I was impressed this morning to share straight Bible with my ten year old step son. Now, whenever I am “impressed” with something, I assess the situation and use scripture prior to taking action. Prior to this, in my early youth days, I would go and start saying whatever came to my mind. Because I know I am not the Holy Spirit and I have not been called into the prophetic office (as in to be a prophet), I take action cautiously.
Unfortunately, my step son has become a chronic liar and takes things that are not his (around the house, school, and church). It’s very nerve wrecking to be a parent (or step parent) of a person who has these behavior. But I am hopeful that, one day, he will stop, listen to the advice that have been given by various of people who have his best interest in mind, and avoid situations that may cause him to be tempted.
And, because I know that my step son (as well as myself) are not the only one that are dealing with such destructive behaviors (as in destroying relationships), I thought I would share with you what I have done to provide hope within this situation. I had him to read Exodus 20:15, 16 in KJV (because this is the Bible version he owns) and The Clear Word Bible (because this is the Bible that explains it in clear words). I had reminded him that we cannot keep God’s commandments in our own strength. We have to ask for help from God. And, because of a presentation I had played in his hearing about the promises of God (instead of viewing God’s commandments are commands but promises: hear presentation here and go to the time 23:00 – 23:30), I told him I would look up some promises that God has for those who don’t steal and lie. I have printed out the following and placed a copy on his bed and in the living room:
“You are not to take what doesn’t belong to you.”
(Exodus 20:15, The Clear Word)
You are not to lie, deceive or accuse others falsely.” (Exodus 20:16, The Clear Word)
Those that don’t lie or steal with have a place in God’s kingdom. Bible reference:
“Men and women… who steal, lie, cheat, … none of these will have a part in God’s Kingdom.”
(I Corinthians 6:9, 10, The Clear Word)
Those who had stolen or lied in the past have hope.
Christ can cleanse you and set you right with Him:
“Some of you were like that before you heard the gospel, but God through Christ cleaned you and set you right with Him.”
(I Corinthians 6:11, The Clear Word)
A basic background is that his Dad and I have noticed how many sermons this year have been based on what my step son has been struggling with. It is as of God is trying to get him to head warnings. Others have took interest in him and have been praying for him as well. So my step son has been exposed to things (as in Bible truths) for a good while but it’s the actions of believing and allowing Christ to help him in this area that is lacking. So, what I had told my step son this morning is that I will look up a promise God has for those who do not steal or lie. So I found the promise in 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11 (read it above). I told my step son that I will do a little Bible study on this subject. So I did and I came across a passage in Ephesians 4 and 5:
The Christian’s Walk
Ephesians 4:17-32 (Bible Version: The Clear Word)
17 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I appeal to you not to live as those Gentiles do who have different values and a completely different view of things.
18 Their minds are darkened and they’re alienated from God because of their ignorance, which is due to the hardness of their hearts.
19 They’ve become callous and live a life of sensuality, indulging in undisciplined passions with a continual lust for more.
20 This is totally different from the kind of lives I’ve taught you to live or from the devoted life to God that Christ lived.
21 If you’ve been taught how to live in accordance with the truth as it is in Jesus,
22 then put off the old self which is corrupt and deceitful and full of lust.
23 Determine to live totally for Him. Begin each day with a commitment to live for Christ.
24 This is what it means to put on the new self, to be a new person in Christ, one who has been re-created in uprightness and holiness.
25 So, stop lying to each other and speak truthfully, because we are all members of the same family.
26 If you get upset, don’t focus on your feelings until they become hateful and degenerate into sin. Be angry with sin, but don’t sin by being angry with the sinner.
27 Determine to get over any anger before nightfall, or the devil will gain a foothold.
28 Anyone who has been stealing should stop it, do some honest work, pay back what was stolen, then give something to those in need.
29 Let no dishonorable talk come out of your mouths but only what will help those who hear. Impart grace to others by talking faith and hope as fits the occasion.
30 Don’t drive away the Holy Spirit for He’s the only One who can protect you from Satan until God’s plan for this world has been completed.
31 Put away any bitterness, hostility, anger, gossip, rioting, and holding of grudges.
32 Instead, be kind and compassionate to one another, considerate and forgiving, just as God in Christ has done for you.
Be Imitators of God
Ephesians 5:1, 2 (Bible Version: The Clear Word)
1 Follow Christ’s example, as children of God should.
2 Walk in love and be willing to expend yourself for others as Christ has done for us. Remember that Christ gave Himself as an offering to God, sweeter than incense.
I printed two copies of this out: one to place in living room and another I left on my step son’s bed. The copy on the bed has a letter attached to it to explain that Ephesians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the church that was in Ephesus. I told him that us Christians can learn about Bible truths from reading this letter. I also mentioned that if he needs help in understanding the words, just ask for help.
When I had shared The Clear Word Bible version with him this morning, he seemed opened to receive information. When I had shared the KJV, he frowned a few times so, I believe, I should look into buying him The Clear Word. :) I’m glad he is open to receiving the information. He is just struggling with the action he does. His eyes were getting watery when I started to explain that, whenever he feels like he wants to steal or lie, ask God to help him not to steal and lie. My eyes started to get watery, too. So I praying while I carefully and gently continue to share those words.
Reader, I pray that these words have help you in your Christian walk. I hope you will take the time to listen to the entire “What is Faith?” presentation by Benjamin Ng (I referenced it it above and now I will do it below). Perspective in the Christian walk is very important. If we do not believe that God’s Word will say what it says it will do, we will make life harder than it can be. Tears are starting to form in my eyes as I think of someone who may read this and is struggling with sin. Please find the promises in God’s Word and trust that He will do what He says He will do.
Psalms 51:10 is a promise:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
How is this a promise? God promises to cleanse us from “all unrighteousness”:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
My prayer for you, dear reader, is to take hold on to God’s promises for you and allow His Word to do the change in you. Feel free to write me back or ask for me to pray for you. Pray for me as well as we are all on this journey of life together.
“What is Faith?” by Benjamin Ng can be heard and downloaded at AudioVerse.org: https://www.audioverse.org/english/sermons/recordings/7435/2-what-is-faith.html