Over the weekend, I attended my second Father Daughter Retreat. Since my daughter is the youngest and isn’t as passionate about sports as my sons, I don’t have that same connection. Thus, its moments like this which provide a vehicle to bond and connect with my only daughter. Currently, my greatest fear is the direction and issues confronting my daughter’s generation.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 2 Thessalonians 2:9.
In view of the recent school shooting in Oregon, individuals seeking 15 minutes of fame are targeting the lives of Christians, attempting to snuff out their faith. Whether experts, investigators or law officers want to admit it or not, Satan is like a puppet master pulling the strings which cause these vessels of evil to snap. Beneath the surface, demons are planting seeds of violence inside the hearts and minds of these pawns. When the timings is right, devilish schemes are acted upon despite whatever good Samaritan tries to intervene.
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD,” Joshua 24:15.
Following in the footsteps of Moses, Joshua wasn’t afraid to speak the truth in love. After seeing the affects of other cultures on God’s chosen people, Joshua drew a line in the sand. However, Joshua didn’t just talk a good game, he lived one as well. While you can’t change how people will respond to cultural trends, you can blaze a trail of integrity for your children to follow. Therefore, despite the obvious negative signs that currently exist, emulate Jesus in this cold and dark world so that someone in your daughter’s generation will leave a legacy of faith.
by Jay Mankus