In today's technological, fast-paced culture, it's hard to find spare time. But when it comes to spending time with your family studying the Bible, finding time absolutely necessary.
We are so used to the hectic Pace of our daily lives that it becomes difficult to fit one more thing into our schedules. Unfortunately, when it comes to family Bible study,it should not be viewed as one more thing but a necessity, because the family Bible study time is the only time, when you can personally teach your children the truth and dilute all the lies that unknowingly to you have been subtly impressed into their hearts via their day to day interface with the media, their peers, social net work and other exterior sources you wouldn't have ever imagined.
I remember once when my daughter was younger, she walked up to me and asked me if God was really real. I wondered where that question was coming from considering that we had taught her about God the best we can. When I probed further she said there was something they taught them in the school on evolution, that it was detailed and clear that for a second she actually felt that humans could have evolved from animals and that the God and creation story might not be completely true and real.
I stood there looking at her in shock and amazement, wondering how a one off science class could have such an influence on her to the extent of overriding the truth she had been taught in church and at home.
It become clear to me that every day we have to readdress, re-emphasis and teach the word of God daily as if we never did it before, because the external influence and perverted messages they hear in the world daily are so we'll coated and magnified that they don't match our watery Bible stories to them.
We have to be more strategic, more consistent, and more practical so that it becomes real and living to them.
The truth is that the strategies with which these lies are impressed upon their hearts are so strategic and magnetic far outweighing the way we each them the Bible. So in the long run if care is not taken they tend to be believe the lies.
That day I wondered how many children would have gone home that day nursing or battling with this thought. Some will never even mentioned it to their parents but we have it tugged in somewhere in their hearts. With such a mindset everything you've taught the children about God will not make any impact since the children have is own separate view thought it might not be displayed or expressed.
Sometimes this negative messages or influence could be from books.
I have six children come to question me on stories of the Bible that are contrary to the books they have read.
once during Easter I was teaching a group of children the real meaning of Esther. pointing out that the real symbol of Esther should be the cross and not the Esther rabbit and egg used popularly today.
some of the children argue that the Easter rabbit and egg where the main symbol and should never be changed. when I asked them why they said because that is what is used in America and that anything from American is cool that is what they have been taught to work on during Easter term in school and it will be all cool if they return to the painted cross since nobody will identify with it.
some said they have been told that the egg represent new birth the new birth after the death of Jesus lies the word system will do anything to do dilute and take away attention from the truth and make it insignificant and less glorious
Now the children come in contact with all this influence daily ( unknowingly to you) and this indirectly forms their belief and value system.
I once met a girl in my daughter school who just receive a certificate of excellence to work in class, her mother out of a excitement hugged her and said thank god the girl opening replied it is not good it is my hand work that is I belief
once we had a program of teenager play The importance and prayer season of the teenager from seemingly rich home walked away and stayed outside when he was asked to go in and join the others he said he don't have any problem that the people playing were people who had problem talk of belief system!
during one of one of teenage program of girls one of the girls told me she knows somebody that was born gay and that they should be given a chance since they were born like that we went back and forth as I tried to show her through the Bible that no place did the Bible say people were born gay and that God create us male and female and has commanded s3x to be done only the natural way and anything contrary to that was outside of God.
she refused and agrued that it has been proved that some people were create like that this practical person from birth was created to function like this that everything has provided that he was born to be gay she just wanted me to be realistic and see things the way they are I told her that I don't know what proof she was talking about but that she should give me proof from the human manual the Bible as that was the only proof I know she said it doesn't have to be in the Bible but what if it is everything without it being in the Bible
It was an inconclusive discussion, one thing stood out perversion.
her mind has been prevented with a negative information which apperared to looked like the truth now forming her belief system.
Talk of personal belief and values being unconsciously fromed in children by people and things they encounter daily.
as a parents never be the deceived because the water is Calm does not mean there is no crocodile in the water.
because the children does not say anything or ask you or exhibit some of this negative influence yet does not mean it is not in them shaping their world view and belief system at the slightest opportunity when they get the chance, they start exhibiting what they have always belief and admired.
Some of them carry this belief system and negative influence until adult hood when they start exhibiting them. Then one begins to worry and wondering where it could be coming from, not knowing it has always been in the mind of the children since childhood.
No Christine school will have the time to diligently teach your child the truth in the world of god to match the negatives influence in our world today. Sunday school once a week will not match the negative influence they encounter 7days a week.
You have to personally make out time and handpick the truth you want implanted in their hearts and sow it into the seeds of their hearts during the influence throw in their seed during their day to day interaction with the world, you throw in the truth via Bible during the family Bible study time and dilute the lies that have been sown in the course of the day.
the Bible will continue to remain the truth and only manual for all human who will walk the earth times will change the world is evolving knowledge will increase to the extent that technology and science we want to take the place of God generation unborn if not well guarded will become self-made and become 100 practical related on technology is making god plan b if not plan c
That is why god clearly stated in Psalm 78 verse 4-7 that each family should take time to tell their children about him, so that each generation no matter the level of exposure and development will still put their hope in him, and not forget the works of God. It became truly obvious to me that the coming generation might not truly put their hope in God for anything when I heard that a young couple who were not looking for the fruit of the womb planning to IVF to pick a male child.
It's so amusing the changes going on in our world today.
thanks to technology it has made life so easy it is a microwave generation the public play the wasting the money is available technology is here to make it work so why not.
to wait on God for a male child will be wasting too much time with improved technology how need god? technology is good but when it's take the place of God and went to turn man into himself maid there is a problem and if this generation our children with the high-technology in generation is not guiding and thought the world of God the diligently is that God will become plans z to them and the fear and reverece for god completely exclud in their lives.
In conclusion, since you can't follow them every where they go or decode the things they pick up from external influence,or stop the advancement of technology and the influence of media in their lives, your own responsibility will be to continue to install the truth in them, continually make God and spiritual activities a reference point and a part of their daily busy schedule and consciously make sure you dilute the negative influence (daily) during the family Bible study time.
You can see that family Bible study is not an option. It is a must do!
It is a necessity for all families raising children in this age and world of unending complexity whether your child is one or nineteen, they are daily faced with tremendous pressure. So do not wait until they can read start ones you can connect with the children even if it's only a few months old it is not an option help me it is responsibility that can be passed onto someone else.
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To have a good and GOD fearing family, there should be a time for bible study with the children or your partner in the house.
Bible should form the beginning and the end of the day.
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