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When God blesses you with something, He always gives you enough to share, may it be money or a car, joy or love. If He shows you something exciting or speaks to you in some way, He does it so you can share it with someone else. It might be just what they needed to hear.

Kings and rulers, and even us, have an inner circle of close friends and advisers. God has one as well. To get into His inner circle, you have to do two things: be willing to learn, and willing to obey. If you do what He tells you, you will have understanding beyond your years.

If you do one push-up, it’s not exercise, it’s experimentation. If you trust God once, it’s not obedience.

Whatever God does IN YOU, He wants to do THROUGH YOU.

To be holy is to be 100% clean. I will not see God if I’m not holy, and no one will see God in me if I’m not holy. Unholiness is a fog that clouds your vision. It occurs in the Bible 600 times. Love occurs 500 times. They occur in the same verse eight times.

To fear God is to hate evil.

When was the last time your heart hurt because a friend was going to hell?

You never forsake something/one unless you hate it/them.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

To have a fear of the Lord is to have His attitude about selfishness.

“Believe” = trust, love, follow

You become like the thing/person you love.

Pride is the root of all sin. It is wanting something better than what your neighbor has. All of the things wrong in the world ~ war, vandalism, human trafficking ~ happen because someone was thinking about themselves first rather than other people.

Being humble is having a sober sense of reality. God’s laws are the description of reality. The first step to becoming humble is recognizing you have a pride issue.

If you break one of the commandments, you almost always break two. “Do not covet” is the only one of the Ten Commandments that you feel, and all of the other commandments come from it.

“Obedience” = doing exactly what I’m told to do and doing it quickly because I love you

“Love” = unselfishly choosing for the highest good of God and His kingdom

“Motives” = why do I do the things that I do and who do I do them for?

Feelings will always follow action. Even if you don’t want to do something, do it anyway, because if you wait until you feel like doing it, you might never do it.

Faith can be doing something, but it can also be waiting for something.

Opposition always arises when you start a work done for heaven’s sake. The reason Satan doesn’t want you to finish something is because he’s scared of what will happen if you do.

There is not a person in this world that God has not spoken to at least once.

God is not boring. YOU’RE freaking boring.

BONUS: HOW TO WITNESS EFFECTIVELY THROUGH SMALL GROUPS

Hello. As you can see, I recently went on a Winter Retreat (renamed from this year forward as the Winter Advance because “Christians don’t retreat”) with my youth group. Above are the notes I took from the sermons spoken by our brilliant speaker, Eli Stewart. If you haven’t heard Eli speak before, I SERIOUSLY RECOMMEND that you try to get him to come speak to your youth group. He is an AMAZING speaker, he explains things so that they can be easily understood, he’s totally in tune with God, and I guarantee you everyone in the room will feel something. He has this way of saying just the right things that will hit everybody in just the right ways, and the entire room will be crying because not a heart in it will not have felt God’s touch. It’s okay though. He does that to everyone.

Anyway, one thing Eli explained to me and a couple other girls outside of one of his sermons was how to reach people and bring them to the Lord by the most effective way possible: through small groups. The method is so simple, you’ll love it. It does take a little bit of courage and a whole lot of effort, but if you think about it, it’s really worth it. By this method, according to Eli’s calculations, we can bring the entire world to Christ in only nineteen years. NINETEEN. Do you realize what this means? The ENTIRE PLANET could be full of Jesus-lovers by 2034!!

I bet you’re really wanting to know what the method is now. It’s crazy awesome. All you have to do is find six people, and over the course of three months, you’re gonna befriend them, change them, and send them off to make disciples.

The first month is what is called History Month. This is when you find six people (whether you have to do this all together or one-on-one with each person was not specified and I don’t think it really matters either way) and you just hang out with them for an hour or so every day you can. Make friends with them, and most importantly, make memories with them. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but your best friends are the people you’ve gone through things with and done things with. Well, this first month is purely doing fun stuff with these six new people and building up a bond. You don’t have to do anything super intense. You could just do things like go bowling, prank someone by lifting their car onto a snowbank (by the way, that takes ten), or going to a concert. Pretty simple, right? Typical friend stuff.

Month two is what we call Story Month. This is where you start really digging deep into your six people’s lives, asking for their stories and getting to know them REALLY well. And it’s also the month in which you share your own story: namely, your testimony of how you came to be a follower of Jesus Christ. This is where you start asking them questions about when God last spoke to them and what they believe about Him. Get them to come with you to church and youth group once in awhile to hear about God. Call it an introduction to Jesus. And still the bond ever deepens.

The third month is where things really get serious. You should be pretty close to, if not already, successful at leading your six new pals to Jesus. You’re gonna start a small group, bringing your six together and telling them about Christ. Start up a Bible study and mentor them and teach them how they can reach others for God.

And then, at the end of the month, send them out to find six more, and BAM! the chain has begun. Your six will get six each, each of those six will get six more, and so on and so forth until nineteen years from now we’re standing on a Jesus-following Bible-reading people-loving Planet Earth. And all you have to do is make six new friends and lead them to Christ.

If you have any questions about any of this, I will answer them as best I can. I am fired up to talk about God and share what I’ve learned with as many people as I can find. And SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY CHECK ELI STEWART OUT. HIS WISDOM WILL IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HIM IN A WAY THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. Here’s the links to his Twitter and Facebook pages, where there are links to his weekly live broadcast:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eli_stewart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eli.stewart?fref=ts

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