Thursday, August 30, 2018

Reprogramming Our Children's Faith!

Hope deferred makes the heart
sick but desire fulfilled is a
tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
America's children are angry, sad, and confused!  Have you ever wondered why? As a grandmother of a teenager and a Tween, I'm concerned about the world they are forced to grow up in!
The turbulent years of puberty have always been rough.  Lord knows I don't want to revisit any one of my own, but I can't begin to wrap my mind around the challenges young people are dealing with today.  Unprepared and scary would be gross understatements! 

 Each morning they awaken with continuing news of the Holocaust of their peers.  Friends and family gunned down in the streets or victimized by drugs, suicide, and other self-destructing behavior.  How do you keep a positive attitude with that going on?
I pray.  I counsel.  I try to engage their hearts, then pray again!  I speak to them with encouraging words, build their confidence with affirmation of their God-given beauty and skills.  But sometimes wonder if it's doing any good...I have to BELIEVE it does!  And here are reasons why:
~~ Our children are engulfed in Spiritual Darkness.  They live in a world that teaches them that they have choices and they can do whatever they desire even when it conflicts with God's Truth.  Yet  it shrewdly hides the reality of the devastating consequences!  They fight and fight for these rights but when they succeed, become disappointed and angry! The sex and drugs don't make them happy! The power trip from Gang Banging last only until the next bullet takes their life. Their gay love connection turns out to be just as hellish as their heterosexual counterparts and there seems to be no escape from the dysfunction of any of it!
Those of us who know the Real Truth must constantly remind them that God's original plan is not only the BEST plan but it's the RIGHT plan for their lives.  What they see before them is not the end of their life but God's strategic pathway to a new destiny in Christ.  They just need Him to show them how to get through it. (2 Cor. 5:17 -Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation,; old things have passed away behold all things have become new. ) 
~~Our children are suffering from an Identity Crisis. They don't know who they are and they are not alone!  As adults we've set a poor example for many of them.  The Brokenness of our culture has stolen our children's innocence through mass media and so-called reality shows that constantly blast from our televisions, Blu- Rays, and re-enacted in real-time.  As adults we've got to get our act together! Our children are drawn to celebrities, rappers, and the Kool Kids in their purview because they don't often find a righteous role model in their own homes! 

If the Generation Z's (born between 1995-2010) are labeled less focused, and more savvy with multi-tasking it may be for survival!  Their Boomer (born between 1948-1964) and Generation X parents (born between 1965-1984) are too consumed with getting their own freak on to raise them godly!  We must not only tell them who they are in Christ but show them in our own lives that God's will can be more fulfilling and satisfying than the icons lauded in our society. (Matthew 16:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all will be added unto you. )  

~~Our children have lost their faith in God and the good of human kind. Two important gifts from God have been perverted in this present age...imagination and dreams!  False perceptions of success have been embedded into our children's minds from birth.  They have been nurtured on the belief that one has to look a certain way; possess a certain amount of skill, or charisma to be found valuable or worthy of acclaim.  When our children can't live up to these worldly standards they become demotivated and cease to dream of anything better for themselves!  They seek approval in the other ways but continue to be frustrated. They become even more disillusioned when they see others who appear to have the whole package, abuse their gifts, even using them to belittle others.  They just simply give up!

Instead, those of us who know the Real Truth must reject denigrating labels that place limits on our children and their abilities.  We must devise ways, create opportunities, and speak into their lives empowering and affirming messages of hope and life every chance we get.  We must find the positive in every situation and show our children their worth as God's creation.  We must say it over and over and over and over until the Enemy ceases to bombard them or they simply learn to resist these negative reports!  This is our duty!  This is God's plan! We must Deprogram the anger and violence that dooms our children to destruction and Reprogram a faith in God that unleashes the strength, skill, and intelligence the Devil and his cohorts so greatly fear! We need to do it and do it NOW!!!
(Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to  give you a future and a hope.)


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