Pastor’s Blog Post 8.15.18

As our children head off back to school this month I am reminded of our responsibility to train them in the ways of God, not just reading, writing and arithmetic. We only have one chance at raising our kids with a faith that they will not surrender to the world, as the anti-christ system comes with its full strength against our offspring! Make no mistake the devil wants your children to be his.

Malachi 2:10-15 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers? 11 Judah has dealt treacherously, And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, For Judah has profaned The LORD’s holy institution which He loves: He has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob The man who does this, being awake and aware, Yet who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts! 13 And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the LORD with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands. 14 Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant. 15 But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. NKJV

A godly child is the product of a Godly marriage…

I know there are exceptions to this rule but remember the rule! A broken marriage, (whether divorce, or just flat unbiblical patterns of dysfunction) will damage the children of that home.

Look at these following principle verses:

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

Proverbs 22:6 Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go,and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life. TPT

I like both these translations, but each one has a strength, I like the way the KJV says “train up a child,” and I like the way the TPT says “the values they have learned, will be with them for life.”

God chose Abraham and taught him to command his home.

Genesis 18:19 For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him. AMP

I love the way the amplified Bible translate this verse, it clarifies that if we do what is just and right then the Lord is able to give us His promises.

The other day, I was praying and I heard this in my spirit: “Is the blessing of God by chance or choice?” The scripture definitely teaches principles which make it choice, but the victim mindset makes it by chance. Not that we will all have the same portion by choice, but that we can all walk in the will and blessing of God for our individual gift and call by choice. That is why we cannot violate the command of not comparing ourselves to others and why each child we raise has a different DNA that must be decoded for proper parenting and training.

One size surely doesn’t fit all when raising a child. The broken culture today demonstrates the ultimate “tail wagging the dog”, as manifest as children dictate to the parent how the home will be run and what values will be followed and enforced. “Not on my watch!” should be the cry of every parent as they steward the godly seed they have been entrusted with. It’s “show and tell parents”, not just tell. Kids won’t commit their lives to a God you barely follow or believe in. The doctrine of tolerance has completely hijacked our culture and the twisted truths of this doctrine are destroying a generation. Moral absolutes are just that, absolutes, not maybes or sometimes!

Be blessed, and look to our Father to teach us to be fathers and mothers in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ! Remember parents- don’t expect your children to stand up to the world for the Lord, if you won’t stand up to your children for the Lord!