Dear Reader,Topic: Children Are An Heritage (3)
Surely, the good thing the Lord has started in your life and family shall be sustained and completed in Jesus’ name!
Last week, I showed you what to do to raise God-fearing children. In this edition, we shall be considering “God’s view on Child Training.”
There are some basic truths that will be exposed to you now. I believe, by the help of the Holy Ghost, as you apply yourself to these truths, you will experience a turnaround and every sweat over your children shall be turned to sweet in Jesus’ name! Proverbs 13:15 says: Good understanding giveth favour… Also 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.
What, then, is God’s view on Child Training?
It is a commandment.
Child training is not an advice, a suggestion or a thing you do at your convenience. It is a commandment from God. This commandment is neither grievous nor burdensome; it is for your sake (1John 5:3). My husband says “God’s commandments are not to grieve you, but to groom you.” Bring your children up in the way of the Lord. If you refuse to do so, you are disobeying God’s commandment, and as far as God is concerned, disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft. 1 Samuel 15:23 says: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. His Word also says do not suffer a witch to live (Exodus 22:18).
In other words, if you are not bringing up your children in the way they should go, you are cutting short the number of your days. Receive grace from God now, to be obedient to this commandment, on child training in Jesus’ name!
It is the responsibilities of both parents
Take a look at Proverbs 22:6 again. God did not mention here who particularly should do the training, but definitely it is the parents. I mean both parents, because neither the father nor the mother alone can give birth to a child. It is a combination of forces.Therefore, the training must be done by both parents.
Remember, it is a combination of forces that brought the child to be; so it must be a combination of forces that will fulfill that commandment. Both parents must create time for their children, so that those children will not become thorns in their flesh tomorrow.
Training your children in the fear of the Lord is your primary responsibilities. Do not shirk that responsibility! Both parents ought to fulfill their parts and make it a joint effort. The Bible says in Ecclesiastics 4:9: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
As parents, pay close attention to your children, create time to listen to them, fellowship together with them, and give them opportunities to ask you questions bothering them.
Learn to create time for fun and excitements and all tension will be defused. Do not allow your children to become products of neglect; do not be too busy to attend to them. I pray for a release of grace upon you now for fulfilment in Jesus’ mighty name!
It is a seed
Whatever you do in life, is a seed and soon you will reap the fruit of your doings. Child training is a seed. Whatever seed of training you sow into your children, you will reap the harvest tomorrow. Genesis 8:22 says: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
When you sow the seed of good Christian upbringing into the lives of your children, they will give you joy and fulfilment tomorrow. For your children not to give you heartache tomorrow, you must sow good seeds of proper upbringing into their lives today. There are certain things that were sown as seeds into my life as a little girl; I will never forget my parents for that. I implore you to do the same for your children.
In Jeremiah 35, Jonadab sowed the seeds of good child training that even after his departure, generations still continued to abide in the Word of God. No wonder in verses 18 & 19, God had to make a promise: And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
The seeds that Jonadab sowed into his children began to bring forth fruits and it brought them to the throne. Even our Lord Jesus Christ came from his lineage. What a harvest of fruits!
It requires diligence
However, child training must be done diligently, not the way you feel, not as a secondary assignment. It must be done carefully. It does not matter where you work, what your career is, or the position you occupy. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently 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. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Child training is your primary assignment which must be done diligently, for it to be effectual. Teach them the Word of God all the time, whether it is convenient or not. Buy spiritual materials that will help them to understand scriptures the more.
Moreover, endeavour to see them put to practice what you are teaching them from the Word. For example, when you teach them on prayer, ensure that you see them pray by themselves, whether you are around or not. When they need to be corrected, do so in love and no devil will tamper with them in future. You will not fail in Jesus’ mighty name!
Raising Godly children will require tapping into God’s grace and that grace is only available to the children of God. If you would want to receive Jesus right now, please pray this prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, youare now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.