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2007-03-18 : Better is the Child who Lives in Blessing Than One Given Blessing

2007-03-18 : Better is the Child who Lives in Blessing Than One Given Blessing

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Sunday Message \u2013 Special Message 01
18/03/07
<1Samuel 1:11, 17,18; 2:12-26>
BETTER IS THE CHILD WHO LIVES IN BLESSING THAN ONE GIVEN BLESSING
\u2022
We are all praying for the Sunday School Ministry this month. This ministry will bless our church
directly.
\u2022
It is the nature of any parents to show concern for their children just like how God is concern over
us
\u2022

We will be sharing messages on children over the next two weeks. Not only must parents receive grace from these two messages, Sunday school teachers must also receive grace from them. Disciples will be raised directly from Sunday schools

\u2022
Sunday school teachers must see that the Sunday school ministry is given to them by God and
not a responsibility given by the Church
\u2022
Since we are educating the next generation, we must discover God\u2019s perfect will on them
\u2022
In the past couple of weeks, we have come to know the struggles and problems faced by parents
\u2022
We\u2019d all prayed for the children at their birth. We know that God\u2019s grace and blessings will come
upon them because at least one of their parents believe in God
\u2022
God eagerly wants to bless the parents. Thus, parents ought to receive an answer on how to
teach and raise their children
\u2022

We should first know the principle of blessing a child. We need to know the conditions the children should be in, for them to receive grace and grow up. The children cannot receive grace if the Holy Spirit doesn\u2019t work

\u2022

We should also know the appropriate method to educate a child. Many people had placed a lot of emphasis on the method of children\u2019s education. However, every child is unique. Some are easily handled, some will eat more, some tend to fall sick easily, etc

\u2022
Therefore, in order to cater to different children, the methods in educating children are ever
increasing
\u2022
Parents are always worrying over their children
\u2022
Where do their worries come from? They come as a result of them wanting to learn men\u2019s method
instead of discovering God\u2019s perfect will
\u2022
We should not be trying hard to solve the physical and visible problems of our children
\u2022
We will not be worried over our children any more if we are able to receive the complete answer
from these two messages
Read <1Sam 1:11, 1:17, 1:18>
\u2022

The book of <Samuel> started with the agony of a woman called Hannah. She was in agony because she could not give birth. Parents are also always in agony because of their children. Thus, they are the same as Hannah.

\u2022
v18
Our agonies over the children will stop immediately if we pray for them correctly
\u2022
Our problems arise because the perspective we have of our children is incorrect. Thus, there is
only one solution. We must reconcile with God and pray for our children clearly and correctly
\u2022
Children who have received such blessings will be different. They will be victorious over those
successful people who do not know God
\u2022
Although Hannah\u2019s child was not a famous person, he was definitely more popular and victorious
than the children of Eli, the priest.
Read <1Sam 2:12-26>
\u2022
v12
the children of the High Priest do not know God!
\u2022
v14
They looked down on God\u2019s altar. In other words, they do not like to pray or call out to
God
\u2022
v25
Eli, the High Priest had not been faithful to God. He saw and taught his children with his
personal and physical means. Thus, his children did not listen to him
\u2022
Do not strive hard to bless our children. We need to ask whether are our children already
receiving grace now. They are already blessed when they have parents like us
\u2022
Our children are living in blessings
\u2022
We need to restore such a perspective. Even if the child is sick, he has fallen sick in blessedness.
When the child falls, he has fallen in blessedness
\u2022
We really ought to see that God is with our children no matter what situation they are in
\u2022

Of course, we are not perfect. Thus, do not feel guilty for things that aren\u2019t done completely or perfectly. In those areas of imperfection, we can also teach our children that their parents are not perfect, thus they will need God in everything they do

\u2022
We need to let our children live in the source of blessedness
\u2022
We need to give children time to adapt because they cannot control their emotions and sadness
\u2022
The children were born with some influences that they have inherit from their mothers while they
were in the mothers\u2019 womb
\u2022
The glory of the parents will affect the glory of their children
\u2022
We are the most glorified because we are all God\u2019s children
\u2022
Our children are already living in blessedness when we have restored this perspective
1. Things that will cause our children to loss their blessings easily
\u2022
We must know what are the things that will cause our children to lose their blessings:
1) When we want to give them blessings
\u2022
We will only cause our children to lose blessings when our desire is only placed on
blessing them
\u2022
Children have become the idols of their parents since the fall of men in <Gen 3>.
Therefore, parents will not know how to really go about blessing and loving their children
\u2022

After the fall, Eve was told that she would have labor pains. It does not only mean that sisters will have to go through the physical pains during labors. The actual meaning is that the process of raising up a child will be painful

\u2022
<Genesis 1:27-28> In fact, children should bring blessings to a family. However, all the
people have lost this perspective
\u2022
Children are the inheritance of the parents and their crowns
\u2022
However, after the fall of men, children no longer are their inheritance and instead of
being their crowns, they have become their misery
\u2022
It is only after we have known what our actual problems are or where they come from, are
we able to pray correctly
\u2022
When the children have become the parents\u2019 idols, the family will have quarrels and face
more problems when they continue wanting their children to receive blessings
\u2022
The more we want our children to receive blessings, the more they will not get it, if we do
not understand what God has prepared for our children
\u2022
It is better for our children to restore their love and willingness to follow God, than they
having very good conditions. We must restore the prayer of Hannah
2) Losing the most important thing (i.e. God\u2019s promises) because of children
\u2022
God\u2019s covenant is of utmost important. A lot of parents fail to see God\u2019s purpose and
reason
\u2022
Should we first see how God uses our children and the reasons for which they are
moulded or should we first want to see how they can receive more blessings?
\u2022
A lot of people lose their peace and joy because of children. As a result, physical and
financial problems will follow
\u2022
Children will have the greatest suffering when their parents lose God\u2019s covenant
\u2022
Children will lose their protection when their parents lose God\u2019s covenant
\u2022

Lot went to Sodom and Gomorrah after he\u2019d lost God\u2019s covenant, thinking that his children will receive more riches and blissfulness there. However, he couldn\u2019t even protect his children in that place

\u2022

A lot of parents do not go to church or do not read the Bible because of their children, thinking it is inconvenient to do so. However, they never fail to attend any seminar or read any books on children\u2019s education

\u2022
Jacob went to the place where he thought would be the best for his children. However, it
was at that place that his daughter was raped and his whole household was almost wiped
\u2022
God gives us our precious children to fulfil His covenant, not to replace it
\u2022
God gives Abraham a son, Isaac, to fulfil His Covenant to Abraham. God did not give
Abraham, Isaac to substitute His Covenant
\u2022
God told Abraham that Isaac is the Son of Covenant. What God had given Abraham was
for the purpose of blessings all nations
3) As a result, children cannot discover the blessings surrounding them (in other words, they
have lost blessed encounters)
\u2022
Children are born with problems of <Genesis 3>. They need to know this truth from their
parents
\u2022
If children do not know this spiritual truth, they will not realize that they are in fact
immersed in blessings
\u2022
A child will have encounters with many people in their entire lives, like their teachers,
classmates. However, their first encounter should be with God
\u2022
If a child does not know God since young, his success will only lead to his failure
\u2022
A child should meet God\u2019s blessings
\u2022

A child will end up looking towards comfort from the world or from his friends, if he only receive comfort and understanding from his teachers and friends whenever he faces any problem

\u2022
Regardless of what qualities or conditions a child possesses, all his encounters are the
best arrangement by God
\u2022

Joseph had the worst condition. However, he was able to meet the most important people and receive the most important information at the most important time. Therefore, he didn\u2019t have any problem all his life

\u2022
God is our Director. All we need to do is to understand His plot
\u2022

A child will rely on himself to live and to solve all his problems if he doesn\u2019t know God\u2019s blessings. Thus, he will either become too proud or too introvert. And all these things are accumulative

\u2022
We must have a resolution to really understand the 3 points above! It is all right that we
cannot do it now. Resolute first
\u2022
The problems of our children will stop and God will use them when their parents have
discovered the reason. And we will receive even greater blessings!
2. Things that make children the most blessed \u2192 Prepare the blessing first

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