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Raising Our Children Up To Obey God’s Commands

I often wonder how many people are actually living their lives for Jesus. I mean people who are reading the Bible daily and praying often by themselves and with their family, while then doing God’s will also. This is not what you feel God desires, but what the Holy Spirit and His Word says. Now, as much I wish most people were doing this, the reality is that only a few people are truly in touch with God spiritually each day. Very few people are raising their children up to know God and to serve Him. And this is why we have so many kids and even their parents using fool language and doing things that are worldly in nature. And I am not talking about non-believers but people who profess to be Christians. To these people, God is calling them out to repentance before it is too late. Did you know that our belief in Christ also means to 1“fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged?” (Deuteronomy 6:2) Many people think that they can just say they believe in God, and then do what they will in life while breaking God’s commandments. However, if they truly loved God, then they would be doing all they could in life to live up to His standards and keep His holy and righteous laws and commandments. This would not be a chore, but our heart’s desire to do as our God, and King of the heavens, commands us.

God’s Word says, 1“hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 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. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) Wow! That is the truth of how we ought to be living our lives, day in and day out on our own, and with our families. Let me break this down for you. Because we love the Lord God with all our hearts, we are also seeking Him earnestly daily. So we do this by bringing our children and spouse into our morning, afternoon, and evening prayers. We also invite them to join us in our daily Bible studies and converse with them on what they’ve learned. This way we can learn and grow as a family in the faith. God’s Words should be in our hearts at all times, and when people visit our homes there should be no question of our faith. Is this the life you are living? If not, today is your day to allow Jesus to change everything in your life. Start seeking the Lord God first. Make time for Him. Then, doing God’s will, will come easier than you think.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will become sincere in our faith. That we will no longer just say we believe in You, God, but also desire to follow You and keep Your commandments. I see too many people that simply appear religious one day out of the week, but are just like the unbelievers the rest of the week. They have not been fully converted, or else their desires to live in sin would have been stopped by now. Lord, what I desire is God-fearing people, which is very hard to come by in this lost generation. People who really love You with all their heart, with all their mind, with all their soul, and with all their might. That everything they live for is formed around a life lived for You. Surely, people in the church community would be so different if this was the case. People would be happy to invite each other over for dinner, for Bible study, for prayer, and for service for God. Praying for people would come easy, and our communications would also be elevated. Surely, people would desire to have more face to face conversations with others, then using their smartphone for calling and texting. Even our children would know You as their one true God also. It would be an awesome world to live in if more people were genuine in their faith. Lord, help people know that this life is short and that soon we will all go to our graves. I just pray that people will start looking to You in faith, by obeying Your commands, before this day comes. As for me, I am ready to receive You. I love You with all my heart, my mind, and my soul. With all my might do I worship You. I live my life to honor You and to do Your will. I pray that my children and my wife will also be saved. I love You. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

Deuteronomy 6
1Deuteronomy 6 (KJV)
1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2 That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
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.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
16 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers.
19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lord hath spoken.
20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you?
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
22 And the Lord shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

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