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Then & Now - Week of July 22

  • 2013 Jul 22

You Are Not Alone
John 14:18

When I talk to teens, sometimes I hear them say, "Dan, I know what's right and I want to follow Jesus, but you don't understand the pressure I feel. If I follow Jesus I'll be all alone."

I hear you. Increasingly, Christians are being marginalized, especially young people who attend large public schools. But if this is you, I want you to know that you're not alone.

First, you have your church family, those fellow Christ-followers who can encourage and strengthen you. Hang with the kids in youth group if you're needing some support.

Second, you have other Christians who attend your school.

But most importantly, even if you didn't have an awesome youth group or even if no other believers attended your school, you still wouldn't be alone.

Why? Because you have God with you.

When Jesus left this earth, first to die, then to rise again, then to go to Heaven, He left his followers with this promise. "You will not be orphans," Jesus said in John 14:18.

When Jesus left, the Holy Spirit entered and indwelt every believer. Now you might think of the Spirit as some weird, wispy, Caspar the Ghost. But you'd be wrong. The Holy Spirit is a person, God in us. And He is your friend, your coach, you're guide, your counselor—everything Jesus would be if He were here.

How do you know the Spirit? Well, He is inside of you, but the more you obey Him and the more you study God's Word and learn about Jesus, the more you will sense the Spirit's presence.

Plus, the Spirit can take the Bible and help you understand it. He can teach you important things. And He is with you to empower and guide you in your touch choices.

So . . while the going is hard as a follower of Christ in a secular world, you are definitely not alone.

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at, or check out his website:

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