On Sunday mornings, during the Wake Up, we are walking our students through the “I Am”, statements of Jesus. The heart of this study is to open our students' eyes to who Jesus is, and wants to be to them, in addition to being their savior. The desire is that as students begin to follow Jesus, and as they grow in their faith, 10 years, 20, years, 30 years, and beyond they know who Jesus is and how that impacts their life as they deepen their relationship with Him.

We opened our study looking in John 8 where Jesus states , “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry again, Whoever believes in me will never thirst again.” Jesus makes it very clear in this verse that he offers a way for us to be sustained throughout our lives. By leaning into Him, trusting Him, and following Him, he will be the one who sustains us. No matter how difficult life can be, and no matter what roadblocks the enemy tries to throw at us, as long as we are letting Jesus sustain us, and we are drawing strength from Him, we will overcome our obstacles.

Furthermore, we would never let ourselves starve physically. However, there are times that we may be allowing ourselves to starve spiritually. It is a lifelong pursuit to be as close to Jesus as we possibly can. One of the best ways to do that is to be sure that we are feeding ourselves spiritually. How do we do that? We consume the Word of God, and ensure we are digesting it and allowing it to change the way we live. Students often express that they feel that God does not speak to them. The correlation… they are in a time in life when they are starving spiritually, and it's not just students. If we are honest, we have probably all been there at one time or another. As important it is to feed ourselves physically, it is equally, if not more, important to feed ourselves spiritually.

Jesus wants to sustain us, but we have to be sure that we are doing our part and feeding ourselves spiritually. When we open the Bible, God opens His mouth. This is a life lesson that I continue to learn, and one that I hope  our students can catch hold of, and one that they can use throughout the rest of their lives.

-Jess Whitehead
Student Ministry Associate
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