When Jesus warned His followers that their enemies would be from their own families, I’m not really sure that those hearing His words understood the importance of them.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39).
Why do you suppose that Jesus would warn His followers about the turmoil which would certainly beset families because of Him? Could it be that He understood the heartbreak personally? Scripture tells us that He was tempted in every way yet without sin.
I can only speak from a mother’s heart. No matter how old our children are – they will always be our “children.” And as this world continues to spiral out of control, and the minds of many of our kids have been poisoned by college professors and peers on campus; the vitriol and total disrespect that many of us are experiencing is truly heart wrenching.
I received this from one of my kids recently in response to one of my articles:
“I won’t be communicating with you for a while. I need some time to cool down, try to forget the vile hatred and disregard for those brave kids I saw on display in your blog in recent days, and remind myself that you are not necessarily a bad person at heart- merely deluded and brainwashed beyond belief.”
I knew that if I responded to this with Truth, the discourse would never end, and would become more and more nasty (not on my part) but liberals feel that they have the right to attack. Have you argued with a liberal lately? Then you know……
I would have been completely justified in saying that he was “Deluded and brainwashed beyond belief” but what would that have accomplished? Absolutely nothing.
If you are reading this and are a parent in similar circumstances, then you will understand when I say that the evil one uses the persecution and hatred from our own children to attempt to shut us down.
I have come close to deciding not to write any longer, but then I realized that I was called by God to write Truth. I am not a great writer by any means, but I do feel the hand of God on me as I write my articles.
We’ve all heard it said that Satan doesn’t need new tricks because the old ones work. There is much truth to that. As a mother, I pray for my children and think about them throughout the day. I pray that the Lord will bring people of His choosing into their lives, and that they will return to their First Love.
I have struggled with depression for many years. When my children emotionally abuse me (and sometimes they do) I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. I can’t think straight. I will hear the whispers of the evil one saying “You’re a bad mom. If you were a good mom, your kids wouldn’t treat you this way!”
I will finally realize that I’m under spiritual attack and tell the demon to get away from me in the name of Jesus. Some days I have to do this several times. Some nights I find it almost impossible to fall asleep. I toss around thinking of my kids – still feeling the sting of their words.
Brethren, we need to lift one another up in prayer every day! How many Christian parents are going through what I have described in this piece? I know that I put myself out their by writing. Some would say “Well, what do you except?” That doesn’t make it hurt any less.
We fear for their souls
All three of my kids came to me at different times and expressed their desire to know that they have been forgiven by Jesus and belong to Him. I made sure that they understood the Gospel. I led them each in prayer to repent and trust the Lord for the forgiveness of their sins. My oldest at 17 years old told me that he felt that God was calling him to preach! College was their spiritual battleground and the professors were their front line enemies.
I just don’t know how I feel about OSAS. It’s very confusing and the people who are for or against it will invariably come back with “Well, maybe they were never saved in the first place.”
You can’t change what you can’t change
So here we are at the foot of the Cross, pleading with our Lord Jesus for the souls of our children. Only He can open the eyes of the wayward child. Only He can change the hearts of these kids. We can’t do it. We can only pray for them and leave them with God.
Watch Franklin Graham as he speaks about his prodigal years:
If there is even one person who has benefited from this article, then I am grateful to the Lord.
Don’t shut down. Keep speaking the truth. Don’t preach at them, but when the opportunity presents itself – speak Truth from the Word.