GROWING GODLY SEEDS OF DESTINY
You need God's guidance concerning family matters. I want you to be rest assured that God is going to visit you this month. All through this month via the Word of God, I will be sharing on Growing Godly Seeds of Destiny. Today, I'd like to talk briefly on how to raise our children in the fear of the Lord.
Your children are meant for signs and wonders. The Word of God says: Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion (Isaiah 8:18). God has given those children to you to raise in His fear, so that they will become an ensign to the world around them. No one can help raise these children in a better way other than you (the parents). The Church, the School and the Society cannot take your place as parents in terms of child raising. The greatest inheritance you can leave for your children is proper upbringing in the fear of the Lord. The Christian upbringing you give them, today, will remain with them for life and they can impart the same to their children's children, thereby raising a generation of godly children.
Man is a tripartite being, composed of three parts: spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). This automatically means that man, including children, has spiritual, emotional and physiological needs which have to be met. It follows, therefore, that they have needs in these three realms which must be satisfied. Now, let's consider the three main aspects of children's lives and see how you can instill the fear of God into them.
The Spiritual aspect
Just as adults have spiritual needs, so also the children do. The Bible tells us in John 4:24 that God is a Spirit. God made man in His image; therefore, man is essentially a spirit being. It is with that spirit that contact is made with God. So, children can have contact with God, that is, they can establish a relationship with God.
Don't assume that your children are going to heaven, simply because they are born into a Christian home or because they attend Sunday school. No! They must confess Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Thus, it's your responsibility as parents, to lead them to do so. After this foundation has been laid, then we can now begin to build on it.
The scripture must be opened and shared with them. This is of great importance because it instills the fear of the Lord into their hearts. When they grow and get into the world, God's fear that has been planted in them will preserve them in the way of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6). Remember Joseph, his parents were not there, yet, he refused to sin against God (Genesis 39:9).
It is important to note that every single life has a purpose. Every child is created for a purpose. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). We see in the above scripture that Jeremiah was ordained a prophet from the womb. So by prayer, locate your children's ordination and propel them along that part. Introduce your children to their heavenly Father and encourage them to pray daily. Finally, on meeting their needs spiritually, introduce them to active Christian service in the house of God. Ensure that you make time available, to meet their spiritual needs.
The Emotional aspect
Children are meant to be loved, cared for and accepted. As a parent, you must meet their needs emotionally. They must be emotionally satisfied, so that there will be no attraction from outside that will be able to secure their attention. The reason for child abuse and all manner of evils today in the society, is because most parents are no longer there to meet the emotional needs of these children.
Ensure that you are approachable and easily accessible by your children. Give them opportunities to ask you question about what is bothering them. Be there when you ought to, so that they will not look out for outside influence. Also, good, open and effective communication is a vital tool in helping your children develop emotional stability. A child, who is self-assured and has high self-esteem, will be immune to foreign influence. May the Lord grant you grace to perform.
The Physical aspect
Cleanliness, they say, is next to godliness. As a parent, it is also your duty to make provision for your children's physical needs. Ensure that as you appear neat, your children also look neat, both at home and everywhere they may be found. They ought to be true representatives of Christ. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8). Your children should be well fed. They should be given balanced diet, no matter how small. There is a need for you to supervise their feeding habits.
Also, in their academics, be there to help. Prayerfully help them in their choice of subjects, and ultimately in setting goals in their career. Discover their bent in life and stir them in that direction. Please don't force them into your mold because God may have a totally different plan for them; therefore, encourage them to have Bible-based dreams. It is also important for you to teach them how to handle money, and how to be financially accountable so that they will not be a disgrace to you in future.
Until you are born again, you don't have what it takes to raise God-fearing children. You get born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for this, please say this prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! You have just made the right choice. From henceforth, your home shall turn a new leaf, as you put to practice what you have learnt today.
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For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all the Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Raising Godly Children, Making Marriage Work, and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored with Bishop David Oyedepo).