Do you ever get discouraged with the times we live in? I do, as I watch our great nation rapidly decline in ethics, morality and decency! Our freedoms are slowly being stripped away from our children and grandchildren.
After the news, my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table talking about the unbelievable outrageous current events that are taking place in our country, when he said, “We are living at a time when men call evil good and good evil.”
Yes, I know the dinner table talk was not good for digestion, but sometimes you just think in horror, “How despicable!”
I counted 100 Scriptures of God saying, “Woe”! When God says, “Woe,” people had better listen!
Even though we are living in an Isaiah 5:20 time of life, we must teach our children they were born in a most privileged time. Why? God put them on this earth at this particular time to make a difference! God created them for a purpose.
We must teach our children to stand alone in a worldly world! We must teach them to be salt and light in a dark world peppered with evil!
We also need to teach our children to be grateful to be born in a time when they have the complete Word of God. Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” Matthew 13:17
I am glad I was not born in Old Testament days. They did not have modern conveniences such as a home with running water. Sara lived in a tent and she was considered rich. The folks who lived in Old Testament days also did not have the complete Word of God that we now have. We are living in a time and in a country with many conveniences that we often take for granted.
We need to teach our children that in some countries the people are not allowed to own a Bible. A child must learn to never take their Bible for granted.
Pray about taking a family mission trip. Our family was able to go on a mission trip to a closed country. We legally passed out Bibles to Muslims in Spain as they were returning by ferry to Morocco and Algeria, where they are not allowed freedom of worship. The Muslims had to
hide the Bibles we gave them as they went through Customs in their closed country. So many Muslims were hungry for the truth about Jesus. One Muslim said, “I am not like my family. I am searching for the truth.” I said, “The Bible teaches, ‘Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to God, but by Jesus.'” How excited this young man was to discover the truth about Jesus Christ!
Even if people are calling evil good and good evil in the USA, we can still be thankful we are allowed to own a Bible in our country. Our government does not confiscate our Bibles, thank the Lord. Do we teach our children by example how to take good care of God’s Word?
Teach children that having a thankful heart will cushion them from the trials that attack them. Parents, do our children see us as having a thankful heart?
We do not need to defend the Word of God, we need to declare the Word of God. Witnessing to others is not a program; it is a lifestyle.
Let us begin today to teach our children:
- Read the Word of God until God speaks to you!
- Study the Word of God until God reveals Himself!
- Meditate throughout the day on the Word of God to have wisdom in the hour of opportunity!
- Live the Word of God! Nothing gives us as much joy as precious fellowship with Christ!
- Declare the Word of God to others, so they will trust Jesus! Teach children, “If we saw a house burning, we would do all we could to rescue the people inside. We need to do all we can to rescue the perishing.”
Mothers, we are all a work in progress. If you have desire, discipline and determination to please the Lord, you will! The signs of the times might get us down, but if we continue to mentor (disciple) our children, we will make a glorious difference in a dark world. Our children will brighten up the world as they shine as light reflectors of Jesus.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
What a privilege to be alive in these times!