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Dear Son,

One night last week my son said something to me that shook me. Not just caught me off guard, but shook me to my core. I was laying him in his bed, we talked about the day, we prayed, and I was about to leave the room… Then, it happened. He said “Daddy, can I ask you something?” Since my son is a very smart 3 year old, I assumed he was about to come up with some reason why it was NOT his bedtime yet. I asked him what it was that he wanted to ask, I will quote his question for you here, “Daddy, will you tell me what I need to know so I can go to heaven?” I wasn’t expecting that question. Realizing that my 3 year old son is not mentally capable of grasping God’s plan of salvation, I knew this was not time for Bible study, I simply assured him that I would.

I stayed up a little later that night laying in bed and praying to God. Asking that He help me be a better dad. I kept repeating his question over and over. assuring myself that I could fulfill his request. However, there was something bothering me. I know of many people (some very close to me) that know what the Bible says about how to get to heaven, and yet, they choose their own path. I know people who know that the Lord’s church plays a crucial role in God’s plan, and that Christ died to establish it, yet, they convince themselves that they don’t really NEED the church. It is simply, a good idea for some. I know people who can quote more Bible verses than I can who are not living them. It hit me harder than ever that night that my job is bigger with my children than to simply teach them the plan of salvation. It is deeper. The following is part of an “Open Letter” I have written to my son for when he is older. I am sharing part of it with you for your encouragement as well.

               “Dear Son,

As of this writing you are too young to read. It is my prayer that when you are old enough and the time is right, you will understand how much your mother and I love you. I can’t wait to share my passions with you buddy. I can’t wait to talk sports with you, show you how to hunt, fish, and do some handiwork. I can’t wait to take you camping, and mountain climbing. Above all of these things, I can’t wait to to watch you grow up in the Lord. You asked me once if I would teach you what you needed to know in order to go to heaven. Thank you for asking me. I would love to tell you. However, I cannot teach you all you need to know in a letter. I’m not sure I even know everything that I need to teach you yet. I do want to talk to you about one thing in this letter son. I need to talk to you about your heart.

Buddy, God has blessed you with a kind and tender heart. As you grow, the world will try to teach you that in order for you to “be a man” you have to be hardened. Please son, don’t listen. It is the tenderness of heart that will let you see the good in people. It is your kindness that allows you to show compassion. Jesus is recorded as someone that showed compassion to others, even when He was suffering from a deep personal loss (Matthew 14). Your kindness of heart will help you to realize your own sin, as well as urge you to reach out to those who are outside of Christ.

Satan will attack your heart. He will try his best to hurt you. You will be hurt by people that you thought were your friends. You will see someone within the church behaving in a way that you know they shouldn’t and it will make you question things. There will come a time or two, or even three, where you are hurt financially. It will sting you deeply. It will make you question things again. Satan will try to lure your heart away from God by showing you things in the world that look great, but ultimately lead to death (Romans 6:16).

Satan will use words of flattery to try to soften your stance on doctrinal issues. He will try to convince you that what you believe can’t be right because _____________ doesn’t believe that, and they are living a good life, therefore you really must be mistaken. He will try to get you to become firmer than you need to be and adopt a holier than thou attitude toward others. My son, if you never listen to another word I say, please listen to me now. Do not let Satan steal your heart.

The psalmist writes in psalm 119:10-11 that seeking God with all of your heart and storing His word in your heart is essential to avoiding Satan’s pit falls. Buddy, there are going to be times in life that it is simply easier to ignore this command. Maybe we are “too busy” to study, or maybe we know what the word says, but for our own comfort we “forget about that passage” for a moment. There are going to be times that you don’t feel like serving. There will be times that you don’t want to “go to church” and worship God. There will be times that you will want to do things your own way, and assume that God will just understand your heart. My son, this is Satan working on your heart. Don’t let Satan steal your heart, guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23).

My son, follow Jesus. When Jesus was on this earth He had one consistent message, “follow me.” It is the same message you and I need to follow. Please buddy, don’t follow me. I make too many mistakes I say things I shouldn’t, I don’t always handle things well. If you follow me you will follow my mistakes. Please, follow Jesus. My son, I love you. I promise to try to be a good gatekeeper for our house. I promise I will try to teach you what you need to know. I promise I will try to guard you from the lion (1 Peter 5:8). However, there will come a time, (If it is not already here) that I can’t guard you anymore. It is a decision that you have to make. Please son, don’t let Satan steal your heart.

Love, Dad.”

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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I Need To Write This: Government Vs. My Mind

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*I ask that if you start reading this, you read it all. I do not want anyone leaving this post without the full picture of what I am trying to say.*

 

I’ve been wrestling. Wrestling with myself on what to write, if I should write, in regard to the situation our nation is currently facing. I must confess, I’m having trouble sleeping. Anyone who knows me knows that I suffer from some sleeping problems anyways (average about 3-4 hours a night.) But something has really been eating at me. Our government.

When I was a child (not long ago) I knew that our government was ran by flawed individuals. I knew that many of them were scandalous in every sense of the word. However, I also knew that we lived in the greatest nation on earth. I knew that we had freedoms that most of the “outside world” could only dream about. I knew we had a document called the constitution that was not inspired by God, but was a good document that protected the citizens of this country on many levels.

I took comfort from the fact that I could attend worship services and Bible classes without fear. I took comfort in seeing so many great men such as my grandpa’s who fought and sacrificed for our country. I knew that as long as we had men like them, we would be ok.

Today we still have those brave men and women who serve our country (many of my friends) and I am forever grateful to them. However something is off, something is missing. You know as well as I that that “something” is Godly leaders. I emphasize Godly LEADERS, because you can not convince me that God is missing. Men and women who seek His face are what is missing.

Here is a confession that I must make. I have “preached” to many in recent months and years, about the importance of not getting too bogged down in politics, propaganda, and drama. Yet, I have found myself doing just that. Please hear me clearly, I am not saying that we should not vote, be informed, check sources, have discussions. I believe this to be a duty. What I am saying, is that I must not allow satan to steal my heart.

If I believe the Bible to be true (and I do) and if I believe every word to be true (and I do) then I must accept the fact that I have a genuine enemy. My enemy, is not our president. My enemy, is Satan. 1 Peter 5:8 tells me that Satan has one goal, he wants to destroy my soul. He wants to devour me, he wants to make sure that I won’t be in heaven.

Here are a few signs that Satan is leading me away from Heaven:

  • I’m not praying like I should.
  • I’m taking my frustrations with our culture out on my family.
  • I’m slandering the elected officials, instead of praying for them.
  • I’m worrying more about our nations debt, than the debt I owe my Jesus.
  • I’m more concerned with winning an argument, than winning a soul.
  • I’m rooting more for “my party” than what is right.
  • I’m asking church family what their thoughts are on the latest political unraveling, when I should be asking them about their physical/ spiritual health
  • I’m reading more CNN, FOX, NBC, or other articles than I am from my Bible

Please do not misunderstand, I am not so simple minded to think that if I, as an individual rectify all of the above issues that this will solve our nations problems. However, there does come a time when I need to look in the mirror and focus on my life, myself, my soul. Am I caught in Satan’s web? Are my priorities out of line?

As I write these words, I want you to know that I have no one in mind except for myself. I figure if I need a reminder, maybe there is someone else who does as well. Please take a moment to allow God’s Words to sink deep within your heart.

1 Peter 5:8- Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Romans 13:1- Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

5:16-Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Timothy 2:1-4- 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Philippians 3:20-But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

“Father, forgive me for failing to realize that you are in control of eternity. Father, you are great, powerful, majestic, and sustain me when nothing or no one else can. Forgive me for my lack of focus. Help me to focus upon You, Your Word, and Your will for my life. In Jesus name, Amen.”

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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