BE YOUNG AT HEART
HOW TO STAY YOUNG AT HEART
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Be Young At Heart Bible study on how to stay young at heart. We'll be looking into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study will bring forth truth, understanding and then peace within.
BE YOUNG AT HEART
HOW TO STAY YOUNG AT HEART
Sooooooo, here you are, a young person, enthusiastic about
your calling and serving the Lord with vitality and vigor
and lo and behold ... here come the Pharisees! They'll try
just about anything to burst your bubble, but all you have
to do is be prepared, and you'll see just how easy it is, to
have them thinking twice about their criticism of your
great story about Jesus that matches this situation
perfectly. As Jesus entered into the Temple after His
triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He overthrew the tables of
the moneychangers and those making the Temple as a den of
thieves. And there were children in the Temple who
were singing praises to Jesus. This sorely displeased the
chief priests and scribes, and Jesus said, quoting scripture
Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and
sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
think of it, there are several things in the Bible that
support and encourage your diligent service to Jesus and
spreading the Word of God in your youth. Let's find some.
Paul wrote a letter to Timothy, his young protégé, and told
him not to be offended by people who look down on him
because he is young.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example
of the believers, in word, in conversation, in
charity, in spirit, in Faith, in purity.
what the cool thing really is? It's BECAUSE of your youth
... your lack of experience in worldly (defiling) things
that makes you such a good example.
In word -
In the way you speak.
conversation - In your manner of living (when others are
looking AND when they're not).
- In your love and generosity toward all of God's children.
In spirit -
In demonstrating to others that sin is of the flesh and as
Christians we are reborn as spiritual beings.
In Faith -
In being firm and steadfast in your beliefs.
purity - In REPRESENTing the righteousness of Jesus.
anybody can take scripture out of context and try and make a
point, and some people may try and hinder your service to
God by quoting scripture that says that you must be aged, or
seasoned, or anything else in order to effectively serve the
Lord. What the ol' Pharisees are trying to say is that you
should be seen and not heard because you're a young person.
a sure bet that most of the Pharisees will tell you that
there's one difference between you and them, and that is,
that they were young once. HOWEVER ... The bet is probably
just as certain, that they weren't called when they were
your age, otherwise, they surely wouldn't be trying to
stifle you now would they?
If you like
to have scripture on your side to support you when you're
confronted by this issue, or whether you question your youth
inside of your own self, let's open up the Bible and you'll
see that God most certainly DID call young people in
Biblical times, and still does today.
BE YOUNG AT HEART BIBLE STUDY
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these are reminders of things you learned in the Child of
God or the My Brother's Keeper programs, but it's good to
review, and many times the same message can have different
meanings when you read them at different times.
with some of the people who God called in their youth to
IN GOOD COMPANY!
Samuel was just a child when the Lord spoke to Him and gave
him prophecy to share with all of Israel:
Jeremiah was a child when he was called to warn Israel what
would happen if they didn't change their ways.
Then said I, Ah,
Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
became the king of Judah when he was only seven years old.
2 Kings 11:21
Seven years old was
Jehoash when he began to reign.
just a boy when he killed the giant Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:33
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go
against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou
art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
a child when God gave him the gift of interpreting dreams.
really matter whether the people thought these prophets were
too young to serve God or deliver His Word ... God chose
them, and that's all that matters. You can imagine there
were many who thought these young people were just crazy
kids. Can you imagine having a president that's only seven
years old? Or what about Israel being carried away captive
by Nebuchadnezzar into Babylon ... and a child giving them
advice of how to get back in God's good Graces again. Do you
suppose it was difficult for them to heed God's Word, being
presented through a child? What you're facing is nothing new
... you're in good company!
interesting question to ask. Is physical age the same as
spiritual age? When you're reborn, you are born in the
spirit. Your spirit doesn't have the limits of the flesh,
like age and pain and hunger and thirst and fatigue and hot
and cold and illness.
You ARE the
Temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the Temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's.
BE YOUNG AT HEART TIPS
HOW TO STAY YOUNG AT HEART IDEAS
So, if the
Holy Spirit lives in you ... are the Pharisees saying that
He has to wait until you're a certain age before they
believe what He says through you? Hmmmmmmm.
Pharisees forgotten that we're all one body (of Christ) and
that we're all different? The Pharisees may not think that
the baby toe is very important, but without it, it's very
difficult to balance.
For as we have many
members in one body, and all members have not the same
office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another. Having then gifts
differing according to the grace that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the
proportion of Faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our
ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he
that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with
diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly
affectioned one to another with brotherly Love; in
honour preferring one another; Not slothful in
business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of
Saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which
persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them
that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of
the same mind one toward another. Mind not high
things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not
wise in your own conceits.
in the world today? God said that young people would
share His Word:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,
I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your
sons and your daughters shall
your young men shall see visions, and your old
men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my
handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my
Spirit; and they shall
exciting or what? God will pour out His spirit on the
young people and they will tell His messages to others!
Pharisees may try and make you feel that you're not smart
enough to spread the Word of God because you're young, but
Solomon also, the wisest man to ever live, was very young
when he pleased God by asking for an understanding heart to
judge God's people ... and God granted him what he
1 Kings 3:7-12
And now, O LORD my God, thou
hast made thy servant king instead of David my father:
and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out
or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy
people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that
cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give
therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge
thy people, that I may discern between good and bad:
for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had
asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou
hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself
long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor
hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked
for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold,
I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there
was none like thee before thee, neither after thee
shall any arise like unto thee.
BE YOUNG AT HEART SUMMARY
HOW TO STAY YOUNG AT HEART CONCLUSION
You have a
great advantage being a young person. Do you believe you can
make a difference in the world today? God does!
the Pharisees tell you any different!
more very important thing ...
BE AS A CHILD to attain the Kingdom!
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus,
saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him
in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of
forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the
Kingdom of Heaven.
But Jesus said,
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