Is Peer Pressure Getting Causing You Trouble?

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When I was 13 years old, peer pressure pulled me away from basketball right into introducing me to the hands of drugs and alcohol. I remember my friends from the basketball team offered me some marijuana. I was very committed to basketball. Still, that initial temptation and use of marijuana was the beginning of a road that I took that got full-blown by the time I was a sophomore in high school. I let the peer pressure tempt me to experiment when I got out of grade school, fortunately, I only dabbled once in a while for a couple of years, but then I got deep into drugs when my best friend Steve Mader died. That led me to full addiction for ten years until I broke free of drugs and alcohol on June 25, 1986. Praise God for that! ~ Bill Greguska


1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.






Peer Pressure And Why Some People Fall For it?




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What Are Fake Friends?

  • Are Very Selfish
  • Lie A Lot
  • Are Not Worth Trusting
  • Critical And Mean Spirited
  • Will Hurt You
  • Envious And Play Mind Games
  • Live For Gossip and Drama
  • Are Not Loyal
  • Not Worth Having In Your Life
  • Fake And Not Worth Your Time Or Effort

Fake friends are the ones that will get you in trouble and hurt you in the end. Fake friends are the ones who are involved in peer pressure the most (not real friends).




Peer Pressure!

Peer pressure

Peer pressure has no rules.

Peer Pressure Can Be Very Stressful At Times! Peer pressure can be positive or negative, no matter what your age. Rather than letting peer pressure direct your steps, let God do so. Don’t jump off the bridge just because your friends do! I am sure you relate to having had to resist peer pressure at all different ages in your life, not just as a teenager!  To withstand peer pressure is something crucial. Once you determine that God is the most critical person in your life, any weight you might feel from others can quickly be extinguished since you know what you value in life. How does God want you to live? It is a decision each person must make on their own to resist peer pressure. Do not jump off the bridge just because your friends are doing so. Think and let God direct your steps rather than allowing peer pressure to do it! Yes, there will be temptations with what we see, hear, and what others you know are doing, but stand firm, and first of all, avoid places and people you know will be tempted. Guard your eye gates and your ear gates. ~ Bill Greguska




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  5. How can I talk to my friends and family about God and Jesus without pushing them away?




Peer Pressure, Or Follow The Lord?

Don't let peer pressure get the best of you!

Some peer pressure seems to promise a lot but does not deliver much.

Peer Pressure Builds Up, Or It Tears Down! For example, “Does what I am considering to do or say go against God and His Word?” It is evident that if you want to be a Godly teenager, you will want to try to do God’s will. Another example is, “Should I go out drinking or choose to spend time with my family and those who love me and want what is best for my life?” It says in Ephesians 5:18, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” When you look at the Bible for your answers, the questions are much easier to answer.










Teens Need Help In Making Wise Choices!

Just know that God made you, so you can be your own individual, and don’t let people give you that peer pressure. ~ Wyclef Jean

James 1:2-4  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.




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Do What Is Right Or Fall For Peer Pressure?

How does God instruct you on how to live? It is a decision that each teenager must decide for themselves. Teen pressure can make a teen use drugs, have sex, disregard the law, get tattoos, and do whatever feels right or is accessible at the time. That is not to mention that the stress of school and home life can make a teen make some foolish choices that they will regret at some point, all while their bodies are going through changes that come with being a teenager. As a teen, if you decide that you want to follow the Lord, you will find great reward in doing so, but you will also experience pressure from your friends to do what the world thinks is right. Teens that love God have problems, too, but have a better chance to make it with God leading them. Pressure on teens can make them seriously wrong choices because they want to fit in and be accepted.





Is There Any Peer Pressure To Follow The Lord?

People become new spiritual people because of the Holy Spirit. They have a brand new lifestyle because of their new life. They wish to become closer to God, read God’s word, and strengthen their faith.  Their habits and ways of life will conform to God’s will. When they fail in some area of their life, which is inevitable, they will confess their sin to God, and God will forgive them. 1 John 1:9. To answer the question, is there any peer pressure to follow the Lord? I would say yes and no. Yes, because of how the Holy Spirit works in others’ lives for His purpose. On the other hand, I would be forced to say no because of all the worldly influences from the media and the modern lifestyle the United States practices, full of sexual freedoms and the spiritual discipline lacking in our culture! I pray that you can start with yourself and share some peer pressure positively, pointing others to the Lord with love and respect!




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