On Your Mark, Get Set,Go!

JANUARY 3

MATTHEW 5:1_he went up into a mountain: and when he was set…

Have you ever heard, “On your mark, get set, go?” In this verse Jesus reaches His mark, which is up on a mountain. You must reach your mark before you can begin the race, and you must have prepared yourself before you reach the mark. Once the mark is reached you get set—ready to begin the work.

Baptism was a part of Jesus’ preparation for His mark. Another was testing and endurance. Jesus endured a wilderness experience away from home, family, and friends. He suffered. He suffered physically because He chose to fast during this time—to deny the body in order to strengthen the spirit. He suffered temptation of the flesh to break the fast—in order to satisfy the physical over the spiritual. He suffered a power struggle—to test God’s Word rather than believe it. He suffered the struggle of fame—to seek the praise of men over the praise of God.

You will face tests and sufferings throughout life. Suffering can break you or make you. The making or breaking is a decision, and the decision is yours.

                            PRAYER

Holy Great God, Help me endure my struggles in life. Let Your Word teach me wisdom that I may reach the mark and be set for Your go. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.                     

  Christ suffered—He will help me be strong in suffering!

You Have a Purpose

JANUARY 2

MATTHEW 5:1_And seeing the multitudes…

Jesus also had been baptized. John the Baptist did not want to baptize Jesus. He did not feel worthy (Matthew 3:13-17). As the Son of God, Jesus chose to become the Son of Man—baptism was necessary. John was the appointed baptizer.

John was also one whose birth may have caused much ridicule. He was born to parents who were old enough to be grandparents.

You may have been born into this same situation, or perhaps raised by your grandparents. You certainly should not let anyone cause you to feel shame. You were born for a unique purpose, regardless of how you got here. And grandparents are awesome, wise people!

God is excited about the incredible works He can work through your life – if you will let Him. The very fact you are reading this page in this blog is not by chance. This is a part of God’s plan, a message from God to you. Your life is not about the circumstances into which you were born. Your life is about the decisions you make and being responsible for those decisions. 

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, Help me trust in You as I live the life You’ve given me.  Help me live it in a way which pleases You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

     Christ taught multitudes—many were just like me!

Jesus the Overcomer

JANUARY 1

MATTHEW 5:1_And seeing the multitudes…

Jesus sees multitudes. That’s an awful lot of people! Bigger than a crowd!

Several instances in Jesus’ life have prepared Him for the multitudes. It is obvious He has been born. To know Jesus you must take a look at His birth. Talk about unconventional! Talk about amazing! Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin? To know Jesus you must also get to know the God of the Impossible.

Jesus’ birth was questioned, ridiculed, and scorned. He grew up with that – a part of daily life. Being honored and acknowledged as the Son of God was not a part of His daily life. 

So, if you were not born in accordance with the status quo, don’t let it depress you – it is not something you caused or can change. Besides, you share very good company. Jesus is an overcomer. He can help you become one as well.

Throughout this year you will learn a lot about how God planned life and His views on things like marriage. God’s plan is perfect. It can save you unnecessary hurts in life. There is power in living according to God’s plan. 

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to be sensitive to the pain of others and to be careful about decisions I make.    In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ loves me—Unconditionally!

Devotionals With Answers

It’s crazy world! It’s a scary world! It’s a confused world! Are there real answers? Is there such a thing as true love? Is there a path to peace? Daily Devotionals for Salty-Lit-Up Teenage Disciples has answers! Based entirely on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, these devotionals offer power-packed answers for pain-packed problems! Take this year long journey (even includes leap year!) with Jesus and study His most powerful sermon! Receive hope when you feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life over which you have no control. Be encouraged that God has a purpose for every life – that means you! Experience the joy of learning that the Giver of Love – can teach you how to love!