One day, when all the sons of God presented themselves before the Lord, Satan appeared also. The Lord said, “Have you considered my servant Matthew? My fire is in him, and he yearns to be wholly mine.”
Satan replied, “Ah, but he is only 17, and he is divided against himself. His right hand reaches for one thing while his left reaches for another. He will fall away and reject you.”
“He is mine, you will not have him,” proclaimed the Lord.
“Then let me test him. If he is yours, I will not be able to break him.”
“Go,” commanded the Lord.
So Satan went out from the Lord and made his attack. Satan reenforced in Matthew a spirit of idleness and self-gratification, which caused Matthew to let his quiet time with God dissipate and caused him to chase after things he wanted to do and ignore the nudging of God’s Holy Spirit. Satan sprinkled an incense of exhaustion over Matthew, so that when he tried to pray he would fall asleep or become distracted. Satan attacked the strong influences and friendships in Matthew’s life. Leaders of the church and people Matthew looked up to were failing him in his eyes. His friends were two faced and fickle. Satan pounced again and fueled those feelings of being all alone so Matthew would succumb to depression and anger. Satan then began to promote the fleshly pleasures of this world in all their bright and shining, but quickly fading, glories. In his final crushing blow, Satan distorted and twisted scripture; he told Matthew that he was lukewarm and no longer following God. He told Matthew that this was no life to live and offered him fleeting pleasures and selfish indulgence. Matthew accepted Satan’s offer and turned his back on his Creator.
Satan shrieked in victory as Matthew rejected his upbringing and sorrowed his parents. He danced in wicked delight as Matthew picked up alcohol and began partying and getting drunk. Satan fell over in bellowing laughter as Matthew willingly chained himself to the destructive power of pornography. Satan strutted and boasted in pride as Matthew gave away his virginity and grieved his loved ones by moving out of the house and into an apartment with a girl to whom he was not married.
Satan came before the Lord once again, boasting of his accomplishments. “See!” he sniveled. “Matthew has rejected you; he has given himself over to me completely!” He pointed toward Matthew- a wretched, defeated soul- now travelling down this lonely road of destruction.
The Lord stepped down from His throne and descended toward Matthew, who had now fallen to his knees on the road. The Almighty Father touched his shoulder and lifted his chin. The Lord spoke softly to him, “You are mine. I paid a great price for your adoption and have loved you as my own. You are not alone and there is hope. Nothing you have done has caused me to love you any less. I have covered it all and cast it into the sea. Come home.” The Lord embraced this pitiful human as he wept.
Then Matthew bowed before God and said, “I confess my sin. I need you. I lay down my life before you. I will not pick it up again.”
Satan gasped in horror, realizing his defeat.
The Lord lift Matthew to his feet declaring, “He is mine. You cannot have him.”