Yesterday’s Father’s Day sermon at First Baptist Satsuma was excellent. As the Pastor was reading a particular verse I said ‘how long has that been there?’ Not aloud, of course. However there was some out loud comments – that’s another story. Like I said it was a really good sermon!
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. via Ephesians 6 NASB – Family Relationships – Children, obey – Bible Gateway.
Fathers. And I am pretty sure ABBA means Mothers too. Do not provoke your children to anger. Okay so I’ve known that from day one. However it was like a light coming on in a dark room when I read the rest. The way we provoke our children to anger (wrath as the King James reads) is to refuse to DISCIPLINE them and INSTRUCT them IN the ways of THE LORD.
We now have a world of angry, wrath filled, loud, unruly children and here is the reason.
But here is more indictment that ABBA gave me as I considered this piece to write.
Proverbs 13:24 The Message (MSG)
24 A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;
love your children by disciplining them.
via Proverbs 13:24 MSG – A refusal to correct is a refusal to – Bible Gateway.
So what is discipline anyway?
Is it yelling at them ‘wait till your father comes home’? Perhaps we don’t do that anymore.
Is it repeatedly saying from the couch, ‘don’t do that again’. And then when again comes, Mom or Dad is still sitting on the couch?
Is it long speeches about how it use to be to the brazen ears of an adolescent?
And the scenarios could go on and on.
Obviously I am NO expert in the field of discipline but I know Someone who is – James Dobson is close – 🙂 and I am sure he is because he got his information from the ONE. ABBA. Himself.
This is what comes to mind.
Titus 1:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
via Titus 1:2 KJV – In hope of eternal life, which God, – Bible Gateway.
Hebrews 6:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
via Hebrews 6:18 KJV – That by two immutable things, in which – Bible Gateway.
Do you see it? GOD CANNOT LIE. And look what that means to us. Strong consolation. Promises. Refuge. Hope.
Have we considered that when we promise a child discipline for certain behavior and they do not get that discipline, we are LIARS? And who trusts a liar? DO YOU? Well then . . . let us get off our couches and do what we say. Not only in discipline but everything! The fun and the sad!!
But that is not all!
When we get off that couch (and before we sat down on that couch) have we instructed them in THE LORD?
Have we prayed with them? Have we memorized Scripture with them? Have we lived out the ways of THE LORD before them? Well, no wonder they are angry and loud and unruly and crying out NOTICE ME!
Pastor gave a great illustration yesterday. He said that bringing them up is not standing at the top of the mountain yelling down at them to get up here. But it is being down there on the mountain side with them LEADING them up to the top. Picture it! What a difference!!
It all boiled down to this for me. Do I love them enough to discipline them? Do I love them enough to be inconvenienced by them? Do I love them enough to humble MYSELF before GOD and raise them HIS WAY? And if I don’t they will SURELY be provoked to anger – wrath.
I did not do this well with my daughters and I’ve made mistakes with my GRANDS already. BUT I’m learning because my ABBA though the HOLY SPIRIT is right here on this mountainside with me leading and encouraging me to come to the top with Him. Picture it! It will make a difference!!
And right now I need to wrap this up because two GRANDS have been very patient and quiet with their Mamaw as I have sat here to write this piece and I am going to reward them hugely!!! 🙂
ABBA, thank You. I love you, DADDY GOD. You are FATHER and You are AWESOME. Thank You. And, HOLY SPIRIT, I pray this offering of writing will be a tool that You can use to help. And this morning is Dori’s surgery and Kerri’s test. I love both these women and I am asking You for miracles for both of them. Miracles of healing and restoration and long lives that will give You glory and turn many many hearts to You for salvation and restoration. Thank You, ABBA, in JESUS name. amen and amen.
We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,