God’s Mercy


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~He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Can you imagine if God dealt with us and rewarded us according to the amount of sin in our lives? We would all be goners! That is why His mercy is so overwhelming! There is NO man who has ever lived that is without sin – contrary to what some religions teach. God did not say it only once, but four times in His Word:

~Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

~Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

~Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

~Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

If even one person were born without sin, these four verses would not be in God’s Word because God cannot lie.

~Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie;

God’s Word is truth so there cannot be anything false in the Bible.

~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Since all of us are sinners, we all fight the same battle with our flesh.  We desire to sin because we were born with a sin nature because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  Praise be to God that we are not dealt with according to our sins! God in His mercy sent His Son to take on our punishment. That is love!

*The above photograph was taken by Pam Banegas.

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Discouragement


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It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements:

  • Hatred,
  • Envy,
  • Jealousy,
  • Deceit,
  • Lying,
  • Pride, and so on.

Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and priced very high.

“What is the name of this tool”? asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it.

“That is Discouragement.” replied the devil.

“Why have you priced it so high”?

“Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me.”

So where do you fit in this story, teen girl? It’s a good one and it makes us think. The believer needs to fight discouragement by staying in the Word.

Two ears, one mouth!


~James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

I love how James encourages us to be swift to hear and slow to speak. It’s a good thing God didn’t give teen girls two mouths and only one ear! What kind of conversations would you have if you were half listening and spoke twice as much?!

Yes, this is a funny concept but I do believe this is what James was trying to communicate. Teen girl, you should listen twice as much as you speak. You reap peace, not wrath when you heed this Scripture verse. Anyone who takes the time to hold her tongue and spends more time listening won’t get herself into trouble. Think about those times when your parents told you something you did not want to hear and you “barked” back them! What would have happened if you had applied today’s Bible verse? You won’t be quick to throw in your two cents worth and “open mouth, insert foot”!

We can learn so much from James’ wisdom. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache had I learned this early on in my life, especially in those conversations with my Mom and Dad. Had I listened twice as much as spoken, I would have gotten into less trouble 🙂

~Proverb 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Will you be ashamed?


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~1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Why would the believer be ashamed at Christ’s coming? John exhorts us to abide in Christ. When one abides, he is living with Christ, day-to-day, and walking with Him each step of the way. So, teen girl, it stands to reason that the believer who does not abide in Christ, will “live” outside of Christ. She will fall into sin and find herself straying further and further from God and His will.

I don’t want to be ashamed when Christ comes for me, do you. I came across a quote by Charles Spurgeon that was really good and made quite an impact on me.

The sins of disciples of Christ are a thousand times worse than the sins of unbelievers, because they sin against a gospel of love, a covenant of mercy, against a sweet experience and against precious promises. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Commit yourself to abiding in Christ as of this very moment. Confess, repent and forsake the sinful path you’ve been on, teen girl, and move forward on a path that will not bring shame but joy! “Go back to 12:00 and start over!”

Remember the Duck


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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. Ephesians 2:8-9

~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 your way without a flashlight is difficult.  Christ compares you, Christian teen girl, as a light to the unsaved world. In a world filled with sin, your actions and speech should shine a light that reveals Christ to your unsaved friends and school mates.  Teen girl, your testimony should be such that it points the lost to salvation.

Christ also compared the believer to salt. Salt adds flavor and can also make you thirsty. True salvation gives the believer a new life.  You should desire 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 you do not have the salt he needs.

~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.

Teen girl, you must understand that your life should reflect the gospel so the unbeliever can see that you are not phony. The salt of your life 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

Personal


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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.

To think that God knew you before you were born, teen girl! Isn’t that mind boggling to you? God just doesn’t know you, but He knows every part of you. Aren’t you thankful that He chose to die for you despite of who you are 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.