Standing Before the Judge


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~Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus Christ stands before the Father and intercedes for you, teen girl.  It amazes me how many believers do not really understand what this means.  Let me give you an illustration that may make it clearer.

Picture this in your mind’s eye.  You disobeyed your parents and took the car to the mall. You went through a red light and hit another car. The policeman takes you before the Magistrate (a Judge, if you will) where you have to hear the charges brought against you.

This is the same type of scenario that will occur to all who die. They must be judged. The Heavenly Father is the Judge and is listening to arguments on your case.  The outcome of this will decide whether you are going to Heaven or to Hell.

The devil, your prosecutor, is making accusations against you.  Your Advocate objects!

The Judge responds, “On what grounds are you objecting?”

Jesus Christ answers, “Judge, this believer has committed all these things that the prosecutor has accused him of.”

Jesus continues, “However, Judge, I have already paid the debt for these sins with my death on the cross.  This teen girl has accepted this work and has made Me Saviour of her life.  Therefore, she no longer needs to pay the penalty.  I paid her penalty in full with my blood.  This teen girl must be acquitted of all charges and set free.”

Hallelujah!!! Who will praise the Lord with me?  Thank You, my Lord and Saviour!  All praise, honour and glory are Yours! Share this joy with your friends, teen girl. Don’t keep it to yourself 🙂

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Love


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~John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God’s love is entirely different than the love that you feel for your family and friends, teen girl. His love goes beyond what we mere mortals understand the meaning to be. So much so, that He sent His Son to die for you before you could “clean up your act.”

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

Love is a word of “action.” God showed His love toward you by sending Jesus to die for you while you were yet a sinner! He did not wait for you to do better. His love demanded action and He showed His love by dying for you so that you would not have to pay the penalty! Oh what love! Christ died for those who hated Him. He loved them despite their hatred of Him. And so He commands you to do the same.

~Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

I have seen an increase in Christ haters as well as haters of those who follow Him. Therefore, you are all the more accountable to this verse. Show whose child you really are today by ACTING like Christ would act! 🙂 Let your friends and family see you are His child!

Walk the Walk


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~1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

The born-again Christian is considered “crazy” according to the world.  Christians are portrayed as lunatics in movies.  Television portrays Christians as idiots.  It is quite infuriating.  However, Peter said that Christians are a peculiar people.  We are different from the world – or at least we should be.

Are you walking the walk or merely talking the talk, teen girl?  Many say they are Christians but they do not act any differently than their neighbor.  Many sit in pews at church on Sunday but come Monday, they act just like everyone else at work.  Peter emphasizes that the Christian has been called out of darkness into Christ’s marvellous light.   The Christian should be changing and becoming more like Jesus with each passing day.

~2 Timothy 2:20-21  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Paul encourages us to purge ourselves of worldliness and sin – yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s convicting  power in our lives.  When we yield to Him, we become vessels of gold and silver.  We honor God with our lives.  Let the world make fun of us.  Our goal is not to please them but to please the Master.

Help Me


~Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

My heart is overwhelmed at the thought that God thinks about me! The God of the universe, Creator and King has time for me.

God loves you, teen girl, and knows you by name!!! When you don’t feel loved by those around you, you can rest assured that God loves you!

~John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

Be thankful! 🙂

A Gift


~James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Noah Webster defines the word gift as:

A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to anotherwithout compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable.

No matter how hard you try to add something to salvation, teen girl, you have to argue with the word “gift.” God chose this word for a reason. I find it interesting that the word “gift” appears 33 times in the New Testament – which happens to be the age Christ was when He died. Is this a coincidence?

Jesus Christ is the perfect gift. He paid the price – He paid it all – we cannot add or take away from this gift.

Your Lighthouse


~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

When you are struggling with life’s issues, teen girl, you can know that your Lord will give you the strength you need to overcome them. He is also your shield which will protect you from the enemy succeeding in causing you to feel overwhelmed! When you trust in the Lord, He helps you! Yes, you teen girl! Knowing this will cause your heart to rejoice – not just a bit, but greatly!!! As a result, your lips will sing a song of praise to Him!!

The Lighthouse

There’s a Lighthouse on the hillside
That over looks life’s sea
When I’m tossed it sends out a light
That I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now
will safely lead me on
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
My ship would sail no more

And I thank God for The Lighthouse
I owe my life to him
For JESUS Is The Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shone a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?

Everybody that lives around us
says tear that Lighthouse down
The big ships, They don’t sail this way anymore
There’s no need of it standing round
But then my mind goes back to that stormy night
When just in time I saw the light
Oh the light from that old Lighthouse
That stands up there on the hill

And I thank God for The Lighthouse
I owe my life to him
For JESUS Is The Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shone a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?

If it wasn’t for The Lighthouse
Where would this ship be?
words by Ronnie Hinson
music by Glen West, L.R.Q.
Lumber River Quartet ©M.S. Productions,
2002 BMI, All Rights Reserved.

Fear


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

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 for His laws. I knew they existed but 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. Do you, teen girl? We fail miserably but the key is that we are striving to be obedient. When we do fail, we 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

This is what is lacking in most teens’ lives – a time of solitude and quietness spent with God and His Word. How can you have peace if you don’t strive to find it from the only One who can provide it? God IS our peace:

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.