Text: Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Memory verse:
”“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.“
Deuteronomy 6:6 NKJV

So many believers are head believers and not heart believers. They acquire so much knowledge about God but don’t really believe what they confess or do. They have a form of godliness but deny its power (2 Tim 3:5).
Many years ago, when one of our sons was about to go abroad for his post secondary education, many friends had advised us against it because he was underage.They had counseled with good intentions in view of the liberty in the Western world and its effect on young people. We had prayed about it and were convinced that the grace of God would help him to stand out like Samuel among the sons of Eli. On the day he was to leave, I called him up to my ‘upper room’ and shared God’s counsel with him. I told him that, in as much as we wanted him to excel academically, we would be more honoured if he lived for Christ and honoured Him. And that, he must not forsake the assembly of God’s people and must be involved in the assembly. I charged him to fear God and not his parents. With these and others, I passionately charged and commended him in prayer to God and the Word of His grace. Thereafter, we prayed together as a family again and he left that day, accompanied by his mother. His mum’s role was to connect him to a godly family, who also served as his guardian.
On her return, we continued our parental role by calling frequently to find out about his welfare, especially about his spiritual life. It was too important to us that we demanded details. We knew and believed in the power of the Word of God to guide a young man’s path and to keep him from sin and we pressed hard on it (Psa 119:9, 11). We asked questions about the church service, including the message, the worship, his own role in each service, his friends and so forth.
Your priorities and pursuits in your children’s upbringing reveal what you truly believe in, and belief takes place in the heart and not in the head (Rom 10:9). Head knowledge is what you know, learnt, or studied about God, while heart knowledge is the truth of God’s Word you have personally experienced. According to our memory text, God wants you to teach your children from the heart.
Friends, do you truly believe the Word that you teach your children? Have you personally experienced the saving and sanctifying power of that Word?

Prayer points
1. Father, please, move all parents from head knowledge of Your Word to heart knowledge, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please raise up godly father figures for children who lack godly parenting in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. What you believe and have experienced will show in what you prioritize in your children’s upbringing.
2. Only the Word taught from the heart has life-giving power and not that from the head.

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