In 1 Kings 12 of the Holy Bible we learn a valuable lesson between two different generations because they did not know how to deal with it in love. This lack of understanding caused a division in the body that eventually separated the people. When King Rehoboam asked for advice from the older generation that once advised his father he rejected their wisdom because it was not what he wanted to hear and he wanted to prove himself. So, he called in some youth that he had grown up with to seek their advice and as expected their youth gave no mercy to the people because they wanted to show their own strength.
Why did the youth lash out towards the people? Why did they not want to give mercy instead of making matters worse ? Why were they carrying so much anger instead of learning from the past to help correct something in the future? Doesn’t the Lord show us here how the youth must have been carrying some anger towards those that were once in control? Do you think possibly that the youth might have felt suppressed as they matured because the elders were so stuck in their ways? Can you see the importance of adding value to someone else’s life by involving our youth as we all continue to mature?
When a child receives freedom it is very important for them to understand the Word of God and to know how to mature in love rather than allowing their emotions to misguide their actions. Children that live under rules without love are more subject to break them because they do not understand them and when the older generation neglects how to develop the younger generation then we are only setting ourselves up for a possible division in the family of God.
The Word of God teaches us to listen and to always be alert for the wisdom that God provides because there is something to be gained in every age of life. It is easy to become blinded when we get so wrapped up in building our own mission that we often forget how to add value to someone else’s. When this takes place usually the very ones that miss out are the ones that are right at our feet because we become so busy with the world that we forget how to take care of our homes. God gives us children to carry on what He has given and God raises up men and women to carry on the direction that we are to serve.
When we don’t include those that God has placed around us whether in our homes, in our careers, in our churches or even in our nation then we are only setting ourselves up for a future division to come. This lesson is a very important message on how to develop the youth without causing rebellion and it teaches us the importance adding value to someone else’s life so they will in turn do the same in the future. We go from one extreme to the other in this message between the youth and the older generation because the youth failed to understand the principles in the foundation while the elders failed to properly disciple their future generations. May God give us the wisdom to listen and learn from one another in order to lift the burdens that are on the people and to display that all things are possible through Christ as we come together in one mind and one spirit…amen… Please take a moment to listen to this song titled The Stand by Hillsong and ask the Lord in prayer what you can do today to help someone else. How we serve shows in whom we serve…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans8:28
James A. Harrison
Due to our society here in America drifting away from the Word of God and leaving out the gospel of Jesus Christ this has allowed Satan (spiritually) to develop a society that is growing in fear. This fear that has been building here in our country has allowed our government and leadership to develop laws of man to govern the people instead of teaching the self discipline that is taught in the Word of God. We have become a nation of critics instead of One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for All.
The spirit of fear has been used as a marketing tool of Satan to spiritually rob us of our joy that we simply have in life. Unfortunately, this spirit of fear has even misled many pastors in the pulpit due to their own fears of losing the congregation verses trusting God to supply their needs. God’s word plainly tells us that no man knoweth the day nor the hour and the Lord plainly teaches us to cast our fears upon the Lord while trusting in Him to deliver our needs.
There are many different levels of fear that can take us down into a dark lonely pit of no return. Fear causes us to run to the doctor everytime we feel a sniffle coming on, fears rob us of victory because we are too scaird of failure and our fears often cause us to sugar coat the Truth to the point that Satan will place us in spiritual bondage. Here is an example of spiritual bondage that develops in a broken home that does not follow the Word of God;
Let’s take a single parent that has been recently divorced and lost their child. It is their time to spend with the child and they are looking forward to the weekend. Now, when the child arrives he/shetest the parameters of the home due to losing the structure that once gave them the security within their home. This often takes place due to their own inner anger with their parents and it can lead into rebellion with a child. Out of fear the parent does not want to correct the child because they fear that their child will not want to return.
This fear of a parent not disciplining their child leads to the child now becoming the parent. Instead of the parent guiding the child the child begins to guide the parent and the longer this develops the harder it is to correct. Where many divorced parents go wrong is trying to buy their children’s love instead of teaching them how to be content and work through their issues in life through the love of Jesus Christ.
Another side of this fear that can develop in a broken home is when the parents do not know how to trust God and be obedient to His Word. When this takes place either one of the parents or both tend to turn their child against the other parent due to their own fear of losing the love of their child. This lack of trusting God places us in a spiritual bondage of Satan that can have a negative impact on our children’s future. Where many divorced parents go wrong is trying to rob their own child of the love that is shared with the other parent.
Our fears of speaking the Truth in love and adhering to God’s Word places us in a vulnerable position for Satan to rob us who we are as a child of God and it opens the doors to the pit that will take us down not only individually but also as a nation unless we Wake Up to the Truth in the Word of God. This dark pit of fear has been used by Satan spiritually to divide our children and to capitalize on our emotions. If we are not careful to address our fears in the Truth and we allow them to continue to build then we are setting ourselves up for an explosion that could have been prevented if we would simply follow God’s Word.
Based on the 1st Amendment of the United States of America every citizen has a right to speak the Truth in the Word of God and to share their salvation in Jesus Christ. Where many Christians go wrong is that it is not our place to push our way on another for love is never directed because it comes in our own freewill.
Man should never allow his fears to rob him of the Truth. Nor should any entity be allowed to remove God from our foundation. Without God our homes and our lives become vulnerable to Satan and they cause us to have fears that lead us to following man instead of the Lord. Without the Truth what do we really think that we have and who do we really think that we are? There is strength and security within the Truth of God that protects our nation and our homes for our children’s future.
If there is anything gained from this article it is my prayer that you don’t allow your fears to rob you of the Victory that we have in the love of Jesus Christ and that you learn to simply speak the Truth of God while trusting in Him to do the rest. His Word does not return to us void!!!
James A. Harrison
It is not hard to recognize the divisions and rebellion that is taking place here in America due to the lack of leadership in our country. When you really break all of this down we find that this revolt in authority actually began in our homes as we failed to properly teach the Word of God through the love of Jesus Christ. No where in the Holy Bible does God teach us to rebel nor does He teach us to not respect our authority. Instead He teaches us to pray for our leaders whether we agree with them or not and to recognize the lesson that we encounter when we allow our homes to drift away from the Will of God.
This country was built on the foundation of God for the people and it is our leaderships responsibility to stand up for what is right by God to maintain the order within our homes. This is no different than the roll of every father that is to lead their home with the integrity and self discipline that is taught in the Word of God for the security within the family. Without individuals that are willing to stand up for what is simply right and wrong by God in our homes and in our nation this country is destined to lose its way without the direction of God.
There are groups being formed like the Black Robe Regiment, the TEA Party and others that consist of Americans that are simply tired of the road that is being traveled here in America. The world likes to call them radicals and many others like to place them is some sort of criteria to hurt their image but what these groups consist of is your day to day Americans and Christians that are deeply concerned with the direction that this country is headed. Some of the media has labeled these groups as rebels but what person that stands up for the rights of the people , like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, are not categorized as some sort of rebel?
When we really break this down even further in someone being called a rebel how do you think that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was categorized before His persecution? God did not send His Son here to cause rebellion among the believers but to give us the assurance in the love of God that teaches us that their is much more to this life than what we see.
In every home and in every business there comes a point that someone must stand up and learn how to communicate in love to break the spiritual chains that are not only holding us back but to maintain the integrity within the body for our childrens future. What many people are not recognizing is the spiritual battle that is taking place here on earth because of their focus being too fixed on the world and forgetting our Creator in Heaven above. The only way for us to combat the strongholds of Satan is in the name of Jesus while being obedient to the Word of God for Him to bring down the walls instead of us trying to do it on our own. This is where the emotional state is very dangerous in activist because they stand up for something that is right by God but they don’t know how to get the job done in the love of Jesus Christ and allow their emotions to to guide their actions.
America would be amazed at what can take place when we insert Jesus into the picture to bring down the walls that are holding us back. The Lord teaches us to have unity in the body with God in front and then the Lord will give us the direction which we need to overcome anything that we have before us. I challenge you today speak the name of Jesus and to learn the wisdom that is taught in the Word of God that teaches us to place our trust in Him instead of in man…amen
Without God there would be no more American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first– the most basic–expression of Americanism. Thus, the Founding Father’s of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be. President Dwight Eisenhower / 1955