Where are your friends going?


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~Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

One day, in the not too distant future, this verse will be fulfilled. It is certainly not true today. Everywhere we turn, we see the results of the devil’s work on this earth. Sin  is ruling this earth. Just in the past 50 years, we have seen God turned into a mockery, we’ve seen murder legalized in the name of women’s rights, we’ve seen wrong become right. Man is not drawing closer to God but further away. Which direction are you going in, teen girl? What direction are your friends going in?

There is coming a day, however, that every man, woman and child will have to stand before Christ and will have to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For believers, that day is an exciting one and we look forward to it. But to the unbeliever, it is the day of reckoning. There will be no do-overs. There will be no second changes. The believer must be busy sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ before the day is over and it is too late. Are you talking to your lost friends about Jesus, teen girl? Hell’s fires are really hot and eternity is a very long time to let your friends go there! Time is short – get busy!

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Prayer


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~Psalm 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

What would you do without prayer, teen girl? No matter how desperate your situation may be, you can ask the Lord to lead you to a place spiritually that will encourage you and lift you up. Without Christ as your Saviour, you cannot pray this. However, with Christ you are able to cry out to God and He will lead you to the Rock.  That Rock is your Shepherd – it is He who will lead you to fresh water – lead you to green pastures – forgive your sins – lift up your spirits and raise you up!

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Tears wet your bed in the night. But with prayer, the sun rose the next morning and a new day came with all the blessed hope of renewed peace and joy. It is Christ who brings you this precious gift.

It is He who loves you so much that He cares for you as a parent cares for his child.

Thank You, Lord!!!

Passing Over


disagreementProverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.

How many times has a friend or a sibling done something that has upset you, teen girl? If you are the average person, it happens a lot. 😦 How do you handle the situation?

Today’s Bible verse tells us that when discretion is used, it defers (delays) anger. When you are wronged, stop and think for a moment instead of reacting to the situation. By over reacting, you will make a worse mess of the situation. Wait, instead, to see what God reveals to you. He will reveal His will to you.

Today’s verse clearly shows God’s will.

It clearly states that God desires that you pass over the transgression against you.

In fact, the Scripture continues to say that it will be to your glory. Glory is defined as, “brightness and splendor.”

Christ’s love will shine through you as you forgive and overlook this matter.

Just as Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, so should we be quick to forgive those who sin against us. As you grow in Christ, teen girl, learn to forgive those who upset you and who wrong you. Overlook their transgressions and let Christ richly dwell within you!

A Soft Answer



Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Where in Scriptures does it say that you should argue with your parents, teen girl? Where does it say that you can yell at them? There are no such Bible verses. But there are verses that instruct you to treat your parents with respect, despite how you feel about them. Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20 are a couple of verses that do not place conditions on obedience. They do not stress that you are to only obey if your parents are saved or if your parents are good parents. Right?

Today’s text encourages us to steer away from conflicts. But when we can’t, the remedy is to have a soft answer.

That soft answer can prevent a boat load of problems later on!

It’s a wonderful remedy – it prevents harsh words from being spoken – it stops an argument dead in its tracks by removing the hostility and it paves the way for communication.

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.

So next time you encounter a conflict with your parents, put this verse to the test.

Don’t argue back – gently speak and save your sassing – you will be amazed at the outcome, teen girl!

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:32 [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

 

Your Father Cares


jesuscaresMatthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

It is estimated that the average human head has 100,000-150,000 hairs on it. That surely puts this verse into perspective, doesn’t it?

Our Heavenly Father not only cares for each bird that flies in the sky, but He has every hair on every believer’s head counted!!

Does this not bring you great comfort? You are precious to God. When you possess something precious, you know everything about it. If it’s a book, you read it over and over. You know on what page a certain passage is located.

The Bible says that God views His creation as precious. So much so, He sent His Son to die for us!  That’s a sign of great love!

I never could comprehend such love until I understood that God loves me so much that He knows how many hairs I have on my head!

Following


John 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Do you only follow Jesus because of what you see, teen girl? I find that the younger a person is in Christ, the less faith they have on a day-to-day basis. Why is this?

It is by the Holy Scriptures that we are fed and grow. It is hearing the words preached and taught that help us to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, right? It is the same with growing after salvation.

Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

If you require signs or miracles that happen to others in order to “grow your faith,” then you are not pleasing God. In fact, it will take more signs and miracles to keep you walking the Christian walk. This is not walking by faith at all – it is putting your “faith” in the signs themselves. I hope that makes sense to you because it is an important message.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God is ready to show you how real He is in your own life, teen girl. He wants to be given the opportunity to teach you through the Bible. He wants His Holy Spirit to mold you into the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We know from the verse above that it is impossible to please God without faith in Him because it takes faith to be saved. It also takes faith to continue to live in Him – to live a holy life – to live a Godly life. Jesus’ righteousness clothes us and we should have the desire to live for Him.

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Take time to nurture your faith by reading God’s Word every single day. Take time to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart to change you. Take time to talk to the Lord and let Him know your cares and difficulties. He stands ready to help you, teen girl! 🙂

The Subtle One


~Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Since the beginning of time, the devil has been trying to make the word of God unbelievable. His subtle questions in the Garden of Eden were worded in such a way to cause Eve to question what God had said. He is still doing it today, teen girl!

Today’s teenager must take a stand. You have the Bible at our fingertips and you have no excuse for not knowing what God has written. It is only by knowing the Scriptures that you will be able to recognize the devil’s subtleties. Knowing is half the battle, as they say.

~2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

So, to be able to recognize the devil’s ways, you must:

    1. Read the Word
    2. Apply the Word
    3. Live the Word

It is one thing to read your Bible, but you must also allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in your heart when He is trying to teach you something.  Once you have been taught by Him, you can be a testimony to your lost friends. You have the ability to witness to teen girls where no one else can. God has chosen you and placed those friends in your circle of influence. 🙂

~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: