Encounter with Jesus – November 13

November 13

The purpose of conviction of sin 

Hebrews 12.4-11

Have you ever seen a parent firmly grasp a mischievous child and lead him to where he should be? Sometimes our heavenly Father must also use a strong hand with us. Even as believers, we are a wayward and wayward people. But when we stray from the path, God helps us return to the path of righteousness.

The guiding hand of the heavenly Father is always on his children. But when believers fall into sin and rebellion, their hand squeezes us. We call this pressure on our hearts and minds “conviction of sin.” By instilling in us that this action, attitude or thought is not in line with what we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit makes us aware of our lack. Conviction is for the purpose of showing believers the kind of relationship they have with God. If you’ve gotten off track, wouldn’t you want to know so you can get back to the center of God’s will as soon as possible?

Discipline can be painful and come at a high price, especially when we have resisted the pressure of conviction. However, any wise parent will tell you that living with the consequences of reckless behavior teaches children valuable lessons about what is right and permissible.

Left to his own devices, man will destroy himself by pursuing self-centered pleasures and desires. God has a better plan for us: to lead us to perfect freedom in Christ, guided by his tender hand. When we stray, He squeezes his hand and brings us back on track.

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Single Parenting: Let Your Kids Be Kids – Living Free – November 13

Single Parenting: Let Your Kids Be Kids

Friday, November 13, 2020

Living Free Every Day®A ministry of LivingFree.org

Today’s Scripture
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 NLT

Thoughts for Today
Today let’s look at two mistakes single parents often make with their children. One occurs if you allow your child to assume the role of the missing spouse. Seeing your own grief or sadness, some children will try to assume the role of the lost parent in order to make you feel better. While it is good to assign chores and regular jobs around the house, no child should be expected to become the man of the house or a little mother. Let your children be children and you be the parent.

Other parents try to become their child’s friend and confidant rather than the parent. Your children need an adult they can count on, not a good buddy. Don’t let feelings of guilt that your children are deprived of a father or mother keep you from fulfilling your parenting responsibilities. Your children can have other buddies—you are their only parent.

Consider this …
Single parenting is an awesome responsibility. Always remember, you are not alone. If you will keep your eyes on Jesus, he will comfort you, he will guide you and he will give you the strength and courage you need.

Lord, help me direct my children on your path. Help me not to be ruled by guilt or a desire to be their “buddy.” Give me the strength to be a wise and loving parent. In Jesus’ name …

These thoughts were drawn from … The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.

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Daily Strength for Daily Needs – November 13

November 13

Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of Thy law.–PS. xciv

Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.–JER. x. 19.

Hold in thy murmurs, heaven arraigning!
The patient see God’s loving face;
Who bear their burdens uncomplaining,
‘Tis they that win the Father’s grace.

Do not run to this and that for comfort when you are in trouble, but bear it. Be uncomfortably quiet–be uneasily silent–be patiently unhappy.

Hard words will vex, unkindness will pierce; neglect will wound; threatened evils will make the soul quiver; sharp pain or weariness will rack the body, or make it restless. But what says the Psalmist? “When my heart is vexed, I will complain.” To whom? Not of God, but to God.

Surely, I have thought, I do not want to have a grief which would not be a grief. I feel that I shall be able to take up my cross in a religious spirit soon, and then it will be all right.

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Pearls of Grace – November 13

November 13

Bringing Our Emotions Through The Fire

“But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, Who tries the feelings and the heart…”

Jeremiah 11:20

Emotions are like the waves of the ocean; they can overtake us without notice, they can dash against us and all those around us like mighty breakers over the reefs of life many times bringing harm to all in their path. Our emotions will put our very heart on parade in pomp and circumstance for all to view. Some will cheer from the sidelines finding great amusement at the spectacle before them, while others will raise their trumpets of judgment from the sideline of self-righteousness. Whatever platform we have placed ourselves upon or even buried ourselves beneath, we all have emotions that we have to deal every day; in and through every situation. I don’t believe any of us have been, or are, immune from the affects of our own feelings or the feelings of others. Emotions affect every area of our lives and none of us can escape encountering them. We can’t get away from ourselves, no matter how far we run! Many have set out to “find themselves” as if they could run away and not know it! It’s not like we can send a message to ourselves saying: “hold on, I’m on my way”!

God created us as emotional beings; to feel, think, react and act. We can feel love, warmth, comfort, hope, joy and inner peace. But we can also feel, anger, hurt, fear, hate and lust. But, what are we to do with these, how are we to harness them for good? I believe Jeremiah 11:20 gives us the answer when he says; God, the Lord of Hosts, is the One Who scrutinizes our emotions and our hearts. He tries them, He weighs them in His holy scales and if necessary He even sends them through the fire to purge out what is harmful. It’s not always the emotion itself that is bad but rather how it is expressed, used or shared. Every emotion God gives us we can use for good but, in order for us to do that, we must allow God to try them and search them. God will not scrutinize our emotions without examining our heart. The heart is the well that our emotions flow from.

Purge my emotions that I may be found as gold in thy sight.

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