OPEN HEAVENS FOR TEENS 6 MARCH 2020: BURN YOUR BRIDGES
MEMORISE: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12
READ: 1 KINGS 19:19-21
19. So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
20. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
21. And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
From Matthew 11:12, we see the importance of violence in our Christian race. Being violent requires force, energy, persistence and determination.
As a teenager, you have the capacity to be violent, but only wise teenagers channel their violence in the right direction. Elisha is an example of a positively violent fellow.
The day he decided to follow the Lord, he did it in a violent manner. One day while ploughing his father’s farm, he threw his mantle on him.
Elisha, knowing this was an invitation to follow the Almighty, accepted the invitation and burnt his bridges, that way, there was nothing could draw him back (1 Kings 19:19-21).
Today, many teenagers who have determined to follow God are returning to their vomit.
They retain their sinful partners and relationships, they continue to follow the sinful people they used to follow on social media, thereby exposing themselves to the same pictures, words and videos that they supposedly ‘enjoyed’ in the world.
They still retain the phone numbers of their past girlfriends or boyfriends on their phones.
In Luke 9:62, Jesus said that whoever puts his hand on the plough and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom of God. In other words, they will not enter His kingdom.
Are you worthy of the kingdom of God?
Destroy every link to your past sinful lifestyle.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Dueteronomy 1-2 ; Mark 11:1-19
1.Take my life and let it be
Consecrated Lord to thee
Take my moment and days
Let them flow ceaseless praise.
2.Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love
Take my feet and them be
Swift and beautiful for thee
3.Take my voice and let me sing
Always only for my king
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.
4.Take my sliver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as thou shalt choose.
5.Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall no longer mine:
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
6.Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At They feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee
AUTHORS: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye