Fish are tempted to take the bait because it looks good (to them at least) but it has deadly consequences.
Here are some examples of things that look good but have negative consequences:
But here is the good news:
Some versions of this verse say, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is possibly one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible. It doesn't mean we can do absolutely anything in Christ - it doesn't mean you can make a million dollars by the age of 25, become the next pop sensation, or be the dux of your school.
In verses 10-12 Paul was telling the Philippians that had learned to be content whether he was in need or whether he had plenty. This verse means that we can bear any hardship, endure any temptation, perform any duty with the strength Christ provides.
CHALLENGE: Can you think of situations where Christ's strength helped you through? Are you facing a situation now that you don't know how you will get through? Ask God for his strength.
Chelsea Crockett has her own Youtube Channel and website. The content is a mix of Faith and lifestyle pieces. She started her YouTube channel when she was 13. You can read more about her in her interview for Christian Examiner. This video is a recent one of her meeting her sponsor child.
Jesus told us to live in a way that shines the light of the gospel - to be kind, generous, loving, joyful, peaceful, patient... People always pay more attention to what you do than what you say. I was watching a reality TV show recently where two of the contestants claimed to be Christians but they were mean, critical, judgemental and rude. Their words and actions did more to harm the faith than the help it.
CHALLENGE: Can people tell that you're a Christian by watching you? What can you do to put your faith into action?
This verse is pretty self-explanatory but it's worth reflecting on. If you had to write down all your thoughts for the day in two columns, true, pure, right, holy etc. or false, impure, wrong, unholy etc. what would it look like? I have to be perfectly honest and admit that there would be quite a few things in the second column. That time I judged someone because of what they wore, that time I looked at a guy lustfully, that time I was critical of the sermon, that time I wished ill on someone who had hurt me...
So how do we think about the good stuff instead of the bad stuff?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.