Family Matters. P6 (5.27.18)

John 14:6-9
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

God has ordained the family to be the conduit by which we secure the next generation for the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 127:1
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

When God created man, He did it in His own image (Genesis 1:26). He was securing His image for the advancement of the Kingdom in earth.

Because we are created in the image of God, we are imitators. Jesus bore the perfect image, or nature, of God. We are also His image-bearers.

John 14:10
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Colossians 1:15
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature

John 5: 19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

God has called us to be representatives of His kingdom, His love, His mercy and His character.

You can’t represent what was never presented. To represent means you are re- presenting what was presented to you. We must know the heart of God to re-present Him to others. His Word is the avenue by which we get to know Him.

Ephesians 5:1
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

He’s saying that children are imitators. And just as children imitate, we should imitate God.

Our children will walk in the image that we set before them. We can’t expect them to represent an image that was never presented to them.

Parents are responsible to monitor whats being presented to their children at all times. Know what they are watching on tv, who they are spending time with, etc… As parents, we can correct behavior, but we cannot make our children un-see things they’ve seen. Don’t let them get prematurely exposed to the perversion of this world. As we are raising our children, we should be constantly feeding them with the Word of God so that they can mature into Godly adults.

We are all born into sin. Once we become saved, we still have a sinful nature that wars with our sanctified nature. Whichever nature you feed the most will become the strongest. You can either feed sin or righteousness. Whichever you feed the most (with what you watch, listen to, read, etc…)  will come alive.

Proverbs 20:11
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Proverbs 22:6,15
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Everyone is born in sin. Children are born with foolishness in them (Proverbs 22:15). It’s the job of the parents to correct them and train them up in the ways of the Lord. Without fail, the world will try and expose children to what is evil and perverted.  It is the job of the parents to expose children to the Word of God and His righteousness.

Parents, when you discipline your kids, remember that we want to correct behavior, not nature. If a child does something foolish or dumb, don’t call them foolish or dumb. If you call them a name, you’re attaching that behavior to them. Never connect your child’s behavior with their character. Instead say something line, “What you did was dumb. You’re too smart to act like that.” Discipline behavior and edify character.

Investment in our kids lives has to be intentional. It’s not just going to happen.

When God corrects us, it is always for the future. When we correct our children, it should always be done with the future in mind.

Proverbs 19:18
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Be consistent about what is and is not acceptable in your home. Parents should be in agreement with each other.

 

 

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