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The Faces Of Addiction From Hunts Point, NY – – (Pictures & Stories That Show Why Jesus Died For Us)

When you view these pictures, let the Holy Spirit minister the depths of why Jesus came and died.

Click here – – The Faces of Addiction link.

It’s very easy for Christians to become complacent & lose touch of those who really suffer.

May the pictures bring you closer to God’s heart.

  • May the light of Christ bring them to His heart and heal them.
  • May the love of Jesus penetrate the deepest depths of each person to see Jesus as the Only Solution.
  • May Satan be rebuked from decades of lies over their lives.
  • May God raise up His children to use to touch and help these ones.

The Fears of Addiction

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Godly Women (Especially Mothers) Have Great Wisdom

A pastor shared how earlier in his life three women each “named & claimed” that God showed each he was to be her husband.
So the pastor’s mom invited all three women for a visit.
She spoke to them together, getting each to confirm that God is not the author of confusion.
They agreed God is not.
So she told them that two of them (if not all three) were deceived by the devil.
She left the three alone in the room to talk about it.

Conclusion:
Neither of them married her son.
They each married somebody else and are very happy.

Lesson Learned:
Godly Women have great wisdom.

Building Men & Women Of God (Teach Children To Handle Money)

These commandments…Impress them on your children.” Dt 6:6-7 NIV

Teach your children to handle money.

Your home is a classroom for teaching money-management skills.

(1) Teach them that if they honor God financially, He will honor them. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all…then your barns [bank accounts] will be filled” (Pr 3:9-10 NIV).

Before you give your son or daughter money, teach them how to handle it responsibly so that they can avoid the “prodigal syndrome” (See Lk 15:11-32). The Prodigal Son’s attitude towards money and his misuse of it cost him dearly.

Give your child biblical wisdom in four areas-earning, giving, spending and saving-and you’ll position them for God’s blessing.

(2) Teach them God’s Word regarding borrowing, lending, and credit.

In a culture driven by slick advertising and easily obtained, high-interest credit cards, kids need to understand the consequences of their financial decisions.

The verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Pr 22:6 NAS) is not an isolated statement.  Read the next verse.  “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (v. 7 NAS).

Teach them that what looks like the fast lane to plenty, can become the sure road to poverty.

Train them to delay gratification until they can afford what they want.

Don’t guarantee loans for them. The Bible says: “Do not be a man who…puts up security for debts…your very bed will be snatched from under you” (vv. 26-27 NIV).

– from a daily devotional

Buillding Men & Women Of God – (Teach Children To Handle Temptation)

These commandments…Impress them on your children.” Dt 6:6-7 NIV

Teach your children to handle temptation.

Tell them to expect it and not be overwhelmed by how often they face it.

Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (Jas 1:14).

Your children need to know how to handle two powerful sources of temptation:

(1) Temptation in the area of sexual sin.  Television and the internet make everything from normal to perverse as available as oxygen, enticing them to experiment with behaviors that destroy health, relationships and life.

They need more than a brief, embarrassed “birds and bees” talk.  Instruct them early, regularly and clearly.  “My son…the lips of an adulteress drip honey…but in the end she is bitter as gall…her steps lead straight to the grave…Keep…far from her…At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent” (Pr 5:1-11 NIV).  Solomon spelled it out for his children. Do likewise.

(2) Temptation in the area of addictions.  Again Solomon is right on the mark: “[Drinker who’s]…always crying the blues…reeks of self pity…getting beat up…bleary and bloodshot? It’s those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business” (Pr 23:29-30 TM).

The addict’s life is not fun! “In the end it bites like a snake…Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things” (vv. 32-33 NIV).

Don’t let the enemy deceive your children.

Pray faithfully, speak His life-changing Word into their hearts, believe God and watch Him work!

– from a daily devotional

Building Men And Women Of God – (Teach Children To Respond Correctly to God’s Direction and Correction)

These commandments…Impress them on your children.” Dt 6:6-7 NIV

Teach your children to respond the right way to God’s direction and correction.

Help them to understand that God’s correction is not rejection.

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (Pr 3:11-12 NIV).

To help them understand this:

  1. Teach them to respond correctly to your discipline.  The rules you don’t enforce now will be enforced by others later, at higher cost.  But let your discipline be fair, not excessive.  And be consistent.  Don’t permit today what you punished yesterday.  Saying things like, “How many times have I told you?” or, “If you do that again you’re grounded,” means you’re not serious and that they have several warnings before you act.  Enforce it!  Don’t threaten unless you intend to follow through.
  2. Teach them to respond correctly to authority figures. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Ro 13:1 NIV).  Don’t belittle police, teachers, principals, pastors, etc.  If you do, it will come back to bite you and your children.
  3. Share your own experiences of personal growth through correction. Let them know you’re not perfect; it will help them relate to your humanity as a parent and it’ll give them hope. “If Mom and Dad learned by being corrected when they blew it, I can too.” Well-chosen times of personal sharing are much more effective than nagging and “sermonizing!”

– from a daily devotional

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