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abidinglife
Sep 2nd 2008, 10:12 AM
HI there guys. This post is for young people but yet for old people alike. Nowhere in any walk of life, in any job in and any amount of safety precautions is anyone safe from death. Now, I say this is for young people because I am one of them. Young people of this generation and not excluding all the generations before are exceedingly proud. We are proud of being different from our parents, proud of our physique, proud of ourselves. So more care is to be taken while in adolescent than any other time in our short lives.

First, young people, death is closer than you think. Be wary of it, for it can strike at any moment and old and young alike can bestricken down at anytime by ailments. Surely the Shummanite’s son did not know he was to be dead by noon that morning when he woke up,(2 Kings 4v.18). In these verses it shows quickly how death set into this young man’s life, all it started as was a mere headache as it seemed to the father. He didn’t really perceive the fatality of this headache. And by noon, he was dead. What I find funny(well obviously not him dying), is in contrast to this verse in Proverbs 27v.1:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

We are to live life carefully, if only we knew that our life was to end in the next minute, in the next hour, in the next day. And as teenagers, idk about you guys but I always say, “oh I’ll worry about it tomorrow”. Well I always force myself to do it anyway. I always reason that what if I was putting off the saving off of a soul, what would happen if I died tomorrow, surely I would be the cause of that person not going to heaven. So whatever menial and mean, I will do it because I am not sure of my future. I don’t know, just a thought.

So we should be wary, for we know not what is to happen next. I was reading JC Ryle and he read in some other book that more die between the age of thirteen to twenty-three than any other period in life. In the Bible we read of many men who die before old age. Did not David mourn the death of his two finest sons before his own earth? Did not Job lose all he had in one day, as with his children? Death is coming, and the Lord can choose to end life on this earth any time he chooses, according to his holy timing. The Lord alone controls this world and its happenings. So what shall we do? Shall we live life like we are dust before the Lord? For doesn’t it say in Isaiah,

All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the fields?

Surely as young people, we are so prone to pride. I know I am, I just chug on and on about myself all the time. Again in Isaiah it says,

Even the young men stumble and fall.

I am always telling myself to be humble, for we teenagers are so willing to bring ourselves above who we really are. Pride is of the Devil, wasn’t it pride that expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? Spurgeon commented:

Pride is a groundless thing. It standeth on the sands; or worse than that, it puts its foot on the gas, which yield beneath its tread; or, worse still, it stands on bubbles, which soon must burst beneath its feet. Of all things pride has the worst foothold; it has no solid rock on earth whereon to place itself. We have reasons for almost everything, but we have no reasons for pride. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of.

I would love some humility that is born of the revelation of who we are in comparison to the moral perfection of God, of who we are when we see ourselves in light of God’s ultimate majesty. Humility that can recognize the need for salvation through faith alone, that can judge what is good so that we may approve what is excellent and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

If I had one wish for our generation of new adults was for a bit of humility. A bit of humility that can accept each other, a bit of humility that will bring us in good stead in our walk with God. For did not Christ come for the sinners not the righteous? If Christ looked at us would he see humble sinners or proud sinners trying to earn their own way to heaven?

Perhaps the reason of our pride is our comfort. I work under the assumption that most of the people reading this lives in United States (well except for me, New Zealand). Well the fact is we are rich. We live so well, we are so blessed in our Western world. I was perhaps for the first time amazed at how clean water comes out of my tap every time I switch it on…I was astounded at how I can walk down the street and live without the fear of being shot or attacked by some wild animal. Idk, maybe I think differently from everyone else. We can buy those jeans and look like Kate Moss. But the point is our world is so easy, we can go to school and learn Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and learn everything in the human knowledge learnt in the last 4000 years.

Surely I have begun to blame our world we live in. This wealth and maybe overabundance of knowledge in our world makes us lazy yet at the same time so sure that we are sovereign of everything. We can cure ourselves of cancer, we can give vitamins which can make us live longer, we can get new hips, we are in totally control of ourselves, we think. Yet as Christian, young people, we are called to be the antithesis of this world. We are not meant to be cozy in our current world; we are called to work in the Lord’s fields. The harvest is here, but the workers are few. I implore you to live life for the Lord not for the wages of this world, which is death.

The throne of everyman is in his heart. The only way to break free from pride is to begin from the heart, throwing away all perceptions of our own virtue and put on the dress of righteousness of Christ.

Finally, young people like myself do not put off living for one more day for Christ. We have discovered that life can end as easily as it is initiated, for the Lord is sovereign over how long we are on this earth. I daresay that some of us are hoping for a late repentance, that we can serve the Master of lust and fame then turn to the Lord in our hour of need. Well, do not, Leighton said, “The way of sin is downhill, a man cannot stop when he want to.” And as I said, teenager are so proud, they think they can stop, they think they have the self-control to change who they are in a click of the fingers. Surely if we heard the testimony of every smoker, every drug addict, every man who was addicted to porn, if you talked to me. The resounding chorus is that man is nothing, man has no control, and man is nothing but a slave of the world without the conviction and salvation of Christ actively working in our lives.

So young people put your trust in God. God is the only true God, he arts high above all other gods. When the wine that the world offers you turns bitter, the Lord’s cup overflows. The Lord alone can we find salvation from this world, the Lord alone do we find forgiveness of our sins, our wrong, our hate of Him. He is the God who will lead and counsel you through the valley of what is called youth.

God Bless.

mikeynash
Sep 2nd 2008, 10:19 AM
Good post. Well done mate. I don't agree with everything but then I don't agree with my own teaching sometimes!!

Seriously though, that is a good post.

Hobbes91
Sep 2nd 2008, 08:31 PM
That's really long, you could shorten it for teenagers. Just sayin':)

Revinius
Sep 3rd 2008, 01:28 PM
teenagers need to get back the old fogey notion of: 'an attention span' and persevere. If you can't listen to a sermon or read a book for longer than an hour you might need to practice persevering.

Friend of Jesus
Sep 3rd 2008, 02:36 PM
In my experience the best way to learn to persevere is to learn joy. As soon as you take joy in your work a chore becomes a hobby. How do we learn joy? We can't learn it, it is a gift of the Spirit. So if you are finding it hard to persevere in reading the Bible, listening to sermons etc, then you need to stop listening to your feelings and start listening to Christ in you. THEN you persevere regardless of your feelings. Your feelings will soon change to match the task.

Awesome Post by the way!

Hobbes91
Sep 4th 2008, 02:15 AM
teenagers need to get back the old fogey notion of: 'an attention span' and persevere. If you can't listen to a sermon or read a book for longer than an hour you might need to practice persevering.
Too right mate, where would one of these teenagers get help pn working out their perseverance? :confused

In my experience the best way to learn to persevere is to learn joy. As soon as you take joy in your work a chore becomes a hobby. How do we learn joy? We can't learn it, it is a gift of the Spirit. So if you are finding it hard to persevere in reading the Bible, listening to sermons etc, then you need to stop listening to your feelings and start listening to Christ in you. THEN you persevere regardless of your feelings. Your feelings will soon change to match the task.

Awesome Post by the way!
as someone who doesn't find a great amount of joy in Bible, your answer to me is esoteric. Cool, I finally got to use that word.

Revinius
Sep 4th 2008, 02:55 AM
Too right mate, where would one of these teenagers get help on working out their perseverance? :confused

Working on self-discipline helps. There are also heaps of literature out there that is helpful in going through the Bible without running too much into the 'speed hump' books (eg numbers, deuteronomy). If all else fails, audio bibles and sermons by good evangelical preachers are a good way of going through passages and extracting meaning.

In the end, the Spirit is the great enabler and will try and use your desires for your good. If you launch into the Word with a fiery desire to feast on it's meat, with a hunger for truth, you will reap its rewards. .

Hobbes91
Sep 5th 2008, 04:29 AM
Working on self-discipline helps. There are also heaps of literature out there that is helpful in going through the Bible without running too much into the 'speed hump' books (eg numbers, deuteronomy). If all else fails, audio bibles and sermons by good evangelical preachers are a good way of going through passages and extracting meaning.

In the end, the Spirit is the great enabler and will try and use your desires for your good. If you launch into the Word with a fiery desire to feast on it's meat, with a hunger for truth, you will reap its rewards. .

:lol::lol: I like feasts...of veggies! I'll admit I am probably just not religious enough, I am a new Christianand I haven't had any real spiritual experience I can connect to Christianity of like God, Jesus, and any symbolism. I'll work on it, though. ;)

Revinius
Sep 5th 2008, 07:45 AM
:lol::lol: I like feasts...of veggies! I'll admit I am probably just not religious enough, I am a new Christianand I haven't had any real spiritual experience I can connect to Christianity of like God, Jesus, and any symbolism. I'll work on it, though. ;)

It's a start mate. Keep learning and growing and take all the opportunities you can to learn. :)

JesusIsLord82
Sep 6th 2008, 01:43 AM
HI there guys. This post is for young people but yet for old people alike. Nowhere in any walk of life, in any job in and any amount of safety precautions is anyone safe from death. Now, I say this is for young people because I am one of them. Young people of this generation and not excluding all the generations before are exceedingly proud. We are proud of being different from our parents, proud of our physique, proud of ourselves. So more care is to be taken while in adolescent than any other time in our short lives.

First, young people, death is closer than you think. Be wary of it, for it can strike at any moment and old and young alike can bestricken down at anytime by ailments. Surely the Shummanite’s son did not know he was to be dead by noon that morning when he woke up,(2 Kings 4v.18). In these verses it shows quickly how death set into this young man’s life, all it started as was a mere headache as it seemed to the father. He didn’t really perceive the fatality of this headache. And by noon, he was dead. What I find funny(well obviously not him dying), is in contrast to this verse in Proverbs 27v.1:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

We are to live life carefully, if only we knew that our life was to end in the next minute, in the next hour, in the next day. And as teenagers, idk about you guys but I always say, “oh I’ll worry about it tomorrow”. Well I always force myself to do it anyway. I always reason that what if I was putting off the saving off of a soul, what would happen if I died tomorrow, surely I would be the cause of that person not going to heaven. So whatever menial and mean, I will do it because I am not sure of my future. I don’t know, just a thought.

So we should be wary, for we know not what is to happen next. I was reading JC Ryle and he read in some other book that more die between the age of thirteen to twenty-three than any other period in life. In the Bible we read of many men who die before old age. Did not David mourn the death of his two finest sons before his own earth? Did not Job lose all he had in one day, as with his children? Death is coming, and the Lord can choose to end life on this earth any time he chooses, according to his holy timing. The Lord alone controls this world and its happenings. So what shall we do? Shall we live life like we are dust before the Lord? For doesn’t it say in Isaiah,

All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the fields?

Surely as young people, we are so prone to pride. I know I am, I just chug on and on about myself all the time. Again in Isaiah it says,

Even the young men stumble and fall.

I am always telling myself to be humble, for we teenagers are so willing to bring ourselves above who we really are. Pride is of the Devil, wasn’t it pride that expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? Spurgeon commented:

Pride is a groundless thing. It standeth on the sands; or worse than that, it puts its foot on the gas, which yield beneath its tread; or, worse still, it stands on bubbles, which soon must burst beneath its feet. Of all things pride has the worst foothold; it has no solid rock on earth whereon to place itself. We have reasons for almost everything, but we have no reasons for pride. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of.

I would love some humility that is born of the revelation of who we are in comparison to the moral perfection of God, of who we are when we see ourselves in light of God’s ultimate majesty. Humility that can recognize the need for salvation through faith alone, that can judge what is good so that we may approve what is excellent and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

If I had one wish for our generation of new adults was for a bit of humility. A bit of humility that can accept each other, a bit of humility that will bring us in good stead in our walk with God. For did not Christ come for the sinners not the righteous? If Christ looked at us would he see humble sinners or proud sinners trying to earn their own way to heaven?

Perhaps the reason of our pride is our comfort. I work under the assumption that most of the people reading this lives in United States (well except for me, New Zealand). Well the fact is we are rich. We live so well, we are so blessed in our Western world. I was perhaps for the first time amazed at how clean water comes out of my tap every time I switch it on…I was astounded at how I can walk down the street and live without the fear of being shot or attacked by some wild animal. Idk, maybe I think differently from everyone else. We can buy those jeans and look like Kate Moss. But the point is our world is so easy, we can go to school and learn Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and learn everything in the human knowledge learnt in the last 4000 years.

Surely I have begun to blame our world we live in. This wealth and maybe overabundance of knowledge in our world makes us lazy yet at the same time so sure that we are sovereign of everything. We can cure ourselves of cancer, we can give vitamins which can make us live longer, we can get new hips, we are in totally control of ourselves, we think. Yet as Christian, young people, we are called to be the antithesis of this world. We are not meant to be cozy in our current world; we are called to work in the Lord’s fields. The harvest is here, but the workers are few. I implore you to live life for the Lord not for the wages of this world, which is death.

The throne of everyman is in his heart. The only way to break free from pride is to begin from the heart, throwing away all perceptions of our own virtue and put on the dress of righteousness of Christ.

Finally, young people like myself do not put off living for one more day for Christ. We have discovered that life can end as easily as it is initiated, for the Lord is sovereign over how long we are on this earth. I daresay that some of us are hoping for a late repentance, that we can serve the Master of lust and fame then turn to the Lord in our hour of need. Well, do not, Leighton said, “The way of sin is downhill, a man cannot stop when he want to.” And as I said, teenager are so proud, they think they can stop, they think they have the self-control to change who they are in a click of the fingers. Surely if we heard the testimony of every smoker, every drug addict, every man who was addicted to porn, if you talked to me. The resounding chorus is that man is nothing, man has no control, and man is nothing but a slave of the world without the conviction and salvation of Christ actively working in our lives.

So young people put your trust in God. God is the only true God, he arts high above all other gods. When the wine that the world offers you turns bitter, the Lord’s cup overflows. The Lord alone can we find salvation from this world, the Lord alone do we find forgiveness of our sins, our wrong, our hate of Him. He is the God who will lead and counsel you through the valley of what is called youth.

God Bless.


wow! very awesome post. definitely words of wisdom