It is God’s will that all be saved and have eternal life with Him.
So many don’t seek this when they are young because they think they have time. They don’t think about dying young but you don’t really know how long you have.
People that have accepted Christ’s salvation know its importance and want it for their loved ones. They want those they care about to also have eternal life with Christ.
Many don’t realize this importance and may miss their opportunity. We that know need to keep on praying so that as many as possible will make that positive choice in Christ. Once a person enters eternity, they will no longer have that opportunity.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts[a];
you teach[b] me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you. 14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 The sacrifices of God are[c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
Holy Spirit “ 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” NIV
Lead others away from their sin and to God’s forgiveness
“17 The sacrifices of God area broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.” NIV
If you have someone in your life that Satan is trying to devour like a sheep being devoured by a lion. Do like the Sheppard David and go after him as to rescue the sheep from the lion’s mouth. Strike the lion with all the strength you have and all the weapons you have. Ask God what you should do and ask Him to do the things that you cannot and go for the rescue with all you have. Don’t quit until they are rescued. The Lord will be with you just as He was with David. When that lamb is rescued, people will know that there is a God.
Don’t expect your child to have the same relationship with God as you do. Of course you want them to follow Christ but let them develop their own relationship with Him. God made us unique and He has a unique path for each of us.
If we require them to walk our path, we are short changing their walk and may also push them off the path. Their faith will be deeper when they have their own relationship. They will not have faith that will sustain them in life if they simply walk a path we lay out for them. We want them to pursue God for themselves so that they develop a strong relationship and a deep faith. We don’t want them to simply be puppets fulfilling our expectations to make our life easy. We will both be stronger for allowing God to have His way with us and them. He has better plans and makes each of us more than we can become on our own.
Be sure you let them realize God is also still working on you. We have to be “real” so they don’t see us or other Christians as hypocrites. We don’t want them to judge God or the Christian faith by where we fail. We don’t want them or others to turn away from God by the way we act or react. Remind them to not base their Christianity and their faith on what they see others do. We don’t want them to fail because of what others have done or are doing.
We want to give our children the freedom to ask questions. Allow them to realize you don’t have all the answers. When you don’t know for sure, encourage them to investigate it themselves. We are not to judge them. We are to love and encourage them. Just because they ask questions does not mean they are questioning our faith. Don’t get defensive or confrontational. It is a good thing for them to ask questions. That is a sign that they want to know things so they can do things right. We should still be learning and growing. We should be glad they are thinking about their faith enough to want to ask questions. God does not mind us asking Him questions so why should we mind when our children ask us questions.
When we have an answer, we should also ask them their opinion and also encourage them to ask God because He can confirm things and plant them deeper than we can. We need to make sure we don’t over extend our answer because it may be they asked because they are thinking but it doesn’t always mean they want our answer and we also need to be careful that we don’t go on too long trying to drill it in because they may not come back with their next question if we make it an unpleasant experience.
Just because we are raising our children in a Christian home does not always guarantee us having Christian children. We can do things that will actually push them away. We must be careful in our walk. God may be trying to do a work in us as well as our children. We must all work out our salvation. God will deal with each of us differently. Don’t get so focused on your child that you forget to examine yourself. The plank in our own eye may be hindering our view. What example are we living in front of them? They are watching. Do we uphold the commandments in our everyday life? Do we criticize and disrespect others or do we love and respect others including our children? When we are angry, how do we react? Do we lose control or do we show self control? Are we pursuing peace or are we part of the problem? How can we expect them to be in control if we fail in our example. Our actions speak louder than our words. When we mess up, apologize to God and to our children.
We will be disappointed if our children choose not to follow God, but if we continue to pray, God will continue to work. Don’t give up! God has not given up! He will still be writing their story. God’s timetable and plan is different than ours. He is still doing a work in your child and in you.
Our Heavenly Father, we come to you as your children. We thank you for wanting the best for us and offering us so much just for the asking. You own and could control everything. You give us the free will to choose what kind of live we will live. You allow us to choose good or evil. We so often fail in our attempts to do good. We thank you for forgiving us of our failures. You offered your own Son as a sacrifice for our wrongs. We thank you for that even though we are so unworthy. We thank you for giving us guidance and direction to an abundant life if we choose to follow you. We thank you for the rules that you give us that are there to protect us. We thank you for the strength you give us to follow those rules. We fail in our attempts when we try to do everything in our own strength. You are a God that wants us to depend on you and trust you to take care of us. I pray that you help us to do that. We pray that we would quit trying to do life on our own and depending on our own efforts. We want to do all we can and rely on you to do the things we cannot do. We thank you for working behind the scenes and doing so much on our behave that we do not even see. If we could know what you do for us, we would be overwhelmed and give you so much more praise. Help us to praise you in all things. You are the God of all things. There is nothing that we bring to you that you cannot handle and that you will not help us through.
We pray that you would help those that have been sucked into evil. That they would be able to overcome and turn from their wicked ways that they may experience life as you have planned. You have created us all beautiful and wonderful and have a plan for each of us. You have a plan to prosper us and not to harm us. We pray that we would realize that and want what you have to offer us. Help us to repent of our wrongdoing and follow that narrow path that will give us eternity to worship you and spare us from the weeping and gnashing of teeth that will be our eternity if we do not depend on your son Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins. We ask that you would restore the time we have spent in evil and reverse all the evil that we have been a part of that you will receive glory for the change that is made in us and others would be drawn to you through our change. We pray that we would know what you want us to do to lead others to you.