Raise a God Fearing Child

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Don't we all wish to raise children who are God fearing. God fearing children are not only a source of pride and joy to their families but the community as well. It's the responsibility of parents to guide, mold and mentor their children to whatever they want them to be. When raising a child, it is important for parents to know that knowledge and wisdom are different. Whereas knowledge is accumulating facts, wisdom is all about applying that knowledge positively. Teaching your children about God's nature, attributes, character and majesty will no doubt help them become better citizens in future.

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The more your kids know about God's nature, the more will they thirst for his love. It's important to teach our children about respecting authority in this modern culture. Children have to learn this from their family. This can be achieved by reading God's word to your children. Quote relevant scriptures to your children when mentoring them.

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Teaching your children about God will lead to a lifelong bond with Him. They will never turn away from Him when they become adults. When children see their parents value and appreciate other people, they will do the same thing. It's also important to observe the day of worship and keep it holy. Make sure you take your children to church at least weekly - to help them grow spiritually.

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Raise a God-Fearing Child

Raising a child is an essential responsibility of parenthood, accompanied by lots of challenges - from the day your child is born, until he/she can walk and talk; to the time he/she will live on his/her own. There are a lot of resources for parents on raising kids, such as guided to feeding babies, how to prepare kids for the big school, or books on how to handle a difficult child. It seems there are also way too many materials on how to play video games, fashion trends, and showbiz gossip. Amid all the chaos, where do you find instructional materials on how to pass on your faith and raise a God-fearing child?

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Christian and non-Christian parents face the same obstacles raising kids. A huge part of the challenge is in dealing with peer and media pressures that add more tempting offers to kids to influence their personalities. It's sad to say that many children nowadays are becoming exactly the opposite Godly. So where can parents turn for help to raise a God-fearing child?

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God Himself provides the answer. When God states a principle about raising children, you only have to rely on His words for the best answer - The Holy Bible.

What the Bible Tells Parents About Raising Godly Children

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    Teach your children about the law of God.
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    Psalm 78:5-7 - "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: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments".
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    Provide a good example to the children.
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    John 13:15 "I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." Parents cannot successfully teach their children if they cannot demonstrate in their lives, what they preach. Children can detect the slightest deviation and hypocrisy no matter how hard parents try to hide them.
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    Show your children the right priorities.
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    Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you beside." Setting aside your personal pleasure to prioritize God in your life will teach your children how to offer their own little sacrifices to build a stronger relationship with the Lord.
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    Lead the children to God.
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    Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said: "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." As parents, you want your children to receive the promise given by Christ to children, thus it is necessary to teach them to be Godly.
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The Basic Steps to Raising a God-Fearing Child

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    Ask God for help.
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    While it is your responsibility to raise a child you brought out into this world, it is still God who can help you, if you invite Him to. Pray throughout the process of raising the child to be reverently fearful of God. At the same time, don't forget to be grateful to God for blessing you with children. Also, teach your child how to pray and educate him/her on the value of prayer.
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    Tell stories about God.
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    Make it a point to bring God into your conversations. Let the child know that God is always present in your lives, even if He cannot be seen. Read Bible stories to them with children as the characters. Tell real life stories of people who have strong faith in God, and been rewarded.
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    Bring the child to Church to worship God.
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    Make the child understand that he/she is a member of the Church, the body of God. It is best to introduce the child to the ways of the Church so that he/she can learn to appreciate and understand them early on.
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    Help the child develop the love for the Word of God.
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    Give the child his/her own Bible, preferably with illustrations and colorful images appropriate for the child's age. Read the Bible together, but you must also allow the child to read the Bible in his own time. Be available to your children when they encounter difficulties and confusion when reading the Bible.
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    Help the child appreciate God's love and recognize His power.
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    This way, the child will develop enough confidence that through God's providence, anything is possible. Teach the child to trust God and trust in His love.
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    Be a role model.
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    Lead by example. You cannot expect a child to obey you if you show conflicting or opposing examples. The child may make mistakes.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Choose an educational institution that has the same spiritual values as your family's. This way, the children will not be confused about these things and will follow one straight path.
  • It's important to set a good example for your children, since they will always be looking up to you. You should be their first role model; by your attitude, achievements, integrity and in your character.
  • Help your children grow physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and psychologically.
  • Love your children - the most important thing for a child is to feel loved unconditionally and safe, with a sense of belonging and affection.
  • Whenever your children wander off the path, gently nudge them back onto the right path. Correct them, but don't feel you have to punish them. Teach them, love them and talk to them, to avoid them rebelling in the future.
  • Look for early signs of "ungodly behavior", such as stealing and lying. Call the child's attention to focus him/her back to the teachings, but make sure you talk to them, at length, regarding their behavior, why they did what they did, and what they need from you to change the behavior.

We can't be perfect parents but we can help our children become better citizens by raising them to fear God, and they will never depart from God's word.

Questions and Answers

I want to teach my child the ways of God. Will he listen to me?

My child is 6 years old and I have not played my part in raising him in God's way. Will he listen to me now? We do not pray together or read the bible and we rarely go to church. I feel so bad about it.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life. The Bible says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us. So just confess this failure to God and ask Him how to get started now. Get connected with a Bible believing church. Start reading your bible and let God speak to you through reading His word. I will also pray for you right now. Father in the name of Jesus I ask that you help this wonderful mother to be more like you, to help her children get to know you and have a real relationship with you. I pray that each of them would be born again and filled with your Holy Spirit. I ask these things in the name of our most awesome Lord Jesus! Amen.

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How can I get my children to love God with all their heart - like me?

How exactly can I get my child to follow in my footsteps of faith? Most kids, when they grow up, decide they don't want this. How can I get my kid to stay a God fearing child? I have tried: I have tried showing them all the things God has done for them and explaining just why God is so important. I have also shared my faith and told them how God came into my life. I think it was caused by: Maybe from what they have heard from friends, school, etc.

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