“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because
I love you…” Isaiah 43:4, NIV
WOULD YOU AGREE with me that more Christians today know
about the Ten Commandments than about the new covenant of
God’s unmerited favor? For that matter, if you walked down
Times Square in New York City and started to interview people
at random, most would probably have heard about the Ten
Commandments, but know nothing about the new covenant of
grace that came by Jesus Christ. In fact, the world identifies
Christianity with the Ten Commandments. Isn’t it sad that the
world knows us by the laws that are obsolete and not by the
unmerited favor that Christ died to give us?
When you catch a revelation of Jesus and just how precious
you are in His sight, your life will be supernaturally
It is no wonder we are losing a whole new generation of young
people to the world! The law holds no appeal or attraction and
the Bible itself calls the law obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). If we keep
on shoving the Ten Commandments down the throats of our
young people, don’t be surprised when they are turned off by
legalistic forms of Christianity. More importantly, don’t forget
that the strength of sin is the law. The law has no power to
stop sin. The law will not impart to them their precious identity
in Christ, which will give them the strength to abstain from
premarital sex, prevent them from getting into drug abuse and
stop them from losing their sexual identity. Only God’s own
sacrifice on the cross can give them their new identity as a new
creation in Christ Jesus!
Young people, when you catch a revelation of Jesus and just
how precious you are in His sight, your lives will be
supernaturally transformed. You will stop being harassed by
suicidal thoughts. You will stop wanting to put yourselves at
risk to “fit in” or to get the attention that you crave.
Young ladies, you will come to see and value yourselves
differently as you learn to value yourselves in the same way
Jesus values you. Overflowing with Jesus’ perfect love for and
acceptance of you, you will not be under the illusion that you
need to give your bodies away to find acceptance and love
from some guy. You will love yourselves as Jesus loves you!
Young men, you will develop supernatural self-control to
manage your raging hormones. You will do it not by your own
willpower, but through Jesus’ power flowing through you. You
will learn how to flee youthful lusts. You will know that being
“cool” means respecting the opposite sex, and not putting
yourselves and your girlfriends at risk of contracting sexually
transmitted diseases and having unwanted pregnancies.
Young people, when you know that Jesus has an awesome
destiny laid out for you, the desire to be involved in gangs and
destructive activities such as alcohol and drug abuse and
promiscuity will dissipate in Jesus’ unmerited favor and love
for you. Supernaturally, your desires for the things of the world
will disappear as they get replaced with the desire for Jesus!
That’s the power of God’s grace (unmerited favor) and His
unconditional acceptance of us through the cross. What the
law could not do, God did for us by sending His own Son
Father, I thank You that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.
All my sins have been forgiven. You remember them no more
and see me righteous in Christ. I thank You that I am precious
in Your sight, deeply loved by You, and that You have an awesome destiny for me!
I am deeply loved by God, precious in His sight, with an
awesome destiny to fulfill!
-100 Days of Favor