Young man, it's wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and no longer enjoy living. (Eccles. 11:9, 12:1) NLT
The one thing I regret most in my life is that I never got to be a kid. I didn't really have a childhood. I had adult responsibilities at the age of two. I can remember trying to figure out to cook a meal without the use of a knife or the stove. It was quite a challenge. I am grateful for my past, but I have one regret: I never was a child.
I've learned in recent years to take that back. I have learned the joy of swinging and the joy in laughter. I have learned what it is to play and be free. I understand when Solomon talks of the wonderfulness of childhood. It truly is amazing to be young.
We are encouraged to enjoy our years of youth, but given a warning as well. Don't be foolish in your happiness. Yes, be happy. But, don't hurt God in the process. Do you know how much your sin hurts our precious savior? More than we can imagine, I'm sure! Enjoy your years of youth...but remember that you will have to fess up to everything you do when you're looking God in the eye on judgment day.
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24 (NIV)
When I first got saved, I wondered how on earth I was ever going to serve God with all my flaws. I was at peace, and very happy to be with God, but my faith was very small. So small that I rarely asked for God to do any "hard" things.
I didn’t believe God could change me. Although I believed He rose from the dead, split the sea, and walked on water, when it came to internal problems in my heart and mind, I thought I was just too locked up for Him to get inside. That was years ago, and I am just now being changed, because I finally began to pray in faith. I didn’t take "you have not because you ask not" literally, therefore in all this time of being saved I have not been taking advantage of my greatest asset - prayer.
Jesus meant it when he told us to believe and receive what we ask for. Problems and sins that shouldn’t be in my heart, such as pride, short-temper, vanity, lust, can all go away now because I am believing God when I ask Him to get rid of them. I’ve asked for patience, and I find myself slower to anger and frustration. I’ve asked for wisdom, and I find the scriptures making more sense every time I read them. I’ve asked for divine love and a heart for the lost, and I find myself now praying for people I would’ve considered lost causes before.
God is a tireless God, who always keeps His promises. Are you dealing with emotional, financial, health, spiritual, or family problems? Got family members and friends who need to find Christ? God already promised that if we pray with belief, we already have what we ask Him for. He also says that no good thing will He deny His children. Believe Him to give you everything you ask for, and more! Don’t be afraid to ask Him for something big! Have faith! The only thing that is greater than God’s ability to provide, is God’s love for us!
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † From My devotional. Yo sister in Christ, Becky
There was once a man who worked in a train station. He had a son. It was that day that the conductor of one train called him and told him that he was coming in one direction. However, there were two tracks in the same place and another train was headed as well. The man's job was to change the direction of the tracks. So the man stepped outside to see the two trains coming. He told his son to move. But the little boy could not fear him. The mad had a choice. It was either let his son die when he changed the direction of the two oncoming trains, or save his son and let the innocent passengers die. It was amazing how this man chose to save the innocent people, rather than saving his son.
Almost everyone knows the passage of John 3:16. It says:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
What was this man thinking? You may ask. It is not easy to give up something or someone you love to help someone else. God gave up His only son, Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life without sin. He was tempted into sin, but did not give in. Jesus knew that he had to be the perfect sacrifice because without Jesus, we couldn't go to heaven. In order to get to heaven, we have to be perfect. Now, our forefathers, Adam and Eve, sinned in the garden. God punished them by creating death. When Adam and Eve sinned, death was created. This is the fall of mankind. But because they sinned, God said that their children would be sinners. We are their children. We are sinners. God said that we had to be perfect and because of our sin nature, we are not perfect. Jesus was born from a virgin which shows that it is miraculous. He lived a perfect life and even taught His disciples to follow Him. Because God loved us so much, and He desired to have a relationship with us so bad, He sent His perfect son Jesus, to be crucified and to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus took the sins of the world, so that we could be with our heavenly Father. That is amazing. In return, God asks us to accept Jesus as our personal Savior and live our lives like Jesus.
This is a praise song that my youth group and I often sing. Pay attention to the words.
I'm forgiven, because you were forsaken. I'm accepted, You were condemned. I'm alive and well, Your Spirit lives within me. Because You died and rose again.
Amazing Love, How can it be? That You my King would die for me? Amazing Love, I know it's true. It's my joy to honor You. In all I do, I honor You.