THEME: BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN
TEXT: Proverbs 22:6
22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.”
(1 Samuel 2:12)
The type of orientation you give your children will determine the direction they will go in life. If you are carefree and over indulge them, you will end up spoiling them. That is why must train them in the way of the Lord. That way, they will stick by it. The scripture did not point out how Eli trained his children, though it stated that he was not happy with their dealings. But the fact is that Hophni and Phinehas deviated and became corrupt – sons of Belial and God was not happy.
1 Samuel 3:12 states, “In that day I will perform against Eli all things which
I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.”
Whenever God begins a thing, He must finish it. In the case of Eli and his family, God performed that which He promised. So, be careful how you train up your children so that they will not grow up to emulate the behaviour of the children of Eli. Do you call them nicknames — small tiger, lion, Junior, Senior, etc? Do you buy toy gun instead of children’s Bible? Do you encourage them to kick other children dangerously on the stomach? Be careful not to kindle the fire that will later burn you. Children are mentally fragile and learn fast things that are abnormal. So, you must be discreet what you expose them to or else you will be leaving a damaging legacy behind.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. O God, I pray for divine wisdom to train up my children in the ways of righteousness and holiness, in Jesus’ name.
2. Any negative character trait introduced into their lives by the devil; be uprooted. I pray for all the Chosen children that they will grow up in the fear of the Lord, in Jesus’ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA