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Raising Kids That Count

Proverbs
(RA-2331, Programs: 2117 & 2217, Air dates: 05.21.17 & 05.28.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Our chief desire for our children is not that they be wealthy or famous, but that they love the Lord Jesus Christ and count in His cause.
      1. Psalm 112:2
    2. The book of Proverbs details some gifts that we can give to our children.
  2. GIVE THEM AN EXAMPLE  (Proverbs 1:7-9)
    1. If our children disrespect God, they will be depraved of genuine knowledge.
    2. The “chains” mentioned in Proverbs 1:9 speak of a beautiful ornament.
    3. Children learn more from our lifestyle than they learn from our words.
      1. Proverbs 20:7
    4. We need to give our children, we owe to our children, a godly example.
      1. Do not pretend perfection.
      2. Be real; be genuine.
    5. There are character traits which we must demonstrate to our children:
      1. Contentment
      2. Courage
      3. Courtesy
      4. Discernment
      5. Fairness
      6. Friendliness
      7. Generosity
      8. Gentleness
      9. Helpfulness
      10. Honesty
      11. Humility
      12. Kindness
      13. Obedience
      14. Orderliness
      15. Patience
      16. Persistence
      17. Self-control
      18. Tact
      19. Thankfulness
      20. Tidiness
      21. Wisdom
  3. GIVE THEM UNCONDITIONAL LOVE  (Proverbs 4:1-4)
    1. True love is not giving someone what they want; it is giving them what they need.
    2. There must be unconditional acceptance of the child regardless of his or her behavior.
      1. I may not accept what you do, but I accept you.
    3. We should not be afraid of hugging our children or being affectionate with them.
      1. Luke 15:20
  4. GIVE THEM CONSTANT ENCOURAGEMENT  (Proverbs 3:21-26)
    1. There is a difference between praise and encouragement.
      1. Praise says that I am proud of you for what you do.
      2. Encouragement says that I am proud of you for who you are.
    2. Encouragement gives a child confidence.
  5. GIVE THEM WISE INSTRUCTION  (Proverbs 2:1-7)
    1. We need to teach our children the Word of God.
      1. A regular time of family worship in the home provides children with a nugget of truth to carry with them throughout their day and helps lay a foundation of truth for their lives.
    2. Let the instruction be joined with training.
      1. Proverbs 22:6
      2. When wise instruction is joined with training, our children will see it applied in our own lives.
  6. GIVE THEM REASONABLE RESTRICTIONS  (Proverbs 6:20-23)
    1. Limitations are not bad.
      1. In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve restrictions.
        1. Genesis 2:15-17
      2. When no limitations are set upon a child, that child may feel rejected.
      3. Limitations do not bind a child; they actually bring freedom.
    2. Restrictions give children confidence.
  7. GIVE THEM A LISTENING EAR  (Proverbs 18:13-15)
    1. We need to be willing to listen when they want to talk.
    2. We must also make time and opportunities for conversation.
  8. GIVE THEM A HAPPY ENVIRONMENT  (Proverbs 15:13-17)
    1. Let your home be filled with laughter and love.
      1. Ephesians 5:4
      2. Genesis 21:6
        1. The name “Isaac” means laughter.
    2. Be firm, be fair, and be fun.
  9. CONCLUSION
    1. God ideally desires for everyone to have three homes:
      1. A family home
      2. A church home
      3. A heavenly home
    2. Jesus is the greatest home builder.
      1. Build your home upon the foundation of Jesus Christ.
    3. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    4. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    5. Romans 10:9-10
    6. Romans 10:13

 

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