Summary: People always underestimate the value and importance of our young people. This message will show how valuable they are to the kingdom and one of the many darts (SEX) that Satan uses to cause division among them.
Chosen Vessels: the Keys to Satan’s Destruction
Most people today underestimate the importance of the youth. Most people mixed their immaturity w/ their value. Elders get the full blast of the power of God in a well cushioned pew w/ excellent singers while they stuff the youth in little shacky, run-downed rooms, and old run-downed leaders who preach the same David and Goliath story. The reason why so many youth today are out acting outside the value God has placed upon them is because the body of Christ fails to teach them their importance.
Youth goes through the worst pain than any other adult. As a matter of fact, many adults are messed up because of some terrible pain Satan has caused them as a youth. Just because a person doesn’t pay bills or have gray hair or raise kids doesn’t mean Satan doesn’t put the youth through some issues. I believe the youth goes through more attacks of the enemy because Satan knows he uses the little and foolish things to confound the wise.
I remember watching Finding Nemo and in the beginning of the movie you see Nemo’s Dad (Marlon) and his wife enjoying life. All of a sudden a big fish comes and tries to eat everybody up. The fish ate up everything but failed to eat Nemo while he was still in its egg (or whatever you call them) but the fish left a horrible scratch. Because of that scratch Nemo throughout the whole movie had a disfigured fin…all because of what happened to him in his youth.
No for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated w/ contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are…
(1 Cor 1:27-28)
The things that people believe are insignificant and unable to make a difference are the exact things God chooses to use…which consist of the youth. Satan knows this so he’ll try harder than ever to destroy the youth so he can leave them crippled. Let’s look at the life of a man who was crippled in his youth.
Later on there was a Jewish festival (feast) for which Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great number of sick folk-some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed-waiting for the bubbling up of the water.
For an angel of the Lord went down at appointed seasons into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
There was a certain man there who has suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well?[Are you really in earnest about getting well?]
The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me.
Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed and walk!
The scripture lets us know that this man was in pain for thirty eight years. The bible doesn’t say that he was born crippled which mean something happened to him 38 years ago (probably in his youth) that hurted him so much. Most people being in their youth are raped and abused…by their own family, other daddies walk out on them (which leaves you with no identity), or the closet person to your heart leaves and you feel it’s your fault. These are pains that become so deep inside you that your future is crippled. Just like the crippled in the text you’re stuck watching everybody else find that perfect mate, go to a good school, have the most perfect relationship with their parents, getting good jobs, etc. and you try to achieve the same but you feel stuck in the same place.
As I came home for thanksgiving break I was in my little brother’s room just relaxing. My parents had just bought him a hamster. This hamster is just an ordinary pet but what it did blew my mind. The hamster gets on this spinning exercise wheel (which is like a treadmill on wheels) and starts to run. As I’m watching I’m thinking that has to be the silliest thing you can do…because you’re constantly running but never going anywhere. At that moment God spoke to me and said, “Son, what you’re seeing is exactly how people are living their lives today.” People today seem to go through the same thing over and over. It’s amazing that the young girls who were raped of their innocence in the past are the fastest to become pregnant, the young person without a father to give them their identity are the same that try to find it in their boy/girlfriend or gangs. You live your life like a hamster in the wheel or that cripple by the pool…seeing everything else move on but you.