Trusting


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~Psalm 9:10And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

The world says that a good way to know if you trust someone is to turn around and fall backwards into that person’s arms. We’ve all done this at one time or another right?  We are so willing to trust a friend to this extent but do we trust God this way?  Do we trust God with what seems impossible in our lives?  Do we trust God with the day-to-day struggles? Do you, teen girl?

This Psalm blesses me because it continues to say that the Lord does not forsake those who seek Him.  God is faithful and is not to be compared to a human being who makes mistakes.  God promises to never forsake us, therefore, He will never forsake us.  We can count on Him to help us through whatever trial, illness or difficulty we are experiencing.  What comfort this is to my heart!

Do you feel this way about Him?  If not, teen girl, it’s time to dig your nose into your Bible and read, read, read.  This is how God speaks to you. 🙂

Water


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~Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Our Heavenly Father promises to guide us and He does this through His Word and prayer. Not only does He guide us but He promises to satisfy our souls when we feel spiritually dry. He promises to make our spiritual bones fat and to water us through His Word.

~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

~Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Notice the word “freely” teen girl?  It goes right back to that free gift that God gave us through Christ and not through anything that we can do.  There is nothing you can do to purchase your own salvation.

~Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

It is always true that an encounter with God brings wonderment and awe!
A. W. Tozer

Fear


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~Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge..

Just what does it mean to fear God?  Does it mean to be afraid of Him?  Noah Webster defines fear as:

In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.

Before salvation, I did not possess this type of fear. I did not consider God in this light because I did not love Him as I should. I did not have a reverence (high respect above all else) for His laws. I knew they existed but I did not feel compelled to obey them.

After salvation, however, the Holy Spirit placed this fear in my heart. Now I strive for perfect obedience. I fail miserably but the key is that I am striving to be obedient. When I do fail, I know:

~1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today.
A. W. Tozer

Never Changing


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~Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

I love this verse!  No matter how much my environment changes, or people around me, I can depend on the Lord being stedfast, faithful and never changing!  The way God was in Old Testament time and years gone by is the same way He is today … and the same way He will be tomorrow.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not. As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

…Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me. (Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymn)

God’s compassion, His stability, and His mercy bring comfort to the Christian.

~Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Rejoice this morning and be thankful that the same God who helped Noah, Esther, Paul, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Spurgeon, is the same God who is mindful of you today, teen girl!  Have you messed up?  Ask the Lord to forgive you!  Are you far from God? Now’s the time to make it right and return to Him.  He is stedfast and never moves or changes – we are the ones who move.  So move in the right direction and walk toward the Lord! 🙂

A Boy and His Duck


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One of the Christian’s most revered holidays celebrates His resurrection. I hope you enjoy this story.  It’s a good one!

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. 

He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.  Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, ‘Sally, let’s wash the dishes.’

But Sally said, ‘Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.’

Then she whispered to him, ‘Remember the duck?’

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ‘I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.’

Sally just smiled and said, ‘well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.’

She whispered again, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer.  He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, ‘Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.’

Thought for the day and every day thereafter:

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is…You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life… He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets.  It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.

~Author Unknown

Magnetic Personality


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As the sun goes down at night, you can still see where you’re going as long as there is the slightest amount of sun still showing. Once the sun has gone down completely, finding one’s way without a flashlight is difficult.  Christ compares the Christian as a light to the unsaved world. In a world filled with sin, the believer’s actions and speech should shine a light that reveals Christ to them.  The believer’s testimony should be such that it points the lost to salvation.

Christ also compared the believer to salt. Salt adds flavor and can also cause you to thirst. True salvation gives the believer a new life.  The believer desires to live a more righteous life and desires to sin less.  This leaves an open door to share the gospel with the unsaved.  You would not continue to salt your food if the salt had no flavor.  Neither will the unbeliever desire anything spiritual, let alone salvation, if the person sharing the gospel does not have the salt he needs. What’s your spiritual salt like, teen girl?

~Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Our life should reflect the gospel so the unbeliever can see that we are not phony. The salt of our lives should cause them to thirst after the gospel and desire to learn more about Jesus Christ.

The life of the Christian should be a magnet to draw people to Christ.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Chosen


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~Psalm 139:13-16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Just think, teen girl, God knew you before you were born! Isn’t that mind boggling to you? God just doesn’t know you, but He knows every part of you. I’m so thankful that He chose to die for me despite of who I am today. I love Spurgeon’s quote:

It’s a good thing God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I’m also thankful that despite of who I am and the sinner that I am, Christ chose to die for me! It shows how much God loves us!

~Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.