Category: Christian Life


Follow the Lord

Sometimes it’s hard to follow the Lord in everything we do. Some days we feel like the perfect role model for a good Christian, and others…well, can be hard to do the right thing. We might be tricked into thinking “it’s okay. I’m a good Christian on Sunday and Wednesday. Oh, and Friday too! It’s okay if I’m not so great those other days, right?” But the answer is “wrong”, even though we don’t want to hear that. It’s not easy, but it’s worth the effort. Remember, every good thing we do earns us reward in heaven! But it shouldn’t just be about a reward. Imagine God looking down on you, smiling at your efforts to stay on the straight path, and giving you a pat on the back. Now imagine Him looking down at you with tears in His eyes, sighing, and looking away from your sin. Which would you rather have? His approval, or His disappointment? I think I can guess.

gbu!

Christrocks

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As a Christian, are you ever frightened when it comes to telling other people about Christ? I used to be….okay, okay, I still am! But tonight, some members of my church and I went to a huge bridge in our area, where people like to walk. We passed out free waters and the Living Water (booklets containing the book of John, and even a few complete Bibles and New Testaments). And you know what? It was a lot of fun! Really! At first I was super nervous, but then it became neat to approach people, and offer them water; the spiritual and physical kinds. I never thought it would be so much fun to spread the Word; a few people even stopped, chatted, and learned more! If you aren’t a Christian, you are probably bored by what I’m talking about, but if you are a Christian, I wanted to share my experience with you. Every experience anyone has like this strengthens them in Christ; trust me, I just had a first-hand experience!

Would love to hear from you! gbu,

Christrocks

When we’re afraid

I don’t want to admit that I get afraid sometimes, but we all do. There’s no way around it. The question is, what do we do with that fear? There are a lot of things that we do do, but are they the right thing? It might seem funny, thinking of the right thing to do when we’re scared, but it’s a good thing to think about. Do we freak out, feel alone, or try to be brave?

When we freak out, do you know what I think? Now, this is just my opinion, but, this is my blog; everything is my opinion. But I think that when we get really scared, he’s ashamed of us and hurt. Why? Because he’s there for us, and he’s protecting us. What do we think we’re doing, being afraid?! It’s impossible for us to not be afraid, but we don’t need to freak out. When we’re younger, and we’re scared, we hold our parent’s hand. We don’t feel completely safe; we’re still a little afraid. But with Mom or Dad’s hand there, we aren’t as scared as we would be. We need to remember that God’s hand is there for us too. We just need to reach out and grab it. It’s hard sometimes; we might still feel alone. But God is there, and during those hard or scary times, he won’t let the wrong thing happen to us. Ever.

God cares about us, just like a parent. He won’t let us be scared. He wants us to know that he’s by our side, taking care of us all the time. You know God’s omnipotent, right? It means he can do anything; he’s all-powerful. Which means that he can be with us wherever we are, no matter what. God is there; just take his hand.

gbu,

Christrocks

Pressure?

Pressure. It’s something that we feel everyday, Christians or not. It could be the simple pressure of dare, or the heavier pressure of having to get a spoken message from one person to another—verbatim. These are just some simple examples, but right now, I’m going to talk about the pressure that most Christians feel, or should feel.

The pressure to spread the Word.

That is our purpose; bringing others to Christ. However, you shouldn’t have to feel the pressure to do that this very minute. You might be thinking, “What?! I don’t?! What are you talking about?!” but it’s true. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to spread the word in your teen years; in fact, it’s an incredible thing! What I am saying is that—if you feel uncomfortable talking about God and salvation to other people—you don’t have to do it today. Who knows, maybe, later on, God will decide to send you somewhere as a missionary. Or, it could be as simple as God giving you an opportunity when a friend brings up the subject, and you can talk to him about it. The Ten Commandments don’t say, “Thou shalt spread the Word of God as soon as you can”. You shouldn’t attempt to until you’re ready, although—you never know—when the time comes, God may put words into your mouth.

Perhaps you have a close friend who isn’t a Christian, and it pesters you that you could be sharing the Good News with him/her right now. You might not have to do anything very direct. You could give your friend a Bible as a gift, or you could pray to God, asking Him to send someone to your friend so he/she can be saved. Maybe you could ask God to give you the strength to tell your friend yourself.

I myself was struggling with this when I decided to write these articles. Even before anyone read them—frankly, as I write this, no one but me has read them yet—I felt overjoyed by the prospect of telling others about Christ. What amazed me the most was that as I wrote these little articles, I found myself answering my own questions. I hope I’m doing the same for you.

–Christrocks

NOT ROBOTS

We aren’t robots.

It’s as simple as that.

God’s desire is for all of mankind to love him and come to him, but he’s not willing to force people to be saved. Even if it’s what’s right for us, we would be no more than robots, and God doesn’t want that.

That’s why it’s now up to us.

Our job as Christians is to bring others to Christ. We cannot force them; some of us might like to, but, unlike God, we have no power but to present the opportunity to others.

Even though God won’t force people onto the right path, he is willing to help us on our mission to bring as many people as possible to Christy. But no matter how hard we try, in the end, it’s always up to them.

God loves us enough to give us free will, even though it could have disastrous consequences. He has also given us a free gift; all we have to do is open it. Once we’ve opened it, we wrap it again and pass it on to others.

So pass it on.

–Christrocks

AFRAID?

Fear; something we shouldn’t have as Christians, but as humans—and teens—we do. Fear can come in many forms: terrified fear, the kind when you’re a kid and you can’t come out from under the covers because of the supposed monsters under the bed. Then there’s excited fear, the kind we teens might feel when we’re at the top of a steep drop on a roller coaster. And last—but definitely not least—there’s unneeded fear. The fear anyone might feel when they know that there’s someone there for them, but they also feel vulnerable, small, and scared.

This, for Christians, is definitely unneeded.

It’s hard not to be afraid once you’ve gotten into the habit of being afraid. I know it sounds weird—having a habit of being afraid—but it happens. If you’re a newly saved Christian, you might have a hard time transitioning to not being afraid. There are many things out there to be afraid of—which probably don’t include the “monsters” under the bed—but you should know that God isn’t going to let anything happen to you.

Imagine the perfect father; some of you might be thinking of a dad who lets you do anything you want, or buys you anything you want, and etcetera. But do you know what would be really cool? A dad who is always there for you if you need him; a dad who always makes sure he knows what you’re doing, where you are, and if you’re okay. If this is starting to sound like a dad who hovers around you and never leaves you alone, forget about that image. That’s not what I mean. Let’s put it this way. What if you had a dad who would give his life for you, that means he loves almost more than you could imagine. But what if he didn’t know where you were the time you needed him the most? Even if he was willing to die for you, what could he do if he wasn’t there, or didn’t know what’s going on? Well, with God, he’s like this father, only he always knows where you are and he always knows when you need him. He’s our heavenly Father, and if we’re his child, we don’t have to be afraid.

Ever.

–Christrocks

No matter what, everyone probably knows what temptation is. Let’s say you’re allergic to nearly every single type of ice cream in the world. You’re sitting outside when the ice cream truck goes by. Whoa; serious temptation! Giving in to it would mean getting ice cream. Being strong would mean ignoring it. This is a little temptation that I’m sure everyone’s probably felt. Only this one doesn’t have very big consequences. Some do; we have to learn to ignore those too.

Christians face a lot of temptations. The temptation to not read your bible, to shout at someone—and not in a good way; frankly, anything you know you shouldn’t do but want to do anyway.

Some people think that when you become a Christian, you are suddenly plagued by temptations. I guess you are, but even if you aren’t a Christian, you get plagued by temptations anyway. But if you’re a Christian, that just means you’ll have different temptations. If you don’t believe in God, you won’t have the temptation to not read the Bible, since you don’t anyway. If you hate ice cream, you won’t be tempted by my earlier example.

But back to what temptation is, exactly. Temptation is Satan, trying to get you to disobey God. It could be God, testing you. Either way, temptation is a bad thing—feeling the urge to do something you know you shouldn’t do.

Sometimes, you might look back and wonder, “Why did I do that?” A temptation is often doing something you shouldn’t do for a fleeting pleasure. Don’t give in; it’s not worth it.

–Christrocks

HALF-BAKED

First, before you do anything else, I want you to think of something. Think of a potato. Now, a lot of people like baked potatoes, right? Creamy, soft inside, maybe with bacon and cheese and sour cream on top. Mmmm….but what happens when the potato is only half-baked? The inside is rather hard, and it’s not hot—though it’s not cold either. It’s not good at all.

That can be kind of like us. Sometimes, when we’re saved, we’re only half-baked. We go to church and worship God, but at school or anywhere else, we follow the crowd. Being half-baked isn’t good at all, not one bit.

When we’re saved, God wants us to follow and love him with all our heart, always placing him first; not just on Sunday. Half-baked Christians aren’t the same. You may see a girl recite ten chapters of Psalms at church, and the next day at school she’s meanly teasing and pushing around one of your friends. It’s doesn’t seem to count, does it?

Don’t be half-baked; God and the others around can tell.

–Christrocks

HELPING OTHERS

While it is absolutely true that you cannot earn your way into heaven by your good works, that does not mean you shouldn’t help others once you are saved. In fact, once you are saved, you have even more reason to help others, especially to help them draw close—or closer—to God.

If you have read the Bible—or even if you haven’t—you probably know the story of the Good Samaritan. This strengthens my point. If you went from thinking you could earn your way into heaven to becoming a Christian, it doesn’t mean you should stop helping others. If no one helped anyone, there pretty much would be no Christians in the world, because no one is spreading the Word.

Most of you probably know all of this already, but it’s a point that needs to be made. We’re here to spread the Good News, and help those that are struggling on the side of the road.

–Christrocks

KNOWING WHAT’S RIGHT

Now, everyone’s heard of your conscience. It’s basically known as something that tells you right from wrong. For a Christian, however, we know that this “conscience” is actually the Holy Spirit, telling us when we’re about to do the wrong or right thing.

I admit, not only is it sometimes—though rarely—hard to tell if you’re doing the right thing, it’s harder to actually do what you know is right. No one’s perfect. You don’t become a Christian because you’re perfect, and when—or if—you become one, you don’t become perfect. You will always make mistakes, since no one is without sin, but with God, he can help us make fewer mistakes. He can also forgive our sins.

If you think about it, perhaps I should have called this article “Doing What’s Right”, since that is sometimes the hardest thing to do. It’s easy—but not nice—to recall the many times that I knew what the right thing to do was, but didn’t do it. Or, rather, I knew what the wrong thing to do was but did it anyway. As a Christian, it hurts to look back at these times, and you wonder why you did. However, God forgives us, and loves us always, no matter what.

We sin all the time; it’s nice to know that God is there to wash them away.

–Christrocks