Train Your Children By How You Live!

Scripture:


Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Observation:

Point your kids in the right direction – When they are old they won’t be lost.

Application:

I like how this week’s video pointed out that this is not a guarantee. We all know godly parents who have children that have wandered. I myself eventually wandered but through the grace of God returned to His protection.  Also if this was 100% accurate than most of us would not have as powerful of a testimony. Amen! On the flip side would that mean that if a child wasn’t trained that there would be no way for them to develop faith in their older years?

I am just so grateful that we serve a God who is not limited by time or anything else we can dream or imagine. He is merciful, loving and most of all forgiving! Now this doesn’t take us off the hook as parents. We are still responsible for training our children in the ways of the Lord. That is one of the reasons many of us homeschool (not the only reason but defiantly on the list).

I’m reminded of the parable of the sower in Luke 8. We are the farmers and responsible for planting the seeds. But we cannot control where they fall in our child’s heart. Some may find good soil; some may find thorns or rocky places. We can help control what other seeds are planted among the seeds of the word, but eventually our children must take the responsibility for cultivating their own hearts. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, which talks about spiritual maturity, we see that one plants the seeds, another waters but ultimately it is between them and God. 

I believe that the best way to train your children is by how you live. If you speak one thing and silently do another, we all know the saying that actions speak louder than words!
This week is VBS week and we are starting the week off talking about the relationship between Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar. How the King acknowledged Daniel’s God as a good God but struggled to claim him as his own. That is just like our children. We can show them how great our God is, and they may agree. But until they claim Him as their own and take up their own rooted spiritual walk we can’t force them. It takes maturity to make their own spiritual decision. I want them to be able to say I serve the God of my father/mother but I want them to also make Him their God!


Remember that if you have a lost child that it is never to late to plant or continue to plant the seeds. Make sure that you love them through it, not judge them through it! Remember that they were born with free will and original sin just like we were. They have to learn to overcome it and submit to God just as we did. But aren’t you glad that we serve a God that is limit less and that it isn’t over until we are standing before His ultimate judgement! It is never to late to run back to him just like the prodigal son.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for your powerful word and our calling to be sowers in our children’s seeds of faith. Help me to most importantly lead by example and love. May they see you reflected in my heart and life. Thank you for your power and grace. Thank you that no matter what we are covered by the blood of your Son and we can run to the foot of the cross for intercession and forgiveness. I praise you for your greatness, authority, providence, power and love! Amen



Looking for other training resources???? Check out my post about the Child Training Bible!

One thought on “Train Your Children By How You Live!

  1. Two verses come to my mind:(1) Isaiah 54:13 – And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children. and (2) Deut 6:7 – You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
    We are to teach by talking, in our walk of living, when we sit, lie down and rise (all the time and in every way. I may be wrong but I believe God’s Word all of it is a guaranteed promised backed up by His Spirit. We can’t live hypocritical lives by teaching by words one thing and living or having a heart attitude that is something different. CHildren may rebel but I wholeheartedly believe that when they are old maybe even on deathbed, God’s word does not come back void. Yes, we do have responsibility and our children do too (they make choices) but God is faithful. I know not everyone is saved or will be saved but I have seen God save whole households when we believe and have faith not in principles but in Him. He can do the impossible. Praise God. Thank you for writing.

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