Saviour


Have you ever been in a situation where someone rescued you from certain death? I have. When I was 12 years old, I nearly drowned. Had it not been for my brother-in-law, Bob, jumping into the lake after me, I would surely have died. The act of one man saved my life! Bob was an expert swimmer and, thus, was perfectly qualified to jump right in to save me. My sister could not have done this as she did not know how to swim, therefore, she was not qualified!

I sit hear thinking of where my soul would have been had Bob not rescued me! I would be burning in hell, then the lake of fire for all eternity! The fear that I felt at the time I was drowning is nothing compared to the fear that is experienced by those who are now in hell! How I praise the Lord that Bob saved my life that day. It gave me the opportunity to hear the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ thirteen years later! Although I had been raised in a moral home, I had never heard the plan of salvation. But one thing is for certain, I knew what it was like to be “saved” from death.

As I meditated on that this morning, I noticed that I could only be saved by someone who knew how to swim. So it is with our salvation. Only someone who could conquer death and have eternal life could be qualified to save us – this was the Life Giver, Himself, Jesus Christ! There is no other that is qualified for the task of salvation, my friend.

Today’s Name of Jesus is Saviour! What a great name it is! There is no one that can say that they died and rose again. Lazarus could not claim this. Although he was raised from the dead, Lazarus eventually did die. Joseph Smith died. Muhammad did die. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left heaven to take on human form for the sole purpose of dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins! He then rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father!

Only God is qualified to save us! (Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. No mere human can save us. We have a qualified Saviour in Jesus Christ. Only He can claim this title.

I thought you might enjoy reading Scriptures relating to our Saviour! ūüôā If you are not blessed by these, your blesser is broken, teen girl!

(2 Sa 22:3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

(Psa 106:21) They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

(Isa 43:3) For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

(Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

(Isa 45:15) Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

(Isa 45:21) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

(Isa 49:26) And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Isa 60:16) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Hos 13:4) Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

(Luk 1:47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. (Notice Mary said this – she says that God is her Saviour! How could she be sinless then?)

(Luk 2:11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

(Joh 4:42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

(Act 5:31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

(Act 13:23) Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

(Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

(Php 3:20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

(1 Ti 1:1) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

(1 Ti 2:3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

(1 Ti 4:10) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

(2 Ti 1:10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(Tit 1:3) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

(Tit 1:4) To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

(Tit 2:10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

(Tit 2:13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

(Tit 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

(Tit 3:6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

(2 Pe 1:1) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

(2 Pe 1:11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

(2 Pe 2:20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

(2 Pe 3:18 ) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(1 Jn 4:14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

(Jud 1:25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

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Hear God’s Word


(Joh 8:45-47) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (45) Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (46) He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. (47)(1 Jn 4:6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We hear God’s Word because we have been born again and we possess the Holy Spirit in our lives, right teen girl? He, the Holy Spirit, will teach us about Jesus Christ and God’s will for us and He will guide us into all truths.

(Joh 14:17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.(Joh 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
(Joh 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Spirit of God is what convicts us and shows us what we must do in our lives. Seven times, Christ tells us to listen to the Spirit! ¬†The number seven is the number for perfection so whenever God says something seven times, we should really listen ūüôā

(Rev 2:7) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.(Rev 2:11) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
(Rev 2:17) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
(Rev 2:29) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Rev 3:6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Rev 3:13) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Rev 3:22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It is clear that we must listen to the Holy Spirit of God, not only for salvation but for our spiritual growth. The same Spirit that spoke to Elijah speaks to us in that still small voice. (1 Ki 19:12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Are¬†you listening to God’s still small voice, teen girl? ¬†When you read your Bible in the morning, ask God to talk to you – ask Him to stir your heart so you can hear what He wants you to hear. ¬†ūüôā

The Light


(Luk 18:16-17) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (16) Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. (17) 

As I meditated on these verses this morning, I wondered why the Lord would compare Heaven to a kingdom filled with those who received salvation like a child. What is it about a child that would lead our Saviour to encourage us to be like them when it comes to salvation? A child does not complicate an issue – he sees things simple. You probably can see this with your younger siblings or children you babysit, right teen girl? When my son was little, I asked him how the stars stay up in the heavens; he answered that “God holds them up there” and he believed that without any hesitation. If I were to ask an adult, on the other hand, I would be given scientific reasons.

Your father could¬†be laid off from work and in the middle of a financial crisis in your home. But if your younger sibling asked him if everything was O.K., he would respond with reassurance that all was well and your younger sibling¬†would believe him and would not question it. Correct? I believe that when Jesus used this analogy, He wanted to communicate to us that salvation is not a complicated issue. Nicodemus complicated it in John 3 – this Pharisee could not accept Christ’s words by exercising his faith. He had to put an intellectual twist to it. A child can see simplicity because¬†he¬†is simple. Life has not had a chance to take its toll in that young heart. A child clearly sees the light of the Gospel when an adult cannot.

Jesus compared Himself to the light of the world. His Word is what will light salvation’s message. Every believer can clearly look back on his salvation testimony and see God’s hand along the way. God lit up a path and that path led to Him. Even after salvation, God’s Word continues to be a light that directs us.¬†(Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.¬†Jesus is the Light of the world. His salvation is evident throughout the precious pages of the Bible.¬†(Joh 9:5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.¬†The Word was in the beginning and with that Word He brings light. The light has many uses:

1. The believer does not remain in darkness:

(Joh 12:46) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

The believer no longer has to live in the darkness of sin and be blinded. He has the Truth of the Word in his Bible and is able to see the light of Truth.

(Joh 1:9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

2. The Light directs the believer:

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

Our path is no longer in darkness. We are able to search the Scriptures and determine God’s will for us. Knowing God’s will lights our way and we don’t have to wonder. As long as we are in the Word, the enemy cannot fool us because the Word is a light and we will be able to see the enemy’s tactics and recognize what he is trying to do to us.

(Joh 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

3. The Light alerts us to false doctrine:

(Isa 8:20) To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

If someone comes to us preaching another gospel, we are able to pick out their lies because the Word reveals the Truth to us. We must be diligently reading the Word to be able to discern deception. We cannot trust man or the doctrines of man.

(2 Pe 1:19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

(2 Co 4:4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Let the Light shine in you, teen girl, so others may recognize that you are different that those religious people who visit their doorstep. To those teen girls who do not believe that God’s Word is final, I¬†challenge¬†you to read God’s Word only for a while. Its truths will open up to you and the glorious light will be revealed to you!

Father in Heaven…
Shed Your blessed Light before me
So I clearly see my way
Keep me from the traps of sin
As I read Your Word each day.

Where is your strength, teen girl?


Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Where do you draw your strength from when hard times fall on you, teen girl?  Do you draw strength from your parents?  Do you draw strength from your friends?  Although they are good options, they should not be the first source you go to.

Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

The Lord God should be our main source for strength. ¬†He should be the first one we turn to when times get rough. ¬†Can you imagine what kind of testimony that would be to your parents (especially if they are unsaved) and your friends? ¬†They would see that you are not easily shaken by circumstances. ¬†They would see that you are not sucked into the “drama” but you turn to your God and allow Him to do a work in your heart. ¬†What work? The work of peach which no one can understand but the Christian who walks closely with Him!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

If the Lord is not the first one you turn to, there is a great need in your spiritual walk for growth in this area. Practice makes perfect! ūüôā

Are You Reading?


How many hours a week (not counting church services) do you spend in God’s Word? Do you read a paragraph here and there? Or do you have a structured reading time? Are you one of those who reads a page from a little devotional booklet and call that your Bible reading time? Do you have the Word of God boxed down to a five-minute time slot? If you are not a born-again child of God, then it is understandable. However, to the born-again Christian teenager, this is a crucial topic in today’s world. We are in the age of i-Pods, the Internet, cell phones, etc. One can get free Bible software with the Strong’s Concordance and Noah Webster’s Dictionary right at their fingertips on their cell, PDA and PC. The art of studying the Word of God with opened books has now been made available in electronic format. However, with all this technology, does the Christian really spend more time in the Word? Do you, teen girl?

It is¬†so¬†important for the Christian to be in God’s Word!¬†(Psa 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.¬†Being¬†in¬†the Word keeps us from sin! Compromise has set into the heart of the believer in today’s church. We see it all around us. The world has come into the church through music, various “versions” of the Bible, manner of dress, etc. These compromises could only have entered because the believer was not prepared. If being in the Word keeps us from sin, then what does this mean of those who have allowed compromise to settle into their hearts and, as a result, into their churches? Compromise is sin, therefore, it means that the teen girl is not in the Word of God the way she ought to be.

There are many names for Jesus recorded in the Bible: the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings, the Word of God, etc. Why do you think Jesus called Himself the Word of God? The Word of God draws us to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The Word brings salvation to the unbeliever! The unbeliever does not instinctively go to the Bible on a daily basis. His faith cannot be built because he is not in the Word. It is not until he is led to the Word or he hears the Word being preached by a preacher or soul winner that he comes to a saving knowledge of Christ.

However, if the devil can hinder someone from being in the Word, then he can stunt his spiritual growth or keep him from getting saved. Just as you would start suffering from various illnesses if you were undernourished, you will suffer at the hands of the devil if you are spiritually undernourished. To the unbeliever, this means you will suffer burning in hell for all eternity along with the devil. To the believer, this means you will encounter problem after problem and live a defeated life because you will no strength to endure your fiery trials.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (6) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (7) The flesh is what keeps one from the Word of God. A humble Christian submits to God and what the Word commands of him. Noah Webster defines humble as:

Lowly; modest; meek; submissive; opposed to proud,haughty, arrogant or assuming. In an evangelical sense, having a low opinion of one’s self, and a deep sense of unworthiness in the sight of God

You may not think you are prideful but you are if you are not spending time in the Word. You are making a statement:¬†“I can live today without the help of God – I can do it on my own!”¬†That’s exactly what the devil wants you to do. That is why Satan can attack the believer like a roaring lion! When we submit to the Lord and spend time in His Word, He¬†guards us from the enemy, He¬†gathers us to Him and hides us under His wing for protection, and He¬†guides us in the path that we should go. His guidance can be found in His Word – He promises us that He will¬†not¬†leave us in the dark.¬†(Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.¬†Your path will be a dark one if you don’t spend any time in your Bible. This is when you will begin to wonder where God is. You will begin to doubt that you are His child. You will begin to fret over life’s problems and you will waiver in your faith, teen girl.

By attacking God’s Word, the devil has succeeded in convincing many that Christ is not God. This is nothing new. He started his attack in the Garden of Eden with¬†“Yea, hath God said” Gen. 3:1¬†If he can cause people to question the very Word of God, then he can remove the focus on salvation through Christ, the Son of God, the second in the Trinity. That is why it is so important for you to be in the Word, my friend. Christ knew just how important the Word was to us that He made certain that it was recorded in a Book for us to have. We are so blessed to be able to have a Bible in each household today – some households have several! It was not so in the days prior to the printing press. We ought to be grateful!¬†Don’t let the devil fool you!

Here are a few verses that describe Christ as the Word. This should compel you to read and to study, knowing that His Word is vital in your life. Please, teen girl, ask yourself why God would put this particular description of Christ in His Word. It is because He knows how important it is for His children to read, study and grow. (2 Ti 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. He did not say that you should study to show yourself approved to yourself, your Pastor, or to others but to show yourself approved unto God!

(Joh 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(Joh 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(1 Jn 1:1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(1 Jn 5:7) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

(Rev 19:13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

(Rev 19:16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

You will have to stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords one day and explain why you were spiritually weak. It won’t be because He did not leave you with the tools to be a strong Christian. Teen girl, you can’t build a car engine with a Q-tip. God did not leave you here on earth with a Q-tip. He left you here with the Sword of the Lord – His Holy Word – through Christ Jesus! You have no excuse. If you are not born again, it’s not because there isn’t a preacher or a Bible everywhere you turn. If you are saved and defeated, it’s not because you don’t have the tools. God has left you His very words breathed onto every page of the blessed King James Bible.

Honour



Honour thy father and thy mother. Exo 20:12

 

Just what does honour mean in this verse? Noah Webster defines it as:

1. To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to. Honour thy father and thy mother. Exo 20:12.

It does not say to love them. I found this interesting. Most of us have a natural affection and love for our parents. But what about those children who have been estranged from their parents for one reason or another? How can they honour their parents if they don’t love them? According to Noah Webster, honouring parents means to:

1. Revere them – To regard with fear mingled with respect and affection
2. Respect them – To view or consider with some degree of reverence; to esteem as possessed of real worth
3. Treat with deference – A yielding in opinion; submission of judgment to the opinion or judgment of another. Hence, regard; respect.
4. Submit to them – the act of yielding to power or authority
5. Perform relative duties to – The acts and tasks children do requested of them by their parents.

Naturally, these actions are a result of loving our parents. However, no where does it say that we must love our parents. We are to obey our parents and honour them. These are the only commandments to children I have found. Naturally a child who obeys and honours their parents will love them but a child who has been abused or hurt deeply, it is not natural for them to love at all.  Are you one of those children, teen girl?

What about the child whose relationship has been damaged or strained with her parents? She can still honour her parents according to Noah Webster, can’t she? She does not have to love them. However, she¬†does¬†have to honour them. If she still lives under their roof, she still needs to obey them. This is what God commands. I found it interesting that a child is never commanded to love her parents.

I believe from the bottom of my heart that a son and daughter who have been hurt deeply by their parents can heal their broken relationships by honouring them the way God intended for them to honour their parents. Taking Noah’s definitions, let’s look at some ways this can be fulfilled by what God has commanded:

1.¬†Revere them¬†– You may not regard your parents with respect and affection but you can regard their “office” with respect and affection. Your Heavenly Father is the ultimate Parent. Revere the office because it is desired of your Heavenly Father. This will please Him. Use His office as the ultimate example and apply it to your parents’ office. The love you have for God should be your driving force in this effort.

2.¬†Respect them¬†– The office of parent is not an easy task. Honouring this office is not a choice but a command (according to Ex. 20:12). Parents deserve respect because of the position they hold, not their actions. When one can look beyond the person and the hurts and focus on the “office” it removes the emotion and personal involvement with the people and places it on the office.

3.¬†Treat with deference¬†– There is nothing more common today than children who have a difference of opinion from those of their parents and they strive to prove their point or make their opinions known no matter what the cost. Just because one disagrees with parents does not mean they have the “right” to “speak their minds” and disrespect them. Deference is a yielding in¬†your¬†opinion and submission of judgment to¬†their¬†opinion. It does not mean your opinion changes, it just means that you are not going to argue with your parents because you respect the office they hold. Would you argue with your Pastor? Would you argue with the President of the United States? No! You would respect their office and watch your tongue. You might even keep a few things to yourself for fear of hurting them. That is all part of honouring them. This reminds me of the verse,¬†A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (Pro 15:1)

4.¬†Submit to them¬†– As long as a child lives under his parents’ roof, she is under their umbrella of authority. Like an umbrella protects one from the elements, the umbrella of authority keeps the child from being accountable. The parents absorb any bad judgments. God will hold the parents responsible for their abuse – for their unwise decisions on behalf of their children. To the child who doesn’t know any better and her parents do her wrong, God’s hand is on her and will keep her through it. But the moment this child steps out from underneath the umbrella of authority in her life and takes control,
she is subject to the devil’s trials and tribulations. Not only will the child suffer the consequences of the trial but she will suffer the chastisement of God for not honoring and obeying her parents. Submission keeps things in order. We are not commanded to honour only when parents are good parents. We are not commanded to obey our parents only when they are saved or if they are good parents.

5.¬†Perform relative duties to¬†– Because your parents hold that office, it is your duty to help them – to aid them in their time of need. One of the greatest testimonies I know is a friend of mine. His parents never displayed love toward him. After his salvation, he changed dramatically. Despite the fact that his parents showed preferential treatment to his brothers who were living a life of sin, this didn’t stop my friend from being kind to his parents and honouring them? Absolutely not. He was usually the one who went to their house and fixed things, painted, etc. They could always count on him to help them. Will he ever be able to lead them to the Lord because of his actions? I don’t know. But what I¬†do¬†know is that even though he is in his 50’s, he is still honouring his parents and doing God proud.

So, dear Christian teenager, are you struggling in your relationship with your parents? It’s not what¬†you¬†think¬†or¬†what your parents think. It is what God’s Word says you must do as a child: honour and obey. Do you honour them in the manner defined in Noah Webster’s Dictionary? You don’t have to love them – but you are commanded to honour them. This is the only commandment with a promise attached to it,¬†Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exo 20:12)¬†God shows it is¬†that¬†important.

Dear God…
Although my parents are not worthy
And their actions toward me are wrong
The Word reveals Your plan for me
Give me grace to always be strong

Choosing Sides


cow_stuck_on_the_fence-300x199Phil. 4:7-8, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (7) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (8)

Let’s face it, teen girl, how many Christian teenagers do you know that are truly sold out for God and consistently moving forward in their walk with God? How many Christian teenagers can you say are striving toward living a Godly life in every aspect of their lives? We can perfect one area, like what music we listen to, but if we leave inappropriate reading aside, we are straddling the fence. We are sitting on the fence of indecision.

When you don’t move forward toward righteous living, you are making the decision to sit on the fence. Jesus said it best.¬†Matt. 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (13) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (14)¬†Yes, this speaks of the road to salvation. However, take notice that the believer has to¬†enter¬†at the straight gate and go down the narrow road. The person who sits on the fence is not in motion. The believer who enters in at the straight gate and then sits on the fence is not moving forward down the narrow road. She is sitting still and is not making any progress on her spiritual journey.

What is causing you to straddle the fence today? Is it impure thoughts? Is it covetousness – wanting things you can’t or don’t have? Is it what you watch on TV? Is it the music you listen to? Whatever you expose yourself to, teen girl, you should ask yourself if it meets with the Phil. 4:8 criteria. Any Christian teen girl (or adult for that matter) who does not desire to grow spiritually needs to ask herself why she is so indifferent about her progress. David took leave of his walk with God and allowed himself to straddle the fence. While he sat on the fence, his eyes caused him to covet another man’s wife. He straddled that fence a little longer and the devil wreaked havoc with David’s thoughts. Next, David began thinking of ways to remove the obstacle out of his way which prevented him from fulfilling the his lust. However, after David was convicted of his sin, he repented and moved forward from that point on. He got off the fence! We don’t see any accounts of his falling deep into sin after that. Can you see what straddling the fence does? Any time you are idle in your thoughts, you will be tempted to wander. That is why Paul exhorted us to “think on these things”!

Where is your thought life like today, teen girl? These types of thoughts in Phil. 4:8 are fixed on heavenly things. What are¬†you¬†thinking about? The latest movie out of Hollywood? The latest gossip with your friends? What the argument was all about with your younger sibling? How many minutes/hours does your mind dwell on thoughts like these – even when you’re reading that book or watching that movie. Compare it to how many minutes/hours your mind dwells on Godly things.

Paul exhorts us to think of things that are true Рonly God is Truth РHis Word is Truth. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)

Are you thinking of honest things in all areas of your life? Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Pet 2:12)

Are you thinking of things which are just? (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Rom 2:13)

Are you thinking of pure things? The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psa 12:6) If your thoughts are not focused on the Word, which is pure, they will be focused on the world. The teen girl should be in motion on this one Рshe should be moving forward working toward purifying herself. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (1Jo 3:6)

Do you think on lovely things? Not things the world has to offer – but things that God offers. Do you think about what Heaven will be like? Do you think about God’s creation? Do you think about the message you heard on Sunday?¬†His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (Son 5:16)¬†Thinking on Christ is lovely! He is altogether lovely!

What about thinking of things of good report?¬†Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Tim 3:7)¬†A man considered for Pastor must have a good reputation so the lost don’t have reason to doubt him. Are you thinking about your reputation and keeping it honorable before your friends, family and church?

What about thinking on virtuous things? Do you think on morally good things?¬†According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2Pe 1:3)¬†God has called us to grow in this area. The more we think on morally good things, the less we’ll have time for the ungodly works of the flesh.

Do you think about praises?¬†[To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.] I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. (Psa 9:1)¬†Even when you cannot think of one thing to praise God about, look at His wonderful creation and you’ll find something to praise Him for.

Teen girl, take moral inventory of your life today. How much time do you spend in the Word? How much time do you spend in prayer? How much time do you spend in church? How much time do you talk to others about the Lord? How much time to you study your Bible? Now compare it with how much time you do everything else in your life – be honest with yourself. Write it down on paper if you have to so you can see it in black and white. I beg you to do this assignment. Are you sitting on the fence of indifference? This ought not be so. The path to heaven is narrow and few are called. Why do you think this is? We must be growing in grace – growing in the knowledge and wisdom of the Word. It is in this growing process that we come down from straddling that fence and move forward in the path of righteousness. Remember, not only does the devil own the wide gate but he owns the fence you’re sitting on, too. He loves it when the Christian teenager is not in forward motion!

Dear God…
Forgive me Lord for straddling the fence
Of indifference to the things of God
Help me Lord to move continually forward
As I walk the narrow way, Heaven bound.