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GODLY PARENTING IN AN UNGODLY WORLD

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TOPIC: GODLY PARENTING IN AN UNGODLY WORLD

Scripture: Proverbs 22: 6. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! The family life comprises of marriage and parenting. Today we shall be looking at the parenting angle of the family life.

Parenting is becoming a serious issue in our world today.

I did mention the issue of a 10 years old girl that was impregnated by her class mate, this is one example of several thousands of cases that occur around our neighborhoods and in various schools. This case in question draws our attention to the need for godly parenting in an ungodly world.

Our world seems to be more ungodly every day. The advent of science and technology has brought in more godlessness in the issue of raising children more than ever before. Everyday, there is a release of new devices that can take God out of the mind of children.

There seems to be more programs that get the wrong information into the minds of children more than ever. Things that will make them think God does not exist or make them lack reverence, honour or fear of God. When I was a little boy, television only starts airing from 4.00pm and closes by 11pm, but now television is 24/7 with various kinds of programs that are unhealthy for the young mind.

What is parenting?

Parenting is nurturing, molding, instructing a child until he/she is old enough to fend for himself.

Why are we concerned about godly parenting ?

1. It is because God demands godly parenting from us as parents (Mal. 2:15 ). The reason God is interested in your marriage is because He wants godly children. The devil is also interested in your union because he wants ungodly seeds/children.

God is interested in godly seeds because of the influence they will eventually have on the society. If you see any community where God is promoted, Christian ethics upheld, Bible culture celebrated, check it out, godly children are in the forefront of such community. I have pastored in a community where almost every young man impregnates every young girl without proper marriage.

The offspring of such teenagers are often abandoned to their grandparents to raise because they know nothing about family life except sex.

The product of such children eventually grow up to be touts or street urchins with little or no education, no adequate parental care. The girls who also grow up with little or no parental control continue the same cycle of early pregnancy, abortion, single parents etc. I can tell you the rate of godlessness in that community is so high.

A young boy in that community is introduced to hard drugs on time, he joins street cult as early as primary school, acquires firearms: AK-47 etc and threatens the peace of the community as well as robbing at will.

2. It is because training has timing. If you fail to mould a child as at the time he/she can be trained, your efforts afterwards might just fall on deaf ears. This is why the Bible said:

Proverbs 22: 6. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it .

Beloved, observe the the clause, “when he is old, he will not depart from it”! This implies that at a certain age the child can assimilate some trainings while at a certain age he/she cannot. When he is old, it is the training you have inculcated into him that he will live the rest of his life on.

There is an adage in our place that says fresh fish is easy to bend in any direction of choice, however if you attempt to bend the dried fish, you will only destroy it as it will break into pieces. So do the needful now!

Beloved parents, God is counting on you. One day you shall give account of your parenting to God (Rom.14:12, Heb.13:17). Please note, this particular training cannot be transferred to a caregiver or teacher in the school. Although the church and the school have a part to play in the moulding exercise, the bulk of it lies squarely on the parents. Make hay while the sun shines!


Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real. Hell is for the devil and his angels and for every one that rejects Jesus’ atoning work on the cross.

Prayer points:
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Father help me to play my role as a responsible parent in Jesus name.

Prophetic Declaration:
– I prophesy the return of every wayward child. Every child that has left home, return back now in the name of Jesus.
– I declare your children shall not be a concern in the name of Jesus.

From your brother Alex
God bless you.

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