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Archive for May, 2011

Heaven On Earth – Battle for the Family, A Civil War (Part 2)

Focusing on Our Children

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Consider this: It’s very important for men to lead their families in the way of God especially in our culture which is centered on being liberal and politically correct.  When fathers order their home after God’s principles, the favor of the Lord will rest on his live and his family (Genesis 18:17).

Generations of Blessings

Parents are expected to pass on the teachings of the Lord to their children.  This is so because they will have to answer to God about their parenting style and what they instilled in their children.  Parents are supposed to train children in the way of the Lord.  Many people don’t realize that children are gifts from the Lord and are lent to their parents.  Therefore, mothers and fathers should raise their children to become kingdom weapons for the Lord (Psalms 127:4).

Unfortunately, over the years, parents have become lax and live by the philosophies, culture and trends of the world.  The enemy has a presence in many Christian homes and the fruit of it is destroying our children.  Satan is ravaging our families because God has been removed, and there is a rebellion against His Word.  Over fifty-four percent of teens are sexually active, and there have been at least one million abortions performed yearly.  Further, a shocking fifty percent of children are abused or victimized (2 Timothy 3:1).

Strongholds in Parenting

A stronghold is defined as an area where people are used to following customs and thinking an old (or particular) way.  One of the greatest issues in parenting is rebellion. Children often rebel against their parents because parents rebel against the Lord.  Rebellion is the resistance to God’s instruction, His Word, and His delegated person.

Romans13:1-3 (The Message Bible)

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible.

In fact, some key reasons that people rebel against the Lord are due to low self esteem, resentment, bitterness (to be bitter is to be at war with God), lack of honor for instruction (Matthew 13:53) of lack of trust in the Lord.  Rebellion blocks blessings and is a form of witchcraft.  It also cancels all of the good that we do (1 Samuel 15:19).  Ask yourself this, if your children don’t obey you the parent who has been ordained of the Lord to guide them, then who are they obeying (Zephaniah 3:2)?

 A Warning from God

There is a great penalty for those who rebel against the Lord and refuse His instruction.

Proverbs 8:1-11 (The Message Bible)

Lady Wisdom Calls Out

Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? She’s taken her stand at First and Main, at the busiest intersection. Right in the city square where the traffic is thickest, she shouts, “You—I’m talking to all of you, everyone out here on the streets! Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!  You blockheads—shape up! Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well, I’m telling you how to live at your best. My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth— I can’t stand the taste of evil! You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed. You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds; truth-ready minds will see it at once. Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career. For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

Proverbs 5:1-2 (The Message Bible)

Dear friend, pay close attention to this, my wisdom; listen very closely to the way I see it. Then you’ll acquire a taste for good sense; what I tell you will keep you out of trouble.

Parents must be willing to train and raise their children.  Training is not easy, but it will save their lives (Proverbs 19:18).  I encourage you not to be a willing participant in their death.  Remember that all mothers and fathers will answer to the Lord.  Make sure God is first in your home.

Love,

Pastor Joyce

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