In the same manner as the famous command at the Indianapolis 500 Speedway, "Gentlemen! Start your engines", I say to you mothers, "Mothers! Prepare your children"!
A Proverbs 31 mother has children who have watched and listened to a great woman - God's woman. The children have seen you work hard within your very own household!
15: She ... giveth meat to her household....
18: ... her candle goeth not out by night.
19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
25: Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
The final product of all this work is in verse 28...
Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
30: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
God's woman has her priorities in the proper order!
31: Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Your works regarding your own children can either praise you!
Proverbs 23:24, 25 ... he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. ... thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Or else they can shame you!
Proverbs 29:15b ... a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Proverbs 10:1 ... a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Proverbs 15:20 ... a foolish man despiseth his mother.
Proverbs 23:22 ... despise not thy mother when she is old.
Proverbs 19:26 He that ... chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
A Godly mother would not want her son to grow up into a mess!
A life of crime - A life of wickedness - A life of mistakes - A life without God
Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth ... his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
Proverbs 28:24 Whoso robbeth ... his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Proverbs 30:17 The eye that ... despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Jeremiah 20:14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
We can know from Proverbs 6:20,21 that the mother is the law enforcer around the house. My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. The father establishes the law from the Book - and mom enforces it and dad backs her up as she follows his plan and design (from the Book, of course) with his leadership of the family as a whole.
As the kids start out young, mother sees to it that God's words are bound into their precious little hearts and are tied about their little necks. As they get older, hopefully those words will be bound and tied permanently.
Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
As parents, we should know the importance and value of this Book in regards to our children!
I Timothy 1:9,10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
We know our children can be blown about by winds of doctrine (Eph 4:14), so we need to bind sound doctrine upon their hearts and tie sound doctrine about their necks! Boys can wear necklaces, but the kind that they should wear is the necklace of sound doctrine, not the jewelry of the world.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
We lead our children towards the Kingdom of God and help them walk in the Kingdom of Heaven by being obedient to the Book! Their lives will be enriched and strengthened beyond our parenting imagination - and they will be kept from Hell! Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Mothers, here are a few goals from the Scriptures to help you prepare your children.
1) Prepare them to be born again! You have already been through one delivery and you thought that was hard! Raising your child from birth through their 'safe' years and getting them ready for them to realize when they 'die' so that they can be born again is no easier than the first birth, amen!
Romans 3:20; Romans 4:8; Romans 4:15; Romans 7:9; John 3:1-7
2) Stand by them during their hard times! When Jesus was on the cross, Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother ... John 19:26 Jesus is there for us in the fire, amen - Daniel 3:25, and until these little kids get to know Jesus other than just knowing about Him, mom, you stand in the fire with them and bring Jesus Christ with you!
3) Guide your children to love God more than you and their dad! Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Getting them to love God means they need to love God's words more than your words and dad's words - so to avoid any conflict there, you had better make sure that your words and God's words are not different.
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay:
for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
I Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual
by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
4) Prepare your children for battle! Our children need an understanding of the times, NOW! A good soldier knows his weapon and has practiced with his weapon and will know how to use their weapon in a time of battle. A good Christian knows his sword - his Bible. Like cleaning a rifle with your eyes closed, a good soldier for God should be able to find the right verses in his Bible when needed! I would like to encourage you to help your little children learn how to 'mark' their Bible. Throw out those curriculum booklets, etc. and take them to the Book just like we do here as adults.
Our children have a wicked world coming - wickedness that matches Noah's day.
Bible versions have already become commonplace in almost ALL churches!
Tongue Speaking already takes place in almost ALL churches!
Music has already become a power in almost ALL people!
The messages of Unity, Peace and Love has permeated all of society!
Politics has gone past corruption .
Will your children be ready?
Will their own book be ready?
Like mom and dad are?
Will they wish they had been better prepared?
Will they wish their book was better prepared?
Like mom and dad wish?
Will they just go along with the system to make a buck - to have a family - to have a career?
Like mom and dad are?
As we try hard to get them ready for the whole armour of God, we must still help them prepare the book that they already have in their hand.
"Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully,
and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood."
Mom - get their pen/underliners/notes & help them get their sword ready!
If you start now, some day, your children will arise up, and call you blessed!
... he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
...thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Proverbs 23:24, 25