IT’S TIME TO OPEN OUR EYE’S AND SEE WHAT GOD IS REALLY SAYING.....
PROVERBS 22:6 NEW LIVING
Direct your children onto the right path,and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
EVER HEAR THAT SCRIPTURE BEFORE?
I HAVE HEARD IT MANY TIMES. MOST OF THE TIME IT’S SOMEONE SAYING, " I RAISED MY CHILD RIGHT AND HE/SHE IS COMING BACK TO GOD."
SOMETIME BACK I WAS TALKING TO A PERSON ABOUT CHILDREN, AND THEY WERE SPEAKING ABOUT HOW THEY PRAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO TURN AROUND AND SERVE GOD. I STARTED TO TELL THEM WHAT I’M GOING TO TELL YOU TONIGHT. I STARTED TO MENTION ABOUT TRAINING A CHILD AND THEY CUT ME OFF AND SAID, " I DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I RAISED THEM RIGHT, THERE IS NO PROBLEM THERE." TO THAT I SAY NO YOU DID NOT. THAT TELLS ME THERE WAS A PRIDE ISSUE THERE AND THEY WERE IN NO WAY TO BLAME. THERE WAS A SELF-RIGHTEOUS ATTITUDE IN THAT PERSON. I DID NOT PURSUE THE CONVERSATION ANY FARTHER FOR A SELF-RIGHTEOUS SPIRIT AND ATTITUDE IS BLINDED TO THE TRUTH, AND WON’T LISTEN TO OR PONDER ON THE TRUTH. I KNOW I DID NOT TRAIN MY CHILDREN IN THE WAY THEY SHOULD GO, BECAUSE I WAS A HURTING, DISILLUSIONED, OFFENDED CHRISTIAN DURING THOSE YEARS. I WAS NOT TRAINED IN THE WAY I SHOULD GO AS I WAS GROWING UP. SO MANY PEOPLE THINK IF I TAKE THEM TO CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL AND I READ THE BIBLE TO THEM IT IS TRAINING THEM IN THE WAY THEY SHOULD GO, HOWEVER THAT IS ONLY APART OF TRAINING. IF WE HAVE CHILDREN NOT WALKING WITH THE LORD LIKE THEY SHOULD, THEN THE REAL TRUTH IS THIS, WE DID NOT TRAIN THEM IN THE WAY THEY SHOULD GO, OR THEY WOULD NOT HAVE DEPARTED. THEN WHAT HAPPENED?
WHAT HAPPENED? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. WE SUBSTITUTED TEACHING AND TAKING THEM TO CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR TRAINING. WE TAUGHT THEM THINGS THAT WE DID NOT LIVE IN FRONT OF THEM. WE TAUGHT THEM FORGIVENESS, BUT LIVED A LIFE OF BACKBITING, GOSSIP, AND BEING JUDGMENTAL IN THEIR PRESENCE. WE TRAINED THEM THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE TAUGHT THEM. THEN WE HAVE HUNG OUR HOPE ON A SCRIPTURE THAT DOESN’T EVEN APPLY TO THEM COMING BACK. PROVERBS 22:6 IS NOT ABOUT CHILDREN COMING BACK , BUT RATHER ABOUT THEM NEVER DEPARTING IN THE FIRST PLACE.
TRAIN MEANS TO DRILL BY NOT ONLY TEACHING BUT ALSO DOING AND LIVING IT IN FRONT OF THEM.
IF WE HAD TRULY DONE PROVERBS 22:6 OUR CHILDREN WOULD HAVE GOTTEN SAVED AND WALKED WITH GOD FROM YOUTH THROUGH OLD AGE AND NEVER DEPARTED FROM THAT WALK. IF WE DIDN’T DO IT RIGHT AND OUR CHILDREN HAVE DEPARTED FROM WALKING WITH THE LORD THEN WHAT SCRIPTURE DO WE TURN TO FOR HELP.
JEREMIAH 31:15-17 KJV. IS A GOOD ONE. TO REST OUR HOPE AND FAITH ON.
15. Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
16. Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17. And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border