Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."
The previous two posts showed us how the parents need revival and why. Today we'll look at how the children in the home need revival and why.
Our children should not be in a hurry to grow up. A lot of children want to grow up quickly. It's also sad to say that even a lot of parents want their children to grow up quickly and get out of the house. Children want out of the house because they want their independence and to be able to live their own lives without the boundaries and rules of their parents controlling their lives. Parents want their children out of the house because they feel they have done their raising of them and that it is time for them to go out on their own and experience life. Neither of them knows or thinks about what the consequences could be for this taking place. Our children need their parents to stay in their lives to protect them and help keep them from making decisions that would harm them.
Children should not talk back to their parents. Years ago a child 12 years of age would be found playing with toy cars and trucks in the dirt making roads for them and ponds to drive them into and through. Today 12 year olds are being taught about sex and having babies or being given birth control.
Years ago children were taught discipline. Today problems are taking place in homes because the children aren't being taught what was taught when I was a child. I was taught to respect my parents and obey them. Did I always respect and obey them? No I didn't. But if I didn't there were consequences to be suffered.
Parents need to teach their children to respect them and they need to teach them to respect them. They also need to teach them to respect the preacher. They need to be taught to respect their teachers and their principal. There is little respect for anyone in authority where the young person is concerned these days. Unfortunately they learn it from their parents in a lot of homes.
There is an umbrella of protection and authority that God has in place over the home. It is God's will for a child to stay at home until marriage. Age is not a factor. Mom and Dad are an umbrella to their children. The children need to stay under that umbrella. When the daughter leaves the home in marriage...she leaves from her daddy being head over her to live with her husband who then becomes her head.
When children reach the age of graduation and leave to go to college they are stepping out from under that umbrella. Parents need to be careful not to encourage that. Education is not everything. The problem is...is that a lot of young people want out for one reason or another. There are those that get out and get an apartment. God never intended for that to be so. God wants our children to stay home under momma and daddy.
Daddy has some wisdom. Children don't realize that though. A lot of children feel they know more than momma and daddy.
Our children also need to realize that there is no set age for marriage. Each person is ready at different ages. Just because God sends one person their spouse at one age doesn't mean that the next person will be ready by that age. If young people will just seek God and patiently wait till He knows they're ready then it will happen. But it may not be at the same age as your friend. Each young person needs to marry the right one. But until that right one comes along they need to keep their eyes on God. Let God take care of bringing him/her to you.
Children should never forget to honor their parents. Obedience to parents is expected while the child lives at home. Honoring the parents is for life. We never graduate from honoring our parents. A person who honors their parents will live long on the earth. It's a promise of God. Ephesians 6:2-3 "Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
If you're a parent...you have a responsibility to God, your children and yourself to have revival. If you are a young person you need revival as well. If God has touched on something in your life through these posts on revival...get those things right with one another and right with God and have revival in your home. If our homes see revival then our churches can and will see revival.
These are notes taken (with some of my own thoughts added) from a message preached by Bro. Marion Atkinson at Faith Baptist Camp on August 10, 2007.