It is interesting to me that:
1. The children of Israel daily saw the provisions of God, provisions of food and clothing, shoes not wearing out, the cloud and the pillar of fire leading them etc.
2. They had experienced the blessings of God
Just being close to the presence of God and seeing the blessings of God is just not enough.
Many of our childrne have experienced the blessings of God. They have seen how God has blessed our families. BUT.....the children that God has given to us, still need to be taught.
Amazing! that the land of plenty that GOd brought the children of Israel into would be thier downfall.
Deut 6:10-12. And it shall be, when the Lord they God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildes not. And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth our of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Judges 2:10-11. And there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim.
Today we have so much - everything is bigger and better!
We have great Sunday School classes and equipment
We have wonderful church buildings, air conditioning for our comfort, comfortable seating
BUT having all this is not enough - we must get a love of the truth of God's word into their hearts! Get it inside of them! They must know! Have a relationship with God for themselves!
I am talking ao but MOTHERS being the POWER OF INFLUENCE today!
It is not just about going or being in church, they must know what they believe. This stuff doesn't happen by osmosis!
We have to DO somthing!
We need to be pro-active!
Read Deut 6:5-7 again. How do we do this? How do we get it into their hearts?
We deliberately plant these seeds. Do we expect the right seeds to just land in the pot by chance? Some of your 'good example' may result in some good seeds landing in their pot. But the same applies to your bad example.
I am talking about being deliberate!
Your children are your mission field! YOu are thier pastor as it were. God has placed them in your care.
We must teach them. OUR God must become THEIR God.
When we teach our children we plant seeds of truth. Please don't leave it to the schools, the TV or dvds.
I am so impressed with Jochabed. She only had Moses until he was weaned. But the things that she put into him were able to help him make up his miund to serve the Once true God, He could have lived in the palace, a life of ease and comfort.
The soil will not stay empty! The hearts of our children will not stay empty.
If we don't plant truth and God's love inot the hearts of our children then the fowl of the air will drop seeds of this world, doubt and fear, depression and anxiety.
- It is not enough to come to church!
Not enough to see how GOd moves in those that come and pray down the front
They must know God!
Titus 2:4-5 reads: to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, KEEPERS AT HOME, good, obedient to their own husband, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
The phrase 'keepers at home' means a person who keeps, one who watches, guards and maintains. All the treasures were put into the keep.
God has entrusted us as Mothers, to be a keeper, a guard for our home.
We need to pour ourselves into our children.
God help us if we spend more time watching tv or on facebook ro pursuing our hobbies than we do praying, reading the bible and talking about the Lord with our children.
Our children are very valuable and we cannot leave them to be 'sitting ducks' for satan.
Our children are the greatest treasure we have. Mothers, we can be something men can never be - a mother! The Lord gave us the privilege to be a keeper of the home.
Yesterday is past, tomorrow is the future, today is the present. Enjoy the precious present with your children now. The precious present is not somthing that someone gives you, it is a gift you give yourself, and your children. Enjoy them, love them, guard, maintain them - they are your Treasure!
All that matters is that we tend the vineyard of our family, this world is not our home.
Thank you Sister Downs for sharing your heart with the mothers of Calvary Chapel!