“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (2Tim 2:22-26)
Dear child of God, you should know this: The devil hates God, His children and His servants. He will tempt you to disobey the Word of God. He will call you to indulge in ‘youthful lusts’ that corrupt the body and the heart. Young people fight greater temptations against sexual lusts and the desire to be rich quickly. Young people have many inferiority complexes that produce a tendency to passionately argue to prove a point. They want to please friends and to be accepted by men. These feelings produce strife and divisions among them. That is why it is very hard for the young people to have solid, long lasting friendships. They quarrel easily and so they separate easily. If a young Christian is to live a successful life these ‘youthful lusts’ have to be killed at the cross. They need to learn to be wise and patient and to avoid quarrels. Many believers are ignorant that the devil is behind all these selfish wild ambitions, these anxieties to succeed in life at any cost, so to become rich and famous.
As a child of God you need to do warfare. You need to be watchful and prayerful. The devil cannot kill a child of God but he can mislead him to go astray, to backslide and lose his testimony. A backslider is recognized by religious pride, impatience, a tendency to argue and to insist on his own opinions. He is ignorant of the truth but claims to be a teacher of truth. He is basically a hypocrite. He is not gentle, not humble and not teachable. This is the snare of the devil that has trapped the foolish believer ‘to do his will’. The devil is happy when the believer becomes foolish. Losing the wisdom and the humility of His Lord, the backslider will be a bad ambassador for Christ. Losing your testimony for Christ is worse than losing millions.
I woke up this morning with a burden for the foolish trapped children of God! I pray for you, the ignorant backsliders! I plead the Blood of Jesus upon you, servants of God! I destroy the spell the devil has placed on you, to be blind and foolish at such a time as this! Open your eyes! Wake up from this slumber! I pray that your eyes open to see the truth that sets free. I pray that you may be able to hate sin and to hate the devil. I pray that your spirit is strengthened and revived. I pray that you desire to come back to the Cross, to be a serious Christian! I pray that you desire once more to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Like the prodigal son said, it is better to be a servant in the house of God than a prince in the tents of wickedness! Father God, have mercy on us, Your children! Son, daughter, come home! In Jesus name I pray, amen!