365: Barbara Thurston

What if your children fall away from Christ?

5.16.15 What can you do when you bring your kids up in Church and when they turn of age they fall away? You have to wonder especially if the kids accepted Christ and then when they grow up they turn away from the word. Was it true Salvation or are they just trying to be their own person? So then there's the question if it was true Salvation will they get back on the right track? I guess all we can do is pray that God leads them back.

The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. —Psalm 100:5

It may seem surprising when children don’t follow their parents’ example of faith in God. Equally unexpected is a person with a deep commitment to Christ who emerges from a family where faith was not present. In every generation, each person has a choice.

Samuel was a great man of God who appointed his two sons, Joel and Abijah, as leaders over Israel (1 Sam. 8:1-2). Unlike their father, however, they were corrupt and “turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice” (v.3). Yet, years later, we find Heman, Joel’s son, appointed as a musician in the house of the Lord (1 Chron. 6:31-33). Heman, Samuel’s grandson—along with Asaph, his right-hand man and the author of many of the psalms—served the Lord by singing joyful songs (15:16-17).

Even though a person seems indifferent toward the faith so precious to his or her parents, God is still at work. Things can change in later years, and seeds of faith may spring to life in generations to come.

No matter what the family situation may be, we know that “the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

God’s faithfulness extends to all generations.


So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of My mouth. —Revelation 3:16

WHEN children fall away from the Church, people will often say something like this: “Children have free will, and this sort of thing happens. It’s not your fault. Just pray for them.”

Well, an answer like that misses the point entirely. Things don’t just “happen.” Everything we do with our free will has an unconscious motivation, and if we are to live genuine Christian lives we have to discipline ourselves through sacrifice, obedience, and prayer so that unconscious motivation does not draw our wills away from God’s will.

A recent survey conducted by the Barna Group, a leading research organization whose focus is on the relationship of faith and culture, found that less than 1 percent of the young adult population in the United States has a biblical worldview. Even more startling, the data shows that less than one half of one percent of Christians between the ages of 18 and 23 has a biblical worldview.

If your child has walked away from God, remember God's faithfulness, meditate on His Word, and stand on His promises. Our children cannot escape God's passionate pursuit or His unrelenting love. We have a beautiful picture from Luke 15 of God's love for our wayward children, beginning with verse 4, "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'" (Luke 15:4-6, NIV).

Take heart. God pursues your prodigal child even now, as you read this.

In Conclusion

Sometimes, despite our honorable intentions and best efforts, our children make choices over which we have no control. Regardless of our children's choices and the emotional pain they bring, God calls us to himself, to remain persistent in prayer and faithful in service. We must choose to move forward, trusting God--all the while scanning the horizon as we wait expectantly for our prodigal's return home.

By Mary J. Yerkes

 

Dear Lord, help me to remember that You are the one who causes the seed of faith to grow. We give our loved ones into Your care, knowing that the end of the story has not yet been written. So as a parent I lift my children and rest of my family in your hands and leave them there so you can do what you will with them and pray that they be receptive to what you would have them do. God if this is an example of one of my facebook friends or family I lift these people up in your hands also that you do a work in their hearts also. God now I ask that you be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

God's perfect timing

5.15.15 God's perfect timing
Well I've been out of work for almost 2 months, I've had interviews but so far still nothing, 1 place called me today and said someone else got the job, but I know it's not my time but God's time and when He finds the job for me He'll give it to me. So anytime your in a hurry to get an answer or waiting for something to happen make sure you remember it's God's time not your time.

God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith... but it's worth the wait. God Vine.com

Billy Graham said: God has a plan for the life of every Christian. Every circumstance, every turn of destiny, is for your good. It is working together for completeness. His plan for you is being perfected. All things working together for your good and for His glory. As a young Christian, Ruth, my wife, wanted to be a missionary, as were her father and mother. But God had other plans for her life. Changing circumstances revealed God’s will to her, and she was happy where God had placed her. So many of us ask God to change the circumstances to suit our desires, instead of us conforming our wills to His. Don’t let circumstances distress you. Rather, look for the will of God for your life to be revealed in and through those circumstances.

Trusting in God, I believe is the key to success and happiness in life.

Whatever the issue you are facing, first bring it to the Lord in prayer. Is it really what he wants you to be hoping for? Psalm 37:4 tells us ...
'Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.'

If you delight yourself in God he will delight in God give you what you want, that is the desires of your heart. Don't get me wrong, He isn't going to start giving you the best cars, the nicest house and lots of material things, because God isn't concerned with those things. He wants you to 'delight' in Him, to seek Him and to love Him and spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study. If you are seeking after God in this way, the desires you'll have will be to serve him and to always live according to what the Bible says. It is important that you trust in God's word and not rely solely on your feelings.

Psalm 37 goes on to say ...
'Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.'

God will work things out in your life if you trust in him. It is possible that you may have to go through certain trials and wait for his answers ... 'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.' Romans 8:28

God has plans for your life. He knows everything about you. He made you. He loves you, as the following selection of verses from Psalm 139 confirms ...
'O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.'

Remember, God has plans for your life and wants the best for you. He allowed his Son to die so that your sins could be forgiven. In Jeremiah 29:11 is says ... 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

So in conclusion, be encouraged. Wait patiently on the Lord. Trust in God and He will work things out in your life. God will use you as you are, if you make yourself available to Him. Talk to God today and ask Him to give you the desires of your heart.

So I guess what I'm saying is for those of us looking for a job since we are in the same boat, we need to be patient and wait on God to give us the job He desires us to have.

 

God I know you have the perfect job that you want me to have all I have to do is wait on your timing. I think you for allowing me to have a time of rest and to get somethings done that needed to be done. I can honestly say I know even me losing my job you were apart of it because you knew it was time for me to move on and I love and thank you for that. Now God please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask this in Jesus Name Amen

On and Off Salvation

5.14.15 I got a devotion from Max Lucado the other day and I'd like to share it with you. 
On and Off Salvation 
On-and-off salvation never appears in the Bible. Scripture contains no example of a person who was saved, then lost, then re-saved, then lost again. Where there is no assurance of salvation, there is no peace; no joy. Is this the life God creates? God’s grace creates a confident soul who declares, I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

1 John 5:13 says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” Trust God’s hold on you! His faithfulness does not depend on yours. His performance is not predicated on yours. His love is not contingent on your own. Your candle may flicker—but it will not expire!

(Ephesians 2:8, 9 : “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”).

(Romans 3:22–25 : “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”).

Belief is a function of the will. No one can force a person to believe. He or she must choose to believe (John 3:16 : “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”). And the same will that can choose to believe can also choose to stop believing. Several texts illustrate this. Hebrews 3:12–14 (“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”) cautions against turning away from God and urges the need to hold firmly to the confidence we had at first until the end.

Second Peter 2:20–22 (“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to its vomit,’ and, ‘A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.’ ”) tells us that those who turn away from knowing Jesus and become entangled in the world’s corruption are worse off than they were at the beginning.

I have to agree with 2 Peter 2:20-22 because I've seen people who say they accepted Christ and then later go back into the world and live worse then they did before and stop going to Church. Was they really saved? That's not for me to judge it's between God and that person all we can do is pray for them.

While reading over different verses for this devotion I came across the following: Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

Those scriptures struck me deep in my heart when I read them. For over 40 years I thought I was a Christian, but then discovered I wasn't. I was not doing the will of God, but I was living in the world as I sat in a pew singing and praising God on Sunday. It was all a sham, but I didn't realize it. Satan had me exactly where he wanted me, sitting in a church pew complete ignorant and undone. In the scriptures above, who was Jesus talking to? It was to those who think or say they are Christians, that's who. Those "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:5)

In other words, pews are filled with those who practice "religion" only on Sundays but when they leave church, revert back to their old ways of living, the ways of the world. Are you faithfully reading your bible daily to see what is expected of you? If so, do you pray daily that the Holy Spirit will give you guidance and understanding? If not, how do you think you're going to know what is expected of you and how you are to conduct yourself so as to be the light of the world? Many don't care, they simply think that going to church on Sunday is enough. But is it? Worship isn't done in the church, it's done in the mission field. That's starts outside the door of the church when you go back into the world. That's where the true worship begins, in doing the Will of God and by being a witness to the worldly.

So let me ask you do you sometimes try and turn your salvation on and off? You put it on when you go to Church on Sunday morning and then turn it off as soon as you leave Church. I pray that Christians would be bolder and take a stand and let others know that we are Christians 24-7 and stop acting like the world when we're not around our brothers and sisters in Christ. The world needs more people standing up for Christ instead of trying to get rid of Christ like the schools did. So are you will to take a stand for Christ or the world?

 

God i come to you asking that you make my heart a heart for you and to detest what the world tries to offer. Remind me that the world is full of corruption and I don't want no part of that. The Bible says you are to be in the world but not of the world. Of course I know we have to be in the world so that we can tell others about your love and the eternal life that they could have if they only pick up their cross and follow you. God I ask that you be with my facebook friends and family and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Feeling the hurt of others

5.13.15 Feeling the Hurts of Others

 

You ever looked at a homeless person or someone that doesn't have the best of clothes and said something to someone else negative about them?  Has someone ever told you something and then you just acted like you didn't care or you came back with negative words?  Have you ever thought that sometimes all someone may want is for you to listen or at least be compassionate and not mean.  We need to learn to watch what we say and do because we don't need to go around hurting others.  

 

1 John 2:10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[a] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

 

Abraham Lincoln once said, characteristically, “I am sorry for the man who can’t feel the whip when it is laid on the other man’s back.” Much of the world is calloused and indifferent toward mankind’s poverty and distress. This is due largely to the fact that for many people there has never been a rebirth. The love of God has never been shed abroad in their hearts. Many people speak of the social gospel as though it were separate and apart from the redemptive Gospel. The truth is: there is only one Gospel. We must be redeemed, we must be made right with God before we can become sensitive to the needs of others. Divine love, like a reflected sunbeam, shines down before it radiates out. Unless our hearts are conditioned by the Holy Spirit to receive and reflect the warmth of God’s compassion, we cannot love our fellowmen as we ought.

 

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Romans 12:18-20 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

Remember watch what you say and think about someone because remember even if you're thinking something negative about a person or maybe say something to someone else about a person how do you think that person would feel if they found about about it?  Let me rephrase that how do you think God would feel knowing that you are doing these things instead of loving people like He wants you to?

 

God I come to you tonight  asking if I have a mean thought about someone or I start to give someone some negative words that may hurt them that you shut my mouth immediately so I can't say those hurtful things.  Now God please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you.  I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen. 

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