DANGERS OF FAILED PARENTING(I) by Dr D.K. Olukoya


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DANGERS OF FAILED PARENTING(I) by Dr D.K. Olukoya


FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 2:12-17


MEMORY VERSE:

Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."


PRAISE AND WORSHIP


MESSAGE:

Parenting is a responsibility given by God. Parents are going to account to God on how they discharged this divine responsibility. As God's stewards, they will also be rewarded accordingly.


God is not a man, and He has a just reward system. He punished Eli and took the priesthood from his lineage for failing to correct his sons, Hophni and Phineas, who desecrated God's temple and took what belonged to Him. Eli was a very weak and permissive parent. He sprared the rod of discipline and spoilt his children. God expected him to teach, demonstrate and enforce His commandments on his family and others in Israel. Eli did not. He incurred God's wrath and fierce judgement.


Beloved, Eli's misdeed is recorded for our learning and adjustment. How are you faring in your parental responsibilities? Are the biological and spiritual children God put in your care truly in Christ today? Perhaps you are unaware of their spiritual journey and placement. That could be because you think that your responsibility stops at providing them food and shelter. Hence, you regard their spiritual growth and well-being as secondary or unimportant. If this is your state of mind, you are completely wrong. You are responsible for ensuring that the children and wards in your care are born again, disciplined, serving God and heaven-bound primarily and that their physical needs are provided secondarily.


Parental failure is a major concern to God and man today. We need to arrest the ugly consequences of this error that we see in the Church and societies nowadays. Christian children, teenagers and youths can hardly be differentiated from unbelieving ones today. The key points of difference should be their values and fruit. Parents have failed in these areas. The enemy has turned many youths (Christians and non-Christians) to slay queens and kings, drug addicts and sex perverts. Academic and moral decadence are fast becoming the order of the day. This is nothing but parenting failure.


Teenagers and youths spend their valuable time on frivolities such as social media (relationship and date sites, worldly films sites, and so on) at the expense of their studies and the pursuit of academic excellence. There is need for parents to arise and salvage the younger generation to the glory of God.


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES:

As a parent, how do you weigh on God's scale?


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

I DECREE THAT YOU WILL NOT FAIL IN YOUR PARENTING DUTIES, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS:


MORNING:

1. Thank You, Lord, for the children You gave me, in the name of Jesus.

2. I declare that I and the children that God has given me are for signs and wonders, in the name of Jesus.

3. O Lord, forgive me in any way I have not raised my children according to Your standard, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING:

4. Every seed of carelessness planted in my children's lives, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.

5. O God, release Your grace upon me to raise godly children, in the name of Jesus.

6. Every battle from the pit of hell to make me fail as a parent, die, in the name of Jesus.

7. I shall not be a bad foundation for my children, in the name of Jesus.


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SOURCE: MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)

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