We all experience discouragement, and sometimes it can almost be overwhelming. Elijah...had been one of God's faithful servants, never wavering in the face of disaster. God used Elijah to overcome the pagan prophets of Baal and demonstrate to all the nation that God alone was worthy of their worship. We hav stood twice on that Mt. Carmel and sensed this great event.
But now, only days later, discouragement and depression have almost overwhelmed him... Elijah flees into the desert and concludes he is a failure.
God showed Him His glory, reminding Elijah of the greatness of the God he served. When discouragement comes and you wonder if you can go on remember Elijah- and be encouraged.
[ Elijah] came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die." I have had enough, Lord," he said.- 1 Kings 19:4
Jesus was warning His disciples that it would be costly for them to follow Him. It would be costly because they would have to give up their own plans and goals... because they must share in His rejection and death, No wonder " many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed Him"( John 6:66).
The cost of following Jesus has not changed. We want to cling to our plans- our possessions- our positions- but He says they must go. We want to live for ourselves- but He says we must live for Him. We want to live a life of pleasure and ease- but He says we must follow Him to the cross.
Unfortunately, I have known way too many who " have turned back and no longer follow Him."
" If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
One of the signs of the latter days before Christ returns, the bible says, is that " People will be ...disobedient to their parents"( 2 Timothy 3:2). Instead of obeying the commandment to " Honor your father and mother," they'll bring dishonor to them.
Does this commandment no longer have relevance as we grow older? Is it only for young children? No, not at all. As long as our parents are alive, we are to honor and respect them. They aren't perfect- but they were the ones God gave you, and you should honor them because of that.
" Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you." Deuteronomy 5:16
Imagine that you had a very wealthy relative, and one day her attorney called and told you she had died and left you a million dollars. The money, he added, was deposited in a bank in your name, and you could draw on it at any time.
You'd act on it, accepting by faith that what the attorney had told you was true, and you were now a millionaire.
In a far greater way God offers us a gift- the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Christ has done everything possible to provide it for you; all you need to do is believe and receive.
"This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life." 1 John 5:11-12
Being a parent is hard; every child is different, and every day brings fresh challenges.
First, see your children as a gift from God. He entrusted them to you; take them as a gift(and responsibility) from His hands. Second, let them know you love them, Show affection for them; teach them right and wrong; spend time with them. Third, be an example of faith. Pray with them, read the Bible to them, and let them see that Christ is important to you. I had great parents that did that and they took me to church all the time. With God's help , you can be the kind of parent they need.
" Train a child in the way he(she) should go, and when he(she) is old he(she) will not turn from it."- Proverbs 22:6