by Emily Addinall
I literally hesitate to turn on the evening news. My heart breaks to see headlines of juvenile crimes like: Teen Stabs Her Mom to Death After Watching Hours of ISIS Videos; Boy, 11, Brought 400 Rounds of Ammo to School; Tweens Hit With Felony Over Fake Facebook Page.
As I reflect over the tween and teen years of my children, who are now young adults, I don’t recall such headlines meeting my eyes as I read the newspaper or watched the news. Why are we losing this generation to such malicious behavior? The Old Testament tells of sons who were disobedient and rebellious. In Leviticus 10, verses 1-3 we are told of how the sons of Aaron offered profane fire before the Lord so fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the very presence of God. Aaron held his peace because he honored the holiness and glory of the Lord. And, in 1 Samuel 2, verses 12-25, the sons of Eli are described as scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests. Eli was warned; however, his sons would not listen to him and the Lord had killed them through a war with the Philistines. Can you imagine living in the bible days – you sin, you die! Oh my, thank you Jesus for what you did for us on Calvary! The lesson to learn from these two stories is to FEAR GOD, don’t take His love and mercy for granted or you will suffer the consequences!!! As a parent, I have an awesome responsibility to nurture and disciple my children. Aaron and Eli tried… however, you read how the story ended.
Children of today just like the sons of Aaron and Eli have the free will to make choices! They are not robots…. I am sure these priests, men of the cloth tried there “best.”. These boys went to the temple, yet they offered profane fire and dishonored the house of God!!! Its not enough to just “bring our children to church” and give them “religious” talks. What was missing from their walk with God? Only our God knows! No pun intended!
Each time I read the story of the sons of Aaron and the sons of Eli, I evaluate my parenting skills and the spiritual condition of my children (biological and spiritual,) even now as they are young adults. Am I doing all I can to prevent them and those in my sphere of influence from making decisions that will affect their eternal destiny? How do I respond to the culture of this generation where they are bombarded with evil, temptation and moral destruction?
I thank Addonai, Abba Father for His eternal gifts of unconditional and unwavering love, joy, grace, mercy, peace, faithfulness, protection…the list goes on! Our response is to make war on the floor through intercession and declarations! We are the mouthpiece of God-our words should glorify Him by speaking blessings and not cursings over them! Daily, I believe I am to extend the same gifts Father God graciously gives to me to my children. It is my awsome responsibility and duty to fervently pray without ceasing, and to decree and declare His Word and Promises over their lives and to my descendants after me in their generations. (Genesis 17:6-8)
“ Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Let us Daily PRAY, decree and declare over this generation:
Protection, peace, the perfect will of God over their lives
Righteousness, royalty, and release of divine favor over their lives
Anointing, armor of God, appetite for the things of Almighty God
Yielding of their flesh to the Holy Spirit, that every ungodly yoke to be revealed and destroyed, In JESUS Name!!!
“My children, our love should not be in just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” 1John 3:18 (NEV)
Let us daily convey love by giving the gift of TIME to those God has entrusted into your care:
T-Taking time to talk, to laugh, to cry, and to pay attention and listen
I-Investing time to encourage and to affirm
M-Making time to create memories
E-Enjoying time by sharing expressions of love, hugs and kisses
Let us believe the word of Zephaniah over this gerneration, In Jesus Name!
The LORD your God is with you. He is a hero who saves you. He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 (GWT)