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A Lesson on Potatoes

BY:  LAURA WALKER As Given by God

While I was peeling potatoes one day the Lord spoke to me. He said that He wanted to teach me something about potatoes and how they are a lot like our children. The Lord said that if we get potatoes right from the ground they are easy to peel and very tasty. They don't have any bruises or discoloration. They are also very firm. The longer they are in contact with the air/world, the more bruised and beaten they are. We would have to cut away more and more bad spots to get to the good fruit. Eventually, if they are left to the elements, they'd become rotten and good for nothing. What is worse is that if they are left with the other potatoes that are good, they tend to cause them to rot too.

I asked the Lord what this had to do with our children. He said that if we reach them early in life, when they are fresh, teachable, they will receive the Lord and remain firm unto the end. Proverbs 22: 6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This could also apply to new Christians.  They need to be nurtured and taught how to stand firm when they are teachable. If our children are left to be a part of the world (both natural and spiritual children) they will become bruised and battered. Like in Ephesians 4:14, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." The rotten potatoes are always waiting to share their rottenness with a new potato. The more we leave them to their own devices, the easier it is for them to fall victim to the rottenness of this world.

If they stay in the world too long they may never come in or come back. It is up to us to reach out and help them stand until they are strong enough to stand on their own. There are times when we must let them try on their own, but most of the time we push them out too early. We need to lift up their arms like Aaron and Hur did for Moses. We must grid them up with prayer and support. We must be willing to cut away the bad spots and show them that they still have some good fruit to use for the Lord. Have you helped peel any potatoes lately?



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