Daily Devotions
Saturday, July 13, 2019
2 Timothy 1:5-6 I know that you sincerely trust the Lord . . . that is why I remind you to keep fanning into flames the spiritual gift of God that is in you.
A Word to the Young
Many young people take advantage of the vitality of their youth to build their muscles to increase their physical speed and strength. Their youth is an excellent opportunity to get into tip-top shape.
It is also the opportunity to get into better shape spiritually. Without the time constraints and pressures that will come later, these young people can spend extra time with those things that will make their faith stronger and their understanding greater.
One of the best things that can be done is spending time with other young Christians who are devoted to their Lord. In this case, peer pressure can be a great thing! Christian friends encourage, admonish, and comfort each other with God's Word.
Have you ever seen the way a poor sport acts when he is beaten? He will often fling his hat or helmet against the ground. He may kick the wall in frustration. He may likely mumble or scream in annoyance.
Wouldn't it be great if that were the way that Satan is compelled to act when he tries to seduce our young people? There is only one way that our young people can avoid becoming "easy pickin's" for Satan—and that is to continue in the Word and Sacrament!
Satan much prefers that after their confirmation these young people would regularly skip church. Also, he's really hoping that they won't pick up their Bibles anymore, and he's counting on them to forget the passages they memorized.
Young Christians, do not allow yourselves to become easy targets! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Surround yourselves with faithful Christian friends who will build you up.
Parents, pastors, and congregation—do whatever you can to encourage your young people to walk a path of spiritual vitality.
May our young people be a source of joy for the Lord and a constant source of frustration to Satan!
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