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Open Heaven 8 July 2019: [Monday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye – In The Ways of the Lord
IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD- Monday July 8th 2019
Memorise: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Read: 1st Samuel 8:1-5 (KJV)

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
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Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 23-24, Ezekiel 13:8-19, Hymnal: Sing hymn 16
The Bible says children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward (Psalm 127:3).


 In other words, God is the owner of children, and He gives them to whoever He pleases. Whenever God counts and individual worthy to have custody of His possession, the fellow should be careful of what he or she does with it. For this reason, through His word, God teaches us how to handle children as precious seeds kept in our care. One of His teachings on this all-important subject matte is found in our memory verse, where the Lord says we must train our children in His ways, not according to any other system.

Today’s Bible reading reveals the danger of not taking godly care of our children. As upright as Samuel was, he failed in the area of bringing up his children in the ways of the Lord. Concerning his sons, 1st Samuel 8:3 says:

“And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes and perverted judgment.”

Open Heaven 8 July 2019: [Monday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye – In The Ways of the Lord 

The surprising aspect of this story is that Samuel witnessed how Eli and his household were cut off because Eli did not nurture his children in the ways of the Lord. Beloved, it is better a person does not bear a child than to have a child and fail to take godly care of him or her. Eli’s example shows that a heavy price accompanies failure in this regard.

The story was told of a mother who immersed herself into training her son to succeed academically and career-wise, but she neglected training in the fear of God and did not expose him to spiritual activities that could connect him to God. Meanwhile, the son progressed at school, graduated with good grades, and eventually got a good job in the city. Having tasted life in the city, he forgot his roots and did not keep in touch with his mother. One day, his mother decided to visit him in the city, having missed her son for a long time. 

Open Heaven 8 July 2019 Monday: Action Point

When she got to her son’s house, she met the gate securely locked. She knocked for a long while before her son managed to open the window of his front room, and behold, it was his mother sweating in the Africa sun. “Mum, you did not tell me you were coming!” the young man yelled. He then threw a wad of cash at her and told her to go back to the village. This woman wept bitterly. How sad! This is what the wages of nursing a child for ourselves and not for God looks like. I pray that this will not be your portion as a parent in Jesus’ Name.
Action Point
Align the way you are bringing up your children with the principles of God’s word.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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