Teenagers Must Grow Up

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"and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; (6) For those whom the Lord loves he disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives." (Hebrews 12:5-6).

There is something about teenage children when they reach a stage of development where they think they know more than their parents. They also begin to pay more attention to the words of others and by way of extension, they may begin to reject and/or question the teachings of God. Many teens are easily influenced by others, especially those with low moral standards.

There is also another dynamic that occurs during the teenage years. They begin to push against their parents in preparation for moving out on their own. All teens must become adults, they have no choice. Parents on the other hand began to prepare themselves emotionally that their children are growing up and they began to look forward to the time when their children leave the nest and the dynamic of the relationship changes to a more mature interaction between adults.

Discipline is a good thing. It is given in love by parents and by God. God develops Christ like character through discipline. It is far better for teens who are believers in Christ to be disciplined within His grace.

Proverbs 3 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 3:11-12 "(11) My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, Or loath His reproof, (12) For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights."

Psalm 22:9-10 (Theme: From Perplexity To Praise) "(9) Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from the womb; Thou didst make me trust when upon my mother's breast, (10) Upon Thee I was cast from birth; Thou has been my God from my mother's womb."
Today's question. Why did God live and die for us?

Psalm 22 has as its general message, ‘the mission of the promised Messiah'. It is a prophecy of the coming of God, to live as a human, in order to provide a way of salvation for those who believe in Him and to complete God's ultimate plan of creation. We have heard the most popular verse in the Bible many times, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16).

No man/woman could become the savior of the world, even the greatest one that ever lived, (John the Baptist). "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist;" Matthew 11:11). Nor would God make another Adam, perfect in all aspects that could save us because he would not be one of us. No, God decided that He Himself would become 100% man through the birth of a virgin while still retaining his divinity of being 100% God.

My prayer is that all men/women will accept the free gift of salvation and that our children will turn quickly to God.

Dear God, thank you for loving us so much that You became one of us. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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