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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Matthew 20:32

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. – Matthew 20:32 (GW)

Have you ever taken some time to stop and think about what you’d like to see Jesus do in your life? Lots of times in life, we just take things as they come or get so busy that we forget we can go to Jesus with the things we need. This Bible verse encourages us to ask Jesus for what we want to see in our lives.

So what would you like to see in your life? Do you want Jesus to be more real to you? Do you need wisdom or help in any area of your life? Do you need healing from a hurt? Then do what this verse says and ask Jesus what you want Him to do in your life. When you ask Jesus to get involved with what you’re facing, you’re able to do much more than you could do on your own.

Today’s Truth: Don’t get so busy that you forget to go to Jesus with the things you need

Don't get so busy

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

– John 3:17 (NIV)

Have you ever thought about the fact that if anyone ever had the right to condemn people it would have been God. Yet, when He sent Jesus His Son into the world, He didn’t condemn people.

God’s desire was to save people.

And we see that desire all throughout the work of Jesus. Jesus continually loved the unlovely and went to great lengths to restore people back to Him.

We often feel that we should tell people what’s wrong with them and that knowing this will drive them to God. Yet, what they really need to know is that God loves them and went to amazing lengths to save them.

Thank God that today He did not condemn you but saved you. Realize you do not need to condemn others but to love them and let them know that God loves them too!

John 3:17

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Ephesians 4:32

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

One of the hardest things to do is to be kind and forgiving to people. Especially when those people have done you wrong. When someone mistreats you, the normal response is to get back at them. To hurt them like they’ve hurt you, to give them the silent treatment, or just do something to teach them a lesson. That’s what is considered normal. That’s how most people live their lives.

The Bible stands that on its head and tells us as Christians to be different. We’re challenged to not get back at someone, but to forgive them, just like God forgave us. Doing this isn’t normal, and it isn’t easy, but its what’s right.

And we can do it because God forgave us. We didn’t deserve God’s forgiveness, yet He gave it to us anyway. That means that it’s not too hard for us to forgive those who have mistreated us too.

However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends with someone that hurt you or was unkind to you. It means that instead of spreading rumors about that person, or trashing their locker at school, you choose to drop it and let it go. Forgiveness isn’t saying that what they did or how they treated you was right, it’s simply choosing to stop the cycle of unforgiveness and hurt.

Forgiveness is letting the love of Jesus shine through you even when it’s hard. So challenge yourself today to push past what’s easy and choose to be kind and forgive others.

 


Pray: God, today I determine to forgive those around me who have hurt me. I choose to not get back or get even with them but to simply love them with your love. With your help, I know I can do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Be Kind and forgive others

Daily Bible Verse & Devotion – Eph 1:4

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: – Ephesians 1:4

This verse shows us how important we are to God. In this scripture, we see that God chose us. When you get to pick your piece of cake at a birthday party, you don’t pick the sad, small piece. No, you pick the best and the biggest. God is no different. He picked you. That means He wanted to know you.  When you realize how much God loves you that can give you a new sense of self-worth.

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Ephesians 1:4 teen devotionThe end of the verse tells us that not only did God chose us, but it shows us how He sees us. When God looks at us in the light of what Jesus did on the cross He sees someone who is holy and without blame. He doesn’t see all the areas where you’ve fallen short or messed up. He sees you and He likes what He sees. To Him you’re great. To Him, you matter.

So when you start to get down on yourself or experience a day when you feel like no one cares, remember that God does. He chose you before the foundation of the world. Also, remember that to God you are Holy and blameless. There is nothing that God is holding against you. Jesus’ blood was enough to pay the price for sin and we are now free to live an abundant life in God.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Corinthians 13:4

When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When most people are treated wrongly, they tend to blow up. Usually, they get angry, are mean, and want to get back at the other person. What happens when someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted? Do you get jealous and stop talking to them?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, and to be kind. That means that when someone does better than us, we don’t get envious of that person. Acting like that is hard to do in our own strength and ability.

Loving others

No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts (Romans 5:5). So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, its just up to us to bring it out!

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – John 17:3

And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent. – John 17:3 (Message)

This Bible verse shows us something really amazing: God wants a relationship with you. You have the opportunity to know the one true God and Jesus Christ. That is great news!

Jesus wants to walk with you, to do life with you, and He’s made it possible for us to know Him. Not just to know about Him, but to really know Him. He’s ready to walk with you through the trials and troubles that you face and help you find a way out.

Today’s Truth: God Wants A Relationship With You

God Wants A Relationship With You

So instead of trying to do life in your own strength and ability, decide to get to know God. Spend some time today getting to know Him by reading your Bible and praying. Deciding to walk with God in life is one of the best decisions you can make.

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 4:16

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Heb 4:16

I like the idea of coming boldly to God’s throne of grace. In my mind, I picture coming fearlessly. I do this because, in God’s eyes, I am complete and righteous in Him. So I can come to God without worry, without regret, and without feeling like I’m inadequate. I can now come to God fearlessly because of what Jesus did on the cross.

How great is it to know that we can come to God fearlessly? We don’t have to be held back by our sins, shortcomings, and failures. Rather, we can believe in what Jesus did and experience the help that God provides.

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The next time you’re feeling that you need help realize you can go to God. He’s there and ready to help you out with anything you need.  Take comfort in the fact that we’ve got grace to help us in our time of need!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – John 4:14

John 4:14 teen devotionBut those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
– John 4:14 (NLT)

The Bible says that when you become a Christian, you are made into a new creature. On the inside, your spirit is made completely new. Now that you are made new in your spirit the Holy Spirit is able live and refresh you. This new relationship with God that takes place in your spirit is like a river. It’s always there and always flowing. Sometimes you might not feel it as much or at all but that doesn’t change the fact that He’s still there.

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At times when you do not feel the Holy Spirit in you, you can read your Bible, pray and sing. Praise and worship is a great way to get your focus on God and back on this river of life that is constantly flowing in your spirit. If you are a Christian, realize that in your spirit you are completely new and forgiven. Today you have a river of God flowing in you that is eternal. It is always there to refresh you and encourage you in your walk with God.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Proverbs 12:1

Teen Devotion on Discipline

To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. – Proverbs 12:1

If you want to be good at something, it takes discipline. If you play an instrument, you have to practice, if you play a sport you have to train and eat right to be better. To grow in any area in life you’ve got to discipline yourself.

If you want to become a person of character, you’ve got to love discipline. Discipline not easy and it’s certainly not fun. Discipline is hard work. But if you want to learn, to grow, and to be better, you’ve got to learn to love discipline.

That’s what this verse is encouraging us to do. To become better at anything we’ve got to embrace correction and love discipline. When we do we will learn and grow.

It’s the small choices you make that set you apart from others. So decide that you’re going to discipline yourself to make good choices. It’s those choices that determine where you end up in life.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 12:2

Teen Devotion and BIble Verse on decisionsWe do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. – Hebrews 12:2

I played softball as a teenager. When I was playing, I always remember my coach telling me to keep my eye on the ball. For me to be a good ballplayer, I had to watch the ball so I could field it and hit it.

That’s why in practice after practice, he continually encouraged the team to keep our eyes on the ball.

Today’s Bible verse encourages us to do something similar. It tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus. Your focus in sports and in life is important. In life, as you focus on Jesus, the cares and concerns of life fade away. You begin to realize that with Jesus on your side there is nothing that you can’t face.

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Jesus should always be a part of your decision-making process. In each decision you make, you should be keeping your eye on Jesus and wanting to make a decision with Him in mind. So today in the craziness of life, be sure to take some time to keep your eyes on Jesus. Spend some time thinking about Him and all He’s done for you.

What are some ways you’ve found helpful to keep your focus on Jesus?