Proverbs 22:6-Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
TRAIN=paideuó in the greek and is defined as I discipline, educate, train, (b) more severely: I chastise.
We are reminded in scripture that children are a heritage from the Lord. In other words, they are God's gift given to parents to raise in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
With that being said, we as parents are to make it a top priority to raise our children with the knowledge and understanding of who God is. First, by our own example of a life of one who knows God, honors Him and obey Him.
What are your goals as a parent who is responsible for raising your child as God commands you to based on the scriptures? What is your goal? is it your agenda to raise them to be self sufficient or God dependent ? What is your goal in raising your child? What is it?
If we are parents who confess Christ as our Savior then raising our children according to scripture should be a priority.
We live in a world of constant chaos and confusion. Parents, it is "IMPERATIVE" that we train our children as God commands us to. Our only choice is to give them to God or give them to the world who will wound, batter and shred them to pieces. When this happens, the work in getting them on the right track with Christ is much harder and painful.
One thing about God is that He will NEVER lead us blindly nor astray from His word. It is in His word where He has given an answer to every question imaginable to man.
Yes, God is Sovereign and He operates according to His Sovereign power. Our God is omniscient. He knows everything before we think them, therefore, He has placed an answer in His Word for our every question.
How do we begin to train our children as God commands us to? Glad you ask!
Let's listen to how God instruct Moses to train the generations of his time. This same word applies to us. God changes not for He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
God and His word is one! Let's listen to our instructions from the Word of God on how to raise our children as He commands us to.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 -These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be [written] on your heart and mind. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your [b]children [impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths] and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. 8 And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand (forearm), and they shall be used as [c]bands (frontals, frontlets) on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the [d]doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Believe it or not, in everything we are doing with our kids, we are training them either for gain or loss in their life.
Our primary task as parents is to prepare our sons and daughters to walk according to God’s plan, His will, and His purpose for their lives.
Parents, take your children to Sunday school and church regularly so that they may receive knowledge and understanding of God's Word. Teach them to pray by letting them see you pray and study God's Word.
Parents, teach your children by allowing them to read a bible verse each day. Teach them to pray at meal time, at bed time and when they arise early in the morning. Teach them to pray when you get in the car and head out on the road. Let them pray for safe travel to and from their destinations. Teach them to pray for family members, friends, their teachers, neighbors, the needy and poor, the sick, etc.
Parents, once you have done your BEST in what God commanded of you and your children are grown and out of the home, they can either follow the path that you have taught them that God has outlined in His Word for them to follow or they can follow the ways of the world. Either way, there are consequences for both.
As the Lord gave Israel a choice, we too have a choice. Deuteronomy 30:19-"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
Yes, the future of our children depends on our guidance of them growing up, but it also depends on the choices they make also.
Parents, if you have done what God told you to do in raising your child in the way he or she should go according to scripture, you have done well, regardless of the course of action they may take in life.
Proverbs 22:5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.
Train up a child! Parents, take advantage of every opportunity to direct your child to God for in the years when they have grown up and leave our homes, you will be grateful and they will too.
When we have done our best to raise our children in godly homes will they still stray? Possibly! BUT, if the seed is planted, it may take years, but they will come back.
The good news is the "seed" of God's Word has been sown into their hearts by you and they will eventually take root.
Parents, remember this, we can give our kids everything they want and what we want them to have. We can buy them the best iphones, the best clothes, the best sneakers, the best of anything and none of that will be satisfying. It may make them happy for a while, but the empty void on the inside will cry out over and over again to be filled.
Parents, if we do not give our children the opportunity to know JESUS when we are raising them up, we have done them a disservice. They will live an empty life that will cause them to daily search for a filling in things, people, relationships, etc that will eventually reveal to them that these temporary things are not filling because the void they will continue to feel is still crying out for a filling that only the Spirit of the Living God can fill and can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Chirst.
One thing of a surety is only what we do for Christ will last. A personal relationship with Jesus will be all that matters when we all and our children come to the end of life on this earth.
The example of praying parents is the foundation for a child's faith!
Parents, obedience is better than sacrifice!
Parents, are you training your children as God commands you to?
Ponder this question on today parents.
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