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Let this truth speak into your life today. That God loves you. That God seeks you!
That His grace redeems and renews! And it is only by His grace that we truly live!
"And I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about they way that
He loves us." John Mark McMillan
Insecurities. We all have them. These qualities about ourselves that make us lack confidence or assurance can be a positive call to action to make healthy changes in our lives.But insecurities can also hold us back from stepping into the assignments God calls us to.
It’s January! The first month of the year is always a time when we begin to look forward to new things that the next year has for us! Many of us as Christians do the same thing in our spiritual lives; we make promises at the beginning of the year about changes we will make in our Christian walk. Well, it is now four weeks since the new year and many of us may have already messed up or given up on some of our promises we made to God. We want to challenge you to keep on going! Satan wants nothing more than to condemn you and bring you down, but that is not the plan God has for us! We can bring our failures to God, allow him to redeem us, and then continue on our Journey with God.
Keep your focus on Him and you will continue to see God moving in your life! He is always up to something NEW each day!
Article by Shana Schutte focusonthefamily.com
I have a confession. I really like chick flicks, movies in which Mr. Right meets Miss Right, they fall in love, experience a crisis that rips their relationship apart, then make up with a kiss.
I like these movies because they speak to a place deep inside me that longs for romantic love. However, I know I will never find total satisfaction even if I could experience the romantic love of the movies because it's not the highest aspiration of mankind or the zenith of fulfillment. If it were, then a scriptural command to love romantically would be our greatest calling. Instead, it's to love God most (Matt. 22:37-40). In His love, we can find fulfillment that no human can provide.
Take these steps to help you experience an intimate love relationship with God.
HOW WILL THIS YEAR BE DIFFERENT FOR YOU?
New friends, old friends, nice teachers, scary teachers, a packed lunch, compulsory uniform and
a fresh timetable. Going back to school is a day that inevitably comes each year. Some love it,
others hate it or perhaps you just go through the motions indifferently. Regardless of how it
makes you feel you have to go, so how will you make the most of it? How will you make this year
at school worthwhile? It’s time for you to step up!
School is an incredible place where you meet hundreds of young people and spend time with
them 5 days a week for approximately 40 weeks a year. That presents an amazing opportunity
to witness and share the gospel with so many people. In fact the best people to reach out to
these students are students. The way you live and talk to your friends can be very powerful.
As a Christian, school ought to be looked at as one of the ultimate mission fields. Here are a few
ways you can stand out and step up when you go back to school this year:
MEET -- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. = Hebrews 10:24-25 =
Find out if there is a Christian lunchtime group at your school, and then join it or start one. Then bring your friends.
TALK -- But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, = 1 Peter 3:15 =
When your friends ask what you did on the weekend, tell them about youth group or church and then invite them along. Tell your friends about your faith.
LIVE -- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deedsand glorify your Father in heaven. = Matthew 5:16 =
Live like Jesus. Don’t get caught up in gossip, materialism, slander or any ways of this world. But be different and people will notice, then you can point them to Jesus.
PRAY -- Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. = Colossians 4:2 =
Pray for your mates, that they might come to know Jesus because prayer is powerful.
So as another year starts and the weekly cycle begins again, make a difference! Be bold and stand out for Jesus. Don’t waste the time you have now and the opportunities that come at school. Whether you are in year 7 or year 12, at a public school, private school, Christian school or secular school, Jesus died for all our sake and he has sent us out to make disciples of all people. So why don’t you start now?!
Written by Edward Sowden, fervr.net/teen-life/back-to-school