“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
JL shares: “I’ve started a process with the kids. At the beginning of the week we draw an index card that holds a scripture. We spend 1-2 days memorizing. When we have it memorized, we place it in behind, and write that verse address on our notebook…and choose another. Yesterday was John 14:6. If we as parents don’t place a priority on memorizing scripture the world will take our children’s minds.”
“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” Isaiah 8:16
1) IF you are not actively, deliberately, repeatedly, and perpetually teaching your children God’s Word, you are in direct disobedience to the One you claim you are serving, and 2) you are casting your own heritage/children/seed to Satan and into eternal damnation and the lake of fire.
Don’t like this straight talk? Go to your bathroom, look in the mirror, and blame the guilty party that you are staring at …… pour over Hosea 10:12; 14:1-2 and 2 Chronicles 7:14. May God bless each of us who are parents to truly repent and come clean as to our sinful omissions.
If you are not teaching your child(ren) God’s Word, you are failing as a Christian and a parent. Jesus commanded us to go and teach all men His Word and that begins at home (Matthew 28:18-20). There is NOTHING more important to that child and God has exclusively given parents this responsibility. Need we repent at once, get out God’s Word and begin reading with our precious children?
Readers are leaders and perhaps much of what we do as parents is whet the appetite of our children for that which is godly and good. Among men, our words are most weighty with our children. As adults, each of us is largely a product of what our earthly parents spoke into our ears. And now as an adult, that which our heavenly Father is speaking via His Word into our lives. The privilege and opportunity window we are given by God to help direct and mold our children, is nothing short of amazing.
If as parents we spend more time and energy and money on sports, movies, and other worldly things and little time or token time on God, what is that reflecting and teaching our children as they witness this in our lives? Hypocrisy. If our children see us seeking the LORD first thing in the morning, reading His blessed Precepts, praying with them, and praising His holy name with exuberant thanksgiving, they will see He is most important. They need this model beloved. You can give nothing more important to your children than the real vision of a sincere heart after God.
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:” Deuteronomy 11:18-20
ALL you have to do is open up God’s Word (KJB) and begin reading with joy with your child, making it gracious and joyful and not religious drudgery. God’s Word IS the agenda so no need to come up with our own (Proverbs 3:5-6).
My son had 6-8 verses of Holy Scripture memorized by the time he was 5-6 years old. It was embarrassing to adults who claimed to be following Jesus and had no Bible committed to memory.
Satan wants our children! (1 Peter 5:8) When we obey God in diligently teaching our children His Word, they will overcome the enemy of souls, be fruitful to God’s glory, and become tools in His holy hands.
Brian Anderson writes:
“If we teach children both what is right to do and why (including a healthy fear and reverence for God), they will at least be fully equipped to understand the dangers of choosing evil rather than just blindly following parents instructions ‘because we said so.’
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.'”
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