Posted by: missionventureministries | April 29, 2014

HOW CAN WE RAISE GODLY CHILDREN? – Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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First, we need to develop a dedicated relationship with God as we study and read His instruction manual on bringing up children: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)

As parents we are to first love the Lord with all our heart and might, therefore showing our children the great love we have for Him. The reason for this is that we cannot teach our children what we do not possess ourselves. And the foundation for both a good marriage as taking care of our children is to love the Lord supremely above every other love. 

Many parents do not understand that a solid godly marriage adds stability to a child’s life. Only when each spouse sincerely loves God and has made Him the absolute Lord of their life, can they build a strong and lasting spiritual foundation that is vital for successful parenting. The Bible does not provide any excuses for a single father or mother not to bring up their child in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 1:5) 

Ninety four percent (94%) of all fundamental Christians accepted Jesus as their Savior while they were very young; and sixty five percent (65%) of all Christians were led to the Lord by their parents.  

As parents we cannot expect someone else to lead our children to a saving knowledge in Jesus that will assure that they do not spend eternity in hell.  God has commanded every parent to lead their children to the Savior and in paths of righteousness, because our children are a precious gift from God. Therefore, raising godly children, who honor Christ, demonstrates our appreciation for these precious gifts.   

The Bible is God’s instruction manual that we are to use to raise our children, since He is the one who created the family unit. They need to learn who He is, and how to obey and respect their Creator.

Understanding your children’s greatest needs begins with acknowledging their greatest problem. Their chief problem is they are born a sinner (Psalm 51:5). Children did not enter this world pursuing God and His righteousness. They where born as sinners in need of The Savior! A tendency to sin drives their hearts and minds until they come to know and have a relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The most urgent need of every child is regeneration. Parents must teach their children as early in life as they can to have personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

To be successful, parents must make a commitment to search the Scriptures and read biblically based books that direct them to be in harmony, as they teach their children. If parents are not in agreement, their children will skillfully manipulate them to get their way. 

Children should be attending church as newborn babies and then provided appropriate teaching according to their age group for their entire life. They should be encouraged to participate in the children’s choir, Christmas plays and other activities that are offered at their church. 

Parents need to educate and protect their children. In a culture that is infiltrated with humanistic thought, sexual immorality, ungodly media, pedophiles, and false teachers, to name but a few, it is absolutely essential that parents take responsibility for their children’s spiritual wellbeing. A major part of protection is to teach children truth so they will reject Satan’s lies that are seeking to take root in their hearts. Parents must realize that it is their responsibility to protect their mind and to train their child. It is their God ordained duty!   

The father must discipline himself and make family devotions a priority in his home. It is vital that he build a biblical foundation for his children because the Bible tells us: “to realize that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3) God has given men the responsibility of being the head of the home. They have a job to do, which they will answer to God for on Judgment Day. 

Yes, the mother can and should assist with the instruction; but if a father doesn’t take the leading role, the children won’t take it seriously. If they don’t see their father reading the Bible, they probably won’t read it either. Even if mom studies the Bible regularly, if dad refuses to obey God and teach the Bible, the children will think that they don’t have to either.

As leaders, men are responsible to God for everything that happens in their families. 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.”

We need to realize that Proverbs was written to men. Solomon, who was “wiser than all men”(1 Kings 4:31), wrote Proverbs as instruction to his sons. Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.(Proverbs 4:10) and Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path,” (Proverbs 23:19). Spiritual training of children is the man’s responsibility. He can have his wife’s help, but he is the one accountable to God.

The Bible tells us that by their fruit you will know them (Matthew 7:20), and even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? (Proverbs 20:11)

The Lord is with us to guide us and help us through His Holy Spirit to bring up godly children; therefore: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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