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.

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“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.

A Superhero’s Glory

A lot of the time we want to be the hero of our own story, or a hero for a friend. Who wouldn’t want to be the one to save the day when situations get difficult? When you picture yourself in the capes of the heroes we know, like Superman or Batman, it must feel nice to get recognized. However, we can’t give all that glory to ourselves.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Trying to help someone out or be a hero to them isn’t a bad thing. The problem is sometimes we can take on more than we can handle. We need to come back down to earth and realize that we’re not the ultimate hero.

Proverbs 16:19 “It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot.”

Realizing that we can’t do it all, we take comfort that there’s someone who can. We can turn to Jesus, because he knows all that’s going on and has solutions for everything that we can’t understand. While we struggle and feel overwhelmed trying to be the hero when we don’t have to, he’s already got it.

1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

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Save the Date

In the video game Batman: Arkham City if you venture below the Courthouse, you can talk to an obscure Gotham rogue named Calendar Man who is locked up in a cell in the basement. The observant gamer will notice a calendar on the wall next to his cell with 12 days circled.Calendar-Man-2-600x333

  • January 1st (New Years Day)
  • February 14th (Valentines Day)
  • March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • April 1st (April Fools Day)
  • May 13th (Mothers Day)
  • June 19th (Father’s Day)
  • July 4th (Independence Day)
  • August 16th (Feast Day of Saint Roch)
  • September 5th (Labor Day)
  • October 31st (Halloween)
  • November 24th (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25th (Christmas)

If you play the game on those days in real life, then talk to Calendar Man on each of them, he will tell you a story about a crime he committed on that day. The corresponding month will also be crossed off the calendar. If you play the game on each of those 12 days for a year, you will unlock a trophy (or an achievement) for it.

People actually do this for an imaginary trophy, something that has no effect on the game whatsoever. Yet we, as believers, often struggle to commit to spending time in scripture and prayer each day, something that yields great power and wonderful results. The word encourages us to be like the psalmist who proclaims, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You” and “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the [night] watches.” (Psalm 6:31, 6)

Day and night God desires us to seek Him. Let us set our calendar for our daily date with Jesus… and NOW you’re playing with power!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6achievement-unlocked

 

Faithful

So who’s your favorite superhero?

There are a lot to choose from, but one of the characteristics that makes a great hero stand out is his or her faithfulness no matter the odds. An alien invasion..? They’ll face it, head on. An island made of the one thing that can kill them? They’ll pick it up and throw it into space. A crazy super villain with endless resources bent on world domination? They’ll stop him, even if it cost their very lives. No matter what comes you can count on heroes being there, right on time, to save the day.
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Jesus is our hero and faithfulnessis part of his very character.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 :
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.


If that verse doesn’t describe a hero I don’t know what does. If we break down that verse it tells us this. Jesus is faithful! That means that no matter what may come or how great the problem he’ll see us through, helping us along the way. The rest of the verse tells HOW he is faithful. Jesus establishes you! With his teaching and example in life Christ has has set a foundation for us to live by and by his sacrifice he has set us firmly on it to live securely. Jesus guards us! As Christians we have and enemy who wants to see us destroyed in all areas of life. The devil lies and schemes to see that happen but Jesus showed us what faithfulness is by taking up our sins and laying down his life just to save us and redeem us and guard us from the evil one. There is so much more we can say about how Jesus is faithful.

There are many words that can describe a hero but the first that comes to my mind is faithful. Think about that, where have you seen Jesus’s faithfulness displayed in your life?