30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: Day 2

Children ARE a heritage from the Lord. We are entrusted with this great and awesome responsibility to care for them up and teach them to be excellent parents, spouses, workers, friends, etc. I don’t know many parents that started out to intentionally hurt their kids, but because of sin and the nature of it, we are doomed to fail from time to time. As parents, we need to remember that is NOT how our kids see it.

I have fallen so short at times, regret washes over me and I cry MERCY. I’ve repented bazillions of times and I know I’m forgiven…but our children see failure rather than restoration. This is why it’s so hard to get through to them when they can’t get past the ‘past’.

Everyone wants to be loved unconditionally but is unwilling to give it back. God loved us so much that He GAVE us His only Son for OUR sin! While we are not God, our kids think we should be. And haven’t all of us tried to be like God for our children? Of course. My dad was horribly sinful, had terrible addictions, but I still looked at him like he was God, I loved him and trusted him so much regardless of his humanity.

Children, whether adult or not, feel some kind of worldly empowerment to criticize and even hate their parents.

A lot of us don’t have Christian children; we should be praying for that FIRST. But our unsaved kids look at us like we’re nuts because we use biblical principles rather than their nonsensical worldly psychologies.

Psychology can’t give you JOY unspeakable! 

v7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
v8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
v9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” [1Peter 1:7-9]

Our kids need Jesus, and if they already know the Lord but still have an unforgiving heart, remember that unforgiveness is like murder that will eat at the soul. You [or they] may believe that unforgiveness is warranted, but it is deception! We are to be peacemakers with our adult kids, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God,” [Matthew 5:9]

Continue with this Prayer Challenge this month, give it 30 Days to see real results of what PRAYER can do for us and our children!

The Compromised Christian

Today’s ‘church’ has given a wide berth to compromise the sinner and the saint. There hasn’t just been a dumbing down of the Christian, but a numbing of the sinner. Churches are getting bigger and bigger with people that are in a world of self-help and psychology. It was psychology that kept me from understanding salvation; making myself equal to God, and Jesus just a lowly prophet that lived and died a couple of thousand years ago. It was the dumbing down that kept me in the bar thinking that God is going to forgive me anyway.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”

I recently went to a service that was intended for their youth group. Yes, they professed Jesus. But what I SAW was dimmed lights (if they were on at all), dyed black hair, expletive from the pulpit and screaming loud music (and don’t get me started on the exploitation of the Word of God being abused by their endorsement of the Message Bible). I was wondering where the jello-shots were. I felt like I was in a bar, not a church. If that’s what it takes to get young people to church is to emulate parties and bars then they were lied to from the onset.

Ministers, preachers and pastors don’t make friends telling the compromised Christian that they aren’t living the crucified life that Christ meant for us, that He died for. No one is living Christianity OUTLOUD because their church doesn’t show them how. Pastors are to lead by example, do as I say not as I do? Pastors, you are not in the ministry to make friends. It makes you wonder who or what the Church serves.

Joshua 24:15 says, “…And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Pastors gloss over that Jesus also lived a daily life on earth during his 33 years; He woke in the morning, He slept, He ate, He drank, He got tired, He got angry, He loved, He learned a trade – He lived everyday as we do. His daily life was meant as an example of how to live for God every day. Jesus was making disciples, not friends. He was creating a family to take His Word to the world, waiting by the narrow gate.

Cafeteria Christianity

And how to save the Church.

You know what a cafeteria is! It’s a place where you can buy what you want ala carte, whenever and whatever you want. Christianity has become a cafeteria, picking and choosing what you believe instead of believing the entire canon of scripture and abiding with it. It is causing division among the Church pitting us one against another when we are supposed to be banding together as a community lifting up the Word of God.

The fast food way of life has put its foot in the door of the Church. And we’ve allowed it. Everything is running faster than we can catch up and the Church is following suit thinking that if it emulates the world just enough, we’ll stop and listen for a minute. The problem is the message the Church is giving is not one of Salvation through Jesus but an easy believe-ism to slow us down enough to catch us unaware.

The original texts are a faded memory to a lot of churches today. Bibles aren’t taken seriously and studying to be approved takes up too much time in the busy schedules of today’s pastors and preachers; they lip-sync downloaded messages from who-knows-where instead. In effect, the Church has just about destroyed Christianity with psychology with a dash of secularism and Christians are ruining the Church body with gossip and pride. All members of the ‘body’ have to be present and healthy for the Church community to work as a whole and grow. Sacrificing bits and pieces and expecting 100% is not realistic.

James 1:27 says simply, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world”.