Friday, May 27, 2016

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

First and foremost, each and every one of us is a great work of art. We are not some quick doodle or sketch, by any means. We are a gradual, troublesome masterpiece that requires many hours and headaches by its' artist to perfect. God is a powerful and creative artist that desires us to be a beautiful work of art. With strokes of His brush He has given us His grace and His salvation, which nothing we could ever do could merit. No amount of effort, ability, intelligence, or act of service could qualify us for salvation. We can never obtain salvation unless we allow God do a work on us, just as a canvas can never become a masterpiece unless it allows the artist to do a work on it. 
Once we are created in Christ Jesus, WE ARE...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 12:7 (NIV)

How close do you get to people you love?  Close enough to count the numbers of hairs on their heads?  As a slight, self-confessed germaphobe, I haven’t done that too many times, but with my kids, often.  I may not have counted actual hairs, but many times, I have been so close to them, that I was able to see the details of their faces, eyelashes, unique indentures, nose hairs - oops, that's myself in the mirror.  Sorry, couldn’t help it :).  When you love someone, it’s easy to get close.  Jesus wants you to know two things.  First, God will take care of you, and two, it is because He loves you more than you can understand.  We all have things we love, and when you love someone or something you take care of it.  This is true of my...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."  Genesis 1:27 (NLT)

God made us all exactly how he wants us to be and in His likeness, but choosing to walk in His image is our choice. I think so many times in our lives we forget that we were made with greatness embedded in us. God made each one of us with a great purpose. When we seek Him and His will for our lives by following His plan for our lives, we bring Glory to His name. The important thing is to remember that when you’re discouraged with yourself or feel like you lack value, you need to evaluate whose plan you’re trying to follow for your life. When we do our own thing, we always end up unhappy or feeling like we didn’t accomplish anything important. Following God’s plan brings fulfillment and meaning to our lives. We feel that we h...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”  Song of Songs 4:7 (NIV)

Most females find their worth and value in their relationships and outward appearance.  Guys, on the other hand, tend to find their value by accomplishments and how high they are on the masculine, social status chain.  No matter, the Bible says that neither of these determines value and worth.  The above scripture was written by King Solomon, one of the greatest kings the world has ever known.  It is a dialogue between King Solomon and his “beloved” (the one he was courting).  Many scholars believe this book is symbolic of Jesus and His church, talking about the intimacy that God desires with his people.  In one of the opening verses of this book, the “beloved” says of herself, “Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun.  My mother’s sons were an...

Monday, May 23, 2016

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it."  Psalm 139:13-14 (NLT)

God’s character goes into the creation of every person. The enemy and the world will always tell you, you’re not good enough or won’t amount to anything. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself remember that God’s spirit is willing and ready to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us. So much of self-esteem is believing you can. God already believes in you and believing in yourself creates confidence, boldness, desire, and vision. Confidence to succeed, boldness to overcome, desire to please God, and vision for the plans He has for you. Jesus exampled the same qualities and character....

Friday, May 20, 2016

"The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!'Then Samuel said, 'Speak, for your servant is listening.'”  1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

Throughout our walk with Christ the Lord calls us to go deeper and challenges us to grow everyday. In this text, the Lord was calling Samuel to be a prophet and to go share his word. Samuel did not think it was the Lord calling, for he was just a boy, but the Lord calls us all no matter our age. The disciples were in there teens to early 20's when Jesus called them. David was only around 17 when he put his life in Gods hands when he defeated the giant Goliath. Never think because you are young that the Lord can't use you. The Lord calls the youth for our energy, zealousness, and because we tend to be more receptive. He also calls us to reach our peers, we know them better than any other generation becau...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:9 (NLT)

I think about when you’re a little kid and you go to ride the big roller coasters, but they have a height requirement and you’re not tall enough to ride it. Then one of your parents say maybe next year you will be tall enough. See, God doesn’t judge our age or size like that. To the disciples, a boy with five barely loaves and two fish didn't seem like much, but to the Messiah of the universe it was exactly what He wanted. There is no height requirement to be used in God’s army. We all may feel that we have very little to offer God, but to Him we are exactly what He wants. Don’t despise your youth; bring what you have to God and He will use it. Nothing is impossible with God. He can make your little a lot. Today bring what you have to God...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’  Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.’”  1 Samuel 17:32-33 (NIV)  

On the surface David looks like any other teenage boy, trying to bite off more than he can chew.  Thinking more of himself than he ought.  If we take a closer look, maybe he was he absolutely right about what he could do.  The next verses (vv. 34-37 summarized) in our narrative reveal, “…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep.  When a lion or a bear came and carried off the sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and… killed both lion and the bear… The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak." Jeremiah 1:6-7 (NKJV)

Youthfulness is not an excuse to get out of doing the Lord’s work. God will use us all if we ask for His will to be done in our lives and we are obedient to His will. What a blessing to know that no matter our age, God values us and will use us. Your youthfulness is powerful in God’s eyes. He wants to send you out into the world to speak life into dark places, and as you speak life, the light of Christ will be increased in those places. Embrace and take advantage of your youth. You are God’s masterpiece. Young or old, big or small, you can change the world for Christ. Your youth is a tool that can be used by the maker’s hands....

Monday, May 16, 2016

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

The verse you just read was written by the older and wiser Apostle Paul to his young apprentice, Pastor Timothy.  From this verse, we can assume, people in Timothy’s church were not showing him the proper respect and honor because of his young age.  You know what that is like… People not taking you seriously or not hearing your opinions because you are only a youth.  Frustrating isn’t it?  It was obviously frustrating for Timothy as well, and Paul is encouraging Timothy, letting him know that physical age and holiness (spiritual maturity) are unrelated.  Paul wants Timothy to learn that spiritual age is directly related to our level of surrender and devotion to Christ alone.  Paul is remindin...

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