Remembering

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~Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

It is good to remember our blessings and to thank God for all that He has given to us. He has blessed us with so much, hasn’t He, teen girl? But I believe that the blessing that leads all blessings for me is in Christ’s holiness! Without Christ’s perfect holiness, we would not be able to enjoy salvation. It is this perfection that made Him the only one qualified to die for our sins because He lived a sinless and perfect life. He was our spotless Lamb!

Thank You, Lord, for dying for us! Without You, we would be lost and on our way to Hell. Praise Your Holy Name!!!

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Friendships

completely-readyLuke 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

How did you find your best friend?  Did you meet at school or at summer camp, maybe?  Usually friendships strike up due to something you have in common – a love of music, a love for horseback riding, etc.  But this common ground can be good or it can bad.

At one point, Pilate and Herod’s relationship was not good.  The verse above says they were at enmity, which means that they actually hated each other.  However, a common ground united them and that common ground was Jesus.  They came together and mocked Christ which formed a friendship.

What a horrible reason to become friends, one would say.  However, today’s bullies do it all the time.  One can’t go to a public school without seeing a group of students ganging up on a weaker or meek student.

Pick your friends carefully, teen girl.  Making friends on evil grounds does not honor God.  But making friends on holy ground will produce the kind of friend who will draw you closer to the Lord, not further away from Him.

Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Trust

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~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

There are days when I feel like I just can’t go on. No matter what I do or how I handle a situation, there are road blocks and closed doors. I’m thankful that I can run to my Father and seek His help and guidance. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will help me. He may not solve my problem but He gives me strength to go through my trial. He also gives me sweet peace in the midst of turmoil.  Are you experiencing one of those days, Christian teen girl?  There’s nothing sweeter than God’s word to encourage the heart.  Dig in there and get encouraged! :)

Thank You, Lord!!!

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Don’t be afraid!

~Matthew 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

Have you been touched by Christ? Don’t just automatically answer “yes” to my question, teen girl. Reach deep down in your heart of hearts and answer truthfully … just between you and God.

Anyone you talk to who has ever received an absolutely wonderful gift can tell you who gave it to them, when the gift was given, and exactly how they felt when they opened it. Correct? The same is true with the gift of salvation. One knows when they receive this gift and when they received it. Everyone goes through the salvation experience differently, but everyone knows the gift they have been given.

The Father loved us so much that He gave us a Gift through His Son, Jesus Christ. The beautiful gift of salvation began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned. The gift arrived when Christ was born. The gift was fulfilled when He arose from the dead. And, finally, the Gift awaits us when we reach Heaven. Our faith will be made sight and we will be with Him for all eternity.

So, teen girl, have you been touched by Jesus? If you have, then arise and be not afraid! We do not know what our future on earth holds – whether our country will survive the birth pangs of the end times – whether the Rapture will happen today or in 20 years. But one thing we know for certain – Christ touched us and we need not be afraid!

Stand out amongst the lost and rejoice! Give Christ the sacrifice of a thankful heart. Let everyone you know hear you rejoice in the God of your salvation! Praise be to God in the highest!!!!

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A Salmon Comparison

~John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

~Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

~Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

~2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

The Christian life was not promised to be a bed of roses or a cake walk. Quite the contrary, actually! We are warned that as believers we will most certainly go through trials and tribulations in life. But Christ does not leave us abandoned with no hope and no help, amen?!   He gives us Scriptures to encourage ourselves so we do not fall into despair.

I love how He uses nature itself to speak to us, don’t you teen girl? I heard a message where the Pastor was using salmon as an example. In summary, he stated that it takes no effort for a dead salmon to float downstream. However, it takes great effort for a salmon to swim upstream. It’s a constant battle. The Pastor compared going downstream as going the way of the world. This takes no effort at all. But for the believer who wants to walk with Christ, it takes great effort. Our walk will be difficult.  Just do research on what a salmon goes through to swim upstream.  It will bless your soul as you compare it to your walk with the Lord.

I love the picture used today. The world’s bears are waiting for us as we separate ourselves from the things of the world. But we are not alone. The Lord promises us that He is with us every step of the way!

~Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul tells us that he’s persuaded that nothing separates the believer from Christ’s love. Nothing! Glory to God in the highest! We are conquerors, my friend. Not by anything we do in our flesh – but by everything that Jesus Christ does through us! So whatever your cross is which you are called to bear, teen girl, do it joyfully and with great peace in your heart knowing that the Lord is there! No one else can carry your cross for you. It is yours to carry. You can reach lost teen girls in your life.  Use your life experiences and lessons learned from the Word to help another! Keep your mind fixed on what is coming soon – life with the Lord in Heaven for all eternity.  Our trials and tribulations will soon be behind us!  It makes our journey seem shorter, doesn’t it?

Let’s encourage each other in these last days! Let’s be busy doing the Lord’s work and leading the lost to Him using our life experiences that He has blessed us with. These things alone will keep our thoughts away from our trials.

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Only Solution

~Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Do you truly want to be close to God, teen girl? Not many teenagers are thinking about this very thing.  But a saved teenager should be thinking about this.  Where do your thoughts go when you’re sitting quietly?  Do they revolve around the Lord or are you thinking of something else?

There is only one way to be close to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Only Christ’s shed blood on the cross forgives us of our sins. The Old Testament saints looked “forward” to the cross and knew that their Messiah would redeem them. They knew that their own works would not draw them any close to God. They looked forward to a better hope!  Are you saved, teen girl?  I’m assuming that since you are reading devotionals that you are saved.

We know that nothing we do or say will bring us salvation, let alone draw us closer to God.

~Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Our hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the only way to a close relationship with the Heavenly Father. People claim to have this relationship – but do they really? What, exactly, is involved in their relationship? Is it because of all the good things they do? Is it the money they tithe? These things are good but they don’t earn us an audience with God, right teen girl? The only thing that will get us closer to God is His Son! Nothing more … nothing less … nothing else!

~James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Cleansing and purifying our hearts can only be done by Jesus Christ’s blood. And thus, this devotional leads back to the first verse! Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you! If you don’t have the desire to draw closer to God, then there’s something wrong, teen girl.  If you are truly saved, you will not feel “right” or settled in your heart.  The Holy Spirit of God will be “nagging” you and drawing you to turn back to your first love.  If that’s the case, go back to the beginning and start working on your relationship with the Lord.  Start reading your Bible daily, talk to Him and focus on godly things.  If you already have a healthy spiritual walk with God, good for you!!!  I’m proud of you :)  Keep up the good work and keep looking forward!

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Daily Blessings

~Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

One does not need to look far to see the blessings God gives to us every day! Making it a daily habit to recognize these blessings is a good place to start, teen girl! Looking at nature is a good way to start. There is much of God’s blessings in His creation. He gives us something to look at on a daily basis which should cause our hearts to meditate on His Goodness.

Even though you may be sick or the storms of life, you are able to say that your Anchor, Jesus Christ, is steady! I found this quote from an unknown source and thought it was so appropriate!

“To realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the storm.”

I think of our precious Saviour being our anchor. Can you picture this in your mind’s eye? The Lord has given us wonderful “pictures” to describe His character. He holds our salvation — He keeps us stable during the storms of life!

~Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Our Anchor is both sure and stedfast! Noah Webster defines stedfast as:

1. Fast fixed; firm; firmly fixed or established; as the stedfast globe of earth.
2. Constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering.

Our Saviour is our Anchor – it is up to Him to keep our salvation. This same Saviour can surely keep us through our storms!!

Therefore, the more storms you have been through, teen girl, the more blessings you have to recognize in your life.  The storms reveal our Anchor and, as a result, creates a grateful heart!!

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