Be An Example


I Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Timothy was young when Paul wrote this. History has it that he was in his early 20’s and that is not far from your age right now. But look at his testimony! Paul was encouraging Timothy not to let “older” Christians look down on his youth but notice the things to which Paul was referring. It had nothing to do with Timothy’s age. He was a young believer but Paul encouraged him to continue to be an example to other believers in: the words he spoke, his walk (his testimony), his love for others, his spiritual growth, and being pure (clean) in all areas of his spiritual life.

It doesn’t appear that Timothy let being young in the Lord be an excuse. He pressed forward and was sold out to the cause of Christ and spreading the Gospel. How do you compare to Timothy, teen girl? Are you busy with your friends and life? Do you concentrate on your walk with the Lord? Or is the next movie on your mind? Would you rather go to teen functions at church or hang out at the mall?

There’s something in the Bible for every age group. Timothy is a shining example of the fact that young people can be a shining example to other Christians.

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The Heart and Tongue


~James 3:6-13 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Today’s cartoon is funny but the “message” is really not funny. Someone who can’t control her tongue has a heart problem according to the Bible.

~Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

What comes out of your mouth, teen girl? Are your words God honoring? Or are they deadly poison filled with cuss words? Why do you cuss? You must be honest with yourself. Do you think that cussing makes you appear more mature? It takes more maturity to control one’s tongue than it does to “let a cuss word slip”! Do you sass your parents? Do you talk behind someone’s back? All these things are signs of immaturity, not maturity! These things do not make you an adult. In fact, to another adult, acting this way proves that you are still a child with no sign of maturity. :-( Doesn’t that upset you? It should! I pray that you will read this and take it to heart so you can mature into a beautiful Christian teenage girl who shines Christ’s light to others.

If I were to hang out with you, I would be able to tell how much time you spend reading your Bible just by listening to you. It’s not only words that come out of your mouth but words that you put in writing – that “unspoken” word. What you post on Facebook or Twitter also reveals what is in your heart, teen girl.

There are teen girls who profess to be saved and yet when I read their Facebook posts, I am ashamed for them! How can  you have a fresh fountain of water in your heart yet your mouth releases salt water. Does that sound like it makes sense? Of course it doesn’t! A Christian should not be speaking words that do not honor the Lord, teen girl.

Are you guilty of such a thing? The Bible says that we can ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and start over. :-) Repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you get a handle on this problem. God always provides a way out of temptation. But you must decide to say “No!” to being tempted to cuss or talk nasty about someone.

~1 Corinthian 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].

If you need further help, please feel free to send me an email and I can help you study your Bible so you can have victory over this :-)

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Are You Idling?


~Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Have you ever gotten angry because you flunked a test? It didn’t matter that you hadn’t studied for the test or that you studied very little. You were angry nonetheless, right? You’re angry with the results of your failure to do something you know you should have done. Sometimes you just can’t blame anyone else but yourself, even though you try.

When you put your car in Park and you leave it running, you’re idling. Your engine is running but you’re not moving at all. Today’s verse makes it clear what happens to the person whose life is on “Park.” The first part of the verse says that laziness causes a person to sleep. You know how you feel when you’re sleepy? You’re lethargic and you aren’t motivated to do anything. That’s exactly what laziness produces.

The verse continues to talk about the person who doesn’t do what she’s supposed to do will be hungry. Everything we choose to do in life is based on this fact. The choices we make are based on this fact. If a farmer doesn’t plant vegetables or care for his cattle, he won’t have anything in the Fall. He will go hungry. It’s the same thing with how you plan your life right now. If you procrastinate and are lazy in your studies, you will not be able to reap a harvest of knowledge at graduation time. Your college choices will be minimal because you didn’t take care of getting good grades early. Good colleges demand good grades from applicants.

Do you study because you want the rewards that will come in a few years from now? Or do you live for the moment and suffer the consequences of flunking? It is easier to make the right choices now than to fail in the future and deal with that failure. Think twice before you decide to put pleasure over doing what’s right.

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Spiritual Breakfast


~Isaiah 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Have you ever had one of those days where everything was going wrong? Whether it was your fault or not, the way you react to these types of days will reveal where you get your strength from. Do you get it from God’s Word first thing in the morning before you go to school? If not, you’re missing out on a spiritually healthy breakfast :-)

God provides us with exactly what we need for the day. It’s a balanced meal with all the spiritual nutrients and vitamins that we need to go through each hurdle and trial. If you don’t start your day off with God’s Word, you’ll go hungry. You will be weak when a situation comes up and you need strength.

So fuel up, teen girl! When you start the day off with a balanced diet of God’s Word, you’ll be able to conquer whatever comes your way :-)

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A Servant’s Heart


~1 Peter 2:18 Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

Do you love to help others? Or are you the type of girl who only helps because she has to help? The Bible tells us that servants need to work for their “masters” with fear, not only to those who are kind but to those who aren’t so kind. What does God mean by serving with fear? It means to serve with reverence – to respect. One must respect or revere the position of the person in authority over us. People don’t like being told what to do, especially if they don’t like the person in authority over them.

It is the same with your parents. If you do not have a good relationship with your parents, it doesn’t mean that you should not honor their position as your  parents, right? If your parents aren’t saved, wouldn’t they be surprised if you developed a Godly servant’s heart and started doing things around the house that you weren’t asked to do? What would they think? How would they treat you? They would see Christ through you!

Pray and ask the Lord to help you get a servant’s heart. Read your Bible and apply what you learn from what you read. All of your qualities as a human being are developed in the home as you are raised by your parents. If you disrespect your parents, you’re not going to do things for them. Later one, you will have a hard time being a good worker on the job.

Once you’ve learned the art of serving your parents, serve others in the church or in your community. Christ was a servant – He healed the sick and led many to salvation. He served His Heavenly Father, even when it was hard – what a great example for us to pattern our own lives! :-)

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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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