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Parents, invest in your children

Published:Monday | March 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Apostle Steve Lyston, Biblical economics consultant

Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor

WE HAVE seen a world-wide increase in the killings and untimely deaths of children. Further to this, we are seeing the gruesome deaths that snatch them away before and even after they are born.

We must understand that just as Herod and Pharaoh sought to kill the children in the days of old, it happens today! Herod and Pharaoh are not alive today, but the spirit of Herod and the spirit of Pharaoh still want to destroy our children today. Each time that we see these killings and deaths increase, it indicates that we are on the verge of a significant change.

Children can bring a positive change to the environment and nation to which they are born. The cure for cancer, the answer to the debt problem, the solution to a national crisis to come, or the answer to a current problem could be within any of our children; and if they are killed, those solutions go with them! How many solutions have we lost already? Remember Josiah? God can use children even from the age of eight.

Parents, the government, church, schools, non-governmental organisations and the media need to re-evaluate their views and understanding of the importance of children in a nation. They need look at how to teach them, how to bring out and encourage their gifts and talents, and how to invest in them; not just monetarily, but in every way.

The time has come for the nation to have a separate ministry for children and family affairs. It is one of the most important minis-tries a nation needs; because without children, there is no continuation or succession in the nation. The Lord once told me that 90 per cent of the issues that exist now among leaders, including 'dons', start from their childhood. Some were raped and abused and for others their fathers never took care of them and they were never healed. As a result, they and their decision-making are negatively affected.

What Are The Solutions

Teach them about the goodness of good morning, noon and night. There are benefits for doing so. (Deuteronomy 6:5-25; 4:9-10)

Pray the whole armour of God over them daily. (Ephesians 6:10-20; Psalm 91)

Sow seed, that is, give donations unto the Lord for your children. (Job 1:1-5)

Spend time with them, learn about them and allow them to get to know you and your expectations of them.

Listen to them when they speak, do not push them away. Encourage them to talk to you. The old saying of 'children should be seen and not heard' is not a biblical principle.'

Ensure that your children are dedicated to God (the Almighty) and anointed with olive oil, not just sprinkled with water; and also ensure that they are given Godly or biblical names.

Speak 'life' over them daily and declare what you want them to become. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21-22)

Teach the children about tithing, how to handle money and how to dress modestly - male and female. (Malachi 3:8-10; Leviticus 19; II Timothy 2:9)

Parents must get to know the importance and significance of dreams and visions, and let them report to you those dreams and visions that they are receiving.

Teach them about the Fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)

Hug your children and tell them you love them - even if you had never received that expression of love - use the opportunity to break that cycle.

Let them study at least one business-related subject at secon-dary-level school; it will helpthem understand basic economic principles.

Teach them to be vigilant when they enter tertiary level institutions, especially in choosing friends, movies, groups and so on.

Teach them about the dangers of sex outside of marriage, and the importance of seeking the Lord for their spouse.

Teach them about protocol in entering different environments and addressing different people.

Apostle Steve Lyston is a Biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire.