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Taking Out the Trash!

Happy New Year, Superkid!

 

This past year went by so fast! I always say that, but this one in particular just seemed to fly by. You may feel the same, but I hope you can look back and say that 2017 was packed with good things from the Lord.

 

Looking back on a year can be like sitting around the Christmas tree AFTER all the gifts have been unwrapped. Sure, there is a lot of paper and trash lying around, but that’s easy to pick up and get rid of. What’s really important are the wonderful things that your loved ones gave you—the things that were a mystery only hours before. Sitting there, you may think, How will I use that thingamajig? or Where will I put my whatsit? That’s part of the Christmas day fun—the planning and excitement for your future with your new gifts.

 

Superkid, I want to use this illustration to remind you of a few BIG truths at the beginning of this brand-new year. This month, we should deal with the garbage or negative things scattered throughout last year. If you don’t deal with the trash, it just messes up the whole picture and makes it difficult to focus on the gifts! So, let’s think about 2017. Did you have some hard or hurtful things happen; disappointments or even unrepented sin in your life? How can we get rid of those things?

 

Let’s deal with sin first. That’s easy! In fact, Jesus has already taken care of it! Romans 8:3, New Living Translation, says, “God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.” All we have to do is to confess our sin and repent.

 

First John 1:7 tells us that the blood of Jesus, the Son of God, cleanses us from ALL sin. Verses 8-9, NLT, say, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” We all need a clean slate, not just every year but EVERY DAY! Pray with me now:

 

Father, I confess my sins to You. If I’ve sinned and didn’t realize it, please show me. I repent of all sin and I thank You for sending Jesus to take the punishment for me. I know You are faithful to forgive me. I am CLEAN, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

 

Now, Superkid, let’s deal with the hurts, hard circumstances and disappointments. The Word says Jesus will NEVER abandon or leave us. So, even if you are still in a hard time, you can trust Him to work things out! Have faith and confidence in His Word. Here are some scriptures that will help:

Jesus says in John 14:18, NLT, “No, I will not abandon you as orphans.”

 

Hebrews 13:5-6, NLT, says: “God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’”

 

He’s already won our fight!

“I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.” (1 John 2:14, NLT)

 

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, New King James Version)

 

We can trust Him to work things out for us.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)

 

He is on our side.

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us…. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-35, 37, 39, NLT)

 

Now, knowing that nothing that happened last year can stop you from all you are called to do and destined to be, Superkid, you can enjoy the good gifts that Jesus unwrapped in you throughout 2017. Next month, we’ll dive into the fun stuff!

 

Until then, take some time and open your heart to the Lord. Ask Him to show you things you need to know. I’ll leave you with a thought for next month from Hebrews 13:20-21: “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

That’s YOU, Superkid! YOU are a gift to Him and from Him!

 

Kellie Copeland

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The Best Gift Ever!

Merry Christmas, Superkids!

 

YAY! It’s Christmas! Are you excited to see what’s in the packages under the tree? Or, maybe they’re hidden in your parents’ closet. But don’t go looking! Parents don’t like that! They like to keep some gifts top-secret until the last minute. In fact, I like to keep my family guessing about what the gifts might be. It’s fun to wrap something small in a HUGE box, just to throw them off! It would really be awesome if you could wrap something HUGE in a tiny box! I wish I could manage that! Coolest mom ever! Sound impossible? Maybe for normal parents, but there is one Parent who thought that was a great idea! Who do you think I mean?

 

You got it! Our Father God! Truly the best and COOLEST—EVER! Definitely the best Christmas gift hider—AND giver!

 

Our Father planned to give Jesus to the world (to you and me) before the world was ever created.

Ephesians 1:3-4 (The Message), says, “How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”

 

God was going to send Jesus to the earth! Imagine, the ultimate Gift, God Himself coming to earth! But how would He do it? God can’t just show up on earth, can He? As people began to hear that God was coming, they imagined a King, riding on a white horse, coming to save the world and remove the enemy by force—a warrior King with battalions of angels behind Him who would wipe out the devil and all his followers. Sounds like a plan! But not God’s plan. He gave people clues about His plan through the prophets, but for thousands of years only a few understood what He was planning.

 

Isaiah 7:14 (New Living Translation), says: “All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Wow! People probably thought that was impossible. God is so massive, so never ending! They were not expecting Him in the form of a child. ALL of God, in an itty-bitty baby? Only God could think of such a surprise packaging of Himself.

 

Have you ever wondered WHY He had to come as a baby? It was because of you and me. The Father wanted us to know, beyond any doubt, that just like this little baby named Jesus contains ALL of God, you and I can contain all of God. To be able to save you and me, Jesus had to come to earth just like you and me. It sounds so simple, but it’s true. There is nothing you face that He didn’t face too: no sickness, hurt, pain or struggle. There was no joy, love, laughter or grace that He walked in that we cannot have, because Jesus won the fight against the devil and He did it for us. Talk about Merry Christmas! The biggest gift ever wrapped in the smallest possible package.

 

I think the Christmas story in Luke 2 is like the most beautiful wrapping paper. And I think 1 John 4:9-10 is God’s gift tag with His message to us: “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (NLT).

 

In fact, you could say that all of God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, is like wrapping paper. As you tear into it you begin to see what is in this package, sent straight from heaven with your name on it. Jesus. There He is. Best gift ever.

 

I just have one question, Superkid: Are you going to open this package? It’s so easy. John 3:16 (NLT), says, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” And Romans 10:9-10 (NLT), says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”

 

Give Jesus the gift of YOU this Christmas and pray this with me:

 

“Father, I thank You for sending Your Son to earth to pay the price for me. Thank You for loving me as much as You love HIM! I accept Your gift! Jesus, come into my heart. I believe that God raised You from the dead, and I believe You now make me a child of God. Today, I make You the Lord of my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

 

Now, talk about a Christmas party! Just like heaven rejoiced the day Jesus was born into the earth in Luke 2, the Bible says that when YOU prayed that prayer, all of heaven rejoiced! YOU have been born into the family of God today, Superkid! That makes YOU my best Christmas gift! ♥

Kellie Copeland

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Your Happy Life

Superkid, as your commander, I’d like to show you how to have a happy life, regardless of your situation. People sometimes forget that happiness doesn’t depend on circumstances. They can be in a tough situation and still be happy. Or things can be going great, yet they are sad.

 

So, think about this question, Superkid: When things aren’t going your way, how can you stay happy?

 

Let’s talk about attitude, and the choices that lead to a HAPPY life. This HAPPY-ATTITUDE way of life makes it easy for the JOY of the Lord to flourish and grow. The key to happiness is: DON’T FOCUS ON YOU! That job belongs to Jesus! He is completely focused on you. You can trust Him to be with you in tough times, and to bring you through better off than you started! When you believe that, and choose this way of life, you can take your eyes off yourself and see things in the right order of importance.

 

None of us see ourselves as selfish, but we can easily miss the signs of self-centeredness. I believe there is a difference between these two self-focused attitudes: Selfish people are LOOKING for ways to put themselves first, while self-centered people are NOT LOOKING for ways to put others first.

 

Let that sink in so you understand the difference. Read it as many times as you need to before moving on. If you are reading this as a family, talk about the difference between selfish and self-centered before you continue.

 

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I know Jesus has made a difference in your life, and you’re not selfish anymore. (Anyone can be selfish at times and needs to repent, but I’m talking about a selfish LIFESTYLE.)

 

If, however, we examine ourselves for self-centeredness…OUCH! It’s often there, and it will absolutely drain the HAPPY right out of us! Remember this, Superkid: If everything in your life has to be perfect for you to be HAPPY, YOU NEVER WILL BE HAPPY!

 

Some might think that life with Jesus means things will never go wrong. That isn’t true. Even discipline when it comes may feel wrong, but it’s not! We will surely have challenges and stress, but we can remain happy or at least be at peace. When you can stay happy in everyday situations, joy will flow out of your spirit in the super-tough times.

 

Signs of Self-Centeredness

Here are a few signs that you may have some self on your mind. Do you complain a lot? Do you need to be first in line or first to play a game? Do you get upset when things don’t go your way? When your mind is on you, it’s easy to notice when things aren’t perfect. One thing I have learned about perfection is this: IT’S NOT REQUIRED! Your perfection is in Jesus. He makes your imperfection turn out great. When you let Him be in charge, you’ll look back on your life (or week) and think how awesome it was.

 

Signs of Jesus-Centeredness

This way might seem hard, but it is the easiest. When you focus on Jesus, you naturally put others first. He never thought of Himself first, and since He is living inside you, all you have to do is let Him show! Remember, you can love others because He first loved you, so be patient with others when they are annoying, and forgive them when they are mean. When you live like this, it’s easy to not be self-centered. You can be a blessing to others. You can take last place and enjoy it! Then Jesus will make sure YOU are blessed and get to go first. The best thing about this way of life is that you’ll stop noticing things to complain about, because you are no longer focused on you.

 

What It Isn’t

One last thing, Superkid. When I say, “focused on you,” I don’t mean to not take care of yourself. We all need to rest, play, recharge in our time with the Lord, and have healthy relationships with other people.

 

Putting others first does NOT mean you let others be mean to you or walk all over you. You put hurtful people first by praying for and loving them FROM A DISTANCE. The Lord does not require you to allow others to mistreat you. Let Jesus work on their hearts while you stay in peace with them. Remember, Superkid, you can do this BECAUSE you trust Jesus to focus on you. And since you are not focused on yourself, YOU can be free of offense and hurt feelings. He is the One who can help them, because HE is your Savior AND theirs. Aren’t you HAPPY that’s not YOUR job?

 

Your job is to follow Jesus. Now that’s a HAPPY life! ♥

 

Kellie Copeland

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FIRST Grade

Back to school? No. Homework assignment? Maybe. What are we talking about, Commander Kellie? Keep reading, Superkid.

 

Let’s talk about firsts. Dictionary.com defines FIRST:

 

  • Before all others or anything else in time, order or rank
  • Before some other thing, event
  • The first part; first member of a series
  • In baseball, first base

 

Superkid, I want you to grade yourself on how YOU are doing with your FIRSTS. Let’s look at the list above, one at a time. I’ll ask the questions and you answer. Be honest with yourself and with the Lord! Not only does He know EXACTLY what’s going on in your heart, He can help YOU see it, if you ask Him. So, if you don’t know, ask the TEACHER!

 

Where have I positioned God in my life; first, before all others?

In Matthew 19:20-21 (The Passion Translation) a rich young man came to Jesus asking what he must do to have eternal life. He told Jesus, “I always keep God’s rules” but Jesus gave him an instruction that showed the man’s true heart and priorities. Jesus said, “Go and sell what you have and give it to the poor. Then you’ll have your treasure in heaven.” He thought Jesus didn’t want him to be rich, but Jesus was just answering his question. If he wanted eternal life, he needed to refocus his love on the Father, to treasure the things of God instead of money and possessions. But he loved money so much he went away angry, not realizing Jesus had offered him the best! “Come follow Me,” Jesus said. The rich young leader should have said, “Really, Jesus? That’s awesome, thank You!” Matthew 6:33 puts it perfectly: “But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you” (TPT).

 

Jesus told the disciples that those who put Him first will be repaid a hundred times over AND have eternal life. If you put yourself first, you’ll end up last. Those who put Jesus first and leave themselves last, will end up FIRST! In Acts 5:29, Peter and the other apostles were arrested and told to stop speaking about Jesus but they replied, “We must listen and obey God more than pleasing religious leaders” (TPT). The rich young ruler missed it, but not Peter! He gets an A+! So, how about it, Superkid? Are you putting God first?

 

Is Jesus the first One you think about before you get up?

Psalm 119:147 (New Living Translation) says, “I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.”

 

When I wake up, I talk to Jesus out loud. He wants to be your first thought every day. Why? Because He loves you! He already has your day planned out. When you set your love and attention on Him first, it’s easier to trust and listen to Him all day! That would have helped the rich young ruler. He was thinking about living forever when he could have been REALLY living by following Jesus! Not to keep picking on this guy, but he really missed it! When you make Jesus your first thought every day, you won’t miss it! He will make you the best at what He’s called you to be. We can all do better at this, Superkid. I challenge you to put Jesus first in your day. If you already do, go deeper! I’m going to do the same!

 

How do you handle FIRSTS?

The first time you go off the high dive, the first day of school, the first time you speak in front of people, the first time the Lord prompts you to tell someone about Jesus. This is important. Your answer lets you know where your trust level is with God. The Lord is always leading us into new and exciting adventures. When you do what He tells you to do, there is always something great ahead. You may feel fear when these firsts come up (OK, the high dive fear was a real thing for me when I was a kid.) and you may want to back away from it, but stop! Take authority over fear, Superkid. Second Timothy 1:7 (TPT) gives us an important truth to stand on: “For God will never give you the spirit of cowardly fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and sound judgment!”

 

Say this, “Firsts don’t bother me! I am filled with Jesus, not fear!”

 

Focusing on God in us FIRST will keep us from fearing people, situations and the things that lie ahead. It all comes down to His love. We can put Him first because He put us FIRST! We love Him because He loved us FIRST!

 

So how did you do? The most amazing thing about these firsts is that you get seconds—second tries! As you begin to put Him first, you can even ask Him to remind you and He will. He will help and correct you until you can say, “I’ve passed first grade!” And the Father ALWAYS gives an A+. He looks at you and He sees Jesus. Whew! Great job, Superkid. You passed!

 

Wait! What about baseball and what does that have to do with this anyway?

 

Stay Tuned…

 

Commander Kellie

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Who Do You Look Like?

 

Funny thing, Superkids. A few months ago I showed you a picture of me digging for diamonds. Guess what everyone thought; they thought it was my 6-year-old daughter, Emily! How can I look like a 6-year-old? What’s funny is that people usually think kids look like their parents, not the other way around. Have you ever been told you look like your mom or dad, brother or sister? My kids do all look like me and I look like my parents. How does that happen? You have your parents’ DNA, which is the material that transfers their genetic characteristics to you (dictionary.com).

 

Superkids, Jesus gave us HIS DNA! When you asked Jesus into your heart you became a new person on the inside! Things like fear, anxiety, rage, pain, sorrow, disobedience, hate—those don’t belong to you. You’ve been freed from the control of those things—made new and reborn as His children, the Bible says. In 2 Corinthians 6:16, 18, New Living Translation, it says that we are the temple of the living God. He said, “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” In John 14:23 Jesus says, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”

 

That’s some BIG NEWS, Superkids! We have a heavenly Father who makes His home in us! Galatians 3 tells us that by believing this we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit! We are God’s children, and He lives in us. Wow, that makes us EXTRAORDINARY, but the most amazing thing of all is that when we contain God’s DNA, we begin to look like Him! Superkids, the Bible calls it FRUIT or evidence. Look at Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

 

Those are the traits of God and as His children they are in us. All we have to do is what verse 16 says, and let the Holy Spirit guide our lives. I talked to you recently about looking for treasure and about having a treasure buddy. But Superkids, I want you to realize that the big treasure in you is Jesus. The more you LOOK to Him and LISTEN to Him, the more He begins to be SEEN and HEARD. Of course you know what happens next, YOU begin to LOOK like HIM! That was God’s plan all along—for you and me, His kids, to look and act just like our Father. Jesus lived that way. He said in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”

 

There are many places in the Bible where it talks about you and me being made into His image. Second Corinthians 3:18 says that “the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

 

Ephesians 4:22, 24 (The Passion Translation) tells us to let go of the old way of living, “and you will be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him!”

 

Keep looking at Jesus, Superkids, and it’s like looking into a mirror—pretty soon you start seeing Him more and more. Philippians 3:20-21 (TPT) says, “But our passions are set on the heavenly realm as we cling tightly to our Life-Giver, the Lord Jesus Christ. The transformation of his body took place at his resurrection so that our bodies would also share in the same power, transfiguring us into the identical likeness of his glorified body. And by his matchless power, he continually subdues all that is within us to himself.”

 

Superkids, stick with Jesus. Keep looking at Him. It’s not hard or a struggle when you realize He’s the One doing the work inside you. You are a child of God and you look just like your big brother, Jesus. How easy is that? It’s a done deal! ♥

 

Until next time,

Commander Kellie

 

Superkids, Jesus gave us HIS DNA!

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