Think of someone you consider godly. Why? What is it about that person’s character that makes him or her godly?
Josh 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
You’re either going to do what your ancestors have done, what the people around you are doing, or serve the Lord. But, YOU need to choose.
1 Tim 3:4-5 “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)”
Children matter to the Lord. He not only cares about you, but also about who comes after you.
God needed somebody who would pass on righteousness.
Why is it so important to God to pass on righteousness?
Deut 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 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.”
Deut 11:19 “And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
If you don’t parent on purpose, many mistakes will be made. You’ve got to know when to shift your parenting style and the message you give. The first five years of children’s lives need a different message than their last five years at home.
As you read these ten things to teach your kids, try to come up with your own Scriptures to go along with each. How you will apply each concept to your own life? How will you teach them to your children?
The first five years (0-5) of your child’s life:
- A kid ought to be taught ‘You are loved.’ Jer 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
- You are safe. Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- You are provided for. Phil 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
- You are special. Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
- You have a God. Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:”
Teach this the last five years your children are at home (approx. 14-18):
- Life is not all about you. Selfishness must die and sacrifice must be embraced. Gal 5:13“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (NLT)
- Life is challenging. You need mental toughness in order to tackle life or it will run you over. Eph 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
- Life is not fair. God is in control, not you. Heb 13:5 “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’” (NLT)
- You are nothing without Jesus. It doesn’t matter how successful you are, without Jesus it doesn’t matter. Acts 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
- Prepare for your own death. What kind of a legacy will you leave? What do you want said at your funeral? Rom 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Peter said, ‘For the promise is unto you and your children…’
Judges 2:10 “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”
God wants it to not end in one generation. Children are our apprentices. In Bible times, Fathers were expected to train their children in whatever trade they had. They learned by watching, by observation. Children learn by what they see more than by what their parents say.
You may not be able to change your past, but you can change your present and thus, your future.
What are you planting? What are you reproducing? What are your children seeing? How is your example to those watching you?
Don’t allow anything in your life that you don’t want reproduced in your children!
Paul is a major character in the New Testament. There is some debate that he was never married. Yet, he was certainly a father figure. In the books of 1st and 2nd Timothy, it is clear that his father was not a believer. His mother and grandmother brought him to church and Paul filled that missing father role.
2 Tim 1:5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
It was through Timothy’s mom and grandmother that he had faith. Paul stepped in and guided Timothy in becoming a godly man. God makes things complete. He will fill any voids in your life. Choose to obey Him and live a better way than before.
2 Tim 3:14-15 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
You can be what has been handed to you and pass it on or you can choose something different. But, you have to do this on purpose.
It’s like a relay race. The father runs his race and at the right moment passes the baton (gospel, faith, prayer) on to his sons and daughters. Then, his sons and daughters run their own races and eventually pass that baton on to their own children.
Prov 20:7 “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”
How will you apply these principles in your own life and in your own parenting?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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