Raising Children - Sunday, May 27th 2012
1 Chronicles 3:1-3
"Now these were the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: The firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelitess;2 the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;3 the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah."
David had eight wives, twenty-one children, ten concubines and their children. That is a lot of children with a lot of responsibility. Although David was an incredible military leader, he was not a very good leader with his children. There are several instances recorded in the Bible where David should have disciplined his children, but he did not. We see the fruit of his slack in discipline with his son, Absalom, who led a rebellion against David.
Friend, Christian families are under attack. Your home is a battleground for Satan. He does not bother with the crack houses or bars because there is no struggle there - he has won those fronts. He wants to infiltrate Christian homes and cause strife and division. He wants to subvert and destroy what God has ordained. This is why it is so important that we look to God for help in raising and disciplining our children. It is time for men to take a stand and be spiritual leaders in their homes. Satan likes nothing more than to find a Christian home with a weak spiritual leader. Father or Mother, that means that if you have slacked off in attending church or neglected your prayer and devotional time, you have placed your family in the line of fire. But wait, you may ask. If I do these things, does that mean that we are safe from attack? Absolutely not! It does mean, however, that you and your family's foundation are strong for when the attack does come. Take a moment to pray. Are you being the strong spiritual leader in your children's lives? Are you attentive to what they are doing and who they are friends with? Are you paying attention to what the Holy Spirit is telling you about your children? If you are not certain, you need to ask God to point out the areas where you are slack.
Life Lesson: We should ask for God's help in raising and disciplining our children.
Thank You for the salvation by Your Son Jesus. Lord, I give all praise and glory to You for my family. Bless my family. Help me to lead my family with a strong foundation and help me to lead my children to You. Lord, give me courage when situations within my family are difficult. Help us to be long-suffering and gentle toward one another and fill us with Your Spirit of peace and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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