For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
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WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN FORTITUDE!
Teaching our children fortitude means to teach them to have the strength of mind that will allow them to endure pain or adversity with courage.
Here is a very interesting scripture to ponder on:
Revelation 21: 7-8 "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
The word "FEARFUL" in this text is totally different than all the other fearfuls listed. It means in the Strongís to be timid... to be a coward! It also means to be faithless.
We have been so convicted that we must teach our children not to fear men, but to only fear God. And if we fear (Strongís: greatly honor, reverence, be in awe of, ALSO terror, fear!) God, we will out of love for Him, stand for truth. Our children can do nothing else but be full of courage for they will learn, that like David, they can tackle any Goliaths this world has to offer, for they stand for the One True God!
WE ARE TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN HONESTY!
Have you ever noticed the little lies that children will tell? Have you ever noticed the little lies that ADULTS tell? Itís important that we are truthful in all things, even if we might be tempted to tell a little white lie in order to spare someoneís feelings. These little children notice these seemingly small things and it is so important that we remember that we are the greatest witnesses in the lives of these little ones.
The dictionary states that honesty means: 1. The capacity or condition of being honest; integrity; trustworthiness. 2. Truthfulness; sincerity. 3. Chastity.
To be honest means: 1. Not lying, cheating, stealing, or taking unfair advantage; honorable; truthful; trustworthy. 2. Not characterized by deception or fraud; genuine. Not calculated or constructed to defraud. 3. Equitable; fair. 4. Having or manifesting integrity and truth. 5. Unfeigned, undisguised; guileless. 6. Of good repute; respectable; decent. 7. Free from moral stain; virtuous; chaste.
WE NEED TO INSTILL A SENSE OF PURITY IN OUR CHILDREN!
If you take a good look around you as you happen to be at any shopping location you can see the absence of purity in this generation. The notion of "modesty" has been labeled "prudish". Uni-sex clothing has been well established for at least 50 years or so now, and the word "bad" means GOOD!
Instilling purity in our children in a world waxed so evil can only be done through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. It also means that parents must be willing to deny their flesh and to separate from many temptations that this world has to offer. If we do not, through our own actions we will teach our children to have lascivious lifestyles and worldly longings.
Purity means: 1. The condition of being pure. 2. Freedom from sin or guilt; innocence; chastity.
Our Puritan brothers in the past took on the name "Puritan" because it literally meant "The Pure Ones". The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who, in the 16th and 17th centuries, advocated simplification of the ceremonies and creeds of the Church of England and strict religious discipline. They were known for trying to live in accordance with Protestant precepts; especially, as those who regarded luxury or pleasure as sinful. One negative comment of the Puritans was that they "were hostile to social pleasures and indulgences".
PARENTS NEED TO BE FAITHFUL TO ENDEAVOR TO OBTAIN GODLY CHARACTER TRAITS ALSO.
Many of us were not trained nor saturated in the ways of the Word of God as we were growing up. We have learned so much and are, in a way, developing Godly Character right along with our children as we study and read Godís Word.
When we study the aspect of parenthood in the Bible, one interesting person is Abraham...
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE ABRAHAM TO BE THE FATHER OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL?
Abraham was a man that loved God. In fact, did you know that God called Abraham His "friend"?
Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
Abraham also had great faith in God. Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:16-18; Gal. 3:6-9. Regardless of any of these things, that he was faithful, that Abraham had integrity, ... the reason why God might have chosen Abraham to be the father of the chosen people and also the lineage of our Saviour, Jesus, could be because Abraham would train his children to have "Godly Character":
Genesis 18:19 "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him."
Isnít this an awesome thought? That God KNEW that Abraham would COMMAND his children and household to keep the way of the Lord, and to do justice and judgement.
If we can manage to train our children up with these thoughts in mind, it will help to keep in perspective what our main goal is in regarding education. God didnít seem to care that Abraham would train his children up to become rocket scientists or aerodynamic specialists.
Isnít it something that all our Father cared about Abraham teaching his children were those three things:
1. Keeping the way of the Lord.
2. Doing Justice. And...
3. Doing Judgement.
Can we MAKE our children have Godly Character? We must immediately start to train their hearts the minute that they are weaned from their mothers. But there still must be a heart change through belief and acceptance in Christ. The only way our children can have inborn integrity and honesty is by renewing their minds through the Word of God and by becoming new creations in Christ... for them to be "born again". It is only possible through the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit who nudges the conscience when we sin and brings us to repentance. It is our God given duty as parents to be faithful and diligent towards our children, to point and train them towards our Father. Then, our Lord is faithful to take over and complete His work in them from there!