The way they should go
population, African Americans made up 38% of all abortions tracked in 2016. Again, Jesus words come to light over Ms. Sangers statements "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19 KJV).
Ms. Sanger was unaware that Satan was using her in ways to spill blood. Just as the blood of Jesus was spilled for our redemption, Satan spills blood because of his hatred for God's precious creation. One day all abortions will immediately stop. I've said this before, even though it’s not biblical.
I believe there's a special place in heaven for the unborn who never got to see this earth. But remember this my friends, all those babies that didn't get to see this earth, will get to see the new earth and new heaven (Revelation 21:1). But these babies will be in the same position as was the case with the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).
[Jesus told them this story in which a diseased beggar is rewarded, and a rich man is punished. The rich man did not go to hell because of his wealth but because he was selfish, refusing to feed Lazarus, take him in, or care for him.]
Isn't the same attitude taken against the unborn? Selfishness says, "I'm most important right now unborn child, you are expendable." But God will show that the unborn will get to see this new heaven and new earth. But the unrepentant abortionist and those hands that give their approval to it will be in the same position as the rich man (Luke 16:24,25; Revelation 21:8).
God has allowed some women to be barren. Why? His reasons are in his love, power, and control. It all has to do with the fallen sin nature of man. But God in his great mercy and compassion has given barren women a heart to adopt (Psalm 113:9). Just as we (Authentic Christians) are spiritually adopted into the family of God, (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5).
♤In the New Testament, Jesus Christ was conceived through the Holy Spirit instead of through the seed of a man (Matthew 1:18). He was “adopted” and raised by His mother’s husband, Joseph, who took Jesus as his own child.♤
Even when our parents forsake us, Jesus is there to raise us in his image (Psalm 27:10; 68:5,6; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:27; Philippians 1:6). But God still instructs parents to teach them in his ways. Parents are not to crush the spirit of their child. But are to bring them up in the nurture (paideia) or tutorage that is education or training, by implication disciplinary correction. The word admonition (nouthesia) means to give a mild rebuke or warning (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
There are two words from Proverbs 22:6, that revolve around raising a child. The first is train up. (Chanac) which means to train up or initiate. To dedicate. It is often used for the consecrating of anything, house, or person, to the service of God. The Hebrew word ways (derek) in Proverbs 22:6 means to set a way, road, distance, or journey according to that child's gifts and talents that God has place in him or her. In every child there are special and peculiar powers.
And what are the ways a child should walk in Proverbs? Just as today’s sermon title suggest, the ways of a child should be taught to walk on the same path that Jesus set us on. As parents, we should introduce those beautiful gifts our children have to the one who gave them. Joshua had it correct when he spoke these words (Joshua 24:15). God wants the best for them (Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 29:11).
Children are the most precious gift on this earth. To many times they go unnoticed and are destroyed by evil practices in our society. From abuse to abandonment, to failing educational institutions to self-destruction (suicide), children are a gift from God. He will hold all accountable who mishandle them.
[Parents should care gently for their children, even if their children are disobedient and unpleasant. The purpose of parental discipline should be to help children grow into mature adults and Christians, not to exasperate and provoke them to anger or discouragement. Parents should act in love, wisely treating their children as Jesus would treat them.]
[The Psalmist even says they like arrows in the hand of a warrior and happy is the man who has His quiver full of them. (Psalm 127:5) The Psalmist recognized that children are a miracle created by God and we have a responsibility to parent them in a way that honors the Lord. Wise, godly parents understand where their gifts came from (Genesis 33:5; Genesis 48:9).]
Listen my friends, I didn't grow up in a perfect home, there was lots of worldliness in it. But I had parents who thought life was precious. They knew life came from God. As a result, God gave my mother the love and desire to birth me. (Isaiah 66:13). A mother's love is deep and comforting. God created the family, and children are a gift from God to them.
Jesus had a lot to say about children. When the disciples saw them as a distraction and nuisance, Jesus welcomed them and blessed them. Jesus warned against harming them (Matthew 18:6,10;
[Children are trusting by nature. Because they trust adults, they are easily led to faith in Jesus. God holds parents and other adults accountable for how they influence these little ones. Jesus warned that anyone who turns little children away from faith in him will be severely judged.]
[We must remember that angels administer God’s care. God uses them to care for those we love, including our children. These words ring out sharply in cultures where children are taken lightly, ignored, or terminated before they have a chance at life.]
Children are no less important to God in the womb, as they are when they come out of the womb. God has designed the womb of a women to have blessing in it. How so? Even an angel proclaimed the blessing to Zacharias. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit while in Mary's womb. Later, when Mary greeted Elisabeth, (who also was pregnant), her baby leaped in the womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Two babies in the womb. Jesus and John, the Baptist.
God ordained this meeting between two women, and their wombs took part in the blessing (Luke 1:15, 40-42). Elisabeth didn't whisper this to Mary, she shouted it! "And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb" (Luke 1:42 KJV). The fruit of the Holy Spirit brings joy. Please read (Galatians 5:22,23).
[Newly transformed people produce something special with their lives. Paul calls the new work of the Spirit fruit. The Holy Spirit spontaneously and creatively produces this kind of fruit in us.]
Elisabeth was filled with this fruit and her baby John had the same joy from the Spirit. This is a place where God's gentle hands performs his will for that child. It grieves the heart of God when children in the womb are discarded the same way our garbage is collected on trash day. He even condemned the harming of children by those who sacrificed them to pagan gods. (Leviticus 18:6-27). God had strictly forbidden certain sins characterized as abominations.
Here's the truth from God’s own words. He strictly forbids (1) having sexual relations with close relatives, (2) committing adultery, (3) offering children as sacrifices, (4) having homosexual relations, and (5) having sexual relations with animals.
[These practices lead to disease, deformity, and death. They disrupt family life and society and reveal a low regard for the value of oneself and of others. Society today takes some of these practices lightly, even trying to make them acceptable. But they are still sins in God’s eyes. If you consider them acceptable, you are not judging by God’s standards.]
God desires to shower us with his blessings. Please read (Deuteronomy 28:1-13). See if you can count how many times the word blessed you can have in your life. Jesus came along and continued giving gifts. The Bible says freely you have received, freely give.
●The word “give” and its cognate forms is used in the Bible 1,981 times. So, it should make you think that God has a lot to say about giving. But the interesting thing, as you go through and look at all these references, is that by far the vast majority are references to what God has given us. These references are probably on a ratio of about five to one.● (Blue text)
🗣📢 Last words: When it comes to the value of children, nothing else stands beside them. Keep these words as a reminder of how God values them. Jesus reminded us that if we don't have childlike faith, we shall not enter heaven (Matthew 18:1-6). The word still applies today, "And a child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6).
1. Children Are Worth More Than Any Material Possession. Psalm 139:14; 27:13;
2. Children Are “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” in the Image of God.
(Genesis 1:27). made people in his own image because he desired to have a relationship with us!
3. We Pass on a Heritage of Faith through Our Children. Isaiah 38:18; Psalm 78:4;
It is through our children that our faith lives on!
4. Your Child Has a God-Given Purpose for You to Help Them in Discovering. Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10; has plans for the life of your children! Each quirk, talent, and silly part of your kid’s personality was created by God for good works. Each generation is special in his sight. God desires our children to prosper just as we do too!
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave gifts to the church (Romans 12:6-9; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 1 Peter 4:10,11). God gives many gifts to the people of his church, and he spreads those gifts around. All spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit with the purpose of building up Christ’s body, the church.
My friends, it is sacred gift to be able to guide our children as they grow into the men and women God has purposed them to be. God holds all parents accountable by what we pour into them. If you are a parent, do you read the Bible to your children? Do you tell them the great stories of the heroic men and women of the faith who have gone before you? Do you pray for and with them daily? Do you take them to worship and Bible study groups and let them see how important your involvement in church is to you? Can they see the difference Jesus makes in your life?
❤ CHILDREN LOVE JESUS ❤
Show them the way! God will do the rest.
🛐 Here’s a prayer you can pray to be the loving steward over the gift God gave you. "Heavenly Father, thank you so much for this message today. Thank you, Lord, for sending your gifts to us today. Lord there are times when we cry all day because our child is lost and broken. I pray you will return this gift delivered and whole. Lord, I ask you to bless each child from the womb to the loving arms that will care for them until they reach adulthood.
May each child today be kept safe and secure in your arms of love. Help them to grow in grace and come to a mature understanding of your glorious grace. Lord, each child that has be mentioned in prayer today, be a special jewel in your heart, and may they grow into mighty men and women of God, who love you with all their heart.
Thank you Lord, for each gift, In Jesus' name we pray, amen."
Please continue to pray for youth churches and youth ministries. Also pray for spiritual mentors to sharpen the youth for Jesus. Their hearts are pliable, and ready to be introduced to their savior.
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"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."
Pastor Todd Boxley
Worship Center Ministry