Loving Others

So you went to school today and the same person that always annoys you bothered you again. Or, you walked into class and the same teacher that likes to pick on you started yet again, bright and early. Does this describe your day? Do you have multiple situations happen throughout the day at home or at school that make it hard for you to “love others” as we talked about at the retreat? You are not alone. In fact, in John 16:31-33 Jesus even warned us that we would have unfavorable situations in our lives.

It says,

Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

See, its not a bad thing to notice the annoying, frustrating, and even irritating situations and people in our lives. Notice them. But when you notice them remember to take them to God first! In the scripture above He warns us of the bad circumstances but then told us that He has given us peace. So, as you take these situations/people to God ask Him for the peace He promised to give you and wisdom on how to handle the situation in love.

Remember, “God gives you the desire and power to do what pleases Him” (Phil 2:13 paraphrase). Let Him teach you how to love. All He needs is your willingness.

Comment below on one way you will show love to other people today!

 

Loving God (Love is a Sacrifice)

IN A MOMENT OF COMPLETE CRAZINESS, WILL YOU RISE UP MAKE MUCH OF CHRIST. OR BE JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC IN OUR SOCIETY… Will you sacrifice for God? 

 

If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin -- just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it's a simple answer after all.

 

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, "There is a price we will not pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance.”) -Ronald Reagan

 

We start this story at the climax…. Daniel 3:17-18

 

17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver usfrom Your Majesty’s hand. (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see) these boys knew that God was with them! 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” 

 

Even if he does not save us we are still not bowing down! How do you act when God does not show up? We need a group of people to rise up with this EVEN IF mentality… EVEN IF - it is not what I want, EVEN IF - I don't get what I want EVEN IF - the doctor report is not what i want. GOD WILL STILL BE WORSHIPED IN MY HOUSE!!!

 

From this I want you to know you can stand up for the God you love!! See what comes out of a sacrifice to God. EVEN IF its not what you wanted…

WE MUST TAKE A STAND FOR CHRIST!

 Comment below on how you will take a stand for Christ today!

 

Loving Yourself

Who are you? Really. Who are you? When you think of you or look in the mirror what do you see? At the retreat we discussed how important our view of ourselves is and how it determines the way we love ourselves. Since the retreat, we hope you have a new view of YOU!

Sometimes, without even realizing it, we allow friends, family members, and even our own thoughts determine whether we are worthy of the love that Christ says we should have for ourselves. We allow statements like, “You will never be anything!”, “You’re so dumb”, or “You’re so fat/too skinny!”  to paint such a dark picture of ourselves that it hinders us from truly seeing the person God created. Although we must respect and love others, our view of ourselves should only be determined by what God says about us.

As a creation from God, you have so many valuable qualities. Regardless of what others may think or say, these qualities can only be affected by what YOU believe. Do you believe the negative about you is the only part of you that matters? We must believe only what God has spoken to us through His word. Take a second to look over the Identity card you were given. Look up and read aloud at least one scripture from the back of the card and try to memorize it. Doing this will help you think more about God’s positive view of you over the negative view you or others may have of you. Whenever you begin to feel down, remind yourself of who God says you are! You will only be able to love yourself as you realize and accept who God says you are. Once you accept this view of you, God can help you love you in spite of what others may think or say! You are who God says you are! Love who YOU are!

Comment below on how you are growing to love yourself! We are praying for you!

 P.S. If you have misplaced your card here is a copy:

 

    

Limitless 2016

#Limitless2016!! Once its over what will you do! 

 Did you just have a good time or did you get something from it? And if you learned something or made a commitment to be closer to Christ in some way, are you going to follow through or simply let another year of distance develop between you and Christ?

We learned the importance of loving God, loving yourself, loving others and even made commitments regarding our purity. I want to encourage you take one step. Using whatever you learned from #Limitless2016, take one step towards being better in that area. You have followed through with one action step by reading this blog. Now keeping going! Don’t allow friends, social media, or even your own thoughts to limit you in growing in your relationship with Christ and living a life of love as one of His disciples.

So, take one more step. Here are some ideas:

1.       Read your Limitless identity card and begin loving yourself the way God loves you—unconditionally.

2.       Save a shoe box and send a child a gift through Operation Christmas Child

3.       Read your Bible today

4.       Pray and tell God how much you love Him and how open you are to being more like Him.

We at ETC are here for you! If you ever need help don’t hesitate to reach out to us through social media (@empowered2c) or email (empowered.info@gmail.com).

We love you and we believe in you!

Comment below on how you plan to take one step for Christ.