You and God’s Word


~Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

God’s Word is the only thing in life that comes with a promise such as this, teenager! Do you know of anything or anyone who can promise that if you read and hide their product in your mind and heart, it will keep you from sin? Nothing can do this. No one can do this, but God! God’s compassion is so great that He provided His Word to strengthen you in your time of weakness.

Not only did your Heavenly Father give you His Word to grow by so that you wouldn’t sin, but He also provided His Word so that you could be cleansed should you fall into sin.

~Psalm 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 

The Word will cleanse you and keep you from sin, teen girl! So why don’t you spend more time in the Word? I believe that ole slew foot has managed to keep the Christian today from the Bible by way of distractions and excuses. Today’s distractions are many – you have your cell phone, you iPad, your friends, your school activities, homework, etc. Everyone has distractions. If you’re not in the Word daily and gleaning from it, then you have too many distractions. Unless reading your Bible is an everyday thing, you will continuously struggle with sin, teen girl! It’s a guarantee!

The fact of the matter is this: the believer who does not read the Word is plain lazy. Are you lazy? Would you deprive your body from food and nourishment? Of course not! When you are not in the Word, you not only allow sin to come into your life, but you cause sin to come into your life. Your siblings will see it and will follow in your footsteps. So when you do fall into temptation and sin, you have no one to blame but yourself. It isn’t God’s fault, but your own.

~1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

If we fall, we fall because we choose to fall. The more you spend time in the Word, the less time you will have to devote to sin.

~Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

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A Wise Teen Girl


Proverbs 11:29 “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.”

Where can you find a teenager with wisdom? You can find her reading her Bible and obeying what God teachers her. She thinks of others rather than herself. She is out there :-)

Unfortunately, most teen girls are absorbed with music, boys and clothing, not necessarily in that order. This teen girl troubleth her own house. She is self-centered and only wants her way. So just what does “troubleth his own house” mean?

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary’s definitions shed light and give much more meaning to what we are reading than modern-day dictionaries. His definition of “troubleth” is:

1. To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion.

Are you the type of teen girl who “brings trouble” to her house? Do you bring agitation and disturbance into your home? Do you bring confusion into your home?

The fool does all these things. I found it quite interesting that Solomon would add the rest of the verse – “shall inherit the wind”! Have you ever seen the cartoon where someone turned on an occilating fan in an classroom where the desks were filled with paper? What a catastrophe that produced! It’s like a hurricane hit the room! I believe this is what Solomon was trying to portray here. I think of the teen girl who is never happy with her circumstances and is always complaining. She “troubleth her own house” and creates a whirl wind of trouble. She reaps what she sows.

On the other hand, the Christian teen girl who is wise is quite the opposite. The wise person’s home is peaceful. True peace can only be had when we are truly born-again and are displaying the fruit of the Spirit. Noah’s definition of wise is:

1. Properly, having knowledge; hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false; between what is fit and proper, and what is improper; as a wise prince; a wise magistrate. Solomon was deemed the wisest man. But a man may be speculatively and not practically wise. Hence,2. Discrete and judicious in the use or applications of knowledge; choosing laudable ends, and the best means to accomplish them. This is to be practically wise. Gen 41.

Does the foolish teen girl display such wisdom? Of course not. The foolish teen girl is busy doing the opposite and turning on that occilating fan at home which produces nothing but chaos. There’s no peace in that home. It is not to say that a born-again Christian cannot be a fool. We have all done foolish things at one time or another. But the believer should be growing – moving forward in the Lord – seeking to better herself and becoming more Christ-like.

Are you the foolish Christian teen girl today or the wise Christian? Better yet, are you the unsaved fool? The Word says that the unsaved fool who will not listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be likened to the Christian witness casting his pearls (the Gospel) to swine (the unsaved). Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Mat 7:6 ) Instead, the unsaved fool thinks she is spiritually OK – the unsaved fool goes to church, knows the scriptures, does the motions but her actions speak louder than words. She is one of the hypocrites that Jesus speaks of.

Are you causing chaos at home, teen girl? First off, are you truly born again? If you are, ask the Lord to forgive you then go to your parents and ask their forgiveness as well. Make things right with those who live in your home. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, read your Bible and practice what God teaches you in His Word.

 

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A Merry Heart


 

 

 

Prov. 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Have you ever been around a Christian teenager who just simply was a pleasure to be around? Her laugh was contagious, her smile brightened your day and her whole demeanor glorified the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Don’t you always like being around someone like this? It seems that all your problems temporarily disappear and, for a time, you’ve entered her field of joy. No wonder Solomon stated that this merry person was like a good medicine. So many times I have visited a brother or sister in Christ with the sole purpose of encouraging them. Yet, it was I who was encouraged by spending time with that dear, merry saint!

Neh. 8:10b says that the joy of the LORD is our strength. In the world’s eyes, this dear saint’s circumstances were glum at best, but the Lord provides joy and peace to that merry heart. How? Through His Word! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi. 4:7 ) The teen girl whose heart and mind is focused on Christ, won’t be worrying – won’t be depressed – won’t be anxious. Instead, this teen girl knows that the Lord will take care of all the details no matter what. That kind of faith brings such peace – and peace brings joy. There’s nothing better than to know that a problem is being taken care of and you no longer have to fret over it.

Solomon was also quick to point out in the same sentence that the person with a “broken spirit” dries the bones. This teen girl wears her emotions on her face. Her “countenance” clearly tells you what is wrong in her life. The sorrows of the mind “drieth the bones” – in other words, her demeanor consumes the very marrow of her being. It’s not superficial but goes way down deep into her heart. She does not have a merry heart – she is joyless. I see this her walking with stooped shoulders as though the weight of the world is upon her. She has no confidence or faith in her God. She does not seek to find the solution to her problem but she wallows in self pity. Rather than remove herself from the fires around her, she sticks around. Rather than go to the Source where healing can be found,s he remains in her circumstances.

So, are we as quick to be around such a person? Many times, this joyless person blames her circumstances on everyone else but herself – never searching God’s Word for encouragement, let alone for healing.

I would rather be known as a Christian who has helped cheer another and brought healing into their lives than a Christian who has brought a frown upon people’s faces by the look on my face and actions.

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Whose Way?


Prov. 12:15-16 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s my way or the highway!”? The fool sees her way as the only way. She does not and will not listen to reason or the possibility that she may be wrong. This fool sees all the problems in her life with a warped view. It couldn’t possibly be something the fool has done wrong. In fact, this person truly believes that it is someone else’s fault. It is sad that one gets to the point that she cannot be taught of God. Her heart has hardened to the point where the Holy Spirit cannot pierce it. Are you like that, teen girl? Do you have to have your way or else?

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Joh 14:26)

A foolish person does not need a request to speak her mind because she speaks it quickly and loudly. You hear much more than hrt two cents’ worth! Solomon says in verse 16 that the fool’s wrath is presently known. This person does not take time to think about what she is going to say. She does not weigh the consequences that her words will have on her life. Instead, she speaks now! Speaking too hastily is like a tube of toothpaste. Once you squeeze it and the toothpaste comes out, there’s no way to put it back in. The words out of a fool’s mouth are quick and it’s too late to do damage control as the damage has been done.

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. (Ecc 9:17)

I love Solomon’s style of writing. He gives you the consequences which come as a result of the bad and the good. The wise person listens to counsel, whether from parents, a godly friend or the Pastor. The prudent teen girl keeps herself from blowing her temper and losing her testimony. She guards her mouth carefully. The believer’s testimony speaks the loudest about how she walks with the Lord. She can blab all she wants, but her actions will reflect whose fruit she is displaying – the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the world (the devil’s fruit). The Word says that temperance (self control) is one of the Spirit’s fruit according (Gal. 5:22-23).

The more a Christian is in the Word and applying it to her life, the more she will exercise that muscle of self control. It does not come over night – it comes with much practice. The world thinks that it’s good for you to speak your mind. However, the Lord thinks differently. You can be sure that if the world thinks that speaking your mind is right, then God will say differently.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:8 )

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On Vacation


I am on vacation and will be posting again on July 21st.  Thank you for your patience.  :-)

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Have You Strayed from God?


As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. Proverbs 27:8 

The chick thinks he can leave the nest for a moment to check out the world around him. Mother’s not in sight, here’s his big chance. He looks around – everything looks safe. He takes one small step outside the nest, pauses and looks around for predators. Still safe. So he takes a few more steps. Suddenly, a hawk swoops down from above and snatches him! The chick’s adventure cost him his life.

I love that the Lord picked a bird to convey a message to us. God wants us to think of these illustrations as we read His Word. He put them in there for a reason. There is always a good lesson to be learned by an illustration. We see this evidence in the parables Christ shared with His disciples. We know that this bird had to be a chick because of the wordwandereth. The adult bird does not wander because he is quite aware of the dangers lurking about. He has learned to be careful. The nest is his haven. Not only is it his resting place but it protects him.

The Lord warns us that it is just as bad for a man to wander from his place as well. What place could that be? Surely, God does not mean that we should not wander from our homes. We must go out to work, to church, and carry on with life. I believe the Lord is telling us not to wander from our place by His side. When we do, we subject ourselves to the predator of this world, the devil.

What can we find at His side? Well, Jesus is our Shepherd. He rules over the devil and all his fallen angels. They are afraid of Him. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (Jam 2:19) Their knee shall bow to Him. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (Phi 2:10) They have no control over us and our lives unless we allow it. What are some ways a Christian allows the devil to control us?

  • By not reading our Bibles and feeding our spirits. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11)
  • By not praying. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Ti 2:8 )
  • By allowing unconfessed sin in our lives. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jo 1:9)
  • By not being faithful in the things of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1  Co 4:2)

Each time we wander from our haven at the Saviour’s side, we toy with temptation. Wandering away a little more allows temptation to turn to sin. It is our choice, my friend. We don’t need to wander. But if we do, our Shepherd is so faithful that He even provides a way for us to come back. 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. (1 Co 10:13)

Let’s learn from this little bird. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. ( Pro 27:8 )

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Prone to Gossip?


The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. (Pro 10:20)

The tongue is such a small member according to the Apostle James. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (Jam 3:5)

It’s amazing how such a small member can wreak so much havoc one moment and yet be sweet as honey the next. Should this be the normal way of life for a teen girl who is a believer? Absolutely not! The teen girl who is being led by the Holy Spirit, producing the fruit of the Spirit, does not struggle with her tongue but has command over it. She has learned to control the sin of gossip.

The weak minded teenager, however, does not share in this. Not only is this weak minded teen allowing the devil to control her, she does not have the sense to get into the Word and allow the Word to keep her from sin. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11) Instead, this weak minded believer relies on what is in her heart to guide her. If the heart is ruled by sin, it won’t guide this person to anything but trouble.

How can a heart filled with gossip allow the tongue to speak kind words? The weak minded teen girl thinks she can fool those in her church by pretending to be a good Christian but then gossip and strife come out of her mouth only to reveal her true colors. The Word says that this is wrong! Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (Jam 3:10) This gossip stirs up strife and sows discord. I’ve yet to meet a gossip who has not caused much problems. How can the church have a sweet spirit when there’s a teen girl who gossips in its midst?

That gossip not only hurts people with her tongue, but she is also known as a sower of discord! If you want to see just how God feels about a gossip, a sower of discord, all you have to do is search for verses with the words “God, hates” and it will be an eye opener! God hates the sower of discord! It does not say He hates the sin – but he hates the one who sows discord. In fact, it is an abomination to Him. Prov. 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: (16) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (17) An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, ( 18 ) ) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (19) A gossip is not only a liar but that gossip is also one that sows discord among the brethren (meaning in church).

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (Jam 3:5) James continues to say that the tongue is like a fire! Fire destroys and kills. This little member of the body can do so much destruction if it is allowed to continue. We cannot sweep a sower of discord’s actions under the rug. It must be dealt with, swiftly, or the church body will be destroyed. What better testimony for the devil than to allow this sower in the church! This should not be so. What a sad day it is when families are destroyed by this person! This gossip and sower of discord is at war with everyone around him, except other gossips. Darkness fellowships with darkness. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. (Psa 55:21)

I have witnessed this gossip in action. I have witnessed this sower of discord in action. These “supposed” Christians have allowed the devil to rule in their lives. Yes, the devil can rule in a Christian’s life. Even Jesus had to rebuke Peter and tell him that the devil was ruling. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Mat 16:23) Jesus was not saying that Peter was possessed by a devil. Jesus was stating that Peter was allowing the devil to rule in his life and Peter’s words were evidence of it! What words would be evidence for you, teen girl? Whose reputation are you destroying today? Jesus did not mince words. He did not sweep Peter’s conduct under the rug. Instead, Jesus brought it out and exposed it.

The words of a gossip are wicked, wicked, wicked! There is no life in them but only destruction. Guard your tongue, teen girl! Be careful what you expose your heart to. What is in your heart will come out of your mouth. No Word, you sow much gossip and discordKnow the Word, you don’t sow gossip and discordBut those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Mat 15:18 ) )

So, what is considered gossip? If you want to steer away from even the appearance of evil on this one, consider gossip as anything that is said about someone that is not gracious and kind. Many disguise their gossip with statements like, “Bless her heart, she just doesn’t have enough money to buy a dress that would cover her whole body!” Teenager, don’t be fooled. You can only spray Febreeze on a skunk so much but his scent will come right through it! Don’t allow the devil to rule over your mouth. Yes, I said “allow”! It is your choice to gossip. Recognize the sin of gossip … repent … confess it … seek forgivness from those you have hurt … forsake it. Then fill your heart with the precious Word and allow it to cleanse you, keep you clean, and prevent you from falling.

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