Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon by Pastor John, January 2, 1991
“Praise ye the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth. The generation of the upright shall be blessed.”
Our children are depending on us to be upright. Their future is shaped to a large degree by our relationship with Christ. To be sure, they do need their own communion with God, but our communion with Him affects them, and there is no escaping it. God reserves special blessings and protection for the children of His faithful people. “I have been young, and now I am old,” wrote David, “and yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Ps. 37:25), but “the seed of the wicked shall be cut off ” (Ps. 37:28).
The influence of the spirits of parents on their children is enormous. And the results are eternal. To parents who walk uprightly in His ways, God promised that, among other things, “they who come from you shall build the old waste places” (Isa. 58:12). In other words, God will use the offspring of the upright to revive and restore good things that have been lost. He will anoint them to influence others to do good and will reward them for doing it.
Of course, there are instances in which the children of good parents wander from the right path which they have been shown. If this has happened with your child, do not condemn yourself. Your child’s disobedience is insufficient cause to assume that you have been a bad parent. Consider our heavenly Father’s experience with His children. God is a perfect Father; and yet, throughout the millennia He has suffered the pain of watching many of His dear children turn from His holiness and truth and choose sin over salvation.
The exceptions notwithstanding, the offspring of God’s upright people have a special place in God’s heart and are blessed above the norm of ordinary people of earth. And whether they know it or not, the children of the upright enjoy some of the fruits of their parents’ faith. The only issue for them is, will their own children also be blessed? Will they, too, trust in God and cause their own children to inherit His blessing?