April 11
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 15
     Psalms 18
     Proverbs 29
     Thessalonians 3
''The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Correct your son, and he will  give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul." (Proverbs 29: 15, 17)
            Godly, Christian parents are the only hope and answer for today's generation, and it has always been that way. It is God's will that you develop your children and grandchildren into winners. They are your greatest responsibility and your most needy mission field. Very simply, I will share with you seven words that are the key to understand how parents honor their children.
            Depravity - as much as you love your child and grandchild you must begin understanding that he or she is born with a human depravity like every other child. Someone has said that the greatest problem in the world is not the atomic bomb, but it is really the “adamic bum.”
            Disciplined - one of my favorite verses for the training of children is, ''Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) Notice this verse tells us to train a child in the way that HE should go. This indicates that every child is different; therefore the training and the discipline needs to be different with each child. ''Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction."  (Proverbs 19:18) Someone said that every child needs a pat on the back; it depends on what he has done, the location and the severity of the pat. The time to stop crime is not in the electric chair but in the high chair. To this day I am grateful to parents who applied the board of education to the seat of learning. It made a difference in my life.
            Diligence - ''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 6:7) The fine art of child rearing requires vigilance and diligence. This implies walking softly while carrying a big stick. We must be diligent to teach our children to have an attitude of gratitude. We must be diligent to teach our children how to stand alone. We must be diligent in setting the example of faithfulness to God. Understanding diligence is the key to honoring your child.
            Devotion - one of the greatest blessings and gifts you can give your children is to let them see their mother and father love the Lord Jesus and to love each other.  Let your children see the devotion you have for the Lord and for your   spouse.
            Delight - David wrote of the blessed man whose delight is in the law of the Lord. Later he said ''delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart." We must allow our children to see us delight in the Lord Jesus. Remember - what I want my child to be - I must be as well.
            Dedication - a family went on a summer outing. A little girl went out on the lake in a boat with her father to fish. A great storm came and darkness fell. The mother was waiting for them to return and looking for them in vain. Finally, she decided she would put a light in the window. When the little girl and her father made it home, she said to her mother, ''we got home because we steered by your light." Can your children steer by your light all the way home to Heaven?
            A very large part of our ministry is in India. In this land of more than 3 million, there are now more than 1 billion people. The saddest thing is, however, that there are 13 million gods in India. The racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, together with the caste system, complicates any analysis of the population, or what is happening there. By the caste system, we mean a system originating with Hinduism that forbids a person to try to move out of their social and economic sphere. Example: if you are born in the lowest economic caste, you must remain there.  Since there is a belief in reincarnation in India, it is accepted belief that if you are obedient in your own caste, you will come back in a higher caste later on. Today, pray for a move of God that would break through these kinds of barriers and open the hearts of the people to their need for the Lord Jesus Christ.
            ''How old should a child be when they can make a decision for Christ? When they are old enough to believe on parents, and repent of wrong toward parents, they should be able to meet the conditions of salvation. Children should be led to Christ. They do know what they are doing; they hold no grudges; they have no preconceived theologies; they are tender, and they have their whole lives to give to God." Dr. Ellis Fuller