Sometimes giving up seems like the easiest and the best option in life. When temptation seems too overwhelming, when your mistakes build up from mole hills to mountains, and when you are surrounded by negativity, remember to hang in there. Don’t ever give up. The difficulties of life are possible to overcome when you keep hoping in the salvation of God.
Joseph was left for dead by his own brothers, but he kept his faith in God. Sampson backslide for an intimate time with Delilah, but he repented and kept his faith in God. Even Jesus felt abandoned by God upon his death, but he kept His faith in God.
A word to the wise, whatever you are facing in life keep the faith. Stand on God’s promises because He can not lie.
Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalms 37:40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.
Foolishness means to be senseless or stupid. A foolish person rejects God’s knowledge and instruction. Young people that refuse wisdom from God’s preacher or a parent is foolish. Some of the biggest mistakes I made as a young person was because I did not listen to the proper people. Now that I know better I strive to do better. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
Strive not to be foolish in friendships, relationships, and with your money. The primary thing that will help you not to act like a fool as a young man or young woman is to fear the Lord and be determined to practice God’s Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
In the movies and certain literature we are taught various things about how demons look and behave. However, I belief the best source for knowledge about demons is found in The Bible. Amazingly, many of the Scriptures in the Bible that speak about devils and demons involve young people. With that in mind here are some basic truths youth and young adults can arm themselves with about devils and demons according to God’s Word.
1. Demons are fallen angels.
Lucifer and one third of the angels were cast out of heaven for attempting to overthrow God. Defeated by the power of God, they were kicked out of heaven and now roam the earth (Luke 18:10) deceiving (Genesis 31,13), blinding (2 Corinthians 4:3,4), and tempting man(Luke 4:1-2).
2. The devil is beautiful and talented.
We often see the devil as an ugly and unattractive being. But Biblcally, the devil is very attractive (Ezekiel 28:11-17). Think about it, are you tempted by something that appears gross or gorgeous?
3. Demons can be cast out.
In movies we see demons only being cast out with “holy water” and a crucifix. Biblically, those that are born again, believe, and are Spirit-filled can cast of demons (Matthew 10:1). Ultimately, demons come out in the Name of Jesus (Luke 9:49). There was a man in Scripture that tried to cast out a devil based upon what we saw someone else do. Because he was not born again and properly equipped, the devil overpowered him, wounded, and stripped him naked (Acts 19:11-20).
4. The devil is busy.
Though he is busy seeking whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8) the devil is not like God in that he is not omnipresent; he can’t be everywhere at once.
5. Devils have power.
To the contrary devils do have power, they just don’t have more power that God or Spirit led believers. Devils have the power to steal, kill, and destroyed (John 10:10). The great and powerful Apostle was even hindered by the devil (1 Thessalonians 2:18) at one point in his life.
6. Devils can talk to us.
Yes, demons can use fake preachers (Matthew 25:11, 1 Timothy 4:1). They can talk to use directly (Luke 4:3), or use people you know or don’t know (Acts 19:15).
7. Hell was prepared for the devil.
The Bible teaches that Hell is enlarging itself daily (Isaiah 5:14). For what? Sadly, for the wicked and those that reject God (Psalms 9:17, Romans 6:23). To my amazement I learned that though Hell is prepared it is not God’s intended place for me. Hell was created for the devil (Matthew 25:41). I’d rather go to a place that the Lord Himself prepared for me, Heaven (John14:1-3)! By accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior you can go to Heaven as well.
Sooner or later every young person will experience a jealous friend or acquaintance. Dealing with jealous people can be a task. So, here are four helpful ways you can identify if a person maybe jealous.
1. Not happy for others.
Jealous people are not happy for others when they succeed. Jealously causes people to be angry, bitter, and mean when a friend accomplishes some degree of happiness or accomplishment. Watch out, because some jealous people can be vindictive when you succeed. Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
2. Easily find fault it other people’s good.
Jealous people are insecure. Jealous people enjoy finding fault in others that are doing better than they are. They are quick to be negative about others when good things are happening for someone besides them self. Genesis 37:10-11 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
3. Rooted hatred.
Jealous people pretend to be joyous when you shine, but inwardly they hate it. (Be sure to read my previous blog post, 4 Reasons To Thank God For Your Haters). Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.
4. Unwilling to help.
Jealous people will not help others to succeed. They talk like they have your back but when it is time to show support they leave you hanging because of spite. Instead of helping you get to another level, a jealous person can be cruel with their words and actions. Song of Solomon 8:6 ….jealousy is cruel as the grave:….
Be encouraged, don’t let your haters kill your joy!
1. They pursue money more than God.
C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) was a song by Wu-Tang in 1993. Besides the unforgettable hook (get the money, doll doll bill y’all) in taught youth to be money chasers. But I like many others soon learned that if you chase money you will not chase or please God. Money is a tool and is a good thing to have, but we shouldn’t love it. Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
2. They spend it on pointless things.
We should enjoy this life and money helps us to do so because it answers all things (Ecclesiastes 10:19). But, strive not to be waste money. The young man in Luke 15:13 wasted all his possession with prodigal living. He partied all of it away! Though he may have had fun in the end he had nothing to show for it, it was pointless.
3. They don’t find pleasure in giving.
God loves a cheerful giver. Many young people (and adults also) fail to understand and recognize that it is more more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35). The more you give the more God causes you to receive (Luke 6:38). In turn, we can continue to be a blessing and help others in need. Most youth and young adults don’t participate in giving money cheerful I find to be like Judas, they usually rob God when it comes to giving (John 12:1-6). God is the greatest giver in Scripture and we should follow His example. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
4. They don’t put anything back.
Life has its unexpected mishaps. Some events in my life I could have easily overcome if I had been diligent in saving money when I had abundance. Putting money back was not attractive to me as a young adult….but if I would have only practiced then what I know now I would be further along. Be like the ant, when you gather, always store something away for later. Don’t make the mistake of not putting anything into reserve (Proverbs 6:6-8). If it’s nothing put $1, put something back.