Thursday, March 31, 2016

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”  Luke 22:42 (NLT)

It’s never wrong to express our true feelings to God. Jesus exposed His dread of the coming trials, but also reaffirmed His commitment to do what God wanted. Jesus was submitted to God the Father and desired His will over all. The cup He spoke of meant the terrible agony of enduring what was to happen on the cross, but, even worse, the total separation from God that He would have to experience in order to die for the world’s sins. Thank God that Jesus paid the price for all our sins. Today submission to God’s will for your life is worth pursuing because He paid the price for you. Pray that God would stir your Spirit and give you a heart of submission to live for His will and not your own. 


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul?’”  Matthew 16:24-26 (NIV)

We all want to live a full life, to get the most out of life. We try to gain the world and don’t realize we’re actually losing.  We're afraid we're going to miss out if we don't… win, look a certain way, date that person, make that team, obtain that person’s approval, or get the perfect grades. We focus on “what makes me happy”, yet remain unfulfilled.  We chase after life, but we miss the point of what a real fulfilling LIFE is all about....

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."  Matthew 6:10 (NLT)

For most, it is hard to submit to the will of God because of their desire to fulfill their flesh, eyes, and pride. Many times as teenagers, we do the things that please us most, not what is best for others. In order for Matthew 6:10 to be a true statement in our live, we have to ask the question: how does God accomplish His will on earth? He does it through the people willing to obey Him and His words. This verse is also from the Lord’s Prayer and it allows us to offer ourselves as doers of God’s will. Today, submit to God’s will and ask Him to guide, lead, and give you the means to accomplish His purpose for your life.  


Monday, March 28, 2016

"Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"  Psalm 46:10 (NIV)


Why don't we like to be still?  What is worrisome about stillness?  I believe stillness makes us come face to face with the reality of our condition.  We are ultimately, scared, weak, and broken (we are not operating the way we know we should.  You know, we lie, we cheat, we are selfish, etc... the Bible calls this condition sin).  So we opt for movement, control, busyness.  Anything that will keep us from staring into the stark realism of who we are before a Holy, perfect, and loving God.  Busyness, keeps the ball moving, and keeps our eyes off of us and Him.  But when we allow ourselves to be still (slow down, intentionally spend time, just think about how inadequate we are and how adequate and sufficient He is), we experience a r...

Friday, March 25, 2016


"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24 (NIV) 

From the very second your eyes open in the morning, your attitude can been seen on your face by the smile that appears because God has waken you. We were given breathe in our lungs, life in our bodies, and gladness in our spirit. No matter what you are going through this morning, there is always a reason to be thankful. God has given you another day to share His love with others. This is such a simple way to look at the day, but it can change your attitude. You are alive! But what’s even greater than being alive in this world is being alive for eternity because you have said yes to Jesus in your life. Each morning with that in mind, it should give us an attitude that is light to everyone around us. Remember this is the day that the Lord has made, we always have reason...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  (NLT)

“What is God’s will for my life?” is probably the most asked question by Jesus followers.  Most of the time this question is asked concerning, dating (and since dating’s purpose is to discover who your spouse will be, not just to “hook up”; you probably shouldn’t be dating unless you’re ready to get married - just sayin’), car purchases, college choices, etc…  The questions we raise when trying to discover God’s will are usually materialistic.  This verse show’s us that God’s perfect will for us has nothing to do with the outward and temporary, but the inward and eternal.  God’s desire for us is to walk in joy (an internal happiness knowing that life’s greatest fear and enemy [death] ha...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)

Is there someone in your life whom you just love to be around? Always smiling, calm and collected, doesn’t fake it, just happy all the time, or at least most of the time. We can all think of a person like that. I’m sure you can also think of someone in your life that just seems to bring you down anytime you’re around him or her. They’re always complaining, it’s never their fault, angry, bitter, or just mean all the time, or at least most of the time. Maybe you are one of those two people. Either way we see in Proverbs that our attitude affects you and the people around you. A person’s attitude by definition is their, “settled way of thinking that reflects in his or her behavior,” meaning that it is a choice. Not to say that circumstances and upbringing don’t affect...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”  Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

What’s really behind complaining for a Jesus follower?  As Christians, we believe that God is in control of the things concerning our lives, and that He can take any circumstance and turn it around for our good and His Praise (Rom. 8:28).  Complaining says, “I don’t like where You currently have me, and I don’t trust you will work out for my best in the end.”  Doesn’t sound so great when you hear it for what it really is, does it?  Complaining is the foolproof evidence that we really aren’t trusting Christ.  People who don’t follow or believe in Jesus have some reason to complain.  Because, they can only depend on themselves an...

Monday, March 21, 2016

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."  Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

There are times in life when we are asked to do something, whether it’s by a parent, coach, or friend, and we don’t always have the best attitude towards that person because their request requires work. Some people are lazy and arrogant. They don’t want to be asked to do something they don’t want to do. What if God asked you to study for a test or take out the trash? Would you do it with joy in your heart and do it to please Him? We are all called to work and to work hard in a way that we are wanting to please God and not man. This is a hard thing to do because not everyone that asks us to do something is asking in the way that Jesus would ask us, but that can’t determine our attitude. We must strive to work with a good attitude because it is pleasin...

Friday, March 18, 2016

"This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin."  Hebrews 4:15 (NLT)

When you think of the components that make up a good, healthy relationship or friendship, I'm sure one of the first things that come to mind is how well the other person can relate to you, your likes, your personality, your weaknesses, and your strengths. Any of you that have found these things in a person can attest to the comfort and security that you have found in that particular person or persons. I love how Eugene Peterson describes Jesus in the Message translation. He says that Jesus is a priest who isn't out of touch with our reality. We serve a God that cares so much that He sent His own son to feel what we feel, see what we see, touch what we touch, and hurt like we hurt. He did all of this out of His crazy love f...

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