Being the head of the family is a big responsibility. The other members of the family look to you for guidance, for support, for protection. Just like God is our Father and the head of our lives, and gives us His protective covering, we as individuals need to make sure that we stay under that covering and our children are then protected as well. Look at it like this. Would you throw your child out in the cold and snow, with no warm clothes on their back, with no shoes to wear? Of course you wouldn't. They would catch cold, and their feet would become frost bitten, they would be exposed to the elements of the weather, and they would suffer and possibly die. Well, when you walk away from God, and are not living like you should, then you are stepping out into the elements, exposing yourself to danger, and at the same time exposing your children as well. You are exposing yourself and your children to the enemy. You and your children will become vulnerable to the enemy. You might say, well now, I do not believe that my children are going to be punished for the way I live my life. Well, you are wrong. In a way they are being punished for your decisions, because they watch you and mimmick you. That is what little children do. They want to be just like mommy and daddy. So when you are not living for God, why should they want to? If you do not tell them about Jesus and what He did for them, and feed them the word of God and what He says about how they are to live, why would they want to know about Him later? Now I know some kids are brought to church by their grandparents, or with a neighborhood friend, but that is not the majority. No the majority of kids who are not brought up in church and in a Christian home will fall because they will mimmick their parents behavior. So how could you not want your child under God's protective covering? And if you are a Christian and you are not staying in the word of God and feeding your children the word on a daily basis, where are their roots going to grow? Will they build a strong foundation with Jesus as their Lord, or will their roots stray another way and wander around aimlessly, and lost? It is time we as parents stand up and hold our families together under God's protective covering. And when one tries to run out from under we snatch them back from the enemy. God said even our children's children will be saved, so why are we letting the enemy snatch our children right out from under us?
When your kids talk to you, LISTEN!!! I can not emphasize this enough. We are in such a hurry all the time now, that we do not stop and listen to what our children are trying to tell us. If we did, we might would catch a hint of the devil trying to pull them away, and stop him before he can even get started on them. Don't just assume you know what they are getting ready to say. Just get still, and quiet and listen with both ears, your eyes and your heart. Yes get your heart involved when your child is talking to you and look at them, make eye contact with them, let them know that what they are getting ready to say is the most important thing to you right then. Maybe then, parents and their kids will begin to have conversations again at the dinner table or just sitting around in the living room or while riding in a car. Maybe they won't be so quick to put those ear pieces in their ears to listen to their ipods or turn on the tv to watch aimlessly, or stick a video game in to kill something. (Don't get me started there, I am running out of space).
Remember when you step out, you are jerking your children out with you.
PS 103 v 15-18....As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to childrens' children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them...
Joshua 24 v 15.....and if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the Gods which your father served that were on the other side of the river, or the God of the ammorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.........
First the scriptures tell us, that our children's children will be protected as long as we keep the commandments of the Lord. Then the scripture asks us very plainly, what God will you serve? Will it be the God your fathers served? Well if your fathers served the enemy by living in sin, then your children may very well choose the same enemy as their God. In other words if your father was an alcoholic, or an abuser of other addictions, or maybe he went fishing or hunting every Sunday and didn't have time for church, or maybe even just addicted to his job, that he didn't have time for you, then you will most likely follow in his footsteps. So now do you see why it is so important to not just think of ourselves, but to actually put our family first and spend time with God, and teach them about the Lord Jesus, so that you and your family may stay under the protective covering of God.