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Lies Teenagers Believe
Lies Youth Believe
- The worst life of all is to believe and live a lie, when truth is waiting to give you a good life.
- Did the young married couple Adam and Eve mess up their lives by believing a single lie?
- Where do lies come from? Satan and our devilish flesh (Jn 8:44; Eph 2:1-3; 4:22; Heb 3:13).
- How do they get us? We give place to the devil by bad inputs (Ge 3:1-6; Ep 4:27; II Co 2:11).
- Can we get rid of them? Yes, by faith and good inputs (Ep 6:16; Ro 10:17; Ja 4:7; Lu 4:1-13).
- The devil and the world will destroy you (Rev 9:11; Gen 13:12; II Samuel 13:15; Acts 1:18).
- Teenage years can be confusing with new feelings, temptations, and lethargic commitment.
- Teenagers have lots of thoughts, especially underemployed ones, which allow lies to enter.
My parents don’t understand me.
- Little children never doubt or question their parents, but teenagers begin to do so.
- Did God make a mistake by planning for parents to raise children? Just your parents?
- If they do not understand you, why don’t you explain your deep problems to them?
- What is complicated about your life? If you have unique problems, tell your parents.
- There is another possibility … you do not understand what life and parents are about!
- Your parents have had 20-40 years to think about the problems you have at this age.
- Your parents are the ones in life with the greatest commitment and desire to help you.
I will get serious about God later.
- This lie is based on a lie that the only way to have fun now is to be cool and worldly.
- Think of a man that said, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28).
- Think of a man that said, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Ac 24:25). What usually or nearly always happens to such men?
- This lie is based on a lie that you can repent of sins and get serious when you wish.
- But repentance is a gift granted by God and He owes it to no man (II Tim 2:25-26).
- The years you waste playing with sin will set you back in every way and leave scars.
- When you get to the Day of Judgment, you will give account for squandering grace.
- The Bible warns against boasting of tomorrow (Luke 12:19-21 compared to Pr 27:1).
- God will only wait so long for you to get serious about Him (Prov 29:1; Rev 3:21).
- You should be numbering your days now to apply yourself to wisdom (Ps 90:10-12).
But I am not as bad as so-and-so.
- This lie is to justify worldly living by comparing yourself to those worse than you.
- Jesus warned against a Pharisee and hypocrite using this lie (Lu 18:11-14; Mat 7:3-5).
- When standing before Jesus, even Pharisees were worse than an adulteress (Jn 8:3-9).
- God fully knows about this lie, and He has already written against it (Isaiah 65:2-5).
- Paul taught that it was not wise to compare yourself among your peers (II Cor 10:12).
- Some men’s sins are revealed before others’ sins, but all are judged (I Tim 5:24).
I would be happy if someone loved me.
- Teenagers crave this great social need for acceptance, friends, love, and popularity.
- But what about God’s love for you? Your parents? Your pastor? Your church?
- No one is ever going to love you as much as God, parents and church … guaranteed!
- Or are you talking about the lustful feelings of hormonal needs that are not real love?
- A man that hath friends, or gets loved, does so by living wisely (Pr 18:24; 22:1,11).
- The simple truth is that everyone human is going to disappoint you sooner or later.
My strained relationship with my parents is no big deal.
- Do not lie to yourself, for God says it is a big deal – straight from hell (Jas 3:14-15).
- Honoring parents, which includes getting along with them, is for reward (Eph 6:2-3).
- A people prepared for the Lord, taught by John Baptist, honor parents (Luke 1:17).
- If you won’t get along with your parents, you are going to have trouble all life long.
But I am being blessed anyway.
- What kind of a man measures godliness by gain, and is he esteemed (I Tim 6:3-5)?
- Study the prosperity of fools before believing this lie (Pr 1:32; Ps 106:15; Job 20:5).
- Are you telling us that you would rather be the rich man than Lazarus (Luke 16:25)?
- The Bible has examples of riches deceiving men e.g. Ahab, Nabal, Nebuchadnezzar.
No one knows how I feel.
- Why do you think you are so unique? Your feelings are the same ones everyone has!
- Why does the Bible say face answereth to face in water (Pr 27:19)? You are normal.
- The Bible says that your temptations are common to man (I Cor 10:13). Believe it!
- Why is it hard for youth to stretch their imagination that parents were once youths?
But I am not that bad overall.
- Moses and David were not too bad overall, but they were judged severely anyway.
- The church at Ephesus was wonderful overall, but Jesus Christ warned (Rev 2:2-4).
- Jesus went straight after the single weakness of a good young man (Matt 19:16-22).
- If you break the law in only one point, you are guilty of all (Gal 3:10; Jas 2:9-12).
There is nothing good in my life.
- In a search for happiness, teenagers often complain about all that they are missing.
- Is your glass half full or half empty? It is a simple matter of perspective to choose.
- Happiness is not more things … but being happy with what you have (I Tim 6:6).
- Think about all you do have: God, the Bible, health, USA, parents, school, truth, church, friends, safety, ease, prosperity, opportunity, no draft, get a job easily, etc.
- If there is nothing good in your life, why are you neglecting the land of opportunity?
My parents don’t care.
- Wrong. They do care. But they have lots to care about, and you do not talk to them.
- If we were to ask them tonight, what would they say about your care for them?
- You will most likely never meet anyone that cares for you as much as your parents.
- If you think your spouse will care, he or she will never care for you like your parents.
- Do you know why someone will marry you? To make himself happy by using you!
I can prepare for my future later.
- Yes, you can, but it will be harder and more painful. Your life is easiest right now.
- Yes, you can, but you will be behind those your age. It is very difficult to catch up.
- While you are living expense-free with hardly any obligations, you should clean up!
- While this is easy to say, it is about as successful as saying I will work out tomorrow!
- The longer you procrastinate at a thing, the harder it is to ever the find the drive for it.
- Did Solomon have anything to say about a little slumber, a little sleep, a little sloth?
God is not enough to make me happy.
- If God is the Creator of all things like sunshine, beaches, roses, and hummingbirds, who in the world is trying to tell you that knowing Him would be boring? The devil!
- Asaph, song leader for King David, said that there is nothing else at all (Ps 73:25-26).
- The greatest men and women in the world are those who walk with God (Gen 6:9).
- The happiest people you know … and the happiest you are …is walking with God.
- Why do worldlings take drugs, get drunk, visit psychologists, etc.? Sin does not work.
God does not really care about my life.
- Have you been listening to the devilish song about God is watching from a distance?
- The Bible says He cares for single sparrows and numbers your hairs (Matt 10:29-31).
- God will draw near to you, if you will draw near to Him (Jas 4:8). Will anyone else?
- If He does not care about your life, why were you born in the USA and here tonight?
- If the Bible is true, and you have believed on God, He sent His Son to die for you.
God should fix my problems.
- Why should He fix your problems, when you ignore Him by sin, reading, and prayer?
- His face is toward them that love Him and keep His commandments (Ps 34:12-20).
- If God is smarter than you, He may be working out your issues better than you think!
- But what if the problems are all in your mind for believing the world’s complaints?
- But what if the problems are carefully designed by God for your ultimate perfection?
God is just like my father.
- There is hardly any comparison between the two – God is a perfect Father with pity.
- If your father has disappointed you, God will never disappoint you, for He is perfect.
- Relate to your earthly father through God, not to God through your earthly father.
- Your Father in heaven is totally perfect (Ps 103:10-14; Matt 5:43-48; 7:11; Jas 1:17).
I will be happy when married and on my own.
- This sounds nice, but unmarried people are clueless about the difficulties of marriage.
- Every couple you have ever known can be easily prompted to tell you horror stories.
- If you cannot get along with your parents cheerfully, why think you will a spouse?
- If you cannot be happy now with more freedom than anyone, why when in bondage?
- This lie is often composed by thinking that marriage is dating with sex. Very wrong!
I would never expose myself to the devil.
- Remember that there are many devilish devices that you many not even think about.
- It would take several passages to get a whole list, but consider this one (De 18:10-12).
- Hate horoscopes, palm readers, ouija boards, signs of the zodiac, fortune cookies, etc.
- But you must also hate and avoid rock-n-roll music, new age religion, yoga, etc., etc.
- Closer to home are warnings about anger, bitterness, grudges (Ep 4:27; II Cor 2:11).
Beautiful girls are worth more.
- We live in a society of billions of images, most of which are false and deceiving, where appearance and perception are far more valuable than character and reality.
- But God and all sober men and women know better (Prov 11:16,22; 31:30; 20:6,11).
- The most valuable beauty is a gracious, meek, and quiet spirit (Pr 11:16; I Pet 3:3-4).
- God made you just right: if you exalt your spirit and polish the rest, you are beautiful.
- A gracious, warm smile is the cheapest and easiest way to immediately be beautiful.
I need a boyfriend (girlfriend).
- Hormones within and peer pressure without, youth foolishly measure success by love.
- Boyfriends or girlfriends in a proper Christian sense are okay, but truly not necessary.
- Boyfriends or girlfriends complicate your life, reduce your focus, build frustration, increase your temptations, form comparisons you will wish you could get rid of, etc.
- It is better to concentrate on everything else and wait until you are near marriage.
- The more content you are with God and getting prepared, the less need you will have.
My friends outside the church won’t hurt me.
- But God answers clearly … evil communications corrupt good manners (I Co 15:33).
- How much do you want to be like Rehoboam and follow friends (I Kings 12:6-11)?
- If your friends really love the truth and the Lord, why are they in another church?
- Some fight this due to a lack of faith (numbers) or desire for someone that is wrong.
- You can have friends outside church, as long as they love Christ and truth as much.
- You should never think about anyone you cannot marry as they are, for you will make your own temptation to one of the most destructive sins (Gen 6:1-5; II Cor 6:14-17).
- Wrong friends is a very great danger (Ps 1:1; 101:3-8; Prov 4:14-15; 14:7; 22:24-25).
Its okay as long as I don’t fornicate.
- Sin will lie to you that as long as “you don’t go all the way,” you are not sinning.
- You must avoid even the things that tend toward fornication (Eph 5:3; Ezek 23:3).
- You will create much unnecessary temptation and frustration that will destroy you.
- Small pleasures taken outside of marriage will cost you pleasure inside marriage.
But I know others that had fun as youth and ended up successful.
- If you know Christians that sinned in their youth, then ask them what you should do.
- Ask them if it was worth it, did scars and trouble come with it, would they do it again.
- Remember, to plan on repenting in the future is dangerous presumption against God.
- The apostle Paul had a clear conscience as Saul, which you do not, but he regretted it!
But it is impossible everyone else is wrong.
- Is it really? How many were right and how many wrong in 1656 A.D. (the Flood)?
- Is it really? How many thought Columbus would sail off the edge of a flat earth?
- Is it really? How many today think we are the result of a big bang and baboon sex?
- Instead of picking truth by how many vote for it, think of the smartest voter – God!
But thinking about sex is not really sin.
- But the Bible says just the opposite! Who is lying? See Job 31:1; Pr 6:25; Matt 5:28.
- The thought of foolishness is sin, so keep your heart diligently (Proverbs 4:23; 24:9).
- It is thoughts of sin that eventually result in sin (Jas 1:13-15; Mat 15:19; II Sam 13:2).
- How can you stop thinking sinful thoughts? Get busy (Eccl 5:12; Lam 3:27). Choose pure thoughts (Phil 4:8). Carefully guard your inputs as you have been repeatedly.
Staying pure sexually is not really worth it.
- Are you sure? What knowledge makes you think so? Who wants you to believe this?
- God invented sex; He knows more about it than Elton John, Britney Spears, and you.
- Abstinence is not about not having sex, but rather waiting to have it right and best.
- The ultimate reward of right sex in marriage is easily worth any nights of loneliness.
- Why does the Bible say that a girl that commits fornication is humbled (Deut 22:29)?
Its okay to be a different person with my friends.
- That is hypocrisy and lying, and both God and good people hate hypocrites and liars.
- God wants you to be single-minded and transparent (Matt 23:27-28; James 1:8; 4:8).
- This lifestyle makes your worship of God a terrible sin, and He will crush you for it.
- This lifestyle creates terrible habits of adapting to those around you like a chameleon.
If I had more friends, I would be happy.
- The need for teenagers to be accepted and have soul mates is a deceitful delusion.
- But what friend could be better than God, Jesus Christ, or your parents? Why not?
- But if you do not have any friends, it is because you are not truly friendly (Pr 18:24).
- Friends are good, but they can also complicate your life by adding to your duties.
- If you put so much stock in friends, what will you do when you do not have any?
But I have sinned too much to amount to anything.
- Really? Who do you think wants you to be defeated by underestimating God’s grace?
- Really? Do you think you have sinned more than some of the adults in our church?
- Why do you think the Bible tells us about Noah, David, Peter, and Mary Magdalene?
- God can restore you in a glorious way, and He can recover lost years (Joel 2:25).
- Do not let the devil defeat you by sin, for then you lose twice! No sin is too big!
But I have my rights.
- I cannot submit like you preach, because my parents would take advantage of me.
- So instead you will rebel, making yourself miserable and offend God and parents?
- Forget about your rights … talk about your responsibilities. What do you owe others?
- One of the first lessons that adults learn is that they have responsibilities, not rights.
- Your trust of God is shown by your submission to God ordained authority all the way.
- Obedience to your parents is the first and easiest obedience you will have to practice.
Everyone at church just judges me.
- First of all, this is a lie, because everyone at church is not judging you. Grow up.
- It sounds like you have a guilty conscience, for the church only judges carnal sinners.
- If you were to act your age and ask for help in any matter, many would lovingly help.
- The church only has your actions to go by, so what should they think about you?
Of course I’m a Christian.
- This is to make yourself feel safe, good, and self-righteous in the face of criticism.
- This lie is to avoid the godly fear your conscience tries to raise about Judgment Day.
- A true Christian loves Jesus Christ and grows in hatred for sin and love for holiness.
- You are a Christian to the degree that others around you know you are a Christian, for you cannot hide either true love of God or love of the things of the world.
I cannot overcome my sins.
- How many guesses do you need to figure out who wants you to believe this lie?
- Of course it is a lie, because God did not save us to have us slaves to sin forever.
- If you try to do it yourself, you cannot; but God has strength for you (John 15:5).
- After you are born again, you have power to resist sin (Eph 4:24; I John 3:9; 4:4).
- Then you must avoid temptation, get others to help, and manage your five inputs!
Sin is okay as long as no one gets hurt.
- Libertarians lie about victimless crimes i.e. drugs, prostitution, sodomy, drunkenness.
- But in the above examples, is there a God in heaven offended by your evil rebellion?
- But in the above examples, will others eventually be hurt by such recklessness?
- Do you think the laws of the Bible are only to hurt us, or to help us? This is easy!
- You might not see consequences of sin at the time, but there will be consequences.
- Are you forgetting about God’s displeasure, your guilt and shame, and your example?
It just seems too hard to do what is right all the time.
- The truth is that the way of transgressors is hard, so wait until those results crush you.
- Anything that is good in life usually has some difficulty associated with its rewards.
- If you are living a fleshly or carnal existence, living spiritually will seem impossible.
- How do you measure difficulty? By feelings? Peers? Accolades? MTV? BJU? USC?
- How you live is a choice irrespective of feelings or circumstances by faith in God.
Modern media are not all that dangerous.
- You face a variety of powerful inputs that no generation before you even knew about.
- Do you resent the pastor for talking about techno sins or your parents for restrictions?
- The world’s inputs are to destroy you … they are designed to promote their lifestyle.
- Evil communications corrupt good manners (I Cor 15:33). Do not be deceived!
- David would put no wicked things before his eyes (Ps 101:3). He meant his ears, too!
- Hollywood does not make neutral movies, for they all are preaching a lifestyle of sin.
- Music is not neutral, for each genre attracts a certain crowd and has different results.
- How do we sin? We listen to the lie, dwell on it, believe it, and then act on it (James 1:13-16).
- Stop listening to the lies; defy them with God’s word; choose action in the opposite direction.
- Learn something tonight! Analyze and compare your thoughts against God’s truth and adults.
- Are your feelings/thoughts/desires from God, the devil, the world, or your own fleshly lusts?
- God knows about your thoughts, which is why the Bible tells the truth about Elijah (Jas 5:17).
- It is my job as pastor to war against your thoughts, and I have tried to do so (II Cor 10:4-6).
- Get excited about living a life based on truth. The results will stagger you now and later.
For Further Study:
- Delusions of Deceived Christians … not in e-format at this time.