What do you teach children about the King?
Are we training soldiers for His army?
His battle rages..
Against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness..
Against spiritual wickedness in high places..
Against this crooked and perverse generation..
Against the prince of the power of the air.
What do you teach your children our King would have them do for Him?
The war rages on.
The King calls for His soldiers.
Will they follow Him into battle?
Will they fight to death?
What will they do when the evil one rises up?
“Bow or burn,” that wicked one says.
“Bow or burn!”
Then will our children be nice, obey, love, bow…
Will they bow,
Or will they burn?
My son will burn and live.
Yours will bow and die.
Fight for your King soldier.
“Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.””
“Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear: If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate, The Lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.””
2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 5:1-9
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”
Do you trust Him in a place you don’t trust? Do you trust Him among people you don’t trust? Do you trust Him with with those who are praised for loving sin and shunning righteousness? Do you trust Him with family who claim His name but hate His life? Do you trust Him when your children are being taught inaccurate ideas about Him? Do you trust Him when trust separates you from everything and everyone? Do you trust Him when your own sinful reflection can’t bear to see it’s image? Do you trust Him when trust feels so desperately lonely? Do you trust Him when your heart’s being broken? Do you trust that His love is sufficient to fill? Do you trust that He in you is fullness of joy? Do you trust that with Him alone life is complete? Do you trust that He causes all things and will sustain you with peace? Do you trust Him with a courage which obeys even when you can’t see? Do you trust Him because you love to offer up a fraction of what He offered up for you? Do you trust that you are merely a vessel of His grace? Do you trust Him enough to show grace no matter what? Do you trust Him enough to surrender all?