April 29, 2019
WHAT FORTNITE CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIVING FOR GOD
Have you ever played Fortnite? It seems like everyone these days is talking about playing it. Fortnite has millions of users and is growing in popularity. If you’re a teenager that loves Fortnite, have you ever stopped to think about how the game can teach you about living for God?
The More You Play The More Rewards You Unlock
The more Fortnite you play, the more rewards you can unlock in the game. The same is true for Christians. As we seek God, get closer to Him and do the things He says in His word the more rewards we unlock in our lives.
And while the rewards we unlock as Christians aren’t emotes, outfits, or back bling, they do help us in life. Check out a few of the rewards you can unlock as a Christian.
Reward One – Less Heartache
Living for God helps you have less heartache. God has set up some rules in His word on how we should live. These rules are to help you avoid heartache and pain. For example, God gives instructions about lust, not to keep you from having fun, but to keep you from the pain and heartache that unchecked lust can bring.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
– 2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)
God doesn’t want your life to be destroyed by heartache and the consequences of unchecked lust. So challenge yourself today to live for God and make Godly choices. When you do, you’ll be glad you did.
Reward Two – Fewer Regrets
When you live for God and are seeking His will for your life, you can avoid a lot of regrets. If you’re constantly looking to God and seeking His direction for your life it will help you make good decisions. Seek God’s direction in everything you do. From big decisions to little ones and be willing to follow God’s leading. As you follow the direction God tells you for your life, you will make good decisions.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:6 (NLT)
God knows everything from beginning to end. Getting God involved in your decision-making process will help you make better decisions and help you live with fewer regrets.
Your Squad Makes You Stronger
When playing Fortnite, your squad can help you. They can be another set of eyes to watch what’s going on, and help you when you need it. Also, playing with other people helps make the game more fun because you’re not alone.
As Christians the same is true. God has put into place a squad called the church. Getting involved in a good local church can help you in lots of different ways. Trusted friends at church can help you see areas in your life you need to improve or work on. They can also help you when you’re struggling and feeling weak.
Finally, as you spend time with the people in your church, you develop awesome relationships which make life more fun. You weren’t created to deal with life’s problems alone, so get involved with a local church and get into a Bible study or a small group.
Experience Makes You Stronger
When you’re playing Fortnite, you want XP. (Experience points). It shows everyone that not only do you play but that you can play well. As a Christian, you should be wanting the same thing. You want to not only live for Christ but to live well.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV).
Life is going to be hard at times. It’s not going to go the way you want it, and there are going to be times where your faith will be tested. However, if you can keep your faith strong in those tough times and not give up, it will make you stronger. When you look back on your life, you want people to say not only did you play, but you played well.
Each challenge you experience can bring you closer to God if you let it
Each challenge you experience in life can bring you closer to God if you’ll let it. So choose to seek God and draw close to Him in every season of your life.
April 22, 2019
But God remembered Noah, as well as all the wildlife and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters began to subside. – Genesis 8:1 (CSB)
You might be going through something tough today. In fact, you might be going through something for months like Noah was here in this Bible verse. Noah had been obeying God now for years. He had built an ark according to God’s instruction. He had been on the ark for months as the floods came and stayed. He might have been tempted to get discouraged wondering if the floods were ever going to go away. However, God didn’t forget about Noah. He still came through for him by causing the waters to recede.
Just like Noah, God hasn’t forgot about you. He knows where you’re at and how to help you. If you’ve stepped out and obeyed Him, even if it’s been months, keep standing strong in faith because God will come through and remember you in your situation.
God is there to help you walk through the difficulties that you face. In the midst of difficulty, it’s easy to lose hope and become discouraged. Challenge yourself in those times to not give up. God has a good plan for you and a future that is good. Keep pressing into Him and see God bring a miracle to pass in your life if you don’t give up.
April 15, 2019
There is a giant inflatable Easter bunny down the street from my house. The Easter bunny is holding an Easter Egg that has to be almost as tall as I am. This is no small bunny!
Seeing this giant inflatable bunny got me thinking. That bunny is huge and really makes a statement in my neighborhood. It’s hard to miss his huge floppy ears or massive feet when you’re going by him. However, there is someone who made an even bigger statement than the massive Easter bunny my neighbors own. That someone is Jesus and it’s easy in all the egg hunts, candy, and Easter baskets to forget how great He really is! Let’s take a look at a few reasons why Jesus is better than the Easter bunny.
The Presents (Easter Bunny vs. Jesus)
First of all, the Easter bunny brings you candy and little presents. These are super nice and of course, we’re glad that the Easter bunny does this, but in all reality, the presents the Easter bunny gives us aren’t that awesome. They will all be eaten and most of his gifts will eventually be forgotten., however, gave us a gift that doesn’t get old, eaten or boring. Jesus gave us the gift of eternal life. By accepting His gift we are able to get to know God the Father.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 (NIV)
The Easter bunny is fluffy and cute, but he really doesn’t compare to Jesus. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave. And he did all of this for you and me, so we wouldn’t have to. We no longer have to fear death, in Jesus our eternity is certain.
We no longer have to fear death, in Jesus our eternity is certain.
Jesus is way better than the Easter bunny. He made a way for us to know God and He also conquered death and hell. We should take time this Easter to thank Jesus for all the incredible things He did for us!
Jesus Sticks With You
If you’ve noticed, once Easter is over, the Easter bunny leaves. The stores tear down his decorations and pictures. They make way for the new holiday. Also, have you noticed that no one really hangs out with the Easter Bunny on Easter? He just leaves eggs and baskets and heads out.
Jesus, on the other hand, is there for you. He doesn’t sneak around trying not to be seen. Instead, He wants a place in our hearts and lives. He wants to walk with you through the trials you face. He wants to be there in both the good and bad times.
Jesus loves us with an everlasting love. His desire is a relationship with you. And He did what it took to make that happen. So when you’re going through difficulty, be encouraged. Jesus is there. He’s been through trials too and He wants to be there as you go through them. He’s there to lead and guide your life, if you’ll let Him.
So today, be thankful for Jesus. This Easter, don’t focus just on the candy, presents and Easter Bunny, but remember what it is we celebrate on Easter. It’s that Jesus has broken the power of sin over us. He desires to know you and be known by you!
April 08, 2019
Can you remember the Easter Bunny coming to visit your house as a little kid? Do you recall the packages of chocolate, jelly beans, and the awesome toys he would bring? The Easter Bunny brought lots of awesome things into kid’s lives. However, as great as the Easter Bunny is, he sure pales in comparison to Jesus.
You Can Talk To Jesus
Jesus, unlike the Easter Bunny, isn’t meant to visit your life for only one Sunday of the year. He doesn’t just visit and then goes away. Instead, Jesus comes to live in your heart when you accept him as savior. That means that you are able to talk to him at any time or in any place.
Talking to Jesus isn’t weird or difficult. It’s just including him in the moments of your life. When you are going to the restroom on your lunch break thank Jesus for the nice weather outside. It could be a simple, “please help me on my math quiz”. Or maybe it’s getting some time alone at home and asking for his help planning your schedule for the upcoming school year and asking Him what classes you should take.
Never stop praying. – 1 Thes 5:17 (NLT)
Whatever it looks like for you, talking to Jesus isn’t complicated. It’s easy. Start by including Him in those moments every day. Get His help and wisdom with the big and small things in life. Jesus is so much better than the Easter bunny because He’s there for you. He’s ready and willing to listen and speak if you’ll let Him.
Jesus Defeated Sin
The Easter Bunny is cute and fluffy, which definitely makes him lovable. His ears flop and he has a puffy tail, but when push comes to shove, he’s just a little bunny. Jesus, on the other hand, is the definition of awesome! Jesus was able to do what no other person (or Easter Bunny) could do. He paid the price for the sins of the whole world. Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave so we didn’t have to.
Jesus defeated sin so we didn’t have to
Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all purified from sin by the offering that he made of his own body once and for all. – Hebrews 10:10 (GNB)
Jesus gave us the ability to be free from sin, once and for all. That’s the good news of the Easter story. It’s that God came down and helped us be free from the sin, fear, and anything else that kept you from following after God. Jesus freed us from that all. And while the Easter bunny is a fun character, Jesus is the one Easter is really about. He’s the one that did what no one else could.
So the next time you see stuff in the stores about the Easter Bunny, remember that as neat as the Easter Bunny is, he doesn’t even compare to how awesome Jesus is. Jesus did what no one else could do. He offered himself as a sacrifice for sin, which is the best Easter present!
April 01, 2019
How Much Do You Love?
For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift.
It’s really easy to let the rejection of others influence how you see yourself. You might not have a date to prom, and it makes you feel totally unloveable. Or maybe your friends haven’t treated you right and you feel like no one wants to be your friend. You might not have a date to prom or have great friends, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not important.
In those moments when you feel like you’re not important, remember this important truth. God loved you and pursued you. You matter to God. God gave His only son as a gift to get you. He didn’t have to do this, but He wanted to do it. He loves you that much!
You are vital to God’s plan here on earth. You’re called to do something important. Don’t lose sight of that because someone didn’t treat you right. You can’t control how others treat you, but you can control how you see yourself.
According to God, you matter. You have value and you’re important. Challenge yourself today to see you as God sees you. Base your worth on what God says, not on how others treat you.
March 25, 2019
The Power of Words
When you make a mistake or don’t do something the way you’d want to do, what words are you speaking over yourself? Do you say things like, “I’m no good?” or “I’ll never make it.” Words like those produce fruit in your life.
If you want to experience success, you’ve got to change how you speak. You’ll want to speak what you want to see. If you struggle with math, speak that you catch on to new things quickly. If you feel like you are shy, then speak that you’re bold and make friends easily. What you speak produces fruit in your life, so speak words of life.
Regardless of how you’ve failed, your life has a purpose. You are important to God’s plan. So don’t let failure and shortcomings stop you from greatness. Choose to believe and see yourself the way God sees you. Talk about yourself like God would. Don’t forget that you’re a child of God, and vital to His plan.
March 18, 2019
Bible Reading: Philippians 1 :3-6
I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. Philippians 1:6
SUPPOSE YOU WANT TO communicate to someone that he or she is totally special to you. You don’t say it with stinkweed. You don’t dial a florist and have a dozen dandelions delivered. You buy a gorgeous long-stemmed rose. Bigger and better yet, you buy a bunch of roses. Why? Because roses are the crowning achievement of God’s work in the flower department. Here’s the surprise: A rose left to itself stays small and thorny. But with loving care from a gardener, the rose reaches its full potential.
Perfect as you are, you’re still not all you’re capable of becoming. There are some things you can do to let God train you to become all you are capable of becoming. These training tactics don’t increase your value as God’s child, but they prepare you to serve Christ in greater ways than you could ever dream. Try these:
· Don’t label yourself negatively (like ”I’m stupid,” etc.). You tend to live down to negative labels you stick on yourself.
· When you fail, admit it to God. And then refuse to browbeat yourself.
· Be as kind to yourself as you want to be to other people.
· Don’t compare yourself to others. You are unique. God enjoys your uniqueness, so have a similar attitude toward yourself.
· Focus on God’s grace, love, and acceptance, not on criticism from others.
· Help other people see themselves as God sees them by accepting them, loving them, and encouraging them.
· Be positive. See how long you can go without saying something noxious about another person, situation, or yourself.
· List the things you can change and what you will change, along with how you will change and when you will change.
· List the things you would like to change but can’t, and how these facts of who you are can benefit you.
· Look your best. Take care of yourself by getting rest, good food, and exercise.
· Use and develop your talents, like playing a musical instrument, working with wood, playing a sport, etc.
· Develop your God-given spiritual gifts and ministries.
REFLECT: Aren’t you grateful that God is always with you to help you grow to your til’ fullest potential?
PRAY: Pray through the above list. Ask God to empower your efforts.