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A Big Than ks I (Nike) would like to thank everyone who contributed to this devotional, It would not have been the same without your wisdom, doubts and hard times being poured out onto the pages. If you were impacted by the things in this devotional please take the time to thank these people who took part in writing a section of this devotional. Kyle Clemons Peach Combs Steve Chaney Nick BradlEy Krystal BradlEy Also to Ashley Swearingen who put a lot of effort into the design and layout of this book. Lastly, to everyone who makes up our little family at XYM. We love and appreciate all of you for your time and dedication to XYM!


Intro

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Day 1

If you actually took the time to pick this book up then congrats, your life is about to be changed. Not because of the funny or not so funny things that have been put into this book, but because you are taking the steps to Go BiG. Please understand that it will not be easy to Go BiG, although it is very easy to say. Today we ask that you take the time to list 5 things that you are struggling with right now, it could be temptation, trials, hardships, relationships, lack of something, finances, pain or sorrow, people, or your view of God. This will be a crucial and very important part of this journey. We will call this list the Fab 5 and explain why later. Please list 5 things you are struggling with in the box to the left.

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Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Psalm 119:35 To Go BiG requires us to ask God for help and what better way to ask for help then to ask him to make you walk in the path of his commandments. But we can’t stop there, don’t ask God to do it just because of this little book, ask Him because you delight in his commandments. Take 2 minutes in complete silence and pray.

Facebook: Whenever you see a facebook message we encourage you to post this as your status. You don’t have to do it right now but do it first thing in the morning or as soon as you get home from school, work or other activities. Imagine all of XYM flooding our friends news feed with post about Jesus!

Status Update: Excited for my experience with Christ as I Go BIG for Him.

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Day 2

We hope you had a great day today, and most likely your day is coming to an end or you have a few spare moments and you have found yourself holding this little book again. So no need to waste anymore time, lets get started. To Go BiG you must Go LITTLE! Hopefully that didn’t confuse you to much, but what is meant by that is you must decrease and Christ must increase. John 30:30 says, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” Lets make this clear as mud, in order for you to Go BiG for Christ you need to let him do it. This Going Big has nothing to do with you at all, its about letting Christ do whatever he wants. Realizing your dependence on God and getting rid of your own independence. What usually happens with all of us is that we try and do things on our own and then scream, yell and possibly even curse God when bad things happen. This is a result of your own independence! The Fab 5 list is most likely a list of things that you have been trying to handle all on our own. We want you to understand why we have called it the Fab 5, we called it that because it is going to be absolutely fabulous (amazing, stunning, freeing) when you let go of these 5 things and allow God to handle them. once again write out your Fab 5.

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Status Update: I’m trying to become less and less as God becomes greater and greater. Go Big!

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Day 3 Remember when killing time, it has no resurrection. – A.W. Tozer We have no idea how you spent your time today. Most either went to school or work for about 8 hours today and then came home. once you were home you text a few people, got on facebook, did homework or just sat and watched tv. All those things are great and by no means is there anything wrong with them. Here is an issue though, where is God in the midst of all that? Yes, he is there and right beside you right now as you read this little book. There isn’t an issue of if God is there with you but if you are there with God. At times we seem absent from the presence of God, which once again brings us back to the issue of our independence. Facebook, texting and watching tv are things that we all do, today we want to address the acknowledgement of God in your life. Do you realize that you will never get today back? The hours, minutes and seconds will never return again. Have you acknowledged God today in the midst of all the other things you are doing? God loves you, and wants to be in relationship with you. He is all about the relationship with you and not about all the rules but simply loving you. He is doing that right now as you hold this book. Question is have you acknowledge his presence? We will get into this a lot more later on in this little book. Right now we want you to write down how much time you have spent acknowledging the presence of God in your life other than reading this book.

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Status Update:

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Day 4

This verse is the anthem of XYM, we chose it to represent what we were trying to live like. XYM= eXtreme Youth Ministries, Going to the extreme in our faith, love, unity, worship, prayers, service to our friends and family. This is what the Go Big series and book is all about, getting back to the roots of what we are all about and focusing that mind set directly on God and never looking away. Never being ashamed of the way we live and who we live for. Today we ask you this question, are you living to the extreme? Are you Going Big for Jesus? Who was the last person you shared Christ with? Have you ever shared your faith with anyone? Why not, are you afraid? Think about that for awhile then pray and ask God for the strength to live the most extreme and Go Big for his glory!

Status Update: Go Big! Go Extreme! Never ashamed!

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Philippians 1:20-21- 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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Glad you have chosen to continue this book even into day 4. They say that you will stick with something after you have done it for at least 3 days, we will see. How was your time spent today? Did you have a better acknowledgement of God? We hope you did and have begun to experience him in your own life right now.

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Day 5

i John 5:21 Little children, keep yourself from idols. i Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. Romans 1:25 Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Many people think that idols are just golden statues that we are told not to worship by the Ten Commandments. Actually, in the Bible, Jesus in the New Testament speaks more of avoiding idols than it does in Moses’ time. He makes it very clear, God hates idols. Idols are anything that we put before God. They are anything that hinder us from serving Him or don’t allow us to hear His voice. In other words, Idols can be absolutely anything in our life, even things that are “good”. Desiring to be good in school, playing sports, possessions, a boyfriend/girlfriend, admission into a certain college, video games, and even Facebook (yes, I went there) can all be idols when we give them priority before God. God wants to be the top priority in our lives (in fact, he demands it) and he promises to provide for all of our needs when He is. Earthly things can never take the place of God on the throne of our lives. Examine your life today and ask God to reveal things to you that you are placing above Him. Ask for His help today to show you these idols and make Him the keeper of your happiness.

Status Update: No idols, only Christ… Go Big or Go Home!

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Day 6 Psalm 136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. About the fab 5, We want you to know that God sill loves you and your sins are forgiven. I recently heard it said, “that your sins are forgiven before you ever ask God to forgive them. The problem is you don’t think God really forgave your sins.” Its kind of like ordering food at a restaurant and not expecting your server to ever bring it out. God loves you, and he chose to forgive your sin because he loves you so much. God would not have sent his son Jesus to die on a cross and endure severe pain and torture to not forgive your sins. He did that to show you how much he loves you. God is love and love is an emotional personal affection put into action. So, God has an emotional personal affection for you that he put into action by sending Jesus to this earth to die for your sins. Every day God tries to show you this personal connection he has for you. Are you open to receive it? Think about it, do you really believe that God loves you? Seriously, do you believe in your heart that God really loves you? If not, why? If so, why? If you believe God loves you then why is that important in your life? Think really hard about this for a moment, Do you believe that the God of the universe who created all things really has an emotional personal affection put into action daily in your life? Now, close this book and sit quietly for a moment and think about God’s love for you. Do you believe that its real, that its for you and he loves you no matter what?

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Day 7

Yippie!!! You finished week one! You’re awesome! Week one has perhaps been a little intense and hopefully eye opening for you. Today we are gonna relax and just have a laugh making fun of Christians. Lets be honest Christian are silly, they are funny without ever intending to be. What we mean by that is they do things that are just stupid and make people laugh. Christians often create their own language and use environment just for themselves. No wonder people feel uncomfortable coming to our churches, they aren’t in our christianie crew. Think about it for a moment, there are certain things you do with certain friends. Certain jokes and puns that only certain friends get, making it hard for someone else to ever join your group. The same for Christians, not that we intentionally do things to make people feel left out but we are comfortable in our church clique. If you have been part of a church for awhile you will understand what I mean and if you haven’t been part of a church then you can just laugh at a few of these things or shake your head and agree. People who use prayer request to gossip, Pray for Jim Bob… His wife just left him. Pray for Will Smith… He is doin some bad things, like drugs! Not just the devils lettuce either I’m talking Meth and LSD, oh just pray for him. Lastly, Pray for Clint Eastwood… I think he and his girlfriend have been doing the big nasty when his parents aren’t home. What about the person who sighs or moans whenever you are praying so they sound more spiritual. “Father we praise you for this day… moan, Thank you for all our blessings… sigh, You are truly our savior… sigh with a slight moan. How about the person who adds an “Ah” to everything they say during their prayer so they can once again sound super spiritual… Lord-Ah we thank ya-Ah for this day-Ah that you have made-Ah its truly a blessing-Ah and you are truly our Savior-Ah! Prayer is just one of the many things that Christians do that make me laugh and understand that prayer is just you talking to God. You don’t have to do any kind of special sigh, moan or groan you don’t have to gossip or add an “Ah” to every word you say. Just be you, God already knows how you talk. We want you to talk with God as you would talk with any other person on the planet. He loves you and wants to chat with you, that’s all. David writes this in Psalms 17:6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. The Psalms are just the prayers of a man to God, a man discussing life with God. Take a few moments and just talk about life with God.

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Status Update: Go Big in Prayer


Day 8

Its time to seriously Go Big! Sorry Diddy Dirty Money, but we aren’t comin home! In Revelation 3:15-17 it says this, "I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You're stale. You're stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, 'I'm rich, I've got it made, I need nothing from anyone,' oblivious that in fact you're a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless. Lets make this real simple we are Going Big because God is asking this of us. He doesn’t want a bunch of people who just show up on a Sunday or a Wednesday and sing a few songs, he wants people to be on fire (Go Big) for him and to seriously lift up his name! He also says that if your not going to be that way then be cold, Go HoME! God wants none of this lukewarm nonsense. Lets Go Big, Lets be Big, Lets Love Big! We will Go Big in these things never glorifying ourselves, only God!

Status Update: I’m not going home. Go Big!

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Day 9 Matthew 14:22-33 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night. 24-26Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o'clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. "A ghost!" they said, crying out in terror. 27But Jesus was quick to comfort them. "Courage, it's me. Don't be afraid. 28Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's really you, call me to come to you on the water." 29-30He said, "Come ahead." Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" 32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, "This is it! You are God's Son for sure!"31Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?" 22-23

I can't hear the other apostles now, "...he thinks he so awesome.  I was going to get out of the boat, but he beat me to it.  Ha!  He sank!  Jesus calls him, "the rock", and now we know why; because he sinks like a stone."

Status Update: Go Big! Step out

of the Boat! There are times when God will call you to do things that seem impossible.  You have to remember that He wouldn't have called you forward unless He knew you were the right person for the job.  Be prepared, there will be those that talk trash behind your back, but, even if you fall, you fall at the feet of Christ.  Not only will He catch you and pick you up, He will walk with you through the storm and bring you back to a safe place.

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Day 10

Go and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19 This is a mission or challenge that Jesus gave his disciples, to first Go and then tell everyone about the great things that Jesus had done. Jesus knew that once they told someone about him, that persons life would never be the same‌. Ever! Imagine your best friend had cancer and was about to die because of it. There is nothing you can do about the cancer unless you find the cure. one day a guy walks up and says I have the cure to cancer, your friend will live but you must take it to them. Would you take it to your friend or not? of course you would no questions asked, you would run and frantically tell your friend that you had the cure and they would live. We are all dying because of the sin in this world and the most amazing part is that there is a cure. The cure is Jesus, but somebody has to tell your friend about the cure or they will continue to die in their sin. Will you be the one to tell them?

Status Update: Jesus, I’m telling the world about Him! Go Big!

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Day 11

Things I Learned From Old People

Hebrews 13:7 & 8 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Status Update: Imitate the Faith. Go Big or Go Home

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that people really have been where you are. We have the blessing of looking at how they made it through and the choice to listen to their advice. I learned a lot working in an elderly assisted-living home for two years. #1- old people can be mean. #2 – They can be needy. And most important, # 3- they really do care about the future generations, even if they have odd ways of showing it. At times it may seem like they are criticizing, but they have seen a lot so listen and learn! Through the years a lot has changed and will continue to change, but Jesus Christ will stay the same.

Imitate their faith. Go big, or Go Home.

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Day 12 Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. There is something that we need to point out before we go any farther. Satan is trying to destroy you with everything he has. Satan wants nothing more than to destroy your life. You need to stay strong and stand on your guard because when you begin to understand that God really does love you and he really wants to be an affectionate part of your life Satan will try and destroy that. Lets just go ahead and say it, Satan is a poo-poo head. If you have been reading this devotional, truly searching your heart and growing with Christ than Satan is going to do his best to put a stop to it. our end goal through all of this is at the end of it all you are standing, as it says in the last sentence of Ephesians 6:13 above. Although Satan is powerful and strong; God is stronger! You will never face any temptation that is too strong for you to handle.1 Corinthians 10:13. Although, you will be able to handle it doesn’t mean that temptation won’t be really hard. God will provide the way out, you must chose to walk away from it.

Status Update: Trying to stand. Go BIG!

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Day 13

Acts 7:54-60 At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, "oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God's side!" 57-58Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him out of town and pelted him with rocks. The ringleaders took off their coats and asked a young man named Saul to watch them. 59-60 As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, "Master Jesus, take my life." Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, "Master, don't blame them for this sin"—his last words. Then he died. 54-56

Stephen wasn't all that different from you.  He was young and on fire for God.  He did amazing things through the power of the Holy Spirit and, just like with Jesus, the powers that be were not happy about it.  They had him arrested and brought in for questioning. The doors burst open!  Armed soldiers drag Stephen in.  He's more than likely beaten and bruised, hungry and tired, but smiling and glowing with the anointing of God.  It is said that people couldn't take their eyes of him because he the face of an angel.  They question him and ask, "What do you have to say for yourself?"  He then proceeds to recite the history of the Jewish people, as much as anything to remind them of how far away from the Law they had come.  We he finished, they freaked!  They dragged him out of town and stoned him to death.  They last thing Stephen saw wasn't the faces of his killers, it was Heaven itself.  His last words were a prayer to God to forgive those who were taking his life. Stand tall and firm on Gods Word.  No matter what people say or do to show their disapproval of your actions, you have to be ready, willing, and able to back yourself up with scripture.  Be warned though, they may act just like the priest  did toward Stephen.  They might lash out and attack you.  They might yell and shout and try to intimidate you.  But, don't flinch.  No matter what happens, just like with Stephen,  God will be smiling down on you and will listen to your every plea.

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Day 14

I want to bring You all that is in my heart I want to bring You my everything But I've failed You so many times How can I stand here before You When I begin to steal what only belongs to You I am able to bring You nothing that isn't already Yours I am so ashamed of what I ever called my own Take what I have, take these broken remains What can I give You that You don't already deserve You laid down Your life when I refused to give mine

Status Update: God, take my broken remains and use them for Your Glory

These are lyrics from As I Lay Dying's "Behind Me Lays Another Fallen Soldier." These lyrics really spoke to me. Are you struggling in your walk with Christ? Is life getting in the way? We all mess up and we all fail. But the good news is that no matter how many times we fail, God’s love never fails! Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Do you believe that? Do you want to give Him your all and totally surrender all that you have? Make this your prayer today, “God take my broken remains and use them for Your glory. “

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Day 15 Fear, its controls us, moves us, makes us and binds us in so many different ways. Controls the places or people we talk to, moves us to places or away from places, makes us never approach certain people or places, binds us from ever knowing. We fear what people will think of us if they find out we are a Jesus Freak. That’s exactly what they will call ya, a FREAK! What if your fear didn’t control, move, make or bind you from sharing Jesus? Eminem has a song out called “I’m not afraid,” the song goes like this, I’m not afraid to take a stand Everybody come take my hand We’ll walk this road together, through the storm Whatever weather, cold or warm Just let you know that, you’re not alone Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road We understand that at times it can be very scary to take a stand and share your faith. But Eminem explains it dead on here, he’s never been afraid to take a stand and say what he feels he needs to say, that be bad or good. Check out the lyrics one more time above. Your not alone we’ve all been through this kind of fear but take someone’s hand travel the road together and stand up for what you believe in. Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” God is deeply and madly in love with you! He will take care of you through all things, and wants you to know that there is nothing to be afraid of. We get so afraid to talk about Jesus in front of people, but I am so glad Jesus wasn’t afraid to Go Big and die for you on the cross. Jesus chose death over his fear and took on the sins of the world so you may be made complete and not have to fear!

Status Update: I’m not afraid! Remember this is a chance for you to Go Big, most likely one of your friends will ask you what your not afraid of. This is your opportunity to say, “I’m not afraid to share my faith in Jesus with You!” Also remember that you are not the only one posting these things and your not alone. Let’s Go Big XYM!

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Day 16

As you did warn me carpenter, this world has weakened my heart, So easily i disparage, self-seeking the work of my art, And there you have come to me at the moment i bathe in my sorrow, So in love with myself, sought after avoiding tomorrow, Where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you? And offer to wash my feet as i offer to disobey you And where would i fit Jesus? What place is left for me? The price of atonement is more than i've found to offer up as my plea, Jesus my heart is all i have to give to you, so weak and so unworthy, This simply will not do, no alabaster jar, no diamond in the rough, For your body that was broken, how can this be enough? By me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed, Yet in your arms and in your heart forever i have stayed Your glory illuminates my life, and no darkness will descend, For you have loved me forever, and your love will never end. This is a portion of the song “Matthias Replaces Judas” by Showbread. Have you ever felt like you have done something(s) that is so bad that you cannot be forgiven? Do you feel like that now? Did God not forgive Moses for killing the Egyptian and call him to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land? Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.” Jesus died for YoU! There is nothing you can do to make him stop loving you! All you have to do is accept that Love!

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The things we do often times make us feel unlovable and make us hate ourselves. That’s why throughout this whole book we have been asking you to identify and list the Fab. 5. We need to let go of these things, and know that we are loved by God.

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Day 17

Imagine waking up in the dessert not knowing how you got there or why you are there. You are incredibly thirsty so you start wandering in hopes to find something, anything that will quench your thirst. You find a big bottle of Gatorade and drink it; yet strangely you are still thirsty. You continue your search and stumble upon a 2 liter of your favorite kind of pop. You drink it all in a single drink, and yet after drinking the Gatorade and the pop you are still thirsty. Just when you have given up all hope on quenching your thirst, you see a small glass of water. You drink it, and just when you thought nothing could satisfy your thirst, the small glass of water did the job. The scenario may seem to be far fetched, but all of us live it at some point in our lives. We are always searching for something here to make us happy, but can just never seem to find it. When answering the woman at the well Jesus said “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.� (John 4:13-14). Things of this world can never fill that void in our lives that can only be filled by Christ. Stop searching the world for happiness and seek Christ, I promise you will never be thirsty again.

Status Update: Quench your thirst, Go Big!

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Day 18

Hebrews 13:5-6 God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” The same Jesus who walked this earth many years ago and called people to be pure then, is calling you now. When choices are in front of you, remember they don’t just affect you; they affect everyone around you. Every decision can impact your walk with the Lord. God has given us much forgiveness and many promises to hold onto. He gave us a promise to never leave us or forsake us not matter what we are in the middle of. That’s a pretty awesome promise. “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Remember His promise and look to Him in the hard times. He will not forsake you.

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Day 19 LMS for Truth Is… Sometimes I really wish Jesus lived in our culture with facebook, twitter, instagram, email, and television. Jesus did some pretty mind blowing things in his day and his story spread throughout all the world without any kind of social media. Ashton Kutcher has 12 million twitter followers, I wonder how many Jesus would have. He would perform a miracle and it would go globally viral within minutes, and all the newsstands would want to do a story on him. John 14:6 Jesus says this, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” Jesus claims that he is the truth. So picture this Jesus has an fb page and post LMS for truth is… people like it and then he puts “Truth is… Me, haha.” Jesus is truth and truth is he loves you and all your friends. Here’s the issue, Jesus isn’t on facebook and most of your friends don’t understand that Jesus is truth and really loves them. Most teenagers today don’t believe that Jesus is truth or Love, that’s why so many teenagers are struggling with who they are, drugs, alcohol, giving up sex to whoever, self worth and this little thing called life. As we talked about on day 10 we need to show and tell our friends the truth and Love of Jesus. This doesn’t mean that you don’t struggle with some of these same things but by reading this little book you are taking the steps to understand the truth and love of Jesus and you can now help your friends understand this. We are gonna do something with our facebooks, everyone has either played, participated or seen it done. So, we are gonna do it as a community, put LMS for truth is or Like My Status for truth is and when people like it you are going to tell them a truth. You know what that truth is? Yep, you guessed it… Jesus is truth and he loves you! We know that this won’t be easy for most of you but if everyone does it then you are not alone and don’t be afraid as we talked about on day 14. So be brave and lets tell the world about Jesus!

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Status Update: LMS for truth is…


Day 20

Yesterday you maybe got a little scared because you participated in the LMS or because you were scared didn’t participate at all. Why do you and I get so scared when it comes to talking about Jesus? We live in the most free country in world, you can talk about whatever you want and there is really nothing anyone can say about it. Yet, there are people in other countries who are tortured or killed for talking about their faith. As I write this in my room I can do it and not have any fear of someone coming in and shooting me or beating me to death. Also as I write this I read a story of a 17-year-old Christian who lives in Somalia who was beheaded (had his head cut off) by some extremist. The reason he was beheaded was for his faith, his parents informed the authorities that he was believing in God and reading his Bible. His own parents had him killed because of his faith and he still stood strong and didn’t deny Christ even in the worst of circumstances. Imagine your Mom or Dad turned you into the police and had you beheaded because you came to XYM or was reading this devotional. We don’t have these fears yet we get so afraid of sharing the most important story ever told. We fear telling the story of salvation because someone might think we are crazy, uncool, lame, a loserface or just stupid. It is time to be a voice, be a voice for the people who couldn’t have one and was murdered for their faith making them a martyr. Be a voice and tell someone about Jesus and the Love he offers and the mercy he provides.

Status Update: I’m speaking up about Christ! Go Big Visit persecution.com to read about more people who have laid down their lives for Christ.

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Day 21

I Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity. I was in a ministry with other young people shortly after high-school. This was our motto and it means two things to me. First, not letting someone look down on you doesn’t mean getting in their face, playing the tough guy, or ignoring them. As young people, God is calling us to set an example through the way we live. Not just to our peers, but to other believers as well. Secondly, God wants to use you. Let me say that again. God wants to use you! He places big dreams in our hearts, ones that can only be accomplished through Him. Never underestimate what you can accomplish for God with God. I’ve seen mighty works accomplished by young people who refused to be discouraged by those who said their dreams were crazy. Trust God, follow his calling. Go big, or go home!

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Trust God, follow his calling. Go big, or go home!


Day 22

God Knows…. Please Read John 4:4-26 Envision the scene form the passage you just read. Jesus at the well, sees a woman standing there; see Jesus quietly yet firmly telling the lady that he knows all her secrets; and then see Jesus telling her that she is forgiven and he loves her! Now, picture yourself standing at the well with Jesus. Picture him naming, out loud, your deepest, darkest secrets and all in the same sentence screaming at the top of his lungs that he is madly and deeply in love with you. Even though he can see your every sin, you are hanging on his every word. What are your secrets? What are you trying to hide? What’s the Fab 5? What does it feel like in this very moment to listen to the voice of Jesus say, “I LoVE YoU!” Jesus is saying I know all your secrets and I still love you, don’t worry about it and throw away the secrets and the Fab 5 because I love you and forgive you. Forgive yourself for the things you have done and come drink form my never ending well of mercy and Grace. Write the Fab 5 and realize that God already knows these secrets, but maybe you need to acknowledge them.

Status Update: This one is up to you, what is going on in your heart?

1. __________ ____________ _______ 2. __________ ____________ _______ 3. __________ ____________ _______ 4. __________ ____________ _______ 5. __________ ____________ _______

Please turn the page for final instructions about the Fab 5.

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Fab 5 1. _____________________________ 2. _____________________________ 3. _____________________________ 4. _____________________________ 5. _____________________________

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