Portland News

June 14, 2019

Friday Evening Youth Focus

The young people met at the Fellowship Lodge for an evening that started with a meal of pork tacos, baked beans, and mac and cheese. After dinner Caleb Copko led the group in singing several songs, ending with “Wonderful Peace.” Prayer requests were taken before the group was led in prayer.

The study topic for the evening was based on Ephesians 6:12-13, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Erik Calhoun led the group discussion, beginning with a reminder that people are in a daily spiritual battle which cannot be seen with physical eyes. The enemy of our souls is trying to destroy us, and it is critically important to be prepared for battle with the armor of God, and to know the tactics of the enemy.

Brother Erik clarified a few misconceptions about the devil, such as that he does not rule Hell; rather, Hell is his punishment. Also, Satan is not omnipotent, omniscient, or omnipresent; only God possesses these attributes and His infinite power cannot compare to the devil’s limited power. Brother Erik said the devil is a liar and uses many of the same lies on everyone, including that it is impossible to overcome sin, that being tempted is an indication of moral failure, that our Christian experiences are invalid (for any number of reasons), and that we have somehow lost salvation without turning away from God. Brother Erik said every Christian should be ready to refute these lies. He also gave tools to help distinguish whether a message is coming from God or from the devil: 1) God speaks gently as a loving Father, but the enemy attacks and torments; 2) God’s voice is always in agreement with His Word; 3) Consecrating fully to God allows Him to work freely despite the enemy’s attempts to confuse; 4) If all else fails, one can always call on the Name of Jesus for there is power in His Name.

The session closed with a reminder that every person needs the full armor of God in order to stand strong in the faith. An opportunity to pray followed the session.