Lacking Focus

Its been hard for me to focus lately. I just can’t get my head on straight.

One thing I realized last night, is that I have been failing at leading my family spiritually. (One of many things I’ve been failing at.) I am blessed with a wife, though, who has not let our family fail altogether. She continues to teach our children about God without my leadership.

But I know I need to step in. I have to lead my home.

And the fathers! provoke not your children, but nourish them in the instruction and admonition of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4

I realized that whatever my wife teaches our children, I am still responsible for, as if I taught it myself. Not to say I don’t trust my wife, because I do trust her to teach our kids, as she should be doing. But, to a lesser degree, it’s kind of like leaving my own salvation in someone else’s hands other than Jesus, I’m accountable for what is taught to my children.

I see that I have been a failure so far, but the true failure would be my choosing to sit and watch. I’ve got a plan. Pray that I can accomplish my new goal.

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3 Responses to Lacking Focus

  1. Frank says:

    I have a close friend, who about 6 years ago ago departed the institutional church with his family, having had enough of the sham. He had two children, a girl of about 2 and a boy of maybe 5 years.
    He decided to “do” church at home with the children. I asked him what he was going to do. He had no idea, other than some worship and maybe some bible teaching.
    I suggested that he start by getting each one, including the children, to listen to God to see what God was saying, rather than trying to reconstruct church at home.
    I said this to him because nothing is more important than encouraging children to realise their spirit is far more important than their mind. ie. tree of life supersedes tree of knowledge.
    Normal living, school, TV, relationships, workplace, shopping, everyday life, promotes the mind, and body, and all else that pertains to the “real” world. The life of the spirit is not only ignored but denigrated and despised except for “religious” moments like church on Sunday.
    Listening to God is natural for little children. Their spirit man, when they are born, is at the same stage of development as their natural man, effectively an empty vessel. Listening to God will be therefore far more valuable than any educative learning of biblical history etc. This is the difference between “knowing” God, rather than “knowing about” God. Bible understanding can follow in the wake of knowing God.
    Children being empty vessels, WILL get filled with fruit from one tree or another. Childhood is the time to start.
    So when they sat down to listen to God, he also gave the children paper and pencils. saying to them to listen to God and draw anything they saw.
    Within moments the boy started to scribble away. They continued to listen to the Lord, a little distracted by his activity. Finally, they asked what he was drawing.
    The picture was of a huge long bed filled with loads and loads of people asleep crossways like sardines in a can. There was a man standing on the floor at the end of the bed with his hands on the headboard, as if he was guiding it somewhere. When asked by his puzzled parents what Jesus had shown him, he explained.
    “This is the church Daddy”
    “And who are all these people?”
    They are all the church people, asleep, Daddy.”
    “And who is this man standing up at the end?”
    “That’s Uncle Mike (the Pastor)”.
    Gulp!!!! Talk about accuracy in the Spirit, and a powerful confirmation of their decision to leave. The body asleep whilst the pastor directed and decided everything on their behalf.
    My friend’s son had never been in the discussions as to why Dad felt the Lord wanted them out of the institutional church system. Nevertheless, even at 6 years old when given the encouragement and freedom, he could hear and see in the realm of the Spirit with greater clarity than his parents. Many are the prophetic words with piercing accuracy which has come from the boy now that the shackles of church born Christianity have been removed.
    Recently my friend asked his son what the voice of God sounded like, the boy burst out laughing, “you don’t know?” He was amazed at the question.
    My friend, is very prophetic, but has grown through a “christian” environment which attached little value to spiritual happenings as opposed to church. He was learning, slowly, alongside his son. However, unlike his son, my friend had much to unlearn. We must make sure our children do not endure the same.
    Our responsibilities as parents should be far more towards growing the “Spirit man” of our children than growing their physical or mental man.

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