Gospel means good news. If you had to condense the Bible down to one sentence it would be that God gave his son Jesus to die on the cross and rise again so that we could live forever with him. This is the Gospel - the good news about Jesus.
There has been a lot of bad news in the world recently:
But the good news of the Gospel is greater than all of the bad news that has ever been. The good news is:
Thank God, that despite the bad news, he is still good and has good plans for you for eternity, even if right now sucks a bit.
I love listened to this one on repeat this week - it's beautiful.
Praying continually might seem like an impossible task, but when you think about it there are lots of opportunities to pray throughout the day.
The word Faith is used over 450 times in the Bible so it must be pretty important. We use it a lot, but do we really know what it means? I love this simple definition from Billy Graham - Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it. He explains that there are two parts to faith:
Hebrews 11 lists the Champions of faith but here are some of my favourite heroes of faith:
All of these heroes battled the same fears, doubts and insecurities as the rest of us, but their faith in a faithful God helped them to do it afraid.
Faith takes us out of the boundaries of the natural and into the supernatural, out of the possible to the impossible.
Hebrews 11:33-34 says, Through their faith they defeated kingdoms. They did what was right and received what God promised. They shut the mouths of lions, stopped great fires and were saved from being killed with swords. They were weak, and yet were made strong.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus tells his disciples, If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And the mountain will move. All things will be possible for you. Go and look in the pantry or fridge and see if you can find some mustard seeds - they're pretty tiny. God takes our tiny faith and accomplishes amazing things. He takes what is weak and makes it strong.
What is God calling you to do that is outside your comfort zone and you need to step out in faith and do?
God is powerful - he made the universe. That power dwelt in Jesus and was so great that people were healed when they just touched him. Luke 6:19 says, All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all. Did you know that same power lives in you?
I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world.
So, what does that mean? In my experience, when life gets hard, God gives me the power to keep going. He helps, encourages, comforts and strengthens me.
2 Corinthians 1:3
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes!
2 Corinthians 7:6
But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us with the coming of Titus.
His love comforts you.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and keep you safe from the Evil One.
How do I plug into that power? Just like you need to plug the toaster in to the electrical socket to make it work, you need to plug into God to receive his power. You can do this through reading the Bible, prayer and worship. If you're feeling like you need more of his power plug into God.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.