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Friday | 24 February 2017
Christian parents must demonstrate a commitment to raise their children in the covenant of sonship and not allow them to be brought up by a surrogate person or under any other covenant. God has committed this mandate to parents and it must be personally fulfilled by parents. Our extended family cannot raise our children, nor train them in the fear and nurture of the Lord. God has given parents this privilege, and it comes with a very large accountability. The apostle Paul declared, ‘Do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord’.
Christian parents must firstly ensure that they are not harbouring any alternative covenants in their marriage. These other covenants are often the unspoken power within many households. These false covenants can involve such things as the man serving the wife’s agenda, putting family ahead of the Lord, compromising with worldly culture or not crossing the children’s will. All of these alternative covenants will have a significant impact upon their children and may even lead to their destruction. God holds every parent accountable. Jesus said, ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea’.
The major question for every Christian household is: what or whom are we serving? A covenant household will reply, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’. As Christian parents, we must learn to walk carefully but purposefully, so that we cause our children to be ‘the good man’ whose steps are ordered by the Lord. This is what it means to train them in the way they should go. When they are trained this way, they will not depart from the Lord. Rather, they can become pillars in His house, standing firm, who ‘go no more out’.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
"And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; (6) but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
'He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.'