“Above all else GUARD your heart….”Proverbs 4:23Little by little the enemy seeps in and steals our weapons without us even realizing it.
Little by little we can begin to compromise our standards until we look back and realize how far away we’ve stepped from our sure footing.
Little by little we can begin to lean in, blend in and flow with the culture around us.
Little by little we are loosing our way, the Way.
It’s easy to do! It’s easy to want to please those around us. It’s easy to try and be polite, but it’s the fear of man that leads us into the land where men make their own rules and foundations are built on sinking sand. Then before you know it, you’re struggling to breath.
We must gather back together and realign as a strong, fortified unit; as a family. This begins first in our marriage and then it trickles down to our children as they witness first hand the solid structure in truth and unity.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon (the tallest mountain in the region, noted for it’s abundant precipitation) were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1-3
We must look to our husbands/wives, the Bible, spirit-filled leaders, and God himself to reaffirm what it looks like (The Vision) to be who God has called us to be. We will need from time to time reinforcements and reminders because we will be going against the grain. We will be ruffling feathers. We will be walking on territory that others will stand and block but with the voice of God we must continue on.
Little by little we get fueled up and suited up, armed and stronger than before, to go back out and set things right.
Little by little we start stepping back into alignment with the True voice of God and thus bringing our homes and family back into alignment with victory, purpose, vision and JOY.
Little by little we blaze a new path and tare down strongholds and iniquities, allowing The Vision of God to resurface and ultimately prevail.
Proverbs 2:2 Turn your ears to wisdom.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Thought it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.
A Parenting side note: YOU influence your children. Do not rest that mantle (a covering given by God) on anyone else. Do not allow anyone else to take it from you. It is yours to carry, uphold and reinforce. Wear it well. It was made for YOU.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11:19
That mantle is yours to respect and honor. Do not diminish the calling. Do not waste the mantle. For without it, your children may never fully develop into their calling and gifting. Do we understand our role as parents or are we falling prey to the theft and destruction found in wayward influences? Oh the power of the diligent pursuit of the child’s heart by the parent. We get one chance.
Stand up, Stand firm and do not compromise the vision God has shown YOU. Write it down, read it, allow it to sustain you through thick and thin. Hold on and do not give up! Lay claim to your flock and continue onward and upward. In Jesus name!
ARE WE COMPROMISING OUR STANDARDS?