Friday, 4 January 2019

The Battle For The Young (Episode 7)-The Enemy's Target

Why is the wicked one focusing on this time of your youth? I will give you three reasons.
The first is that he had come to know that this is the time of foundation-laying. He also knows the scripture that says,"and if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" he knows that even fasting & prayer cannot change significantly, a foundation that has been wrongly laid. For that reason, he decides to position himself at this crucial point, saying,"i must not allow this young man or this young lady to lay a correct foundation. Let us destroy it. And then, we shall see what he would become afterward. The rest of his life would be a mere patchwork, a matter of struggle for the rest of his years." The enemy wants to be part of your foundation-laying, to stick his fingers into what should be God's masterpiece. I pray that you will not allow him. And may God forbid that in your life!

The second reason is that he knows that there are certain things peculiar to you as a young person. This is the period of an unprecedented outbreak of all the virtues embedded in you. As wonderful as whatever it is you were as a baby, it was temporary. Permanence,even of your physical features only begins now that you are a youth. You are now coming to a stage, when whatever is formed within you is permanent; it is not likely to change again. And so, the enemy, knowing that this is the time that permanence of character and direction is established, desires to make a damage that will be permanent & irretrievable for your entire lifetime. When you see men that are disoriented in life, who have become addicted to wrong things, this is the segment when that permanence of addiction & disorientation started. So the enemy knows that the best time to capture a man is when he can gain permanence in his life. But if you escape his hands when you are young, you have escaped indeed.

The third reason is that the devil knows that everything that will become your future and destiny is rooted in your youth. So he looks for you at this time of your youth to affect your destiny. This is why there is a scramble for your life. This is why you are faced with all kinds of conflicts, temptations & troubles. Because you are strategic even to the devil; he desires to use you as an instrument to do his evil works but to dump you later in life to face a fate that is hopeless.
You are equally strategic & as well precious to God especially now that you are young. God Himself sees the time of the youth as the best time to affect a man or woman & gain the best part of his or her life. It is the best time to prepare him or her for a glorious future. Solomon was a young man that God had great affection for. He started out with the favour of God. He prayed at the onset of his enthronement & God blessed him with abundance of everything. But he began to make experiment with his life. All that his father David planted in his heart as a child were being tested & pulled apart as he felt he must explore life by himself. Listen to him describe one of his experiments with his life:
I said to myself, "let's go for it, experiment with pleasure, have a good time!" But there was nothing to it, nothing but smoke.
What do you think of the fun-filled life? Insane! Insane! My verdict on the pursuit of happiness? Who needs it?
With the help of a bottle of wine & all the wisdom I could muster, I tried my level best to penetrate the absurdity of life. I wanted to get a handle on anything useful, we mortals might do during the years we spend on this earth. Eccl 2:3(Message)

Everything I wanted I took, I never said no to Myself, I gave in to every impulse, held back nothing, I sucked the marrow of pleasure out of every task, my reward to myself for a hard day's work!
Then I took a good look at everything I'd done, looked at all the sweat & hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke & splitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing. Eccl 2:10-11(Message).

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