Planting the Word in the Hearts of Our Children

Planting the Word in the Hearts of Our Children

“Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

“Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

It is an extremely important goal for believers to seek to plant God’s Word in the
hearts of their children. The anointing of God rests upon His Word, and so the power
to bless is always present in God’s Word. The Word of God is full of life, grace,
mercy, and peace. So God’s Word planted in the heart of a child will bring about
powerful and blessed results in the life of any child into whom it is planted.

In Psalm 119:11 we are told, “Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might
not sin against you.” God’s Word, when planted in a child or youth, ministers to his or
her mind, body and spirit. The Word of God strengthens and nourishes them in their
faith, and it shapes their attitude in fruitful and positive ways. God’s Word also enhances every aspect of one’s being (I Corinthians 1:5), including his or her personality and intellect. The Word of God planted in a child can even raise that child’s I.Q.

The Word of God says in Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a
Light to my path.” This scripture speaks of another very significant blessing and benefit
from the daily reading of God’s Word. The Word of God gives clear guidance and direction for us in every area of life, in either direct statement or principle. God’s Word
gives guidance and wisdom about every issue, every subject, and every matter one could
face in his or her lifetime. The Word of God helps believers to come to know God’s will
and His heart, and more of His point of view on life, the world and the people of the world.

In view of the great value and benefits of putting God’s Word into one’s heart, parents are very wise in guiding and helping their children to read God’s Word every day.
Parents that are faithful to help their children in this way are giving the gift of helping
their children to fill their hearts with the Life-giving Word of God.

So, here is a suggestion to wise parents. Take time daily to turn off all distractions – such as the T.V., the computer, the video games, etc.- and sit down with your children
and have each of them to read two or three chapters in the Word of God aloud to you..
( Before you read, pray for the Lord to anoint the minds, ears, hearts and understanding
of each of you so that you and your children can get the most out of your reading time.)
Every parent that commits themselves and their children to this kind of habit – this daily
family reading goal will bless their children and family tremendously in many ways.

Pastor Joseph Parker

Dwelling in the Homeland of Prayer

Mark 1:35 “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed”.

Very much of what Jesus did in His life, believers can do too. Christ modeled beautifully so much of the life every believer could live. One area of our life that Christ modeled was His
Prayer life. And if Jesus – and He did – made it a high priority to pray daily, and He was the Son of God – we too need to make daily Prayer a high priority.

“Pray without ceasing”. I Thess. 5:17 We should live our life as a running
conversation with God.

“Don’t worry about anything, but by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6,7

When we work, we work.
When we pray, God works.

And always remember God can do everything we can do so much better!

There is no such thing as praying too much!

Psalm 119:18 says “Open my eyes, that I may see wonderous things from
your law”. This is a good prayer to pray just before you spend time reading God’s Word.

Every husband and wife should try to pray together every day. And every parent should strive to pray daily with their children. Also, parents, teach and guide your children to pray everyday for you, their parents, and for their brothers and sisters and others.

George Washington Carver was a great man of prayer. He was a well known
Scientist who was born a slave. He has been credited with saving the agriculture of the South. He is a great example of a believer who listened to and communed with God. And he is a great example of a believer who followed and applied God’s wisdom in his life.

He would rise up early every day, and sit before the Lord who he called
“Mr. Creator”. There with the Lord, Dr. Carver learned secrets that blessed
the world. From the book , THE MAN WHO TALKS WITH THE FLOWERS,
by Glenn Park , Dr. Carver stated,

“There is literally nothing that I ever wanted to do, that I asked the blessed Creator To help me to do, that I have not been able to accomplish. It’s all very simple, if one knows how to talk with the Creator. It is simply seeking the Lord and finding Him …all my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have gone into the woods and talked with God. There He gives me my orders for the day…when people are still asleep I hear God best and learn
my plan …after my morning’s talk with God I go into my laboratory and begin
to carry out His wishes for the day.”

Make it your goal to saturate your life and your family and the concerns of your life with prayer.

In I Samuel, chapter 1, the story of Hannah has many powerful life lessons about prayer, and going to God in prayer with the desires of our hearts.

The gift of prayer, that is the privilege to pray and talk with our Heavenly Father, is a precious gift from God. It is one of the most valuable gifts in all of life. Lets use the precious gift we have in prayer daily and wisely and continually.

When you were young,
And it was cold outside,
With a blanket, I covered you with care.

Now that you are older,
And the world is much colder,
I now cover you with a blanket of prayer.

Author Unknown

And remember, there is no such thing as praying too much.

Compiled by – Joseph Parker
American Family Radio

Eleven Excellent Reasons You Should Read God’s Word Everyday

1)  It tells you how to be genuinely saved and how to grow up in your faith.

John 3:16;  Psalm 119:105;  Romans 12:1,2;  Phil. 4:6,7

2)  It gives you very clear guidance and direction for much of your life.

Psalm 119:105;  Provers 3:5,6

3)   It empowers your prayer life. Phil. 4:6,7

4)   It sharpens your ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more and more clearly in your life.

5)   It ministers to your mind, body, and spirit.

6)   It helps you maintain your mental health.  Proverbs 4:20 – 22

(And according to Dr. Paul Meier)

7)   It increases the anointing of the Holy Spirit on every area of your life.

I Corinthians 1:4 – 6

8)    It increases your wisdom in every area of your life.  Proverbs 1:1 – 9

9)    It enhances your intellect and your personality.   I Corinthians 1:4 – 6

(It can literally increase your I.Q.)

10)  It pours grace, joy and peace into your spirit, your mind, and your life.

Psalm 19:7 – 11;  II Peter 1:1,2

11)   In direct statement or principle, it gives you guidance and/or direction

about every issue or topic in life.   Proverbs 1 – 3;  Exodus 20:1 – 17;

II Timothy 3:16,17

How to Become a Follower of Christ

God’s Word, The Bible, is clear when talking about how a person can come into a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

1. Acknowledge you are a sinner. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
While we may think we are “good people,” everyone has inherited and committed sin.

2. Recognize you deserve death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
Because God is holy, He must judge sin. The penalty for sin is spiritual death, which is eternal, irreversible separation from God.

3. Become convinced that Christ died for your sins. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The Good News, “Gospel” of the Bible is that God graciously supplied a substitute for the penalty you deserve.

4. Put your trust in Christ as your Savior. “For by grace you have been saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
God invites you to come into a relationship with Him through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf.

If you put your faith, belief-system, in Christ alone, you will come into a loving and eternal relationship with Christ.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

What’s Next?

Commitment to Christ

If you have just commitment your life to Christ, please let us know. We’d like to serve you with resources or contacts that will help you begin to grow in faith in the coming days and weeks. Please send and email to: knowhim@afr.net and someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

Where Does Faith Come From?

Romans 10:16 & 17 says, “But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Faith begins with a choice to believe.  It is fed by the Word penetrating your eyes, ears and making its way into the center of your being. It grows with your experience with God. In the same way that you get to know your parents as you grow up in their presence, spending time in God’s Word and in prayer with Him grows your faith.

According to Romans 10:9, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

What is Faith?

Every time I breathe in, I am exercising ‘faith’ that the air I breathe will be rich in oxygen. Each time I flip a light switch, I exercise ‘faith’ that the light will illuminate the room.

You see, having moved the air into and out of my lungs over the course of my lifetime has built up in me the belief that it will continue to nourish my body with life sustaining oxygen. The longer my experience, the deeper and stronger my belief and the deeper my faith in breathing becomes.

Faith in breathing is belief, proven out over the course of my years that, air will move in and out, and from it I will receive the oxygen my body needs for life.

Faith in God is not all that different.

The Truth About God & Man

Truth One—God is a unique being. There is no other like Him. He is completely and forever righteous, holy and pure.

Truth Two—Man was once innocent, able to walk with and commune with God face to face. Having been deceived by selfishness and pride, man succumbed to temptation, disobeying God’s command—sin—separating all people from God.

Truth Three—Jesus, was born of a virgin who conceived Super-naturally of God’s Holy Spirit, making Him both God and man, qualifying Him alone as a suitable and acceptable sacrifice for our sinfulness. His blood shed in obedience not only covers our sin, but cleanses us of our sin in the sight of God.

Truth Four—God’s Holy Spirit reveals these truths to individuals, making them aware that no matter how good a person they are, they can never be, on their own, good enough to be reunited with God.

Truth Five—By confessing this truth and accepting Jesus Christ as the only hope for salvation from inheritance of sin, every individual can be saved from their inheritance of an eternity in hell—total separation from the grace of God.

 

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