The Importance of Covenant Part 5
Covenant With Our Children
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
Deuteronomy 11:19 (NIV)
19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at
home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when
you get up.
Being a parent is such a huge responsibility. A parent has a covenant, a
blood covenant to teach their children the ways and the truths of God’s
word and who He is. It was commanded by God, that the parents teach
their children that it would be well with them by obeying their parents
when the parents taught them of the Lord. How? by talking about it
when you sit at home, walking along the way, when they go to bed and
when they get up.
Prayer time with our children is vitally important. We are called to have
a covenant with our children, and in this covenant, we teach them how to
have a covenant with God. Communication with God goes both ways and
the sooner that children learn this, the more successful their lives will
be. They do this by learning how powerful God is and that God lives in
each of us, which makes us powerful and strong. This knowledge will
give them the confidence that they need in bad situations when things
look impossible. With this covenant teaching, in the midst of these
challenges, they will already be acquainted with a powerful Father that
lives on the inside of them. We have a covenant with our children to
teach them the ways and the power of God and the power that is within
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put
to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
Children are never a mistake! Each person that is born on this earth,
God has known before the foundation of the world. He knew each one
of us in our mother’s womb. Every child that is born with challenges,
both physically, mentally, or of any sort, God has plans for each one.
God takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. The
amazing accomplishments in the face of known limitations are
astounding in the hands of our God.
As parents, it is our covenant responsibility to raise our children with
love, strength, determination, and in full knowledge of who they are in
Christ Jesus and in the knowledge of who their heavenly Father is
personally to them. It is our covenant right and responsibility to teach
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my
mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was
not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was
woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my
unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
God has “fearfully and wonderfully” made each one of us in His
likeness. Teach your children about God. Teach your children about
what Jesus has done for them. What is Christmas and why do we
celebrate it? What is Easter (Resurrection Sunday) all about? Tell the
stories and help them make a sound decision when someone tries to
come and challenge their faith. Explain to them about faith and why
that is important to God? Don’t just tell them to go to church but tell
them why it is important to go to church. Church is not just a place
where adults learn, but children learn about themselves and about a
faith-filled Body of Christ that grows and stands together as a mighty
army, learning and fighting together in Christ Jesus!
Psalm 22:6 (NIV)
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are
old, they will not turn from it.
It is important to start children off the way they should go, so that they
can finish strong and be successful in the end. It isn’t how much we
accomplished for the world that God looks at, but how much we
accomplished for the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Children listen intently to the words of their parents. They watch
closely the actions and examples in their lives. Make your time count
well, teaching your children the ways of God, so that they will not turn
from it when they are older. My prayer is that each one of my children
will hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of
the Lord!” Be an example and honor the covenant to teach your children
about God and great shall be their peace, but great shall be your peace
Join me next week as we talk about –
Growing Our Faith –
“The Problem with ‘No Faith’”
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