Boot Camp Week 2: Breathe

The second week of boot camp has already begun, last week almost everyone memorised at least one verse for the week, many memorising almost all 7 verses. Consuming the word of God (eating) is very important, however prayer (breathing) is equally important in our spiritual lives. This week the challenges are:

  1. Prayer time – at least 10 minutes a day
  2. Corporate Prayer – Everday at 8pm pray for Youthopea
  3. Pray for a miracle – In someone elses life, in your life, in the life of the church. BE SPECIFIC!

More details on boot camp or if you have any questions, head over to the Boot Camp post on the Youthopea forum.

Boot Camp begins

For the next two months Youthopea is holding a boot camp challenge which aims to raise each individual’s (and the group as a whole) spiritual level. Our first task this week is to:

  1. Memorise 7 verses (John 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:2, John 4:24, James 4:10, Philippians 4:8, James 1:2-3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  2. Read your bible at least 2 times a day.
  3. Apply what you read into your life.

Each person will monitor their progress through the use of a (Spiritual) Diet Diary. Each week at Youthopea each person will get a chance to submit their progress and at the end of it all we will evaluate how much we have grown spiritually. This is not to be a competition, but more to encourage and challenge ourselves to take living for Christ to whole new level.

Distractions

Why do we get distracted with things? At times I can get in the zone and be working away for hours and even forget to eat. Other times I could be working one minute and the next minute we find that we have just spent the last hour browsing Facebook profiles. I believe this happens when our mind is not focused and we start to think about other things. The Bible (written about 2000 years ago) had already warned us about this:

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  – James 1:8

The best thing we can do is focus on one plan and don’t let other things get in your way. I am not saying this because I’m perfect, after all I’m still a work in progress. I found this to be a good reminder and so I hope it helps you too.

So did you just get distracted? Well at least now you know what to do 😉

Growing The Wrong Way

 excercise.jpg Part of growing and staying healthy is exercise.  When we exercise our  bodies grow stronger. However a lack of exercise not only hinders growth but causes our bodies to grow the wrong way (sideways). This degrades performance and could also lead to unattractiveness of the physical body (subjective to the viewer). God designed our body a specific way, and by exercising we allow our bodies to achieve its full potential.

You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. – 1 Tim 4:6-8 (MSG)

Likewise a Christian needs to excercise to build their spiritual life, this excercise means to use what we have learnt from God. Using what we have learnt to bless others, to serve and to glorify God. Without spiritual exercise, our spiritual life becomes flabby and weak. What can you do today to perform spiritual exercise?

Purpose of Light

Bulb What is the purpose of light? We all use light everyday to light up our dark world. Light is most useful when the place is dark. We don’t use torches when we walk around outside during the day because there is already enough light. Likewise Jesus wants us to be a light to the world, and this means lighting up the dark places of the world. We could be a light at church and in front of other good Christians (lit areas), and it does help, but the potential of impact can only be seen when we dare to stand out and shine our light into the darkness.

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. – John 12:46

Jesus came into the world to be the light of the world, to impact and brighten a dark society. He became the most influential person ever to live on Earth – even after over 2000 years millions and millions of people still read about Him.

The Gift of God (part 3)

Share it

The final part, which is what we ought to strive continually for, is sharing the gift, the blessing and the life God has given to us.

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! – 1 Cor 12:7 (MSG)

Whe God gives us something, it’s never for our own benefit. When you are blessed with talents such as playing an instrument, writing, technical expertise, singing or anything else. The purpose of those things are so that you can use them to bless the lives of people around you. This is what we were made for, our purpose in life is to live for others, not for ourselves and ultimately all the glory needs to go back to God.

People who live for themselves will never find satisfaction, they may be satisfied superficially, however when you go deeper, their lives have very little meaning. When was the last time you took the time to help someone out? How did you feel when you did that? It felt good didn’t it?

The most precious thing I can share is the love that Jesus has shown me. It is unconditional, a love that surpasses any other love you know – you may not even know what love is. Let me tell you that God defines love. So what does this mean for you?

Well basically Jesus loves you, no matter what you’ve done, whether you’re a criminal or a sexual predator, God is willing to forgive you and take you back, the only thing you need to do is to receive this gift of life (Get it). To do this, acknowledge that you’ve made a mistake and receive Jesus into your life so He can come into your life and give you a fresh start and a new life in God.

The Gift of God (part 2)

Live it!

When you receive a gift from someone, what do you do with it? Do you just toss it aside? some people recycle their gifts (or even the wrapping, I come from an Asian family, I know). I guess it depends on how much the gift means to you doesn’t it?

So how much does the gift of life mean to you? I guess your actions show how much life means to you. How you live out your life, speaks a great deal on how much you value your life.

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. – Matthew 7:21

Receiving the gift is one thing, but living it out is another. Anyone can call on the name of God, but those who walk in His ways will be the ones who will gain the benefits of it. If I were to join a basketball team that I knew would win the championship, but in every game all I did was sit on the bench, what good is that? Sure you’ll be part of the winning team, receiving the trophy and all, but wouldn’t it be much more rewarding if we actually took part in winning the trophy?

When we receive the gift of God, we are essentially joining God’s team and God’s team WILL WIN – no doubt about it. Being a part of God’s team are we just standing on the sidelines or are we taking part in the game? Although the game is tough and it can be brutal at times, in the end when we receive the prize, it’s all worth it.

Make full use of the gift of God and live life to the fullest!