Welcome to Teen Girl Devotionals!! 🙂 I have raised two teenagers and understand the pressures surrounding young people today. I remember the pressures from when I was a teenager! I hope and pray that the Lord will use this blog to be a help to Christian young ladies all over the world!
It’s one thing to read about what’s “right to do” and quite another thing to actually “do it”! Am I right? How do I know what I’m doing is right? Living smack dab in the middle of the world surrounded by sin is not easy for today’s Christian teenagers! There are so many more temptations and distractions for you than there were when I was a teenager. But the “root” of each temptation and each distraction (which leads us to sin) is the same for everyone.
Today’s Bible verse is 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.
What does the Apostle Paul mean by “be not conformed”? Let’s think about this for a minute. Have you ever made Jello for your mother? Once you’ve mixed it thoroughly and prepared it, you poured it into a mold, right? The Jello solidifies and takes on the exact shape of the mold that you poured it in to. Conforming to the world is exactly the same thing. If the world says it’s cool to wear certain clothes, or listen to certain music, or have the latest cell phone, today’s teenager usually goes out at the first chance she gets and buys it. Each time we just “have to have” the latest new thing that comes on the market, we open ourselves up to conforming to the world. The more we mold ourselves in the world’s pattern, the less and less we see Christ’s pattern/mold in us.
How can you know that what you are doing is conforming to the world or submitting to the will of God? From the beginning of time, there has been an “order” to everything. God created Adam – then Eve – then children came. God was Adam’s head – God had authority over him. Adam had authority over Eve and both had authority over their children. It is what is known as the natural order of a family. Therefore, children should submit to their parents as they submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20) It pleases God when children heed their parents’ wishes.
Today’s verse continues on by saying that we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. As Christians who have been born again, our minds are to be changed from the thoughts we once had prior to salvation to new thoughts – those centered around godliness and patterning ourselves after the Lord Jesus Christ, not the world. If my thoughts revolved around cursing before I was saved, they should revolve around good words now that I am saved. That is the renewing of the mind spoken of.
As you assess what the world has to offer, compare it to the Scriptures as this is your “ruler” to which you should measure everything in life. You learn to measure everything in life when you spend time reading your Bible. Every answer to every question can be found in the Scriptures if you just look. Sometimes it takes longer to find an answer but it’s all the more rewarding when the time is spent! 🙂
After you have searched the Scriptures, ask your parents what their thoughts are on the latest fashion or your next purchase. They may have an alternative, an objection, or suggestion. God is working in their lives as well. He’s giving them wisdom to lead you. There’s nothing wrong with seeking wisdom.
Some of you may have only one parent at home. Some of you may have parents who are not saved. But they are your parents, nonetheless. Ask for their opinions and advice – you’ll be amazed at how smart they really are 😉 Proverbs 9:9 Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
To the person who gives in to the “temptations” of the world and disregards wise advice, she is likened to a fool: Proverbs 1:7a “… [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction” and Proverbs 28:26a “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool:”
You must remember that teen girls run by emotion. 🙂 Changing bodies, hormones and adulthood rule the thoughts of most teenage girls. But it doesn’t have to always be that way for Christian young ladies. Desire what is good for your life. God is faithful and wants to lead you in the right direction. He has plans for you: what you will become after high school, the man you are going to marry, the number of children you will have, etc.
Remember and put into practice today’s text. As you put into practice the results of a renewed mind, you will end up proving what is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God for your life.
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.