I Write To You Young Men and Women

December 3, 2018

1st John 2: 14 “I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”

This post is not only inspired by the Breath of God, but also by a young man in Uganda. I have never seen him in the flesh however, we are good friends through Facebook Messenger. I can’t speak for others regarding Facebook, but I can speak for myself. It has been and remains to be a powerful venue for spreading The Gospel, and I love it. This young man is about 18 years old or so and has a fire in his heart to reach out to the youth in his country.

 

These are the growing concerns he has. Keep in mind he lives in what is called a Third World Country. However, in countries like ours, the good old U.S. of A., sin is just as bad, just more subtle. So I asked him, what are some of the issues you are dealing with? This is what he said:

“Well, there is the use of drugs like marijuana, alcoholism, joining bad peers, family neglect, poverty, unemployment, school dropouts, forced marriages, girls are raped, defilements, unwanted pregnancies, and this has forced many young girls to choose abortion, persecution by family members after a disagreement over religious ideologies, many youths have turned in to which craft as a way of making quick money yet this is accompanied by HUMAN SACRIFICE, the high rate of the spread of HIV from one youth to another, position due to unemployment. There are so many problems facing youths here but this is only to mention a few.” From Brian Victor K.

Molech; Moloch, the god of the Ammonites. This idol was made of bronze or some other metal. They would set a fire inside of it until the hands were red hot. These people would place there firstborn in the hands of this thing and watch as the children were burnt to ashes. They would pound on drums as an act of worship loud enough to drown out the sound of kids screaming as they cooked on this altar. The Israelites also followed after these foreign gods and practiced the same manner. 

Obviously, this young man has a calling upon his life from God. Now when I say calling, I’m in no way talking about a phone call from a church in need of a Pastor. I’m talking about the Spirit of God speaking directly to his human spirit and telling him to do something the world around you. This is what The LORD wants me to tell him and any other person, young or old by way of encouragement.

1st Tim. 4: 12 “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT THAT IS IN YOU, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”

My friend, it matters not whether any human has laid hands on you. The LORD our God has laid hold upon you. With that said, the question is…what do you do about it? How do I help my friends and loved ones? I can’t tell you what to say or do because I’m not there. However, I can point you in the right direction. Jesus said these words in the Gospel of John:

John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 

 

Since there is no condemnation for us, it stands to reason that we are in no position to condemn anyone. Sitting there with those big old logs in our eyes. How can we possibly get a splinter out of another’s.

In witnessing or preaching to the saved or unsaved, do not tell them they are going to hell because of the sins they are committing. It’s not their behavior that condemns them, it’s not believing in the One whom God has sent as the only human sacrifice. The Blood of the Lamb of God will deal with the sin issue. If you approach them concerning their deeds, it will be perceived as condemnation. In verse 17 He said: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world”. I don’t care if you see someone you love deeply practicing witchcraft, it does them no good to tell them that sorcery is an abomination to God. Why, because God has already made it plain to them:

Romans 1:18 “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

 

You are the light, you are the physical representation of The LORD Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to condemn people who are already condemned, He came to set us free. Sometimes I think Christians see Jesus like this. Say there is a group of kids standing on the corner smoking pot or crack. Suddenly Jesus appears in their midst. We give people the impression that Jesus would tell them to “put that joint out and put down that crack bong, I am in your midst and I am too holy for that to be in my presence.” No no no no, that is what we often do when we witness to the lost. When Christians do this, all they do is lay guilt trips and condemnation on the people. What they need is to know that they are accepted, not the behavior, but the person.

Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery by the religious leaders. I going to share that story with you in light of Jesus being the light of the world, and so are you. Remember, Paul told Timothy in 1st Tim. 4: 12…but be an example.” That is the greatest contribution you can give to your community and loved ones, just love on them. Not in word, but in the things you do and in speaking the truth in love. Never speak the truth to condemn.

John 8:1 “But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

That didn’t mean she would never sin anymore. It simply means do not commit adultery anymore, because those religious folk are out to kill you just to get to me. Of course, she would sin again in some form or fashion.  But that is because Christ had not yet been glorified and at that point in time, no one was Born Again and filled with The Holy Spirit as they were on The Day of Pentecost. She was still bound by a sinful nature. However, when Christ was raised from the dead and seated at the Right Hand of The Father, we were given the power to say no to sin. People who live in the types of sin my friend described are slaves to sin.

I will leave you with this thought. For some reason, many Christians today are beside themselves and puffed up with religious pride. But as for “you young man, you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.” (1st John 2:14)

There is so much more I want to share with you because I know that you are hungry, I love that about you. I will leave you with a few more verses that you should use as a mirror. I was once told that The Word of God is a miraculous looking glass. And the more you stare into it, you will begin to see the face of Jesus reflecting back at you.

Ephesians 2:1 “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”

As I said, I can’t tell you what to say, that is why you have The Holy Spirit. However, maybe I can share with you how to avoid pushing people away from Christ. I was a master at that. I will always remember and cherish the day The Holy Spirit told me to just leave folk alone (condemnation). To be continue Brian… 

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