MhAX Blog with Nick Costello
Evangelist, youth communicator, school assembly speaker, seminar and conference speaker Nick Costello tackles issues facing youth and young adults.
Nick Costello has experienced the glamorous rock star life millions of teens only dream about. Success didn't fulfill his search for inner peace, security and purpose in life. His bad attitude and fast lane lifestyle of sex, drugs, rock and roll nearly destroyed him. One night, Nick surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. God miraculously redeemed and transformed his life.
Today, he ministers as an evangelist, youth communicator, school assembly speaker, seminar and conference speaker. He's calling christians of all ages to an uncompromising walk of obedience to Christ. In public schools, he's equipping kids to make healthy, right life choices. Respected leaders say he's a "dynamic, relevant, passionate, challenging, inspiring communicator!
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- Published on Thursday, 20 January 2011 12:19
- Written by Nick Costello
To develop a deep relationship with Jesus you must learn how to get to know Him better. Following Jesus makes you a disciple. A disciple spends time learning about Jesus and from Him, as a result, willingly follows Him. A disciple teaches others, passes on what he or she learns from and about Jesus. Study the Gospel of John chapters 2:11, 6:65-69, 8:31-32, 13:34-35, 14:15, 15:1-8, 17:20-21, 20:19-22, 21:15-19 and learn the characteristics of a disciple.
If you follow Jesus down the road of discipleship, He WILL make a mature disciple of you!
To mature as a disciple, you need to demonstrate simple faith and total trust in Jesus. You must be willing to become a 100 percent-sold-out disciple, letting Christ fully live in and through you. Do not fear what anyone else thinks because you choose to live as a follower of Jesus. He is with you. You will bring honor and glory to Him. If you choose to follow Jesus it will cost you things like:
Your selfish pleasures
Ownership of your life
Your goals and plans
Your reputation and status in life
In exchange, Jesus gives you a life full of His benefits that you can't find anywhere else. His life will blossom in and through you. You will impact the world around you for Him. You will be His light in a dark place. You will make a difference because you ARE different.
Christ living His life in and through you makes you a disciple.
Ask God to continue to give you the desire to be His 100 percent-sold-out-follower. Ask Him to put to death in you, anything that keeps you from following Jesus. Ask Him to make you like Christ. Ask God to use you to help others become a disciple. Be patient. Persevere. Trust Him. if you mess up, get up, look up to Him and keep going.
- Published on Monday, 20 December 2010 15:54
- Written by NIck Costello
Do you have any real close friends? I mean, someone you can tell anything to, someone who loves you no matter what, who isn't judgmental or critical of you, sticks by you in the good, bad and ugly times? Even one? If you can't name one and you are born again, you have one true friend.
Do you have a relationship with God? Is it a close, intimate one? It should be. That’s what He desires with you. God doesn't want to be some distant friend you rarely hang out with. He wants to be your very best friend, the kind of friend you want to cling to and always want in your life. However... you can't have a close relationship with God unless you spend time with Him talking with Him. Notice I said with Him not to Him. That's real communication.
Relationships develop through communication
To know him, to become His friend, for Him to become your close friend, it means you must communicate with each other. How can you develop that communication with God? I have learned a few simple things that work for me.
God reveals Himself through the Word of God, God's Book ... The Bible. Really, The Bible is all about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The more you read your Bible, the more you will know and understand God.
You must spend time in God's Book.
I have found when I ask God a question, if I wait a bit, He will answer me. How? Most often He brings to remembrance a scripture I read in His Word that was hidden in my heart. Other times, I hear this real small voice speaking to me, I get a strong impression to do or don't do something or God simply answers one of my prayer requests.
Early in the day is best.
Because I spend time with God at the beginning of my day, my mind is fresh and not yet consumed with everything I have to do. That's the best time to be with God. If that doesn't work for you, just make sure you spend time with God every day.
Have a definite place to be alone with God.
Whatever place you choose, whenever you pass that place, it will remind you that both physical and spiritual refreshment wait for you there because that's the place you are all alone with God. While you are alone, you have quiet time to also listen for His voice. Be patient. god is always speaking. We simply don't always listen or hear Him.
Anticipate meeting the One who loves you in a personal, intimate way.
It's your special time to be alone with God. He knows all about you. He doesn't care what you've done. You may have messed up some things. God knows and He still loves you. The reason you can come to Him when after you may have messed up and sinned is because of the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for you. "So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. there we will receive mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it." (Heb. 4:16 NLT)
Because of Jesus IN you... you can come before God, admit you messed up and sinned, find mercy, grace and forgiveness. God won't turn you away. Be open and honest with Him. He knows you anyway.
Speak, even sing out loud.
Hearing your own voice will help you keep your thoughts centered on Him. Praise Him. Thank Him. Tell Him how awesome He is. Thank Him in advance for answering your prayer. But... sometimes, God's answer may be NO, because He knows what's best for you. It's okay to be upset, too. Read the prayers of David in the Psalms. He got pretty emotional at times. I sing melodies to God I make up, praising Him, telling Him I love Him, need Him, thanking Him and more. It's just me and God together. Whatever you do, don't worry about making it complicated. Keep it simple.
Use a devotional prayer book to help you.
It's okay to pray prayers others have prayed. When I do, I simply say, "Lord... I pray this prayer for myself to you." Devotional prayer books also help you to learn to pray, suggest way to pray, what to pray for. You can also pray God's Word back to Him. "Lord, may this Word be true for me" and then pray the Bible verses. I love using devotional by Andrew Murray, a great man of God now in heaven.
What I have suggested is very simple and certainly not an in-depth study on prayer or talking with God. Grab a few books on prayer. Read them. You can learn how to pray, talk to God, hear His voice, sense His presence, deepen your faith, have prayers answered and grow in your intimate love relationship with God when... you spend regular, daily time alone with Him! He is always excited to meet with you!
- Published on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:37
- Written by Nick Costello
You jump in a car and go cruising with some friends on a Saturday night. They have some drugs and alcohol with them. You want to be accepted by them but don't want to party. You're tempted. What would you do and why? Read Matthew 4 and you'll discover Jesus was tempted, too. The devil tempted Him three times. What was His response?
"The SCRIPTURES say."
Jesus used scripture He had memorized and stored up in His heart as His weapon against the devil and temptation. It reminded Him about how His Father God wanted Him to live. David asked, "How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules." (Psalm 119:9) God's Word can help you in any situation. Unless you tie scripture to your eyeballs or forehead to always have it in your face, the best way to have scripture ready is to keep it in your heart. Memorize it to your heart hard drive!
God's Word is ALIVE!
Look up Hebrews 4:12. It tells you God's Word is living and active. It can change your heart and life. God's Word has power, but you have to tap into it and use it!
God's Word is AUTHORITATIVE!
Read John 7:16-17. The Bible has authority because it comes from God who is King of the Universe.
God's Word is TRUE!
Why? Read John 8:40 and find out. God cannot lie. His Word is true. Jesus called Himself... 'THE TRUTH." You can trust it! If you want to know some benefits of God's Word read: Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:1-2, Psalm 119:97-105, John 14:21, 15:3, 15:14, Romans 10:17 and 1 Peter 2:2.
You can experience the benefits of God's Word!
Take these five steps. HEAR. Listen carefully to reliable preachers and Bible teachers. READ. Read the Bible consistently. Underline key passages and ones that speak to your heart or situation. STUDY. Dig into God's Word. Ask these questions. What does it say? What does it mean? How does it apply to me? What am I going to do in response? MEMORIZE. Get it into your heart hard drive. MEDITATE. Think about it. Personalize it.
Apply it to your life!
Make it real in your life. Live it out. Chew on it in your heart and mind. Choose to obey it no matter what. You'll need help. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, give you grace and strength to follow God's Word. Don't just learn it. DO what it says. Without God's Word, you'll be powerless against the Devil's army who will assault you to influence you away from God. You'll have no Gospel bullets in your gun and only shoot blanks. he'll laugh at that! But He can't stand against God's Word or make anyone sin who uses God's Word against Him. Get in God's Word and get God's Word into you!