Now that you understand that your “heavenly daddy” is a King and that you are a princess, you might be wondering if there are any “princess rules” that you need to follow. The answer is yes; there are tons. First, all of you tomboys need to start wearing frilly dresses and going to balls and then you need to stay away from trees the rest of your life. I’m joking. J You don’t have to do any of that. But there a lot of rules. The Bible is a special princess guide book to royal life. There are rules about everything in there, from how to love (Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:3-5) to who to love (Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31) and even how you should think (Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8).
How many of you have read or heard a fairy tale? It doesn’t have to have a princess in it. I would assume all of you have read at least one, but if not then you NEED to stop here and go read one. Then you can come back and finish this. Ok, now that all of my audience has read or heard a fairy tale, there’s a one-question test. Do all fairy tales have bad guys? If you answer is no, then please tell me the story and then go back and read more fairy tales. If your answer was yes, then you are right. So just like in fairy tales, there is a bad guy in life. Unfortunately this time I am not joking one bit. You might not be able to see the enemy but he is real all right. He has weapons that hurt bad. They hurt more than guns. He is the father of lies and sin. You know that old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, well that is a lie. Your princess guide book (A.K.A. Bible) says “their words cut like swords and their cruel remarks sting like sharp arrows (Psalm 64:3).” He offers lies about everything from thinking that God forgot you to teaching that you can think about hurting someone and that’s ok as long as you don’t actually do it. Read you Bible. Your father gives wisdom through it. It says, “God has said, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” and “I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28).” The enemy also has lies that would work on some people and not on others. Most men would not care about if they are beautiful or not. Some women wouldn’t either. But there are women that do care. He might tell you that you aren’t beautiful. But Dad says something else. He says, “The King [God] is charmed by your beauty. Honor him. He is now your master.”
Since you now know that there is an enemy and that he has powerful weapons, you should also know that no knight in shining armor will come and rescue the princess from the enemy. Instead you will need to put on the armor and fight. Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to “put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” and continues to tell us about each piece of armor. I am sure you have heard of the devil. Some of you might even dress up as him on Halloween. He is the enemy of God, our father. “Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. (1 Peter 5:8).” The enemy wanted to be God. He wanted to be better than God. As you could guess that didn’t turn out good for Satan. He got kicked out of heaven. So now he is God’s enemy. If he is your dad’s enemy then do you think that he will treat you nice? He might trick you into thinking that because your mom yelled and sent you to your room (disciplined you) for pushing your little pest A.K.A. brother. He’ll also tell you that your friend who gave you candy that was stolen cares while your mom doesn’t. You’re probably tired of me saying this, but get out your princess guide book and turn to Proverbs 27:6. “Wounds from a friend can be trusted. But an enemy kisses you many times.” Even if it seems like he might be right, he is the father of lies. He has always been and will always be the father of lies. You can’t trust him. Go back to your princess guide book! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
I think I have given you enough to start traveling the narrow path to life. But be warned: it is full of huge mountains and low valleys, blinding blizzards and the beautiful sunshine of God. It is a very hard, difficult path and not many will understand why you would take this path. Your book says, “enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few”. (Mathew 7:13-14) But at the end you will get rewarded for traveling with God.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12