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Your Child Might Be a Christian

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Raise up a child in the way he (or she) should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Have you ever read or heard of this verse in Proverbs?
 
It's not a guaranteed promise but a general rule. It's kind of like when a mom says, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Eating healthy probably does keep us away from the clinic but it doesn't guarantee it. However, we'd all be wise to eat well and then take our chances from there. 
 
It's the same thing with this proverb in Proverbs. It's very possible and even likely that your child will live the way they were brought up but it's not a for-sure guarantee. 
 
Each child comes out of the womb completely sinful. None of us has to teach our children to lie, cheat, steal, talk back, be insecure, make poor decisions, etc. Every boy and girl in history comes fully equipped to disappoint themselves and others. 
 
So, every parent is called to raise their children in a home that teaches strong values. You know, values like love, respect, hard work, etc. Actually, every parent should also be teaching their children that life is first and foremost all about worshiping Jesus Christ and living for Him and Him alone. 
 
Every parent wants their child to go to heaven, right? If so, then we have to teach them that Jesus is the only way to that destination. 
 
But even if your home is the most Jesus-filled home on the planet, it doesn't guarantee that your child will follow and love Jesus also. 
 
They have to make that decision for themselves. They need to choose. So, pray that their hearts will melt for Jesus because your faith (and your good parenting) isn't enough. 
 
You Are Loved!

Anxiety That Turns to Blood

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There's a reaction to circumstances that can be weighty and intense and emotionally uncomfortable and still not be sinful. It's possible for us to experience dark moments or anticipate impending dark moments, be disturbed or massively rattled by them, and yet still not sin. 
 
There are moments in life that are going to overwhelm us. We're not always going to be able to react to circumstances without strain or emotional sabotage. 
 
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus anticipated the weight of the wrath of God poured out on him on the cross. All of our sins were placed on the sinless Savior and all of God's wrath was violently poured out on Jesus. 
 
Jesus prayed that the cup of God's wrath would be removed. Jesus was rattled in his human state. He knew what was awaiting him. He knew every detail. He understood the unprecedented pain. The crown of thorns. The nails. The mocking and scourging. The momentary disconnect with the Father. 
 
Pain. 
 
Loneliness.
 
Anxiety. 
 
Jesus' reaction was so visceral that blood vessels around his sweat glands constricted and as the stress passed through the blood vessels ruptured and blood streamed down his face.
 
Jesus experienced a really dark moment. 
 
Unprecedented. 
 
However, Jesus' stress didn't last forever. Neither did his anxiety distract him from fulfilling the will of God. He moved forward. Jesus bled and died for you and for me.
 
Are you stressed? Are you anxious? It doesn't have to mean that you're being sinful. It might just mean that you're being stretched. 
 
Just don't let it distract you from moving forward. Trust the Lord. His will is perfect. 
 
You Are Loved!

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