Last night we had our third meeting of this quarter! It went really well, praise God. When we had the prayer time before the message, quite a few girls prayed–one right after the other with hardly any pause in between. It was such a blessing to hear their prayers. 🙂
Here are some of the main points from the message:
What is a conscience? It’s the thing in your mind that tells you when you’ve done something wrong–and warns you not to do it if you’re considering doing something wrong. (Romans 2:14-16)
How do you clear your conscience?
Confess sins to God and to the person wronged (if appropriate). (1John 1:9, Prov. 28:13), James 5:16)
Ask forgiveness from both. Accept God’s forgiveness based on Christ’s blood.
Make it right in any way you can–If you stole something, replace it and more.
- Repent–turn away from your sin and to God.
Why should you strive for a clear conscience?
Good relationship with God (Matthew 5:8)
Good testimony (1 Peter 3:16)
Improves relationships with people (especially parents!)
Provides a chance to share Christ in some cases
You will be at peace
God gives grace to the humble! (James 4:6)
Necessary to be strong for the Lord
- Little sins that are not made right will affect you for the rest of your life.
So, basically, obey God–and when you don’t, ask forgiveness and repent (Turn away from sin and to God–continually.)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:8-10
It is SO important, SO beautiful, and SO necessary to gain and keep a clear conscience. Be committed to getting one no matter what it takes!!
After the message, it was time for skits! It’s been a long time since we did skits… I think we all enjoyed doing them again. 🙂 Here’s some pictures of the girls getting ready for their skits.
This was the “sparklers” group. 🙂
Here’s the first group doing their skit. The girls were at a tea parlor, and were tempted to steal the pretty, shiny tea cups.
Their “consciences” popped up and gave them advice–some good, some not-so-good.
Some of the girls ended up taking their cups, but one of them returned hers later. 🙂
In this skit, Katie (the main character) was tempted to cheat on a math test. Two of the girls represented a clear conscience, two represented a dead conscience, and one represented a guilty conscience. They all gave her suggestions on what she should do. She decided to cheat… later that night, she couldn’t sleep. She finally decided, with the help of the clear conscience girls, to tell her teacher the next day–which she did. Then, two months later, she was again tempted to cheat (this time on a spelling test)–but this time she choose not to.
This skit was pretty elaborate… They even had a “poster” made for the movie the girls were tempted to watch.
Two of the girls didn’t watch it, but the third watched it for awhile (and lied about having her parent’s permission). Then they all went home and talked to their mothers…
Emily played the girl who watched the movie… she eventually confessed to her mother, but it took awhile.
And this was the final group. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures during their skit. 😛 Theirs also included math tests. 😀
Tea time was very lively… and we didn’t get any pictures till the end, when everyone was pretty much done. 😛 Thank you to Mrs. Ammerman for the delicious snack! 🙂
The next meeting will be on Monday, September 23rd. Hope to see you there!