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Pressures of Christian Teenagers:
How to Deal

teenager thinking about life Life is full of choices.

You are at a party, and somebody offers you a drink. You are under the legal drinking age. What do you do?

A couple of your classmates are picking on a kid in a lower grade. Do you stop them?

Your friend confesses that she wants to end her life because nobody loves her. Do you share the love of Jesus?

Each one of these scenarios presents it's own set of problems. Unfortunately, the answers aren't always cut and dried.

That said, I don't need to tell you that the pressure on Christian teenagers is immense.

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
Job, in the Old Testaments book of Job, was tested by God who allowed satan to figuratively and literally get under his skin. Jesus was tested too, and both passed the test through having faith in God."

Not only do you have to deal directly with issues like drugs, alcohol, sex, abuse, self-mutilation, loneliness, or depression, amoung others, but you feel like God is watching your every move, ready to pounce on you when you make the wrong decision.

I used to think that way.

There were times that I wished all my choices were made for me so I wouldn't have to live with the consequences if something went wrong. I could just blame somebody else.

And then I discovered something which changed my life. Would you like to hear what it was?

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
David was a young teenager when he defeated Goliath in battle."

Christians have the power.

Say it again?

Christians have the power of God, through Jesus Christ, at our fingertips .

teen guy Satan is battling for your soul right now. He will say and do anything to turn you away from God. Make you feel guilty or unworthy, give you uncontrollable urges, put people in your way, or put road blocks at every turn in your life - anything to distract you from God.

However, as a Christian, you have the power to cast out satan and his demons (Matthew 10:1-8).

Adam didn't have that power. Moses didn't either. Neither did Abraham. Not even John the Baptist had that power.

Only those people that trust Jesus as their savior and are filled with the Holy Spirit have access to that power.

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3 that we can only get to heaven if we become like little children. He means we must totally depend on God like children depend on their parents."

Makes you look at your life a differently, doesn't it? Are you feeling a little invincible right now?

I know I am.

John Edmiston wrote an excellent, easy-to-understand ebook on how Christians relate to the world around them. It gives you a fascinating look at the spirit world and your place in it as an adopted child of God. Click the link to take a look at John's ebook, A Primer on Spiritual Warfare.

Now, before you try to leap from a tall building with your new found power, you must remember what Jesus said when he was tempted by satan to do something similar, "Do not put the Lord your God to the test".

God has given you everything you need to fight spiritual warfare, but that "everything" is the Bible. The source of God's power.

If you read Matthew 4:1-11, you'll see God's word is used by Jesus to defeat satan; that is the power of God's word.

Use it. Live it. Breathe it.

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
Don't have time to read the bible? Pray to God for guidance, and then try reading one verse (or subject) just before you go to bed."

Some people will tell you that you must read the Bible cover to cover. I personally don't agree with this method. If I can't apply it to my life, I won't remember it.

I know someone that has read (says they read) the Bible cover to cover twice. To my knowledge, they have not applied it to their life by accepting Jesus as their savior. (See what James has to say about this: James 2:18-24)

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
In the middle of praying, God has literally guided me (flashed a thought through my mind) to read a certain book of the Bible to answer my prayer!"

I do read the Bible. If I'm going through something particulary distressing, I'll read it to find out what God says about whatever I'm going through. God is faithful and will provide an answer - not always directly, but through thought and prayer, the answer will become clear.

I also read the Daily Bread, published by RBC Ministries (whenever I remember...shame on me, I know).

If you aren't guided by the Holy Spirit to read it cover to cover - you'll probably just get bored of it and find any excuse not to read it!

My suggestion is, listen to God. He'll let you know what he wants you to do.

"Pressures of Christian Teenagers fact:
A lot of people will interpret the Bible a lot of different ways. God asks us to test make sure what they have to say agrees with the Holy Bible (King James, NIV, and similar translations). See: 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 and 1 John 4:1)"

I've been talking a lot about how "powerful" you are, but I would be remiss if I failed to mention one thing: just because you have the power, doesn't mean you're infallible.

teens flirting Unfortunately, you will make mistakes. Some big, some small. We all do it.

However, as God's word says in 1 John 1:9, if you confess your sins, he will forgive you. So don't beat yourself up over your fleshly sins.

That said, it doesn't mean that there will be no consequences.

Newton's third law of motion states "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." I believe this also applies to life in general. You'll have to deal with the consequences of your actions - good and bad.

Cheer up, though. You're still going to heaven! Nothing but continued denial of Jesus Christ as savior will prevent that from happening.

I could go on forever, but I'm going to stop here for now. However, I want to give a few points to help deal with pressures of Christian teenagers:

  • Satan knows EXACTLY how to get to you (different ways for everybody) - remember this when faced with temptation

  • You are an adopted child of God and have been given authority to judge angels and cast out demons - remember this when you are faced with temptation

  • God's word contains all the knowledge you need to get through whatever you're going through - remember this when you are faced with temptation ;-)

  • Make time for God, and he'll make time for you

  • God's grace overpowers everything you could ever think or do

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