by Jean Stockdale
In Deuteronomy 32:46 Moses spoke to the children of Israel saying, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.”
God has always intended for us to have a generational belief system of faith. That is a living faith passed from one generation to the next. By EXAMPLE and INSTRUCTION teach your children to be careful to DO ALL the words of this law! Moses implied that the parents were already well-grounded in the things of God. The examples of their godly lifestyle in conjunction with their Biblical verbal instruction would serve to pass the faith in the one true God from one generation to the next.
We as parents cannot take our children farther in the faith than we have traveled, so it is incumbent upon us to be students of the Word and obedient doers of the Word.
James 1:23-24 says, Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Being a doer of the Word involves spiritual disciples like learning the Word of God, living out the reality of Jesus Christ, and passing the faith along to the next generation.
As a busy mom juggling home and family responsibilities, you may feel you don’t have the time to devote to personal Bible study and/or prayer time. You may believe you don’t have the brain power to invest in memorizing Scripture. Daily distractions may convince you that you don’t have the luxury of time given over to meditating on God’s Word. These are just ploys of the enemy to keep you away from God’s Word and short-circuit God’s plan for a generational belief system of faith.
I am not attempting to bind you in legalism by suggesting you MUST be in the Word daily or God will withhold His favor. But as an older woman in the faith I would be remiss if I did not encourage you to aggressively pursue personal righteousness and practical holiness in order to advance the kingdom of God and imprint your children with the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints (Jude 1:3). We cannot believe for our children, nor can we make our children believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the work of the Holy Spirit of God, but there is much we can do to make our children taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8).
Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law” (Deut. 32:46).
Learn it. Live it. Pass it on!
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