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Written by Denise Pass for “Seeing Deep Ministries” @ http://denisepass.com/home/
Inspirational Thought of the Day:
We help our children carry the torch of faith by living out our faith honestly and in humility.
Scripture of the Day:
“That entire generation passed away; a new generation grew up that had not personally experienced the LORD’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 11 The Israelites did evil before the LORD by worshiping the Baals. 12 They abandoned the LORD God of their ancestors who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods–the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped them and made the LORD angry.”
Some have said that the upcoming generation is leaving the church. The foundation laid is purportedly not firm and the future generation left the faith of their predecessors.
Nothing scares me more than the faith of my children fading and being replaced with a worldly counterfeit.
I have a jealousy for their souls and a desire for them to see this walk with Christ is not mere religion, but a vibrant, cherished relationship with the Lover of our souls.
But I cannot make that choice for them. They have to pick up the torch and choose to carry it. As the character Sam Wise said in the movie, “Lord of the Rings”, “‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.”
Praying for them and daily sharing God’s word and living it out has a much more profound effect than rules aimed at external behavior only. So it is with us, the predecessors. We each had to face the poverty of our own souls, grapple with sin and not allow it to master us on the inside. We still do.
When our children see our need of God, there is no greater demonstration of active living faith. Confessing our shortcomings yet not yielding to them shows them how to carry the torch.
Ultimately, if the faith of the future generation was dependent upon our perfection, faith would fail. Thank God that faith is a gift from Him, nurtured with time spent with Jesus in His word and prayer.
Lord, help us to never grow weary of seeking You and discipling the precious next generation for Your glory. May righteousness sweep across our nation and the hearts of the children return to You.