Topic: Crush That Crush [Open Heavens for Teens 1 July 2019]
Memorise: “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.” – Judges 16:4
Read: Judges 16:18-21
18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Bible In One Year: Job 21-22, Acts 10:1-23
Oh yes, I know some of your slangs (maybe I add ‘lol’ here). A crush is someone you have feelings for.
I have learnt from my many years of being on earth that feelings seldom lead you in the right direction. In Genesis 29:11, we see Jacob’s reaction when he first saw Rachael. He crushed in her son much that tears came out of his eyes, alas, he was crushing on a trouble maker. Rachael, though married to Israel himself was still worshipping idols. She even stole an idol and lied in the face of a curse about it. She terrorized her elder sister Leah, and caused Jacob a lot of headache.
I really like the word ‘crush’ because it describes the exact result of its presence. Having a crush will only crush you. If you don’t believe me, ask Samson about Delilah. If you are having feelings for anyone at this stage of your life, you are asking for trouble. Face your academics, read your Bible, pray, go to church often and forget that crush. I am speaking to you as a father and a friend, many teenagers who had a bright future have been destroyed, all because of a crush.
No crush is worth your destiny.
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.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.