I have spoken to thousands of junior high and high school students. I have seen what happens because of parent’s inability to say no. And parents, a lot of your kids are doing this stuff just so they will get your attention. Do you say no regularly, firmly, lovingly? Do you draw the boundaries or are you sitting there eating that chicken saying, “Boys will be boys.”
Ed Young said that the reason I am so passionate about this subject is because it is the essence of our salvation. Do you remember when Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross, His flesh being torn by the nails, bleeding to death, suffocating? All hell and all the demonic forces screamed in His ear, “Hey, Jesus, jump down, its not worth it.” Do you know what Jesus said? No. He said no because of a bigger yes, paying for your sins and mine on the cross. If that is not the motivation that we need to say no because of a bigger yes, I don’t know what is. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. They are itty, bitty words that can change your life.
Ed Young Jr – That feeling that you know down deep one day you’ll have to face a holy God at the judgment and you will have to give an account for every idle word, every idle thought, every wrong deed you have ever done.