Thursday, February 24, 2011

Teach Your Children Well – Devotion by Raul Ries


For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

I heard recently, seventy percent of girls under the age of 14 have already had sex. Think about it—seventy percent. That is some of your daughters. That is my granddaughters coming up. That is why I talk to them. It is heavy stuff. We are living in an evil world. We are living in a horrible world. If we do not teach them, if we do not share with them in love, tell them and inform them, what is going to happen to them?

I was talking to a guy at the gym. He is in his late thirties. He went to Calvary Chapel West Covina when he was very young, but he walked away from the Lord. He has four, beautiful children, and he always talks about how they are in baseball, they are in dance, doing this and doing that. They are so happy.

I asked him, “Are you teaching them anything spiritually?” He just looked at me. I said, “You better teach them spiritually, more than anything else, because you are going to lose them.” That is the bottom line.

We have to do what God calls us to do. It starts with each one of us, individually, coming to the place where God has called us to be priests of the family, to be men and women of God and live lives of holiness, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

It is really incredible to see what God is doing and what He intends to do with each one of our lives. As we give ourselves to Him, as we are instructed by the Holy Spirit, and as we take God’s Word and let it affect our lives first, then we can affect others.

There is no such person as a person
without influence.
~J. A. Motyer~

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