The Issues of Life

~Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.

Where’s your heart, teen girl? What’s in your heart? Are you thinking of the cute boy at school? Are you filling your mind with the latest Hollywood gossip? Are you watching shows on TV like Glee or Jersey Shore? Do you listen to today’s rock music and rap music? The lyrics alone are filled with so much cursing and sex. What you expose yourself to will result in “those issues of life.” These things will produce sin and drama for your life.

What we fill our hearts and minds with will determine what pours out of our lives. If you grow up around cursing and your friends curse, chances are you will curse also.

~Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

But it doesn’t have to be that way for truly born-again teen girls. Even though you may have parents who fill your home with cursing and unacceptable television programming, you do not have to follow in their footsteps. You can walk away and go to your room, open your Bible and allow God’s Word to fill your heart with goodness. God’s Word is a treasure and it will calm the storms of your life.

Guarding your heart against guys who will break it is also something to think about. If you allow a guy to claim your heart and then steal your virtue, you have failed to keep that heart with diligence. The issues of life that result from failing in this area will bring you much heartache. Diligence would mean that you didn’t allow yourself to get into that situation to begin with. Diligence would mean that you didn’t even entertain the thoughts of a guy entering your life that was not born again as well. Diligence would mean that you wouldn’t allow yourself to ever be alone with any guy. Being diligent in this manner will produce a rewarding result. Who wants a guy that only likes you for what you can provide for a moment’s pleasure? God’s plans for you are righteous plans – He has a guy picked out just for you and that guy will be a saved young man. That Christian guy will honor you and will protect your virtue 🙂

Another form of guarding our hearts is keeping away from anything that would corrupt us of good morals. Books, music, movies, and people have a tremendous influence on our thoughts and actions. Is your best friend saved? Does she love the Lord and walk a Godly walk? If you compromise in this area, you will develop some of her bad habits. You are who you hanging around with. This is so true! Our Bible verse to keep (or guard) your heart with all diligence. That means that you shouldn’t slip and only guard the music you listen to and then watch trash on TV. Diligence means that you guard every area of your life ALL the time – no compromise – no giving in for a “this time” – ALWAYS watching out for things that could cause you to sin.

Guard and keep your heart from anything that will compromise your Christian beliefs, teen girl.  The issues of life that result will be a testimony to your efforts. You will attract a boy that has the same desires – you will attract friends with the same love for the Lord – you will have peace in your relationships with your parents and siblings. The more you read your Bible (Proverbs is a great place to start), you will learn to keep yourself strong. The Word of God can keep you from sin so it would do you good to read it as often as you can 🙂

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

You can put your name in there:  Wherewithal shall “Stephanie” cleanse her way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. So, teen girl, you can keep yourself from sin by taking heed to what the Scriptures say. Obeying the Bible will make your life so much easier 🙂