Little Children, Young Men and Fathers.
1 John 2:12:13:14.
When I was first born again, my life was wonderful. I had all my sins forgiven I was going to heaven, I had a wonderful Savour that loved me so much, that He had taken all my punishment. Life could not get any better. I didnít know then that was the honeymoon period. Everything I read in the bible said to me how much God loved me. 1 John 2:12 says ďI am writing to you, little children because for His nameís sake your sins are forgiven-pardoned through His name and on account of confessing His name.Ē
As wonderful as this time was, it didnít last that long. The law started to weigh heavy on my shoulders. As I read the scriptures they no longer thrilled me, they condemned me. I was hopeless at keeping the law. I didnít like opening the bible because all the ďShalt notísĒ would leap out at me. My total focus was on me. In my mind my lover had turned into my accuser. I felt like I had to fight Satan everyday of my life. This was my young man stage. 1 John 2:13. I am writing to you, young men, because you have been victorious over the wicked one.
This is the stage that killed me. I knew I could of myself do nothing. It was at this time, that God brought Norman Grubb into my life. He showed me Gal 2:20. I was in Christ when he was crucified. I too had died and the life I now live is Christ.
This is the father stage. My focus is no longer on myself itís on others. The scriptures no longer condemn me. The words have not changed, but my understanding of them has changed. Instead of seeing though shalt not. I see though shalt not. I am kept. I donít see a set of rules anymore. I know I am free to love and bless others, because itís Christ as me that is living this life.
In 1 John 2:14. I write to you, fathers, because you have come to know, (recognize, be conscious of and understand). Him who [has existed] from the beginning.
Itís the same in the natural world we have, children, teenagers, Adults. Each stage is right. We are all right where God means us to be.