TOPIC: GODLY PARENTING IN AN UNGODLY WORLD (PT 3)
Scripture: Ephesians 6: 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! We have established why godly parenting is important and then godly ways of parenting, that is the biblical ways.
What are the godly ways of parenting in an ungodly world?
1. Application of a rod of correction. (Details check yesterday’s meditation).
2. Influencing your children positively; Our anchor scripture said :
Ephesians 6: 4. … but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Parenting means to bring up, and this is possible through godly influence.
The influence you have on your children must be very strong at home, than external influence on them. Don’t let bad friends influence your children, be able to influence them on a positive note.
How do you influence your children at home?
A. Through your actions. Action speaks louder than voice.
Many of us our actions at home have betrayed our good intentions. For example, your creditors came to knock on your door, you quickly tell your children, “tell him I’m not at home,” just because you are hiding from debt. Unknown to you that you are already teaching the children falsehood.
You cannot live a life of hypocrisy and then expect your children to be upright. If you are not born again don’t force your children to become one because you can only give what you have! If you don’t fear God, your children will not!
Dear parents, don’t say one thing and behave another way. Let your words match with your actions. Children learn faster by observation than by words.
You are the Bible your children are reading. How you reverence God by kneeling down to pray in your room communicates more to the children than your words.
The value you attach to God, the way you respect your spouse and neighbour speaks volumes. The way you hurl out insults on every one on the traffic while your children are with you in the car speaks volumes.
The way you ignore traffic lights, roads signs and the way you treat your domestic staff speak volumes. Don’t expect your children to honour when you have always communicated dishonoured to them. Charity begins at home.
B. Through your prayers: Dear parents, the easiest way to influence your children for good is on your knees, praying for them. Your eyes can’t be everywhere but you can commit them to God that knows everything that is happening to them.
You might not know what they are battling with but your prayer can help them out. This was one of the secrets of Job, who always interceded for his children. For the Bible said:
Job 1: 5. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Beloved, what a joy to pray your children into salvation.
Infact, leading every one of your children/ward to Christ is the greatest privilege God has given to you as parents. Don’t assume because they follow you to church that they are saved!
Make sure you confirm their salvation by yourself and continue to intercede for the unsaved souls under your roof.
Until all the children under your roof are saved by grace, your future is not guaranteed!
I have seen parents who worked hard to build empires for their children but the empire/business estate could not be maintained because the children took God out of the equation!
Dear parents, education is very good but alongside education ensure you influence your children/ward with godliness. Anything without God goes no where, so also a life without God is limited. Hence, your own salvation as a parent must not be in doubt.
This is because you can only give what you have. If you are not sure of your salvation go back to your Pastor let him guide you properly.
There is a difference between head knowledge and experiencing genuine salvation. For the sake of the kind of family you want to raise get serious with God and be sure of your salvation.
Remember this: heaven is real and hell is real. Those that reject Jesus now will bite their fingers in hell.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Father help me to influence my children positively in the name of Jesus.
– I declare to every family your time has come for a visitation from on high in the name of Jesus.
– None of your children will ever be captured by the enemy in the name of Jesus. Every child kidnapped is hereby declared released in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.
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