OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TEENS 9 FEBRUARY 2019 – LET HIM CLEAN YOU UP
MEMORISE: And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:20
Read: Luke 15:11-24
11 And He said, There was a certain man who had two sons;
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the part of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided the estate between them.
13 And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living.
14 And when he had spent all he had, a mighty famine came upon that country, and he began to fall behind and be in want.
15 So he went and forced (glued) himself upon one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs.
16 And he would gladly have fed on and filled his belly with the carob pods that the hogs were eating, but [they could not satisfy his hunger and] nobody gave him anything [better].
17 Then when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing (dying) here of hunger!
18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.
19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] make me like one of your hired servants.
20 So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently].
21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]!
22 But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet.
23 And bring out that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry,
24 Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to [m]revel and feast and make merry.
In the world of today, many teenagers have already made lots of mistakes that they are ashamed of. Are you one of such teenagers? God can clean you up.
Maybe you have lost your virginity, this does not mean you should throw caution to wind and go on committing sin. If you regret it and want to be better, God can clean you up and give you another chance.
God is a loving and merciful Father, but just like the prodigal son, you have to consciously decide to come back to Him and permanently stay for you to enjoy His mercy; He is waiting with open arms to receive you. God does not condemn you, instead, He shows you love. No matter how bad you have become, He can make you a new creature again.
You are still a teenager and you have an entire life ahead of you, will you rather continue in dirt or get cleaned up so that you can continue as a better person.
Go to God in prayer, pour out your heart to Him, confess all your sins to Him and tell Him that you don’t want to do those things anymore, tell Him to wash you clean and give you the grace to remain clean. Then make sure you read your Bible and pray every day. Read – Open Heaven 9 February 2019
Don’t let the devil deceive you by telling you that you are no good. Jesus sees a lot of good in you and He wants that good to manifest.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
AUTHORS: Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye.