CHILDREN DEPARMENT

                           CHILDREN, HONOUR THE LORD AND YOUR PARENTS ALWAYS

Greetings to all members and friends of Christ Apostolic Church Isale Ake, Abeokuta.  Today is our children Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration we thank God for sparing our lives to see another glorious occasion. The theme for this year is Children, honour the Lord and your parents always this is a command with a promise according to the scriptures. This theme is one of the ten commandments as seen in Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” Ephesian 6:2 further emphasizes on the importance of the promise attached to the commandment “honour your father and mother which in the first commandment with a promise”.

 

1.            Children are to Honour the Lord

The Lord is God, the maker of heaven and earth the creator of all things. He is to be loved cherished and served by the young and the old. Luke 4:8 says “It is written you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only”. People that loved God will be so honoured by Him, listen to His words in I Sam 2:30 “wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. So dear children of God, determined to honour God by serving and doing His will always this is life indeed (prov. 8:35-36)

 

2.            Children are to Honour their Parents

Your parents are your biological father, mother and all other persons older than you and they are to be honoured always. Why must you honour and respect them, the reason being that they are there to guide, direct, advise, lead, pilot, monitor, teach, superintend and model you for your good.

In view of this you must regard, respect and honour such. Listen to them always as they echo the wordings of proverb 3:1-4 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandment, for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart; so shall thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man     

God bless you and happy celebration

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOUR CHILD / WARD – Mat. 19:14; Eph. 6:4

                Psalm 127:3-5 – says “behold, children are a heritage form the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate”.

                From the text above we can see that children are from the Lord and happy is anyone who has them. Such person(s) will never be put to shame. They are also a form of weapon against the enemies. The question then is why would children cause shame and sorrow to parent? Why would they become rods in the hand of the enemy to cane their parent? When the parents (guardians) fail in their responsibilities to their children (wards), it is certain that such children will brings sorrow and shame. Before any child can be what God wants him/her to be in life as highlighted in the  text above, every parents must stand up to their responsibilities.

                We shall mention some of these responsibilities here today; so that we may quickly take redress wherever we might have been failing.

  1. Jesus said “let little children come unto me …..”Mat. 19:14. It is your responsibility to bring your child to God regularly. Every home must have FAMILY ALTAR where they fellowship with God with their children taking part in the worship. Let them know that it is important to fellowship with God on regular basis. Assign responsibility to them during such fellowship. Bring them along when you go to church for bible study, prayer meeting, tarry meeting and on Sundays. There is no reason why your child should be elsewhere when you are in the house of God.
  2. Train them in the way of the Lord. Prov. 22: 6 says “train us a child in the way he should go….” Children are gullible, vulnerable, and can be easily victimized. There is therefore need to work diligently at moving them on to maturity (Eph. 4:14). As a parent, there is need for you to feed them regularly with the sincere milk of the word, that they may grow thereby. Do not occupy yourself with the responsibility of meeting their secular needs only. (i.e. giving them good food, clothing, education) which are equally, necessary. Teach them also the word of God and His way, as Abraham did and God testify to this in Gen 18:19. Isaac his son never departed from the way of the Lord, even Lot his nephew (though not living again under the same roof with Abraham) separated himself from Sodomites in their evil deed.
  3. Discipline your child / ward: Prov. 13:24 says “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him, discipline him promptly. Sometimes, disciplining your children/ wards may be painful, but you must do it, so that they may give you joy when they grow up. Not disciplining them is not a proof that you love them. Let them know that any negative report against them would attract punishment.
  4. Do not provoke your children/ward to anger Eph 6:4, says – “fathers (parents/guardian), do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Be carefully with the way you discipline them but do not provoke them to anger. Beating a child to the point of death is child abuse. You shouldn’t beat or came at every little mistake rather sit him/her down and talk it over.
  5. Monitor what they read or watch on TV and internet, know their friends and colleagues etc. Don’t forget to present them regularly before God in prayer.

In conclusion, it is important to know that you children will easily imbibe what they see you do, more than what you ask them to do. You can only give what you have. As we take redress in addressing how we discharge our responsibilities to our children; let us bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. May they give us, the church of God and the nation at large joy in Jesus name. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FUTURE (GENESIS 49:1-33)

 

Golden Verse: happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate (Psalm 127:5).

 

When Pharaoh was carrying out his infanticide on the Hebrew babies, he intended to reduce God’s people numerically, as a nation and to weaken them physically with a view of reducing their military strength. The attack was focused on the males; his plan is to bring imbalance in their female to male ratio, so as to encourage intermarriage between the Jewish women and the Egyptians. His ultimately plan, is to impose a bleak future on God’s people, the Hebrews, since they would eventually be reduced to perpetual slaves. However, he failed in the end. He paid dearly for his action. May your children be great on earth and in the Lord. Only God’s counsel shall stand (Isa. 7:7).

 

Children are very important to God. They are instrumental in the fulfillment of His programme. They make succession possible. Our children are our future. It seems those who abuse children do not realize this or they are simply ignoring it because of their wickedness. Stop devious acts against children today, lest you incur God’s wrath and that of the law of the land.

 

Our children are our future. They outlive us, and carry on our legacies. Psalm 127 calls them arrows in the hands of warriors. Where are your children? What is your plan for their future? How about their spiritual relationship with God? Don’t complicate matters with lack of godly discipline. Train them well, in all respects. Remember, it was David who promoted his father (1Sam 16:21-23; 17:55-58). May you not be condemned by God on the way u train your children.

Amen!

 

 

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY

OUR BELIEF!