Who are the friends that you are grateful for? If you are in a lean season in the friend department, you can be thankful for Jesus, the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).
Ephesians 1:11 says, In Christ we were chosen to be God's people. Being a Christian involves you choosing God, and God choosing you. It's a bit like getting married—the bride and groom choose each other.
1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.
You are chosen for a purpose. The verse above says that you are chosen to be:
God has chosen you for a purpose and a plan. In general, it is to love God and to love others. I believe he also has specific things for you to do. He will reveal these to you at the right time—you just need to be ready to listen. How can you love God today? How can you love others today? What else has God chosen you to do?
Right after Jesus told his disciples to go into all the world and make disciples he said, Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. And remember that I am always with you until the end of time. He was about to leave the earth physically, but he said that he was always going to be with them. That's like someone says 'I'll never leave you' as they walk out the door. Jesus didn't mean that he would always physically be with them, but that his Holy Spirit would always be with them. John 14:16-17 says, I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.
God loves you so much that he sent his Son to be a man and die in your place. When Jesus returned to his Father God sent his Holy Spirit. Jesus lived with us, but his Holy Spirit lives in us. The Holy Spirit comforts, guides, convicts and intercedes for us.
If you will be in Perth on the 4th December put this in your diary—it's the book launch for Thirsty Deer: A guide for teen girls on how to love God with all your body, soul, strength and mind. The title says it all. I've been working on this project for nearly two years—almost done! Watch this space for more info. #thirstydeerthebook #thirstydeer #faith #teens #teenagers #girls #christianbooks
We have forgiveness of sins because of God's rich grace.
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.
Even though humankind has been rebellious and sinful since creation, God loves us so much that he has forgiven us. It cost him dearly though—his son, Jesus, died in our place so that we could be forgiven.
It's like when your dog escapes and is caught by the ranger who takes it to the pound. You have to pay a fee to have him released. Spiritually we were stuck in the pound, but God came and paid the fee so that we could be released.
Matthew 28:19 is known as the Great Commission. Jesus told his disciples, 'Go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit'. The NIV says, go and make disciples of all nations. A disciple is a student or a learner. Jesus was commanding his disciples to tell people about him so that they would follow him too. This instruction wasn't just for the disciples but for all Christians.
God calls some people to other countries to share the good news—we refer to them as missionaries. However, you don't have to go to the other side of the world to make disciples, you can start right where you are. You can share the good news about what Jesus did with your friends and family. In John 13:34-35 Jesus said, 'I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.' Sometimes the best way that we can make disciples is to love people.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.