Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Growing for the cause of Christ: Jeff Owens Preaching: "http://www.owenspublications.com/download.php"
Train up a child in the way he should go....
My favorite verse that I often quoted, especially when our children were going astray, is Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it"
We think if we raise our children, from birth, in a Christian environment we send them off to Sunday School. We send them to Christian camps. We enroll them in Christian schools. We only let them listen to Christian music, and we try to make sure they have Christian friends. We keep them in youth groups We seem to be doing all of the right things.
Although when they get a little older, they sometimes go into rebellion . We think, Wait a minute! Where did I go wrong?God you promised!
Fathers and mothers, I say this before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, make every effort to train your children in the way they should go for the sake of your children's souls;. Children have always been the bow from which the sharpest arrows have pierced man's heart. Children have caused the saddest tears that man has ever had to shed. Adam found this out; Jacob found this out; David found this out. The worse pain we have to endure are those which children have brought upon their parents. Oh! be careful, lest by your own pride you think it will never happen to you. The one thing I have found working with children and parents is parents are deceived by their children thinking their child would never do wrong. Let me tell you this if you have trained a child and the child turned out right you better thank God it was not because you were a perfect parent it was only because we have a wonderful powerful God that Him alone can we give all the honor and glory to our Lord. In 2 Chronicles 25:8 we read
But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.
God has the power to do what he wants he is
God He can cause one to fall by taking off his protection so one can learn how to be more patient with people by falling we can help others experience is not always the best teacher but it works God hates pride.and its not our place to judge.
All we have to do is Just fill the water pot with water as Jesus said and leave the rest up to him obedience like we are constantly reminding our children But I will say this, in leading our children and training our children, the most important thing we must do is to live it first.
My children do not stand a chance from walking away from the truth because they have a Mom and Dad that truly loves them enough to pray for them everyday.
I have trained seven children that God has entrusted to my husband and I. They are not perfect living in this world with all the worldly lights flashing at them day and night. But this one thing I can say for sure if you ever met up with any one of them you would see the love of God in their lives and they would surely love you because they were loved by parents that dearly loved them by the mighty power of God.
Yes God did promise but we must do our part in order to be blessed!
3 John 1:4
Eph.6:15-16 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
When writing about putting on "the whole armor of God" in Ephesians 6, Paul begins to conclude the passage by repeating the concepts in Luke 21:36—praying always and watching (verse 18). He says in verse 16: ". . . above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
' New Testament Commentary explains these fiery darts:
Paul here refers, probably, to the temptations of the great adversary, which are like fiery darts; or those furious suggestions of evil, and excitements to sin, which he may throw into the mind like fiery darts. They are blasphemous thoughts, unbelief, sudden temptation to do wrong, or thoughts that wound and torment the soul. In regard to them, we may observe:
(1) that they come suddenly, like arrows sped from a bow;
(2) they come from unexpected quarters, like arrows shot suddenly from an enemy in ambush;
(3) they pierce, and penetrate, and torment the soul, as arrows would that are on fire;
(4) they set the soul on fire, and enkindle the worst passions, as fiery darts do a ship or camp against which they are sent.
What happens when these fiery darts hit their target? The answer appears in James 1:13-15 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Don't blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn't use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.
As a commentary reads, these darts "enkindle the worst passions," or as James says, "our desires." Actually, these darts have been flying since the day we were born, doing their damage. Where is it better for us to deal with these darts: at the point of the shield or after they have hit their mark? Of course, at the shield!
II Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.(see also Genesis 15:1; Psalm 33:20; Proverbs 2:7). We are not the shield. Our faith is not the shield. God is the shield, using the same faith Jesus Christ had. If we let Him, God will protect us in our battles.
How do we erect this "shield of faith?" Notice these verses:
Matthew 17:19-21: Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Psalm 18:30 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Along with fasting, Christ gives prayer as one of the antidotes to unbelief. David says that running to God for help, of which striving to pray always is the essence, will allow Him to be our shield, our source of power and strength (II Corinthians 3:5; 4:7).
Notice the first part of Matthew 26:41 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Notice that the shield mentioned in Ephesians 6:16 can quench all the fiery darts—not some, not most, but all. Consider the great peace we would have if none of Satan's fiery darts ever reached their intended target! This sheds light on why Christ says in Matthew 11:30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light
As I Was singing Breathe on me,Breath of God,fill me with life anew that I May love what thou dost love,and do what thou wouldst do.It starts my morning off by knowing God has steps that will be his orders.I Have to take Caleb for his appointment today I Hope his leg is fine.
I hate walking the hound dogs but I enjoy tithing.I was always excited as a child to get money when I Worked different jobs while under the care of my mother I Would give her all my money and she took care of all my needs.At the age 0f 15 and 16 most would not agree but I Loved giving away.I Still do this day.I Have owned a childcare over 15 years I started out by tithing on how much money i wanted i would tithe if i had 12 in my childcare i would tithe on 17 we were open 24 hours a day and then i would see God increase to 17 children i built my childcare on this principle.
just recently i have seen a family stop tithing this year they made more than double but are in the most financial dilemma that is possible,
I AM Reading in Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.I Know from experience we have to make sure the sole of our foot obeys.1:16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
1:17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.
1:18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.
Joshua 2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
I Have heard and seen I Am so thankful that i had a mother that taught me to give I never had a struggle on giving I Was giving $100.00 a week to missionaries and i know it was only because God could trust me.In Prov.1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
In Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.We serve a wonderful Savior He`s in this world today.He lives you ask me how I know he lives He lives within my heart.Rejoice!