Here’s a great uplifting thought for the day! I tell you, you can find anything on Youtube. Heard this song on channel 97.5FM and had to share it. To remind us all that every time a sinner comes to the Lord there is a great party of celebration in Heaven! For those of us who have experienced the joy from God’s Holy Spirit while leading a lost one to the Lord, this comes close. :-) Let us all strive to share the Saving Gospel of Jesus, for the time definitely draweth near!
“Elisha’s Encounter with Children” (4)
“…and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.” II Kings 4:20b
In this experience, Elisha had some earlier communication with this family. The great woman of Shunem had recognized he was a man of God and the Lord used him to pray that she have a son. It came true and then tragedy of tragedies, the lad dies. Thus, we have a parent who realizes her child is already lost, gone, dead.
One great lesson in this story is this family’s interest in and care for the man of God, Elisha. Over thirty-five times in these few chapters is the moniker used, “man of God.” You may know men of influence or a man of means, but, how valuable is an association with a real man of God! Elisha brought hope and light into this childless family and then when the light was extinguished and hope forsaken, he was there for the family. This was a man of God who believed God worked miracles. He was touched by human needs and had a visible holiness (vs. 9). He was not just a man’s man, but God’s man!
As a parent, if you have arrived at a brick wall of a belligerent, back-slidden boy or girl, get yourself and them to a man of God. Elisha stretched himself over this child three times and brought him back to life (vss. 33-35). A good place to start would be to get faithful to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and the mid-week service. I’m not talking about just a “run-of-the-mill” minister. I’m saying get them to a man that God knows and he knows God. — Dr. Tim Green
I cannot stress enough the importance of finding and being faithful to God through a KJV Bible teaching preaching church and true man of God. They are getting fewer by the day, but they are still out there. Attending the new-fangled ear-tickling churches who put on the same show or a “contemporary version” on a Sunday morning or Saturday night is not a true Bible teaching church. These “feel good” churches who use the corrupt versions of God’s Word teach corrupt doctrine that helps sinners stay comfortable in their sin. If you visit a church and the Man of God preaches/teaches straight from God’s incorrupt KJV Bible, you will definitely be convicted in your Spirit. Stay there! Those men of God have no problem saying it like it is and counseling from God’s Word, instead of joining us in making excuses for our children’s behaviour. If you are attending a church once a week or less just for a feel good fix, you are not receiving true Godly teaching, run from it! So-called pastors of those churches will be held accountable by God, and so will we if we support them.
“Elisha’s Encounters with Children” (3)
“Now there cried a certain woman…unto Elisha, …Thy servant my husband is dead; …and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” II Kings 4:1
In this intriguing story, Elisha crosses paths with a widow and her two sons. She represents a parent who realizes she is about to lose her children. She wisely admits she has a problem that is too big for her to resolve and goes to the man of God. After admitting the seriousness of the situation, she is willing to make the adjustments necessary that were advised her by Elisha. The prophet inquired initially what she had (vs. 2). There was a shortage of what was needed and she was instructed to get some help (vs. 3). In her case, it was a scarcity of vessels. She borrowed all she could and her two boys watched God fill the vessels with oil. She was told to sell the accumulated product, pay her debt and enjoy the bounty with the boys! (vss. 5-7).
We live in a sad day of single parenthood. Some are like the widow here, but multiplied thousands are from the devastation of divorce. As a parent, it would behoove you to realize the situation you are in and endeavor to rectify it by engaging your children in the task to keep the “wolf from the door” and the family intact.
The modern home resides in a time of famine–a famine of mammoth proportions; perhaps not a shortage of food, but of faith. Folk, this poor woman and mother was able to provide for her family through character, hard work and adherence to Bible principles. Surely she was a widow with Proverbs 31 attributes and you can be one too by the grace of God. –Dr. Tim Green
The best and most important decision we can make as parents, if we must go through divorce, is to “stick like glue” to our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Word daily, attending a good Bible believing, preaching church, and calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ for support through the turmoil. Having gone through the monster of divorce, I would not wish it on my worst enemy, especially if children are involved. When we let the devil deceive us about our self worth and leave the Lord and His teaching support and our church family, we most assuredly may be dragged back into the world and its evils. I see this happening to children today, and it breaks my heart. We must stay close to God and set the Godly example our children need to see, as God works in our lives to bring us through our trials. They will be more likely to follow our example and stay close to Him as well. If we do not, they are more likely to be satan’s bondmen!
Elisha’s Encounters with Children (2)
“Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burn offering upon the wall…”
The Moabites were an army deceived by what appeared to be a blood-drenched battlefield (vss. 21 & 22). The mistake soon turned into a rout! The king of Moab, then took his oldest boy, his heir and sacrificed him! Here we are confronted with a child of some upbringing, a king’s son, who is sacrificed.
Elisha was the designer of the battle plan, per the Lord’s instructions, that brought about the confusion in the looming conflict (vs. 16ff). As a side note, an important feature of this God-directed plan was music. In verse 15, a minstrel played and God’s hand rested on the man of God. I know I’m considered by many as old fuddy-duddy, but music plays an important role in the lives of its listeners as well as the participants. Nothing I can write or say will change your mind; it’s like concrete–thoroughly mixed up and firmly set! But, God help you parents to at least know what your teens and pre-teens are listening to.
Some children have been raised properly to a point and then for whatever reason parents waver from the way of right, decency and good sense. Discipline that was once demanded becomes ignored. Consistency is perhaps the most important ingredient of all in child rearing. Sometimes. self-indulgence, self-pity or self-love replace discipline, consistency and tough-love. The sacrifice of a child shadows a foreboding future with regret. –Dr. Tim Green
On the subject of music, I can testify to the very firm fact that music does, indeed, play a major role in human behavior. Let us not forget that satan was the angel of music at one time, and he certainly knows how to entice and captivate the human mind, leading us astray in whatever weakness we may have. Music is just like anything else in this world. If it is taking first place over the Lord, it is an idol. When my girls were teenagers I made it a point to know exactly what they were listening to. Many is the time I threw their music in the trash, and taught them to take notice of what was going on in their minds and behaviors, and how their moods changed, when they listened to the heavy metal, rap, or any other worldly trash of the day. “Garbage in, garbage out!”
I was raised on old-time country music, and let me tell you that when I hear some of it today, I am reminded of some pretty bad memories from my past because of poor choices. For me, if it is not about the Lord, I usually do not have a desire to hear it. And every time I try, for just a bit, to listen to some old 70s favorites it does not take long for a sad or bad memory to surface, and I am led back to the good old uplifting songs of faith. AND, do not be deceived! Many of the very successful artists of this worldly music have admittedly sold their souls to that old devil and they use their music for his purpose. They do not hide it! They receive fame and fortune in return, but sadly, their souls will spend eternity in hell with their deceiver unless they turn from it. Is that the road we want our children to go down, or ourselves for that matter?! BE INFORMED:
GREAT INFORMATION TO KNOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzsVoeFwjk
I will share devotions over the next several days about how the destruction of the family unit, therefore our children, gives our land over to satan. We let the few squeaky wheels win when they took prayer out of our schools, and many more of our Godly values are going down today because we hide our heads under the covers and go on about our lives as if it is of no consequence. We remain complacent while forsaking the teaching of God’s truth and bringing our children up in the admonition of the Lord; they are left to their own devices, killing each other in our streets, while parents strive to earn the almighty dollar to pay for their material stuff, or stay stooped in their addictive lifestyles. “Cause and effect of taking God out of everything.”
“Elisha’s Encounters with Children”
“…and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him,…” II Kings 2:23b
The mantle of Elijah has just been solemnly placed on the shoulders of Elisha, who had used it to part the waters of the Jordan, and with a cruse of salt he had healed the waters of Jericho. Now, heading toward Bethel, the man of God is met by some wild, undisciplined children. This incident is the first of five encounters Elisha had with children in the early days of his ministry.
The wild, undisciplined children are well evidenced in our neighborhoods, at the grocery store, the restaurant and sad to say, in many of our churches today. These unrestrained rebels have been raised by unprincipled parents or are the suffering of offspring of broken homes and absentee parents. They are educated in the “war zones” of our public schools, where discipline is down-graded and despised. I pity most state school teachers and believe they earn every penny of their salaries for the most part, and especially if they even try to teach! Regrettably, many church schools are not much better.
The children in Elisha’s day (42 of them) had no respect, no reverence, and no restraint. They mocked the man of god and two momma bears came out of the forest and resolved the issue. In our day, the tattooed and body-pierced problem kids are being devoured by the devil, demons, debauchery, delinquency and disgrace at an early age. This destruction is unprecedented in the history of mankind. They are the end result of a nation and a people who have rejected God, His Word and His righteousness! –Dr. Tim Green
Please, let us join Christ in the battle for our families and our children!
Thank you Lord for this Baptist Bread Devotional! And thank you Pastor/Dr. Steve Harness for these great Godly words of wisdom!
II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Believers are looking for the return of Christ, the Blessed Hope, for the Rapture, when Christ takes His own out of this Jesus-rejecting world. Once the Rapture takes place, the world will follow antichrist, and the Lord will begin judging the earth in what is called the Tribulation.
When God’s plan for the world is complete, the earth will be destroyed. This is what is being referenced in this passage in II Peter. Not too long ago, I was able to visit two volcanoes. What a thrill to see this amazingly powerful natural phenomenon. The destructive force of volcanoes and the lava they spew are incredible. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991. The effects are still seen over twenty years later! When the Bible talks about fervent heat and the elements dissolving away, it is speaking of an event more powerful than the eruption of a volcano.
II Peter 3:12 also mentions the melting with fervent heat, then verse 13 says, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” Verse 11 tells us that in the meantime, while waiting for Christ, and later the new Heaven and new earth, that we are to carefully live holy lives before the Lord. Check your life and check your motives today. –Steve Harness
The Rapture of Christ’s Church. Good Biblical truth to revisit from time to time. What a wonderful hope. And I do believe that the Rapture is the next thing in prophecy to happen in this world. Jesus promised that “for the elect’s sake” time of suffering will be cut short. For those who twist Scripture to say we will not be “caught up” to meet our Lord in the air until during or after this Tribulation, I would ask you this, “Since the tribulation time is to convince and draw unbelievers to the truth in Christ,” how can you even think God would put His children who HAVE NOT rejected His Son through those coming times that this world has never seen?!
NOTE: The word “Rapture” does not appear in the Bible. It is a word we have chosen to describe something Biblical. Other words like “Bible,” “Sovereign,” “Trinity,” or “Missionary” also do not appear, but nevertheless they describe some truth. The word “Rapture” is from a Latin word “rapio” which means “to snatch away.”
A. Specifics of the Rapture
1. Biblical Synonyms:
a. “Translated” – “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5)
b. “Caught Up” – “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven… How that he was caught up into paradise, and…
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