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How old do you have to be before you can serve God?
How old do you have to be in order to purpose in your heart to please and obey God?
How old do you have to be to take a stand against the enemies of God including the sinful desires of the FLESH?
I'd like to talk about some youths in the Bible that served God. I don1t think many of them were much older than you. Most of them between the ages of 15 and 19, maybe younger in some cases. These teens purposed in Their hearts to please and obey God? They stood up to the enemies of God. Can you think of some teenagers that God used in the Bible?
So, does God want teens to live for Him and obey His word? Yes!
Can God use Christian teenagers that have surrendered to Him? Yes!
Let's look at some teens in the Bible:
Teens that Purposed in their hearts to do what was right before God.
I'm talking about four young men that were taken captive then brought to another country. Nebukadnezzer marched his Babylonian army right into the country of these teens and took young men of his choice. The book of Daniel tells us of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
The first thing the enemy did was to try and remove their names that identified them with God. They were given Babylonian names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego. Then they were offered things that would defile themselves before God. Food unlawful for a Jewish person to eat, such as food offered to idols and prepared by Gentiles. The Hebrew word that is used to describe these young men would place them between the ages of 15-20. That's pretty young. Yet listen to what Daniel says...
Dan. 1:8 "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."
Sometimes the world and your peers will try to convince you to disobey the first Commandment, "to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength."
That's what happened to Daniel in, Dan. 6:7 "whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions."
What did Daniel do?
He purposed not to defile himself.
He kept on Serving and praying to the ONLY True God even though he would face the lion's den.
What did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do when threatened with the fiery furnace. They were told that if they didn't worship a pagan god, they would be thrown into the oven.
They remained faithful to their God.
They trusted God to protect them in the fiery furnace.
These young men stood up against a whole nation that was trying to make them be unfaithful to the only One True God.
Sound familiar? It sounds a lot like the culture that American Christian teens have to face. Yet will you face it as Daniel and his three friends did? Is there any thing out there that will stain and polute you? Sure there is! This world is no friend to the Christian that wants to serve God. This world entices people and encourages activities that defile.
At a young age you must purpose to do what is right before God.
Think about the relationship that Daniel and his friends had with the Lord. The pressure around them was certainly to conform to the ungodly Babylonian ways. But even as teens, as young men, they were already committed to doing the right thing before God. This is so important for everyone to understand. God wants you to obey His word at what ever age you know His Word.
Do you know to do right as a teen?
Then do it!
Purpose in your heart to please God.
Keep yourself from things that offend our Lord.
Christian teens need to know that God is not just preparing them for a Future of serving Him. God is expecting and desiring that they serve Him NOW.
You're learning God1s word.
Be like Daniel... Purpose to keep yourself from things that will pollute your body or mind. Stand firm even if the society is doing something different than what God has call Christians to do. Don't bend to the world's way of thinking. Do what is right before God. Start being a servant of God NOW!
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