Christian teens have one of the toughest jobs in the world—living up to their convictions. They love the Lord Jesus and want to live for Him. But trying to live the Christian life is a battle and much of the time they find themselves on the losing side. They can sing and smile in church but they are slaves of a thousand things of which they are ashamed.
They don't want to be hypocrites but they just cannot live up to what they believe. In short, to them the Christian life is a beautiful thing but they can't make it work. They get plenty of advice on what they ought to do but nobody gets around to telling them how to do it.
Is there an answer to this problem?
Yes, there is! God doesn't just save us and then leave us here to be battered by the devil until we die and pass on to the next world. To be sure, the Christian life is warfare, but we are on the winning side, not on the losing side.
The first step toward a life of victory is to know that you are in Christ. You can't win the battle against sin or the devil until you know your new relationship with Jesus Christ. To be in Christ is to share all that He has. The Christian life is not only a changed life—it is an exchanged life.
Remember: God's Word will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from God's Word.
What do you do when you sin? Confess it to God and get going again for God. Your position in Christ hasn't changed. You are still in Christ, and He is still in you. However, sin does break your fellowship with God. The way back is plain. The Bible says,
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
But the more we learn to trust and obey the One who lives in us, the more we will be able to say with the Apostle Paul,
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ…" (2 Corinthians 2:14)