My son

Few years ago, as I sat on the train very early in the morning on my way to work, my mind drifted to things happening around us generally.

I thought about the increase in ungodliness, the prevalence of wickedness and the fact that sinful deeds are fast becoming acceptable; People are not even batting an eyelid over immoral deeds any longer.

I sighed and then thought about my children. 
I thought of the fact that they are growing up in this generation. 
I thought of the friends they will mix with at school.
I thought of the fact that I won’t always be with them and that children are easily influenced.

So I asked the Lord a question.

I said ‘Lord, how will I raise my children to love you completely in this perverse generation?
How will they be able to say NO to sin when they are on their own and I am not there to correct or guide them?

The Lord answered me and said ‘Read my word to them’.

That’s all I heard.

I thought about the Lord’s response all that day long.

It was clear enough but it seemed too simple.

I wondered why the Lord said that because I love to pray and do pray for my children and so maybe a part of me thought 'surely my prayers over them should be adequate and I probably was expecting a response in the line of 'keep praying and fasting for them'.

Therefore when His response differed to my expectation, I decided to go into His word and check out what He said to me after all the Lord will never speak outside of His word.

Now if you are reading this, don't get me wrong, I am not saying do not pray for your children as you have to pray for them but the Lord showed me the reason He asked me to read His word to my children as I studied His word and I will like to share it with you.

My prayer is that even after we are long gone, our children shall stand in the midst of this generation and choose the Lord over the world.

Now let's look at these 3 verses of the scriptures. 

1. Judges 2:7 - And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord that he did for Israel. 

2. 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.

3. Judges 2:12 - And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers which brought them out of the land of Egypt and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them and bowed themselves to them and provoked the Lord to anger. 

One generation loved and served the Lord completely, the other generation KNEW NOT THE LORD?  How did that happen?

The generation that were under Joshua loved the Lord and served Him diligently. The law was read to them dutifully and they obeyed the commands of the law and so that generation was able to prevail over all their enemies as the Lord was with them.

However every man is mortal!

All that generation under Joshua died as every man will die, no matter how long you spend here on earth.

Right from the very beginning, God told them 'make sure you tell your children all I have done, tell them how I conquered for you, tell them about the God of Israel, let them know about me. 

Why did the Lord reiterate on this? 

People can take away physical things from you but the knowledge you have about something, no one can take that away from you.

For this generation under Joshua, even though they served the Lord valiantly, their children DID NOT KNOW THE LORD hence it was easy for these children to follow after the gods around them and bow to them.

For your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour – 1Peter 5:8

The enemy is always looking for a prey! Someone to pounce on, children are not exempted!

As I studied further, I found out that from this generation that did not know the Lord unto further generation, the problem continued.

They didn’t know the Lord, they had no knowledge of God to pass onto their own children and as a result, they did what the people around them did (serving gods- anything or act that is not bringing glory to God is a god) 

As they did what unbelievers around them did they must have thought that was the norm but they were covenant children of God that should live their life differently and so it was easy for the enemy to constantly afflict them.

How does this concern me, you may ask?

1Cor 10:11 (NIV) - These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

The abomination that goes on now in our generation is simply mind blowing. Any child can easily become a target. Your children need to know what the word of God says; simply attending church with you once or twice a week will not be enough. You need to read and teach them the word of God.

If your children are still living with you, read God's word to them.
Don’t say they are too little or that it won’t make sense to them. Read it and explain to them.

God's word is a seed!

Jesus said his words are spirit and life. John 6:63.

You are planting life giving seed in their heart and it will continually grow.

The greatest temptations come to people when they are alone.
When your children are with you and they err you can correct them, what about when you are not there?
Will you always be with them?

When they are faced with temptation and you are not physically there with them, the Holy Spirit that breathes on the word of God will bring the word they have always heard you read to them to the surface and then strengthen them with an inner might and enable them to say NO to sin.

For the word of God is quick says Hebrews 4:12.

Even if they are grown up and are no longer with you, don’t think it is too late, send scriptures that has blessed you to them, tell them how that verse ministered to you, ask them to read it and think about it and then create time to discuss it with them.

The knowledge of the word of God will keep your children from the evils in this world.
In your old age your mind will be at peace.

If they have no knowledge of the word of God in their heart then the world will come along with different beliefs and ideas and occupy their mind as it is impossible for the mind to be idle. 

There are gods around that can easily entice them and take them far away from the Lord. You only need to look around at the decay the world has done.

Proverbs 8:33 says ‘Hear instruction and be wise and refuse it not.

I pray this ministers to you as it has ministered to me.

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