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Bring It On-Line: Children in the Hands of God

Should we, as parents, back out and let God handle our children instead of giving them what they need? How do I choose between God and my father? What does the Bible mean when it speaks of a reprobate mind? Does this imply that there isn't a ... ... Read Transcript


Terry: MANY OF YOU SENT

IN E-MAIL QUESTIONS, AND WE

WANT TO ANSWER SOME OF THOSE

TODAY.

THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM

DARLA, WHO SAYS, "MY

52-YEAR-OLD NON-CHRISTIANSON

HASN'T WORKED SINCE THE

FIRST OF DECEMBER LAST

YEAR.

I'M HELPING HIM ALL I CAN TO

KEEP HIS HEAD ABOVE WATER,

INCLUDING BUYING A TRUCK FOR

HIM.

AM I WRONG IN GIVING HIM

WHAT HE NEEDS?

AM I TAKING HIM OUT OF GOD'S

HANDS.

SHOULD WE, AS PARENTS, LET

GOD HANDLE OR CHILDREN

INSTEAD OF GIVING THEM WHAT

THEY NEED?"

Pat: DARLA, THAT'S A

QUESTION MANY PARENTS ARE

FACING.

BUT IF SOMEBODY IS NOT DOING

WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, YOU

BECOME AN ENABLER.

A 52-YEAR-OLD HAUTE T OUGHT

TO GET A JOB.

IF HE IS ALWAYS THINKING HE

CAN GO TO MOM AND GET WHAT

HE WANTS, THEN THE INCENTIVE

TO GO OUT AND FACE THE WORLD

IS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM.

HE NEEDS TO GET A PLACE OF

HIS OWN.

HE NEEDS TO BE ON HIS OWN.

SO YOU'RE NOT HELPING HIM

ANY.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT TAKING

HIM AWAY FROM GOD'S WILL, I

DON'T KNOW.

BUT TO GIVE A CHILD A HAND

ALONG THE WAY, THAT'S WHAT

PARENTS DO.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE

WORLD WRONG WITH THAT.

Terry: SHE SAYS HER SON

IS 52, AND I'VE BEEN GUILTY

OF THIS, AND WE DO THINGS

FOR OUR CHILDREN AND WE

DON'T TEACH THEM TO HANDLE

THEIR MONEY WELL --

Pat: I HAVE NO IDEA

WHAT TEACHING SHE GAVE ALONG

THE WAY, BUT THEY SHOULD

HAVE HAD AN ALLOWANCE, AND

THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO

UNDERSTAND MONEY, AND THEY

SHOULD DO IT WHEN THEY'RE

LITTLE KIDS.

Terry: THIS IS A VIEWER

WHO SAYS, "I'LL BE LEAVING

NEXT FALL TO ATTEND

COLLEGE.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS

CALLED ME TO BE A YOUTH

PASTOR AND WORK OVERSEAS ONE

DAY.

MY DAD REFUSES TO TALK TO ME

ABOUT MY FUTURE.

WHEN I BRING IT UP, HE TELLS

ME I DON'T NEED TO RUN OUT

OF THE HOUSE AS SOON AS I

TURN 18.

I DON'T WANT TO SIT AT HOME

AND NOT BE PRODUCTIVE.

HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN GOD

AND MY FATHER?"

Pat: I DON'T THINK

YOU'RE HEARING FROM GOD LIKE

YOU THINK.

GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A FATHER,

AND HE HAS GIVEN YOU WISDOM,

AND YOU NEED TO RECEIVE THAT

WISDOM.

I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

MY OWN LIFE, I HAD FOUR

YEARS OF COLLEGE, AND THEN I

HAD THREE YEARS OF LAW

SCHOOL.

AND THEN I HAD BUSINESS

EXPERIENCE.

AND THE LORD CALLED ME TO

HIS SERVICE OUT OF

BUSINESS.

AND I WANTED TO GET GOING

RIGHT THEN.

BUT THE LORD SAID GO AND

SPEND TIME, THREE MORE YEARS

, IN THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL.

IT HAS BEEN INVALUABLE.

YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND JUMP

OUT INTO THE WORLD WITHOUT

THE PROPER WEAPONS, WITHOUT

THE PROPER INTELLECTUAL

BACKGROUND, AND WITHOUT THE

MATURITY YOU NEED.

GOD IS IN NO HURRY.

HE WAS IN NO HURRY TO CREATE

THE EARTH.

AND HE IS IN NO HURRY TO GET

YOU LAUNCHED.

GET THE TRAINING YOU NEED

AND GET THE MATURITY YOU

NEED BEFORE YOU GO OUT AND

BEGIN TO FACE THE GIANTS

THAT ARE OUT THERE IN THE

WORLD AHEAD OF YOU.

Terry: THIS IS LEN WHO

SAYS, "WHAT DOES THE BIBLE

MEAN WHEN IT SPEAKS OF A REP

ROBATE MIND.

DOES THIS MEAN THERE IS NO

CHANCE OF REPENTANCE?"

Pat: I THINK REPRO

REPRO BATE IS A MIND THAT

HAS TURNED AWAY FROM THE

LORD.

BUT THERE IS NOTHING THAT

SAYS THAT THAT MIND CAN'T BE

CONVERTED AND COME BACK TO

THE LORD.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS

SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL

RESCIND AWAY YOUR LAST

CHANCE.

BUT THAT IS WHAT THEY'RE

TALKING ABOUT, A MIND THAT

HAS REJECTED THE THINGS OF

GOD.

IT IS DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS

GROUND.

Terry: THIS IS KATIE

WHO SAYS, "AFTER WORKING FOR

20 YEARS FOR THE SAME

COMPANY, MY FATHER HAS JUST

BEEN LAID OFF.

I HEARD HIM TELL MY MOTHER

THAT TO SAVE MONEY, THEY

WOULD STOP TITHING.

I'M WORRIED THIS SITUATION

WILL MAKE A BAD SITUATION

WORSE.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN MY

MISGIVINGS ABOUT THIS

WITHOUT CROSSING THE LINE AS

THEIR DAUGHTER?"

Pat: YOU DIDN'T TELL ME

HOW OLD YOU ARE, OR HOW OLD

YOUR PARENTS WERE, EXCEPT

THEY WORKED 20 YEARS FOR ONE

COMPANY AND WERE LAID OFF.

I THINK IF YOU HAVE FAMILY

PRAYER TIME, YOU COULD

DISCUSS IT.

YOU COULD SAY I REALLY

BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL BLESS

US AS A FAMILY IF WE

CONTINUE TO GIVE UNTO THE

LORD.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S UP TO

YOUR FATHER.

Terry: THIS IS KELLY

WHO SAYS, "WE OFTEN TALK

ABOUT GOD BLESSING JOB AFTER

HIS TIME OF TESTING, AND

THAT GOD BLESSED JOB WITH A

NEW, LARGER FAMILY.

BUT WHERE WAS GOD FOR JOB'S

ORIGINAL FAMILY?

WHERE WAS THE BLESSING FOR

THEM?"

Pat: THEY CAUGHT IT IN

THE NECK.

I DON'T KNOW -- ACTUALLY, IT

WASN'T GOD.

IT WAS SATAN, SATAN WHO

BROUGHT THE PROBLEM ON JOB,

AND NOT GOD.

GOD SAID HE IS EXHIBIT "A."

HE IS MY MAN.

IF YOU EVER CONSIDERED JOB,

ME IS EXHIBIT A.

AND SATAN SAID, I'M GOING TO

GO AFTER HIM AND PROVE

YOU'RE WRONG.

AND GOD SAID, OKAY, JUST

DON'T TAKE HIS LIFE AWAY.

UNFORTUNATELY, SATAN HURT

JOB'S FAMILY.

WHERE WAS GOD?

WELL, GOD LET THINGS

HAPPEN.

GOD DOES NOT SPARE US FROM

ALL OF THE THINGS IN LIFE.

HE DOESN'T.

NOR DOES HE SPARE EVERYONE

FROM WHAT SATAN WANTS TO DO

TO THEM.

BUT IN JOB'S CASE, GOD SAID,

SATAN, YOU CAN ONLY GO SO

FAR, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE HIS

LIFE.

Terry: TAMMY SAYS,

"SOMETIMES I GET SO

OVERWHELMED WITH LIFE I

DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO PRAY

FOR.

WHEN I GET THAT LOW AND

DISCOURAGED, HOW SHOULD I

PRAY.

I CATCH MYSELF REPEATING

THANKING THE LORD FOR LOVING

ME."

Pat: TAMMY, YOU'RE

DOING THE RIGHT THING.

SPEND TIME WORSHIPPING THE

LORD, SPEND TIME TELLING HIM

YOU LOVE HIM.

ONE TIME I HAD ONE TOO MANY

THINGS GOING ON.

IT WAS A BURDEN AND A BURDEN

AND A BURDEN.

AND I SAID, GOD, I CAN'T

HANDLE THIS BURDEN ANY

LONGER AND I'M GOING TO GIVE

IT TO YOU.

AND GOD SAID, OKAY, AND HE

TOOK IT.

WITHIN A FEW DAYS,

EVERYTHING WORKED OUT.

TERRY, I RECOMMEND THAT FOR

YOU.

WHATEVER BUENAS TARDES

YOU'VBURDENS YOU'VE GOT,

TAKE ONE OR TWO AND HAND

THEM TO GOD.

Terry: GOOD QUESTIONS

TODAY.

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