Monday, June 6, 2011

Homeschool Failure - Expect Opposition to the Vision

“He [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b

Many homeschool mothers make the detrimental mistake when they believe that planning their course of action is sufficient preparation for success. They set a lofty expectation, thinking that because they have a recorded vision in their hands it makes them exempt from attack and discouragement. In reality, a vision is just one of the many tools used to combat the “father of lies”.

When you engage in the valiant fight against the prince of darkness, you must come to the understanding that you will unquestionably engage in spiritual warfare and experience assaults from Satan. Satan will undoubtedly detect your desire to succeed at something which he hates – parental involvement and godly instruction in the life of your children. He hates to see God’s Word honored and children growing up to genuinely love the Lord. Be assured, he will fight against your efforts every chance he can get.

The enemy’s game plan will take on many forms such as doubt and discouragement possibly stemming from the disheartening words from family and friends. Do not let these thoughts take root in your life by entertaining the lies he whispers in your ear. Remember that he is the “father of lies” and deception is his native tongue. Instead, build a hedge of protection, knowing why you have established these goals for your family by basing your decisions on Scripture. This might not be an easy task, but when you set up this barricade against the arrows of the enemy you will have a secure place in which to rest in your choice to educate your children at home.

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