Changes


~Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Since the day of your salvation, teen girl, have you changed from your old ways? Are you finding your friends not so attractive? Are you finding your sins offensive to God? Do you find yourself thinking about Christ and what He did for you on the cross? Are you more aware of your sin? Does your sin bother you? The Bible says in this verse that at the time of salvation, when you are “in Christ,” you are a new creature. Your old life and sinful ways pass away and your life is made new. You now have a desire for spiritual things. If you do not see these changes in your own personal life, teen girl, then something is not right. You may have spoken all the right words to accept Christ’s salvation and His work on the cross, but your heart may not have been sincere. There’s a difference. Jesus said,

~Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

There are many who profess Christianity but not so many possess true salvation. How can you know for sure? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that you will be different – you will think differently – you will want to be different. You won’t be changed overnight, but little by little you will find that you are very different from the day you first were saved.

~Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Teen girl, many people are walking this earth thinking that they have said the right prayer or lived the right life or are a member of the right church. But Matthew 7:13-14 says that FEW will find the way that leads to eternal life. Are you certain you have? Don’t wait until it is too late. Find out now!

“What we mean by salvation is this—deliverance from the love of sin, rescue from the habit of sin, setting free from the desire to sin.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Grumblings


~Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Can you imagine what your life would be like if everyone followed these verses?  The world laughs at Christians today because it sees them bickering, fighting amongst themselves, backbiting.  What difference is there between you and the world, then, teen girl?  Others do not see a light – they see your fruits of darkness.  That should not be so.

Instead, you should be doing everything without murmurings and disputings so this evil world could see the light of Christ shining through you.  Your lost friends at school may never open a Bible but they can see Christ through you if you do not follow their footsteps and argue about everything.

What exactly are murmurings and disputings?  Today’s understanding would be grumblings and arguments.  How many times have you done something for your parents and they did not recognize you for it?  Did you grumble about it?  Did it matter to you?  How many times have you argued with them because you did not agree with their opinion?  One grumble or argument isn’t much.  But what happens is that “one” sets the heart into that mode and then grumbling and arguing become easier.  It then becomes a way of life… it becomes a habit. At that point, you argue with your parents for the sake of arguing. Hopefully, your parents have punished you for doing so. But if your parents aren’t saved, then God needs to do the teaching and punishing.

The saved teen girl who is guilty of this is not growing in the Spirit.  The spirit-filled teen girl is allowing the Holy Spirit to access her life and control it.  The Holy Spirit would not be the author of grumbling and arguing.  How can you get out of this mode and into a spiritual mode once again?  Prayer and Bible reading!  If you are praying for others, praying for the Church, praying that you can be the light of the world, praying for salvation of your lost friends and family, you are not busy grumbling and arguing.  Prayer changes our hearts and puts you in an attitude of gratitude.  A grateful heart does not grumble or argue… they do not go hand in hand.

If you are guilty of this sin, teen girl, ask your parents’ forgiveness and strive to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit’s guidance:-)

“Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Burdens


~Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

There have been times that I have been at the end of my rope and felt that the only thing left to do was to give it to the Lord. When I stopped to think about it, that should have been the very first thing I should have done instead of waiting until I was so stressed and upset. The Bible tells us that when we cast our burdens upon the Lord, He will take care of us. Furthermore, He promises that we won’t be shaken by our circumstances.  How wonderful to have this comfort and assurance in time of need!

You’ve been there, haven’t you, teen girl? I’m sure I can’t be the only one person – wondering why God allowed a certain plan to fall through when, in my eyes, it seemed perfect. However, in the end, we find out that His plan was much better! What a beautiful picture it is indeed – taking your cares and burdens and turning them over to the Lord because His shoulders were quite capable of taking the load. Turn your cares and burdens over to the Lord, teen girl. You’ll be glad you did!

Thank You, Lord, for taking them on!

“Our Heavenly Father never takes anything from His children unless He means to give them something better.” – George Muller

Separation


~Romans 16:17-18  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

What have we been taught in the Scriptures?

  • Jesus is God – John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Jesus was born of a virgin – Mathew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
  • Jesus died on the cross for our sins – 1 John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • Jesus rose from the dead – 1 Corinthians 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
  • Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father – Colossians 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  • Jesus is the only way to Heaven – John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • We must be born again to go to Heaven – John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Who, then, are those that cause division contrary to the doctrine learned from the Scriptures?  Study the Word for yourself, teen girl, and find out who preaches/teaches things different from the Bible!  Then avoid them!  Even though they are close friends, they will mislead you. Teens tend to believe other teens and this can be dangerous. Those who are not basing what they believe on the Bible appear as sheep but are ravenous wolves!  I was raised roman catholic.  I was taught that there was more to salvation than just the Bible.  If your religion or your friends teach this as well, open your eyes for yourself teen girl, and read the Word to find the truth!

Seek!


~Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedest me with strength in my soul.

God is always there waiting for you to turn to Him, teen girl. He not only listens but He acts on every situation that you experience. Sometimes He acts right away, other times he delays. Every born-again believer has this wonderful promise from God. How wonderful to know that He will answer you and will strengthen you when you need strength!!

Continuing


~James 1:25-26 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

During this time of the early New Testament Church, it seems to me that there were “religious” people in the midst of the Christians and James was pointing out the differences. What were these differences between the “religious” and the born-again believer?  James states that the believer will:

  • Look to the Word of God which gives salvation and frees us from the bonds of sin – the perfect law can only be made perfect by Jesus Christ and His work on the cross!
  • Continue in the faith
  • Not be one who will forget what he hears the preacher say but will take it with him
  • Apply what he has learned and will use it – he will “do the work” … not work to get saved but work after salvation for the cause of Christ.  Christ, Himself, said: ~John 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
  • Be blessed in his work – When a believer has joy and peace, everything he does for the cause of Christ is blessed by God.
  • Hold his tongue – will not be a backbiter, talebearer, one who speaks evil of others.  The fruit of the Spirit cannot produce this type of heart.  The heart that is submitted to the Spirit’s guidance will be the total opposite.

Continuing in the faith is not easy, is it teen girl?  No one said it would be.  Christ warned you that the world would hate what the Christian has to say. Do those you come in contact with hate what you say or do you try to please them with sweet words when it comes to getting saved?

~Matthew 10:25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Don’t be discouraged – continue in the faith – do the work that the Lord would have you to do with the gifts that His Spirit has given to you. Everyone, including you teen girl, has a gift and has a responsibility to spread the news about Jesus.  The Holy Spirit has given to you specific gifts that, when used with the right motives (to glorify Jesus Christ), will produce much for the Kingdom!  You can reach other teens – those who would not listen to an adult.

The “religious” only serve in vain according to today’s verses.  They are doing all the things they have been taught to do but their heart is not in their religion.

~Matthew 15:8-9  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.   But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

It would be awful to “think” you’re doing all the right things in your religion only to find out at the time of judgment that your beliefs have been in vain! You do not need to worry yourself because your faith has been based on the work of Jesus Christ and that work is perfect and eternal. However, you need to busy yourself with working for the Kingdom by telling others how to be born again – encouraging those in need of a kind word – giving to and helping those in need – exhorting your Christian friend to live righteously. Your work is far from over and won’t be until the Master calls you home! What a day that will be!!!:-)

Two Masters


~Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Before salvation, I can honestly say that my thoughts and my desires did not focus on God.  My life was spent doing what I wanted to do.  I did what felt good.  I went to church every Sunday but did not live the life that I claimed to hold high on Sundays.  I was a religious die hard, however, rooted in my upbringing, and clinging to doctrines taught as a child by my parents and my priest.  I defended a “faith” and never confirmed whether or not it was based on God’s own Word, the Scriptures.  I was trying to serve two masters – my religion and my flesh (sin), which were both being controlled by the devil. The Word says that anyone who is in a religion that is based on what I can do to enter Heaven and not on the fact that Christ did everything for us, is serving another master.

Christ’s words in Luke 16 help us to understand that one cannot mix “religion” and the world.  You must have one or the other otherwise you will not have true joy, teen girl.  It is our nature to love the one and pay less attention to the other.  Trying to be religious will always be a battle.  The flesh will continue to win because we have a sin nature and it is natural for us to desire sin.  Jesus said:

~John 8:42-44  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.    Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.   Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

When you know the Truth, teen girl, the truth will guide you and will keep you.  Every man is a liar according to God’s Word:

~Romans 3:4a  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;

Why believe a man when one knows man is a liar?  Why base where you will spend eternity on what someone says rather than God’s Word?  It stands to reason that you would want to know the truth from the source that cannot lie, wouldn’t you?  The Word says that God does not lie as He is not a man:

~Numbers 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie;

His Word is perfect and does not contain lies.  Therefore, you can trust God’s Word to lead you in the right direction.  His truths will set you free through salvation in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.

~John 8:31-32  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus provides not only salvation but He sets us free from the bondage of Satan or religion.  We are no longer serving two masters but now possess the Holy Spirit and are now able to say that we know the Father.  We are now children of God and have a relationship with the Father as a child has with his own earthly father.