It’s that time of the year to go off to school. For many Christians it will be the first time leaving a spiritually stable environment of youth groups and solid families. many students walk away from God when they go away to school because they were following their parents religion or their youth pastors religion and when parents and youth groups are gone they have nothing left. To survive spiritually you need to have a personal relationship.  The transition from a bubble to a new city with new people can be a shock so here are three essentials to stay strong spiritually.

1. Find friends who follow Christ. “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (proverbs 27:17). If you spend enough time with someone you will become more and more like them.

2. Find a local body that meets regularly. Many schools have churches that meet on campus. When you are in a new environment it is easy to slack and not go but you need a body to keep you accountable and to help you to grow.

3. Spend time in the word. The bible is spiritual food and if you don’t eat you will be spiritually starving. Spend time daily praying and studying the word.

Stats say many will walk away from their faith after high school. Be the exception.

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had it’s foundation built on the rock.” (matthew 7:25)