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Youth is the time when our passions are strongest and like unruly children, cry most loudly for indulgence. Youth is the time when we have generally our most health and strength: death seems far away, and to enjoy ourselves in this life seems to be everything... "I serve lusts and pleasures:" that is the true answer many a young man should give, if asked, "Whose Servant are you?"
Think of the ancient Aztecs. They could see that they had angered their dozens of god (the evident suffering, disease, and death), so they would try and appease them with a "payment." They would take the most precious thing they had--a handsome youth, or a beautiful virgin, and they would sacrifice them on a bloody altar to try and make atonement. However, the Bible says that any sacrifice we make is an abomination to God (especially human sacrifice--God Himself stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son). Besides being a murderous act, human sacrifice offers a tainted sinful blood. It would be like me offering a judge drug money to pay your fine.
Something similar happened to an evangelist friend of mine when he was still in his youth. He was invited to speak at a church in Canada. When he got off the plane, the pastor met him with a surprised look on his face, saying "You're not Morris Cerullo!". The pastor had a great hunger for signs and wonders to be restored to his church and thought he had booked a week of meetings with Morris Cerullo. The shocked pastor asked the young man if he had a signs and wonders ministry. He answered, "No". The pastor looking at his watch said "you've got four hours to get one" and then took him to his hotel. Out of desperation the young evangelist cried out to God and God honoured his cry. That night was the beginnings of the signs and wonders ministry that has marked his life to this day. God orchestrated these circumstances so that this young evangelist would earnestly pursue spiritual gifts.
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