Teach Your Children



One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. — Psalm 145:4,7, NASB 


Christians are to be laborers together with God. They are to lift up Jesus. He says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” We are to talk of his love, of the mansions he has gone to prepare for those that love him; we are to talk of his mercy, and magnify his righteousness. Why is it that we have so little freedom in speaking of the love of Jesus?—It is because we have not educated the tongue to talk of his goodness and tell of his power… If we prayed three times a day, as did Daniel, we should be able to say, “I place my hand in the hand of Jesus, and I will not gratify the enemy by talking doubt. I will not dishonor my Redeemer.”

Do you teach your children that Jesus is soon coming? Do you read to them the promise, “In my Father’s house are many mansions… I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”? I began to teach my children about the love of Jesus when they were mere babes.  

Christian fathers and mothers, are you seeking to train your children so that they will be as lights in the world?… Then tell your children what God expects of them. Let Jesus put his mold upon them. Teach them moral independence. Teach them to look neither to the right nor to the left to engage in evil, but to do justice and judgment, and keep the way of the Lord. Give them the invitation of Jesus to come to him and find rest unto their souls. 

We are to come in living faith to Jesus. We need not be among those who have only a casual faith, who get no answers of peace when they pray. We may have a living experience in the things of God; but we must take time to pray. We must take time to search the Scriptures, digging for truth as for hidden treasures. 

Fasten your faith to the eternal throne, and all the promises of God are at your command. When God gave his Son, he gave us all in that precious gift. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”… Then let us talk of the power of Jesus; for help has been laid upon One that is mighty. 

— The Review and Herald, March 1, 1892 


O my Lord, I place my hand in Your hand and will not gratify the enemy by talking doubt. Help me to honor You. Help me to speak of the power of Jesus and of Your great goodness and love. As I search the scriptures for Your instructions, give me a living experience in Your truth that I may teach my children to honor You. I fasten my faith on the eternal throne relying on Your promises. Put Your mold upon my children as I talk to them of Your mercy and righteousness. 


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