RCCG: GOOD PARENTHOOD

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 27 JUNE 2016
THEME: GOOD PARENTHOOD
Memorise:
And, ye fathers, provoke not your
children to wrath: but bring them up
in the nurture and admonition of the
Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Read: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 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.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign
upon thine hand, and they shall be
as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon
the posts of thy house, and on thy
gates.
Message
Effective parenting must be properly
planned if you will be really rewarded
by God at the end. There are many
people today who are leaving the
responsibilities of parenting to
strangers, and at the end of the day,
the children also turn out to be
strangers. Godly parents do not leave
their responsibilities to chance; they
make deliberate sacrificial choices,
having an expected end in mind.
Today, it is increasingly becoming
very difficult to raise godly children
because Western culture and ideas
have infiltrated our background. God
is longing for fathers who will love
and care for the home. God is
longing for mothers who will help the
children become the best that God
wants them to be. One of the people
I will eternally be grateful to God for
is my mother. She did a great job on
me, she would never allow me
gallivant around like others were
doing. There is always a need for
parents to re-adjust their lives in
order to accommodate the demands
of their children. Most men in the
world do not understand the unique
role that God wants them to play in
the home and this is why you see all
kinds of children today, who are
causing problems all over the world.
Parenting must be intentional, no
good act of parenting happens by
accident. There is always a price to
pay.
Who is helping you to nurture you
child today? Who is responsible for
the growth of your children? It is the
mandate of God for parents to
produce righteous and godly offspring
within the context of marriage. The
nation of Israel was in trouble
because they had abandoned their
covenant with God. They were
engaged in ungodly practices that
were disrupting God’s plan for their
children. Every parent who loves God
should be concerned about how to
go about raising godly children who
will be great vessels to honour in the
hands of God. Don’t allow your
children to follow the instructions of
the world system that contradict the
Word of God.
God is assuring parents that when
they train their children in the right
way, they will serve God for ever and
they will give peace to them. There
are parents who do not know peace
as a result of the trauma their
children are bringing to them. There
are parents who have been
defrauded by their children. Parents
are to train their children to possess
good character and godly behaviour.
Children should be exposed to the
wisdom of righteous living, however,
the father should not become a
tyrant or dictator in the home. There
is nothing good in creating fear and
anger in your children just because
you want them to know that you are
in charge. Every child should have a
loving relationship with their parents.
You have to open the lines of
communication with them, so that
they can share the challenges of the
different phrases of their lives with
you and with this, you can guide
them through the Word of God and
you will be amazed at how they will
respond to the love of God.
Key point:
You owe it to God and your children
to be a good parent.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Acts 9 and Song
of Solomon 2:1-7
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

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