I had a dream and in the dream we ( the youth group) were throwing some kind of festival. People young and old had come from all over to join us. A storm came in and our team jumped into gear. We knew what the plan was for bad weather and we began working our emergency procedures. We were able to help and care for many through a very difficult time.
You have to have a plan to know what to do when life’s storms come. You need procedures to tell you how to work the plan. If a tornado comes and we hear sirens – do you know what to do?
The plan is to keep you safe. The procedures help you to remember what to do to stay safe.
The world has it’s own procedures for doing things – if someone does you wrong , do wrong back but that is not God’s procedure. His plan is that you show and unusual love and forgiveness so that others can see the plan – to see His great love and kindness.
When we live disconnected from the Word of God it creates a situation where we live in a state of emergency all the time. When something emotional happens and suddenly we are on the rollercoaster with no breaks and its rolling out of control. Our mind is going crazy trying to make sense of all the stuff going on in our lives. We feel incapable of dealing with it, out of control and miserable.
We don’t have to live like that! God has a plan – If we connect to Him and His Word ( our manual the bible) of procedures we can live well and know what to do when life goes a little haywire.
Ecclesiastes 8:5-7 Whoever does what the king commands will stay out of trouble, and the wise heart will figure out the proper time and proper way to proceed. Yes, there is a time and a way to deal with every situation, even when a person’s troubles are on the rise. For no one knows what is going to happen, so who can warn him before it does?
Proceed means a manner of any action, a way of conducting yourself
Pro – Forward Cede – to go
We want to know how to go forward …
We have lived long enough looking back on our mistakes.
This April we are going to read through the book of Proverbs – read one chapter a day!
Find the one thing that sticks our to you and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest – using this hashtag #goforwardhyc
The only way to ( THE PLAN) go forward is to work the procedures ( His Word in your heart)
Share with us as we go, we look forward to connecting with you!
Hurricane Youth Director
We encounter hurtful stuff all the time. Most the time we let is slide off and move on without much thought. What if that slide at the bottom is a pile of little things adding up like a decomposing landfill. The size of a landfill pile determines the rate that things decompose. I personally think decomposing trash is stinky and gross, I would rather not have that hanging out in my soul.
When I encounter hurt caused from an awareness of being unloved or cared for by someone more focused on themselves it rips by heart wide open. I usually am not one to just let it slide off. I want to do something about it!
It is the reason we get nasty attitudes or hard hearted. We let the piles of hurt rise or we do what I have done many times in my life and that is stitch our own hearts with needles of “never again” and threads of steel protection. Neither works very well. Thank You Papa God for being a heart mender, who stitches me back together with a needles of kindness and the threads of joy.
So how do we get over stuff like that?
Like the old hymn What a friend we have in Jesus says “ take it to the Lord in prayer.”
Psalm 34:18 the Lord is near to the broken hearted.
A friend of mine named Venus once said to me “ Girl, don’t you know that all it takes for you to become aware of being with the Lord is to close your eyes and you are with Him.
2Cor 6: 16b
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
HE IS OUR REFUGE! WE ARE HIS TEMPLE!
Sadly, we don’t close our eyes instead we keep looking to the world to love us.
Ps – nothing out there will mend you. Sit with your Papa instead. Take every little thing to Him. Keep from having a stinky pile and hard steel heart.
My daughter wrote a song that touches well on this topic. May we remember who we belong to:
We have been talking about Friendships – Godly friendships – this is under our value Stand. We want to line our lives up with the way God does things – His order of things so we can stand rightly how He intended us too. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times is our main verse – the things we have been learning is how that love plays out.
Mark 9:42 But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.
Whoever uses their influence and causes another to stumble is accountable for that.
We are accountable for being a good example.
We want to walk the walk and talk the talk like Jesus did.
An INFLUENCER leads change. They change first then stand firm as an example.
An INFLUENCER replaces bad behaviors with powerful new skills. They overcome their weaknesses and learn how to do things differently in a positive and loving way.
An INFLUENCER makes things happen. They start movements and with small changes cause major shifts in the atmosphere around them.
In Act 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira – lied to the Holy Spirit and Died.
Honesty is a huge part of accountability – you can not be a person who is honored as one who is accountable without honesty.
Be Honest with GOD – In Titus 1 it tells us that God cannot lie. So He can be trusted always.
Be Honest with Yourself – John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Never lie to yourself .
Be Honest with Others – Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Honesty in these three areas will cause you to grow and mature. One who can be trusted to be accountable. The truth hurts but it doesn’t kill. A lie pleases but it never heals.
Accountability means to be answerable to or responsible
Examples: I answer to Pastor Lynn, Children to parents, Team leader over team, and Boss over employee, ME to GOD.
We are ALL accountable to someone and we are all accountable to GOD.
How do we know this?
Do you know what having a conscience means?
People usually use that term when they encounter something that goes against the value system, when we are faced with things we know are sin. Having a conscience means we have this internal right and wrong system (an accountability system) that God build right into us. God said in Heb 8:10 He would write His laws on our hearts. Then in Rom. 2:15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.
WE KNOW when we are doing wrong.
When we choose to be accountable we decide to have a willing heart to obey and submit to God. We have to choice . WHY? We have free will. We get to choose. What we will or will not do? To sin or not to sin. The issue with this is when we ignore that internal red flag system we have and do what we know is wrong we slowly deaden our hearts to God. God has order in this world He created. When we choose to be out of order it is like putting an engine together in the wrong order –just throw it together however I feel like it and go calling it good…it wont work and I get now where.
Same things happens to me when I am out of order. It becomes hard to live, deal with people and I get all stressed out and I live with a heavy heart and most likely I am angry or depressed. Life sucks for me.
God gave us This system so we would know that He is just and we are not. So we would know that we need a Savior and would call on Jesus and He would make us JUST through His Son. JUST -Righteous
Now Satan knows you are a powerful person, with position, and purpose. Satan loves to hijack this internal accounting system in two ways. Distracting us from what Christ did on the cross, the Grace He gave us. He does this to Either to get you so focused on your sin that you start to believe that God would never love or want you. So you turn away from GOD. Or he gets you so focused on your good deeds and your “not sinning” that you begin to feel like you have some great moral accomplishment. Get all prideful and God turns away from you. He doesn’t leave you He just turns.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God;And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
Ever lie to someone and get caught and they turn their face from you and don’t want to hear what you have to say anymore.
When we are in God’s order and living accountable – we become powerful, purposeful, people with position.
Accountability is important because accountability means that we choose to be responsible people who are honest and we influence our world through being like Jesus.
We choose to do good because to not do good is sin. God gave us a group of people He called the Body of Christ – all the people who know and have accepted Him as their savior. He gave us a purpose Heb 10:24-25 tells us that we are too stir each other up to good works ( influence each other for good) and encourage each other. True Friendships have accountability laced in them.
Keeping a pure heart with in through this pathway of grace keeps us on the road of accountability. It’s the same pathway within friendships.
James 5:16 Pray for each other – Confess our sins so we can be healed.
Gal 6:1-2 When we see each other falling into sin and going back to old bad habits to gently correct each other in love. Use Honesty and compassion to speak truth – call each other back to remember who you belong too and who loves you.
Accountability is about community. Living and Loving together. Doing life together Gods way.
Lots of people love to say – Its none of your business! And while that is true to some extant. Within certain relationships that is not possible. Its always Pastor Lynns business what we do here at youth group. It’s always my husband’s business what is going on with me. It is always Parents business what is going on with their kids. Whenever you choose Gods order for your life – something amazing happens. He runs in to bless you because you honor His way of doing things. Thankfulness will always bloom in the garden of accountability.
Where do you stand in accountability ?
PHOTOS FROM #5hrFest – 5 hours of Fun, Food, Message on Accountability