I am certain that video games would not be as popular as they are today if they didn’t present a challenge to players. It is the heart-pounding, nail-biting, controller chucking moments that often become the most memorable in the minds of gamers. The Water Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is not known for being easy; it is remembered for causing more sleepless nights and bouts of anxiety than any other dungeon in the franchise. Some of these challenges have proven to be more than what most gamers can handle, so they look at outside sources for help. During the peak of my gaming days, that source was the legendary monthly publication of Nintendo Power Magazine.

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This magazine was a mainstay in any young boy’s room during the 80s and the 90s.

If you are an 80s and 90s kid, then you have at least read one issue of Nintendo Power. The magazine ran from 1988 to 2012 for 285 issues and presented players with the best and most current Nintendo information at the time. If it was a title on a Nintendo system that people were playing, the writers over at Nintendo Power always had some advice to give. My personal favorite area of the magazine was a place called Classified Information. Readers who found tricks and cheats for their favorite games could write into the magazine and share their finds with the creators. If the cheat was worthy enough, it would be featured on an issue of Nintendo Power, with credit being given to the one who found it. I submitted a few when I was younger, but I came to find that there is a difference between a glitch and a cheat code. My bad…

It was in this section that I discovered how to traverse some of the most difficult content ever made in games. I first learned of the Konami code (which this devotional is named after) from the Classified Information section of an early issue of Nintendo Power. I also discovered some great ways to beat my friends and Mario Kart and other games. If speed running was a thing back in those days, then Nintendo Power would be the “go-to” destination to find the best ways around difficult situations.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls; the archaeological find that confirmed the veracity of the Holy Scriptures

Books and magazines are great sources of knowledge and wisdom that others wish to share with the world. The written word has opened the minds of countless people for centuries and continues to do so today. Whether it is the works of ancient and classical philosophers such as Plato and Descartes, or the modern-day stories of Rowling and Martin, books capture the culture while enlightening the soul. Each book or magazine has its own value depending on the reader and the information that it is giving. However, there is one book that holds a universal value to everyone who has and has not read it.

Out of all the volumes and publications that were written over the last few thousand years, none has even come close to garnering the respect and influence of the world quite like the Holy Bible. This book is God’s love letter sent down to us and holds the keys to the unraveling the mysteries of not only the soul, but also the spirit as well. It is unlike any other book because it actually grows with the reader by presenting him or her with new insights depending on where they are in their lives. The Bible itself says it better:

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13

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So much information…but none of it has eternal value.

If life is a journey, much like a convoluted and nuanced video game, then how much more do we need some “classified information” to help us through? God spoke everything into existence when He created the heavens and the Earth, and that includes your eventual life. With his foreknowledge and power, God took an incalculable amount of events and weaved together an incalculable amount of outcomes in order to bring about His good and perfect will! The Bible says that all of this was “spoken” by God, and His words are laid out for us to read and apply to our lives. The bible contains advice, laws, encouragements, and prophecies, all of which are beneficial for the teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).  It is our job to take that information and apply it to our lives.

If we are able to crack open a magazine or open up a browser window to discover ways to beat a game, surely we can open a Bible to discover how to live life! Though the Bible is a large book, do not be daunted by the task of reading it. The internet is full of amazing resources for you to use, including such sights as Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible. Go to your pastor and express your interest in following the guiding words of the Scriptures; I am sure that he has some great resources for you to use. Dive into the book that holds all the secrets; you will be glad that you did.

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