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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"In HIS Time"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2"My times are in thy hand:"
Psalm 31:15

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:"
Ecclesiastes 3:11



One of the great problems with teenage dating is that it is wrong timing.  For some reason we have the idea that when our kids become teenagers, they can begin having a dating life; and when they turn eighteen, they can make all of their own decisions, and when a boy turns twenty-one he is a man.  Where are these rules written?  Can anyone tell me where the Bible says this is the way things are to be?  In fact, God gives a strong warning against this in Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
      Is the "boyfriend/girlfriend" philosophy of God or of the world?  An honest look into the Scripture would clearly reveal that it is not of God.  In Genesis 2:24, God says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."  Jesus stated this again in Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:7, 8.  Paul said it again in Ephesians 5:31.  This means that a young man is under parental authority until he is married.  Parents are to have the say in the relationships their child have.  A parent does not have to concede to the standard of the world in this area.  This applies to a young lady as well.  “So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better” (I Corinthians 7:38).  A young lady is under the authority of her parents until her father gives her to the care of her husband.  This means that a young lady is to be submissive to her parents’ authority in all matters of life, including courtship.  If a daughter were to make a marriage vow without the consent of her father (in the Old Testament), he had the right to annul that marriage.  “If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth; And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.  But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her” (Numbers 30:3-5).
      We can clearly see that God is for parental protection of their young people until the day that they marry.  When they get coupled off as teenagers, they are doomed to troubles!  They are missing things they will need later in life because they have stepped out of God's timing.
      The word for parents and young people is: WAIT!  "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth." "Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee... Psalm 37:9, 34.
      "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:30,31.
      If you have God's love, you can wait.  I Corinthians 13:4 says, "Charity (God's agape love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up."  James 1:4 says, "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."   
         Again, Ecclesiastes 7:8 says, "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."


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Previous devotions

"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012