|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
With joy and gladness I welcome you again to this edition of family Matters. My prayer for you today is that God’s purposes and plans for your wonderful children shall be established.
Last week, I discussed on the topic, ‘Children are blessings’. I wrote that your perspective about your children determines your focus and interest in them.
This week, I will be teaching on Training: A Vital Key to Raising Children of Destiny! The only way to preserve the coming generation is to train the children today.
Our children are the generation to come and God’s Word says: A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children (Proverbs 13:22). Raising children of destiny, who will take off from where we stop, is the only inheritance we can leave for the next generation.
God’s Word says: Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). The topic of child training is one of utmost importance, because once a man finds a wife and they are joined in holy wedlock, what adds colour to their union is the blessing of children.
There are certain basic truths about child training, which when you embrace and practise will enable you to raise children of destiny. As we know, the foundation of a building is its most important part; likewise, these basic truths form the foundation for children of destiny.
These basic truths are not limited to, but include:
God Owns Your Children
God’s Word says: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalms 127:3). An understanding of the truth that those children, in actual sense, do not belong to you, but to God, will enhance your focus and interest in growing them to become children of destiny.
It is important to state here that the future of the church depends, to a large extent, on what we do with our children today. Thus, if the present move of God must be sustained and increased, then parents must be awake to the call of God, to raise children of destiny.
I strongly believe that a day of reckoning is coming for all parents, when each of us will stand before God, to render account for the lives of our children. Now that those children can be shaped and moulded, shape them and mould them according to God’s standard.
It Requires Diligence
Raising children of destiny is serious business. God specifically instructed Israel to mind the words of His command and pass them to their children with all diligence as seen in Deuteronomy 6:6-7. In other words, child training is no small responsibility; it must be done carefully and purposefully.
It is a fact that children spend a greater percentage of their time at home with their parents. So, Christian parents need to sit down and teach their children the Scriptures. When our children were much younger, I ensured that I or their daddy, or both of us, were always present at their devotion time. The business of child training will bring invaluable profit to your life, both now and in future, if you do it diligently as instructed by God.
It Is A Seed
Successful farmers pay close attention to the quality of the seeds they sow, particularly as they want to make good profits from the harvest. In the same vein, child training God’s way is a seed with promises of great rewards. I’m sounding this alarm that: There is profit in sowing the seed of a sound Christian upbringing in your children. It helps you to reap the fruit of peace, joy and fulfilment tomorrow more than you can ever imagine!
To effectively utilise the key of training in raising children of destiny, you must be born again. If you are not born again and would like to have that experience, please say this prayer of faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).