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Priori 

Luke 10:20 KJV[20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
When your priorities are skewed, you waste time and energy on relatively unimportant things at the expense of important ones. “The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life” (David F. Jakielo).

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Foundation 

Matthew 7:24-25 KJV[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
The foundation is the most important part of any building. If we build our lives on people and material things, we will be found wanting because those things can easily fail us. On the other hand, if we build our core values and life on the Word of God, no matter the circumstance, good or bad, it never fails.

Fear

When Is It Okay To Fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love and of a sound mind”(KJV).
It’s clear enough that as Christians we should not fear. But yet…sometimes we do fear. Well, I do. I used to be afraid a lot; of people, standing in front of people to do whatever I have to do was a big problem. In my opinion, there are two kinds of fear: first, the correct one, which is the Fear of God. Throughout the Scriptures we are commanded to fear God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
This is a kind of fear everybody is required to have, saved or not, since God is the God of all mankind. Interpret this to mean to cower or to shiver(which some atheists use as an excuse, that God is a God of love so there should not be any need to “fear” Him) , or as to reverence or obey, (which is more like it), but there is nothing wrong with this kind of fear. The opposite is true. So to answer the question, the only One to fear is God.
When Is It Not Okay To Give In To Fear?
But then there is this other kind of fear, which is not healthy at all, both spiritually and physically. This is the kind of fear that prevents most of us from reaching where we are supposed to, from fulfilling our purposes in life. Many talents are wasted because of this kind of fear, or at least diverted in order not to ‘offend anyone’. But the Bible says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare…”( Proverbs 29:25, KJV). We have different types of this kind of fear. Fear of man, fear of the future, fear of risk or failure, or even of success (some people will rather die than let others know what they are really capable of). It doesn’t make sense when you think about it , but it’s real. Giving in to these fears give them power over us, and that is not okay.
What Cause Fear?
There are many things that cause fear. Some people are brought up in negative environments which pre-dispose them to fear even before they have something to be afraid of. Some natural temperamental dispositions make some people prone to fear more than others. Sometimes too, there are real failures we may have had in the past that makes us afraid of doing the same thing again. These are but a few of the causes of fear. They don’t matter as much as overcoming them is.
What Is It At All?
Unlike shyness, fear is a spirit, not just a feeling we can overcome by ourselves or ignore, as some self-help experts might say. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear…”(2 Tim. 1:7, KJV, enphasis mine). Fear is a spirit that does not come from God. And if it does not come from Him then where else? Yeah, you got that right. The devil. One of those who claim to have seen heaven and hell say they saw, in hell, the spirit of fear chasing a certain woman there. This is not to scare you but to open your eyes to the reality. Some people are afraid of the dark, spiders, germs, and such. There are some phobias whose sources are difficult to comprehend. But research shows that the fear of public speaking (or of men, if you like) ranks the highest among them.
What  Does It Do To Us?
Fear enslaves us to its power. But this is an offence to Christ because we are His slaves. And a man cannot serve two masters and love them both the same. Fear stifles faith, whether it’s of spiders or heights. And the Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God…”(Hebrews 11:6a, NIV). And also, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh within us”(Ephesians 3:20, ASV). It’s not healthy to have fear as the power that works within us. And that is an understatement.
So How To Overcome It?
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”(1 John 4:18, NIV). But Jesus has already taken away whatever punishment we should have had: “…The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”( John 1:29, NIV). So there is no need to fear if we just trust God enough to obey Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of “power, of love , and of self-discipline”(2 Timothy 1:7, NIV). He is the opposite of the spirit of fear. We should also love God above all else, our pride and self-consciousness included.
“But I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the flesh…for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17, a Bible app). And I bet you want to overcome whatever fear you have. Non?

The Past

The past. It has always intrigued me that
everyone, yes everyone has a past. If life
can be compared to the University of
Ghana where I am currently a student, “the
past” will be a UGRC ( University of Ghana
Required Course). You don’t agree with
me? Talk to a rich man, and he’ll launch
into a history of his life, how poor he had
been as a child, working his way through
life with the help of God before reaching
where he is now. Or talk to the “wonderful
Christian” sister or brother and he’ll tell you
the horrid past which Christ saved them
from. Or better yet, talk to that confident
person you admire so much, and ten to one
his first reaction will be “Hm, it hasn’t
always been like this. I’ve gone through a
lot of panic attacks which I can’t begin to
tell you about”. Those who have not had
any of these problems probably have a few
secrets the world will probably never know.
After all, as Fyodor Dostoevsky said, and I
quote, “There are things which a man is
afraid to tell even to himself, and every
decent man has a number of such things
stored away in his mind”. Everyone has a
secret.
My point is, they all don’t matter. At least
to Jesus Christ. Whatever your past, He’s
never surprised. Anyway, He already
knows all about it. So I suggest you trust
Him that whatever your past is, He’s
always ready to receive and forgive us.
That’s what He came for: to erase our past,
yes erase it, and give us a new life. (“So if
anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything has become new!” ( 1 Cor. 5.
17, NRV)
From my experience with God, you should
just trust Him with not only your past but
your present and your future as well; “Cast
your burden upon Him for He cares for
you.”( 1 Pet. 5:7). It took me about five
years to really get this Scripture, that I
don’t have to a care in the world because
of Christ. My problem was believing it. For
so many years I didn’t believe this. I kept
likening God to a man, thinking He will also
disappoint me, and so I didn’t expect much
from Him. How shallow! It pains me to
think all the lost opportunities in the past
that I could have served Him, but didn’t.
And yet I tried so hard. Now I know I don’t
have to do anything to win His favor by
working so hard. He already loves me, He
always has and He always will. And also
He loves you. As I saw on someone’s
Whats App profile, “Jesus died for you
alone, trust me”( Shout-outs to Priscilla,
Legon, Hilla Limann Hall, AGCM). And for
me, and everyone else who will ever trust
Him enough to give their all to Him. Not
half, like I did at first ( this will come as a
shock to all who have ever known me. I
think I started to, but I got a bit obsessed
with the “issues of life”*Matt. 13: 18-23*
too much) but their all.
That is the way to live the true Christian
life.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength”

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Why Are Some Christian Parents Unchristian Towards Their Own Kids?

Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV
[1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
[2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
[3] That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
[4] And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Colossians 3:21 KJV
[21] Fathers, provoke not your children to anger , lest they be discouraged.

Some Christian parents think when it come to their children, Ephesians 6:1 is all that matters. They don’t continue reading to the next verses which talk about their responsibility to their kids. They think the child just has to be an extension of them, following rules blindly up to the time they become adults.

Such parents find it difficult to empathize with their children. Granted, a rebellious child should not be necessarily tolerated, but the manner in which parents respond to certain behaviors in their fallible kids can either break them (the kids) or make them.

Life is hard, and even adults cannot claim to have figured it out yet. Let alone their children. Some parents hold their children to high standards of the Bible, which they themselves do not uphold. Some parents are totally unoriginal when it comes to their kids.

For example, the mother who keeps quoting Bible verses to her teenage child, but will never ask the child how was her day at school, or how is her social life, what the child’s fears and dreams are in life, but keep shoving the Bible in her face in the name of
Proverbs 22:6 KJV
[6] Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

How do you expect your child to grow up in the “way she should go”, if she is thinking there is an invisible God who is ‘always breathing down her neck’, but her visible mother doesn’t necessarily relate to her? How will she correlate the idea of a true, loving God who she can’t see, to a mother or father who doesn’t show the loving care every child needs in their life?

It’s a wonder how surprised such parents are when their kids grow up and stay away from churches in their adult life. Christianity is practical, I know that. I also know you can’t call yourself a good Christian and exclude the Bible from you and your family’s life.

But Christian parents, take Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21 seriously. Remember that the verses you rely on so heavily towards the upbringing of The Lord is on a condition. Let’s read it again.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Children are obliged to obey their parents in The Lord. If you are always skulking/scowling towards the child while reading the Bible, where does that leave Joy? Cos the Bible commands us to rejoice? If you are always telling the child what she’s doing that is so bad, reminding her how imperfect she is, where does that leave Love? The Bible says :
1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV*
it [love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

These are just a few examples. In my own experience my parent kept shoving the Bible down my throat since I was eight years old, not taking her time, accusing me of what was in the Bible. Needless to say, it was hard on me because I grew up thinking I was the worst sinner alive. The Bible says we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but I grew up thinking nothing I ever did was nice to God because my parent didn’t even seem to think the Bible was powerful enough to change me, and kept going on and on about it. It’s a sad situation for anyone to grow up thinking God’s love is conditional based on what a supposedly Christian adult told them.

I will end this with a quote:

BIBLE AND SCIENCE

Psalm 138:2 KJV
[2] for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Isaiah 40:22 ESV
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
Psalms 8:8 ESV
and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Most people think that science disproves the Bible and the Bible is just some spiritual book that does not concern itself with other matters. The Word of God is a “double-edged sword”; it is not limited. Long when people believed the earth was flat, Isaiah had made it clear in the Bible that the earth was round. Matthew Maury, the father of Oceanography, had the idea when the verse Psalm 8:8 was read to him. A lot of people have tried to disprove Bible, but they have died, and The Bible remains the most popular book. The Word of God is indeed true and powerful.