I have worked with youth as a teacher and in my church most of my adult life. It has been such a privilege for me to walk alongside many of these young people over the years. I have watched many of them grow up having first rocked them in the nursery, then later teaching them at VBS, and then partnering with others to see them through their teen and young adult lives. Many of them call me “Mama Dove” and through these past few years I have attended many of their weddings and then had the privilege of rocking their babies. I am just one of many adults in our church and at my school, who have been called to work specifically with teenagers, and truly I gain more blessing from them than they could ever gain from me.
I challenge you, as you read through these scriptures, to commit yourself to pray for and spend time with a child, youth or young adult at your church. “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” — Luke 12:48 Pour yourself out for one of them, you’ll be glad you did!
Colossians 2:14. “It is written” – all my sins and debt was paid in full at the cross.
Colossians 3:3. “It is written” – I have died, and my life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:10. “It is written” – I have put on the new self.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. “It is written” – I am delivered from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 2:12. “It is written” – I am called into His own kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 4:9. “It is written” – I am taught by God to love others.
1 Thessalonians 4:17. “It is written” – I will meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. “It is written” – I will obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:10. “It is written” – whether I live or die, I will live with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:24. “It is written” – faithful as He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.
2 Thessalonians 2:13. “It is written” – I am beloved by the Lord. God has chosen me from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the spirit and faith in the truth.
2 Thessalonians 3:3. “It is written” – the Lord will strengthen and protect me from the evil one.
1 Timothy 6:12. “It is written” – I have been called to eternal life.
2 Timothy 1:7. “It is written” – for God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:9. “It is written” – the Lord has saved me and called me with a holy calling, not according to my works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted me in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
2 Timothy 1:12. “It is written” – I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
2 Timothy 1:14. “It is written” – the Holy Spirit dwells in me.
2 Timothy 4:8. “It is written” – the Lord has laid up for me the crown of righteousness.
Titus 2:14. “It is written” – He has redeemed me from every lawless deed and purified me for His own possession.
Titus 3:6. “It is written” – the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon me richly through Jesus Christ, my Savior.
Titus 3:7. “It is written” – I have been justified by His grace and made an heir having the hope of eternal life.
Philemon 1:6. “It is written” – the knowledge of every good thing is in me.
Hebrews 1:14. “It is written” – Angels have been sent to minister to me.
Hebrews 3:1. “It is written” – I am slowly, a partaker of a heavenly calling, and Jesus is the apostle and high priest whom I confess.
Hebrews 3:6. “It is written” – I am the house of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 3:14. “It is written” – I have become a partaker of Christ.
Hebrews 4:3. “It is written” – I have entered into His rest.
Hebrews 4:10. “It is written” – as God has rested from his work, I too will rest from my works.
Hebrews 4:14. “It is written” – I have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens.
Hebrews 4:15. “It is written” – I have a high priest who can sympathize with my weaknesses.
Hebrews 7:25. “It is written” – I am saved forever, Christ ever lives to make intercession for me.
Hebrews 10:10. “It is written” – I have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:21. “It is written” – I have a great high priest over the house of God.
Hebrews 10:22. “It is written” – my heart has been sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience and my body washed with pure water.
Hebrews 12:1. “It is written” – I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me.
Hebrews 12:10. “It is written” – God disciplines me for my good that I may share His Holiness.
Hebrews 12:28. “It is written” – I have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken.
Hebrews 13:5. “It is written” – God will never desert me nor forsake me.
Hebrews 13:12. “It is written” – I am made holy through Jesus’ own blood.
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