Today we are on week six of our series, “The Power of a Praying Parent”, by Stormie Omartian. This week’s topic is about children honoring their parents and resisting rebellion.
I don’t know about you but it doesn’t take much to get me riled up, or shall we say mad. My husband and I always joke that we’re the opposite this way. I can get mad in 0-10 seconds flat, and I usually get over it pretty quick, whereas it takes him quite a bit to get upset and a whole lot longer to get over it.
I often wonder, what makes us the we are. What creates our personalities…. is it ingrained into us from the beginning, or is it something that’s learned along the way? If it happens to be a combination of both, which factor is the driving force? I think the answer to this varies for each one of us.
When I look at the way I react to certain situations I am fully aware that I have children watching me. Children that are ready to copy my every move. Oh, how I/we need to daily surrender self over to the Lord and seek to do His will. If we don’t were walking a very slippery slope. A slope that our children will follow us on, one that can change their lives and attitudes forever.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”- which is the first commandment with a promise-so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
When a child starts to display a rebellious spirit, especially one towards his parents, we need to make sure this attitude gets corrected quickly before it gets out of hand.
The Lord’s word tells us, “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord. “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming alliance, not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;” Isaiah 30:1 (NIV)
If we are weak in this area, is we choose to ignore the problem, we are are harming our children’s relationship with the Lord. We are telling them that walking in the flesh is ok, we are teaching them to take their eyes off the Savior and onto things that please them for the moment instead.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest full of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)
We can not be intimidated by our children’s actions. We need to stand firm against the enemy. We need to be in prayer and in God’s Word as we seek guidance in how to lead our children in the way they should go. We also need to be leaving an example for how they should behave by our own actions.
I challenge you friends to guide your children’s precious hearts towards the Savior. Don’t let the enemy win! Our children’s lives are at stake, we need to be bold and courageous as we stand for the Lord.
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