Scriptures four times each year from the ages of 71 to 92.
The great men and women of faith, including Moody, Spurgeon, Luther, Calvin, Aylward, and Carmichael, were students of the Word. They memorized and meditated upon the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8). They tapped into the source of divine intervention and change, and they understood that change could not occur solely by hope and prayer. I would recommend starting in the book of Proverbs. Read a chapter in Proverbs to your children upon rising. The knowledge of the Word will do its work
it will not return void. Participating in Bible competitions is an excellent way to learn and grow in the Word. Challenge your children to read through the Bible in ninety days. The Word of God is innately powerful; those under its influence cannot help but to be changed.
Change in Person
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Children can easily visualize and practice that which God is teaching in this phase. Simply, we need to speak and behave as if we are representing someone else. And we are! We are speaking on behalf of Christ, who is, indeed, The Truth. As ambassadors or representatives of Christ, we must ask ourselves the age-old question, What would Jesus do? or better yet, What would Jesus say? This may take some reminding, especially if lying has become habitual, but like any practice implemented over time, speaking truth will soon become second nature. As believers, each of us is in the process of becoming a new person. With confidence we can claim the promise of 2 Corinthians 5:17 that
“old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
Reward and Summary
“And whatsoever ye do, do
it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve
the Lord Christ.”
It is interesting that God mentions the reward last. Our motive for change should spring, not from the ant
icipation of a reward, but from a thankful heart because of Christ’s love for
us. His gracious forgiveness should motivate us to obey Him. The greatest deterrent and reward for speaking the truth is love. When children know that they are fully loved, fully known, without any fear of rejection, they will be motivated to speak the truth. Most importantly, they must know that love never fails.
If you are seeking role models who speak the truth in spite of their fear or characters who suffer the natural consequences of lying, the following
titles will be a powerful
influence in your children’s lives:
. George Mueller for the first four years after conversion at age 20 said, “I
made no progress in
my spiritual development. But when I regularly read on through the whole Bible with reference to my own heart and soul, I directly made progress. Then my peace and joy continued more and more; now I have been doing this for 47 years; I have now read through the whole Bible about 100 times and I always find it fresh when I begin
again. Thus my peace and joy have increased more and more.” He said this when he was 71. He lived 21 more years; A.T. Pearson
, who wrote his biography, said that Mueller by the time he was 92 had read the Bible from cover to cover, 200 times. Which means that from 71 to 92, he was reading through the Bible four times each year!