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2007-03-25 : The Educating Means Through "Comprehending God's Perfect Will"

2007-03-25 : The Educating Means Through "Comprehending God's Perfect Will"

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Sunday Message \u2013 Special Message 2
25/03/07
<1 Samuel 2:27-29; 3:1-4; 3:19-21>
THE EDUCATING MEANS THROUGH \u201cCOMPREHENDING GOD\u2019S PERFECT WILL\u201d
\u2022
Our Sunday school starts next week. Not only do the teachers need to pray about it. The parents
must also receive much grace
\u2022
Sunday Schools are meant for the parents to receive greater grace because when the children
start to learn about God, the parents must pray that the children will really know God clearer
\u2022
The parents and all of us must receive these answers: 1) receive comfort and 2) renewal
\u2022
No matter what seems to be happening to your children now, God\u2019s reason is in it. Thus, you
must receive comfort
\u2022
Since you know that God is working in your family, you must get renewed to understand God\u2019s
work clearer
\u2022
<1 Tim 3> when Paul wrote to Timothy, he mentioned that the teachers must look after the
children. It also refers to how the pastor must teach the members
\u2022
Some parents will receive hints when they read this verse. However, it means that we must teach
our children in a way such that they like to follow us. They follow us with joy and freedom
\u2022
A lot of parents feel that they lose face because their children.
\u2022
Thus, we must teach our children within God\u2019s perfect will
\u2022
It is because the Holy Spirit will only work in accordance to God\u2019s perfect will.
\u2022
When the Holy Spirit works, there are infinite methods in teach our children
\u2022
A lot parents teach their children with the intent to prevent their children from turning bad or
failing.
\u2022
It is not about this intent, we must teach them in accordance to God\u2019s prefect will
\u2022

E.g. my daughter likes to eat French fries, even when she is sick. If she really has such desires
that she won\u2019t eat anything else apart from fries, then we would give it to her. When she falls sick
after that, we will explain to her the reason why we stopped her from eating fries. After a few
times, she will understand that the reason why we stopped her from doing is for her own good

\u2022

If we restrain our children based on our level of understanding, their level will never get beyond
us. In so doing, we are passing a lot of spiritual problems to them. Even if they receive more
education than us, our spiritual problems will be passed to them. They will not receive greater
convictions from Holy Spirit when we teach them only by our standard

\u2022
If we don\u2019t restore the teaching method of understanding God\u2019s perfect will, we are teaching them
subjectively. We are restricting them and all of us don\u2019t like to be restricted.
\u2022
If the pastor becomes too subjective, a lot of members will not be pleased too. Pastors should
teach God\u2019s absoluteness and not by their own subjective thinking.
Read <1 Samuel 2:27-29>
\u2022
v29
It is the beginning of our failure when we respect our children more than we respect God
\u2022
Our children will not listen to us when we ask them to obey God\u2019s word if we don\u2019t follow God\u2019s
word ourselves
Read <1 Samuel 3:1-4, 19-21>
1. Heavenly Father\u2019s absolute education method: Teach the parents through the process of raising
up their children
\u2022
A lot of parents are interested in education methods
\u2022
In fact, God\u2019s method for educating the children is to let the parents be educated
\u2022
God has a method to educate us
\u2022
Many times, parents educate their children thinking they\u2019d no choice since the children are
already born
\u2022
Such thoughts will only cause the parents to fail
\u2022
We must know God and know that we are God\u2019s children
\u2022

Thus, God\u2019s wish is to educate the parents first
Through our children, we will understand the following better:
1) Who is our Father? How is our relationship with the Father?

\u2022
We value our children not because they are our children. We will understand the love and
concern of God for us by looking at our children
\u2022
If possible, we will definitely want to exchange our bodies with our children\u2019s when they
have some physical problem. This reflects God\u2019s infinite love for us
\u2022
This is the nature of parents, which is given by God. This nature enables us to want to get
closer to God
\u2022
Through our children\u2019s illness, we are able to see how painful it is for God and how much
more He wants to love us when we are weak
\u2022
We will become stronger after we have realized this truth. Our love for the children can
only last for some decades, but God\u2019s love for them is for eternity
\u2022
Our children have become our idols when we start to feel miserable because of them.
When that happens, we must get reconciled with God
\u2022
Some parents will lose sight of God\u2019s love on them once they become parents
2) The desire of the Heavenly Father
\u2022
God\u2019s desire: Glorifying God, blessing others and building the Kingdom. This is God\u2019s
desire for His children
\u2022
The most blessed parents are those who have a compassionate heart for other people
because of their children
\u2022

We are able to see the problems commonly faced by people after we have children. Men
are born in a way that they can get hurt easily and will often feel frustrated because of
their children.

\u2022
Thus, we have already got hold of God\u2019s desire if we want to know His desire more when
we become parents
\u2022
When that happens, we are able to bless the people around us easily
3) God\u2019s righteousness and love
\u2022
We must have God\u2019s righteousness and love. Otherwise, we cannot treat our children in a
balanced manner (i.e. between love and discipline)
\u2022
God doesn\u2019t want us to teach our children based on balanced love and discipline. God\u2019s
100% righteousness is within His love
\u2022
God gives birth to us to sanctify and heal us
\u2022

Many Believers will be dishearten the moment they are disciplined, thinking that God doesn\u2019t like them. However, when we are disciplined, it is the time for us to restore our identities as God\u2019s children

\u2022
Parents must restore the standard of God\u2019s love for them
\u2022

Some parents think that they are not in the wrong for beating their children because it is
for their own good. However, God\u2019s main concern is not on whether the parents have
done correctly or not. More importantly, it is whether the parents and the children will get
closer to God after the beating

\u2022
God doesn\u2019t give us children simply to educate them to be good people. God wants us to
get closer to Him because of the children
4) God\u2019s complete leading and reason in us
\u2022
For the sake of our children, we must know God\u2019s complete leading and reasons in us
\u2022
Have we already discovered God\u2019s guidance and reasons for all our conditions?
\u2022
We can know our parents, family, reason for my low education level, etc because of our
children
\u2022
We will only understand the depth of our parents\u2019 love for us after we have children
ourselves
\u2022
After we are married, our parents will be most delighted when we spend time to be with
them
\u2022
We will only realize the true blessings our children bring to us and our family after we
have discovered God\u2019s guidance and reasons for our children
\u2022
Parents\u2019 joy and assurance in a child\u2019s education are very important
\u2022

After the parents grasped God\u2019s method of education, they know when they should hold on to
the children and when they can let go; they know when to beat them and when to comfort
them

2. Children\u2019s Education: 5 means
1) Spiritual education: To teach in a practical manner
\u2022
This is the most important. We must tell our children to be connected to God spiritually
\u2022
We must use God\u2019s truth to tell our children to be connected to God spiritually. The truth
is: God loves them very much and God is always with them
\u2022
This allows the children to have self-esteem. They are God\u2019s children and God created all
things for them
\u2022
It is only when the children understand this truth that they are able to connect with God
\u2022
Many times, we are deceived by our own prejudice and emotions, because we do not see
the truth.
\u2022
If the children do not see God, they would think that God and their parents do not love
them when they are being beaten
\u2022
In other words, being beaten means not being loved by God
\u2022
For us, when we are disciplined, it means that God does not love us
\u2022
Many times, our frustration and pain is a result of us being deceived by our prejudice,
emotions
\u2022
Our emotions are being controlled by our Spirit
\u2022
Our own desire and mischievousness, etc are beyond our control
\u2022
Satan\u2019s power lies in deceiving our spirit, causing us to be unable to control ourselves
2) Emotional education: Love God, love people
\u2022
Emotional education talks about love: Loving God, loving people
\u2022
Loving God, loving people = Loving God\u2019s purpose (Glorify God, benefit people and build
His Kingdom)
\u2022
We do not use \u201cfrivolous\u201d examples to teach them. It is not just about teaching them to
share their toys. It is about how when they share, God will give them more things.
\u2022
We all need to teach our children to learn and read but before that, we have to teach
them the reason for learning and reading.
\u2022
We have to use big and eternal examples to attract and guide the children and not use
force on them when teaching
\u2022
We also do not like others to force us to do things
\u2022
Our priorities can be seen by our children. Where is our focus?

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