The Family is Under Attack

The Family is Under Attack

By Drenda Keesee

The family is under attack.

The devil wants to cause division in your household, steal your family time, and make you feel disconnected. You have to be prepared to fight for your family and guard against the attacks of the enemy.

We’ve been sweeping the topic of family under the rug for years, as if it isn’t “spiritual” enough for discussion. We even see an example of that mindset in…

 

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the Bible when parents brought their children to Jesus to pray for them, and the disciples rebuked the parents.But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).Jesus understood the value of children—the value that many in our time have forgotten. Many significant figures in the Bible did their great acts as children or were enabled to do their great acts because their parents recognized the value of their lives and took precautions to protect them—Moses, David, Jeremiah, Josiah, and yes, even Jesus.Children will rise to be our next leaders. That’s why Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” He understood those children would become the next generation of disciples, apostles, and prophets.Jesus wasn’t nearsighted.

Look at 2 Chronicles 34:1–3:

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.

An eight year old, who “followed the ways of his father,” was excelling as the leader of Israel.

By the time he was 20, Josiah was removing idols of other gods and purg­ing Israel’s cities of unrighteousness. The Bible says that there wasn’t one king before Josiah who turned to God as he did, with all of his heart and strength in accordance with what God called right (2 Kings 23:25).

Can you think of any eight year olds today who could take on that responsibility—to be mature enough to not only lead a nation, but to put God first in the nation?

We have a hard enough time trying to find grown men and women to do that!

We’ve set the bar so low for people that we’re just happy if they have a job. We’ve set the bar so low for children that we’re satisfied if they just stay in school and aren’t on drugs.

That might be where the modern family and culture have set the bar, but God has higher standards and greater plans for you and your family than barely above average.

 

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Drenda-Keesee

Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.

A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.

Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.

Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.

Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.

That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.

She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.

Gary and Drenda pastor Faith Life Church at The Now Center in New Albany, Ohio and also are the CEOs of Forward Financial Group.

 

 


 

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