Job 13:15 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Have you taken the time to read about Job, teen girl?  Despite all of the trials that God allowed to come his way, Job never lost his faith in God.  Some of those trials tested him beyond belief – losing all of his children must have been so traumatic for him.  He even lost all of his belongings, to top it all off!  If that were me, I’m sure I would have sunken into a deep depression! 😥

Job never wavered – he had complete faith that God was in control of everything and that God must have had a reason for allowing these things to happen to him.  He didn’t waiver when Mrs. Job told him to curse God and die.  He didn’t waiver when his friends told him that these awful things were happening to him because he had sinned against God.  Job had such a close walk with God that he was able to quote today’s Bible verse above.

How about you, teen girl?  Are you able to rest in God’s care knowing that the trials you are going through are all in God’s hands?  Are schoolmates bullying you?  Are they making fun of you because you’re a Christian and you’re different?  Are your parents divorced and the trial seems more than you can bear?  God’s ways are perfect, teen girl.  Read Psalm 18:30.  We can trust that whatever God does and whatever He allows are also perfect.  It may seem hard to believe at the time you’re going through the trial but His Word never lies.

Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.  We must remember that.  Even though everything around us looks like it’s about ready to fall apart, trust in Him.  He will guide and direct you (Proverbs 3:5-6). Sometimes God wants us to really see His hand in our lives and the only way we can see His hand is by going through trials where we learn to lean on Him and depend on Him.  Job learned this and was able to say:

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

A Right Spirit

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Having a right spirit is a hard task for a teen girl in the middle of puberty.  Whether or not you want to admit it, your hormones play a big part of your emotions.  You can be sweet and cooperative one minute and then blow a gasket the next.  This is all part of growing up.  However, it does not have to remain a part of your day-to-day life, teen girl.

When you explode with anger, you are merely throwing a childish temper tantrum, which reveals your maturity level.  I can remember wanting to be treated like an adult when I was a teenager.  However, my parents would always tell me that I would be treated like an adult when I started acting like one.  I’m sure you have heard that from your parents as well 🙂  Mature Christian adults don’t throw temper tantrums.  They walk away from anger and seek the Lord’s counsel and help.  This is the way they apply today’s verse to their hearts.

I dare say if every teenager prayed today’s Psalm, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” there would be a lot of mature Christian teens in today’s churches.  Where are you today, teen girl?  Do you need to pray this prayer?  Pray it sincerely – daily – and see the Lord work in your heart!!

God’s Word

~Psalm 117:1-2 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Today’s text is so short but it is packed with blessing! The Psalmist is exhorting us to praise the Lord. Why? Psalm 117:2 says that God’s merciful kindness is great toward us! Amen to that! If it weren’t for the Lord Jesus Christ saving my soul over 30 years ago, I would be dead and burning in Hell! That’s great mercy! But the latter part of verse 2 says that the Lord’s truth endures forever! Then the Psalmist tells us to praise the Lord again! We ought to praise God for showing His great mercy toward us by preserving His truth – His word!

God’s truth will endure forever! Endure what, teen girl?  Let’s stop and meditate on these verses as the Lord reveals His word to us, amen? I am currently doing a study on Bible versions and the history of God’s words preserved through these thousands of years. Countless men and women have been killed over the preservation of God’s word. It did not take Satan long before he started corrupting the word of God – in fact, he began this corruption by causing doubt and actually changing what God said in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1).

It amazes me that you can discuss the preservation of God’s word with Christians today and they doubt that there is a true copy God’s word available to us today. What do you believe, teen girl?  These same Christians believe that God created the universe and all that is in it. Why does their faith stop with creation, I wonder?  Can not this same God preserve His word?  God tells us that He can in His word so why are there doubts today?

Jesus said that God’s word is true and sanctifies (sets apart) the believer.

~John 17:17-19 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Is it any wonder that the devil would try to corrupt it or have people wonder if it even exists?  Satan does not want Christians to be sanctified.  He wants Christians to be powerless.  Furthermore, he does not want anyone coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, he has succeeded in producing 200+ bible versions out there which could not lead a horse to water, let alone a man to salvation.

God is not a liar, like man (Romans 3:4). He speaks the truth through His word. In fact, His word is more important to God than His very name!

~Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Since God holds His own word above His own name (He magnifies it), it stands to reason that He would preserve it through the centuries and make sure that His creation would have His true words so they could find His blessed gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ!

~Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

I encourage any teen girl who is reading this to do a study on the history of God’s word and the corruption of the texts through the ages. You must know that God would not give us 200+ versions of His word to cause confusion for His creation.  That has never been His intention. It is, however, the intention of Satan to change, pervert and corrupt (Genesis 3:1).  He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he hates truth!  It is not rocket science – this should be evident to all Christians yet many are convinced that we cannot possibly have the preserved words of God!

The Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. It is also found in Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33.

Teen girl, if you believe that God can keep your salvation, then why can you not believe that He can keep His word? You cannot escape God’s truth. The devil wants you to but you cannot escape God’s word.

~Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

I encourage each teen girl who is reading this to study the history of the words of God as I have. We have God’s word in the English language and it is not contained in 200+ versions. Men and women died preserving the manuscripts throughout the years and, yes, God’s word does exist in the King James Bible. Don’t be deceived that you have to have a modern English translation to understand. That is just another ploy of Satan’s to keep you from the truth. God can preserve His words – don’t buy that lie from the pits of Hell.

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Am I Really Right?

~Proverb 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

According to today’s verse, it is our ‘nature’ to think we are right in our actions. But are we? Am I? Are you, teen girl?

The unsaved person does not desire to serve God because his fallen nature is to serve self. In so doing, everything the unsaved person does will be out of the will of God.  The only thing the unsaved can do that would be “in the will of God” is to accept His gift of salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He also uses the works of his religion to see himself as clean. (Isaiah 64:6) It is Christ’s righteousness that frees man from sin – not being a good Methodist or a good Catholic. (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 3:22-26, Ephesians 2:8-9)

However, the Christian now has a choice: a choice to do right or to sin.  When the Christian nurtures sin, he will begin to justify it in his life. This is where his ways are “clean in his own eyes.” For example, the Christian who spends time watching TV rather than devote some time to Bible reading, doing a Sunday School lesson, or studying will try to justify his TV watching to the fact that he needs some ‘down time’.  However, at what expense? When we allow our daily life to infringe upon our spiritual life, our ways are no longer “clean.”  No amount of justifying will convince God that TV was not much more important to us than learning His truths.

So dear teen girl, God will weigh your spirits.  Will you be found lacking? No matter how clean your ways are in your eyes, God will not be fooled. Today’s text encourages us to do a daily moral inventory or our ways.  It is better for your ways to be judged by you than to be judged and found lacking by God.

In Search Of…

It is vital for a Christian teenage girl to protect her eyes or she will find herself growing discouraged. I’m not talking about protecting one’s eyes from things we should not be looking at (like unsightly billboards) but from looking at our life’s circumstances.

It is when we look at our own circumstances that we become dissatisfied and we then begin to covet (want things we cannot have). We become jealous of other teen girls who are more popular than we are. We hear ourselves saying, “Others cannot know what I am going through because they do not have the problems that I have.” The moment we take our eyes off the Lord and place them on our problems, we will get discouraged.

~1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Did you notice the reference to the “lust of the eyes”? You may wonder what this has to do with the topic of growing weary. When we begin to look at what we feel is wrong in our lives, it is very easy to become covetous. That old devil will be sure to kick you when you’re down, teen girl! He will make sure that the grass you are looking at on the other side of that fence will appear to be a whole lot greener than your own! You will become resentful of your own life and you will desire what others have. You may not covet their belongings, but you will resent your own life for not being like theirs – what appears to be carefree.

Why do I have to be the one who is fat when Jean Jones seems to have everything in life?” This statement is a direct result of the lust of the eyes. This person would not notice that Jean seems to have everything in life if she had not looked at her own circumstances and compared them with Jean’s.

It is critical that we change how we view our circumstances. God’s Word teaches us how to do this. Use your eyes to focus on someone else’s needs rather than your own. Allow God to let you be a blessing to someone else. God can see when a need must be met and if you allow Him, He will use you to meet a need. Have you heard the statement, “God wants you to be Jesus with skin on.”? We have the Holy Spirit residing within us and His goal is to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to use you – each time you do, you become more and more like Christ. When we yield ourselves to the Spirit’s will, God is glorified!

God would be glorified if He healed your sick body right now or if He took away whatever trial you are experiencing. However, God may receive more glory by allowing you to go through the trial to help others.

So, where should you start, teen girl? Look within your own church family. Look for those who are lonely or hurting amongst your friends or others in school. Often times they are the ones who are quiet and probably do not get the opportunity to fellowship with others very much. They are sadly left out for one reason or another.

~1 John 4:7-12, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Our church has a membership directory and it is a good place to start. Take your church’s directory and write little facts you know beside each member. For example: Jane Smith has chemo from June through August; John Green’s father passed away and his mother is really sick – he has no family living nearby; Mary is new to the area and the kids make fun of her all the time in Teen Church; Susie’s husband is not saved and she does not get much Christian fellowship with other ladies, etc. If you personally do not know what the needs are, ask your parents or call your Pastor or the church secretary. They are usually the first to know when a need has arisen in the church. You can also glean from the weekly prayer bulletin.

Everyone has a need in their lives, my friend. Everyone! Use your eyes to see what these needs are and then focus your efforts on meeting those needs using the talents God has given to you.  A few of our Senior Saints live at an assisted living home and don’t get many visitors – take one of your friends and go visit them.  You’ll be amazed at how good you will feel inside for causing these dear Saints’ faces to light up when they see you! 🙂

Every one of us has a talent given by God above – yes, even you, teen girl! You may not view your abilities as a talent given from God but they truly are. As each part of our body is needed to make a fully functional human body, so is each talent and ability given to make Christ’s fully functional precious church!

Are you a good cook? Ask your mother if you can make some extra food at the next meal for someone who could use a “touch” from the Lord. Notice I said, “from the Lord”? Your talents are to be used for the glory of God, not yours, teen girl. Be that “Jesus with skin on” and let the Lord meet their need through you. When you are a humble and willing servant, you accomplish the Master’s tasks no matter if you receive a thank you or not. Your joy will come from being willing to be used of God.

If you cannot deliver the meal yourself, ask your Mom (or someone else) if she would like to do so. Some people don’t have the extra time to cook but they don’t mind delivering a meal to someone in need. God will put the two of you together and you’ll make a good team. Working together strives to make your church family a well rounded, fully-functional family. Each one using his/her talent for the Lord! Maybe someone else likes to make cards and has one that could be included with the meal. As well, maybe someone else has a beautiful flower garden and would like to include a bouquet of flowers. Do you see how God can be glorified through your abilities? The meal deliverer can also keep an eye open for things that may need to be done in the dear Saint’s home. For example, as she sits and chats for a bit, she can see if housework is needed. You can let the church secretary know this and the house cleaning can be assigned to ladies who love to do this; or if a shutter is falling off a window, or any other fix-it project, etc. She can call the Pastor and let him know so he can assign it to one of his men.

Maybe you’re in a situation, teen girl, where you cannot leave home whenever you want.  Pick up the phone and call someone in need of an encouraging word. You would be amazed how much of a blessing it is for a dear bed ridden Saint to receive a call just because someone cared about them! Even if it is just to say that the Lord had laid them on your heart and you wanted to say, “Hi.”  Call another teen girl in the church that other kids make fun of all the time and encourage her.

Do you like to write? Send a card or just a short note. I have found that God will usually cause someone’s name in my church directory to “pop out” at me. This person will come up to me later and tell me that my note was exactly what they needed that day. Although I feel great that my card was appreciated, I feel wonderful that the Lord met the need of that dear Saint.

Can you spare a few hours to do someone’s grocery shopping who is home bound? Do you like to clean? How about offering to clean a new Momma’s house because her hands are full with a colicky baby. Or better yet, offer to take care of that colicky baby while the new Momma takes a nice long bath!  Do you love to play the piano? Go to a nursing home and play for the elderly. When my husband was in the hospital for his cancer surgery, a dear lady would go up and down the hallways playing her harp! You could hear sound as she rounded the corner and the melodies of the harp calmed the heart! Now here is a lady who was using her talent to be a blessing to those who are bed ridden. Was she a Christian? I don’t know. But what a blessing she was to this lady as I sat there watching my beloved sleeping. It was as if the Lord was reaching out to me and calming my weary spirit!

What do you do best? What gifts has God given to you? The possibilities are endless! Everyone has a talent with which God has blessed him or her, teen girl. Use your talent for the glory of God!

When we are yielded to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He is busy at work in the lives of others at the same time that He is directing us. He will use us to minister to those in need. So let’s be diligent. When we are serving God in this capacity, He will bless us and will help us not to grow weary in our Christian walk. It will amaze you how much your outlook on your own circumstances will change for the good even though your own trials have not improved!

I pray that today’s devotional has been a blessing to you. I have often felt as though God couldn’t use me. My abilities are writing and being an encourager – whether that is here on this blog or in a note card or phone call, I can use them. This allows the God of Glory to reveal Himself to those in need!

Won’t you be yielded today, teen girl? It is wonderful to know that you are needed by God. It is wonderful to know that despite your physical impairments, you can still be used to encourage the life of another!  Press on for the glory of God! God will combine your abilities with those in your church family and together He will use your talents for His ultimate glory!

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures that depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

We Have a Big God

Weariness comes when we take our eyes of our true mission in life – our true goal – and place them on the world’s circumstances. You have to admit this is true! Any time I find that I just can’t go on one more minute, one more step, it is because I have looked at my life and I am dissatisfied.  Do you feel that way, too, teen girl?

Dissatisfaction is probably one of the primary reasons we get discouraged and weary. We think to ourselves, “What if…” and then off we go into the fields of dissatisfaction. This story really hit the nail on the head and I hope it is a blessing to you!

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.

The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish.

“Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?” he asked.

The inexperienced fisherman replied, “I only have a small frying pan.”

Sometimes, like that fisherman, we throw back the big plans, the big dreams, the big jobs and the big opportunities that God gives us. Our faith is too small. We laugh at that fisherman who didn’t figure out that all he needed was a bigger frying pan; yet how ready are we to increase the size of our faith?

Whether it’s a problem or a possibility, God will never give you anything bigger than you can handle. That means we can confidently walk into anything God brings our way.

You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). Nothing is too big for God.

Stop telling God you’ve got big problems. Tell your problems that you’ve got a big God!

~Author Unknown~

Train your thought life to meditate on God’s abilities, not yours, teen girl! After all, He is the one that knows all things. He is the God of Glory, the Creator and Mighty King! Can He not take care of every detail in your life? Do you think He doesn’t know how weary you are? Look toward to the mark and press forward, my friend! One day, you too will hear:

~Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!