From: MSN NicknameFreeborn551 (Original Message) Sent: 12/19/2007 4:35 PM
From: joie (Original Message) Sent: 8/3/2001 12:01 PM
Proverbs 22:6—Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 13:24—He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
v21—-Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
The Word of God has a lot to say on the subject of raising children. God is concerned that children be taught about him, from babyhood on. For this is the way to keep their life from going into evil which will bring much hurt into their lives.
He said if one loves their children, they will chasten them betimes (early). This means that if you correct children while they are very young and as soon as they do things wrong, it will bring them to righteousness. You should take the time to teach them right ways. The younger a child is taught righteousness, the better chance they have of knowing God and serving him to the good of their lives.
Knowing God as a child is the greatest thing in life. Satan has deceived parents into thinking they should just let children do as they please and not teach them God’s ways while they are young. But this is a tragic mistake.
While a child is young, they are forming their nature and their way of thinking. Everything that is fed into their minds will effect them the rest of their lives. So, is it sensible to let Satan and all his armies feed your babies from birth on? Is it right to let evil be constantly be put into your children’s heart?
God said children are his heritage. He will come against a nation which continually robs him of their children by just letting them go and learn evil and selfishness. Teach your babies to pray; read the Word of God to them (not stories about the Word— read the Word itself to them). Don’t be deceived into thinking they are too young to hear and learn the Word. If they can learn abc’s, they can learn the Word of God.
Children are much more open to love God than grown people are. I believe almost all children would love God, if they are taught about him as small children.
When the disciples rebuked people for bringing their small children to Jesus for him to bless them, Jesus rebuked them and said Forbid not children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Ephesians 6:1,2—Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be will with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
v4—and, ye fathers, PROVOKE NOT YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
I was taught these verses diligently in my childhood church. It helped me all through life, both as a child (to obey my parents; and as a parent, to know to teach my children the ways of God).
You that still have young children or grandchildren, get back to teaching those children of God. Don’t cheat them of the glory of knowing God in childhood. That is the very best time for people to know God. Young hearts receive the wonderful presence of God so wonderfully.
A few years ago, my younger daughter and I along with some others, were having a home prayer meeting. Her young son (only about 3) was there. He had never been to church; he had never seen anyone in the Spirit; so he had no idea of dancing in the spirit or of speaking in tongues. He had never been around that. He could not have copied it.
I was going to lay hands on my daughter and pray for her. My grandson came over and stepped under my hand for prayer. I laid my hand on his head and prayed for him. He began to dance in the most beautiful dance and speaking in tongues I have ever witnessed. She went to stop him, for she thought he was just putting on: but I stopped her; I told her this is the most ‘real’ I have ever seen. It was a blessed sight; something I long to see again.
Today, that young grandson (he is 9 now)– receives deep revelation from the Word of God. He is wise far beyond his age.
My little girl, which was run over and killed at eight years of age, had the most faith of anyone I have ever known. I taught her of God from birth on. I taught her to read out of the Scriptures. She loved reading the Word. She would sit in the yard with the family Bible in her lap (she could barely hold it) and read for hours. She begged me all the time to read to her. I read her the Book of Job; she loved it so much she begged to hear it again. When she was sick (which she seldom was) she refused to take any kind of medication; she would say Jesus will make me well; and He did. She would be well long before others with the same thing were.
I had taught her to pray. She had been baptized; by her own choice, at the age of 7. So when her untimely death occurred, I had peace about her eternal destination.
People, please help everyone get back to teaching children of God. If you are in a church that sends children out to play while services are going on, you should talk to the pastor and show him this is wrong, or find a church that teaches the children also.
Think of this: most homes do not teach children of God; they just let them watch Satan’s pulpit (the t.v.) or play around on computers; they do not take the time to read them the word and pray with them; the schools do not teach them of God anymore; now, when they go to church, they get sent into another room to play or outside to play ball or something. WHAT IS WRONG???? Why the move to keep children from God?? Parents and grandparents, and teachers, WAKE UP!!! Your children are being driven to Satan from birth on. Look at the results!!! Children killing others; children robbing, raping, devil worshipping, etc. Is this what you desire for our children. May God help everyone to here this cry:
GET BACK TO RAISING CHILDREN FOR GOD!!!!!