Thought of the Day 1-5-16

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21 NKJV)

There is more instruction in the New Testament for parents than for children. This may be because the occupation of being a parent is harder than any other. It requires a God-given sensitivity. Authority must be used with restraint, because it’s excessive use may stiffen resistance. This verse warns us that insensitive parents can easily provoke their children to the point of discouragement.

In every way you are stronger than your child. You may subdue him by an overbearing will or simply by your physical strength. If you pressure him to such an extent, then he will just wait for the day of liberation. When that day comes, he will throw off all restraint and reclaim freedom in everything. Ask yourself, therefore, what kind of home it was that led the needy son to resolve, “I will arise and go to my Father.”

Pastor Pete clear:both

Thought of the Day 1-4-16

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Life can be so overwhelming. As work gets more and more demanding, you wonder how you will ever keep up or wonder how or catch up. Family time is often reduced to a quick meal or simply a good-night kiss and hug. Even Sundays are busier and busier with worship services, church activities, and family dinners. It’s easy to get so consumed in life that you don’t notice His voice.

If you listen carefully you can hear Him amid the daily life calling to you. Can you hear Him saying to you Slow down…..Come away with me…..I love you.

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. (Song of Solomon 2:8-10 NKJV)
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