How To Deal With The Crazy Children In Your Family

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Aug 25, 2017

Wisdom that Works

  • Your worth is not from your work, but the work of Christ. When we try to find our worth in our work, we often substitute riches for relationships.
    • “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” – Psalm 139:14
  • The success of our children cannot be looked at by the success we want for them, but by the success God had for them.
    • We must spend less time worrying about what others have to say and spend more time believing what God’s Word has to say.
      • “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
  • Don’t worry about your children being able to take care of themselves, instead teach them to depend on God to take care of them.
    • “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25
    • The well-being, the protection and provision for our children is not so much what we tell them – but, more about a reflection of our love for God.
    • Our spiritual transformation will not only effect our lives, but the life of our children.
    • The more we love the Lord—the more the love will reflect in the way we’re raising our children, and the more we raise our children by the Love God has for us, the more our children will be taken care of by the Lord.
    • The hardest thing for a parent to remember is—Your children really belong to the Lord—He has only loaned them to us to teach, love, and train and then give them back. It is the same problem most people have with their money, they forget it all belongs to the Lord—He has only loaned it to us to be managers of it.
      • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart ,And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
    • Our children need to take Priority over adult Pleasures.
    • Our priority needs to match God’s priorities not our own.
      • “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”Matthew 6:33-34

The Simple Truth About Parenting

  • The Key to being a successful parent is to simply act towards your children the same way God acts toward you.
    • “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48
    • How can I parent more like God my Father?
      • I must understand my children and have compassion.
        • “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”  Psalm 103:13-14
        • Compassion means to suffer together. Without compassion we can’t or won’t know them, we will only know about them.
        • Jesus’ power was often motivated by compassion.
        • “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.Matthew 9:36
        • To know them is to love them.
        • You have to know you to grow you—you have to know your children to grow your children.
      • I must accept my children.
        • “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.” – Psalm 145:8-9
        • You’re not perfect and your Heavenly Father accepts you—doesn’t matter what you have done, God loves us and gives us Grace.
        • Don’t reject your kids when they mess up, when they don’t look right to you.
        • In our moments of greatest depravity, corruption, weakness, and greed God offers us grace, mercy, compassion, and is slow to anger.
        • “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,” Romans 5:20
        • We have to learn to grace our children.
        • Grace brings freedom, condemnation brings guilt.
      • I must discipline my children.
        • “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6
        • “If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him.” Proverbs 13:24
        • “Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don’t, you will ruin his life.” Proverbs 19:18
        • When we don’t discipline based on God’s Word two things happen—we are not showing love; and we are a participating in their destruction.
        • The problem is learning the difference between Discipline and Punishment:
          • Discipline promotes growth, love, and even security.
          • Punishment promotes anger, fear, and guilt.
        • How do you know which you are doing?
          • Notice the kid’s reaction—if they are afraid of you—that is punishment.
        • If the child is sorry, caring, and knows you are doing it out of love, you want what’s best for the child more than what you want for yourself.
        • “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
        • When done in anger it does not accomplish God’s purpose.
        • “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20
        • “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:19-21

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