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There are many parents that are wondering this same question and fighting against principalities of darkness like never before. However, through our LORD Jesus Christ we are victorious! As parents I believe there are some rules that we must implement into our daily lives that will empower us to deal with the forces of the enemy that tries to attack our children. Rules for Life 1. Go to church at all cost! A Bible based church. If the Minister does not ask you to pull out your Bible and follow along, encourage you to take notes for personal study, ask questions following the sermon.. find another church. You are not in a Bible Based Church! 2. Tell Jesus you are sorry. Repent! Pray! 3. Do your part in whatever is going on. Be Involved! 4. Say "Thank You". Express your gratitude! Oh, how simple this is and how quickly it is overlooked! 5. Accomplish Something. Have a Goal! Where are you going? 6. Get Help. Do Not be afraid to ask for guidance, It takes a real man or woman of God to admit they need help! 7. Practice Perfect Hygiene 8. Be Gracious and Merciful in dealing with others. Remember how God has treated you with so much Love. 9. Turn off all electronics and tune into your family. Unless you are on call 24/7 there is no need for electronics to be on constantly. Spend time with your family. Quiet time, loud time, silly time, laugh time, cry time, rediscover time that can never be replaced. ** Rules for Life -- Rev. Steven Serfoss As you put these rules into your life, you can start to modify them for your child on their level. A three year old can be taught to pray by talking to Jesus as if He were right in the room. An older child can be instructed as you, "Tell Jesus you are sorry!" Reconnecting with you child using rule 9 will make them feel more secure in this world. They will be more likely to come to you with problems in the future if you sincerely connect with them. Be aware of what games they play, what shows they watch, what friends they hang with. If your spirit feels uncomfortable with anything immediately stop whatever it is. You are their guardian. Do not apologize for this! They may fuss about it, but they will be impressed that you care. Open your home for their friends, this way you can be the overseer of what they are doing. 1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Don't think for one moment your child is any less a prize to him than you are! However, through our LORD Jesus Christ we are more than Victorious! Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Thank You Jesus for Power on the Cross! Be Blessed, Lena
Discipline is an integral part of raising godly children, for we know that the “LORD disciplines those He loves” (Proverbs 3:12). Thus, we should neither take discipline lightly nor become disheartened by it as the Lord “punishes everyone He accepts as a son” (Hebrews 12:5-6). And we know that God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:10). Likewise, when we discipline our children, they receive wisdom (Proverbs 29:15) and they will bring us peace (Proverbs 29:17) and respect (Hebrew 12:9). In fact, even at a tender age children are able to discern that discipline is rooted in love. That is why children who grow up in homes without discipline often feel unloved and are more likely to disobey authority as they grow older. Now, the discipline administered should be commensurate with the offense and physical discipline, such as spanking (rightly motivated), is certainly condoned by the Bible (Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14). Indeed discipline, though it may seem unpleasant when received, will produce a “harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11) Solomon’s advice to parents is to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Raising and training a child within the context of this proverb means that it begins with the Bible, as “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training…” (2 Timothy 3:16). Teaching children the truths of Scripture will make them wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15); thoroughly equip them to do good works (2 Timothy 3:17); prepare them to give an answer to everyone who asks them the reason for their hope (1 Peter 3:15); and prepare them to withstand the onslaught of cultures bent on indoctrinating young people with secular values. Never cease to pray for our children! Parents should have the same zeal for teaching their children that Moses did. Parents have been given the privilege of being stewards of their children’s lives for a very short time, but the teaching and training they provide is eternal. According to the promise of Proverbs, a child who is diligently trained in the “way he should go” will remain true to that way in this life and reap its rewards in the next. God Bless.
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