unfortunate one

February 26, 2015

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TRAINING CHILDREN

  1. God requires parents to train their children in a God-centered way.

Deut. 6:6-7. these commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  1. The father is primarily responsible for child training. (that’s not a misprint, why do you think satan does all he can to rip apart families.)

Eph. 6:4. Fathers , do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

  1. The chief goal must be to train children in the fear of the Lord.

Eph 6:4.

  1. Do not exasperate them, be unfair to them, or abuse them.

Col. 3:21. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

  1. The father must manage his family well and see that his children obey and respect him.

1 Tim. 3:4. He must manage his own family will and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

  1. Love requires faithful discipline.

Prov. 13:24. He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

Prov. 22:15. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

Prov. 23:13-14. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Prov. 29:15. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to itself disgraces his mother.

Prov. 29:17. Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

  1. Follow God’s pattern, for he lovingly disciplines us, for our good.

Heb. 12:5-11.

  1. The Lord condemned Eli for being an indulgent parent.

1 Sam. 3:1-18.

1 Sam. 3:13. I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about: his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them.

  1. Train a child in the say he should go.

Prov. 22:6. Train a child in the way he should go, and when his is old he will turn from it.

  1. Unless the Lord build the house. . .

Ps. 127:1-2. Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.

  1. Children are a heritage from the Lord.

Ps. 127:3. Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.

Let me tell you a secret, you can have twins, two kids years apart, read all the parenting books that there are, your only goal is to train them right, and then let them go. They have to make all the mistakes you made, they have to skin their knees, break their hearts (and yours). And no matter how rebellious you can never stop praying for them.

I have two kids, one is a blessing from God and the other is Satan’s spawn. I love them both, pray for them both, but my prayers for them are completely different. For the one I pray for wisdom the other I pray for godliness. Can you guess which kid gets what prayer? My wife and I have quit crying over the choices our one child makes, we no longer wait for phone calls, or even a knock on the door. As the old country song says; “some broken hearts never mend”. They do, but they stay kind of lumpy and beat irregular.

It’s not about parenting mistakes, we would do it all the same way, exactly the same way again. That’s why I make big deal over God being sovereign, I don’t have to understand, or even like what life serves up. It can be a big plate of steaming crap, and if that’s today’s meal you just learn to swallow and still trust and believe.

Let no root of bitterness ever find a place in your heart, your headed in the wrong direction if you get to where you have to forgive God.  Sovereign and in control, it’s like a blind man driving a car, it’s all about confidence.

Trust and obey for there’s no better way to stay happy.

God bless all the parents who have stopped waiting for the phone to ring, God is still at work, as long as your child draws breath there is still hope, and hope springs eternal to the non-bitter saint.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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