“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The Bible is clear that we are to go back to the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16) and that we are not to be given to change (Proverbs 24:21). So, in other words, we are to hold to in unchanging principles in ever changing times. It’s not always easy to do if you have one foot in the world and one foot in the Church (James 4:4) and therein lies the problem with most people who have played the hypocrite with the Lord when it comes to their children (Exodus 20:7).
A father started for his office early one morning after a light fall of snow. Turning, he saw his little boy endeavoring to put his little feet in his own great footprints. The little fellow shouted: “Go on, I’se coming’ Papa, I’se coming right in your tracks.” He caught the boy in his arms and carried him to his mother and started again for his office. His habit was to stop along the way and do that which was wrong in the sight of God and man. As he stood upon the threshold that morning, he seemed to hear a sweet voice saying, “Go on, I’se a coming Papa, I’se a coming right in your tracks. “ He stopped, he hesitated, he looked the future square in the face. I cannot afford to make any tracks I would be ashamed or sorry to have my boy walk in, he said decidedly, and turned away.
The mother wonders why her daughter is pregnant at 16 and gets angry with her and yet, when the mother looks in the mirror and understands that she is a fornicator, which is sex before marriage (1 Corinthians 6:9), it then makes all the sense in the world.
Or the dad that left behind his children and ends up in jail for some crimes and wonders why his children fall in line with the same pattern in leaving their children that ending up in jail. Friends, “wisdom is justified of all her children” (Luke 7:35).
How many times I have seen and heard people complain about their own children when, in fact, they are the ones responsible for raising them up (Hebrew 4:13).
Well, friends, there is a promise with the Lord when it comes to raising up your children. The Word says that they will not depart from them, that is the way that you trained them to go (Proverbs 22:6).
After 23 years of ministry and having the opportunity to have my family with me every step of the way, I have been blessed beyond measure.
We have been told by the modern-day professors that it is God first, then your family and then your ministry.
For some reason or another, I just cannot find that in Scripture.
I do see where it says that we are to first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all these things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). I do read where it says:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
I do see in Scripture where Jesus said:
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
In other words, Jesus is here not saying to literally hate your family, He is saying that your love for God is so strong that in comparison the love for your family should seem as hate.
Friends, you cannot love your children properly until you first love the Lord with your whole heart, and with all thy soul, and with all of your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
And 1 John 5:2 it tells us: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” And where does that love come from “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
And if we are born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3), we will do what the Spirit leads us to do (Romans 8:14), and that is to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19) and what you do think that your children will do? The same as the Spirit teaches them to do through your following the Christ.
The videos below are children who have been taught to know the old paths, the ways of those who have gone before them in the faith (Hebrews 13:7) and the fruit you will see is self-evident – Enjoy!
This video is for the older children, in all sincerity, that have yet to learn their history (Proverbs 7:2).
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