You can download this free Spiritual Disciplines reflections and goals PDF below.
We're just about to celebrate the New Year. The New Testament talks a lot about new things. Here are a couple of them:
He gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God's new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you."
A covenant is like a contract or agreement. The Old Covenant required the Israelites to obey the Law of Moses. You can read about this in the books of Genesis to Deuteronomy - it was pretty complicated. The New Covenant began when Jesus died and rose again. Now we are saved by grace, not by obeying a lot of laws.
And now I give you a new commandment: love one another.
God gave Moses Ten Commandments but in the New Testament Jesus gave just one commandment - to love each other.
Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new life.
When you become a Christian you live a new life loving God and loving others.
2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. The new has come!
When you become a Christian you are transformed to be more like Jesus. Your old sinful nature fades as you grow in spiritual maturity.
This New Year, focus on these new things from the New Testament:
Proverbs 20:22 says, Don't try to get even. Trust the Lord, and he will help you. It's human nature to want revenge when someone wrongs you. They might have spread some gossip or lied about you, said something unkind on social media, or even to your face. But the Bible says not to seek revenge.
Romans 12:19-20 says, My friends, don’t try to punish anyone who does wrong to you. Wait for God to punish them with his anger. In the Scriptures the Lord says, “I am the one who punishes; I will pay people back." But you should do this:If you have enemies who are hungry, give them something to eat.
If you have enemies who are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this you will make them feel ashamed.
Rather than getting revenge on those who have hurt us, we should be kind to them. God will ultimately avenge all the wrongs done to us.
If you're a teenage girl, you might think that God can't use you to do much. But he used a teenage girl to change the course of history. Mary would have been a teenager (possibly 15-16 years old) when she gave birth to Jesus. It was common for girls to be married very young in Bible times. The position of Mother of the Saviour of the World has already been filled, but there are plenty of other things that God can use you to do.
Here are some ideas:
Don't be deceived by the devil into thinking that God can't use you. You and God make a great team.
You can download the PDF below. I glued my stars onto Christmas scrapbooking paper to jazz them up a bit. You could either hang them on the Christmas tree or make a garland.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.