OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR TEENS SEPTEMBER 2019
THEME: JUMPING THE GUN? (ONE)
MEMORISE: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 – And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 – And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 – And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 – And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 – And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 – And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 – I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 – And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 – 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.
21 – And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 – But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 – And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 – For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 – Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 – And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 – And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 – And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 – And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 – But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 – And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 – It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
When I hear some teenagers discuss these days, I am amazed at the things they discuss.
Some of you ladies are already fantasising about your wedding day and when you will be a wife and mother!
You are already occupying your mind with these while still a teenager? That is doing the right thing at the very wrong time.
Some people have, due to these fantasies, gone into relationships when they should not even be thinking about relationships.
When a girl fantasises about marriage, she gives her whole self into the relationship, hoping to get married to the boy one day. Before she knows it, she is in big trouble!
Many, because of such fantasies, have become pregnant, contracted S.t.d, stopped their education to run away with a man and so on, thereby actually forfeiting the possibilities of having their fantasies fulfilled.
Same thing go for boys and their fantasies to be rich and drive exotic cars. Such fantasies push them into illegal activities.
ACTION POINT :
If you do the right thing at the right time, believe me honestly, everything will fall into place.
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for theres no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
AUTHORS: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Proverbs 9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-32