How Can We Claim Gods Promise On Training Children

Proverbs 22:6 Dissected and Defined

Train up a child in the way (course of life) he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart (move) from it.

Daily Devo Paraphrase

Many frustrated parents believed this verse to be a promise in training children, only to proclaim it to be merely a principle after their children went to the world.

How do you manifest this promise from God in training children?

It is sad but true that many Christians cannot see the true meaning of this verse. Yet that doesn’t change the fact that this verse is not a principle, but rather a golden promise from God! If we train our children properly, they will not depart from that training as an adult. But how do you see it manifested in the life of those you seek to train? 

The word “train” is the answer.

The answer is found in the word “train.” The word train means to draw along and entice. It’s like a coach. This word train is synonymous with the word initiate. Initiate is to acquaint someone with something. It literally means to prepare the palate. When a baby refuses to eat their chocolate pudding it is only because they “perceive” icky! So they resist it. However, if the mother will take a little finger full and place it up upon the baby’s palate, the child will devour the pudding and half the spoon! Why? Mommy prepared the baby’s palate.   

How to prepare your child’s palate.

When you prepare a palate you literally produce an appetite in advance. That is what we should do with our children. Introduce them to a Spirit-filled life of transforming rather than a rules-based religion of performing and when they are old and need it, they will not only choose it, they will trust in it. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalms 34:8)

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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