I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. — Psalm 4:8 (KJV)
PREPARE TO MEET YOUR GOD
January 8, 2014
This may be a difficult topic for some teens this morning…however, I have faith in you…so, lets jump in both feet. Ready? Now, I am about to ask you a couple of questions. These should be questions that loudly demand an answer in your heart!
How can you prepare to meet the LORD? How can we stand purified before a HOLY GOD and remove all sin from our soul that would damn us to an eternity in a devil’s Hell?
“Behold your God!” In other words…look at JESUS. BELIEVE (John 3:16) that HE IS YOUR GOD! Understand clearly that ALL OF OUR FAITH DEPENDS ON US REALIZING THAT: Jesus had to be God because no man, no saint, no angel, no legion of angels, could offer the ransom required for our souls. JESUS had to be GOD to bring the one sacrifice by which sin, death, and hell could be defeated forever.
Today, prepare to meet your GOD! The last devotion, message, word may be the very last that ALMIGHTY GOD allows you to read or hear. It may even be that what I tell you now on JESUS NAME does not bring you to repentance (Acts 3:19) and a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17) that nothing in this world will ever save you.
When we are all standing before GOD at the throne of judgement, I don’t want you to point me and say, “You posted many FACEBOOK Message but you did not tell me that my soul was in danger. (Mathew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”)
In Order to prevent this from ever coming to past, forget all the distractions around you, release from your mind the thoughts of tomorrow, instead put your eyes upon JESUS. Behold your Shepherd. Without Christ you can NEVER face GOD, but with CHRIST all of Heaven will rejoice and amid the shouts of amen and hallelujahs of angels you will hear the voice of JESUS welcoming you when your hour comes.
Don’t delay! Don’t postpone! Come now, now is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, bring us to a deeper faith, so that we are prepared to meet our God and help others meet their God in Thee! Amen.
I know not all of my friends read my devotions…and even though this is meant for Teens…I know some adults who may want to read/like/share/comment.
I love you Stephanie Petsche and I know that sometimes it may seem easy to run back to that which God rescued us from. I want you to know that God has a special message JUST FOR YOU THIS MORNING.
Steph,,,God wants you to know He loves you. He loves you without preset conditions. HE understands your pain and your struggles. He wants to give you a full measure of grace. And in those times where you cry out to Him and you feel as if you are at your weakest and you are about to fall..He, the LORD YOUR GOD…JESUS THE CHRIST…THE ALPHA AND OMEGA…THE BEGINNING AND THE END… THE GREAT I AM…PRINCE OF PEACE…GOD THE CREATOR…GOD ALMIGHTY…JEHOVAH JIREH (My Provider)…JEHOVAH RAAH (My Shepherd)…THE EVERLASTING…He wants you to know that HE is literally moving all Heaven and He is shaking the foundations of the earth to rescue you! And the best part…He is doing this because…because dear Steph…HE DELIGHTS IN YOU!!!!
I love you Steph and I am here…a phone call away…you can come see me and we can reminisce about the past and we can celebrate the future together. YOUR new found faith will be tested and tried. STAY IN THE FIGHT…GET BACK IN THERE…I didn’t heat no bell. Like a dear, dear sister in Christ once told me…well she tells me almost every time I talk to her…”YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK!”
Do you want to know how in the world I know that’s true? God told me the same thing…
” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
And God don’t lie.
Call me Steph together we will fight the good fight! Bring your Bible.
NEVER FORGET HE IS Elohay Selichot – God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17)
REASON TO REJOICE
January 7, 2015
Not too long ago I read a devotional that said this:
“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. — John 16:20 NLT
What a contrast between the disciples and the world! The world rejoiced as the disciples wept, but the disciples would see him again (in three days) and rejoice. The world’s values are often the opposite of God’s values.
This can cause Christians to feel like misfits. But even if life is difficult now, one day we will rejoice. Keep your eye on the future and on God’s promises!”
I think the main point here is that while the disciples mourned at the apparent death of Jesus the world rejoiced.
But the real thought I had when I read this was a bit different angle.
The disciples of Jesus mourned for Jesus after He died on the cross because they forgot everything He had taught them…especially that Jesus had predicted His own death and His resurrection.
In contrast, the rest of the world, including today, the world can rejoice in the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection because it means we now have access…DIRECT ACCESS to the very throne of the Father and we can accept the FREE GIFT OF SALVATION.
It true, sometimes, especially as teenagers…CHRISTIAN TEENAGERS trying to grow up in their faith in a world full of sin constantly pulling us in the wrong direction…we sometimes do feel like misfits. You probably have felt a bit like a misfit when the world you know persecutes you for your faith or people you love who do not serve God and they give off the image that God is no longer important.
I would like to EMPHASIS a point from the original devotion. “Even if life is difficult now, we can rejoice in the fact that JESUS died for our sins, came back to life to conquer death and sin, and we can now accept His free gift of Salvation!”
You might be reading this on your iPhone or Android during class and you might be thinking, “Sheesh…brother Kevin you sure know a lot…my life is great!” That may be so…but you STILL have plenty of reasons to REJOICE!
For today my friends, I challenge you to spend the next 24 hours thinking of all God has done for you! Share this with people you trust. Better still…WRITE Them down.
Is your hope and joy planted in the everlasting security found only in JESUS?
KJV — Hey you didn’t think I was going to leave you with the NLT did you? Have a great day today!
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” John 16:20
January 6, 2015
There was a time in America when people had respect for others. Just watch any ol’ cowboy show and you will see cowboys tippin’ their hat as they walk down the street. “Mornin’ ma’am”. Teens also respected their parents.
Today we live in a society where it is not “normal” to discipline your children. One worker from Child Protective Services once told me, “It’s not illegal in Oregon to whip your kids, however we strongly discourage it.” The first problem with this sentiment is that it is not biblical! The second problem we have teens that are unruly and frankly disrespectful.
I know families who make their kids address their elders as Mr. so and so or Mrs,. so and so. I love this!
In the Bible the virtue of respect is conveyed in the words “honor” and “esteem” (Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:17; Matthew 15:4; 1 Timothy 6:16; Philippians 2:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:15). Christian teens have the duty to honor those to whom honor is due, and as parents we have an obligation to train our children to render this respect.
Whom Shall We Honor?
The Bible is specific concerning who is worthy of honor, and why. As a matter of fact, the list is pretty long.
The Apostle Peter enjoins upon us the obligation to “honor all men” (I Peter 2:17). This duty is apparent when one recognizes that as there is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:11), there is to be no partiality demonstrated by His people (James 2:1, 9). We are everyone made in the image of our God and equal before Him and each other (Genesis 1:26). The deference and respect we show our fellows says a lot about the view we have of ourselves, and it will determine God’s view of us in the judgment (Romans 12:13; Philippians 2:3; Luke 1:9-14).
Sometimes the young demand respect for themselves. They are certainly entitled to the same honor which others receive (I Peter 2:17). However, the same assumptions hold for them as well, those honored are honorable and the respected are respectable. Paul admonished Timothy to let no man despise his youth (I Timothy 4:12). In order to accomplish that task Paul urged him to be an example in all areas of life. If we want to be respected we must learn it and earn it.
Christian Teen Girls…are you respected? Do you respect others? If you lack respect in either direction I would encourage you to pray and to study God’s Word on respect and honor. Not just read the scriptures but STUDY GOD’s WORD!
2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…” Timothy…one of my favorite Pastors.