Did you know that an anaconda (snake) can grow up to 35 feet long and weigh between 300 and 400 pounds? Thankfully, these snakes are native to South America (not North America). These killer snakes are a common sight in the Amazon. In fact, the U.S. Peace Corp’s volunteer manual has one whole page explaining what a person is to do if attacked by this gigantic reptile!
1. If you’re attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.
2. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another.
3. Tuck your chin in.
4. The snake will come and begin to nudge and climb over your body. (At this point I would pass out!)
5. Do not panic. (REALLY??)
6. After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet end. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles. Do not panic.
7. The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time.
8. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly, and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the side of the snake’s mouth, between the edge of its mouth and your leg. Then suddenly rip upwards, severing the snake’s head.
9. Be sure you have your knife.
10. Be sure your knife is sharp.
Although I may never encounter an anaconda, there is a very real snake alive and active in today’s world (Gen 3:1, Rev 12:9, Eph 6:12-13). Make no mistake about it – since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been focused on hurting God, by hurting His children.
One area the enemy constantly attacks is the family.
The family is the very first institution God created. In fact, God had a relationship with man in the context of the family even before the first church (the Tabernacle) came along. Before the Tabernacle was instituted by God, the home was the place of worship. All spiritual training was directed and led by the head of the home, the father.
In 2010 we have replaced the home with the church.
For many, all spirituality is exercised IN church, all prayer takes place IN church, and all teaching happens IN church. We expect our pastors to spiritually shape our kids, but this is a responsibility commanded by God to parents (Deut 6:5-7).
The serpent, knowing God’s love for the family unit, has and will continue to do everything he can to cause friction, fractures, and failure.
Unfortunately, he is doing a very good job.
George Barna’s new survey on divorce statistics
Non-believers, non-churchgoers, agnostics – 33%
Believers (those who profess to be born again believers and active in a church) – 32%
That statistic alone should cause concern in the church (universal).
Yet there is more….
The serpent is also going after our kids.
Drug use by middle school students is on the rise.
The average age of sexual activity is 11-12 years of age.
Dating in University is a thing of the past. Now, it is all about the casual “hook-up” that can range from “making out” to intercourse. With the acknowledgement of no emotional attachment, one can “hook-up” with more than one partner in a night.
Sexual conquests have become a sport in our High Schools, complete with different games and rules. Girls are no longer the prey but are now the hunters, proudly keeping track of their conquests.
Teen pregnancy is still an epidemic.
Teen suicide is the number one cause of death among teenagers, the average age being 15.
The sad reality is that most parents either have a very dull knife or none at all.
What hope is there?
Is there hope for those parents who are concerned? Parents who know they are in a battle for their kids but are not sure how to fight… and win?
Disclaimer – I am in no way an expert on parenting!
I am a parent that falls into the group that is standing at the threshold of navigating my children through the teen years (My daughter is 12 and my son is 10). I am a parent searching for guidance, God’s guidance. I am not in need of another formula or set of 1-2-3 steps, that if applied religiously, will guarantee that my kids will be spiritual giants!
What is the answer when Godly parents, who followed the formulas, end up suffering the heartbreak of adult children who aren’t walking with Christ?
What explanation is there when families, who never acknowledged God in the home, produce a child on fire for God, like the murderous King Saul who sired a righteous son (Jonathan)?
No, I am not looking for formulas.
That being said, I believe (my own humble opinion) that the next generation has been let down by us adults, BECAUSE we have not taken up our swords (knife).
We have become too cavalier in the parenting and leading of our kids, and also in our daily God-walk before them. As a result, the enemy has slithered in and has stolen them right from under our noses!
When a Christian teen girl has to ask me if oral sex is sex, we have dropped our knives!
When a girl thinks she has no option but to give in to her boyfriend’s weird sexual demands, we have dropped our knives!
When media and the education system have become the major influences on our kids, we have dropped our knives!
When we are more concerned about our relationship with our kids than our parental responsibilities, we have dropped our knives!
I know I have failed not only my own children, but those of others around me!
I sought God for guidance in what I was to do as a parent, and as a spiritual leader.
His answer was loud and clear!
“Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles (leaders) and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” Nehemiah 4:14 (NLT)
Today, I step into the battle!
I will no longer sit in the shadows waiting for our children and families to be destroyed. Rolling up my sleeves, and picking up my sharp sword (knife) (Eph 6:17), I am beginning the FIGHT FOR MY FAMILY!
Dressed in God’s armour, I am taking on that serpent of old. I will not believe his lies! I will stand firm!
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4 (NAS)
It is not too late! The battle belongs to the Lord, but He is in need of warriors.
Is anybody ready to stand and fight for their family with me?