Priscilla Shirer, head of Going Beyond Ministries, is warning parents that society’s growing rejection of biblical truths is going to have a “staggering” effect on future generations. To help children grow in knowledge about their Creator and who they are, one of Shirer’s points of advice is to teach children to find their identity in Christ. “People today are struggling to define themselves; we’re seeing folks redefine things that God has already given definitions for, and it’s because culture continues to move far away from the truths of God as a centrepiece for culture,” Shirer said. “It used to be, that people respected the basic tenants of Christianity. That’s not the case anymore.
She said “Now you’re ridiculed for believing that the Bible has morals that are relevant. And the more we marginalize God, the more we see the marginalization of the definitions He’s created. The more society pushes God to the periphery, the more we’re going to see the effects of that.” Society’s continued rejection of God has had “staggering ripple effects” on children, the mother-of-three said. “Kids think they are what they feel and how they behave; that their inclinations and past define them,” Shirer continued. “But the Bible said that while those things may be true, they don’t define you. You are who God says you are, and you have the right to operate in that way.”
As a mum of teenage boys, I pray for myself that the administrators and teachers around my sons will care about them, not just making sure they get an A, but find opportunities to help shape their character.” Shirer said. “How do you find your identity in Christ? We go back to God’s word and identity what He says about you and discover actual truths. Just like it took a lot of years to program your mindset in one direction, it will take a lot of time to re-frame your thinking in another direction.” “Read Ephesians 1 and 2 and write down everything God says you are,” she said.
She went on “Rehearse that, and post it in places you’ll run into, whether it’s your bathroom mirror or car dashboard, so you can remind yourself that you’re not rejected; you’re chosen, loved, redeemed, and forgiven.” Finding your identity in Christ will impact every decision you make. “Before you make a decision, ask yourself, ‘does this stem from my insecurity, fear, or rejection? Or am I making this decision from a place of truth?’” she advised. “When we pause, it gives us time to see the root of why we’re making this choice, and if we need to, recalibrate and make the right decision. Coming to grips with this issue of identity and recognizing your significance can change your life.”
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