Bible Ballistics: BBs #551 Ice Cube Philosophy???
I’m sure you’re wondering what “Ice Cube” philosophy is all about, and I’ll be glad to share it with you this morning! I saw a phrase the other day that struck my heart, it said something like, “We can’t raise our children like we were raised, because we live in a different world!” I must tell you that when I read that it just broke my heart—we have bought the lies of the enemy and have become so entrenched in the culture and philosophy of the world that we are convinced that the “world” we live in is what dictates our life, our belief, and our actions! That is totally not true, and it surely isn’t a biblical way to look at things and isn’t how we are to order our lives!
This is the very thing that Paul warned the Romans about—and it is what “Ice Cube” philosophy is all about.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice,
acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed
to this world:
but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove
what is that good,
will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Paul calls believers in Jesus to give ourselves to God as a living sacrifice—Jesus wants us to live for Him, not just to be willing to die for HIM! He calls us to know the same things that Paul called the Galatians to remember:
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live
in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
This takes us right back to Paul’s call to the Roman believers: “be not conformed to this world”! We are not to let the world “squeeze us into its image”, or to fit our post—we aren’t to be like “ice cubes”! Water is poured into any form and frozen in that form, it takes on the form of the mold—regardless of what that mold is. You can make square cubes, round cubes, animal shaped cubes, or virtually any shape that you can imagine. But followers of Jesus are clearly called to NOT be ‘frozen’ into the world’s mold! We must never say that our life style, our parenting skills, or our beliefs are “conformed to this world”!!! We are to “withstand in the evil day”!!! And friends, that is where we live– “in the evil day”—; but may we never, never, never give up to that which is trying to prevail over us! Jesus has promised us that the enemy will not prevail against us when we walk with Him, live for Him and obey HIS principles.
But there is a price! We will be ridiculed, called names and laughed at when we stand for God’s Word and His ways. Yet HE promises us that His plan will work—it has worked– for God never fails! Deuteronomy chapter 6 is the most profound outline for parenting ever given (in my humble opinion!). I will share it with you here, but I’d encourage you to read the entire chapter. I’ll simply make a few comments on it, and let it speak for itself. God gave His people a few simple (not easy, but simple) steps to faithful parenting and passing the baton of truth and faith to the next generation.
Love God—first and foremost in all things yourself—
Live, speak, share and proclaim His Word in all—
Do these things before your children at every turn—
Use teachable moments to share YOUR trust in God—
(Simply put—practice what you preach!)
Then, when time has passed, and you have lived a life
different from the world
your children will ask WHY?—
And then—you have the wonderful opportunity
to share your personal testimony
of what God has done
and is doing
We are NOT to conform to the world, but we are to share truth with our children in a world that is running amuck with the lies of Satan! Ponder God’s antidote to the world’s lies!
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God
with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might.
6 And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them
unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them
when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign
upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets
between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them
upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates…
…17 Ye shall diligently keep
the commandments of the LORD
and his testimonies,
and his statutes,
which he hath commanded thee.
18 And thou shalt do that
which is right
in the sight of the LORD:
that it may be well with thee,
and that thou mayest go in
and possess the good land
which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee,
as the LORD hath spoken.
20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying,
What mean the testimonies,
and the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the LORD our God
hath commanded you?
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son,
We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt;
and the LORD brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand:
22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in,
to give us the land which he sware
unto our fathers.
24 And the LORD commanded us
to do all these statutes,
to fear the LORD our God,
for our good always,
that he might preserve us alive,
as it is at this day.” Portions of Deuteronomy 6:5-24
Amen and Amen!