Posted in Ages 11 & above, Life Skills

You are not a Loser!!!

Many of us have been bullied by various people during our school/college years and even after that. Being different than others or not keeping up to their expectations and sometimes even jealousy make us their favorite target. Facing our bullies is always a challenge as they would publicly harm us, call us names and humiliate us.

More than anything, they make us feel like we are a loser who is incapable of anything, totally worthless!!! Sometimes even life situations make us feel worthless, unwanted, useless, etc. Are we really worthless and useless? Let us find what the treasure book says about us !!!

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Our identity

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.

Jeremiah 31:3

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

God loves us with an unconditional love (Love). While we were still sinners He loved us and chose to die for us. No one will choose to die for a good person, then how for a bad person? God loves us more than we can ever imagine and nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. No matter how different we are from others, He still loves us. He accepts us exactly how we are and He cares for us. He will never give up on us nor forsakes us. This is the truth even if the world tells us otherwise.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Undoubtedly, we all agree that God is our Creator. We are His workmanship and are created for good works. He has not created us to be failures or losers but achievers. He has a master plan for each of us which he made beforehand. His plan for us is good – to give us a future & hope and not for putting us in hopelessness or in fear or despair or anything of that sort. But the devil want us to believe otherwise – that we are not loved, that nobody cares for us, that we are just failures and so on. For that he uses our bullies or even the people who are the closest to us to instill these thoughts of failure and despair in us. Remember our mind is a battlefield (The armor of God). Do not give-in to his mind games. If we give-in, God’s plan & purpose for our lives will not work. So do not believe the lie of the devil. Do not let their words get to you.

You are a child of God who is loved and cared for by God Himself. Only His thoughts about us matters to us and not anyone else’s. You are not what others think you are but what God tells you are. For He is your Creator and knows you very well including the minutest detail about you. He even knows the number of hairs on you at a given point of time . He has seen you at your best and at your worst. So do not give ear to others opinion about you but God’s statement about you which is the truth. Everything else is a lie.

Know your true identity – Child of God created in His own image and likeness. You are what God says you are – nothing more, nothing less. God loves you and accepts you exactly as you are and has a great plan and purpose for your life. Do not believe the lies that devil tries to instill in you.

Facing the troops

Every single person living in this world has to face various kinds of issues in life. Even your bullies!! Remember, your bullies are not any different than you!!! People are not always strong enough to face their challenges in the same might and power every single time. Everyone would have failed more than once including your bullies. They are also like you, humans who are at the mercy of God even to take the next breath.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Psalm 118:6

The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

Proverbs 29:25

Remember, you are a child of God and God Himself is your father. We do not have to fear anyone because we are children of God Almighty who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords – the one who owns the entire universe and is in control of it. He is faithful, just, good and a perfect father (The perfect father) to us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So do not be afraid of men, even if they are more numerous and mightier than you. What can they do to you when God Himself is your ally. Do not limit the power of God to your understanding. He is the source of supreme power and there is nothing impossible for Him.

Example of Elisha and the Syrian Army ( 2 Kings 6)

The king of Syria thought of making a war against Israel, but God revealed it to Elisha the prophet and thus the Israelites were informed of the secret plan. The war did not work out as planned and the king of Syria got to know that Elisha, the prophet tells the king of Israel the words that he speaks in his bedroom. So he sent troops to capture Elisha. When the servant of Elisha went out the next morning, he saw the army surrounding the city with horses and chariots and he panicked. He asked Elisha, “Master! What shall we do?” Elisha answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed to God to open the servant’s spiritual eyes that he may see the reality. Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. When the Syrians came down, Elisha prayed to God to strike those people with blindness. And they suddenly turned blind. Elisha took them inside the city and then prayed to God to open the eyes of those men, that they may see. The Lord opened their eyes, and they saw that they were captured inside Samaria, the Israel city! Now when the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha if they should be killed. But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” Then he prepared a great feast for them. After they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.

Here, we see that Elisha trusted God completely. An army troop came to capture him. It was Elisha against an army consisting of horses and chariots and many men. Elisha did not fear because he knew if God is with him, the size of the army or their power or their abilities are immaterial. God was his ally. The army came to capture Elisha but they were captured instead. Elisha came out victorious. Being victorious doesn’t give us an option to harm others. Elisha could have gotten all of them killed and the king was ready to do it. But instead, he asked to set a feast for them and send them back to their master.

Do not fear men because you are a child of God. God is with you and whoever trust in Him shall be safe. God comes with us for our battles and He never leaves us nor forsakes us. The size of the opponent or his abilities are not of any concern when God is our ally. Victory is a surety with God by our side.

Treasures uncovered

Know your true identity – Child of God created in His own image and likeness. You are what God says you are – nothing more, nothing less. God loves you and accepts you exactly as you are and has a great plan and purpose for your life. Do not believe the lies that devil tries to instill in you.

Do not fear men because you are a child of God. God is with you and whoever trust in God shall be safe. God comes with us for our battles and He never leaves us nor forsakes us. The size of the opponent or his abilities are not of any concern when God is our ally. Victory is a surety with God by our side.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for being our perfect father. We thank you for the love and care you shower on us. Thank you for believing in us and accepting us as we are. We trust in you. Thank you for teaching us our true identity in you. In Jesus name, Amen.


Posted in Ages 11 & above, Life Skills

Needs and Wants

In life, we have many needs. Need is a requirement that is essential or very important for our survival. Food, water, shelter and oxygen are the basic needs of human beings. We cannot survive without them. Most of the time we confuse our wants with our needs. Wanting something is a desire to possess something. It is something you wish for and not a necessity to live. How many times we have wished for things that we see – “I want that bag / shoe / phone / pet” and so on. Our needs, because it is a necessity, should be met. It is a matter of life and death. However, our wants can wait.

What does the treasure book say about our needs and wants?

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Needs

Need is an essential requirement for survival.

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

Matthew 6: 25-26

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

Matthew 6:31-33

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

Our God is “YHWH Yireh (Jehovah Jireh)” meaning the God who provides. God knows all our needs and He provides for us. We should understand that our needs are met by God and not by our smartness or our strength. If we trust in our might or in the might of any other human to provide for us – it will be temporary and short-lived. But if we trust in God to take care of our needs, it is for a life time – a permanent solution. When God is in control, we do not have to worry about our needs or seek after them. But seek the kingdom of God first and everything else will follow. Our God will supply all our needs according to His riches. He is the Creator of the whole world and the source of all riches. And He supplies our needs according to His riches.

The word of God mentions countless instances where God provides for the needs of His children. Taking care of the Israelite’s needs during the great Exodus is one such instance. Let us look into the example of how God provided for Elijah, His prophet.

God provides for Elijah & Widow ( 1 Kings 17 )

During the time of Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, God sent prophet Elijah to him to proclaim a drought in the country. Then God told him to get away and hide by the Brook Cherith. God met his needs there by providing drink from the brook and food through ravens. The ravens brought him bread & meat in the morning and evening. After a while the brook dried up. God told him to go to Zarephath and stay there. So Elijah arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, he saw a widow gathering sticks. He called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “I do not have bread, but only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar. I am gathering sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and they ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.

Our God works in miraculous ways for His children. Can you imagine ravens bringing food? God can carry out things through unexpected channels / resources. He can use anyone for that matter, to be a blessing for His children. He took care of Elijah and all his needs. We see that God provided not only for Elijah but also for the widow and her son who were thinking of having their last meal before starving to death. They did not have any food left but God miraculously provided for the widow and her son. The flour bin and the oil jar was never used up. Even after emptying and using up the contents of the flour bin and oil jar, the flour and oil remained to provide for them until the end of the drought. God took care of their needs too. Our God is true to His promises and always keeps His word.

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

1 John 3:17

God loves us very much and blesses us beyond our imagination. When we see our brothers or sisters in need, we should also be kind and compassionate to them – extend to them what we received from God. The blessings that God provided for us is not exclusively for us but also for sharing with those in need and helping them in their lack. Those who do not show compassion to others do not love God and His love do not abide in them.

Our God knows all our needs and meets them. He works in miraculous ways to provide according to His riches. We should extend the blessings that God provided to bless others who are in need.

Wants

Wanting something is a desire to possess something. It is something you wish for and not a necessity to live. Desires can be good or evil. Wanting something or having a desire for something is fine as long as the desire is not evil.

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

James 1:14-15

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16

Evil desires will not help you in anyway but will result in sin and eventually death. For example, it is evil to be covetous – i.e., desire for things that belong to others. This kind of desire will lead you to take possession of those things by evil methods – by cheating, by force, etc. This is sin and results in separation from God. So guard your heart and do not let evil desires in your heart.

Having a desire for the things of the world more than a desire for God is also evil. In this case, you love the world more than God. Friendship with the world is enmity to God. If you walk in the spirit – according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you will not go behind evil desires. It is an antidote to walking in the evil ways of the world and its evil desires. Also when you walk according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit your desires will be in line with the plan & purpose God has for your life.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

James 1:17

Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalms 37:3-4

Now for the good desires, God is a good God who does not withhold any good gifts from His children. Like most fathers, God also likes to see His children happy. When you love God with your whole heart, you will hate everything to do with evil and you will not have any evil desire in your heart. Trust in the Lord, love Him and delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Desires can be good or evil. Evil desires will result in sin and eventually death. Walking in the spirit is an antidote to walking in the way of the flesh and its evil desires. It also aligns our desire to the plan & purpose God has for our life. God does not withhold any good gifts from His children. Trust in the Lord, love Him, delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Treasures uncovered

Need is a requirement that is essential or very important for our survival. Our God knows all our needs and meets them. He works in miraculous ways to provide according to His riches. We should extend the blessings that God provided to bless others who are in need.

To Want is a desire to possess something. It is something you wish for and not a necessity. Desires can be good or evil. Evil desires will result in sin and eventually death. Walking in the spirit is an antidote to walking in the way of the flesh and its evil desires. It also aligns our desire to the plan & purpose God has for our life. God does not withhold any good gifts from His children. Trust in the Lord, love Him, delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for being our provider. Thank you for meeting all our needs. Help us to walk according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit and guard our hearts against evil desires. Thank You for being a good father to us. We love you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.