As a Christian parent, one of our major responsibilities is the matter of getting our children genuinely converted, born again, saved, and into the family of God. In the last letter, the following five points were emphasized on the topic of "Reaching Our Children."
1. Pray for your children! From the moment that you know you are going to have a baby, you should be praying specifically and earnestly for your child.
2. Spend time with your children every day!
3. Be real with them! If you will give yourself to being genuine, the real deal, you'll find that you will be a major blessing to your children.
4. Establish authority and respect for it! Your children need to learn early that there are authorities in their lives and that it pays to respect authority.
5. Teach them yes and no! It is simple and ever so basic to the well-being of your children. They need to learn early that yes means yes and no means no.
To continue on that topic, please add these four suggestions:
6. Discipline your children! Too often these days, children are not "raised." They are allowed to grow wild. However, discipline is not a bad thing. It is necessary for the well-being of your child. Children who are undisciplined are neither happy nor well-developed. In order for normal maturation to progress as it should in any child, discipline is indispensable. When discipline is lax, the child becomes self-willed, self-centered, self-governed, and self-serving. Discipline deals with the aggressive carnalities of self and helps set the stage for one to deal with his sinfulness.
7. Read and recite Scripture! Teach the Scripture to your children and do it early. Start with phrases that are brief and easy to repeat. For example:
"God is love." – I John 4:8. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right." – Ephesians 6: 1.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.
8. Sing to them and with them! If your children learn the right music early (Ephesians 5:19), it will have a profound influence on them. Singing these good songs reinforces the Scripture and is helpful in awakening the heart to its need of salvation. At the same time you are singing good songs to them shield them and protect them from the various pipelines of garbage music that is so prevalent in our society. The Devil and his minions know they can steal your children by way of their music. You and I should be wise enough to see it too. Teach them choruses such as:
"Jesus Loves Me," "Jesus Loves the little Children," "The B-I-B-L-E," "I'm in the Lord's Army,"
''The Wise Man and the Foolish Man,” "He's Able," "In My Father's House,"
9. Make a positive to-do about church! If you badmouth the church and its leaders, your children will not think well of them either. Your criticism of leadership will severely undermine the spiritual welfare of your sons and daughters. Let me say it again: Children need to be saved, and they can be saved. Let's not leave this to chance. Let's give ourselves warmly, lovingly, consistently, and devotedly to bringing the children in. Amen!
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the second of three messages on “Character – Daniel Being Perfected".
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