering, or covering up your true identity.
B. Identifying with perfection (I’m fine)
C. Identifying with condemnation (You’re messed up)
D. Riding on extremes
E. Comparing to and copying other people (being someone other than who God created you to be.

Noah, Macey, and Mariah did a GREAT job of giving us tools to help us develop a strong walk of faith with God that will help us stay strong in our faith long after we graduate high school!

Make sure you check out some pictures below from the night before you go, and we hope to see you again soon!

-Pastor Dustin