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The Bible Promise Book for Teens
By Jennifer Hahn
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2002 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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One of Satan's biggest lies is that the Christian life should be free of adversity. The longer you live, the more you'll realize that adversity is the rule in life, not the exception. But don't look at problems as things to be avoided: These are the times that test your character, patience, and faith. Sure, we might suffer grief and pain, but with Christ, we can endure any hardship. Hey, Job lost everything—but he still gave glory to God.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:9–10 NKJV
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 NASB
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:3–4 NIV
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Matthew 11:28–30 NKJV
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you."
Isaiah 43:2 NASB
Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.
James 5:13 NLT
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
1 Peter 4:14 NKJV
For the Lord will not reject forever, for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.
Lamentations 3:31–32 NASB
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NASB
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
2 Corinthians 1:5–7 KJV
... but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:13 NKJV
Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.
Psalm 56:8–9 NIV
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2:10 NKJV
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, "Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth;" and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.
1 Peter 2:19–23 NASB
He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken!
Isaiah 25:8 NLT
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:7–9 KJV
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.
Nahum 1:7 NKJV
"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets."
Luke 6:21–23 NASB
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 NIV
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 NKJV
Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer ...
Romans 12:12 NASB
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 NLT
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4 NKJV
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6–7 NASB
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17 NKJV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18 NASB
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
HENRY FORDCHAPTER 2
You've probably heard the old saying, "Don't get mad, get even." Well, here's some good advice for you: Don't do either. Anger robs people of the joy of the Christian life. On the other hand, being quick to forgive will help you defeat those angry feelings. Ask God for His strength to swap your anger for His joy.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
James 1:19–20 NIV
Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.
Proverbs 22:24–25 NASB
Don't be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 NLT
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Proverbs 19:11 NKJV
"Be angry, and yet do not sin;" do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.... Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Eephesians 4:26–27, 31 NASB
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
Proverbs 12:16 KJV
For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.
Job 5:2 NKJV
Do all things without grumbling or disputing.
Philippians 2:14 NASB
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14 NIV
"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire."
Matthew 5:22 NKJV
Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," says the Lord.
Romans 12:19 NLT
A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; for if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
Proverbs 19:19 NKJV
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
Psalm 37:8 NASB
He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly.... He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
Proverbs 14:17, 29 KJV
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:8 NKJV
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.... A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.
Proverbs 15:1, 18 NASB
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
RALPH WALDO EMERSONCHAPTER 3
Like a comic book superhero, you possess an amazing power—the words you say. With words, you can affect another person's life dramatically—in either a positive or a negative way. Think hard about the words you say before you say them; unlike computer files, those words can't be deleted once they've been spoken. Make it a point always to speak positively— words of kindness, helpfulness, and mercy. Use your "power" for good!
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 10:19 NIV
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:35–37 NKJV
A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23 NASB
For the Scriptures say, "If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies."
1 Peter 3:10 NLT
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
James 4:11 NKJV
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Colossians 4:6 NASB
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3 KJV
A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.
Proverbs 29:11 NKJV
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
James 1:26 NASB
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
Proverbs 21:23 NIV
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Eephesians 4:29 NKJV
For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
James 3:2–10 NASB
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:8 KJV
Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 29:20 NKJV
"When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
Luke 12:11–12 NASB
I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."
Psalm 39:1 NIV
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.
James 5:12 NKJV
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
MOTHER TERESACHAPTER 4
Who you gonna listen to? Modern society, through television, movies, and music, will give you plenty of advice—most all of it bad. Taking counsel from God and committed Christians, though, will provide an entirely different perspective—the right one. Choose to follow God's counsel—He is perfect and has laid out clear instructions to obey in His Word, the Bible. He'll also use other Christians to help guide you in the decisions that you must make—and you'll have plenty.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Proverbs 12:15 NASB
Then Jehoshaphat added, "But first let's find out what the LORD says."
1 Kings 22:5 NLT
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor....
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.
Proverbs 19:20 NASB
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 16:13 KJV
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Isaiah 54:13 NKJV
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Hebrews 12:11 NASB
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
Proverbs 9:9 NIV
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 NKJV
They should gently teach those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will believe the truth.
2 Timothy 2:25 NLT
"With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding."
Job 12:13 NKJV
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.
Proverbs 27:9 NASB
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 32:8 KJV
And those of the people who understand shall instruct many.
Daniel 11:33 NKJV
Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 11:14 NASB
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11:2 NIV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:1 NKJV
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