HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN GET TO HEAVEN
By Ada Brownell
One of the first things I learned about parenting was my husband and I didn’t have to do it by ourselves.
God calls others to help. Ephesians 4:10-12 says, “0He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fulfill all things.11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Our children had great pastors, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, evangelists, as well as wonderful Christian friends who influenced them in the choice to give their lives and talents to Christ.
To help your children make the choice to “go to heaven,” here are a few things we did when our five offspring were young. They all made Jesus Lord of their lives.
· Attend a full gospel church where the gospel is preached and rightly divided. Full gospel churches usually teach salvation comes only when we believe Jesus died for our sins, and resurrected on the third day. (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9) .Full gospel churches believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible as God’s Word, the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of supernatural speaking in other tongues. They also believe in Divine Healing, the Catching away of the church in the rapture, and the Second Coming of Jesus.
· Scriptures for you to teach your children: “If thou will confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness “(1 John 1:9).
Another: “But you will receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you. And you shall be witnesses unto me …” (Acts 1:8). “And while they watched, he was taken up and a cloud received him out of their sight. .. While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel who also said, ‘This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
· Become a student of the Word of God yourself. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15).
· Teach them to become students of the Word. “All scripture given by inspiration of God (God breated), and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Hopefully your church has programs for youth like Royal Rangers, Missionettes, Bible Quiz, Talent contests, and services where young people can use their talents and ministries.
· Expose them to great people—Bible characters and adults as well as teens who are living for God.
· Go to missions services. When they’re just forming opinions and finding people to “worship” let them know the difference between fantasy, fiction, reality, and history. They may adore Spiderman and Star Wars characters, but they should understand they don’t exist, and when God enabled David to kill Goliath, David wasn’t a vegetable from Veggie Tales. He lived, loved God and did great things in His name.
* Teach your children God loved them from the beginning of their lives. “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5).
However, when Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem, he was different from any other baby because he is God’s son. Jesus was in heaven before he came to earth. Jesus was there when the world and people were created. Jesus, God’s only Son; and the Holy Spirit were there in the beginning. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
Buy them great books and go to movies that support Christian values.
MOST IMPORTANT; Pray for and with our children frequently. Ask God for wisdom. He promised to send wisdom to those who ask for it.