Many families in the Bible were dysfunctional and many are today. Adam & Eve, Abraham, Jacob, King David and so many others had numerous spiritual problems. If you teach your children the promises of God and what it takes for them to receive those promises, they will be with you in eternity. Our nation was built on the Bible but our leaders in the 1960s decided the Word needed to go. Since then, it is up to parents to teach their children God’s ways.

God create each child with a plan and a purpose. As parents we need to help them find that purpose. If they do not accept God’s plan they will chose their own. Which do you believe would be the most fulfilling? As you pray with your child or children pray that you find God’s purpose for them and help them find God’s agenda for their life. We need to teach them to base their lives on Jesus Christ and they will become what we teach them to be. If we fail to teach them, we are allowing others to establish their character. Christ’s parable was to build your house on the rock and not on sinking sand. If we do not teach the Word to them, it is very possible that they will build their life’s foundation on sinking sand. The waves of life will come and how they handle them, depends on what their life was built on.

Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” As parents, we must be a good listener and consistent. We are not to play favorites and make examples of each other. Pray and read the Bible together. Don’t make a promise and then fail to follow through.

What our children are learning in school and from political leadership is not necessarily what we want them to learn. It is more important now than any time in history that parents need to teach their children. We need to develop their confidence. Those who lack confidence blame everyone or everything for any problem they have. A confident person will admit their mistakes and make a plan to fix them. They need to learn how to be a person who unites others. I think Abraham Lincoln said it best:

“You cannot further the brotherhood of men encouraging class hatred.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

How we live our lives as husband and wife in front of our children can be a great teacher. Husbands are to loves their wives and wives are to respect their husband. My wife and I have learned that if we serve each other rather than being served, we did not experience the major issues and problems many deal with when working from a selfish perspective.

The devil causes many problems in a marriage because it has been Satan’s goal to destroy the family. The devil is the great deceiver and he will attack and influence our attitudes and emotions. He stresses our self-centeredness needs to be fulfilled and wants us to live by the world’s ways: We come first at all times. He wants families to deny there is a God and believe in evolution as our schools are teaching.

As important as technology has become, it can separate the family. Children are so busy texting that they don’t have time to pray or read the Bible with mom and dad. Mankind went more than 5000 years without the cell phone. Do you believe God allowed it because the end time is near? As a child, we spent much of our free time outside playing with the neighbor kids. Most children today probably spend more time in their bedrooms than any other place in the home.

There needs to be more discipline in our families as we get nearer to the rapture. I want our entire family to spend eternity with us forever.

I wish we knew the above prior to our children being born!!!

Exodus 34:6 – 7 – “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

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