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justin-bieber-one-love-manchester-10-1496628248Justin Bieber is prime example of how sometimes the path can get rocky but Christ always guides anyone back to where they need to be.   Bieber was a teenage heartthrob who was rocketing through the pop music industry.  He had millions of fans and stole the hearts of so many.  It was heartbreaking to watch him helplessly lose his way and start getting into some serious trouble.

Bieber has always been relatively public about his faith. He was raised in a Christian home and always claimed to be a firm believer in Christ.  He seemed to have lost sight of that when first entering into the world of fame and fortune. He began to get into trouble receiving several charges such as assault, vandalism, and dangerous driving.  His relationship with God was what he felt had suffered the most.  His relationship with Christ quickly began to wear away as he grew closer to money, partying and girls.

He felt that he had hit an all time low in his life.  He felt that he had altered relationships with the people that meant most to him during. The pop star felt it was time to get back in touch with what really mattered.  In 2014 Bieber was rebaptized in an extremely original way.

Justin Bieber befriended Carl Lentz during this difficult time period in his life and opened up about his life. Carl Lentz is one of 12 global pastors that represent Hillsong Church.  Lentz is based in New York where he works beside his wife attempting to deliver the gospel in a way that resonates with this generation.   At that time, Bieber was living with Lentz and it was one particular night that the star looked at the pastor and emotionally told Lentz that he wanted to know Jesus again and asked to be baptized then and there.

From there began the search for the place that Bieber would reclaim his relationship with Christ.  Lentz was looking for a place that was secluded and completely away from paparazzi. The pair had gone through at least four different locations before finding one that fit their needs. Lentz then decided that he would call up one of his friends, NBA star Tyson Chandler.  The original idea was to ask Chandler to use his apartment pool but the pool was closed being that it was almost 3 a.m.  Then Chandler threw out the idea of using his bathtub.  Being that NBA player was around 7-foot tall, he had a customized bathtub and Bieber and Lentz found it plenty big enough to follow through with the baptism. After the process, Lentz claimed in an interview,” It was probably one of the most special things I’ve been a part of.” Ever since then, Justin Bieber has made a conscious effort to share his walk of faith with the world.

Lentz still remains present in the stars life acting as a mentor.  Bieber has made other friends throughout his journey with Christ.  He is friends with pastor Judah Smith, who is the lead pastor of Seattle’s The City Church.  Smith sends Bieber bible verses every day.  Although it still took some work for Bieber to get himself fully back on a positive path, it seems that he is getting better every time he is brought into the public eye. He has taken to his social media to document all of the good in his life and his renewed, devout beliefs.

Justin Bieber has gone on his Instagram account recently to document some of his adventures and share some valuable messages.  One recent post showed a video of him lip-syncing to a Hillsong worship song called “Not Today.” The caption to the video read,” Let the devil know NOT TODAY! The devil has no power when you know the LIVING God! His name is Jesus!! Why worry when you can worship.” The video was said to have been taken while he was visiting his now long time friend Carl Lentz, in Sydney, Australia.

Another Instagram post he put up showed how dedicated he is to his walk of faith. While visiting New Zealand he took a “leap of faith” by literally jumping off a cliff.  He did so at the famous Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox Nature Reserve.  He captioned the video as “air baptism.” Although Instagram is his biggest forum for spreading his message it’s not his only way.  The pop star is spreading the word about Christ in a more personal setting, at his concerts.  He has started performing worship songs during his concerts.  In one concert he told his fans, “Mark my words, Jesus loves you!”

Bieber shows the world that sometimes people can lose sight of what is important.  He also has shown the world that sometimes people get off track but that anyone can redirect and rededicate.  Most importantly, he’s shown the world that Christ will forgive and show guidance if that person is a true “belieber.”

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