Thursday, September 4, 2014

Your Role In Bringing Your Children To Christ

Today, I want to talk to you about your role in bringing your children to Christ.

Not my role.

Your role.

I want to talk about the exciting prospect of your son or daughter coming to Christ, Repenting of their sins, and following Him. Not just merely, a hand raised in Kids Church.  Those are easy to get.  You could ask who wants to give their heart to Jesus and every single child will raise their hand.

What we want to avoid is a false sense of salvation in our kids.  If you come back to kids church, you will find that we do not treat your children as though they are all little miniature saints. We talk to them about sin, repentance, doing the 180, and following Christ. Think about the confusion a child will feel, if he or she thinks that because they raised their hand once, now they have eternal life.

“The truth is that, for any child (or adult) to be saved, there must be an understanding of the nature of sin. He must turn from his sin and trust in Jesus to save him. Eternal life comes not from saying a prayer or making a decision, but from “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Genuine salvation must be a work of God. 

We can have as much a part in the spiritual birth of our children as we have in the planting of a tree.  As parents we are make ready the soil of the child’s heart, plant the pure seed of the Word of God, keep away harmful influences, and faithfully water it with believing prayer.

Here is a biblical truth: if we want to raise Godly children, the best way to do it is to be Godly parents. Parents, whether you like it or not, your children will tend to follow your examples. Good examples and bad examples. What example are you setting for your children? If you want your children to respect what you say, they must respect you. That means they need to see you living the life, walking the walk, talking the talk. Don't talk about "doing the right thing", if you are not doing the right thing. It's called hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy kills respect. Your son or daughter will not respect you, nor follow your instructions, when they see you as a hypocrite. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On the subject of persecution...

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[d] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Hebrews 11

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There Arose A Great Storm

Anytime you are on the front lines of battle and you are doing something for the kingdom of God, the enemy attacks against your life will escalate.

Even Jesus came under such attack when He was preparing to cast a legion of demons out of the demoniac of Gadara. Mark 4... Violent winds seem to show up from nowhere, attempting to capsize Jesus' boat.  Read it and you will see "and there arose a great storm". The phrase, "there arose" is taken from the Greek ginomai. This word discribes something that happens unexpectedly or catches one off guard.

I'm sure that Jesus' disciples, being experienced fishermen, launched their boat in perfect weather. Nothing was overcast. No bad weather was brewing. They expected a perfect night for sailing.

Who has ever been there? Everything was thumbs up. A-OK. Everything looked very positive and good.  ...."when suddenly there arose a great storm of wind." The Greek for "great" here is "mega"... as in megastorm.

Get the picture?

Another point to understand is that it was a mega storm of WIND. Not a mega storm of rain, thunder, lightning, etc.  This obviously was an attempt to destroy or hinder Jesus and His crew of disciples. Because on the other side of that lake was one of Satan's most prized possessions, the demoniac of Gadara. He did not want Jesus to make it to the other side. So Satan made his move, his best strike against the kingdom to prevent or undo the work of Jesus.

I'm sure you know what happened next. Jesus exercised His authority of that mega storm of wind and the waves it kicked up. The Word says "the wind ceased and there was a great calm."

If Jesus is your Lord, then you are no different than Him. Your attack will come on the brink of your victory. Satan will try to shake you. He will try to paint a bleak and dark picture of your future. Prepare yourself now.

  • Put on the whole armor of God.
  • Take authority over the wind and waves that come suddenly. (mega is no problem for Jesus)
  • Be deligent about covering yourself in prayer, along with family, business, church, finances, ministry.
  • Leave no "doorways of sin" open.
  • Get ready to see a demonstration of God's power in your life!