I heard an interesting saying last weekend while listening to a sermon on television. During a conversation about parenting at church an elder replied, “when children stop listening to parents, they begin following what adults practice.” These habits develop, form and shape what young people become. When adults become hypocritical in the eyes of their children, the ability to have a lasting influence is lost. This is where the fight for your family often begins.
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows, Nehemiah 4:13.
In the 20th year of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, Nehemiah received news that the walls surrounding Jerusalem were broken down, leaving the people of Judah in danger. Serving as a cupbearer to the king, similar to the secret service today, Nehemiah got approval to take some time away to oversee the rebuilding of the wall. While fasting and praying, Nehemiah received a vision that enabled the construction to be completed in less than two months. This job was completed so fast due to motivation, fixing the portion of wall closest to your home. This concept inspired families to take ownership of their portion of the wall, eager to fight for and protect their neighbors.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses, 1 Timothy 6:12.
In modern times, the fight for your family is becoming more complicated. Recently, parents of Charlie Gard were not allowed to leave the country to receive experimental medical attention. Subsequently, Charlie was left to die in the hospital. Depending upon the laws of your country, state or city, government regulations in some cases are taking away the rights of parents. Meanwhile, progressive political views are slowly eradicating Judeo Christian values from American culture. Those who stand up for the Bible are regularly maligned, ridiculed and shunned by the mainstream media. If Christian continue to cave and fold to public pressure, traditional families will be a thing of the past. In view of this fear, apply the words of the apostle Paul by fighting the good fight of faith. in changing times to fight for your family.
by Jay Mankus