Satan is after your kids- Protect them. 1 Peter 5 & Joel 1:3

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     My title may be a bit blunt, but this is the message the Lord has been teaching me over the last few months.  Satan’s easiest target is your child.  Satan is sly and deceiving and ready to destroy God’s people. We need to be alert at all times, watching over our children.  Do you know who is after your child? 1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
  The Lord has shown me how our enemy is after our children. If you do any research on lions, you will find that they seek out the youngest of the herds. They know they are the easiest target and don’t have a fighting chance. The Lord is trying to teach us about our enemy and how he works. Sure- he’s out to destroy everyone, but the easiest prey – is your child. It is our responsibility as parents to guard them and their hearts. In Proverbs 4: 23, King Solomon said:

Guard your heart above all else,for it determines the course of your life.
 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.
 Look straight ahead,and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.
 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
(notice what affects the heart:words, what we see, where we go,what we hear)

      Movies, TV shows, magazines, music, books- they are all affecting your child. What are you putting in your child’s heart? Sorcery? Witchcraft (Disney channel)? Promiscuity? foul language? Please don’t be fooled! It’s shaping your child’s future and they way they think.

     Who exactly are you fighting? evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. You must put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against the strategies of the devil read more…. 


God gives us instructions:

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,  so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Deut 11:19-21

When are we to teach our children?

  1. when we are at home
  2. when we are on the road
  3. when you go to bed
  4. when you wake up
  5. everyday and every moment

Again, the Lord commands us :
to teach them to their children”  so the next generation might know them—  even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children.
 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God ps 78:5

“And what does he want? Godly children from your union” Malachi 2:13-17

Tell your children:  Tell your children about it in the years to come,
and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation Joel 1:3

      This world we live in today is manipulating parents with the things it promotes.  I hear some parents say that as long as they are reading, it doesn’t matter what it is they are reading…really? So would you serve candy bars for breakfast and serve cheese doodle for lunch? Certainly you care about their health…so what is more important to you? Their stomach or their heart? It’s clear from scripture that the very thoughts we think, the things we see and the words we hear go into our hearts and then flow out into our lives. Be Careful, be careful.  Jesus said in Luke 6 :45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. What are you putting into your child’s heart? 

Warning: “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods.  If you do, the Lord’s anger will burn against you. Deut 11:16 Do you serve any other gods/idols? Do you put anything before God? Hmmm what is the first thing you think about when you wake up? That is a good test of the heart. Is it praise? or something else?

    I do not understand why children’s movies have so much foul language! Why is God’s name used in vain constantly? We have become so desensitized to this that we either ignore it or shrug it off like it’s nothing. I am not sitting here as Ms. Perfect Christian Parent!!!! No way! I fall short – more often than I’d like to admit. It hasn’t been easy to fit church, youth groups, and children’s bible classes into my schedule- there’s been plenty of times where I just didn’t want to go- I’m tired!  However, I can see the rewards and the fruit of all the years I have invested- and still many more years to go. Even now I’m in a bit of a dilemma with my schedule, one child being on swim team will eliminate our family night Wednesday bible studies..hmm so what should I do? Forget church and go forward with swim team in hopes of a college scholarship or stop and go to church and trust God to help us. Whenever I decide to put God first, somehow everything seems to work perfectly. I tell our soccer coaches, we leave wednesdays at 6:45 no matter what and I rearrange cheerleading so I can make that one hour on wednesday night.  You will find that if you put the Lord first, He will take care of everything you need and it will work out better than you thought – and it will bless your life. :0)

 
     You see, we think there is no time for church or God…. I see it everywhere.  I think many parents today think that because they were raised in a church, they are saved… hoping salvation runs in the genes for their kids salvation-but it doesn’t work that way.  Why is it that your child does not know Jesus? What is your priority? Sports, clubs, money or Salvation? This is your responsibility- the guardian of your child’s soul. If you don’t have 1 hour to give the Lord out of the 168 hours a week He gives you, then you are either too busy or really don’t care. okay, okay…. I hear you, some of you don’t like church – well join the club, and just go- or find a way to teach your children about the Lord. Form a small group, or a bible study.  If you absolutely refuse to go to church, get creative- because excuses don’t work with the Lord

This is great advice. If you don’t know which way to go, scripture instructs us to  “stop”, “look”, and then ask. We will then find the path we are to travel and find rest for our souls.

Be careful! That you and your children are not cut off:

   “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!  When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

SATAN IS AFTER YOUR KIDS! WITH FALSE TEACHING, DECEPTION, AND LIES.

Hosea 4:6  My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.

Hosea 5:7 They have betrayed the honor of the LORD, bearing children that are not his. Now their false religion will devour them along with their wealth

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore

Proverbs 22:6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Psalm 22:30 Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord

Psalm 115:14 May the LORD richly bless both you and your children

Deuteronomy 4:10 Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’

Deuteronomy 11:19Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up

Psalm 78:5 For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children

Psalm 78:6  so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children

  How can we teach our children? I’m sure there are many ways of teaching our children about the Lord, but the best way is to be an example. Do they see you praying? studying? worshipping? What do they see you reading? watching on tv? Be an example, teach them the fear of the Lord, take the extra step to lead them along the godly paths. You will not be disappointed, but the Lord will bless you for your obedience. Remember, we reap what we sow. What are you sowing?

Micah 1:2-4 Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!
    Let the earth and everything in it hear.
The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;
    the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.
 Look! The Lord is coming!
    He leaves his throne in heaven
    and tramples the heights of the earth.
 The mountains melt beneath his feet
    and flow into the valleys
like wax in a fire,
    like water pouring down a hill.
.And why is this happening?
    Because of the rebellion of Israel[a]
    yes, the sins of the whole nation.
Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion?
    Samaria, its capital city!
Where is the center of idolatry in Judah?
    In Jerusalem, its capital!…..
Oh, people of Judah, shave your heads in sorrow,
    for the children you love will be snatched away.
Make yourselves as bald as a vulture,
    for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.

  Pray for our children.  Prayer is powerful and it works! ( speaking of this- Stormie OMartian’s book “the Power of a Praying Parent” is a good book with great prayers and scriptures to speak over your children) There are so many dangers out there that we do not see. There are so many things that are hurting our children, yet we don’t see it.  The things we don’t think can harm our children, can..ask the Lord for discernment. I see the lion prowling around, and he has a plan of destruction, that no one sees. He doesn’t want you to teach your child or parent them. He wants to separate us from our children. Everything satan is doing now is deception and many think it is unharmful, but this lion is about to pounce and devour it’s prey. Open your eyes and fight back.

  Scripture makes it clear- we are to teach our children day and night about the Lord. Are we walking in obedience or making excuses?  Decide today who you will serve. May the Lord bless you, and always and everywhere keep your children and other believers covered in prayer. May the peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

Hear the Word of the Lord:
My people are being destroyed

because they don’t know me.
Since you priests refuse to know me,
    I refuse to recognize you as my priests.
Since you have forgotten the laws of your God,
I will forget to bless your children.
Hosea 4:6

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                   It’s time to change- are you ready? Are you willing to step out for Christ? I want to see “God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven” don’t you? I want to remind you of who you are in Christ, and what He has commissioned you to do. Be Strong and Very Courageous. Decide today who you will follow. What’s that? You’ve been knocked down and discouraged? oh- get over it! The church needs you- dust of, get back up and hear the word of the Lord:

Matthew  16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

YOU ARE BEING SENT OUT TO DO THE WORKS JESUS DID. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE- TO BE THE NEW AND DIFFERENT PERSON CHRIST HAS CALLED US OUT TO BE.

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

AND YOU CAN BE CONFIDENT OF THIS; THAT HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL CARRY IT ON UNTIL COMPLETION UNTIL THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST. THE POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD LIVES WITHIN YOU.  YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS YOU.

You have been chosen: Jesus said :“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Luke 10:22

We’ve been called to do the Works Jesus did. John 10 :12-18 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The Message translation : The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.

Think about that: The works Jesus did and even greater works in His name because He has gone to the Father. He walked on water, healed the sick, set the captives free, turned water into wine, feed 5000 men with a small basket of food, calmed the stormy sea, healed disease, brought the dead back to life, restored a severed ear, opened blind ears, caused the deaf to hear, caught a fish with a coin in it’s mouth, healed and freed those possessed by a demon/s, healed the mute, healed a withered hand, healed a paralyzed man, healed leprosy. Jesus said you can do these works, and even greater in His name so He can honor the Father.

I want to see a church on fire for God. I want our lives to Glorify Him. I don’t want to live and learn a life of a watered down gospel. I know God’s word is alive and powerful and I want to see His people Glorify His name in our places of worship.

Easter Sunday is around the corner and yet again I dread going to church.  I used to feel bad about thinking that. It seems nothing has changed since I was that 13 yr old rebellious teen. I loved God, knew He could do incredible things and even had scripture engrained in my heart- but church- ugh! was torture to me. I can remember that Sunday as if it were yesterday.  “ I AM NOOOOOOOT going to church!!” I yelled to my father as I sprinted out the door and down the street. He chased me 3 blocks as I sprinted along the sidewalk.

I see God’s work in my life. I see Him answer prayers. I’ve seen Him do mighty miracles and I ‘ve heard His voice. I know how much He loves us and I know without a doubt every single word in the bible is so true- it’s actually alive.  Sometimes I think I’d find the children’s worship much more fun for me. God’s word isn’t boring, but why is church sometimes so difficult to sit through? Maybe it’s my hyperness , I don’t know- but that’s what makes me ME. It may sound like I’m all over the place- but everything fits like a puzzle within my thoughts. The scripture somehow comes together like a puzzle in my mind and it never stops—it goes on and on and on.

I see something missing :
WHERE IS THE FEAR OF GOD IN OUR CHURCHES?
Love for others?

     Has the church gotten too worldly. I questioned even writing this and prayed about it, wondering- should I really put my thoughts here? I prefer to put only God’s word and what the Lord shows me through scripture, but today  is…different. As I talked to the Lord about my thoughts, I sat down at the computer and opened up todays news- Sun Sentinel. Front page- a church is doing a whodunnit, a who shot the pastor  show for Easter. I want to cry.  God’s word, His power, His Majesty, His Holiness, His Mercy is so amazing, so exciting, so opposite of boring to me- how could any worldly idea even match it? Has the true word of God become so boring and lifeless to people that we have to make our churches more worldly to bring them into God’s house.

Where are the works of Jesus in the Church? Are you seeing them in your church? Really…please share to encourage the rest of us. I see sickness, death, depression, complaining, isolation,  texting, disrespect- yes, now we can sip coffee and dip donuts in God’s house.  We can’t for one hour have a little respect. Where is the Fear of God?   Do you know how terrifying it is to be in His presence?  If we saw Him we would surely die!  The Lord is mighty, awesome and so Holy- words on earth cannot even describe it. Once I was before His throne and I was terribly afraid! We are so unworthy, yet He has made us worthy. His Holiness is indescribable, His absolute love for us is beyond our ability to understand.  Have the “worldly” Christians silenced those Christians who want to do the works of Jesus. Where is it? I want to see it. It has been proclaimed for us. Why do I dread going to church?  I love the word of God, I love the Father and I love to sit and study and meditate on scripture all day, yet Sunday morning rolls around and nothing has changed.

And what about HOLINESS. Aren’t we called to be Holy? then why do I cringe with embarrassment when I ride by some of church signs with obvious double meaning- “hey mom,  why does that church say that the pastor is naked?” ok, kids, don’t look, that’s just a ……. ‘uh, mom, why does that sign say come to my church where everyone is naked” don’t read that kids, that’s someone who doesn’t know God. “mom, what does “****** up” mean on that church sign,;uh…. that means they don’t read the bible. It gets worse, maybe it’s just my area, but a lot of the signs are so ungodly and so unholy. Sure, everyone hears the excuse “it calls in the lost” really???? because that is not the way Jesus called in the lost. If there’s one thing. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and acts like a duck, it’s a duck” So with that I can conclude- if it looks unholy, if it sounds unholy, if it acts unholy, well then Its unholy! y ya!

BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. FEAR GOD AND DO NOT FEAR MAN. REJOICE IN OPPOSITION AND DON’T LET PEOPLE’S SCORN AND COUNTENANCE KNOCK YOU DOWN.

Isaiah 51: 12-17 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.  Who are you that you fear mere mortals,  human beings who are but grass, that you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor,  who is bent on destruction?…..  For I am the LORD your God,  who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

            That is yea and amen!

  He has hidden us in the shadow of His hand, but for some of you, it is time to stand up. He is calling many- but who will listen? Who is bold enough to stand in oppositions to the world? Who is strong enough to proclaim Jesus lives in a world where Jesus is mocked?

   When I consider the cross and what Jesus did for me- he took the chastisement I deserved, he was mocked and hated and treated harshly…am I ready to take that hatred from the world as well? It’s not easy, but I think that if we want to see real change in the church,  we need to be ready for opposition. We need to have no fear of naysayers. We need to have fear of God in our churches. We need to stop fearing the words of people  and live by the word of God. I guess what I am saying is this-  If we really want to see the works of Jesus, if we really want to see the fear of God in our churches, we must be ready to step out in God’s way with no mind to people’s criticism.  I just shouldn’t care anymore about peoples opinion- May the Fear of God be mighty and strong within us. May the Lord fill us with amazing Faith and begin to step out in order to Glorify the Lord- and the Lord only. 

                    I don’t want to hear another watered down gospel message. I don’t want to hear all the ugly things you did in your past as you use them as a badge of honor, I don’t want to praise God like we are a bunch of corpses, I don’t want to hear all the church gossip, I don’t want to do to a class on your religious man made rules, I don’t want to go to your club and work my way up into the church hierarchy. I’m so sick and tired of it!  I want to see God’s prescence. I want to see a fear of God. I want to see people hungry for the word. I don’t want to hear another fake encouragement session with man made ideas and philosophy from the pulpit. I don’t want to hear a sermon on why the sacred rituals and the religious sacraments make your church better than everyone else. I can see right through you holy rollers proclaiming the Spirit’s prescence while the air is thick with greed and absolutely no love for those around you even though you proclaim it so loudly. I’m just so annoyed, can you tell?  Money, greed, fame, popularity- I don’t hear this in the words of Jeremiah, Isaiah, or Ezekiel.  I can’t imagine Jeremiah sporting around town with a starbucks in his hand and a $200 shirt and $450 boots.  All I can say right now is

Many will call out to him saying  “Lord, Lord!” and in turn the lord will say, get away from me, I never knew you.

 What do you want to see in the Church? How can we call in the Lost, when there is no where to bring them? Let’s start with this :  Fear of the Lord, Holiness, Faith, Knowledge of the Scriptures, Love for God and a love for all people,Compassion, Mercy, Humility,  those with humble and contrite hearts, Fire of the holy spirit ablaze in believers,Boldness for Christ ,Passion for the lost, Works of the Holy Spirit,Works that Jesus did, and even greater – I want to see.- don’t you?

Lord,  give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hands with healing powers. May miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of Jesus Christ. Lead us along the right pathways and teach us and lead us as we bring in the lost as you have commissioned us to do. In the precious name of your son, Jesus, Amen (Act 4:27)

Luke 10:22 You have been chosen.

Come! Revelation 22

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If anyone has an ear, let him hear

“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion

And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely

The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.