DWELLING ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE (5)
I welcome you to this last edition of the teaching for the month.
I like to conclude this teaching by showing you the Duties Of The Children.
The injunction to dwell according to knowledge was specifically addressed to the men. However, children also need to know their responsibilities to their parents, in order to enjoy family success. Ephesians 6:1-3 clearly states: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Honour for your parents is a commandment. In fact, this scripture says it is the first commandment with a promise attached to it. The reason we find a lot of people today, who can't seem to make it in life, in spite of their hard work, is perhaps because they have dishonoured their parents. If you want to see good, then obedience to God's command is required. Showing honour and respect to your parents is a commandment that is not negotiable. It does not have any given conditions when it may be disobeyed. That means whether your parents are good or bad, insensitive or irrational, born again or not, no matter their state, honour for them is a must.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines honour as "esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence." That means you are to give to your parents due respect and reverence, and esteem them highly under every circumstances of life.
For failure to honour his father, Reuben lost his glorious place in destiny. The Bible records in Genesis 35:22: And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it...
In Genesis 49:3-4, when Jacob was pronouncing blessings on his sons, what Reuben got was this: Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
It is sad, because Reuben by destiny was the excellency of dignity. He was by destiny supposed to be a man of dignity. But he lost it for one singular act of dishonour and lack of respect for his father.
Jesus further emphasized this point in Matthew 19:16-19: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him … but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said … Honour thy father and thy mother…
Longevity on earth and eternity with God are both tied to the honour given by children to their parents. This also is part of the 10 Commandments given to Moses in Exodus 20:12. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:12: …A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
If you want to see many good and fulfilling days on the earth, then as a child in a family, respect for your parents is non-negotiable. You will make it, in Jesus' name!
Effectively handling your duties as children demands a life in Christ. This entails confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready to be born again, please say this simple prayer with me, in faith: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again.
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus' Name!
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