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Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Today, I want to begin talking with you about the top ten temptations you will face in college and how to deal with them. Beginning college is an exciting time. It may have been something that you were looking forward to for a while. However, your time in college will also be one of the most challenging times of your life — not only academically, but spiritually. Your faith in God will be challenged as will your commitment to obedience. However, there is something you can do about each of the temptations that you will face.
Today, I will share with you the first two of these temptations and how to deal with them. The material for this series is taken from an article by Tamie Vervoorn, a former member of the evangelistic hip-hop group GX International. She is now a writer for several Christian youth magazines.
The first temptation you will face is: Letting your relationship with God slide
During your first months at college, you might feel overwhelmed with your classes and all of the activities going on around you. You’ll have sporting events to attend, roommates to get to know, midnight coffee (or ice cream or taco) runs. It will be easy for God to get squeezed out of your schedule.
The strategy for dealing with this is to make an appointment with God and keep it.
College is definitely not the time to drift away from Jesus Christ. The key is to set aside time each day to talk to God and dig into His Word. Stick to that appointment! Think of it as your most important class of the day — and pay attention to what your Teacher has to say. Matthew 22:37-38 says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Make sure you don’t let anything get between you and your relationship with God.
Holocaust-survivor, Corrie ten Boom, has a popular quote: “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it.” That goes for Bible reading, church attendance, and serving the Lord by ministering to others as well.
The second temptation you will face is: Beginning to doubt your faith.
Too many Christian teens ride into college on their parents’ faith. When challenged by intelligent and reasonable sounding but unbelieving professors and students, they’re more likely to shrug off their faith because they don’t own it, or harbor doubts without really looking for the answers.
The strategy for dealing with this is to ask the right people the hard questions.
There are answers to the tough questions about what we believe. Dig in for yourself. Get to know the specifics of your faith. Ask wise and trusted Christians about your doubts and questions — before you go to college, if possible. With their help, you will be able to boldly defend your faith when others challenge you. When you get to college, be sure to hook up with a solid local church where you can find community, biblical teaching, wise counsel and accountability. First Peter 3:14-15 says, “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
A good idea is to take the time to study apologetics before you begin your time in college or at least along with your other studies. A good book on apologetics for young people is Apologetics for a New Generation edited by Sean McDowell. Some websites that can help you in answering the tough questions about your faith are: SeanMcDowell.org, STRPlace.com, and ReasonableFaith.org.
Lord willing, we will continue looking at these temptations in our next broadcast.
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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.