Obedience

Text: Psalm 66:1-20. “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”, verse 18. You need to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit so that you repent whatever the Holy Spirit points to as sin. You realize that an effective prayer and holy living go together. Reflect on verse 18, is[…]

Pray with faith

Text: Mark 11:20-25. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours,” verse 24. Pray with faith and confess positively, (remembering, of course, our lesson from yesterday!). Reflect on verse 24, how is it encouraging you and how are you going to apply it to your[…]

Pray according to God’s will

Text: 1 John 5: 1-15. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him”, verses 14-15. God’s will is that[…]

Pray only through Jesus Christ

Text: 1Timothy 2:1-15. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” verse 5. By nature we are rebellious and hostile to God. It is only through Jesus Christ, the mediator who connects us to God because we are naturally alienated or estranged from God because of our sinful nature.[…]

Humility

Text: 2 Chronicles 7:11-18. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”, verse 14. Humility calls for a broken heart. It calls for dependence on God. You need[…]

Discipline Your Children

Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Yesterday’s passage teaches about the importance of the “negative” side of discipline. Today we will consider the “positive” side. (Of course, both sides are necessary for positive results.) Children are to be raised under the instruction of God’s Word. Look again at the passage and note the several ways God’s Word is to be brought into family[…]

Discipline Your Children

Text: Proverbs 22:1-16. When the Bible speaks about foolishness, it does not mean being silly. Folly is about a person who has no interest in the things of God, and his life manifests that heart condition (Psalm 14:1). The verse for today teaches us that children are full of foolishness! Scripture does, however, instruct us that consistent,[…]

Disobedient Children

Text: Deuteronomy 21:18-21. This passage might seem cruel and barbaric, but it is intended to show the seriousness of disobedience to parents and to show that sin is not permitted the Kingdom of God. The son being executed is not a small child but is probably a young adult, living with his parents in their home, and showing a[…]

Obedient Children

Text: Ephesians 6:1-4. Scripture calls upon children to obey their parents, to honour them, and to submit to their authority. For children who are a few years away from adulthood, this command might seem “childish”, but interestingly, in Romans 1:28-31, in the midst of a long list of horrible sins, the apostle Paul includes, “disobedient to parents” (Rom.1:30). This[…]

Honour Your Father and Mother

Text: Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:16. To honour a person, you give them respect, treat them as better than yourself, and give obedience, when appropriate. Children are to have this kind of attitude toward their parents at all times, not only when parents are watching, but especially when parents are not in sight. God is always present, always watching, and[…]