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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Master Parenting Part 5: The Spirit

I realize this topic can be a touchy subject. However, I am going to give you my take on it. I encourage you not to ignore this part of parenting. I urge you because it is a vital part of not just parenting but, of living a happy, peaceful, and fulfilling life.

Every person alive has a spirit. We are spiritual beings who touch Earth by living in a body. If you have ever read a book about people who have died and came back, you know this life is just the beginning. We all have to make a definitive decision about our spirits. Many choose not to make a decision not realizing, that in and of itself that is a decision.

What I believe is we all have this choice, we either recognize that there is in fact good and evil in the world or we ignore the battle exists. If you choose to believe in good and evil then you have to accept each has a leader. If you choose not to recognize the battle then you choose evil by default. This may seem unfair, but this is why the last part of this series on The Will is so important. You are making a decision on a subconscious level, based on what you feel, what you have been taught, and what you think. It is a decision.

What I know for sure is there is a Living God who rules in the affairs of men. He is not far off. He is as close as your next breath if you ask Him to be. The key to this is He asks you to surrender to Him, so He can take away the ugly, dark, and unsatisfactory parts of you. He will then make an exchange and give you life, light, and peace.

Now, let me warn you Christianity is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. You will have to begin to pray. Actually, this can be especially difficult at first because you may feel you are talking to yourself. I encourage you to ask God to reveal Himself to you in your daily life. Ask for help and guidance and watch what happens.

You will be required to yield your will to do what is right rather than what is expedient. You will need to read and study the Bible on a consistent basis. (I recommend you tart with the gospel of John.) You will be required to gather with like minded people to discuss and examine your thoughts, feelings, and actions. What will you get in return? A real honest relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

Many people here would give you a prayer to pray, but I fully believe your first prayer should come from your own heart. I will recommend you ask for forgiveness for not being able to live up to God's standards for humans. None of us can do this which is why Messiah came to die on the cross. He knew we could never reach the standard, so He reached it for us. Second, you need to say and truly believe Jesus/Yeshua is the Messiah and did indeed die on the cross in order to save us from our own evil and by doing this He brings us back into a relationship with Him and His Father. Lastly, you need to as mentioned before fully surrender your will to His. This is the basis of what is called the "sinners' prayer". Sin is the word Christians use to say we cannot live up to the life God expects of humans. That is it.

So, now what does this have to do with Master Parenting? Parenting is all about preparing children to live full, happy, well-adjusted adult lives. Yet, we often fail to prepare them for what happens after life ends. This is the one question which can stump many. What happens when you die?

We are spiritual beings our bodies die, but we do not. Instead we move on into life without a body. The Bible in Luke 16 beginning in verse 19, tells us there are two places our spirits can live; a place of comfort or a place of torment. As responsible parents it is our job to teach our children about our spirits, the two places, and encourage them to develop a relationship with the Creator ensuring they go to the place of comfort. As I mentioned before there are books which talk about near death experiences in the ones I have read people all say they still existed after death. So, now it is up to you to investigate these things. Read about near death experiences, read Luke 116:19-31, pray and ask God to reveal the truth to you. Then teach that truth to your children and prepare then for life after death. Face your fear of death and dying and help your children never ever fear it.

Believe in Parenting

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