Opportunities


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Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Most worldly teenagers are self-absorbed and could care less about the needs of their family or those around them. “Doing for others” is a learned trait – it doesn’t come naturally to any human being. Parents need to start teaching this to their children at an early age.

For the saved teen who has been taught to do good to others, it presents wonderful opportunities to be a blessing to others. Teen girl, just take a look around you and see how you can be a blessing to your parents. Do you have younger brothers and sisters? Babysit for your parents (for free, of course) and offer to do so – don’t just wait until you are asked. Surprise them with a night just the two of them and babysit your siblings. Do you see your younger brother or sister struggling with math? Help them without being asked to.

There are so many blessings that come from helping others. Look around at your church! Nursery workers are always looking for teen girls to help out. There are Senior Saints who would love a visit and have someone sit with them. Ask your Youth Pastor if he knows of someone that could use a helping hand.

The gratifying feeling that comes with being helpful is priceless! No wonder it is one of the spiritual fruit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:28. 🙂

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Being Obnoxious



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Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

How said it is to hear a teen girl speak harshly to her parents! I hear it over and over at the grocery store and, sadly, even at church! The sad thing is the parents have not taught her properly! But there comes a point that a born-again teen girl needs to take responsibility for her own actions – whether her parents have taught her right or not!

Today’s Bible verse is a very convicting verse to all Christians, not just teen girls. 🙂 Where do you measure as it relates to obedience, teen girl? Let’s look at the different points in today’s verse:

  • Speak no evil of no man – do you speak badly about your parents when you’re upset with them to your friends?
  • don’t be a brawler – do you argue and argue with your parents because you don’t like their response?
  • be gentle – do you fight back with your parents? Do you lash out with unkind words?
  • show meekness to all man – do you accept what your parents tell you with meekness and let them have the rule over you instead of trying to get your way?

See what I mean? The verse packs a punch and has a lot to teach us, huh? 🙂 This makes good spiritual food to the one who wants to grow in the Lord!

 

Your Youth


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1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

If you are one of those teen girls whose walk with the Lord is the most important thing in your life, then let me commend you! 🙂 You are a rarity, no doubt.

There is a teen girl in my church whose spiritual walk is better than many of the Christian women I know. She’s quite an example for the Lord and His work in her life. Her fervency for the things of God is evident in everything she does. She’s a musician, a singer, and works with the children in our church. Now that she has gone to college, her presence is sorely missed! This teen girl will more than likely meet the man that God has picked for her because she is waiting on Him.

Is this your story, teen girl? I pray it is! Look at today’s verse – does your testimony provide an example to your friends in every area of your life? What is your “word life” like when you’re with them? Do your friends witness your love for the Lord? Do they see the Holy Spirit at work in your life? What are you like when “off-colored comments” are made in your presence? Do you remain pure in heart and in deed?

The Apostle Paul encouraged young Timothy in these areas. Paul was training Timothy and giving him good counsel. It’s hard to be taken seriously when you’re a young person and I’m sure Timothy was no exception.

You can be a testimony to your friends by being consistent in your walk. They will be the first ones to notice when you fail – be careful! A dear friend of mine told me that someone she knows absolutely does not want to have anything to do with Christianity because he saw “supposed Christians” fall away from God into horrible sin. This man now does not want to hear the Gospel because of the horrible testimony of a few.

Don’t be like one of those who are responsible for this man’s hatred of Christianity. Hold fast to your walk with the Lord and stand strong, teen girl! 🙂

The Right Way to Walk


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Psalms 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

How does a teen girl stay away from trouble? It’s all around you, isn’t it? You go to school and you see it! Teenagers are so anxious to become adults, they expose themselves to things that they aren’t mentally mature enough to handle. Because of it, they succumb to sin!

How do you handle the world’s evilness? Do you read the Bible daily and think about what you read? Do you turn and run as Joseph did when Potiphar’s wife tried to have her way with him? Joseph didn’t stick around – he ran. Do you run from evil with such fervor, teen girl? Or do you stick around a bit to see what might happen? Joseph didn’t stick around. He knew what could happen and he prevented it.

Today’s Psalm is good advice for everyone to follow. When you hang around sin long enough, the desire for it grows stronger. Don’t fall into its trap, teen girl. Obey God’s word and stay away. Follow Joseph’s example and run!

Conscience


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Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

God has placed His Holy Spirit within us at the time we are born again. Each one of us, young and old alike, have as much of the Holy Spirit as we are going to get. What differentiates the young in Christ to the spiritually mature is how much we all the Holy Spirit to change us! This is where the fruit of the Spirit comes in. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, the fruit begin to be displayed. ‘

For example, you know that love is one of the fruits, right? If you constantly hate certain people in your class at school, you are not allowing the Holy Spirit to mold you. The fruit of love will not develop because you are practicing just the opposite when you hate other students. However, if you start praying for the salvation of those that you hate and start being nice to them, you will find yourself yielding to the Holy Spirit and that hate will disappear and turn into the fruit of love.

Now back to today’s topic. 🙂  The born again teen girl has a conscience – it’s that still small voice of God speaking to you in your heart. You know when you’re doing wrong. It’s what you do with that information that’s important. Do you yield to the Holy Spirit or do you give in to the devil who is the one actually tempting you? Give in to the Holy Spirit instead and allow Him to mold you into the image of Jesus Christ.

I love the hymn below – it’s such a wonderful application to today’s devotional. 🙂

Yield Not to Temptation
by Ho­ra­tio R. Pal­mer

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He Who is our Savior our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

Losing Your Father


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2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Are you one of those many teen girls today whose father has passed away? If you are, my heart cries out for you! I was able to enjoy my father until I was in my 30’s. I miss him terribly still!! I can’t imagine what my teen years would have been like without my Dad. I wasn’t saved as a teenager so I didn’t have the Lord or His precious Word to lean on during those difficult years.

But you are, teen girl, or you wouldn’t be reading these devotionals. 🙂 The Bible tells us that your Heavenly Father will be your Father and that you are His daughter! Isn’t that great? You are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We all are, actually. But the sooner you can wrap your head around that, the happier you will be. Joy will be in your heart and you will be able to turn to your Heavenly Father whenever you need Him.

The Bible says that God is very close to those who have a broken heart. One’s heart can’t get more broken than when you lose your Daddy. 😥

Psalms 34:18 – The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

But because your father was saved, you can look forward to the day when you will see him again in Heaven, amen? 🙂 He will be there waiting to welcome you there! What a wonderful day that will be. In the meantime, teen girl, think of the good days you had with your father and heal your broken heart. Don’t try to forget … but remember him and share the wonderful moments you two had together with your family and your friends. Remember, your siblings and mother are missing him as well.

Revelation 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Remember, God takes all things and works it for His ultimate good. He has allowed you to experience this sorrow so you can be a help to someone else. Look around you and you will find another teen girl who is about to lose her father to cancer or has recently lost her father in an accident. Be there for her and encourage her in the Word of God! Be there to hug her and have healing words to share with her. Ask her what it was about her father that she loved the most? Get her to talk about him so she can go through the mourning process. As a result, you will be helping yourself to heal. 🙂

Not seeing eye-to-eye with authority?


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Eph. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Teenagers have a different way of thinking than adults. Spiritual maturity comes after a few years of being a Christian. It doesn’t happen over night, that’s for sure. I’m sure you’ve babysat a child before. That baby girl isn’t born crawling, is she? No, absolutely not! In fact, that baby can’t do a thing for herself yet. She is totally dependent on others to take care of her. As she grows, she learns to roll over, to crawl, to eat food from the table (rather than baby food), she learns to walk, to run, etc. None of these things happen right away.

It’s the same thing with our Christian walk. We are not born Bible scholars full of wisdom, although I wish we were! How much trouble that would have saved me early on in my salvation, LOL! 🙂 Teenagers are no different. The human body undergoes enormous changes during those preteen and teenage years. Bones change – skin changes – the body forms adult features, etc. Even the heart and the mind of a teenager is different at this time. It’s all part of the wonderful and beautiful process of life!

Because a child is totally dependent on her parents, she is accustomed to stating what she needs and having those needs met. This is a constant throughout that child’s life until she reaches those teenage years. Once she does, she steps out into an adventurous time. She wants to do things for herself: earn her own money, go places without permission, buy her own clothes, listen to her own music, etc. Her thoughts and heart are motivated by things that she wants. The teenage girl no longer needs her parents as much as she did when she was younger, which is a good thing! However, she is still a part of their home.  She is still under their rule of authority according to Scriptures.

So what does a teen girl do when her parents don’t agree with what she wants to do? If this teen girl isn’t saved, she rebels and throws a tantrum. But if she is a saved teen girl and loves the Lord, she will want to do what God wants her to do, amen? The Bible tells all children to obey their parents in the Lord. That doesn’t mean that if your parents tell you to steal, it’s OK to steal. Notice Eph. 6:1 says “in the Lord” – Col. 3:20 says to obey in all things.  We know that God wouldn’t contradict Himself so Col. 3:20 means to obey in all things that are “in the Lord” – meaning in God’s Word and not known as sin.

When you obey your parents, you are in turn obeying God, teen girl. This fulfills God’s will in your life when you live under your parents house. There are plenty of verses about obeying God and how it is our duty as Christians to do so.

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Psalms 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

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

Proverbs 21:4 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

You may not agree with your parents’ decisions all the time. There will come a time in your life that you will finally understand why they did what they did to upset you. It’s true of my adult children now. They didn’t agree with us at the time they were being disciplined but they sure do understand it now and agree with why we had to discipline them.

The way you “think” at this point in your life may seem right to you. But remember, you are a younger Christian than your parents (most of you), and your body is undergoing many, many changes – of which, hormones are a big part. Recognizing that hormones cause thoughts and reactions to be different than those of adults is a big step in a teen girl’s life. This is why it’s so important to consult with wiser and older Christian adults about major decisions in your life. You may not like what you hear, but you will get sound counsel.

A good example of this is when it comes to a boyfriend. You may feel like you’re old enough to have a boyfriend. Your body may have finished developing and you’ve turned into a beautiful woman on the outside; but your mind and heart are still developing and sometimes takes a few years to catch up with the rest of your body. You may pick a boy because he’s cute and popular, which seems like the only way to pick a guy in your head and heart. However, older and wiser Christians know that these two qualities are very superficial and that the heart of a young man and his relationship to Christ are a whole lot more important. Your parents see this but you may not. This is one of the biggest arguments amongst teen girls and their parents today.

How do you solve it? You turn to the Lord and obey Him. In so doing, you’ll ultimately obey your parents! 🙂