Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Instrument Rated (9)

'...Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.' Ephesians 6:4 NIV

Instrument rated for parenthood. 
Parents today face unique problems that no other generation has.

But God's Word is timeless, so: 

(1) Enforce discipline. 
'Whom the Lord loves He corrects...' (Proverbs 3:12 NKJV). 
Teach your child that every decision has consequences. And don't rescue them from their consequences, for life won't let them off the hook when they do wrong. 
(2) Teach them God's ways. 
'Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it' (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). 
Give your child a taste of the things of God when they are young, and when they're older the world won't be able to satisfy their taste. 
(3) Commit them to the Lord. 
This isn't easy; it's like allowing them to take the family car out for the first time. But there comes a point where God, not you, must speak to them and guide them.
They'll either learn the easy way or the hard way. And even if they do go astray, God promises that they'll come back again (Jeremiah 31:16-17).
So pray, 
'Lord, they're Yours now. I've taught them and set an example, now I give them to You. Deal with them according to Your perfect will'.
Does that mean everything will be OK from that point on?  
Maybe, and maybe not.  
But like a pilot who flies according to his instruments, you must stand on the Word of God for your children.
Soul Food: Exo 12:1-14, 1 Cor 11:23-29, Ps 69:7-21, Deut 21:22-23 (Passover)

Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Tuesday, 15 April 2014