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Parents, you must know that evil is knocking at your front door, and its aim is very simple, to lure your teenage children into the pits of hell.  Today, we pause for a moment to share with you a very important lesson to help you protect your children from the pits of hell.  We all were teenagers ourselves at one point in our lives and we know just of difficult it can be trying to fit in with the crowd.  So we encourage you to share this message with your teenage children.

As a teenager, you must always be on guard of the evil that is lurking around the next corner.  Even your best friends can be your worst nightmare.  You will always be walking a tight rope trying to balance yourself in order that you may not fall from grace.  However, remember, it is only God’s grace, that you do not ever want to fall from.  Your friends cannot get you into heaven, but they can get you into prison.  They always have a map of how to get into prison, but once you are in, they do not know how to get you out.

Your very first lesson in protecting yourself from the evils of this world is to know the one person that will always have your back no matter what the circumstances may be.  That person is God and God alone.  Your friends will ridicule you for your beliefs, but you must not let that stop you from being protected from the evils of this world.  When your best friend says to you, let us get a gun and carry it for our protection.  You must know that arming yourself with a gun that can injury and even bring death to someone else is a very dangerous thing to do.  Although you want to remain friends with your friend, you must realize that at this point you are getting into a very serious and possible dangerous game.  The thing that you must do at this point is to rise above the level of thinking that your friend is truly your friend, and remember where you come from and why you are where you are today.  You did not get to where you are by yourself and now to turn around and start going in the wrong direction would be a fool’s way of doing a thing.  You are no body’s fool and you certainly were not raised to spend the rest of your life locked in a cage, chain and shackled like a wild animal unable to do or think for yourself.  But if you follow your friends way of doing things and arm yourself with his are her type of weapon, the route that you are taking will only lead to being caged up in some prison or death.

Instead of arming yourself with your friends type of weapon, ask your friend to pick up the sword.  Your sword is the Bible, the word of God.  You were trained how to use the sword from a very early age.  Now you have been given an opportunity to teach and train your friends how to use a different kind of weapon.  The kind that can protect you and him are she, from prison and the pits of hell and even bring you many years of joy and prosperity.  Do not be afraid to offer your friends your weapon of choice.  The one weapon can save both of your lives.  Be brave and come boldly before the throne of grace.  God is watching your every move.

The teenager’s sword:

 When you are planning for the future…

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  (Psalms 119:133)

When you are instructed by your parents…

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  (Ephesians 6:1-3)

When you are speaking to others…

To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:2).

When you are choosing entertainment…

“Abstain from all appearance of evil”

(1 Thessalonians 5:22)

When you are participating in sports…

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.  (2 Timothy 2:5)

When you are tempted to smoke…

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you?

(1 Corinthians 3:16).

When you are tempted to drink beer, wine or liquor…

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

( Daniel 1:8)

When you are choosing your companion…

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The Power to overcome your enemy

In all that you do, remember God is watching over you.  Your friends may say to you, but I have your back.  You must always remember, in times of great trouble, you are pressed against the wall and everything seems to be caving in on you, and there seems to be no way out, will your friends still be with you are will they just run away and leave you holding the bag?  That is a great question that you must always be asking yourself, and forever seeking answers to.  A real friend is one that will be with you always even until the end of time, and that friend is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus said to us, “that in the time of trouble, he will never leave us are forsake us,” and that is a promise you can take to the bank where you know your check will never bounce.  He is also a friend that has assured us that we can call on him any time day or night and he will always be there waiting to answer our call.  He said when you call he will show you great and mighty power that you never dreamed that you had.  He will give you strength to over come evil and endure for another day.  That is the kind of friend, that you should want to be with you at all times.

Jesus wants you to be in control of your own destiny.  He wants you to be strong, bold and filled with love and power.  These are a few characteristic traits, that God provides His children that loves him.  He commands us to come boldly before the thorn of grace.  When we do this, we can be assured that the promise that he has given to us will always be fulfilled.  With Jesus on your side, you will never have to walk alone; you will never have to fear your enemy.  Listen to the promise Jesus has given us.  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  ( II Timothy 1:7 )   He has assured us that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  We must always remain steadfast in our belief that we can do all things through God who strengthens us with his awesome powers.  He has also made a way that we can take total control of his awesome powers and use them to our advantage.  Here are some of the ways that you can do this by exercising spiritual virtues:  faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  When these are found in our lives we may have assurance that our calling and election for Christ is really real, and no arrow that is formed against us shall prosper.  Our enemy will flee from us because he knows that we have been endowed with powers that he cannot deal effective with.  These powers can only come from God.  No man can provide them for us, no matter how strong his armor may be.

Encouraging your friends

 One of the many ways that we can be a real friend just as Jesus is a friend to us is by encouraging our friends to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight.  Our job is to always remain steadfast in our own faith although our friends may waiver and when they do we have the opportunity to show them that they too can be strong and grab hold of the power Jesus has given to you. Show them that God’s grace is sufficient for all.  When your friend rejects your encouragement, do not become angry with them, because angry is the devils way of separating you from the love of Christ.  Just continue to encourage them to stay strong and keep their hands in God’s hand, because God is the truth and the light.  He is the right way and the only way that will keep you from falling by the way side.

Listen to these very important words.  “In your angry do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold  He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:26-32).

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