I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14-b)

Here the apostle John repeats his previous statement in verse 13 that the young men he was writing to “have overcome the evil one.” This means that these men had strong faith and were not unsure of the truth of Christ. If only all young Christian men and women of today could be described in this manner. Some young people undoubtedly are strong in the word and have overcome the evil one, but many in the Church have allowed the world to push them away from this strong faith position.

Those who are not strong are often the ones who do not accept the Bible as true and authoritative. These young people work to insert the naturalistic concepts of the secular world into their daily lives. Satan (aka the evil one) loves naturalism because its evolutionist ideas lead to doubt that in turn can easily lead to atheism and other heretical beliefs. For that is Satan's main goal in the world…to develop doubt in God and thus encourage a falling away by believers.

Thank God for the young men and women of today who are strong in the faith! We must pray for all young people that they would find the one true faith and stay strong in it.

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