All of us go through hard times in our lives. Sometimes there are physical trials, and other times we go through rough spots in our relationship with God. When I go through tough times, I like to remember Isaiah 40:31, which says: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.” If you trust God with all your heart, he will give you the strength to get through the hard times.
What does true beauty look like? In 1 Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel that: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” We shouldn’t judge beauty by outward appearances’ we should look at people’s hearts. Instead of judging others or ourselves by what the media tells us beauty is, we should look at everyone, including ourselves, with God’s view of true beauty. The one who has Jesus in their heart and follows his commands is truly beautiful.
It’s a Baby
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
• The first moment-the very first nanosecond-of your life determined whether you would be a boy or a girl.
• In the first hours of your life, your eye color, hair color, and other features were decided.
• When your heart began beating, you were so small you would have fit on your mother or dad’s fingernail-with room to spare!
• Before your mother even knew you were growing inside of her, you could hear and could even perform full flips inside her womb!
• About seven months before you were born, your fingers and toes looked much like they did at birth, though you were only two inches long!
• You started to grow hair in your fourth month of life (before birth) and may have even sucked your thumb!
• You first heard your mother’s voice-and began kicking and stretching-three or four months before you were born!
• In the final two months before your birth, your weight tripled, you began sleeping and waking, and you used four of your five senses: sight, sound, taste, and touch-all before your mother went into labor.
You were a baby when you were first conceived. It’s a baby.
“And yet our opponents tell us not to interfere with abortion. They tell us not to impose our morality on those who wish to allow or participate in the taking of the life of infants before birth. Yet no one calls it imposing morality to prohibit the taking of life after a child is born. We’re told about a woman’s right to control her own body. But doesn’t the unborn child have a higher right, and that is to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
List taken from Josh.org’s youth devotional.
We’re a Time Bomb
I’ve never been good at spotting possible spoilers, so if you haven’t watched The Avengers, I would suggest that you don’t watch the video. Just to be on the safe side. 😉
When Dr. Banner (The Hulk) says that they’re a time bomb, it’s kind of like partnerships between believers and unbelievers. Everything may be fine, but, at some point, there’s going to be a clash. Or a KABOOM. One of those two. Either you’re going to be forced to sacrifice your beliefs and convictions, or your partnership is going to be ruined because of a disagreement about faith. Or both.
The partnership above doesn’t just refer to marriage or dating. Friendships, work relationships, and almost any other partnership with unbelievers also count. I’m not saying you should lock yourself in a room with Christians. Nope. You still need to reach out and love unbelievers. We need to show God’s love to them, just like Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18:
Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.
And I will be your Father,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Learn more about pairing up with unbelievers with this great devotional from Josh McDowell.
Hi, guys! Please let me know if you liked this very first Superhero Sunday post! And, as a small disclaimer, I’ve only watched The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, so I’m relatively new to the superhero world. I’ll mostly be using things from those two movies (or others if I watch them :D).