Proverbs 4:1-4; Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:4
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law.
Today's discussion is the last in the five-part series discussions on the family. Today's focus is what the lack of fatherly guidance does to the child. This five-part series is designed to express the extreme importance of teaching our children so they too can and will live holy lives before God.
Our scripture texts support the arguments made for parents teaching their children in all godliness. This is so they too will be blessed with long lives by God and become members of His holy nation of people. It is worth noting again that children are gifts from God and are to be nurtured in His righteousness. God Himself gave the mandate of teaching our children. As stated earlier, the pastor and church are encouraged to do their part in teaching the children.
A failure by either institution destroys the child as he or she has not been taught the ways of God and is left open to Satan's demonic attacks that are designed to destroy the child. Unless the child has been taught God's Word and ways, how can he or she know what is expected and how to live godly? The world and Satan's powers are too great for the untrained child to combat without a solid foundation. The world's moral and value system contradicts those of God, and they have no saving power.
Parents, pastors and the church let us take back our children from Satan and the streets, because God gave them to us, and it is our duty to dedicate them back to Him with knowledge and understanding of Him and a heart to love Him.
A lack of godly instructions is not an option when it comes to our children.