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Thoughts for Teens

 
Thoughts for Teens is a set of devotionals written by Aidan's daughter, Mary.  These devotionals are designed to encourage and challenge other teens as well as non-teens to a closer walk with the Lord.  We hope you are blessed as you read Mary's Thoughts for Teens.  

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HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT? Print E-mail
1.-He loves you INTENSELY,-this is what the word " great" means in Eph 2:4;" But because of his GREAT love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." His love never , " cools" towards you. He never withdraws His love, even when He disciplines, trains us it is done in love . He loves you intensely!

2.- He loves you CONTINUALLY-Rev 1:5;-"To Him who loves us..."(grammatically means "continuous") His love for you is not in installments like the old game kids played when we were younger growing up with the petals of a flower, you pick a petal off and say , if you were a young girl ,"He loves me" and throw away the petal and then the next peal pick off the flower and say, "He loves me not," and the last petal picked off gave you the answer depending on which statement you ended up with to determine if you were loved or not! Sometimes we live as though God plays that game with us and when we sin we forfeit His love. We can hurt Him "grieve" Him which is a love word really, the Scripture says but that is only because you can only hurt the One who loves you but we can never break, sever His love for us. Look again it is continuous, unbreakable love for - YOU! 

3.- He wants you to know...EXPERIENTIALLY the height, debt, breath and length of His love for You! Paul prayed for those who were "Weary"-the word speaks of being exhausted and ready to give up. He prays that they would be inwardly strengthened, Christ at home in their hearts and that they would comprehend and know Experientially the love of Christ. Jesus has already demonstrated the commitment of His intense love for you on the cross. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He did not wait for you to change and then love you. For God so what? "LOVED" you , How do you know, " He gave.. " and that His Dear sinless Son as your Sin bearer! He is intensely In love with you, His love is pure intensity. His love is unbreakable, there are no power shortages, it is a continuous love having freed you from your past sin, to Him be the glory! 

"WEARY- ABOUT TO GIVE UP."
 He wants the weary one to experientially know He loves them. He will do something to make them realize right where they are, He loves them- He loves YOU! He has not forgotten you, cannot forget you, will not forget you because He is intensely in love with you with an intensity that does not waver BASED UPON YOUR PERFORMANCE OR LACK OF IT, YOUR COMMITMENT, OR LACK YOUR FAILURES, SIN , IT IS BASED ON THE SINLESS PERFORMANCE OF JESUS ON YOUR BEHALF! He continuously loves you, present tense, and will do something to again express to you in a real way, right in the midst of your weariness," I LOVE YOU," to encourage you and ASSURE you, "I LOVE YOU!"

Go ahead and pray this for someone today .- Eph 3:12-19; 
 Whatever is going on in your life, be assured from His Word that you are INTENSELY, IRREVOCABLY, LOVED BY God and He will show you once again so you will be reminded and know, EXPERIENTIALLY you are loved by God- The CROSS demonstrates it! God demonstrated His love towards us while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!

* THINK LONG, 
* THINK OFTEN OF the Cross of The Lord Jesus and the deep, deep love of Jesus for- YOU this very moment, not because you are lovable but because God set His love upon you! " See what LOVE the Father has Showered upon us that we should be called children of God and such we are..,". - 1 John 3:1-2;

YOU ARE THIS MOMENT, "THE BELOVED OF GOD!"
In Romans 1:7 you are called "The BELOVED of God." This is who He calls you, His Beloved! It is a fact, it had nothing to do with you but everything to do with God who DECLARES it so, based on His Acceptance of you, His Beloved Son -Eph 1:6

* THANK GOD for His intense, continuous, knowable love for you Today all as a result of Jesus Christ! He does not forget those He loves and that is you! He knows where you are, He knows your circumstances, your weariness, ready to give up, perhaps even done so, but this does not change His love for you! He has not forgotten you. He loves you. Consider the Cross which testifies- Wondrous, scandalous cross to testify "I love you!" 

WHY DO WE DOUBT GOD LOVES US?
1. WE BELIEVE A LIE -Never believe the lie which comes to your mind as a fiery dart from the evil one. WE base our acceptance by God based on "our performance" not His. This is works salvation. No, not that we work to be saved but we believe we must work to MAINTAIN His love!
 
2. OUR THINKING IS NOT BIBLICAL- We need to renew own conscience which needs to be renewed with His truth. {Look again at the verses God shares with us which I have written above for you}
 
3. WE BASE OUR THINKING ON OUR FEELINGS RATHER THAN TRUTH, and so we live emotional roller coaster lives basing our views on what we "FEEL" as the ultimate authority rather then the Scriptures and as Jesus says, "IT IS WRITTEN." We end up playing, though we May not use the words, nevertheless, we emotionally play the game "He loves me, He loves me not," as though God is inconsistent, uncaring, untrustworthy, forever changing in His love for you.

GODLY CHANGE;
Renew your mind with God's Unchanging truth to you; Why not write down these verses on a 3 by 5 card, carry in your purse, wallet and when you have time. take and look at it. For the next three weeks you could take one verse a week to meditate and pray on the truth and praise Him for it. THEN Share it with some other soul that is battered by the evil one who plays the "He loves me, He loves me not," game of torment. Some people say, "Oh, I cant memorize!" Not so, you remember PAY DAY, you remember where you live, you remember important things....! Oops, that may be the problem....is His Word important enough to you, to me, and to be able to serve others who are being played by the evil one and a conscience that needs to be renewed, living more by feelings as the final authority rather than the Word of God, and so we play, they play, "He loves me, He loves me not,"- How hurtful that has to be to Him who loves us Intensely, Continuously, and wants us to comprehend and experientially know once again-"I-LOVE- YOU!" 

God Loves you Intensely- Eph 2:4
God loves you Continuously - Rev 1:5
God wants you to Experientially know His love for you- in the midst of your weariness- Eph 3:12-21 

DO YOU PLAY, "HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT?" WHO DECIDES WHETHER HE LOVES YOU OR NOT? YOUR EVER CHANGINF FEELING
S? THE WHISPERS OF AN EVIL FOE? CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE UNPLEASANT? OR THE CROSS OF CHRIST AND THE WORD OF GOD? THE WAY YOU BEHAVE IS AN EVIDENCE, REFLECTION OF WHAT OR WHOM YOU TRULY BELIEVE! TIME TO CHOOSE GOD'S WORD, GOD'S SON, AS YOUR ULTIMATE AUTHORITY AND SIMPLY STATE FROM THE ARRURANCE OF SCRIPTURE, IRREPSECTIVE OF CIRUMSTANCES, PLEASANT, OR UNPLEASANT, FELLINGS,.."HE LOVES ME!"- 

John was banished to the Isle of Patmos when he wrote Rev 1:5. Paul was in Prison when he penned, the words in Ephesians. Circumstances did not dictate. THE LOVE OF GOD- THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST DICTATED THE TRUTH TO THEM- and to you, "I - LOVE-YOU!"
 
 

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"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." - Philippians 2:1-2

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Aidan McKenzie

Aidan was born in Ireland. He is a former professional football [soccer] player in the English football League and the American Soccer League. 

Upon graduation from Bible school in 1985 he began his ministry...

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