Thy Word


Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11) God’s Word is the only thing in life that comes with a promise such as this. Do you know of anything or anyone who can promise that if you read and hide their product, 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 us in time of weakness.

Not only did our Heavenly Father give us His Word to grow by so that we wouldn’t sin, teen girl, but He also provided His Word so that we could be cleansed should we fall into sin. BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psa 119:9) The Word will cleanse you, teen girl, and keep you from sin.

So why don’t you spend more time in the Word? I believe that ole slew foot has managed to keep the Christian teen girl today from the Word by way of distractions and excuses. Today’s distractions are many. Everyone has them. If you’re not in the Word daily and gleaning from it, then you have too many distractions. If you’re not in the Word daily and gleaning from it, you will continuously struggle with sin.

The fact of the matter is this: the teen girl who does not read the Word is plain lazy. Would you deprive your pet from nourishment? Would you deprive yourself? 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 home. Your friends will see it. So when you do fall into temptation and sin, you have no one to blame but yourself. It isn’t God’s fault, or anyone else’s, but your own, teen girl. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor 1:9) If we fall, we fall because we chose to fall.

The more you spend time in the Word, the less time you will have to devote to sin.

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa 119:105)

With Thanksgiving


Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Psa 95:2)

Do you have a thankful heart, teen girl? I love Noah Webster’s definition of the word “psalm”:

A sacred song or hymn; a song composed on a divine subject and in praise of God. The most remarkable psalms are those composed by David and other Jewish saints, a collection of one hundred and fifty of which constitutes a canonical book of the Old Testament, called Psalms, or the book of Psalms. The word is also applied to sacred songs composed by modern poets, being versifications of the scriptural psalms, or of these with other parts of Scripture, composed for the use of churches; as the Psalms of Tate and Brady, of Watts, etc.

Can you imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when His children come before Him in their prayer closets or church services with this kind of grateful and thankful prayer? Can you imagine what it would be like if God’s children would make this joyful noise to Him with this kind of sacred psalm? I have chill bumps just thinking about it.

I know how blessed I am when my children are thankful for their blessings in life and say so. How thankful are you to your parents? How much more our Heavenly Father? All blessings come from Him. God enjoys blessing His children just as we enjoy blessing ours. Do we like it when our children are ungrateful? Of course not. Nor should we be ungrateful to our precious Heavenly Father. After all, He sent His only Son to take our punishment for sin so that we may inherit eternal life! There is no better reason to be thankful!

As Christians, we must remember why we are thankful and sing sacred psalms to the One who has provided for us. I can think of many reasons why I am thankful every day: my salvation, my husband, my family, my Pastor, my dear friends, my church family, my health, and the list goes on. What about you, teen girl?

When I focus on being thankful, I am not thinking about my problems and trials.

O King of Kings, O Lord of Lords
Henry Burton, 1887

O King of kings, O Lord of hosts, Whose throne is lifted high
Above the nations of the earth, the armies of the sky,
The spirits of perfected saints may give their nobler songs
And we, Thy children, worship Thee, to Whom all praise belongs.

Thy hand has hid within our fields treasures of countless worth;
The light, the suns of other years, shine from the depths of earth;
The very dust, inbreathed by Thee, the clods all cold and dead,
Wake into beauty and to life, to give Thy children bread.

Thou Who hast sown the sky with stars, and set Thy thoughts in gold,
Hast crowned our nation’s life, and ours, with blessings manifold;
Thy mercies have been numberless; Thy love, Thy grace, Thy care,
Were wider than our utmost need, and higher than our prayer.

O King of kings, O Lord of hosts, our fathers’ God and ours!
Be with us in the future years; and if the tempest lowers,
Look through the cloud with light of love, and smile our tears away
And lead us through the brightening years to Heaven’s eternal day.

Taking Heed


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

I wanted to write about how God uses the Word to bring conviction against sin to us. However, as I read and re-read this verse, it became apparent to me that the Lord used the words “young man (or woman)” here. Why would God use this adjective to describe the man? He could have just used the word man. So why did God interject with the word “young”?

Do you know what a “spiritual babe” is, teen girl?  It’s a born-again believer who never grows up in the Lord.  I’ve seen older Christians who have remained “spiritual babes” because they have not spent time in the Word. Taking time in the Word is work but a blessing follows. Some of us work for a living and at the end of the pay period, we receive a check. At the end of our hard work of reading and studying, we also receive a check – a spiritual check. However, our check lasts for eternity. Paul spoke on these spiritual babes. 1 Cor. 3:1-2, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” Paul likened the spiritual babes as carnal. They were still more concerned about the things of the flesh than spiritual things. A good definition of this is filling your life with friends and clothing and leaving God out – not reading your Bible, etc.

After all, isn’t that what a human baby does? He cries and cries unto he is fed. He is only concerned about his own needs at this point. Not once does this baby consider that Mommy is really tired and could sleep an extra hour if he would just hold off! Paul used the right choice of words here, didn’t he?

The more we grow in the Lord and by His Word, the more we become spiritual adults. We no longer have the same struggles we did as younger believers. We’ve learned to trust more in the Lord; we’ve learned that we can never lose our salvation and we’re sure of it and can prove it from the Word; we’ve learned that God is faithful and won’t abandon us; we’ve received this peace that young Christians and spiritually immature Christians can’t understand. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi 4:7) Just reading the Word is not sufficient. One has to heed its warnings, as the Psalm continues to point out. What’s the use in reading a self-help book if you don’t apply what you’ve learned, right? Applying God’s Word to your life is the key to maturing as a believer, teen girl.

I know I sound like a broken record, but God stresses over and over in His Word that we need to be IN the Word and applying it to our lives! Without it we die spiritually. That baby would die without his Mommy feeding him, right? So will the babe in Christ stunt his growth in Christ by not opening his Bible and gleaning from its spiritual nourishment.

There’s a banquet table awaiting the believer who stops to eat!

Dear God…
May I come to you each day
With an open mind and heart
Let me search until I find
Your will, may I not depart

Who do you admire?


 

~1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

If I were to take a poll right now, I am sure that there would be more teen girls who would recognize a picture of Justin Bieber than there would be teen girls who would recognize the lady pictured above. Do you know who this lady is? She is Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian lady whose family helped to hide Jews from the Nazi’s in Holland during the 1940’s. She is one of my heroes 🙂

Do you really want to see if your heart is right with God, teen girl? A good way to gauge your heart is by what types of things occupy your time. For example, who is your favorite “famous” person? Is it a man or woman of God or is it a movie star? Who do you read after the most? Do you read the latest teen magazines about your favorite music artist? Do you download the latest Justin Bieber songs and videos? Only you can answer these questions honestly. You may have parents who are perfectly willing to let you do these things but does that make it right in God’s eyes?

In everything, we should ask ourselves if what we are doing honors God. The latest movie stars, rock stars or sports star won’t do anything for your walk with God. The amount of time you spend admiring them will reveal where your heart is, teen girl. These people could care less about you personally. They only care about the money that they make as a result of the fans that they have. They could care less about where they will spend eternity. They could care less about the things of God.

Today’s Bible verses are very clear – they draw a line between what is Godly and what is worldly. Where do your thoughts go when you have some free time? If you are a true born-again Christian, teen girl, you should look at your life and allow God’s Word to change you. Do you spend more time doing worldly things than Godly things? If you do, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and ask Him to help you replace those things with Godly things.

What is your tongue worth?


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 of our body 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 saved teen girl? 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 control over it. She has learned to control the sin of gossip.

The weak minded believer, however, does not share in this. Not only is this weak minded believer 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 teen girl 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 gracious words? The weak minded believer 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 his 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 gossip in its midst? How can a church attract visitors when there’s a gossip 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, hate” 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. 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, oh Christian teen girl. Be careful what you expose your heart to. What is in your heart will come out of your mouth.  Say No Word, you will know much gossip and discord.  Say yes to Know the Word, you will have no 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 new dress.” My friend, don’t be fooled. You can only Febreeze a skunk so much and his scent will come right through it! Don’t allow the devil to rule over your mouth, teen girl. 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.

Dear God…
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
(Psa 19:14)

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The Way That Seems Right


There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Pro 14:12) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Pro 16:25)

I’ve noticed that some things in my Bible seem so important that God put the same statement in there more than once.  I was searching for the specific phrase above in my Bible and found that this phrase appeared twice in Proverbs. This Proverb was so important that the Lord put it in His Word twice. Anything the Lord states more than once in the Bible should be noted and carefully obeyed, don’t you think? Why do you think God did that in today’s verses, teen girl?

I can’t speak for God because His thoughts are not mine (Is. 55:8-9), but I can get a pretty good idea. I’ve always heard preaching on this verse in conjunction with salvation. Oh how true it is!! When I was a “good” catholic, I just knew I was in the right religion. Why did I know that? Because I was told so.. not because I had studied the Word of God to come to my own conclusion.  Do you know why you go to a specific church, teen girl?  Is it because your parents go there or do you really know why?

Notice how the verses above state that this way of salvation seems right unto a man. Not “right unto the religious leaders” but unto the man himself. Every individual, every breathing soul that ever lived (this includes you, teen girl) will have to make this choice, this decision, for himself. We cannot place the burden of blame on someone else for the choices we make. Why, then, do we think that we can leave the decision of salvation to someone else?

When I look back on the day I got saved, I remember a young woman who thought she was “OK” with God because I belonged to the biggest/richest “church and religion” in the world. How could so many people be wrong? Praise my wonderful Father in Heaven for pricking my heart through His Holy Spirit and showing me that nothing and no one could remove the burden of guilt from me except Jesus Christ. No church, no priest, no pope can say that I have eternal salvation through them. Why do I know that? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Joh 14:6)

There’s only one way.  The Word of God says differently, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Act 4:12) There is NO salvation in any other! None!

This way that I thought was the right way was leading me straight to hell. I wasn’t even questioning it. I wasn’t even concerned. I thank God daily for sending someone to warn me that I was heading down this path that was leading me to the ways of death! Thank You, Lord!  Where are you in this area, teen girl?  Do you go to church because your parents make you go?  Do you know that there is only one way to Heaven and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour?  There is no other way!  You won’t be able to blame your ignorance on anyone but yourself.  God gives everyone of us a chance to get saved.  One day you’re going to have to meet Christ face-to-face – what will you tell Him?  Will you tell Him that you didn’t get saved because your parents didn’t take you to the right church?  That won’t be an excuse because God has given you the Bible to read.  You also have read this devotional – now you are responsible.

You may not be thinking about death at this time of your life because you are so young.  Most young people think they will live until they are old.  But many teen girls have died in car accidents. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries! You cannot be 100% certain that you won’t become one of those statistics. Don’t take a chance with your eternity, teen girl. Make certain you know where you will spend it. You will spend it somewhere – either Heaven or Hell.  Don’t think you have all your life to make that decision. I’m sure the teen girls who died in car crashes felt that way but in a split second they woke up in eternity … but where?

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:11)

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 thinks his way is the only way. He does not and will not listen to reason or the possibility that he may be wrong.  Haven’t you ever been in that situation, teen girl?  You ask your parents for permission to go somewhere and they say no … you do everything in your power to convince them to change your mind and nag them over and over.  You think that their reasons for saying no are wrong and that you’re right. That’s a good example.

A fool also sees conflict in her life with a distorted view. It couldn’t possibly be something that she has done wrong. In fact, she truly believes that it is someone else’s fault. It is sad that one gets to the point that he cannot be taught of God. Her heart has hardened to the point where the Holy Spirit cannot pierce it. 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 teen girl does not need a request to speak her mind because she speaks it quickly and loudly. You hear much more than her two cents’ worth! Solomon says in verse 16 that the fool’s wrath is presently known. This teen girl 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 hers 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 teen girl 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 it is wrong and that God will say differently. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:8)

Dear God…
May I guard my every step
Heeding Your Word in all I do
May each of my actions bring praise
Honor and glory to You