1) This is geared for 3 year olds to about 11. Certainly other ages, including mom and dad can benefit from this teaching.
2) I will use exclusively the KING JAMES VERSION for all scripture references. Why? Because I trust the accuracy. Listen, mom, dad…your kids are smarter than you think. Don’t worry about them understanding…they will. In fact, probably more than with these modern translational. The KJV is written at a 5th grade level (on average as low as 4th grade…high as 7th) and the NIV is at an average 8th grade level and as high as grade 16!) TRUST YOUR KIDS. All of my kids have a KJV and love them.
3) If I do quote from the NIV, CEV,, etc. Then it is for further reference…but I will always use KJV as the Word of God.
4) Feel free to print these and share them. The only thing I ask is you include my web address: www.airrington.com so that others can enjoy them as well. If you are viewing this on my Ministry Website then you can just click the PDF link and you will be able to print the devotion.
5) typically these Youth Devotions will be shorter than the Adult or Teen Devotions.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. — Psalm 38:9 (KJV)
LEARN TO BE LED BY THE SPIRIT
Today, I woke up early and wished I could have gone back to sleep. I was feeling really tired. I laid there for a minute and thought about where my day needed to go. I thought about doing these devotions, I thought about chores that needed to be done and that my daily help would be arriving in about an hour and I should be up to open the door for her.
I could easily postpone that one hour and get an extra hour of sleep. I quickly rebuked that thought. I knew there was much I needed to accomplish and God was comforting me reminding me that His grace would strengthen me through the day!
Think about what our lives would be like if we did only what we felt like doing. Many people do. Many times we do things that please only ourselves. That doesn’t always mean that we are mean or we don’t do nice things for others. Sometimes we may even lie or manipulate to get what we want. It even seems that this is not evil since it appears to be the way of this fallen world that we live in. This is where we let our selfish desires rule our lives.
We often let our emotions and feelings lead us.
The problem with our emotions and feelings leading us is that they are far too unstable to depend on. They can be triggered out of control from being tired or weary. You can’t trust them when anger or hate or rage, is part of the mix. Our emotions can lead us astray when we are tired or fatigued, or when we are confused or afraid from rejection or fear. Letting our emotions lead us through life will always eventually lead us to destruction.
James 1:15, “…sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Sin is pleasurable or fun for a time, but then the Bible tells us, it will lead to our death. Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? The tree was good to eat…Adam and Eve enjoyed it…but only for a time and then it destroyed them. Is Satan, tricking you into sin? My son Joshua repeats an old song that goes something like this: “The Devil is a sly old fox, if I could catch him I would throw him in a box. I’d lock the door and throw away the key for all the tricks he’s played on me.”
Are you allowing the devil to play tricks on you?
We can follow after our spirit led by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit led by the Holy Spirit is whom God wants us to follow. If we have given our life to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit lives within us. John 14:26 says,“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” The Holy Spirit will lead you in the Father’s will just as He led Jesus on the earth.
Dr. Kent Hovind gives a great illustration of what happens when we put more emphasis on the spirit than the flesh…what happens? We go father!
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C73NAfRykw
JESUS RESCUE ME
January 8, 2015
Often throughout scripture, Jesus is referred to as our shepherd. One of the most famous passages of the Bible says,
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” 23rd Psalm
Today, it might be difficult to grasp exactly what a shepherd is. In the Adult Devotion I went into some detail. Here we will discuss on a different level.
Our Lord expressly styled Himself the “Shepherd,” the good Shepherd of the sheep (John 10:11, 14) , and the Apostle Peter styled Him the chief Shepherd (I Peter 5:4). Today’s dictionary tells us that a shepherd is someone that a person who tends and rears sheep and one who guides and directs them. “
The responsibilities of a shepherd are not too difficult but it takes a kind, tender and gentle hand to carry these responsibilities out.
Responsibilities of a shepherd:
- FEED his sheep
- WATER his sheep
- GROOM his sheep
- DELIVER LAMBS
- LEAD his sheep
- LOOK FOR WONDERING SHEEP…even if it just one!
- PROVIDE PROTECTION
Jesus, the Good Shepherd is able and willing to carry out all those responsibilities. Sometimes, we get in a fight at school…we might even talk back to our mom or dad…some of us might even steal things that don’t belong to us. Usually, not always, when youth do this they are needing something. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what that something may be.
It could be that you are lonely, maybe you don’t have many close friends, maybe it is because you THINK you are ugly or dumb. Maybe it is because mom or dad is missing in your life. This could be because of a death or a divorce. Whatever it is God knows and He stands at the ready…ready to RESCUE YOU. I know you need Him! Call His name…He will hear you and He will walk next to you and direct all your paths…and turn sorrow and loneliness into happiness.
Prayer: “Dear Jesus…I know that you are the good Shepherd that David talked about in Psalm 23. I know that you love me and you have forgiven all my sins. Right now…I need you to rescue me from this emptiness, loneliness and pain that I am filling. Fill the hole in my heart with your love and tender kindness. I love you Jesus…I LOVE YOU!”
REJOICE IN YOUR YOUTH
January 7, 2015
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” Ecclesiastes 11:9
I am always amazed at the energy of kids. My son Joshua Airrington is 7 and has an incredible amount of energy. God gives the gift of youth, so rejoice in it! Young people, for the most part, always believe that everything is going to turn out all right, so they energetically pursue things. This verse encourages that.
Rejoice in being a kid. Youth is the time to plan, to try new things, to explore new things, and go on new adventures. Let your imagination be your guide: Your adventures can be a physically one or you can use your imagination. Your youth is a time to have fun!
But–there is always a “but,” isn’t there? I once gave a card to a dear friend of mine that I have known since I was about 8 years old. I said, Doug Gould, I love you with all my butt because my butt is bigger than my heart. But, we are not talking about that kind of but are we? Wow! That’s confusing.
Remember that ultimately there must be an accounting. I want to close with the reminder that: ” For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”(Ecclesiastes 12:14).
That is not a threat. It is simply a reminder to youth that though there are great, open doors of opportunity and adventures set before you that you will not have later in life, nevertheless, enter them with the realization that you must make wise choices.
You must deny yourself the pleasures of sin; you must make choices in the light of what will ultimately be the evaluation of your life. How do you know if something is sin? God instilled in each and every one of us when he created us the POWER to decipher right from wrong. He also gave us free will…that is another POWER to choose to either to right or to choose to do wrong. What will you choose?
Young people…ENJOY your youth…be a kid…but remember God is always watching. As always, JESUS loves you and you can tell your friends that Brother Kevin told you so.
A FRIEND IN NEED
January 7, 2015
Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
What is a friend?
knows you totally and likes you anyway.
is always there for you.
loans you money and doesn’t bug you to get it back.
knows how you’re feeling just by looking at you.
How would you describe your best friend? Funny, angry, kind, godly, not so godly?
The Bible is clear that we become like those we keep company with.
1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Not only is it important to have the right kind of friends it is important to have close friends.
Only on the deepest level of friendship are your needs for love and acceptance truly met. It’s committed friends who take away your loneliness.
Only your closest friends will you find; comfort, godly counsel and they will challenge to do better. When you are hurting, your closest friends m
you find those friends comfort, counsel, and challenge you. When you hurt, your committed friends might not know what to say, but just being there for you really helps. You can bounce things off your friends when you have to make decisions.
Remember, that sometimes your friend’s advice may not always help, but just having them around gives us the confidence knowing that everything is going to work out ok.
Never forget that your best friend is JESUS. John 15:15, “I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends…” You can talk to your BEST FRIEND, JESUS just like you would any other friend. He is always available.
A FRIEND LOVES AT ALL TIMES!!!!