Sorry I haven’t written anything in a few days but, I been pretty busy with church and celebrating my mom’s birthday. Today I’m gonna talk about this book I’m reading it’s called “The Battle of Every Teenage Girl” by Shannon Ethridge & Stephen Arterburn; don’t worry there is one for young men too and it’s called ” The Battle of every Teenage Men” and it’s by Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker.
What can I say about it, well it makes me think about every inner struggle that some many young women go through including myself almost on a daily basis. It’s a refreshing book because it tells the stuff as it is there is no gray it’s only black and white. I’m just starting it but since the first page it confronts you with stuff that you might think is right to do and it shows you even explains the different reasons why is not. I suggest that if you are 12 years to older and you struggle with sexuality and you want to protect your mind and heart you should read it. It will give you what to help in those types of situation.
Today my pastor was preaching about Jonah and how he ran away from the presence of God but at the end he did what God had order him to do; which was to take the word of destruction of Nineveh to them. And after he gave the word he got angry because, the Lord didn’t destroy the city and it’s people because they repented by everyone(including animals and livestock) doing fasting and prayer. Sometimes the same happens to us we want the Lord to do what we want but we don’t see the bigger picture that he has for us. Can you believe this prophet that God used tremendously but he was rebellious at times getting mad at God because he had given a word and later thought better of it and didn’t go through it because he saw the ignorace of the people from Nineveh.
I sometimes have my moments of why God!!!.Why do you promise something and don’t do it, but I thank the Lord that in my ignorance his mercy is never ending because, “God is not man to lie,nor son of man to repent”(Numbers 23:19) and he knew the path that my life was gonna take. I might feel like I’m stuck in one place and that I don’t move forward or that my ministry is not growing but you know I have learned to be patient in the Lord and wait for his time is perfect. So wait in him because you might not know tomorrow but he does. You might feel the same way as I do sometimes or you might be stronger than some of us but let’s praise the Lord Almighty for all he does and is. And let’s not be like Jonah that even though he knew the Lord’s way and a reason he ran from his responsibility of taking that word to the Nineveh people was because he knew that God was merciful, let’s not be quick to run,scream or even yell because we don’t get our ways but let’s be patient because, “good comes to those who wait.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Good night everyone, today’s topic is a topic really personal for me. Almost everyone has gone through some kind of trauma in the childhood or adult life. Sometimes we don’t seek for help by going to a psychologist or seeking help from a friend that’s close to you personally. But most importantly we don’t let the Lord help and deliver us from this trauma. Those memories stay deep inside your psyche and don’t let you be in peace. That most of the time takes you straight up to temptations and addictions like alcohol, drugs and sexual immorality, fornication or even adultery.
In my personal experience I can tell you that when you give your all to the Lord, the good and the bad, and you ask him to make you a new vessel; ask him to deliver you from that trauma and you will see the freedom in which you will live your life without the fear of that darkness that had you oppressed. However you got to do it of your own free will, because you want to change; be free and are tired of living in the darkness. Come to him what’s holding you back, he is waiting for you; just close your eyes and talk to him out loud and he will hear you don’t be afraid because what awaits is better than what you have ever imagined.
2 Samuel 22:29
“For You are my lamp, O LORD; The LORD shall enlighten my darkness.”
Today was one of those days that it was hard for me in the spiritual sense actually this whole week. I seen what’s happening in the world, in my own state and I feel this deep sadness, because instead of looking for God; we search for answers with violence and ” two wrongs don’t make a right.” Dear readers it’s time for us to straighten our paths with the Lord. If you have read in Matthew 24:12 it says that ” Because of the wickedness in the world that the love will grow cold in people.” And also in James 4:1 ” What causes conflicts and fights among you? Don’t they come from the desire of battle( war) inside of you.” This is what are we seeing now days violence everywhere, the hearts of everyone is becoming colder. I feel this deep sadness for those souls because the solution is only to go back to the Lord’s way, why can’t they see that without him we are nothing; this country is nothing. We have disobeyed the word of our Father that he has given us. We have been more focused on the secular word and the pleasures of the flesh then spreading the word of the Lord to those lost soul that need a word that will touch their lives.
What have we being doing as a church and as youth.? Nothing ; that’s what we have being doing. We have been sleeping during these troubled times, we will give account on judgement day. Where is the obedience? Where is the sacrifice? I know that as christian we are pointed and criticized because, we don’t support the views of the world and it’s hard to take word or spread the word but it’s a commandment that Jesus Christ left. Don’t let our hearts become cold let’s pray for those soul that are lost in the world and lets hope that God sends someone else or even us and give word to that person. I’m not going to be a hypocrite it’s hard for me to give word to someone maybe its shyness or maybe is nervousness or maybe is the enemy trying to a be a sneak but I ask God to take control of my mind and mouth during those times that I’m gonna evangelize someone. Give word to your neighbor or, friend or, family member, or even a stranger. Lets try to spread the word to the world and to lost souls. And lets pray for this violence that’s spreading through the world and through our neighborhood. I leave you with this verse
” A new commandment I leave to you, that you may love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
What does it mean I’M A CHRISTIAN.?A Teen Christian?
It means temptations and weaknesses in your spiritual life becuase as youth we are not use to the ways of being a christian. It’s harder to say no to peer pressure, family, friends, society and even boyfriend or girlfriend. As youth as it says in Proverbs 20:29″ The glory of the young is their strength and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” You can interpret that verse in different ways. The youth are strong because we push foward but we don’t have the wisdom of the old to continue fighting the battle.Youth in general we get distracted by the things of the world; it could be music( seculiar) , fashion, games, tv series, books and stuff that is not pleasing to the Lord.It hard to be different in a world that tells you to be the opposite but, if you really want to follow and walk the Lord path you got to decide what to let go. It might be materialistic things, people even or even yourself because, at the end you got to put yourself in God’s hands; we’re nothing or anything without him. Try to change your life in a way that will please God.
What do you think pleases the Lord more is it sacrifice or obedience.?
Sacrifice it will cost you something when you do it, it could be 1 hour of free time to read, play a game, watch a show that you missed or obedience you knew you had to pray for a certain amount of time maybe, because the Lord told you or because your youth leader told you and even though you were watching or about to watch, or you might have been playing you decided to obey the word of God and instead pray the amount that you needed. Those types of things make you a strong youth christian and a christian all together. Because at the end you knew that you needed to become stronger in the spiritual world to be able to fight off temptations and stuff that will come your way. It’s not an easy road to walk and follow but if you are steadfast in the rock which is our God; you won’t have any trial or test that might come your way and not passed..
There are ways to fight temptations and weakness here is a list;
- pray at least 30 minutes and 2 x week if you are in school or work ; pray in your head or when you have a break go into the break room or bathroom and pray there. This will help you be more center in the day and you will see you will breathe a little bit easier during the day.
- fast 2x a week or more if you can. When we fast we are training our selves to say to out flesh no because we are more spiritually stronger.
- try to read the bible as often as you can because the Lord might give you word at that instant and the word of the Lord is bread that you need to eat often.
p.s. in the picture above it shows the kittens going in to pray and coming out as lions because prayer makes us stronger in everything just read Matthew 6:6.
This is the excerpt for your very first post.
Have you asked yourself that question? I have it’s something so hard to do, but not impossible. Walking the right way before the Lord is one of the hardest things to do and in the trajectory you are gonna fall a lot because as human being we are not perfect, we can try to be the best that we can be before the Lord. Don’t give up you still have time to get up and walk again. Put this decision in the front of your mind and tell God ;
“Lord is time for me to strengthen myself in your presence , let the Holy Ghost descend into my life in this moment, I want to walk with you Lord I want to be filled of your presence. Help me walk this infested waters in the right way I know it’s not going to be easy but I put myself in your hands.