August 10, 2009

“Train Up…”

Blessings Folk!!

Well, locally the summer is over and government schools begin this week.

Let us pray for the students, teachers, administrator and support staff.

Now, pray for parents and families.

Hear me carefully...time for a preemptive disclaimer… Happy Happy

I know many, many good, God-fearing educators. Where we live we are blessed with Superintendents of Education that are strong believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have many teachers who are believers without compromise. Many know the truth of the Word and the truth of the law.

We are blessed.

Most places are not this way.

So, first of all, there are many true believers in educational circles.

Second, I know a little about this...have advanced academic degrees in education. If I had pursued teaching within government schools I would have 32+ years. Wait!! I would have retired 2 years ago...oh well… Happy Happy

Therefore, I declare to you that there are serious problems with the way that we as believers are “raising” our children.

The bottom line is this.

We pay somebody else to do what the Lord tells us to do.

We pay the teacher/system to teach our children.
We place our children under the tutelage of others...and do so at a younger and younger age. It really breaks my heart when I see parents “enrolling” their children in school at age 2.
Do parents really know what they are doing?
Do parents really understand what they are missing?
Do parents really understand the role they are abdicating?

Here is what the Lord says…

Prov 22:6
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Deut 6:6-7
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

So, heed the word of warning...

Do not depend upon the schools to “educate” and train your least in the ways of the Lord...
Do not hope that “the church” will teach your child.

Parents have the primary role.
Grandparents and other family members are very important.
The Body of Christ has an important function.

Parents, train up your child.

You only have a few years for the task.

A quick Bible story at bedtime will not do.
A weekly sunday school class and yearly “vacation bible school” are inadequate.

Set aside your wants and desires for that which is best for your children.

We must teach…

  • diligently
  • talking as you sit in the house
  • talking as you walk (travel)
  • as you lie down
  • as you rise up

Seek the Lord as to what He would have you to do.

- Perhaps He will direct you to enroll your child in government schools.

- Perhaps He will direct you to enroll your child in a private/religious/parochial school. (Though subject matter is often better than government schools, the methodologies are usually those of man&hellipWinking
- Perhaps He will lead you to teach your child - homeschool - fear not, the Lord thy God is with thee! Happy Happy

The important thing is that we as parents seek the Lord with every breath and speak/live of such before our children.

Folk, let us tell our children of…
  • the ways of the Lord
  • the wonders of the Lord
  • the works of God
  • what He has done in our lives


That they might put their hope in the following…

Ps 78:1-8
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord , and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

The Lord has given us a tremendous blessing in our children.

If you want to know more about the true foundation of government education go to this website. Read the book. It is free online. Read the author’s bio. You will have to press through. The book is factual, intense and highly detailed.

Let us trust the Lord, walk in His instruction and allow Him to raise up a mighty army within His Kingdom.


Today’s reading from the “So That’s Why?” Bible consists of pp. 1223-1229.

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