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Have you read the book of Revelation recently? If I need to be inspired in the fear of God, I read Revelation again. It puts the fear of God into my heart, which is good, because we are to daily walk in the fear of the Lord.
The other day I read Revelation 14:12 (ESV): “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus Christ.”
This Scripture comes right in the middle of the warning to not take the mark of the beast upon your forehead or hand. Please read Revelation 13:14-18 and 14:9-13. They tell us that if we don’t take the mark we will not be able to buy or sell and could be killed.
This means hardship, hunger, starvation, and martyrdom. However, what is worse? To receive the wrath of God?
Why am I writing about such things on a Facebook to encourage wives and mothers? Because as mothers we must inform our children. That’s why it is written for us. We don’t know when this time will come, but we know it is coming. Will it be in our generation? Or will it be during our children’s lives? Or will it be in our grandchildren’s lives?
However, we must all be ready for when this time comes. We must prepare our children. Even if it is not in their time, we must prepare them to tell their children. We must warn them to never take the mark of the beast which aligns with Satan and his kingdom.
And so, God sends out the call. The call is for endurance. If we face this time, we will have to endure much suffering and even martyrdom.
The message I receive from this call is that we must learn to be faithful NOW! We must learn to endure in our trials and tribulations NOW! We must learn to persevere NOW! We must teach our children how to endure NOW. As we learn to have patience and perseverance in our sufferings now, we will be ready to face greater trials.
We have a responsibility to prepare our children and future generations. We must teach them how to trust Christ in their difficulties and endure them patiently and cheerfully, even the little ones they face, so they are in the habit of doing this in their lives. So that it will be their habit for bigger trials. And theyu will be ready if they are the generation that face this greatest of all tests that will come upon the earth.
We must teach them to stand for truth and for their biblical convictions, even in the face of ridicule and hostility NOW! How will they say No to the mark of the beast if they can’t stand up for truth now?
This call comes to those who “keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus Christ.” The word keep is “hereo” and means “to guard from loss or injury, to keep custody, a fortress of full military strength.” We and our children will keep custody of God’s truth. We will not let go the commandments of God even if we can’t buy or sell and suffer persecution or death.
Many Bible versions translate this Scripture: “This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people.”
The Knox translation says: “This is the test which the saints endure, keeping true to God’s commandments and the faith of Jesus.”
We must keep passing on this message and preparing each new generation.
Blessings to you today from Nancy Campbell
Yesterday we talked about the example of Samuel growing in the ways of the Lord. We notice that the most important part of his growth was obedience.
When God spoke to him in the night, he thought it was Eli. He didn’t roll over and hope that Eli thought he was asleep. Instead, he immediately ran to Eli and said, “Here am I.” Three times he did this without complaint. Eli realized God was speaking to him and told Samuel to answer God the next time.
When God spoke the fourth time he answered, “Speak: for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10). Because he learned to obey immediately, God could take up this young man and use him mightily as a judge in Israel.
What a beautiful thing to teach our children to have an immediate response to God when He speaks to them. Sadly, many children are growing up and instead of saying, “Speak, LORD, for your servant heareth,” they say, “Speak world, for your child is listening.”
Are your children listening to God or to the spirit of this world? To whom they listen will determine the future of their lives.
Of course, this applies personally to us as well as our children. May our constant response be: “Speak, Lord, I'm listening.”
Blessings from Nancy Campbell
We love to see our children growing, don’t we? Right from birth we are excited to see each new development. It is so rewarding to see our daughters grow up to be graceful women of God and our sons to be strong young men who really know how to be men! All my sons are over six feet, my oldest son is 6’ 8”. And now the grandsons are all growing up over six feet, many of them about 6’ 5”.
However, we don’t only want to see them grow in physical stature, but in spiritual stature. This is our greatest vision and longing, isn’t it?
I was reading about Samuel this morning and noticed how the Bible records his growth. God is interesting in the physical and spiritual growth of our children.
1. HE GREW
1 Samuel 2:21 says: “And the child Samuel GREW before the Lord.” The phrase “before the LORD” in the King James Version means “in the presence of the Lord.” The HCSB and ESV and other versions translate it: “The boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.” Don’t’ those words really get to you? They certainly challenge me. It is not enough for our children to grow up in our presence, but they should grow up in the presence of the Lord.
I love the Young’s Literal translation which states: “And the youth Samuel groweth up with Jehovah.” He grew up with God. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t this what we want for our children?
Motherhood is far more than feeding and clothing our children. It is creating an atmosphere where the presence of God reigns in our home. Our children should feel and be aware of the presence of the Lord. It’s in this atmosphere that they “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:18).
2. HE GREW ON
2 Samuel 2:26 says: “And the child Samuel GREW ON and was in favor both with the LORD, and with men.” We certainly want this for our children, don’t we?
3. HE GREW AND THE LORD WAS WITH HIM
1 Samuel 3:19: “And Samuel GREW, AND THE LORD WAS WITH HIM, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” What a beautiful testimony. Oh, that our children will grow up knowing the power and presence of the Lord with them in every aspect of their lives. This is the ultimate vision for our parenting.
Of course, you know the story of how God came to Samuel and spoke to him in the night (1 Samuel 3:1-21). The historian Josephus says that Samuel would have been about twelve years old when God called him and spoke to him about Eli and his sons. It’s interesting that Jesus was also twelve years old when his parents found him “in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46, 47).
Are we raising our children for maturity? Are they familiar with hearing the voice of God? Are they able to discuss the truths and doctrines of the Word? As we notice their physical growth, we should also see their spiritual growth. I am amazed that so many adult Christians don’t even know God’s Word. How will their children know if they don’t know?
How will our children become used to hearing the voice of God through His Word if we don’t read it to them daily in our family devotions time? If we don’t encourage them to also read it personally every day and listen for God to speak to them?
Let’s raise children who are not only growing up physically, but growing up spiritually—growing up in God, growing up in the presence of God, growing up hearing His voice, growing up familiar with His Word and familiar with prayer.
Amen! (With an exclamation mark)!
Love to you today,
With one little member of your body you can light a fire for God in the hearts of everyone in your home or set them on a course destruction (James 3:2-12). With one little member you can minister life or death to those you speak to each day (Proverbs 18:21). With one little member you can build up your marriage or destroy it (Proverbs 14:1).
With one little member you can change the atmosphere in your home, melt your husband to pieces, determine the destiny of your children, and inspire and encourage everyone you meet.
You know what it is, of course. Your tongue.
Proverbs 16:24 says: "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." Positive and lovely words make your bones healthy. What comes out of your mouth either fills you with life and vitality or make you miserable and in poor health.
The Hebrew word for “health” is “marpe” and means, “a medicine, curative, therapeutic and healing, and a source of vitality.” Proverbs 12:18 uses the same word: “The tongue of the wise is health (marpe).”
It's the same again in Proverbs 15:4: “A wholesome (marpe) tongue is a tree of life.” God wants your tongue to be a healing tongue—healing wounds, hurts, insecurities, resentments, and estrangements. Your healing words are the best doctor's prescription you can give to your husband and children. They work much better than drugs!
Will you ask God to fill your tongue with loving, joyful, positive, and healing words today?
Your words will determine what kind of a day you have.