I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder’s wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. I guess she thought I was arrogant when I expressed my belief that Jesus centered parenting produces Jesus lovers. She boldly told me it was impossible to be so sure, that some, even after good parenting will turn away and be lost.
This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired. But it’s hard y’all. This task of raising children is thwarted at every hand by the devil and His minions. And let me say this, even though your child dallies in a certain sin for a season doesn’t mean they are lost forever. I believe they will always return to the fold. Look at the last part of this scripture: Bring up a child by teaching him the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it. Proverbs 22:6 NLT
But, I didn’t want my children to waste their lives away from God and then come back to Him when they were older. My goal was to have strong, steadfast, faithful children so they could in turn raise strong, steadfast, faithful children. Our strategy was to parent with this goal in mind. So if you are having doubts about your ability to save your own children, be encouraged with these thoughts from scripture.
1. Children are Good Soil
But, good soil has to be cultivated, fertilized, watered, nurtured. If the soil is not cared for, or left on its own then it becomes dry and hard. If the rocks are not plucked out carefully, then roots will not take hold. If not diligent, then thorns will pop up. A parent must constantly working the soil of the child. But happily, this good soil will produce an abundant crop. This is a promise.
2. It’s God’s Will
Your children are predestined to become believers. They were entrusted to YOU. For an analogy…our family loves the Houston Astros team My children were destined to love this team too. Why? We wear the shirts, we gather around the radio or television, we discuss stats in the car and around the table, we travel to Houston for a live experience, we whoop, we holler, and we sing. So now, even though my son lives in California, he is not ashamed to put on his Astros hat when the Angels are playing Houston. He proudly roots for his team even though he is surrounded by the enemy. He has been TRAINED.
God has put these children in your family so you can train them for His team. It’s inevitable. It’s His will.
3. You have Power. POWER.
This immense love of God can only be understood through the Holy Spirit. He strengthens you, He dwells in your hearts, and He can do more that you can you can ask or imagine. So partner up and ask Him. You are not alone for one second.
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