Saturday, June 20, 2009
Dreaming For Your Kids
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. - Joel 2:28
We hear Joel 2:28 in church and think about how revival needs to come to the younger generation. But, instead of concentrating on that part of Joel 2:28, I want to draw your attention to the "old men will dream dreams" phrase.
I used to overlook that part of the verse most of the time, thinking, "I'm not going to be old for a long time yet, so I'm not going to talk or think much about the old men dreaming dreams." But it is the older people in our society who dream dreams for the younger generation; and so it must be the parents who dream dreams for their children.
They Didn't Ask for This Garbage
Looking at the culture barrage hammering our teens, whether it's what is sold to them, written to them--movies and music--or the point-and-click pornography available to them, there is one thing we can all agree on: Our children are not the ones who invented these things.
Just about every one of these social influences, media entertainment, technological inventions or opportunities on the Web destroying kids, have been dreamed up by the older generation. These older dreamers prey on young people because they have plenty of money. They appeal to young people's most corrupt desires to get them to empty their pockets.
The fact is, the kids didn't ask for this garbage; they were sold it by people trying to make a lot of money without any thought to moral consequences. Of course they will tell us, "If people didn't buy it, we wouldn't make it" as if it's a moral obligation to sell people things that will destroy them just because they buy it.
Here's the question: Are we not dreamers? Cannot we, the people who love God, dream a dream for the young people in our churches? Is it only the secular culture that has a dream for our children?
You can protect your kids from the disaster of being shaped by a confused generation of adults selling media, but it will take deliberation. It will take sweat. It will require emotional and mental engagement with your kids, starting when they are at a very young age.
Dream for Your Kids
Dream a dream for your kids. You can determine if they will be entertainment oriented or service-to-others oriented; constantly appeasing the flesh and desiring the next thing to engage and tantalize them, or those men and women who lay down their lives as a sacrifice for others? As you dream for your kids teach them how to think critically and pursue growth in their relationship with the Lord. If you sacrifice now, you'll reap a blessing for the rest of your life; and the world will never be the same.
Not only must we be the dreamers, but we must also teach our kids to be the dreamers for their own generation. These will soon to become the leaders who will soon determine the culture and morals of America. You can help them get a vision of how God could use them to change their generation and make a difference in the world.
Every time we allow our kids to watch, see, feel, touch and embrace this culture, they become a part of a dream belonging to someone else. The fact is, we must either be the dreamers or we will be a part of somebody else's dream.
Merely giving birth does not make you a parent. Sacrificing while your children are small, laying down your "deserved" freedoms and deeply thinking about how you're shaping your children will ensure their lifelong freedom from the chains of slavery to our culture. It's called loving your children.
It's called being a parent.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Do you know, How Great you are?
Yes, You are. You're a good friend when times are tuff.
You're there to celebrate Friends and Family members going Home to be with the Lord.
You're there to celebrate the milestones in my life.
You're very supportive in Reading my blogs faithfully and Let this Grandma indulge a little pride in all Her Grandbabies.
You've helped me along this weight loss Journey and by my standards, I've succeeded. (LOL)
Even when you haven't agreed with everything I've said or done, You've still been there.
That speaks volumes about you.
Thank you for being in my Life.
Today day I celebrate you. Have a wonderful TGIF and a Wonderful Weekend.
Thank you Friends.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I love telling how good Our God is.
This is the Grand Baby that had a hard way to go when she was born 8 months ago. A few of you helped me pray. Thank you.
Here's a link to let you see how well She is doing.
I'm Giving God all the Praise.
You don't have to watch the whole 3 minutes. (LOL)
Comments are welcome.(LOL)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Source of Our Strength
The world watches to see what sets Christianity apart as special. And the divine strength of Jesus Christ is best demonstrated at our point of weakness. As was true for the apostle Paul, God's might is available to us at all times--and it is the same awesome, supernatural power that raised Christ from the dead (Rom. 8:11; 2 Cor. 13:4). God will tailor His power to our need, but not when we rely on our own energy and skill to get the job done.
Unfortunately, our tendency is to try living in our personal strength and abilities until we come across an obstacle that is too large. At that point, we often want to tap into a reservoir of God's power--but just until the situation starts to improve. Once that happens, we frequently fall back on our self-reliant ways.
The Lord desires that we depend on Him fully at all times. He knows that any other approach will lead only to emptiness and failure. Our heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, allows problems and deficiencies in our lives so that we will have to lean on Him. Then He can gradually strip away our self-sufficiency and teach us humility. As our relationship with Him deepens in knowledge and intimacy, His divine strength will increasingly flow through us.
To access God's amazing power, we must first recognize our own frailty. Then, we should seek His revelation about areas of life that we are attempting to handle through human capability. Next, we're to ask for His guidance and empowerment. A final--and continuous--step is to pursue an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus.
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Know What You Believe
1 Peter 3:13-16
Some people claim that it doesn't make a bit of difference what they believe. In fact, certain individuals go so far as to deny the existence of truth. Yet our belief system actually matters tremendously, because it is the foundation for our character, conduct, and decisions.
For instance, a person who concludes that there is no God and no eternity will live selfishly for the moment. On the other hand, someone who trusts in the Lord and His promise of heaven will have a completely different lifestyle and purpose. Obedience, faith, and responsibility will characterize him as he lives to please his heavenly Father.
Knowing what we believe is critical--first of all, because our salvation depends on it. In John 8: 24, Jesus made a powerful and unequivocal statement about this subject: "Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." The Bible is very clear that all people have sinned and in their natural state are separated from God (Rom. 3:23). The punishment for sin is death, which is eternal separation from the Lord. But the Father, in His love and mercy, sent His own Son to die in our place. As a result, everyone who believes in Jesus is forgiven and receives His free gift of salvation.
Believers are to share the good news of salvation, but the world's hostility can make us afraid. Today's passage encourages us not to fear. Telling others about Jesus doesn't require lofty words or long quotations of memorized Scripture. Simply be ready with an answer if you're asked about "the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).
Have a wonderful day.
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