|Children are a heritage from|
the LORD, offspring a reward
from Him. ( Ps. 127:3)
Satan does not like the fact that women can have children.
He hates our ability to reproduce...
When we do conceive, he will try to devour our children before they are born. After they are born, he will do all he can to make the children we have ineffective against him. He will use our children to cause us some of our greatest pain. If he does not succeed there he will persecute us as women just because we bring children into the world. (Excerpts from book: Chosen Vessels: Women of Color Keys To Change by Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo, DaBar Services, Detroit, MI)
In a previous blog I stated that our enemy, Satan is doing everything possible to destroy the family (John10:10). Why? Because godly families are a powerful threat to him and his minions and on earth they reflect the glorious image of the Godhead! Thus, he strategically targets first, the husband and wife to scheme upon and then moves on to the children!
You don't have to be a bible scholar to see that the Devil is trying to take our children out! Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually! What is most devastating to me is to watch the ways he is turning them away from the Truth of God's Word and toward the insidious darkness of self-destruction! (Prov. 14:12 -There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death).
In most of the conversations I've had concerning this sad commentary, fingers immediately point toward the parents! True, many children are suffering from poor parenting skills and a culture that reinforces, even glorifies, their irresponsibility and spiritual neglect. But can you blame a house that falls down for its leaky roof, rotten beams, or broken windows? These are structural things that can be easily repaired. But what can you do with a faulty foundation? Unless it is fixed no cosmetic work you do on or around the surface will last!
I believe that's what psychologists, politicians, and even some misguided social scientists have been trying to do. Do a Makeover of the family without addressing the crumbling or in some cases non-existent foundation. Our children deserve better and there's enough blame to go around for everyone!! Let's look at some tools needed to offset the damage:
- The answer to divorce, infidelity, and same-sex marriage is respecting and honoring God's design for marriage.
- The answer to the gang affiliations, gun violence, and mind altering cults is Quality Time empowering children for success (Bible reading and study, instituting boundaries, and showing unconditional love.)
- The answer to promiscuity and unwed pregnancy is Affirmation of your child's worth that teaches them that their body is a precious gift to be treasured and preserved for marriage
- The answer to drug use and pornography is embodying for non-Christians the biblical definition of love, intimacy, and God-ordained expressions for experiencing pleasure.
YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT...NOW LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
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The Power of Family Series Continues: Target Three: Our Church!