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TEENAGE COUNSELING

STEPPING STONE #9

CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE


 

Welcome back to

THE PATH

Psalms 25:21 
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

I trust you're taking just one step a day, 
it IS the best way!

 

Colossians 3:10
Become a new man, renewed in knowledge after Godís image.

Glad to join you again here on THE PATH! Youíve been quite the busy beaver, the last few days, weeding out your garden and should be feeling a lil better and even possess some Faith in God working through you.

But there still may be that empty feeling and the old doubts may be trying to creep in.

Why is that?

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Itís because inside of you, where all the weeds were, now there is a big empty space ... It is like a magnet drawing anything to fill in the blank space. A VOID that you must CHOOSE to fill with something good, so the weeds donít creep back in. When the bad comes out, fill it back in with good.

You probably sense by now the passion to do good and wanna find ways to do it ...
But, how do you do that tho?

Surround yourself with things of God ... I like to call it "God stuff" ...

Pictures, key chains, refridge magnets, plaques, plants, books, magazines, drawings, posters, etc. Ö Anything that reminds you to stay on your path. You already started doing this back at THE GARDEN GATE but you must now CHOOSE to surround yourself even MORE with that which you WANT to become.

 

PONDER ON THESE WORDS:

Think on things that you want, Do not THINK on things that you donít want.

Do you UNDERSTAND that?

Instead of THINKING about this ... THINK about that.

Focus on the positive.

Put sticky notes on your mirrors, write yourself notes or scripture passages and put em everywhere yo go from bedroom to kitchen to bathroom mirror.

 

Here are some samples:

 

Think good thoughts.

Good Morning Holy Spirit!

Walk the walk.

With God all things are possible.

 

I can do all things through
Christ
who strengthens me.

Forget the past, think forward.

Abide with God.

The TRUTH will set you free.

Fight the good fight.

GOD is LOVE.

 

Jesus is
THE WAY
THE TRUTH
and
THE LIFE.

NEVER give up.

Keep the faith.

I
AM
FORGIVEN

Believe to receive.

You could write some of your fav Scriptures or lil sayings that get you SPIRITED.

There are other things you can do to fill that VOID.

Hang a cross on your rear view mirror. Attach an angel sticker to your telephone receiver. Put an inspirational book in the glove box of your car, you never know when youíll be waiting in a doctorís office, in line at the bank, or at a railroad crossing waiting for a slow train to pass. Idle time is when the devil loves to do his mischief the most.

Think about this ... You become what you surround yourself with.

If you surround yourself with God stuff, youíll become of God.

This is also a great reminder that you may want to use in several places.

WWJD

What Would Jesus Do?

Iíd like you to do a little positive reinforcement about something now, if you will ...
Remember back to when we talked about Godís GRACE in STEPPING STONE #3.

As time passes, youíll find that you begin to make the right choices, out of love ...

Not fear of punishment.

BUT RATHER ... HOPE

TEENAGE HOPE IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT IN THE TEENAGE CHRISTIAN WALK AS TEENAGE HOPE IS FAITH

Cmon ... It is easy if you are in love with someone you do not do what you do out of fear of losing em you do what you do cuz ya LOVE em and wanna show it.

CHOOSE to show God your Love by learning as much about Him as you can and the relationship grows.

Psalms 40:8
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

When Godís law is in your heart, you will WANT to do His will, because you know Heís looking out for your best interests.

Jeremiah 31:33
I will put my law in their inward parts, and
write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

Ezekiel 36:26
A
new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

HOW LONG LORD?

Now, I know you are ready to have these promises fulfilled and to be healed and maybe even able to help others and ya wanna know how long until it is completed.

 When you think of king David, probably the first things that come to mind are his heroic act of killing the giant Goliath, and that he was the apple of Godís eye.

Sounds like he had it going on huh?

You may even imagine he walked around without a care in the world.

Well, David had his problems too as we touched on a lil earlier on the Path.

He spent much of his life hiding from king Saul who was trying to kill him because Saul was jealous of David. In the Psalms of the Bible, David prayed for Godís intervention. Eight times he pleaded, How long, Lord? Though we naturally feel impatience, our fortitude does not go unnoticed by God.

Patience is a virtue.

It teaches love. How you may ask?

Letís take a little FIELD TRIP and find out.

Luke 7:36-50
There was a Pharisee named Simon who invited Jesus to come to his house and eat with him. Jesus went to Simonís home and sat down to eat, when a woman in the city, who was a sinner, brought an alabaster box of ointment (perfume) to Simonís house when she heard that Jesus was there. She stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and started to wash His feet with tears, then she wiped them with her hair, kissed His feet, then anointed them with the ointment.

When Simon saw this, he thought to himself, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known that this woman touching Him is a sinner. Jesus said, Simon, I have something to say to you. Simon said, Master, say it.

Jesus then told this parable:

There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred pence and the other owed fifty. When they had nothing to pay, he forgave them both. Tell me then, which of them will love him most?

Simon answered, I suppose the one that He forgave the most. Jesus said,

Youíve judged right.

Then Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon,

Do you see this woman? I entered into your house and you gave me no water for my feet, but sheís washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but since the time I came in, this woman hasnít stopped kissing my feet. You didnít anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment. So, I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; because she showed much love, but to whom little is forgiven, they show little love.

While you patiently endure the time it takes to be free of your problem, God is gradually and patiently strengthening your love and trust in Him. You donít want to rush that. No more than you would want to rush into any other long term relationship.

If your problem goes away suddenly, itís likely that youíll forget the miracle just as suddenly.

How long
did it take your problem to develop into something that you realized will take Godís hand to remove it?

How long
has there been distance between you and your Father?

God knows that we appreciate things more when they take longer to achieve them. Itís just a fact. God knows what Heís doing. Heís in control. Trust Him.

 

LET GO AND LET GOD!

LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!

Romans 8:28
All things work together for good to them that love God.

It took 40 days and 40 nights for the Lord to give Moses all the laws for His people. Think of Jesusí healing as a progressive miracle, not something thatís going to happen all at once.

Psalms 37:34
Donít be impatient for the Lord to Act! Travel steadily along His path.

 

CHANGE YOUR HABITS

Time for another FIELD TRIP!

God has some favorite numbers and one of them is 40.
These are some of the times the Lord used the number 40.

40 days and 40 nights of the Great Flood.

Moses was in the mount for 40 days and 40 nights.

The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.

The children of Israel spied out the land for 40 days.

There were 40 years of peace in the days of Gideon.

Goliath provoked the army of Israel for 40 days.

King David reigned for 40 years.

Elijah was fed and strengthened by an Angel for 40 days and 40 nights.

Ezekiel laid on his right side to bear the iniquity of Israel for 40 days.

God gave Nineveh 40 days to change their evil ways.

Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights by satan.

Jesus was seen for 40 days after His resurrection by His disciples.

Pretty COOL huh?

Notice that in most of these examples, 40 days is the time that God chose for periods of cleansing or testing of one's faith of one kind or another. If you want to establish a new good habit or break an old one, let the number 40 days stick in your mind.

 

Make yourself a chart like this example:

HABIT CHART

Write the habit you wish to establish or break here.

                   
                   
                   
                   

For each day that you perform your new habit or surrender your old one, put a check mark in one of the squares. If you donít accomplish your goal for even one day, start over again. You must be successful for 40 days IN A ROW.

You may be thinking ďI have to start ALL over again?Ē The goal is to make this a permanent habit. You wonít be practicing your old habit, or you will be practicing your new one forever, anyway. So, what's the prob?

If youíd like, you can do this as one of your MIRACLE GROW activities.

Repeat this over and over in your mind ...
Many attempts repeated, complete any undertaking!

Keep in mind, that youíre building a whole new lifestyle for yourself.

Dedication and devotion to your cause is so very important.

Hebrews 6:10-12
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name Ö be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

BUT Ö BUT Ö BUT

HABITS ARE SO HARD TO BREAK

Let me give you an illustration that will change your thoughts about that.

Eating is something that most people love to do.

But fall in love, and suddenly your appetite vanishes as do other thoughts and habits.

Thatís because youíve changed your thoughts which changed your habits.

The passion that you have for something directly affects how successful you will be at it. Plant a new seed of determination in your garden, right there in that empty void thatís ready for new growth.

Love is an easy passion to follow. Sooooooo, apply love to your lifestyle.

Love the fact that youíre on the right path.

Love the fact that youíre strengthening your relationship with God.

Love the fact that you can see changes beginning in your life.

Love the feeling of renewing your mind.

Love Jesus for offering you forgiveness every day.

Love the Holy Spirit for waiting for you to decide to ask for help.

Love the freedom that Godís Grace gives you.

GOD IS LOVE

1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Ask Him to remove your old habits, and transfer the passion you had for them to serving Him.

LET GO AND LET GOD!

LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!

 

EVALUATE YOUR LIFESTYLE

Some changes that youíll want to make are minor, but there will be major ones too. Some will be harder than others. Some will seem extremely hard. It all depends on your heartfelt dedication Ö Your passion to achieve your goal.

Consider your friendships. If you surround yourself with ungodly people, guess what youíre likely to become? If they donít understand your desire to separate yourself from things that put distance between you and God, then you may wanna look up the definition of FRIEND and see if them demanding you do something, that you feel is wrong is what a Friend does.

Nobody is saying that you should kick your friends to the curb ...

I am saying you should not play follow the leader with anyone but JESUS.

Now having them follow HIM is a thought to consider, huh?

BUT ... If it comes to making a CHOICE.

CHOOSE WISELY

A true friend would not require anything of ya that would take you from your Love and hope. They would understand, if not follow.

Proverbs 19:24
There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

A true friend loveth at all times.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loveth at all times
, and a brother is born for adversity.

 

Remember this TRUTH

Anything or anyone that comes between you and God, is closer to God than you are.

Y

O

U

K

G

O

D

Which is closer to God, you or K ?

2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Fellowship with other Christians will help you stay on the Path Ö On Godís path. Some people have called it ďthe lonely road of Faith.Ē

But in all TRUTH, youíre never alone.

You have God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit with you always, not to mention millions and millions of Christians that are out there dealing with the same thing. Hundreds of thousands sojourn thru the Oasis community itself and many of those chose to become members of the Oasis and are available to fellowship with and even befriend in the forums and chat room.

They will even pray with and for ya ...

2 Corinthians 1:11
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Prayer of others can cause miracles.

Remember Jesusí promise.

Matthew 18:19-20
"IF TWO OF YOU SHALL AGREE ON EARTH AS TOUCHING ANY THING THAT THEY SHALL ASK, IT SHALL BE DONE FOR THEM OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. FOR WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME, THERE I AM IN THE MIDST OF THEM.

Someone else praying for the same thing you are, IS agreement.


Sooooooo ... Take an inventory of your lifestyle.

If there are things that need to be changed, get rid of the bad, and always replace it with good. This applies to little things like television shows that teach compromised morals, as well as big things like maybe your friends that demand you do things you do not want to do anymore.

Everything is important. Think about the wardrobe you choose. Does it exemplify the godly person you want to be? What about the conversations you engage in and/or the language you use? Does the music you listen to promote righteousness? Are the books you read something youíd share with Jesus? Give one thing as much importance as another.

 

Another word of advice:

Being overly careful about tiny details of one virtue
canít make up for complete neglect of another.

 

MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES

REMEMBER !!!

TEENAGE HOPE IS NEEDED AND TEENAGE HOPE CAN BE ATTAINED BY CHANGING YOUR VIEWS

Be careful of exchanging one bad habit for another bad habit.
Keep your eyes on the goal and always think good thoughts!

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
THINK on these things.


 

GRACE ... GOD'S GET OUT OF HELL FREE CARD

We all make mistakes. We fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we don't always resist. But that is exactly why God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure, unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that God loves you so very much and He wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father wants each and every one of us to enjoy.

GRACE
 

 

STEP NINE

 
Youíre making wonderful progress. Iím sure you have lots of wonderful ideas and youíre excited to begin planting. Write down your ideas as you think of them, because thereís a lot of new information working in your mind right now and you donít want to forget one idea while you work on another. Weíll continue on THE PATH again next time, with another exciting STEPPING STONE.

Don't forget to pull them weeds ...

Have you looked into the portals to your soul (eyes) lately?

CHANGE is within.

 

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

Go back over each step often to be sure you have not missed anything.

REMEMBER TO JOT A LIL SOMETHING DOWN IN YOUR JOURNAL. 

TEENAGE HOPE MAY SEEM IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES BUT TEENAGE HOPE IS WITHIN YOUR GRASP IF YOU SEEK TEENAGE HOPE AND BELIEVE.

To continue our journey tomorrow down THE PATH ...

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