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Stepping Stone #12
Divine Forgiveness Faith
Teenage Mistakes in the Bible Lesson
To Err is Human to Forgive Divine Hope
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.
The best investments are ones that are long term. I trust you're
taking one Step each day to gain the most success of your program.
Good to have ya back ... I missed ya. Did you say 'Hi' to the Holy
Spirit today? He's looking forward to spending time with ya!
Now ... Just a little reminder for starters today ...
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Teen Faith Bible Study Lesson
How to Have Faith in the
You may not like the things that a true friend tells you even though
they may be for your own good. But that's what makes them a true
friend, isn't it? I just wanted to remind you of this Proverb
that I shared with you back at The Garden Gate because the things
that I have to share with you today may seem a bit abrasive. But you
have to admit, warning is a good thing. If you knew there was a
camouflaged ditch in the road that your friend was about to walk
down, you'd warn them about it, wouldn't you? As your friend, I
caution you that you are gonna fall down ... Everyone does!
The devil seeks every instance as an opportunity to attack. He loves
to put souls into confusion as for them to fear and make mistakes.
His evil offerings will not appear to be bad, but he'll package them
with ribbons and bows and make them look like a gift instead of a
curse. He is dressed in a tuxedo, not a red suit with a forked tail,
a pitchfork in his hand, and horns on his head.
His intent is to disguise evil. He'll try to make you think he and/or
his ideas are romantic, fun, intelligent, captivating ... Honorable
even. Be alert. Be careful how you walk. Walk in the guidance of the
Holy Spirit. Do not be deceived. He does not sleep. He will use
whatever means that he can to lure you into his deceit: television
shows, commercials, movies, books, magazines, billboards, food
packaging, newspapers, mail, clothing, dreams, music, social media,
thoughts, even Christian holiday gimmicks such as Santa Clause and
the Easter Bunny. You name it, his purpose is to win your soul away
from God, any way he can. He's depending on the chance that his
repeated attempts will make you give up the fight for righteousness.
He's depending on your weakness, so he's going to aim for that.
Guess how you send his arrows crashing to the ground ... By planting
good seeds of Truth:
Beat the devil at his own game, teenage confusion can be overcome.
How do you do that? By reverse psychology. He's depending on your
weakness, your confusion, so he's going to aim for that. Guess how
you send his arrows crashing to the ground ... By planting this good
2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for
thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me.
Teen Faith Bible Study Teachings
How to Have Faith in the
The last thing the devil is expecting is that Jesus will become
stronger in you because of his games. So, use it to your advantage.
Lean on Jesus when the arrows are flying. Don't let temptation become
stronger than the presence of the Lord at any time. Do whatever you
have to do to get rid of it. An even better thing to do is avoid it
in the first place.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that
ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
Truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel
16 Above all, taking the shield of Faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the Word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication
for all Saints;
We have talked a great deal about trial and tribulation all along The Path and
you've learned many different ways to fight the good fight. But what
happens once you fall? The answer is simple:
You are not suddenly a failure because you fell. You're not banned
from being a Christian. You're not bad. You're not different. You're
not hopeless. You are not stupid. (But you do look a little silly if
you lie there in pools of self pity.) It's all up to you. God gives
you the choice to make decisions. As long as you feel sorry for
yourself the devil is winning. When the devil shoots his arrows at
you, put up your shield of Truth! It's never too late to begin again.
Many attempts at something, complete any task before us!
Teen Faith Bible Study Hope
How to Have Faith in the
Every day is a new day ... A fresh start. Every moment is a new
moment. No matter what, you aren't a hopeless cause. Read the New
Testament. Get to know the character of Jesus' apostles at the
beginning of their walk with Christ. They were not all full of virtue
from the beginning. It took time. It took faith. Some of the
un-virtues they possessed were doubt, fear, pride, jealousy ... The
Apostle Paul even described himself this way:
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Peter, the rock upon whom Jesus built His church, had so much
cowardice that he denied emphatically to some girls at a campfire
that he had ever even known Jesus. Yet, these were His Apostles.
Jesus knew that they would need and depend on the Holy Spirit after
He left. Don't you let the enemy make you believe that Jesus can't
change your life.
It seems impossible? Remember this about miracles, if you are not
asking for something that seems impossible, you are not asking for
enough. God wants you to depend on Him to make it possible. You can't
possibly do it alone. You may think that you have done some
unforgivable things in your life and there's no way you could ever
make up for them, but that is exactly the reason why our Lord died
for us. That is the Grace of God.
There is one string attached ... You have to be genuinely sorry for
what you did. Your sins cannot outdo God's grace, neither in
frequency or intensity.
An extremely cool thing just happened. As you started reading that
last paragraph, your mind went into it's computer mode. Searching ...
Searching ... File found! And it opened up what you stored in there
about God's Grace. It didn't like the word "unforgivable" because you
weeded that out already, and it started reinforcing the Truth right
away. Then as you read the second sentence and the third and the
fourth, well, you could practically quote it word for word! Now
~ Shhhhhhh ... It's working. ~
For by Grace are ye saved through faith; not of your own doing: it is
the gift of God.
Teen Faith Bible Study Concerns
How to Have Faith in the
Bible and Grace
Grab the Grace, forgive yourself, get up, and continue to fight ...
To the finish!
What if David never forgave himself for killing Uriah? What if Peter
never forgave himself for denying the Lord three times? What if Paul
never forgave himself for persecuting Christians before his calling?
What if Thomas never forgave himself for doubting?
What if they just gave up?
All of these people have a great impact on Christianity because they
fell down, they repented, they accepted God's Grace, forgave
themselves, and then they got back up and persisted in the
cause. They did it for God, they did it for themselves, and they did
it for us!
They are our heroes.
Just think of the wonderful teachings we could have had from Judas,
had he just forgiven himself. Remember, Judas was an instrument that
was used in God's plan. God sent Jesus to earth so our sins could be
forgiven. When Adam and Eve sinned, God set the plan in motion
because He loved us so much. They broke the covenant and severed the
connection to God for all mankind. So, God had to fix it.
He knew we couldn't restore the connection ourselves and Jesus had to
pay the price for our sin. Judas was a part of the plan. If he had
chosen to accept Grace before he died, we may have had perhaps one of
the greatest examples of grace ever. Judas fell down, but did not get
back up, even though Jesus, His master that he followed, lived with,
ate with, traveled with, rested with, prayed with for three years, in
the flesh, taught him that repentance is the way of Salvation.
You can read more about this saved by Grace and Faith topic here:
We are the Lord's new disciples. We are the believers ... The Saints
of this generation. We fall down, we get up!
There is an awesome song that you may want to add to your favorite
tunes by Bob Carlisle called
We Fall Down, We Get Up, that is
highly recommended if you want to get a little more spiritual
uplifting about this whole subject. Use your favorite method of
listening to the music you love, it shouldn't be hard to find,
because it is a Christian favorite. You're going to love it.
Most every spiritual giant in the Bible, faced trial and tribulation.
Our Lord Himself was tempted by the devil. It happens to the very
best, so expect it to happen to you.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs
and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
But, I urge you to take the advice of the Apostle Peter:
1 Peter 4:12-13
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad
also with exceeding joy.
Teen Faith Bible Study Parables
How to Have Faith in the
Trials and tribulations will come, make no mistake. It's the attitude
in which you choose to deal with them, that makes all the difference
in the world.
If you are working in your garden, and a mosquito comes along
pestering, shoo it away. If you get a thorn, pull it out. If you get
dirt on your face, brush it off. If you fall down, get up and
Abrasive? No ... Truth! Remember how this step started?
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are
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