Following


John 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Do you only follow Jesus because of what you see, teen girl? I find that the younger a person is in Christ, the less faith they have on a day-to-day basis. Why is this?

It is by the Holy Scriptures that we are fed and grow. It is hearing the words preached and taught that help us to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, right? It is the same with growing after salvation.

Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

If you require signs or miracles that happen to others in order to “grow your faith,” then you are not pleasing God. In fact, it will take more signs and miracles to keep you walking the Christian walk. This is not walking by faith at all – it is putting your “faith” in the signs themselves. I hope that makes sense to you because it is an important message.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God is ready to show you how real He is in your own life, teen girl. He wants to be given the opportunity to teach you through the Bible. He wants His Holy Spirit to mold you into the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We know from the verse above that it is impossible to please God without faith in Him because it takes faith to be saved. It also takes faith to continue to live in Him – to live a holy life – to live a Godly life. Jesus’ righteousness clothes us and we should have the desire to live for Him.

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Take time to nurture your faith by reading God’s Word every single day. Take time to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart to change you. Take time to talk to the Lord and let Him know your cares and difficulties. He stands ready to help you, teen girl! :-)

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The Subtle One


~Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Since the beginning of time, the devil has been trying to make the word of God unbelievable. His subtle questions in the Garden of Eden were worded in such a way to cause Eve to question what God had said. He is still doing it today, teen girl!

Today’s teenager must take a stand. You have the Bible at our fingertips and you have no excuse for not knowing what God has written. It is only by knowing the Scriptures that you will be able to recognize the devil’s subtleties. Knowing is half the battle, as they say.

~2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

So, to be able to recognize the devil’s ways, you must:

    1. Read the Word
    2. Apply the Word
    3. Live the Word

It is one thing to read your Bible, but you must also allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in your heart when He is trying to teach you something.  Once you have been taught by Him, you can be a testimony to your lost friends. You have the ability to witness to teen girls where no one else can. God has chosen you and placed those friends in your circle of influence. :-)

~1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

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What Tree Are You?


“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

What kind of fruit are you bearing as children of  the King?  Are you praising Him when you speak?  Are you praising Him with your actions?  Or do you bring shame to Him?  Do you thank Him for everything, even the not-so-good things?  These are the types of fruit that you bear when you are growing as a Christian.

How can you grow and bear good spiritual fruit?  Just like any garden needs sun, rain and good soil to grow good and healthy fruit, so does the believer.  You need the Son (1 John 5:12) – you need the water of the word of God (Ephesians 5:26) – and you need the convicting of the Holy Spirit in your life (John 14:26).

You can either bear good fruit, spotted fruit or rotten fruit.  They all reflect the condition of your spiritual walk, teen girl. Any mature Christian can watch “your walk” and be able to tell how much time you spend with the Lord and living for Him. A tree doesn’t grow rotten fruit – it bears good fruit. Then the fruit parts from the tree and falls to the ground – that is when the fruit rots. When you separate yourself from the Tree (Jesus Christ) and walk the way of the world, your fruit will rot – in other words, your actions will start to reflect that of the world and people will not be able to recognize any godly spiritual fruit in you. Be careful to stay close to the Tree so you can have good fruit! :-)

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Standing Before the Judge


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~Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus Christ stands before the Father and intercedes for you, teen girl.  It amazes me how many believers do not really understand what this means.  Let me give you an illustration that may make it clearer.

Picture this in your mind’s eye.  You disobeyed your parents and took the car to the mall. You went through a red light and hit another car. The policeman takes you before the Magistrate (a Judge, if you will) where you have to hear the charges brought against you.

This is the same type of scenario that will occur to all who die. They must be judged. The Heavenly Father is the Judge and is listening to arguments on your case.  The outcome of this will decide whether you are going to Heaven or to Hell.

The devil, your prosecutor, is making accusations against you.  Your Advocate objects!

The Judge responds, “On what grounds are you objecting?”

Jesus Christ answers, “Judge, this believer has committed all these things that the prosecutor has accused him of.”

Jesus continues, “However, Judge, I have already paid the debt for these sins with my death on the cross.  This teen girl has accepted this work and has made Me Saviour of her life.  Therefore, she no longer needs to pay the penalty.  I paid her penalty in full with my blood.  This teen girl must be acquitted of all charges and set free.”

Hallelujah!!! Who will praise the Lord with me?  Thank You, my Lord and Saviour!  All praise, honour and glory are Yours! Share this joy with your friends, teen girl. Don’t keep it to yourself :-)

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Love


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~John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God’s love is entirely different than the love that you feel for your family and friends, teen girl. His love goes beyond what we mere mortals understand the meaning to be. So much so, that He sent His Son to die for you before you could “clean up your act.”

~Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Love is a word of “action.” God showed His love toward you by sending Jesus to die for you while you were yet a sinner! He did not wait for you to do better. His love demanded action and He showed His love by dying for you so that you would not have to pay the penalty! Oh what love! Christ died for those who hated Him. He loved them despite their hatred of Him. And so He commands you to do the same.

~Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

I have seen an increase in Christ haters as well as haters of those who follow Him. Therefore, you are all the more accountable to this verse. Show whose child you really are today by ACTING like Christ would act! :-) Let your friends and family see you are His child!

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Walk the Walk


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~1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

The born-again Christian is considered “crazy” according to the world.  Christians are portrayed as lunatics in movies.  Television portrays Christians as idiots.  It is quite infuriating.  However, Peter said that Christians are a peculiar people.  We are different from the world – or at least we should be.

Are you walking the walk or merely talking the talk, teen girl?  Many say they are Christians but they do not act any differently than their neighbor.  Many sit in pews at church on Sunday but come Monday, they act just like everyone else at work.  Peter emphasizes that the Christian has been called out of darkness into Christ’s marvellous light.   The Christian should be changing and becoming more like Jesus with each passing day.

~2 Timothy 2:20-21  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Paul encourages us to purge ourselves of worldliness and sin – yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s convicting  power in our lives.  When we yield to Him, we become vessels of gold and silver.  We honor God with our lives.  Let the world make fun of us.  Our goal is not to please them but to please the Master.

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Help Me


~Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

My heart is overwhelmed at the thought that God thinks about me! The God of the universe, Creator and King has time for me.

God loves you, teen girl, and knows you by name!!! When you don’t feel loved by those around you, you can rest assured that God loves you!

~John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

Be thankful! :-)

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