An explanation of topics for a dialogue with young people; topics where young people have to deal with in their lives, with support of Scripture.
For many Christian youths, almost their complete young life is planned with school duties, but also with Bible study and entertainment.
Unfortunately, some young people study very little in the Bible, and often because their parents ask so.
In the article 1. Youth; Raising and Social Media https://www.dojc.nl/?p=4861&lang=en we have extensively discussed the raising of young people and the role of social media.
Young people are still disproportionately attracted by the smart-phone world. By sweet talk of people who do not believe in God, atheists, who with conviction tell their alluring lies as truth:
NKJV (Romans 1:25) 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie,
Because of these kinds of lies, for many the love for God no longer comes first.
The theme of this article is; How young people can love the God of truth.
Privacy on the Internet and on our peripherals
Young Christian, are you also so excessively busy with your smart-phone and iPad?
This time, please do your utmost to read all the Scriptures comprehensively!
Here follows a strong warning from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak:
Delete your Facebook account now!
Wozniak, who has a good understanding of how social media functions, recently issued a warning saying that social platforms monitor our private conversations and send our personal information to advertisers. Due to the lack of privacy on social media, he said, most people should delete their accounts immediately.
NKJV (2 Peter 3:17) 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
See the short animation video ‘Mad World‘: https://youtu.be/5DU1B_XkyIk
Many young Christians are not vigilant about the foretold time in which we now live.
They do not discern the threat of war as a result of the trade wars and sanctions (punitive measures) that are taking place on the world stage.
But most importantly, they do not discern the purification of Christians that is currently taking place:
NKJV (Daniel 11:35) 35 And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.
Those who are not vigilant at this time, are on the broad way that leads to destruction:(Matt. 7: 13-14)
NKJV (1 John 2:15) 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Unbelievers will continue to speak contemptuously about the faith of Christians.
But God (YHWH) will wait as long as possible so that as many people as possible can be saved or come to repentance:
NKJV (2 Peter 3: 3-4) 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
NKJV (2 Peter 3: 9) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The love of God
It is not our merit that God loves us, it is God’s own free gift:
NKJV (Ephesians 2: 8-9) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
NKJV (1 John 4:10) 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
God has given us the dearest what He had:
NKJV (John 3:16) 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.
If we love Jesus as God’s sent Son, then the Father also loves us:
NKJV (John 16:27) 27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit who is from God, which means, it is God’s Spirit:
NKJV (1 Corinthians 2: 12-13) 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of truth:
NKJV (John 15:26) 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
Whoever works with God’s love or with God’s Spirit will harvest the fruits of this:
NKJV (Galatians 5:22-23) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control….
How can I take steps, so that the love of God is also in me?
The love of God starts with this, to make a personal choice for God yourself:
NKJV (Matthew 22:37) 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (See also: Deuteronomy 6: 5)
NKJV (Matthew 6:24) 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. (mammon = the money or wealth)
All those who are loved by God are also corrected by God:
NKJV (Hebrews 12: 6) 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
Don’t let the love of God be weakened in you:
NKJV (Ephesians 4:30) 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
NKJV (Galatians 5: 7) 7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
Never permit that nasty comments that you are a Christian, lets you succumb. On the contrary, be never ashamed to say that Jesus was sent to earth as God’s Son to save us:
NKJV (1 John 4: 15-16) 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Jesus shed blood is necessary for the new agreement, the New Covenant (Matt. 26:28)
On Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit was poured out, Peter spoke to the Jews that the promise relates to those who are baptized in the name of Christ:
NKJV (Acts 2: 38-39) 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
When you are ready, why do you hesitate? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16)
NKJV (Matthew 28:19-20) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;…
According to Jesus, every baptized disciple must learn and also do what Jesus has commanded:
NKJV (John 15: 9-10) 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Parents, be prepared and DISCUSS with your children:
What news can you still believe as a young person?
In this era of social media and smart-phones, an accurate picture of every young person can be put together.
Stakeholders know exactly how to manipulate young people, by responding to what young people want to have or want to do.
And as far as the news is concerned, young people are often unable to distinguish between what is really true or what is ‘fake news’ or just lies.
Discuss with your children what the pure truth is, to continue to believe in Jesus words and to remain faithful to those.
Explain to young people that only God’s word and the Gospel are the real truth:
NKJV (John 14: 6) 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
It is ultimately choosing between God (YHWH) who speaks the truth or Satan with his lying world.
Read Isaiah’s Scripture below and follow Jesus very precisely.
Jesus has the faithfulness to the truth (God’s word) as a belt around His waist:
NKJV (Isaiah 11: 4-5) 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
Whoever has had enough of the lies of this world and has found the truth of God knows, that this truth is a very valuable gift:
NKJV (John 8: 31-32) 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Don’t let God’s words of truth and the promised reward been taken away from you:
NKJV (1 John 2: 24-25) 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us–eternal life.
No Christian will simply be able to navigate through the problems of the last days, Satan will take care of that. (1 Peter 5: 8)
Before God’s great day, in the last days, God’s Spirit will be poured out once again:
NKJV (Joel 2: 28-31) 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
Young people, be ready for that!
Till here this article about how young people can love the God of truth.