As I wrap up this study on “Avoiding the Traps of the Teen Years” I want to leave you with 5 ways you can avoid the traps…
1. Daily Walk with God (Col. 2:6) – “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him.” Everything hinges on if you are personally walking with God or not. God will protect and guide you if you are walking with Him. God will steer you around and protect you from the dangerous traps! Your time with God is your shelter (place of safety) from the traps!
2. Study God’s Word (Psm. 119:110) – “The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.” Christian teens who don’t study their Bibles are walking around through the teen years in darkness. You won’t know where the traps are! Darkness is no fun! (Just ask your toes!) God’s Word educates you on where not to step, why not to step there, and how to avoid it. God’s Word is a lamp to your feet!
3. Guard Your Words (Prov. 18:6-7) – “A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” Your own words can take you down a path of destruction. Your tongue influences your entire body (See James 3:2-6). Your tongue is the master control of your whole body, directing every aspect of your behavior. Your tongue is the “rudder” that determines the type of life you will have. How you talk determines the type of life you will have!
4. Choose Your Friends Wisely (Prov. 22:24-25) – “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” Nobody falls into traps by themselves, rarely does that happen! If you stray from God you will befriend people who are similar in character and will fall into the traps. Likewise, if you are walking with God you will find people who are walking with God. You will be around the crowd that is avoiding the teen traps! Friend carefully!
5. Submit to Authority (Prov. 3:1-4) – “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” The authorities God has placed into your life are there to protect, guide, and watch over you. They want you to avoid the traps! Authority is a good thing!
Psalm 91:1-10 (KJV)
Imagine yourself in the middle of a fierce battlefield, where people all around you are going down, getting slaughtered, etc. and you are indestructible! The psalmist is convinced that there is security in trusting the Most High God, he encouraged himself that he would be delivered from the various attacks of the wicked. This psalm is a beautiful testimony about security in life!
“1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3Surely he shall deliver thee from the Snare [trap] of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy Shield and buckler. 5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
Are you heading towards the traps OR away from the traps?