Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Captive Mentality

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What would you do to keep your children from suffering? What would you be willing to endure so that your children wouldn't have to struggle?

Although this may seem like a "good" parent mentality, it's not. It's not a Biblical one. It's a captive mentality.

I'm not talking about "the let the child fall and learn his lesson." No, what I am talking about is the "I don't want my child to be made fun, rejected, hated" mentality.

The Israelites coming out of Egypt had a captive mentality. Whenever they faced a difficult situation they would murmur, complain, and want to head right back to Egypt to be slaves! Think about it. They preferred being slaves rather than fight, overcome, and believe in God's promises.

They thought the same for their children. Look at the words the Lord heard them declaring in reference to their own children.

Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be carried off as slaves! Let's get out of her and return to Egypt!"
Numbers 14:3


They were so scared of confronting and fighting the enemy and dying in battle, that all they saw was death and destruction for their future. They envisioned their children as slaves, but what were their children going to be in Egypt? Slaves, nonetheless. Instead of showing their children, "I'd rather die a free man than live as a slave!" or even better, "I won't die and either will you. The Lord didn't bring us out of Egypt to die but to live and serve HIM!" Nope, there's was a doom and gloom mentality.

But look at what God said.

And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad--they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.
Exodus 1:39

Praise the Lord, His thoughts are not ours and weren't theirs. The Lord didn't allow their children to die in the desert. No, they would conquer and settle the Promised Land. But not without battles.

God loved them so much He states in Judges 3:1,2

1The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. 2He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.


God is not scared of His children going into battle for He knows they are not alone. He is with them.

But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten.
Jeremiah 20:11


He's not trembling over the size of the enemy's army for He knows His is greater.

"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
2 Kings 6:16


He's not fretting over their weapons for He knows His are mightier.

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
Zechariah 4:6


He is God, who has never and will never loose a battle. He is our Father and has made us more than conquerors.

If the mentality remains "I don't want my child to get hurt, made fun of, disliked" then you nor your child are living for Christ. You will compromise with the world to fit in and teach your children to do the same. For Christ Himself said,

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
John 15:19

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Luke 6:22

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Mark 13:13


If you're scared of the rejection, hurt, or even hatred your children will experience, could it be that you haven't allowed God to fight for you in battle and thus haven't seen His glory? Let us not try to shield our children from every hardship or difficulty. Let us show them to rely on the Lord to be their shield.

God loves you so much that He allows you to go into battle to glorify Himself won't you let Him do the same for your children, His children?

3 comments:

  1. I think that as a parent my natural (carnal) reaction to danger that may involve my children would be automatically to want to shelter them from harm. However, their days have been designed by the Lord and not I. My duty as a parent is to train them up in the ways of the Lord, be an example to them and pray, pray and pray some more for them!

    When adversity comes to give them the example of the power of prayer and that the Lord our God is bigger and mightier than any situation that can possibly arise.

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  2. sister this post is full of great verses of the the word of God as a remainder of how to battle.

    Amen Sydney
    Is very important that as parent, they see a good example of how we deal with difficult situations, but mostly they use faith, prayer and the word of God.
    I put my ( His ) children in His hand, is very limited what we can do, but God is all wisdom, all power and in control of everything they will confront in their lives.

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  3. Amen! I pray that the Lord helps us surrender our children's lives to Him. It is amazing the authority that God has imparted in us as Parents yet many of us don't know it and much less know how to use it. What's amazing is that the bible says the my people perish for lack of knowledge:Our authority over our children is so mighty that if we don't know how to use it as God intended according to His word most likely we end up making them captives to fear, slavery, bondage to sin because of the words that we declare with our mouths over them and/or our actions. The best example of a Father and Son relationship in the bible is from our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus' Christ: The Father testified greatly regarding His son: Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him, Jesus said several times that He and the Father are one (John 10:30 I and the Father are one."), John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (What was the Father was His), yet we also see that even though in Getsemane Jesus' Prays to His Father: Mark 14:36 "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." The Father was silent. -- The Father knew that despite it being a painful and suffering situation for His son and for Himself as well because if us being bad know how to give good gifts to our children how much more Him, therefore if is difficult for us when our children suffer imagine our Heavenly full of compassion Father, but in the end His suffering brought Him this from his Father: Philippians 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.

    Acts 5:31 God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their sins.

    -- If we can learn from the best Father and Son relationship our children will prosper:
    1. The Father spoke words of Life (encouragement) not death
    2. The Father testified about His Son
    3. What was the Father's was the Son's
    4. The Father and the Son are one (no divisions)
    5. The Father was compassionate even in tough times (Didn't tell Jesus' to man up or stop crying) just the silence and the extremely precious presence of the Holy Spirit and the angels that He sent to strengthened Jesus (Luke 22:43 "An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. ")
    6. Despite the suffering the Father knew His Son had to go through He allowed it because it was necessary - Necessary to safe the world, to defeat death and sin, to exalt the Son to the highest position thus giving man kind another opportunity to live in the Father's Plan for eternity.

    Father help us learn from You in Jesus' name! Amen!

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May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14