A Scripture Meditation for Teens
by Caleb Olivero (high school student)
‘At War with Myself’
Read Romans 6:10-24
& 1 Peter 1:1-12 & Hebrews 11:6
Do you ever feel like there’s a battle going on in your life? You’re at work and trying to fight the temptation to slack off, or you’re in math class wanting to cheat on a quiz or test. Before you were saved you were at war with God. You were stuck in your sin, and happily defying the very God who created you.
This is probably no surprise to you, but even though you are saved you’re still at war. You’re not at war with God even though you continue to try to run away, God won’t let you run. It’s for your own good.
So who are you fighting? Well some might say your fighting Satan. Others might tell you your fighting the world. The word Temptation is defined as the desire to do something unwise or wrong. So there’s a desire, and it’s powerful. That desire comes from your own sinful nature. So your basically at war with your self.
How do you fight it? God has not left you to fight on your own. Your His child, and he’s giving you His best equipment to fight with. In Ephesians 6 Paul describes the characters of a soldier ready to fight in God’s army. Go head and read it.
Now ask yourself, “Do I have the armor of God? Am I using the tools God has given me?” You see when you pray and ask God for help, he promises to deliver you! In 1 Corinthians 10:13 God promises that He won’t let you be tempted above what you are able, but you have to depend on Him.
Ask God today for help, and ask Him to equip you with His armor. If you keep trying to use your own armor, you will eventually fail.
To be honest, when you do fail there is something that the Bible has to tell you that will encourage you. Romans 8:39 says that NOTHING in all of creation can separate you from the love of God.
You are at war with yourself, my friend, and you will lose if you try to fight on your own. But God will give you strength to fight with His armor! Your not alone in the this fight. God will help you fight this war.