Today as I sit and ponder a few things keep coming to my mind. Three things to be exact. Parenting, Witchcraft, and Love. I know, I know, how can I even begin to think these things go together, much less put them in the same sentence? I will explain!
So, let me elaborate on the first topic: Parenting. Parenting is a subject that affects all individuals. Whether you are a parent or you have parents. Everyone has parents and even if you are in foster care, an orphan, etc. you have been the subject of someone's parenting. I have noticed my traits in my children, and as I look around, I see the same in other people's children. Most people who grow up in a home of abuse are more likely to pass that abuse down. I am not saying it is an excuse because we all have free will to consciously make decisions. I am just saying that statistically speaking, you can see the same struggles being passed down throughout the generations like alcoholism, and drug use. So I raise the question, do you want your children to be just like you? Do you want to pass down any rebellious traits to your children?
Rebellion is a very dangerous trait to pass down. However, if you don't believe me let's look at the definition in the dictionary.
1) open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler.
2) resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.
3) the act of rebelling.
Now, let us take it to scripture, 1 Samuel 15:23 speaks about rebellion.
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
This verse is talking about King Saul. Samuel is telling Saul that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft meaning it is equal to the sin of witchcraft. Now, I must raise another question. Would you willingly participate in witchcraft or would you want your children too? If not, then why would you participate in rebellion? Now I am sure you see why I used the word "witchcraft."
How do we solve the problem? How do we not pass these things down to our children? The answer is in the Bible.
Galatians 5:16-17 says this "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do." We need the Lord to mold us and shape us into the person he wants us to be. We need to lay down our fleshly habits and ask God to search our hearts and help us to not be rebellious. While God is working on us we will slowly start to bear the spiritual fruit.
Galatians 5:22-25 says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit."
If we follow God the fruit of the Spirit will be produced. The Love! Remember, "We love because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) in our sin, in the darkness God loved us. He drew us out of the darkness and shined his light on us. So, when others are in the darkness remember God loves them and they are not beyond being redeemable. Pray for them. Pray that God will shine his glorious light on them and bring them out of the darkness.
I hope this has helped you in some way today.