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    How (and Why!) to Be a Christian Who Says “No,” by PI Girl Melanie

    I’ve been a Christian all my life, but around the age of 14, I decided to ignore God. My logic was that I would have fun, then when I was older I would repent and go to heaven, getting the “best of both worlds.” All my school friends were (and still are) not Christians, so we would plan to drink, skip school and generally have ungodly thoughts.

    Then, this year, I went to an amazing youth conference called Soul Survivor. God really spoke to me during that time; and there were amazing seminars, preachers and praying, during which I could feel and see the Holy Spirit working in the crowd. At that moment, I knew I needed to turn my life around and live every day for Jesus. I found these Bible verses really good confirmation of that and a good guide for how we are expected to live our lives as children of Christ.

    Hebrews 11:25-26:

    Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

    Ecclesiastes 12:1:

    Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say ‘life is not pleasant anymore.’

    Unfortunately, even though you may change, the world around you stays the same. My friends still expect me to want to drink and to sin in many other ways. I am tempted every day to join in with gossiping and to go out with them on Friday nights instead of to youth group. I struggle so much with discussing my faith, and I pray every night that God will allow me to declare myself as a Christian openly, something I am terrified of.

    However, there is something I am going to do right now. I am saying “no.” I am saying “no” to the devil. I am saying “no” to the expectations and rules of our shallow society. I am saying “no” to temptation. I am saying “no,” I don’t need a boyfriend. “No,” I will not have sex before marriage. “No,” I do not want to be mean to that girl. “No,” I do not need to drink to have fun.

    I encourage every one of you to join me and say “No.” It will be hard. You will fail, but God will forgive you every time and pick you back up again. You will be recognized as a Christian by your actions as well as your words, and especially if you are like me, saying “no” can be a real blessing.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

    How to Say “No!”

    Here are some tips to saying “no” and some things I will be making an extra effort to say “No” to. It will be super hard to just cut everything out of your life at once, so ask God what you need to change in your life right now and try to focus on them so you aren’t overwhelmed.

    Say “No” to Immodesty

    I love love love this post https://www.projectinspired.com/faith-saver-what-christian-guys-think-about-modesty/ and was so challenged when I read it. Seriously, read it right now. I never knew about the temptation guys face when girls are immodest, especially because their brains are so different from ours.

    How? Choose your guidelines. The Rebelution Modesty Survey is a great way to help us understand what tempts guys the most. I have resolved every morning to ask myself why I am wearing what I am wearing and if I will be a temptation. Also, be praying for guys and their struggles and that God will open your eyes to how what you wear affects others.

    Say “No” to Dating Around

    I want to marry my best friend. I don’t know who that is, but I can’t think of anyone better to spend the rest of my life with. I also believe that going too far with guys will negatively affect any future relationships. So basically, less is more. I will only date a Christian, I want to have been good friends with him first and I will take it sloowwww.

    Don’t say “yes” to every guy who asks you out, girls. Pray. Make sure you have an excellent relationship with God first, and make sure if you do go out, you set boundaries. Trust me, it will be worth it.

    Say “No” to Underage Drinking

    This a tough one for me. There is so much peer pressure and I hate missing out on things. But the Bible specifically says to follow the laws of the land, and underage drinking is against the law. I also know that I am probably one of the only Christians my friends know, so they will be judging every Christian based on me. Scary, right?

    How? Try to avoid these tricky situations. Find a sober buddy. Explain to your friends you don’t want to drink. Volunteer to be the driver.

    General Tips for Saying “No”

    For pretty much everything, make sure you PRAY! Pray always: When you are happy, sad and especially in situations of temptation.

    Hang out with Christian people. It is so hard when you have no one to talk to about your faith. Go to church, youth group, camp conventions and make friends.

    Have someone to be accountable to. Get someone you can trust (preferably Christian), and explain what you are trying to do. Promise to be completely honest with them. This way they can pray with and for you, encourage you and you will always know you have to explain your actions to them in the end.

    Good luck everyone, God bless and say “no!”

    Written by PI Girl Melanie

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    Melanie Brading
    Hi, I'm from Australia and yeah.... My favourite bible verse is Hebrews 11:25-26: "He preferred to suffer with God's people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while. He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures in Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward."

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