~Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Do you love God, teen girl? Is He on your mind a good portion of the day? Do you think about Him often? If God doesn’t cross your mind during the day, something is wrong. If He doesn’t inspire you to do right when you’re in a situation where you are being tempted to do wrong, something’s not right! You should back up and go over your salvation. When you got saved, did you repent of your sins? Repenting means that you understood that you are a sinner and that you are not going to keep living in sin but striving to stay away from it.
If you have repented, then you have to ask yourself why God isn’t on your mind more than He is.
~John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
~Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
~Psalm 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
We are to love God more than anyone or anything on this earth. Our love for God should be so great that it makes our love for those in our family appear like hate. We are not to have just lip service but we are to sincerely love Him – loving God even when no one is watching you.
~Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Nurture your relationship with the Lord by being in your Bible. Read and study about the Lord Jesus Christ as He can be found in every Book of the Bible. Learn about Him just as you would learn about a boy that you’re interested in. Love Him so much that every else is not as important than your relationship with Him. :-)
Contentment is a difficult thing for teen girls to get a grip on. Do you know the meaning of contentment? It’s being happy with the things that you have and not wanting what you can’t have. There’s always something they want or they think they “need.” When they don’t get what they want, they are unhappy. Desiring what you can’t have produces discontent and this dictates your happiness!
~Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
When you’re happy, it makes everything in your life go better, doesn’t it? The verse above says it’s like a good medicine because it “heals” whatever is broken inside you – your feelings, your heart, – whatever is bothering you. But when you’re content with what you have, you’re not busy “wanting” what you can’t have. You’re happy with what your parents have given you – you’re happy with the friends you have – you’re happy with who you are. That’s contentment.
~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
God’s Word says to be content with what you have and don’t speak of things you covet. Coveting (or covetousness) is wanting something that someone else has but you can’t have it. It’s just like wanting the latest iPhone because your friends have it and you can’t. Usually when someone covets something or someone, they will do whatever it takes to get what they want – even if it means stealing or hurting someone to get it. That’s just wrong, plain and simple. It’s not just a teen problem, though. There are plenty of adults who have not learned to be content. L But notice what the Apostle Paul continues to say in this above verse: “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” It’s as if the Lord Jesus Christ is telling us that it doesn’t matter what we desire in life – if we concentrate on the fact that we are His child and He will never forsake us, then what more do we need?
Remember, teen girl, when you’re happy and cheerful, everything seems to go your way. Train your heart to be content with the things you have. When you’re not desiring or expecting what you can’t have, you’re pleasantly surprised when the blessing comes your way :-) Your heart will feast on the peace that God provides for us when we rest in His care and not that of the world.
~Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
~Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Being like the rest of your friends is probably one of the most important things in your life. Am I right? That’s good if your friends are Godly friends who love the Lord Jesus Christ. But what if your friends are unsaved? How can you transform your mind when you are surrounded by unsaved friends who curse and are not concerned with Godly things? It’s so important that your closest friends be Godly friends, teen girl.
Conforming to this world means to love the things of this world that are not pleasing to God. For example, watching things on television that contain cursing and/or sexual content are not pleasing to God. You can try to justify it all you want but the Bible says:
~1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
The things of this world will bring pleasure for a very short time. They are not worth the spanking we get from the Lord for being disobedient. Ungodly music, movies, books, friends, etc. will only put trash in your head. This makes it really hard for you to think Godly things and do the right thing when all that trash is surrounding you. You can’t sit on the fence and do nothing. One side of your life will take over the other side. You’re either going to live for Christ or you’re going to live for the devil. It’s that plain and simple. The devil wants nothing more than to distract you away from the things of God.
But remember, Godly things have an eternal reward, teen girl. They are worth fighting for because eternity is a VERY long time :-)
~Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].
What does God’s grace do for you, teen girl? What is grace?
Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. And if by grace,then it is no more of works. Rom 11.
Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin. My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Cor 12.
The application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner. Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom 5.
Does your life reflect the “favorable influence of God” in your life? Or do you act like the world and do ungodly things to impress your worldly friends? The things I see on Facebook, posted by supposedly saved Christian teen girls, totally do not reflect God’s grace in their lives :'(
So how do you develop a godly walk? First of all, you must stay away from friends who take you down the wrong path. If your friends are not saved, then stop hanging around them so much. They will influence you … don’t kid yourself, you will not influence them! The unsaved are not interested in Godly things, teen girl. They will, however, expose you to ungodliness.
The next thing is to get your nose into your Bible and read! Proverbs is a great place to start to learn what God considers to be Godly. :-)
There is nothing more hypocritical than a person who says they are a Christian then they post things on Facebook that are sexual in nature or are curse words. :-( This will not be a testimony for Jesus Christ to your unsaved friends. But acting Godly is definitely a good testimony. When your friends see that you are different, they will begin to ask questions. Don’t put yourself in a position where you have compromised and now your friends don’t care about God. You may be the only one who can witness to these friends – don’t blow your opportunities!
Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.
~Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
When you feel down, teen girl, what do you do? Do you turn to your friends and tell them all about it? Do you seek God’s Word? The Psalmist, David, surely did and you can follow his example. There are three things we can learn from these verses: (1) Hope in God, (2) he praised Him, and (2) God is our health (mental and spiritually).
Think about these things for a bit and let it sink in. David had such a relationship with God that he knew he could hope in God – he knew that God would always work things out. This wonderful hope caused him to praise God in advance for the blessings that were to come. In doing this, David’s mental health (his attitude) went from being down to being encouraged.
How about you, teen girl? Don’t you want permanent results to your problems? Telling your problems to your friends doesn’t solve them at all. But God can and will solve your problems each and every time if you trust Him to do this work in your life. That’s where reading your Bible is important :-) It is in your Bible that you will get the “food” that you need to make it through each and every day.
~Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Do you trust God, teen girl? If you are truly born-again and love the Lord Jesus Christ, then this verse should mean something to you. With each situation you are in, each trial and burden, is there to teach you to trust God. You may not like what you’re going through but it’s comforting to know that the God who created the heavens is there to help you! :-)
Are you uncertain about where to go to college? Are you wondering what man God will put in your life to marry? Trust Him – He knows the future and He knows you! :-) He only wants what’s best for you. In the mean time, learn these two verses – memorize them and apply them to your life. Each time something happens that has you in a frenzy, recall the verse and speak the words out loud! You will be amazed how much peace and comfort your heart will experience :-)
~Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)
Have you ever been with a group of girls who were talking about something you knew was wrong? We’ve all been in that situation. It’s not just a teen thing but it happens to adults as well :-)
It’s what you do when you’re in this kind of situation that determines whether you are mature or not. Immature girls will keep quiet because they don’t want to be thought of as the odd ball in the group, or the religious fanatic. They want to be liked by their friends so they keep quiet. Is that really how we should handle tough situations? What would the Lord Jesus want you to do? Christ wants us to obey His Word … period!
If a friend talks about getting an abortion, you may be the only one God puts in her path to talk to about it. If your friend wants you to cheat on a test with her, take a stand. There are times that we just have to stand for what is right. It’s not easy – it may cause pain – you may even lose friends. But doing the right thing will always produce good results – maybe not today, but in the end.