You’re Not Alone

So everyone has talked about all of the popular movie and comic book heroes, but there is one group of heroes that haven’t been mentioned yet. The NBC television series Heroes has to be one of my favorite stories about heroes and villains. Now, I know these heroes aren’t typical, but they are still legit and awesome.
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Let me give you a brief synopsis of the show for those of you that have never heard of it or seen it. Heroes displays the lives of different people all around the world. At first these people seem normal and ordinary, but they eventually realize that there is something special about them. Among the ordinary, everyday people, there are people with special powers or abilities. You have people like Claire who can heal or regenerate her body parts, or Peter who can absorb powers of the people around him, and even Hiro who can stop time and teleport. As the story unfolds and you meet more characters you realize they have something in common, they think they are all alone. They think that they are the only ones with this weird characteristic and they think that they have to keep it a secret because if they don’t people will think they are insane. And as they learn about one another, they band together to protect each other from the villains and the people who would like to harm them.

This concept of being the only one might seem intriguing when you’re watching TV, but in real life there are so many Christians who think this way. They think there is no one in the world like them and there isn’t anyone who could ever understand the struggle they have or understand what life is like for them. And this way of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth.

1 Peter 5:9 says, “…standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” It specifically tells us that there are people all over the world going through struggles just like us. When we hide because we think we are the only Christians in our environment or because we think no one can ever understand what we are going through, we not only open the door for fear, struggle, and loneliness to take charge in our lives, but it also gives permission to those around you who feel alone in the faith to stay in hiding. If you look right before this verse at 1 Peter 5:8, it says the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I don’t know about you but if there was something out there trying to kill me, I would want as many people as I could find on my side helping me fight.

In Heroes, the villain, Sylar, went around killing the people with special abilities because he wanted to be the most powerful person. But once all of the people with the abilities realized that they weren’t alone, they came together and protected one another against their greatest common enemy. We need to stop trying to fight this fight alone and realize that we are better together. There is a reason why we are called the body of Christ, we have to work together as a functioning unit to accomplish the goal God has asked us to complete. We need to help one another, protect one another and love one another.

1 Peter 5:9 is good and encouraging news! When you feel alone in your struggles, or when you feel like you are fighting against everyone and everything, remember there are people all over the world going through the same thing. You don’t have to struggle alone. The Bible says in Genesis 2:18 that it’s not good for man to be alone, so if you don’t have someone in your life to encourage you, love you, help you and guide you, then find someone. We are in this fight together. We are a team. We are a family.

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See No Evil

Since I was a child, I have always wanted one of my super powers to have is the ability to shoot laser beams out of my eyes. That is probably why I have always thought that Cyclops was really cool. The undisputed leader of the X-men, Cyclops posseses many intangible qualities and great leadership skills. Oh yeah, he also has the ability to emit powerful energy beams from his eyes known as an “optic blast”.
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Cyclops can do a lot of damage using his eyes and as Christians so can we. However, the damage we experience does not impact others… it damages our own spiritual lives. We need to be very careful what we allow ourselves to enter our lives via our eyes.

In Matthew 18:9 Jesus says If your eye causes you to sin then pluck it out, It is better to enter life with one eye than thrown into hell with two” (I am not telling to gouge your eyes out but understand the seriousness when Jesus said that.) We need to be careful with the things we watch on tv or on the big screen. We need to be watchful on the things we read.Young men, watch the way you look at that fine girl you see at the store. (Matthew 5: 28 “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart”.) That goes for you too ladies. Be careful the way you look at the hottie you sat next to in math class.

Satan, the oppurtunist that he is, will use anything to trip us up and make us fall. Don’t give him the oppurtunity. I encourage everyone to be like Job and make a covenant with your eyes. Do not allow your eyes to look at things that isn’t of God. Lets strive to keep our eyes holy as we strive to be more like Christ.

“People Like You…

…are the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child.”
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The original X-Men movie trilogy focuses on the Mutant struggle of acceptance in society, and how disagreement within the Mutant community breaks it apart (and you thought they were just superhero movies). First there are attempted “Mutant Registration” laws, a covert raid on Xavier’s mansion, and then a “cure” is invented. Everyone, from teenage Rogue to old-as-dirt Wolverine, has an insecure nerve that is hit by these events. Differing opinions on how to handle the constant attempts to control the Mutant population break the community mainly into two factions, and eventually leads to the near-destruction of the Mutant community, in addition to the deaths of some really great characters.

Prejudice is an ugly monster that lives in every one of us. It denies us free fellowship, limiting the spiritual gifts we have access to. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 says that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every believer, but in different ways. Acts 10:28 quotes a new believer: “But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” James 2:1-9 warns against personal favoritism and reiterates loving your neighbor as you love yourself. If we let our prejudice dictate our lives, it’s impossible to be Christlike, and it will serve no other purpose than division. A church divided cannot stand, and neither can a life divided from God.

The Only One Standing

 

 

Alakazam! Presto Chango! Abracadabra! … How about SHAZAM! Two famous syllables used for magically turning a boy into a super powered adult.

Unlike most foster children, Billy Batson couldn’t care less about finding a family. He just wants to turn eighteen and finally become an adult. While the boy’s compassionate and kind, he’s gotten used to protecting himself by staying emotionally distant from everybody. But that changes when he meets an ancient wizard who introduces him to one very powerful word.

Just by saying SHAZAM!, Billy is transformed into a magical flying adult superhero, one with the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. But gaining the power of the gods means inheriting their enemies too. With the abilities of the world’s mightiest mortal, Billy will have to struggle with magical threats as well as his own youthful innocence. To truly tap into his power, this orphan who’s always kept people at arm’s length will have to learn what family really is.

A lot of teens live in broken homes, and deal with family issues. Some of us are the only Christians in our household and face the difficulties of trying to transform from who we were to who we’ve become in Christ. Too often we hear ourselves saying….”I wish I was older!” “Why can’t I be an adult?” “I HATE THIS! I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!” … right?

But the truth of the matter is…God will never give you a situation you can’t handle, we he NEVER leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8) He is your strength! You can do all things through him!( Philippians 4:13)

no matter how old you are your still going to have some rough situations that you’re going to have to tough out, But we must have faith, it says in Acts 16:31 “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” God says He WILL save you AND your household. He WILL use YOU to be the light to your family, he will use you to be the one to help bring them to salvation, and YOU are the one with the most power in your household, because you withhold the Power of Jesus Christ. Even though Billy turned into an adult, and a super powered adult at that, His battles grew larger and he found himself in more difficult situations. Imagine having to deal with his youth problems, and then changing into SHAZAM and having his super adult problems! That’s a SMH moment right there.

But here’s the good news, Christ has already won all the battles, He is VICTORIOUS! It says in 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” You don’t need to fight any more!

Often we feel worthless and we get looked down upon by many people because we are young. We feel powerless and that our words and actions are nothing. What the world and the people tell you are wrong! In fact it all starts with you! A TEENAGER! A STUDENT! A CHILD OF CHRIST! To stand up for your generation and generations to come! You don’t need to wish to be older! You can impact people and change lives every single day! It says in 1 timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

As long as you have Faith in Jesus there is NOTHING that you can’t overcome! You are value(ABLE) to Jesus and to others! Don’t let the enemy take hold of what great things you can do. God has something greater for you! And if He didn’t the enemy wouldn’t try so hard to make you think not.

So next time you feel alone, or worthless, next time you think you can’t do anything or make a change, you’re NOT alone, and you are worth more than you know! And the impact you can make Is…..

 

WORLD CHANGING!

Burdened With Glorious Forgiveness

So there has been a lot of talk about heroes, but what about the villains? In my opinion, a good villain makes the movie/story. One of my favorite villains (I have a few) is Loki.

Loki is brother of Thor (the god of thunder) and always felt like he lived in his older brother’s shadow. Their sibling rivalry is something most people can relate to, and I know I do. I have three sisters, so it’s always at least a little bit of competition for attention. Now with these two, their father always favored Thor over Loki. This sparked a lot of anger with Loki, and his anger made him not forgive his father for favoring Thor over him (and other reasons).

Matthew 6:12

Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.

If only Loki had forgiven his brother and father, and saw that they truly did love him. Well, Thor for sure anyway. Holding onto things from the past will never help you move forward, and it can cause a lot of problems for your future. Is there anyone in mind that needs forgiveness? Or maybe there’s a few things you need to forgive yourself for. If God can forgive us of all the things we have done, we should forgive others. It’s not always easy, but it can be done. Talk to God today, tell him about some of those things. Don’t let this keep you from a relationship with God or others.

Civil War

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One of my favorite comic book story lines has to be Marvel’s “Civil War” (2006-2007). In this seven part story, a villain by the name of Nitro uses his powers to destroy several city blocks, including an elementary school. All while being filmed as part of a reality TV show staring some second rate superheroes. Naturally, people were upset and the government declared that there will be a Superhero Registration Act. The result being, that all super heroes being forced to reveal their true identity to the government.

Obviously some heroes were against that. To spare the time of spoilers and typing out the entire plot, there is a Civil War between the heroes: Iron Man heads the “Pro-Act” team, while Captain America leads the “No-Act” squad.

So in essence, it is a civil war between a body of heroes, regarding identity. I know there have been a few posts addressing our identity, but let’s take a look at how THIS can apply to us.<br>

We all fight a “Civil War” in ourselves. The bible talks about a struggle between Our Flesh (our sinful nature) and Our Spirit (The part of us that is connected with God) that is going on. “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” Galatians 5:17. This battle is constantly going on every day. And WE are the ones who determines who will win. There is a common phrase amongst Christians that we must “feed our spirit and starve the flesh”. What this means is that whatever we take in is what is going to determine this battle. If we are watching, listening to, partaking in things that are contrary to God’s will and that feed our sin nature, the flesh grow stronger. And that is not a good thing. We should grow in our Spirit, by simply reading his word, and going to God in prayer.

The bible says “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Romans chapter 8 gives a good look at what I’m talking about. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”(Verses 5-8) But the good news comes in verses 9-11 “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you”.

There you have it friends, we must continually be seeking God and feeding out spirit. We WILL win this Civil War. Just remember: “because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.