Sometimes we as Christians like to put up a facade to show the world that we are uber righteous or "perfect Christians" but in reality, we are plagued with hidden sins that haunt us and keep us from truly growing in God.
I've had similar struggles, particularly with the hidden sin of pornography. As a teen guy, I can tell you that it's one of the hardest things to have as part of your life because its highly addictive. We all know that nothing is too big for God to handle, yet we fall and stumble, and sin has a foothold on our lives; debilitating us and keeping us from experiencing the blessings that God has in store for us.
So the question that I ask myself is WHY?
Why am I still struggling when God is such a big part of my life, when I want to live for Him, yet I get distracted by the need to receive instant gratification?
And everytime, I know that the answer will be the same. It's because though I want to be His, I have not surrendered all to Him.
It comes to a point where you as an individual realize that God sent His only son into this sinful world to die for our sins and wipe the slate clean and that Jesus overcame the grave, so when we are cleansed by His perfect blood, we can overcome the desires of the flesh too.
It's about identifying our need for God and His blessings for our lives over the desires of the flesh, because eventually, when we look at the bigger picture, God is so much more important than all the things that we parttake of in this world..
So as young men, lets put God first, and he will surely direct our paths and give us the strength to overcome.
Is The Current Generation Choosing God Or Losing Him?? Category:Life Views:
Teens today have too much to deal with.....and I speak from experience. We are constantly bombarded with so much information and most of it is saturated with idealogies of "the world" and are contradictory to what we are taught in the Bible. Even the type of music we hear today has been jaded by provocative themes and videos. Go to a movie, even something PG and it is more than likely to contain some form of suggestive action. Whether it promotes promiscuity or rebellion, encourages degrading relationship patterns or causes one to change their viewpoints in order to feel accepted in this whirlpool of disintegrating morals, teenagers are becoming increasing susceptible towards losing their firm foundation in God and his commandments and teachings.
But what can we do.....what can I do as a teenager....???
Should I stop watching TV and movies altogether.....
Maybe just stick to the Christian channels on TV
If thats the case, then FACEBOOK is a definite NO NO!!!
And all that secular music...well you can stay in the clubs...somewhere that I'm less than likely to enter....
Should this be our response towards the secular world view that threatens us and the generation which proceeds us, that makes us question our faith and stumble in our walk with God??
We could do that....or we could choose a path that allows us to be influential instead of being influenced..
Before I had even heard Christian Music (CCM), secular music...the mainstream stuff was the reason for my existence...I loved it...
But just a few years ago I tuned in to a radio station and the revelation that occurred at that point in time is still in my heart to this day...
I am truly a changed person now...and though I'm a long way from being the ideal "Christian Teen" (if such a person does exist)..... I know that the hope that I find in music that exhalts my heavenly Father is so much more that what any mainstream music could provide.
We need to be the beacons of hope in this world....we as Christian teenagers need to influence those around us, and the only way that we are going to be effective in doing that is if we become exemplary ourselves. We need to hold every thought captive and live for God and present ourselves as iving sacrifices..
Shutting ourselves from exposure to the secularism of this world is impossible....but we can counter that influence by shining grace and love and God's goodness and Christ's salvation in the world...