Stop be­ing in­tim­i­dated

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION - Wayne Robert Scott Peters­burg, VA

The Bi­ble says “with­out faith it is im­pos­si­ble to please God” (He­brews 11:6). The key to mo­men­tum is al­ways hav­ing some­thing to look for­ward to and be­lieve Almighty God for. Almighty God will keep ex­pos­ing you to dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions be­cause He knows it’s the only way your faith will grow. Did you get that.

Boys and girls, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men and women of God. Do not pray for tasks equal to your power, pray for power equal to your tasks. We don’t tap into Almighty God’s re­sources un­til we at­tempt some­thing that seems hu­manly im­pos­si­ble. That’s when we dis­cover: we can do ev­ery­thing Almighty God asks us to do with the help of Je­sus Christ who gives us the strength and power. All progress in­volves risk. And progress in­volves over­com­ing fear.

Each of us is an orig­i­nal from God’s hand. There are no self-made men or women. No one ever be­came tal­ented, buffed, or bright all by him­self or her­self. God made each of us all by Him­self. Did you get that.

Almighty God made your body, mind, and soul. And He isn’t done with you; He is still mak­ing you. His sin­gle minded pur­pose is our ma­tu­rity. Almighty God who be­gan a good work in you will carry it on to com­ple­tion un­til the day of Je­sus Christ’s re­turn. God is mak­ing you braver, stronger, purer, more peace­ful, more lov­ing, less self­ish, the kind of per­son you have per­haps al­ways wanted to be. Enough said!

Com­plete obe­di­ence is a choice to fol­low God re­gard­less of the con­se­quences. This means that we obey God even if our “friends” choose a dif­fer­ent path or when suf­fer­ing and em­bar­rass­ment are guar­an­teed.

And fol­low­ing God in all things is the surest path to “fa­vor and spir­i­tual” growth.

Did you get that. It has helped me im­mea­sur­ably to re­al­ize that my fun­da­men­tal con­cern in stormy times must not be, how can I get out of this? But, what can I get out of this?

Today over half of all boys and girls be­tween the ages of 9 and 17 have In­ter­net, ca­ble or satel­lite tele­vi­sion hook-ups in their bed­rooms. Many par­ents don’t even take the time to know what their chil­dren are watch­ing. Don’t be one of them. Did you get that.

One prom­i­nent so­cial re­searcher put it this way: al­most ev­ery­thing chil­dren are see­ing is es­sen­tially go­ing into their minds in some sort of un­cen­sored or un­fil­tered way.

Un­der the “free­dom of ex­pres­sion” rule or act, the United States of Amer­ica Gov­ern­ment and the courts per­mit ca­ble and In­ter­net to ped­dle ex­plicit sex, vi­o­lence, nu­dity, and pro­fan­ity to your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren.

Are you con­cerned? You should be! Why do sheep need a shep­herd?

For the same rea­son chil­dren (boys and girls) need lov­ing and ob­ser­vant par­ents (wolves). Enough said.

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