Family Life Tracts
Teaching Our Children to Walk with God (#112)
Bible version used: NIV
TEACHING OUR CHILDREN TO WALK WITH GOD
We live in a time when there is no longer an option of shielding our children from the events and values of the world. Here are some simple, time-tested guidelines for parents who desire to lead their children in the ways of God.
PARENTS, WE MUST WALK WITH GOD
We need to know God and be tuned in to who He is and what He wants if we are to be effective at anything, but especially at parenting. Only as we remain in a close relationship with God will we be channels of His presence to our children. We walk with God by spending time with Him in Bible study, prayer and worship. Our children will imitate us in many things. Walk with God, and we will set an example for our children.
Jesus said to his followers: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5
PARENTS, WE MUST NURTURE OUR CHILDREN
Nurturing our children is more about what we do than what we feel. Here are some practical ways to nurture our children:
•Spend time with them doing the things we and they enjoy.
•Hug and hold them often.
•Gently and consistently control bad behavior starting at infancy.
•Encourage and praise good behavior.
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
PARENTS, WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT GOD
Children have a great capacity to learn about God. We can take advantage of this:
•Read Bible stories at meal time and bed time.
•Find Christian teachers to teach them the ways of God.
•Relate the words of God to situations that we face each day.
•Take them to church with us.
•Be specific about their need for a Savior and God's plan of salvation.
Our children need to know that Jesus loves them.
Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. . . And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:14-16
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6, 7
PARENTS, WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN
God delights in our prayers. We must ask Him for protection from evil; healing from disease and sickness; wisdom; insight into His plans for our lives and the lives of our children; and His favor and presence.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.1 John 5:14, 15
Texts used are from the NKJV.
No 112 ($1.00/doz.; $7.00/100 + postage)
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