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Raising God-Fearing Children

 

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By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London 

 

 

 

 

Scripture Reading: Acts 10: 2 (NIV) and Deuteronomy 11:19

21st May - 27th May, 2018

 

He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly, and Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

It is important to bear in mind that success in life begins with the fear of God. The decaying state of our world today is largely because of a lack of the fear of God. To fear God means to be in awe of Him, to revere, admire, respect, and to hold Him in highest esteem. So, a “God Fearing marriage” is a marriage where God is revered, admired, respected, held in high esteem and worshipped (Psalm 128: 1- 6).

 

Success in life begins with the fear of God. Our main Scripture reading speaks of Cornelius as a man who feared God, and his entire family was known for their fear and reverence for God. Many portions in Scripture speak of the fear of God within the context of families. The Bible encourages God-fearing people to raise their children in the same fear and reverence of God that they have developed (Psalm 128: 1-3, Genesis 18: 19). It is clear that God divinely designed families to provide a cure for the social, psychological, emotional and spiritual ills in society.

 

A God-fearing family is the key to a stable, healthy and productive nation. In fact, the wherewithal to hold a family unit together cannot be found in psychology, humanism, or in good ideas and principles. Such philosophies abound in society, but if they were as potent as they claim to be, society would not be in its current deteriorating predicament. Help for our families can only be found in Christ (Colossians 1:17).

 

There is an important lesson from the story of a remarkably successful leader called Joshua (Joshua 24: 14- 15). Joshua was a warrior and led a tribe of over two million people, yet he still focused on maintaining a healthy family unit. He knew that there were many compelling sources of influence in his society, but he was deliberate and determined to steer his family in the right direction. When the chips were down, he declared ‘...as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord’.

 

Raising Godly children does not occur by happenstance; it requires deliberate effort. This is why the Bible encourages us to train up our children in the way they should go, and assures us that when they are old, they will not depart from godly training (Proverbs 22: 6).

 

Our second Scripture reading encourages us to talk about God’s goodness in everyday life. When we visibly and audibly practice the presence of God in our daily lives, our children and the children around us get used to seeing God in every aspect of life. However, we can only do this by being physically present in our children’s lives. No matter how busy we get, we cannot abandon parenting to the hands of the TV, iPads, games or nannies. As Christians, we must ensure that we pass on our faith to our children.

 

In raising God-fearing children, here are a few things to note:

 

(a) Find common ground with your children, depending on their ages and interests, and spend quality time with them. This emotional investment will build their confidence as they grow.


(b) Be creative while interacting with them, as you may not have to spend a lot of money.

   

(c) Develop a prayer altar that involves your children.

    

(d) Encourage their relationship with God, without being domineering or forceful.

    

(e) Pray for your children, without ceasing.

 

   When we practice the presence of God in our daily lives, our children get used to seeing God in every aspect of life…!

 

For further study:
Genesis 18: 19, Proverbs 22: 6
Psalm 128: 1-6, Colossians 1: 17
Joshua 24: 14-15, Psalms 127: 3
Hebrews 12: 6

                                                     
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your fatherly care and affection towards me, and thank You for the reassurance that I have in Jesus’ finished work on the cross. I know that You are the ultimate Father, through Whom I have my being. I ask for Your grace to help me raise my children and the children around me in the fear of God. Please teach me to share with them the grace that You have given me, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

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