New Glory Devotional: TRAIN UP A CHILD – Monday, October 15, 2012

By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi

Memorise: “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54:13).

Read: Proverbs 4: 20-22

It’s not enough to just have children, it’s required that every single child born into a family be trained in the way of the Lord to forestall future evil and unrest. Several trainings abound from one family to the other. You can’t get good or peace from a child whose future was built on faulty foundation. If you fail in your role as a parent, you are most likely to face a future of total unrest and sorrow.

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

Let every parent be so guided.

Children learn mostly through examples and direct pictures. It’s not enough to just tell them what to do. They will copy what you do. The life of a parent has either positive or negative effect on the growth and development of a child. You must remember that you are directly accountable for whatsoever happens to every single child in your care. Those children are not yours, they belong to God. He has chosen you as custodians and caretakers on the earth and will require an account of them from you. You can’t afford to mess around with them.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127:3).

Are you training your children to fear and love the Lord or have you handed them over to the present day media to corrupt their simple hearts and minds with immoral songs, movies and worldly languages? Corrupt children will produce corrupt families which will in turn lead to a corrupt society! But what you don’t have you can’t offer. If you are out of order as a parent, it will be difficult to correct a erring child. You need to live correctly to be a blessing to your children. If you are sold out to parties, evil relationships, gossips and the rest, you should expect these traits from your wards except the Lord has mercy. It will be too painful to see your children inherit any of your bad traits. Correct your lifestyle now and be drawn to God through faith and genuine repentance.

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19).

What is God saying about your family? Are you an example of good training to children in any way? What kind of life are you leading? What message are you passing across to your household as a mother? If your children are not getting God, they will embrace the devil through worldliness. There’s is the rod and the word of the Lord for your use. You should always pray for these children and lead them in the way they should go. Don’t leave the upbringing of your children to your house helps. Spend quality time at home to show them love and care and be concerned about their growth generally. If you seek peace in your future as a father or mother, invest solidly now on the best spiritual, academic and moral training of your God-given children. “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54:13).

Bastards are not far fetched in our present society. What produces evil children is lack of proper and adequate discipline and home training. “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Hebrews 12:8). You need to check your home again, what type of children are you raising? Those that will showcase the good father in you or those that will bring shame to your family name in future. You can’t get the best from your family if you fail to offer and sacrifice the best. Act wisely now and train up your household in the right ways for successful living. You will have peace eternally and it shall be well with you.

PRAYER:

Father, help me to raise godly and blessed children on the earth.

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