Friday, August 29, 2014

Imagine you're a hungry lion...

Imagine you're a lion...and you're hungry. Up ahead you see the lion version of McDonald's. Mmmm. A huge flock of nice, fresh, yummmmmy sheep. Just drive right on thru there and pick up a few of them to go! Yes!

One problem. They're all tightly gathered around a bodyguard and he's armed with this ancient equivalent of the modern gun...

As a predator now, that's a problem. How do you get a meal?

You could kill the guard, maybe? But, he's got that big stick! Gotta get that stick away from him! What if you could find some way to convince the put down his weapon? 

Or, better yet! What if you could convince the use that weapon...on those he is protecting. Aha! Now you're talking, right? We've all watched animal shows at some point and know that predators pick on the weak, sick, and the ones who are all alone, right? And, if you can get that guard to turn and use that weapon on the sheep soon...the sheep would be weakened, sickly, and probably a lot of them would be drifting off by themselves to get away from the guard!

Ooh, and that's another good idea! Somehow convince the guard that it's good for the sheep to be left all alone. Teach those sheep to be "independent!" That way, you don't even have to worry about the weapon 'cause it'll be nowhere in sight!

Yeah. Do those things and then you'd have a really tasty meal and an easy time of it. Somebody grab the A1 sauce! Mmmm

But, what shepherd would be that stupid? Use a weapon on the sheep he's protecting? I mean...REALLY?!

The Bible says...
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 

God chose the analogy of devil/lion to help us understand how the devil works and how to defeat him.

The reason God chose that analogy is...
"...since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20

God is teaching us through "parables" through nature everywhere we look. The more you understand about the way the world God created works, the more you know what God intends for us. It was awesome of God to do this for us in case we end up surrounded by false teachers someday. They can't change how the world works so that truth is always there for us to find...

The Bible says...
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." 
Psalm 23:4

God chose the analogy of God as a shepherd protecting humans like sheep. When David was faced with the scariest moments of his life, it was God's staff (gps) and His rod (weapon like a modern gun) that made him feel safe. God's rod was not for David but for David's enemies.

The Bible says...
He who withholds his rod hates his son...Proverbs 13:24
God chose the analogy of shepherd/parent...because anyone back then (when it was written) would know that if you withhold your rod from your flock of hate them because you're not protecting them from the lion.

David was a shepherd. He said that God's rod made him feel comforted because God's rod was used against the predators...just like the rod that David used to protect his sheep.

So, you're a hungry lion...aka the devil...and you see a child and you want to get to that child. But, God has designed the parent to be the child's armed bodyguard and to instinctively stick with that guard until they're strong enough to defend themselves...just like in nature. Children are designed to find comfort in their parents' guidance and protection. 

So, why is it that nearly all the "Christian" teachers about child rearing teach the parent/ turn...and use the weapon...on their sheep/child? 

Why is it that nearly all "Christians" believe that it is good if their children "fear" them???

The lion/ a crafty one...
"He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44 

Your children are a precious gift from God...helpless and fully dependent on you for everything from day one. 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

So, has the devil lied to you so as to better steal, kill, and destroy in your family? Are you the armed shepherd that keeps the lion/devil away from your sheep who all know the safest place is to be as close to you as possible?  

Or, have you believed the lies that have saturated the church via men like Dobson, Pearl, Tripp, and Ezzo...and are now actively weakening your sheep/children by turning the weapon God gave you against the enemy on your children...and driving them away from the safety of your presence? 

How do you use the weapon God's given you against the devil (your rod) in your home? God says that the truth is so obvious you are without excuse... (Romans 1)

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