Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 3)
Cavalry greetings to you in Jesus’ name. I hope you have been taking practical steps towards all that you have received from this teaching so far? The thing the Lord has started in you and your family shall be sustained and completed in Jesus’ name. I started this teaching by showing you how to lay a solid foundation for your children. Last week, I taught on love and control. This week, I want to show you God’s view concerning child’s training.
Child-training is a commandment
Child-training is not an advice, a suggestion or a thing you do at your convenience. It is a commandment from God. This commandment is neither grievous nor burdensome. It is for your sake. (1John 5:3). My husband says,” God‘s commandments are neither to grieve you, but to groom you.” The Word of God 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).
Bring your children up in the nurture of the Lord; if you refuse to do so, you are disobeying God’s commandment, and as far as God is concerned, disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft. 1 Samuel 15:23 says: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Disobedience is as bad as drinking the blood of another human being. May God not catch you as a witch. His Word also says: Do not suffer a witch to live; (Exodus 22:18). In other words, if you are not bringing up your children in the way they should go, you are cutting short the number of their days. Receive grace from God now to be obedient to this commandment on child-training in Jesus’ name.
Child-training is a seed
Whatever you do in life is a seed and soon you will reap the fruit of your doings. Child- training is a seed. Whatever seed of training you sow into your children, you will reap the harvest tomorrow. The Word of God says: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8:22).
When you sow the seed of good Christian upbringing into the lives of your children, they will give you joy and fulfillment tomorrow. In order for your children not to give you heartache tomorrow, it is a must for you to sow seeds of proper upbringing in their lives. There are certain things that were sown as seeds into my life as a little girl; I will never forget my parents for that. I encourage you to do the same for your children too.
In Jeremiah Chapter 35, Jonadab sowed the seeds of good child-training. Even after he had departed from here, generations after him still continued to abide in the Word of God. No wonder in verses 18 & 19, God had to make a promise: And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever. The seeds that Jonadab sowed into his children began to bring forth fruits and brought them to the throne. Even our Lord Jesus Christ came from his lineage. What a harvest of fruits!
Child-training requires diligence
Child-training must be done diligently, not the way you feel, not as a secondary assignment. It must be done carefully. The Word of God says: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
It does not matter where you work, your career or status. Child-training is your primary assignment and it must be done diligently for it to be effectual. Teach them the Word of God all the time, whether it is convenient or not. Buy spiritual materials that will help them to understand the Scriptures the more. Endeavour to see them put to practice what you are teaching them from the Word of God. For example, when you teach them about prayer, ensure that you see them pray by themselves, whether you are around or not. When they need to be corrected, do so in love and no devil will tamper with them in future. You will not fail in Jesus’ mighty name.
If you are not born again and want to be born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Saviour and your Lord. How do you come to Jesus? The Bible Says: If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). It doesn’t take more than this to have perfect rest all around you. Make a wise decision today. Accept the Lord Jesus as your own personal Lord and Saviour. Make Him the Lord of your entire household and be at rest.
The Scripture above says you should confess with your mouth, and then believe what you have said in your heart. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and 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).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 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: Raising Godly Children, Building a Successful Home and Understanding Motherhood.
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.