KEY SCRIPTURE: John 10:14” I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”
(The following is not normal with most Christian children, yet parents ought to watch out to prevent them from occurring.)
Every parent must know his or her children. In knowing them you must know the signs that show when your son or daughter may be slipping or missing the mark or he or she is becoming a rebel
People do slip and fall into sin. Others may become rebels. These two states can be seen in two people in the Bible, king David and king Saul.
We would consider the case of the one who slipped and fell into sin. An example is the boy who might have impregnated a lady or the younger innocent girl who is found to be pregnant. These ones might have slipped and fell into sin. Let’s consider the story of King David. 2 Samuel 11:1-27.
King David committed adultery and murder.
God sent Nathan the prophet to tell David of his sin. This is what King David said in 2 Samuel 12:13 “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, the Lord also hath put away the sin, thou shalt not die:
The son or daughter who slips is quick to admit his offence. He does not shift blame or try to defend himself or herself.
What are the signs that show your daughter or son is drifting off.
- He or she does not read his bible often and has no good prayer life.
- He or she is usually absent from church services but would be found in the company of those who may be luring him or her away.
- He or She is normally occupied with her mobile phone, conversing or chatting.
- Likes to watch television late into the night.
- Has not the slightest desire to share the gospel with others.
- Would be found sleeping in church or would be looking inattentively when prayers are going on in church.
- Stays out of the home than usual.
If you see these signs in your child then he or she needs help. Get closer to them .Let them know the fact that sin is lying at their door and it will take dominion over them if they do not stand fast. Inquire about the kind of people they relate with. Insist they are punctual to church services. Invest her in the word. Pray with them and for them, and trust the Lord to save the situation.
I would get close to know my children. By the grace of God I would be able to help them out of their short comings.
Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin”.
Psalms 119:9, 11 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.