Wednesday, 26 December 2018

The Battle for the Young (Episode 4)-peculiar challenges

I write unto you,little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
I write unto you fathers,because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you young men, because ye have overcome  the wicked one. I write unto you little children,because ye have known the Father.
I have written unto you fathers,because ye have known him that is  from the beginning. I have written unto you young men,because ye are strong & the word of God abideth in you,and ye have overcome the wicked one. (1John 2:12-14(KJV)
In times past,when I read this passage,I was always left baffled,wondering at the repetition. But I've been brought to see something,which is one reason my heart has turned again to the young people. I discovered that God recognizes three segments in every man's life & each of them is quite peculiar,definite & different from the other. And because people do not understand the peculiarities & differences of these three segments,they are often overwhelmed by the challenges that comes to them with each segment. God Himself recognizes the first segment where He knows people to be 'little children'. At that time,you were a baby,a toddler & just a little child. That was a time,when you were carrier everywhere you went. You were taken to church;you were taken to fellowship;and as they sang, you were taught the songs & you sang with them. That is what characterises the life of little children.
It is the time of indoctrination. You do what you are told asking no questions & your father or mother is ready to bear the responsibility of anything that happens as a result. All the child needs to do is just to obey. He does not worry how to get his provision. He only needs to cry & the parents would run around to meet the needs. It is the time of utmost dependence. Victory at that segment of life is purely in being under the cloak of the parents. But if we will only be little children throughout our lives, the Bible would have stopped at the point of saying,'because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake.' When you were a little child,there were not so many conflicts in your heart. Whatever you were told,you believed. There were no questions in your mind. When 'Daddy' said, 'this thing is like this,' you believed it & went about telling everybody you met that, 'This thing is like this.' When they asked why, you simply said,'Dad said so.'
Oftentimes,even parents do not understand that this is only the first segment. So they enjoy it because it looks easy to bring up a child. but that segment of being little children,as good as it is,is a very simple, basic, but short segment. After this there is another segment. After writing  to people in that first segment  of life, I thought the next persons that God should have written to,should have been the young men. But He skipped  doing so. And that challenged me.
He went on to say,'I write to you fathers because you have known Him who is from the beginning.'
My question then is, 'but why did he skip the young man?' I discovered again that it does not take much effort to do the correct things when you have become a father. Whether you repent or not,when you become a father,there are certain behaviors that will leave you. For example,it is only when you are a young person that you can wear high heeled shoes & cat-walk around. Look at any of your parents & grandparents;do you see them wearing such again? No. Even their legs cannot carry such shoes. Their excitement over such things has evaporated. There are many fathers today who used to drink alcohol when they are young;and they did until they damaged their liver. Now when you bring an alcoholic drink to such a father,he would easily say 'no!' not because he has repented of drunkenness,but when he takes just a cup,his stomach gets disinterested. So he sighs & says, 'I will not drink again.'
This is because the enemy who won the battle over such a life when he was young,has collected what he wanted & has left him empty & emptied.

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