Many of the agenda’s being pushed in today’s society are abusive to our children and to adults in some cases. The masking of abuse in America was ramped up recently with all the fear mongering happening around the masks and vaccines and has found it’s way in to so many areas that it is creeping into our children’s classrooms and minds!
Today’s episode is based from the reading of Malachi 1:6-14 and Genesis 4:1-15. God is our Heavenly Father and we should be honoring Him by giving only our best in all we do, especially our sacrifices to Him.
Our offering (not necessarily monetary) is a reflection of our attitude toward God.
Giving our bare minimum and offering God anything but our very best shows we care more about ourselves and our fleshly desires than we do about our relationship with God.
Are you living a life all in for Christ or are you living life giving Him the bare minimum and simply checking boxes off of some “how to be religious” list.
Listen to today’s episode to discover what God’s Word says about our offerings and how it speaks about our attitude towards God.
America is facing an authority crisis. Our nation as a whole is looking to self and to “love” as the most important things, however this thought process leads to destruction, hurt, and emptiness.
Listen to this episode on America’s Authority Crisis.
America is facing an Identity Crisis like never before. Our government, media, and others are encouraging people, especially our children, to find their identity in things like their sexuality, race, political views, and so on. Seeking our identity in things of this world will only lead to death and destruction.
Listen to today’s podcast to discover where to find our true identity.
Check out the new podcast video with special guest Nate Ward, where we are discussing boldness in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Originally aired live on Facebook on 7/31/21. We hope you find this message encouraging and it stirs something inside of you to want to be bold for Christ.
Part 2 of when did parenting become oppressive focuses on the cognitive and faith development stages of children. Understanding the way a child develops through each stage helps us to understand why it is so dangerous and unhealthy for children to be making adult decisions.
Culture today is pumping our children full of societal lies and encouraging them to act on every feeling and desire they have. All while failing to explain consequences of their choices and why it is that they are not capable of making educated, healthy, adult decisions.
Furthermore, culture is also encouraging children to rebel against their parents and take a stand for ideologies they do not and can not fully understand, due to their minds not being fully developed. Encouraging our children to fight against their parents, while labeling us intolerable, hateful, and so on.
When did parenting become oppressive?
In the culture today, our society is encouraging our children to stand up for things they do not fully understand. Encouraging and allowing our children to make adult decisions that will have negative consequences in the future is NOT loving. Society wants us to embrace our young children’s immature beliefs and behaviors, and if we don’t they label us oppressive, toxic, a bigot, a racist, and so on.
When did parenting your child become oppressive?
Are you living your life feeling like you are barely surviving or are you living a thriving life through a relationship with Jesus Christ?
We have to allow God to work in us just as much as we want Him to work through us in helping others. We cannot pour from an empty cup. A lack of spiritual guidance through God’s Word will often leave us feeling like we are barely surviving this crazy thing called life.
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What if I told you we are NOT born naturally good? In fact, that is EXACTLY what I am saying. We are born wicked and it is only through Christ alone that we can produce good fruits.
What?! How could you?
I think I am a pretty good person…
I would then have to ask you– measuring by what standards are you counting yourself as a good person?
At this point in time most people go on about how they help people, feel like they are a good friend/parent/etc., and say things like I mean I haven’t killed anyone.
Well, yes that is good and I am certainly glad to hear murder isn’t on the table. (insert chuckle)
However, if we measure by the ultimate judge on weather we are good or wicked, I think you may come up with a different conclusion.
I now ask you to be completely honest with me, yourself, and God. Answer the following questions.
- Have you ever told a lie? Even a little white lie?
- Have you ever taken something that was not yours or that you didn’t pay for? Think hard, because it happens on accident a lot! (a pen, something you carried home from work, something you found at a public location)
- Have you ever said something about another person out of anger, hurt, etc.?
- Have you ever talked about someone else to a third party, when it was not your place to tell?
- Have you ever looked at another person in a lustful way?
If everyone is being honest, the answer should be ‘yes’ to all of the above questions. It is common for mankind (men and women) to naturally do these things because we are NOT naturally good. So, if we measure by God’s standard, which He has the ultimate say, then we are liars, thief’s, unforgiving, gossiping, adulterers.
YIKES! When you put it that way… we are not naturally good.
Which is precisely why the Bible tells us in John 3:3-7 that we need to be born-again.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
Why are we born this way?
God created mankind (Adam and Eve) and called it all very good. He gave mankind freewill and CLEAR instructions, in this case they could eat from any tree in the garden except NOT from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent and disobeyed God’s instruction and ate the forbidden fruit. If you read the whole story of the creation and fall of mankind in Genesis 1-3, God tells us that the land and mankind is cursed from the time we are born until we die because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.
From here the Bible is full of stories about the wickedness of mankind’s hearts. Stories of murder, stealing, betrayal, adultery, and so much more. (Doesn’t sound much different from what we hear today on the news and in social media.
As the story goes on you will read about periods of time that mankind used animal sacrifices in attempt to atone for our sins. However, nothing was good enough to cover the disobedient wicked ways of our sinful nature. None of these sacrifices were able to bridge the gap of separation between God and mankind (us).
This is where Jesus comes in and radically changes EVERYTHING from that point forward!
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Jesus came and fulfilled many prophesies spoken. He is fully God and fully man, which is how he lived the perfect life during His time walking the Earth. Jesus’ purpose was to be the ultimate example for us to follow and to ultimately be crucified on the cross as an atonement for our sins.
Jesus conquered sin and conquered death. He was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead on the third day. He is alive today and will return for His people. Those who are born again– that repent of our sins, ask for forgiveness, and confess Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior
Just as John 3:3-7 says born again is by spirit and water. This is our new birth or re-birth. This is not just a stated prayer. It should be followed by devout study of God’s Word. It should be a life changing radical moment in a person life.
Being born again doesn’t mean we are instantly perfect and will never sin again, it means we are forgiven by the blood of Jesus.
Born again also doesn’t mean we are free to sin when and how we please or that we should continue down the same paths, making the same choices, it means the old has passed a way, we are free from the bondage of sin and we are a new creation in Him.
A born again Christian who has had true repentance and a life changing renewal spiritually will want to seek God’s direction and to know Him more. They will be intentional when it comes to prayer time and reading the Bible.
Reading the Bible and prayer is our way of communication with God, to learn His instruction and renew our minds and soul. An internal noticeable change.
There is a common misconception that ‘most people are naturally good. have your best interests at heart’. This is just NOT the case, the Bible tells us so and not in a ‘because I said so’ type of way. The Bible clearly explains why the evil and wickedness is in the hearts of mankind from birth. It goes all the way back to the original sin of disobedience to God’s Word.
What is the root of disobedience to God’s Word or disobedience in general? Pride, thinking we know better then God or someone else who has given clear instruction for our safety, health, and well being.
2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
This is why in Luke 9:23 we are to to deny ourselves daily, and take up the cross to follow Him. Our ways are wicked and will lead only to destruction and death (an eternal separation from God).
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
A born again believer is a new man, a new creation, and you should see changes in their life as evidence of that.
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Fruits of the spirit are NOT produced by our flesh naturally. We are not naturally born with these traits. They are produced by and through the Holy Spirit from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible tells us we must be born again through water and spirit to see the kingdom of God.
Society as a whole has become one of oppression and a victim mentality. Consistently finding ourselves as victims to someone else’s actions, thoughts, morals, and so on. This has become such an issue within our nation that it is literally ripping families apart, ruining businesses, and attempting to “cancel” our history.
This victimization of one’s self is an acquired trait or taught behavior in which a person identifies as a victim to seek persecution in order to gain attention from others. This is happening all around us. There are many in the world that are claiming to be oppressed and a victim of the actions from others, that have not actually happened or were results of a ‘bad day’ and ‘bad mood’ NOT of oppression. However, they continue to claim these oppressions even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence of the claimed circumstance.
Please note: (I do recognize that there are hateful, evil people out there who are causing harm and truly are attempting to oppress someone. I am in NO WAY taking away from the seriousness or damage caused by those whom have TRULY experienced one of these horrific acts.)
So what does this cause?
The oppressed individual blames those around them, often times the ones they love, for feeling a particular way. The victimhood mentality or oppression mentality has a need for recognition, a desire for someone to affirm their victimhood or oppression. To the point that if you do not affirm this oppression, that does not exist, then instantly you become the oppressor.
This ideology has made it to the point that even government authorities have pushed for this oppressor verse oppressed societal groups. Using movement ‘groups’ to create division and violence among us all– in the name of trying to create equality.
I could speculate and give my educated ideas on why this is, but for the sake of this article, I will not.
Let’s take a look at what oppression means…
unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power
a sense of being weighed down in body or mind
In order to truly understand the above definition we must follow a short “rabbit hole” and define what is ‘just’ to understand what is considered unjust.
the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
conformity to truth, fact, or reason
Now we must go a little further and explore the definition of what is just.
having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason
conforming to a standard of correctness
acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good
You see to be considered unjust the action has to be based on something that is NOT truth, fact, or morally upright or good.
Where do these standards come from?
If you trace our history all the way back to the beginning it all starts with God.
The Bible, also known as God’s divine Word, is where the original moral guidelines came from. This is where our laws, constitution, and so on all originated from. Laws against murder, theft, and violence, for example, were all formed around what God tells us is just and morally good.
Just as we have standard rules and morals most of us teach our children, for example, we teach our children to be kind to others, do not lie, do not cheat, and so on. All these principles come from the Bible and God’s direct instruction to mankind.
However, our culture today is so far removed from God that these very standards of living are being eliminated and it is becoming a free for all for sin. Society is attempting to justify sin and it is truly heartbreaking.
As a whole, society has successfully deceived so many into believing they are victims of oppression by another person, when in reality, they are a victim of oppression because of sin. (We all are– oppression is sin holding you down and back, keeping you separated from God.)
I want to encourage each person who is feeling oppressed by someone or something to truly examine your life. Is what you are feeling oppressed about a sin in the eyes of God? Likely the answer is yes, and at that point we need to take our desires and struggles to the feet of the Lord and ask for His help and deliverance from the oppression, so we may be able to live a happy and fulfilling life– in relationship with Jesus Christ.
Don’t allow society to keep you bound by the chains of oppression. You are designed for so much more and God has great plans for each one of us.
Press in to God and cast your cares, worries, fears, hurt, anger upon Him and He will help you.