For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,

and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12    

  

              

 

 

                                               

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PERSONAL HELP FOR BOYS

CHAPTER V

LIVING A PURE LIFE IN CHRIST

WINNING THE BATTLE WITH SELF

WINNING THE BATTLE WITH SELF

 

There are strong natural desires in most boys - desires of the flesh, desires which the lower nature presses upon most boys. Every boy who is the victim of such thing comes to the crisis in his life, the crux in his character building, when he must yield to the demands of his lower nature, or else rise up in his God given strength (1 Corinthians 10:13) and put down such desires. This done, and the boy becomes a conqueror! Not simply an overcomer of a temptation for the time, is he; but he has fought a battle, and he has won that battle, and the victory is a distinct addition to his character. That boy is easily conscious of greater strength! Inwardly and outwardly he smiles and looks to Christ. He takes pride in this conquest of self through the Holy Spirit. He rejoices in this added strength to his character, and feels himself now ready to meet sterner, stronger foes.

 

THE POWER OF THE WILL

 

A boy might desire a thing all his life, yet never obtain, solely because his will was not used. The will that God has given us can be used for good or for evil. One example is our enemy the devil. This enemy of all time used his will for evil as he stated that "I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation; in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14)

As a Christian we must state as Christ did, "Not MY will, but THINE." And then live our lives to do what our Father in Heaven will have us do.

We have a choice to follow God or ourselves. We can WILL to do God’s will. To will towards God is to build character; not to will for Him is to weaken character.

 

DOING THE WILL OF GOD

 

It is one thing to will to follow God; it is still another thing to back up that will with courageous action. No sooner should a boy resolve upon a definite course than he should begin to carry out his purposes. For him to say, "I will put down these evil thoughts tomorrow," or some future time, means certain failure. "Tomorrow" is the devil’s day. (Proverbs 27:1) Today is God’s time. (2 Corinthians 6:1,2)

He who would allow God to lead him must act, and act promptly and courageously, and in keeping with his determination, just as his will is in line with God’s desires.

It is hard for some boys to be brave. When a boy is not naturally courageous he must encourage his heart by reasoning with the Word and by commanding his will to stand with what the Word of God says. Thus he develops moral courage through Christ. The practice of bravery builds up brave character. To let down and give up, after having determined to do a thing, weakens one’s character and lessens one’s self-respect. Moral stamina must back up the will, which, on its part, must sustain one’s good desires.

 

LOOKING UP TO GOD FOR HELP

 

If a boy reads this book and does all that it says to do and will even determine to live out the good advice given in their daily lives, and will call upon all the moral stamina they can muster, to back up their wills and support their desires, alas, they will fail!

That failure will be due to the fact that they lacked native ability to stand because they did not seek help from the Most High.

"God is able to make him stand," said Paul. (Romans 14:4)

"The things that are impossible with men are possible with God," said Jesus (Luke 18:27).

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling" said Jude (verse 24).

God has promised every boy who really desires to follow him to furnish him the strength needed.

"My strength is made perfect in weakness," he says (2 Corinthians 12:9).

"When I am weak, then am I strong," said Paul (2 Corinthians 12:10). Meaning that when he became conscious of his weakness he turned to God as his Mighty Helper. If a boy can keep clean and steer clear of the ugly sins which poison and impair his life, and necessarily prevent him from building up a strong character, let him rejoice in this God-given ability and be sure to make full use of it. But if he finds himself stumbling and falling, too weak to stand without help, let him look to the God of all for strength and for the help he must have.