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May 23, 2017, 10:19 AM

May 24, 2016

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

     There is no doubt that the enemy desires to destroy people.  Jesus said very plainly, “the enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.  Look carefully again at what Jesus said.  “The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy!”  It is the business of the enemy to destroy mankind and he has many tools to purposely steer people in the wrong direction.  As Peter vividly reminds us, he is constantly looking for someone to devour.  Who is the devil looking for?  Make no mistake, we are all vulnerable to the devil’s schemes.  However, much like predators hunting for prey in the wild, our enemy takes full advantage of the weak among us.  Who are the weak among us?  Those who have no biblical knowledge at all, those who have been brought up in church but have not connected with the truths of God’s Word and those who have some Biblical knowledge but have not been put to the test.

     Probably some of the most vulnerable among us are our young people.  It is vital that we nurture and encourage them as we have the opportunity because the world’s culture and peer pressure easily sway them.  Satan likes nothing better than to infiltrate the lives of some of the most vulnerable among us.  There are a few ways the devil constantly uses to lead people away from the truth and he works over-time to accomplish his goal.   First, the enemy makes sure the vulnerable person is in constant contact with those who claim to be Christian yet live differently.  This makes the vulnerable person believe that Christianity is important for a couple of hours on Sunday morning but then fades into the background the rest of the week.  Another approach is to make the vulnerable person have questions and doubts about their faith.  They need more than coloring pages and Bible stories.  Sadly, other Christians fail to spend time with those who desperately need a mentor to help encourage them in Biblical truths.

     Then, there are those who feel that they are just not as spiritual as others and begin to separate themselves from other Christians.  Before long, they have a new set of friends who are leading them down the wrong path.  When difficult times come, they are not prepared and question everything they have been taught.  They quickly conclude that what they have been taught is just not true and distance themselves from anything Christian.  Young people are not the only ones vulnerable and certainly not the only ones the enemy loves to devour.  However, our young people are faced with some very difficult challenges.  They are faced with many more obstacles than previous generations.  They are bombarded with issues like political correctness and inclusivism.  In the midst of life’s toughest challenges, let us be there for them.  Let us be willing to spend time with them, answer some difficult questions they may have and, more important than anything else, let them see us as true and trustworthy examples of the Christian life!

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia

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