The Devil Made Me Do It!


~1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

In the 1970’s, there was a TV program where the comedian would do something and then say that the devil made him do it. Although that sounds funny, it really has some truth and some lies to it.

Sometimes people use the excuse for sinning that “the devil made me do it.” But what a cop out this is! It really is! It goes against what the Bible teaches, doesn’t it? Look at today’s verse. God does not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle. He always provides a way out so that we do not have to sin. If you sin, it is because you chose to sin. You, and you alone, are responsible for your own sins. Remember that.

One of the signs of an immature teen girl is when she blames everybody but herself when something wrong happens in her life. Taking responsibility for your actions is a sign that you are growing up and maturing. You can’t blame anyone but yourself, teen girl. If your parents ground you for lying, don’t get angry. You had a choice and you chose the wrong one.

God does not contradict Himself. He tells us that He provides a way out when we are tempted to sin. We don’t have to sin – we choose to sin. So don’t whine when you are punished for sinning. Instead, learn from today’s text that the devil will put the world’s temptations out there but you don’t have to give in to him because the Lord has promised a way out! :-)

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Bullies


Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

There are times in a teenager’s life where she is afraid of certain things. Maybe you are being bullied by girls at school and don’t know what to do about it. God hasn’t forgotten about you. He knows what you are going through and it’s important that you know you are not alone in this situation.

Do not let bullies control your life, teen girl. That is what they want. The minute you start being bullied, talk to your parents about it. Do not wait until you think it will get better because it won’t. Let your parents take control of the situation for you. Every school has a School Resource Officer (SRO) – a policeman dedicated to the school and its problems. Ask your parents to speak with the SRO about it. They are trained in these matters and can be a great help.

In the mean time, teen girl, take control of your life and get into the Word of God. Read, read and read more! It’s God’s Word that will help you through situations that are difficult. God will give you the grace you need to get through hard times.

Here are some verses that may bring comfort to your troubled heart:

~Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

~Psalms 91:4-6 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 

~Proverbs 3:25-26 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. 

 ~Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 

~Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

~John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

~2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

~1 Peter 3:12-14 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 

~Proverbs 3:25-26 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. 

God gave you parents to take care of you until you leave home, teen girl. They are there to help you. Pray about your situation and leave it in the Lord’s hands. He will guide your parents and SRO for your benefit. It will turn out OK :-)

 

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God Thinks of You!


~Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Does today’s Bible verse surprise you, teen girl? If you are truly born-again, you are a child of God and He thinks about you. He has plans for you, just as any parent has plans for their child. I’m sure your parents want the best things in life for you. They probably would love to see you go to college, find a wonderful saved man, get married and have children :-) Those are all nice things. But today’s Bible verse tells me that God thinks about you as well. He may not be thinking the same thing as your parents but He IS thinking about you :-)

So what kinds of things does God think about you? God thinks of peace for your life. What does that mean? God doesn’t want you to have drama in your life. So do you have drama in your life? God didn’t put it there because those are not His intentions for you. The drama you have in your life is probably due to some poor choices you made. Is a “friend” talking trash about you? You chose that girl to be your friend. Is a teacher riding you because you showed up late for class? Did your parents ground you because you stayed out later than your curfew? These things are the result of poor choices, right?

If you want to grow in your Christian life, teen girl, you have to be honest with yourself. You have to be honest with God. God wants good things for you. He does not want evil things for you, teen girl. He has plans for you and if you listen to Him, He will guide you.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” If you want to know what God’s plans are for you, seek Him through reading your Bible and being obedient to it. Obey your parents and seek their counsel. Take God’s Word seriously in your life and you will receive rewards from Him. Remember, God wants peace for you!

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Backstabbers


 

~Exodus 33:11-14 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation [is] thy people. And he said, My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest.

Friendship was originally designed by God – He knows that we need good friends in life. Being alone is no fun and it’s always much more pleasant when you can share your hopes and dreams with someone :-) Having one close friend is a God-send – having more than one Godly friend is a rarity. But before you can have a true Godly friendship, you must first be friends with God. Being born again is the first step. Being in His Word, is the second step. This step is where most people fail. They start out well, but they don’t end well. :-(

~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him [that is] alone when he falleth; for [he hath] not another to help him up.

So, what kind of friend are you, teen girl? Are you faithful to your friend? Are you there to help her when she’s down? Or do you talk about her to someone else? In many situations, it’s hard to have more than one friend at a time. This is the case when girls haven’t truly matured yet. Wisdom and experience bring maturity in a person.

Girls tend to be “catty” and will end up talking about the “third” girl when she’s not there. How sad is that? :-( That’s definitely immature. Would you like to be the one that the girls talk about? Of course not! This is known as back stabbing. Today’s picture makes that clear, doesn’t it? Back stabbing certainly isn’t promoted in the Bible. Just because you think that your friend didn’t hear what you said doesn’t mean that she won’t hear about it from someone else.

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

Maybe you’re not the one doing the back stabbing. Remember, if your friend is busy talking about someone else, she will also be talking about you in the same way. Surround yourself with good, Godly friends, teen girl. Whenever I heard that someone said unkind things about me, it broke my heart! I was crushed! As I grew older and matured in my thinking, I discovered that I brought these things on myself. I was the one who picked those friends. I was the one who continued in my relationship with them. Therefore, it was my own doing – my own fault.

I started surrounding myself with people whom I respected. I worked on being a good friend to them, rather than hoping that they would be a good friend to me. Proverbs 18:24 is a wonderful verse which shows us that we have to take that first step. :-) Be a good friend to someone – pray for her – do kind things for her – never talk behind her back. Show her that she can trust you no matter what.

The best thing a person can say about you is this: “I know she didn’t say that about me because I really know her.” You want people to rest assured that you would never talk behind their backs because of your character – because of your love for the Lord! Are you that kind of friend, teen girl? You should strive to be. God’s Word will bring maturity into your life but you must read it and study it :-)

 

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It’s Just a Lie!


 

How many lies does it take to make a person a liar? It only takes one. It’s just like stealing. Would you trust your little sister in your bedroom if she was known to steal your things? Of course not! If someone continuously lies to you, do you still trust what they say? Again, of course not. If lying bothers you when someone lies to you, why should you lie to your parents? Lying is one of those sins that gets worse and worse the longer you do it. :-(

Lying began early – at the very beginning of creation. God put a commandment against it in the Ten Commandments!

~Leviticus 19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

 

Lying can also become a habit which is hard to break. If a girl is an habitual liar before she gets saved, she will have a hard time stopping unless she yields herself completely to the Holy Spirit. He’s the one who can help in times of need.

~Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Teenager, if you are truly born again, you have put on the “new man” and should have put off the old man and your old sins, according to Colossians 3:9. Have you put off the old man and old sins? If not, this is a priority in your spiritual life.

The Bible says that lying is despised of God. Proverbs 6:16-19 says there are seven things that God hates and lying is one of those seven things:

~Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

God not only hates lying but He considers it an abomination! An abomination is something that God really hates. In fact, that definition means “extreme hatred; detesting”! Wow, that is exactly what God said in His Word about homosexuality (same-sex relationships). Seriously? Lying is on the same level in God’s eyes.

~Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Teen girl, if you struggle with the sin of lying, your prayers will never be answered! :-(

~Isaiah 59:2-3 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Don’t you want your prayers answered? Don’t you want to have good success in your life? (Joshua 1:8) If so, you are to hate lying. By reading God’s Word and letting it settle in your heart, you will come to discover that you hate the things that God hates as well.

~Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

Hate the right things, teenager. Love the things of God – love His Word – love His Holy Spirit as He teaches you and gives you wisdom. Just because you are young in years does not mean that you can’t be wiser than most adults when it comes to God’s Word. Even the young are given wisdom:

~Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

 

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The Importance of God’s Word


~Psalm 19:7-14 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. 

Why is it so important to read God’s Word? If you have a class at school to learn how to speak Spanish, do you actually read and study the school book? If you want to learn about galaxies and the universe, do you read and study your school book in order to be able to tell between stars and planets? Of course you do. Anyone who wants to know anything about a certain subject must read and study a book on that subject. You may cram at the last minute but you won’t remember anything a week later.

It’s the same thing with God’s Word. If you want to get to know God, you must read the Book that He left for you. Read over today’s Bible verses and pick out the things that show you what God’s Word does for you. Then continue reading on:

1. There are many words that describe the Bible: Law, testimony, statutes, commandment, etc. God’s Word is perfect so that means that you can trust God’s Word because it has no mistakes. It will always be perfect.

2. God’s Word converts the soul and saves people.

3. God’s Word makes even the simplest of minds (young or uneducated minds) wise.

4. God’s Word enlightens the eyes – it’s like the song Amazing Grace – I once was blind but now I see. Psalm 119:105 says it’s a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. God’s Word will not lead you to sin but lead you away from sin.

5. The more you read God’s Word, the more reverence you will have for Him – the word used here is fear but it does not mean to be afraid but to respect and revere. His Word judges your sins and exposes those sins so you can repent and be free from it.

6. The Word of God is worth more than gold and is sweeter than honey. This means that there is nothing that can help you more than God’s Word when you are looking for answers – when you need comfort – when you need to feel loved. The sweetness it brings in your life is a result of reading that Bible and applying it to your life. If there’s a girl at school who is giving you a hard time, the Word says to pray for her. You can’t hate someone you are praying for :-)

7. God’s Word warns you about certain people and situations. You learned yesterday about certain people you hang with will cause you to rebel against parents. God’s Word brings great rewards when you listen to those warnings. It keeps you out of trouble.

8. The Bible can help you spot error in our lives and expose those “secret sins” that no one knows about but you.

9. God’s Word can keep you from sins that have “dominion” over you. A good example is lying – if you lie often, you will find it very difficult to give up that sin. Psalm 119:9 says that you can cleanse yourself from these sins by obeying God’s Word.

10. God’s Word becomes a part of your heart as you listen and obey it. As a result, the words that come out of your mouth will be pleasing and acceptable to God! Notice this verse ends with calling God his Lord, his strength and his redeemer.

David learned that God’s Word was the most important thing in life to him. The Scriptures gave him strength and through them David learned about his redeemer and he, most importantly, learned that he needed a Redeemer! :-)  Is it any wonder that the devil does not want you reading your Bible, teenager? He knows how smart you are – he knows that if he can distract you and keep you from reading and studying your Bible, you will become rebellious toward the things of God.

Make reading your Bible part of your day, every day, and you will see how much spiritual strength you gain :-)

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Rebellion


 

You may think this is message isn’t of any importance to you, but it may very well be THE most important message of all.

~1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.

Any time you have bad feelings stirring up inside of you toward your parents, it can result in rebellion. You can stop these feelings dead in their tracks by talking to God about those feelings. Read Psalms and Proverbs to help you through. There are so many Proverbs about a rebellious child and the results of being rebellious:

~Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].

~Proverbs 30:17 The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

 ~Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.

~Proverbs 13:1 A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

There are much more verses but I think you get my point. God’s Word is what cleanses us and helps us through times when we want to sin.

If you are not getting along with your parents, there’s only one thing you can do and that is to ask the Lord to change YOU! You cannot change your parents – only God can. So take care of growing in the Lord by reading His Word and listening to what He tells you through your reading. Leave the rest to God!

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