TRAIN YOUR CHILD

TRAIN YOUR CHILD

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (MSG), we read: “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.”

Parenting isn’t for cowards; it’s for warriors. Let’s look at the third principle found in Psalm 127 about raising champion children…

A warrior understands that providing strength and direction requires training. True success is never the result of an accident. A warrior doesn’t go into battle unprepared. He trains and expects his training to “kick in” when he needs it. Raising champion children isn’t the result of a coin toss or good genes. Champions are trained to be champions.

Parents, your children can be wise beyond their years. How? By learning from you! Training your children isn’t a one-time pep talk; it’s a lifelong process. What has God placed upon your heart for your children? Whatever it is, it won’t happen without your involvement. It requires you to coach and train your child through life’s tests.

Our children will make mistakes. Let’s coach them through them. Our children will make bad choices. Let’s coach them through them. As you teach your children God’s Word, it will take root. It will grow inside of them. It will affect their heart. You’ll see the results.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Timothy 3 & 4; Proverbs 24

GIVE YOUR CHILDREN DIRECTION

GIVE YOUR CHILDREN DIRECTION

Proverbs 22:6 (MSG) states: “Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost.”

In Psalm 127, God compares the relationship between a warrior and his arrows with the relationship between a parent and their children. Yesterday, we saw the first principle for raising champion children. Today, let’s look at the second.

A warrior provides direction for his arrow. It’s not enough for an arrow to be shot from a bow. It must have clear direction in order to hit its target. A warrior must aim his arrow for it to fulfill its purpose. In the same way, parents must provide direction for their children.

We’ve read Proverbs 22:6 (TMB) before, but it’s definitely worth repeating. What direction are you pointing your children in? When they grow older, that’s where they’ll end up. Will your daughters be able to tell the difference between a man who will love them and one who will use them? Will your sons be able to tell the difference between healthy relationships and one night stands? Will your children know the value of hard work and wise stewardship, or will they fall prey to credit card debt?

If you don’t like the direction your children are traveling in, you either haven’t provided any (and they had to find their own), or you’re unknowingly contributing to their wrong path. Either way, the solution is the same. Ask God to enable you to provide your children with the right direction in life.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Timothy 1 & 2; Proverbs 23

STRENGTH TO YOUR CHILDREN

STRENGTH TO YOUR CHILDREN

In Genesis 49:24 (NKJV), we read: “But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob…”

We’ve seen that parenting isn’t for cowards; it’s for warriors, and parents must see themselves as such. And as warriors, their children are to be like arrows in their hands. God compares the relationship between a warrior and an arrow with that of a parent and child. For the next few days, let’s take a look at three principles from this comparison for raising champion children…

A warrior provides an arrow with strength. To propel his (or her) arrow forward, a warrior pulls back on his bow which transfers his strength into the arrow. An arrow is designed to travel great distances at incredible speeds, but can’t without the strength of the warrior.

Speaking of Joseph, Genesis 49:24 states that God is the one who provides strength to pull back the bow that unleashes an arrow. The strength you gain from God, you are to give to your children. Parents, pour your strength into your sons and daughters – the strength to not give up, to stand against negative peer pressure, to persevere through difficulties. Your children need your strength in order to reach their destiny!

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Thessalonians 3; Proverbs 22

MORE THAN YOU THINK

MORE THAN YOU THINK

We read the following account in 2 Kings 6:15-17 (NKJV): “…And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Parents…God’s got you covered!

During the night, the Syrian Army surrounded Elisha and his servant. Looking around at the  overwhelming force of the enemy, Elisha’s servant was afraid for his life. Not knowing what to do, he turned to Elisha for direction. Elisha, a man who understood his identity as a warrior, wasn’t afraid. He knew God had them covered.

Elisha said to his servant, “Don’t fear. We’ve got the enemy outnumbered!.” His servant must have thought Elisha was losing his mind. There were only two of them against an army of thousands. But then Elisha prayed that God would open his servant’s eyes. And when God did, his servant saw the innumerable host of God’s angels that were there to fight on their behalf.

Never allow what you see happening around you to influence how you raise your children, run your business or support your marriage. There’s more on the inside of you than you think. God’s got you covered. He’s got your back. If you don’t see that clearly right now, ask Him to open your eyes. He will. And you’ll be glad He did.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Thessalonians 1 & 2; Proverbs 21

PARENTS…RECLAIM YOUR IDENTITY

PARENTS…RECLAIM YOUR IDENTITY

In Psalm 127:3-4 (NKJV), we read: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”

According to the US Census Bureau there are 73 million children in the United States. And in today’s world, all of them are confronted with negative peer pressure, immorality and rising violence. Any parent could feel hopeless about raising godly children. It can seem like parents are outnumbered when it comes to influencing their own children.

BUT…there is a way to raise our children, not only to believe in God, but to fulfill His destiny for their lives. How?  By reclaiming your identity! Psalm 127:4 states, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children…” There is a perspective that God wants every parent to have of themselves – that of a warrior.

Moms and dads, parenting isn’t for cowards; it’s for warriors. A warrior is one who fights, who goes to battle, a champion. You may feel imperfect, inadequate and defeated as a parent. If so, you must understand that God has empowered you to fight for your family. A warrior needs a cause worth fighting for. If you’ve lost your “fight”, it could be because you’ve forgotten how valuable your cause is – your own family.

It’s time to unleash the warrior within!

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5; Proverbs 20

WAR ON THE FAMILY

WAR ON THE FAMILY

In James 5:19-20 (MSG, paraphrased), we read: “My dear [parents], if you know [a child] who has wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued a precious life…”

War has been declared on the Biblical family! If you doubt this, take a look at the casualty list. One million teenagers will get pregnant out of wedlock this year, and 500,000 of those will choose to get an abortion. Tonight, enough teenagers to fill the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the average Super Bowl will engage in some form of prostitution to support a drug habit. Every 78 seconds a teenager in America attempts suicide. The statistics go on and on.

You may not be in a position to change these national statistics but you can keep your family from becoming part of them. Let’s look at how…

Never give up or quit! Parents, don’t give up on yourself and don’t give up on your children. Maybe you haven’t been as good of a parent as you should have. Maybe your children have walked away. There’s always hope. Don’t write one another off.

Be a life coach to your child! As Pastor Art shared, “Each of your children are different in design but identical in worth. And all are destined to be champions.” See your children through the eyes of faith.

Over the next few days, we’ll be looking at three areas to coach your children in:  faith, hope and love.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Thessalonians 3 & 4; Proverbs 19

IMMEDIATE PLEASURE VS TRUE SUCCESS

IMMEDIATE PLEASURE VS TRUE SUCCESS

Before we get into today’s devotion, we want to take a moment to remember the brave men and women who lost their lives thirteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001, as well as the courageous men and women to sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. Our hearts and prayers go out to their family and friends.

In James 1:12 (NKJV), we read: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

All of us face temptations in life; however, it’s our decision to live by preference or conviction that determines how we handle them. Preferences are abandoned for the sake of immediate pleasure; convictions are regarded as the means of obtaining true success and joy.

Temptation is the opportunity to meet a legitimate need in our lives in an illegitimate way. We all have a need to be loved and appreciated. We also have physical, material and financial needs. But there are right and wrong ways to get those needs met. When right and wrong is only a preference in your life, giving in to temptation is always an option:  a quick fix, a fast buck and a one night stand. How many people’s lives have been ruined by the inability to resist temptation?

When we exercise our convictions, they grow stronger. And we exercise them by standing firm against the immediate pleasures of temptation. A person of conviction isn’t above being tempted but they fix their eyes on true success. Walking away, turning down and exercising some self-control when these immediate pleasures present themselves isn’t easy…but it will always be worth it.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Thessalonians 1 & 2; Proverbs 18