“and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life.
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength
Repeat them again and again to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.
Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:2, 5, 7-9 NLT
Dear Parents: God has given us an awesome responsibility to teach our children to fear (honor, respect, reverence) Him – “and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life.”
FAILING to bring up your children in the fear and acknowledgement of God – will make them grow into adults who believe that nothing they do is wrong or displeasing to God.
Having no fear of God creates rebellious children.
The most disturbing side effects for children growing up without God are:
- Children as young as 6 years are now demanding sex changes and the legal rights to be respected according to their chosen sexual identities rather then their birth identities
- Suicidial rates are up among children and they are indiscreet by doing it Live via social media
- Children being bullied to the point of retaliation, creating panic and chaos in schools
- Fist fighting has suddenly been replaced with the use of guns and knives
- Children are no longer intimidated with the presence of persons of authority
A child without God grows up to become an adult without hope. A child growing up in a Godly environment wakes up every morning knowing that God is on his/her side, so there’s nothing to fear.
Life was NEVER meant to live without GOD. Period. Full stop. End of discussion.
As parents we are mandated by God to teach our children and grandchildren to fear God for the duration of our lives here on earth.
We are to place the Word of God in their hands and teach our generations the scriptures. Memorizing the scriptures with the little ones can be creatively done by making it musical as you walk along.
Our homes are called to be the light in the community we live in. Folks passing by should know that we are Christians by what they see and hear coming out of our homes.
I find it very disheartening when I see children who were given to God from the first moments outside of the womb, eventually grow up, and resist, and minimize their spiritual values.
How very unfortunate to witness this exchange of lifestyles. Then, they eventually have their own kids and the little ones are now left vulnerable to the open display of their parents lifestyles and lack of Godly accountability – pretty much leaving them confused about their inherited Godly faith. The
little ones are left quietly trying to figure it out all by themselves.
“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil?
How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, 17 NLT
As parents and grandparents we must speak up. King David failed in standing up for righteousness even by simply asking, ” Why are you doing that?”
“Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “Why are you doing that?” 1 Kings 1:6 NLT
When we fail in our duties as parents for whatever reason to speak up and to take a stand – the consequences are greater.
Any confusion in the mind of a vulnerable child – silently turns into a ‘Storm in a teapot’. The teapot represents the child, and the storm is the lifestyles that’s holding their interest. The consequences erupt into uncontrollable behaviour as the child approaches puberty.
Parents: We were chosen by God to be our children’s parents. He doesn’t make mistakes, but He will certainly hold us accountable for any child going astray. Some of us may have heard our own mothers saying, ‘God, I don’t know how I would have made it without you.’ I trust we are brilliant to comprehend those spoken words of our mothers invoking a spirit of fear that we cannot live life without God.
The world wants what we have and we want what the world has – this is called ‘FOLLY and VANITY’. I call it MADNESS.
Something to ponder: You are holding in your hands a “Storm in a Teacup”. Choose you today whom you will serve. Everyday you are writing your chapters either intentionally or unintentionally, but either way little Elizabeth and David are clearly reading your book.
As Christians we do have good days and bad days , but we must CHOOSE never to have a day without GOD.
Giving your kids God is the greatest thing you can give them.
Your little teacups may be stirring up a storm.
Consequences are NOT covered under the umbrella of forgiveness.
No one can serve two masters.