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DAILY MANNA TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2020

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2 months 2 weeks ago #10103 by thaiwohvista
DAILY MANNA TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2020 was created by thaiwohvista
TOPIC: AVOID BAD UPBRINGING

TEXT: Ezekiel 19:1-14

KEY VERSE:
“And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.” - (Ezekiel 19:3)

When John Wesley was in college, his mother one day wrote him: “If you are tempted to be judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of a pleasure, use this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the desire of spiritual things; whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, that thing, to you, is wickedness.”

Our text is a lamentation for the princes of Israel whose mother brought them up to be wicked. They were taught to catch the prey and devour men. This led the nation to become desolate, with the cities lying waste. Prophet Ezekiel likened the kingdom of Judah to a lioness and the kings of Judah to a lion’s whelps. They were cruel and oppressive to their own subjects. Jerusalem was a vine, flourishing and fruitful. This vine was now destroyed, though not plucked up by the roots. She had, by wickedness, made herself tinder to the sparks of God’s wrath, so that her own branches served as fuel to burn her.

Parents should note that feeding, clothing and provision of formal education are not their only responsibilities. God expects, above all, that children be brought to Jesus. It is better to leave every other thing, if possible, until your children are brought into the kingdom of God. The quality of your children’s lives is dependent on whatever you sow into them. It is what you sow that you will reap. The godly lifestyle and influence of parents go a long way in helping children make decisions for Christ.

If your children have already been affected by the evils of our day, assure them that all is not lost. Gently lead them to Christ and teach them scriptural ways to escape the corruptions of the world. God will crown your efforts with success.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Children are the sum of what parents contribute to their lives.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Psalm 105-106

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