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Children are one of the many gifts that God has given to humanity.  To be a child is to experience life in a stage of innocence and wonder. Even to those who have their own children it is a blessing to birth a child from the womb. A child represents vitality, youthfulness, and imagination. Children were and are meant to be protected in addition to being raised to be aware of the realities of life as they grow into maturity.

In the book of Genesis chapter 1 and verse 28, God gave Adam & Eve a command to “be fruitful and multiply.” This meant that Adam & Eve were given the task to procreate by having offspring. The purpose of procreation was to perpetuate the image of God throughout the Earth. However, because of the sin that entered through Adam & Eve, the image of God within humanity became distorted which meant that each generation was also corrupted upon birth.

However, even with that being the reality, children are still God’s gift to all of us and they hold a special purpose in the heart and mind of God.  That purpose is to continue a godly legacy through each generation that passes.  In the book of Proverbs chapter 22 the writer who was King Solomon provides various words of wisdom which are in the form of instructions. In fact throughout the book of Proverbs there are words of admonishment and encouragement for all to seek wisdom and to walk in God’s righteousness.  It is a book that contains many practical applications for the life of everyone who desires to follow God’s will.

In chapter 22 of the book of Proverbs, there is a key verse to focus on for the purposes of this post.  Verse 6 says the following:

(NKJV) “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This verse is quite short and yet it is a powerful verse in the Bible because it signifies a reality as it relates to raising one’s child. King Solomon essentially says to raise a child in the way that they should go, with the result being that they will not depart from it.  The question then becomes ‘What is the way that every child should go?’ As mentioned previously, the book of Proverbs was written with the purpose of instituting godly wisdom with practical principles for life.

King Solomon was the wisest man who had ever lived during his time. However, there is one thing that he understood and that was that to obtain wisdom meant to seek the one who dispensed wisdom who was and is God Almighty. The fact is that the way that every child should go is in the way of the fear and the admonition of the Lord. In Ephesians chapter 6 verse 4, the Apostle Paul confirms this notion when he says,

(ESV) “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Basically, every child should be raised to not only fear or reverence the Lord but to at some point cultivate their own relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  However, what we have seen and continue to see are many examples of children who are no longer being raised to reverence God. Children are now being raised by parents who don’t know God for themselves.  As a result, each generation becomes more degenerate and susceptible to the lies that satan imposes.

We are living in a dangerous time in which the innocence of today’s children is being taken from them.  They are being fed various forms of perversion through the media and shown that life or the things of life are no longer sacred.  At younger and younger ages children are being taught to use violence to exact a means of justice. They are being taught that being homosexual and transgender is ‘normal.’ It is perfectly fine that a child or children can be raised by two mother’s or two father’s.

The entire order and sanctity of life has become debased to the point where moral and even spiritual absolutes are left to be relative as it concerns truth. Today’s children and those generations that follow will face staunch opposition to the things of God. Satan understands that if he infiltrates children in their formative years, that he can corrupt future generations.  His goal is to destroy each seed before it has a chance to grow.

That was the purpose behind satan’s ploy to influence Adam & Eve into sinning. While they both had a choice, he used deception to corrupt future generations.  Of course, there is hope and there is a remedy even for the generations that exist now and will exist. Jesus Christ is the only hope that you and I have.  He is the only hope that each generation has as we live in these troubling times.  However, how do we fight for the generations of today and of the future?  Here are a few considerations:

1. Be the example of Jesus Christ in this dark world – The main reason as to why many children are now in the hands of the enemy is because they have been left without godly examples.  That is not to say that none exist, but if you look at the majority it seems that many parents both young and old have forsaken the laws and commands of God. Children naturally mimic what they see others do which means that if their parents have chosen to adhere to satan’s deception by living in sinfulness then you can expect their children to perpetuate the same sinfulness.

The reason why King Solomon admonishes those who are parents to raise their children in the way that they should go is because if they are raised in godliness, it is less likely that they will leave that path. Even to those who are not parents, it is still a responsibility to be an example to the children in your life. By modeling godliness and rejecting the perversions and falsehoods of this world, you can and will affect the current and next generations.

2. Protect those who can’t protect themselves – The fact is that when you are young you are unable to fend for yourself.  Even in the animal kingdom, young offspring are unable to survive on their own without their parents intervention.  Thus, the parents of the offspring battle against predators to protect their lineage and the future of their offspring.  That is the same mindset that you and I must have.  We must protect those who cannot protect themselves.  Even as it relates to young teenagers, they are vulnerable because they are still developing.

If you and I do not model Jesus Christ and teach each child we come into contact with the ways of godliness, then each generation will lose more and more to the hands of satan. It is true that as time goes forward our world will grow worse and worse according to Matthew 24:12. However, if we stand by to do nothing then there will be many who will enter the gates of destruction. Those of us who know the truth must warn even those who are in their youth.

3. Understand that God’s legacy must be passed down – The future of humanity and our world lies within the hands of the youth of today and those who will come after. God still wants His legacy of love and redemption to be passed down to every generation.  By giving every young person the truth of Jesus Christ, we will ensure that the message of Christ will transfer throughout time. Just because the world has rejected God’s decrees and many have decided to live in sin does not mean that God is not calling those who are coming forth in years to come.

The legacy of God and His righteousness must be handed down to the next generations. It is the only thing that will provide stability in the time of chaos. The fact is, God’s judgment will fall upon every nation and person who rejects Him.  During the times of His judgment there must and will be a generation that will be saved from destruction. The only way that will happen is if we who are in Christ pass the godly legacy that resides within us to the next generation.

As tragic and disturbing as our times may be, there is a duty that you and I have.  We must fight for the current and future generations.  Rather than allowing your children be they biological or not to be handed over to the enemy you must wage a war in the name of Jesus Christ. Our world has decided that it isn’t enough to deceive adults but that it must deceive and destroy the innocence of the youth.

It is time for every adult to understand the tremendous responsibility of fighting for those who are coming after us.  If you don’t know Jesus in the pardon of your sins, you are unable to fight for the next generation.  The battle you fight will be in vain because you are fighting on the wrong side. Accepting Christ and giving your life to Him will give you the opportunity to fight on the side of victory. All of us must fight for the next generations so that lives can be saved instead of lives being lost.