Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Now the key here is, train up a child in the way he should go. Not every child is going to do the same thing. And so I would say that it really has to do with letting go of fear of what your child will become, letting go of fear of the mistakes they might make, and remembering that you’re establishing a foundation with them.
So if I’m waking up in the morning and I’m reading my Bible and I’m praying every day, if I’m reading my Bible before I go to bed, if I’m responding to a crisis or a problem with prayer, that is training my kids. Your kids are watching what you’re doing and how you respond to life, and also how you respond to the mistakes that they make. You know, it says that the kindness of God leads to repentance. We are not called to live in fear. It says in the Bible that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power of love and a sound mind. And I that’s what I want for my kids. I want them to know that they’ve been given a spirit of power and of love and a sound mind, because when we have sound minds, we’re able to make godly decisions.
And so I just want to pray for you today, that if you’re having any fear about which way your child is going, declare over them, that you have taught them and that they are going to stay in the right way, and they will not turn from it even when they’re old. So I just want to pray over you today, and just pray for your kids. God, I thank you that your promise says that if we train up a child in the way that he should go, or she should go, that when they’re old, they will not turn from it. So God, I just declare that our children are safe in your hands, that our children have sound minds. They have power, love, and a sound mind within them, and that they make good choices, and that they walk in love, and they know who they are in Christ. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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