2 Timothy 2:25-26 – Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
This passage reminds us that we need to guide unbelievers to God. The devil is wicked and clever. He works against us in this feat. I saw a quote on Pinterest that said, “The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.”
My brother is someone I have been praying into the arms of Jesus for years. He is not a “bad” person, but he does not have a relationship with God. He believes that he will no longer be able to have “fun” if he were to become a Christian. He knows he will have to make significant lifestyle changes regarding worldly things. I have explained to him that he will never regret serving God. Even in the trials, I certainly never have.
I grew up in church. My grandparents pastored their own church and picked me up every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night to attend regular services. They took me to every revival, vacation Bible school, church camp, and teen night.
But I did not make a decision to follow Christ until after my daughter was born (almost 18 years ago). After she was born, I was so overwhelmed with love for her that I wanted to do everything right and that meant going to church. So I attended church services with her and one day while in service, I realized if I love her this much, imagine how much God loves me. Right then I gave my life to Christ, and I have never regretted a single moment.
Sure there have been trials, but serving God gives me hope during those trials. It strengthens my faith in Him, when I’m walking with Him and when I get to the other side of the trial. I am thankful to have escaped the trap of the devil. I boldly, consistently, and faithfully believe in praying for and encouraging those who do not know Him.
I have mentioned before that I have a prayer wall in the closet of my bedroom. Every night I pray for the people on my prayer wall. The first group I pray for is the people in my life that I know need the saving grace and salvation of Jesus.
So be bold, consistent, and faithful. Pray for those that do not believe in or know Jesus. Pray that they will repent of their sins and serve Jesus. We all know they will never regret the decision.