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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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GOD'S ALTERNATIVE FOR YOU -TO DESPAIR Print E-mail
GOD'S ALTERNATIVE FOR YOU -TO DESPAIR {LOSING HEART}
" I would have despaired UNLESS I had Believed that I would See the Goodness of the LORD in the land of the living"- Psalm 27:13
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FACT 1- The Psalmist knew this Fact; The word "despaired" means "to lose heart," or "to faint," the Psalmist knew the facts, namely in and of himself he would "faint," tumble down into "despair" completely "lose heart," he knew this was inevitable.... but there was a glorious Sighting Of God in this verse, for if we had stopped reading here we too would be left in our circumstances without hope...but there is hope...in this verse...indeed there is GOD'S ALTERNATIVE...

FACT 2- The Psalmist had a glorious "But God..." the word seen in the word "UNLESS"...this was the hinge that turned the door from potential despair into one of HOPE....GLORIOUS GOD GIVEN HOPE.... as seen in these words, " Unless I had believed I would see the Goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." FACT 2 is the HOPE of experiencing God's Goodness and he would see it, he would experience the favor and goodness of God in this present life, and considering the difficult circumstances he was in what a statement of FAITH in the LORD... He was not naïve but neither was he dwelling on the circumstances but he was choosing to THINK on the LORD and His character in his circumstances. The word "LORD"- is used in various ways in the Old Testament to speak of Him as the SELF Existent One,{Ex 3:13-15} the Covenant Keeping One,{ Deut 7:9} the Unchanging One, {Mal 3:6 } The Providing One,{Gen 22:14} The Sovereign One,{Ish 45} who is GOD, {Gen 2:4}. LOOK AGAIN at these verses...go read them and see the HOPE that DAVID had and his FAITH was anchored in the LORD and this was what kept him from losing heart , leading to despair and spiritually fainting!
FACT 3- We choose to embrace Fact 1 Or Fact 2!!!.... FACT 1 offers, "Despair...To Lose heart...to spiritually faint"- yep, sign me up for that one that sounds...like what? Who in their right mind would want that emotional turmoil!!!...
FACT 2 OFFERS....HOPE...which is found in THE LORD and FAITH in THE LORD.... He has reason for confidence and trust to rest in the LORD...life at times is not easy, nor are the battles there are troubles in this life but in the troubles TRUTH Triumphs despair and HOPE ABOUNDS and FAITH is anchored in the PERSON- THE LORD- GOD- Reigns!

Difficulties come, that's life.... responses are inevitable... BUT GODLY RESPONSES ARE A CHOICE....may we speak to ourselves when we find our hearts would want to sink into despair, when we find we are beginning to lose heart, or to spiritually faint.... but we must EMBRACE TRUTH.... THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LORD...HOPE in HIM... FAITH in Him, He is the LORD GOD- Gen2:4- memorize this verse...pray it speak it to your own heart in times of temptation to lose heart! You are loved. As He has been faithful to the Psalmist He will be to you AGAIN!
God has made an ALTERNATIVE for you TO DESPAIR....which begins with embracing a LIE and Looking to yourself and to leaning to yourself as if there is NO GOD.... There is a BLESSED "UNLESS" for you...it is the GOODNESS of the LORD ...in the land of the living.

1. CHOOSE TO MEDITIATE UPON THE TRUTH about the LORD
2. RECALL HIS PAST GOODNESS TO YOU
3. THINK ON HIM
4. TRUST HIM
5. TALK THE TRUTH TO YOURSELF
6. TELL SOMEOME TODAY OF GOD’S ALTERATIVE DESPAIR. – And the THREE FACTS.
GOD HAS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DESPAIR AND IT IS- HIMSELF!
 
 

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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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