When I was a kid my dad would pace up and down the hallway between my brother’s room and mine at night. He would speak out scripture after scripture as we fell asleep. He would do this for a good 30-45 minutes a couple of times a week. My brothers and I remember this very well and we still remember all the scriptures he used to pray out. It was foundational learning of the Bible. And throughout every day in every way my mum (and dad) would use scripture to train us up to be God-fearing, Jesus loving, Spirit moving, Bible reading, life saving world-changers.
Using the bible to combat things like fear 2 Timothy 1:7, anger Romans 12:21, insecurity Philippians 4:13 , and un-forgiveness Ephesians 4:32, are all things that every person on the planet will have to face at some point and are all covered in the Bible. When our kids started having nightmares we would pray over them “God has not given you a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7, so that now at age 4 and 5 all we have to do is say “you know what to say”, and they say it out loud until they fall asleep.
Try using this one scripture to show our kids how practical the Bible is to help them make good decisions: “Do to others as you would have them do to you,” Luke 6:31. Not everyone realises that’s actually in the Bible, but it produces pure gold in our children’s hearts and that’s why it’s called the ‘Golden Rule’.
Teaching our kids how to apply the Bible to their every day lives is absolutely key to successful living.
We need to root our children in the Word of God because “They are not just idle words for you – they are your life. By them you will live long…” Deuteronomy 32:47. As they grow up and they get bullied in school, hurt by their best friend, faced with a moral dilemma or end up in a crisis they can use the Word “…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.
Scripture is real wisdom and power that we all have at our disposal. Knowing the Bible just isn’t enough. We need to teach our kids how to use it!