Proverbs 3:1-10
Review verses 1-6. The steps of the young man are now steps of responsibility guided by the Word of God. Psalm 119;11, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” Ezra 7:10 “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it.” It is not so much duty but devotion to the will of God.
Let us first of all look at,
A. For our daily problems in life.
The 21st century Christian faces difficulty none other has: Earthquakes, devastation, floods, tornadoes, nuclear war, murder, racism, liberalism, acceptance, tolerance, streets not safe, computers, automation, Robots, stock market crashes, etc.
All this can cause frustration and confusion. We must have His guidance. The longer we live the more complex our problems become. Then, when we just begin to learn some lessons, it’s time to die.
B. For uncertainty of the future.
Our whole lives must be lived with respect to the future. Like Columbus of old, set his sails across unknown seas. Not knowing what a day may bring forth, yet boldly faced it and planned for many days in the future.
Yet the future is hidden from us, except for what is revealed in the Word of God. How needful then to be guided on to the unknown by the One who sees the end from the beginning. We need His divine guidance.
C. For the call of duty.
We need Him not only for our own interest, but even more so for His service. We are really not free to choose our own path. The servant must learn the will of his Master before he can know what to do.


Read and Review the last two days devotional if time.
Read 1 Kings 12:1-15 again.
II. TEACH HIM TO DO MINER TASKS. (Teacher give examples).
There are some things you can trust your child to do. Dad, when building something in the garage, don’t just show him how to drive a nail, let him do it. Mothers, let your daughters cook some cookies. Here is what happens if we don’t teach them: They will become dependant on others, and become welfare cases.
Also, they will lack in confidence. Don’t you see that is why we hear so much about self-esteem? On the other hand the child that was taught to do some things will take on new challenges.
This will help him the rest of his life.
One of the greatest problems with men and women, they cannot make a decision. Teach them to make decisions daily. Make them decide whether to have peanut butter or baloney on their sandwich. If he cannot decide which toy to buy now, he will not be able to decide on a tractor for his business.
Now, here is the biggest problem: When they finally do make a decision, they are never secure with it. God made us with the ability to choose that is what our faith is all about. By the way, it will be easy to get them saved when they are old enough to understand.
Don’t delay any longer, start asking God to help you today, to teach your child to be responsible in minor tasks, make decision; so that you will not be guilty of failure because of neglect.


Please read 1 Kings 12:1-15.
It is the positive things we do with our children that makes them happy and gives them good memories of their childhood, and will influence them positively all their lives.
Children can stand almost any kind of negatives in school, at play, etc., but if there is not a warm feeling of love at home they become very unhappy.
A child needs to hear “I love you,” not just providing their needs as important as that is.
They need more than a neat home and three square meals a day; they need positive reinforcement and love. We have all heard of the three R’s: reading, riting, rithmatic. How about adding responsibility.
Even small children can be given responsibility. He can be taught that certain things are expected of him.
Rehoboam was taught right when he was young, but his parents failed to do many things. Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
A child can be taught to pick up toys, put clothes in a hamper, sit up, and then add more responsibility as he grows older. He must be taught to carry his part of responsibility at home.
Listen Mom’s & Dad’s it is to your advantage to teach your children character. When he goes out in the world he will not expect others to carry his load for him. When a person is irresponsible, it always puts an extra load on the responsible.
Now think of it: When a parent fails to teach a child responsibility. He is failing by what he is not doing.
How can I teach my child to become a responsible adult?


1 Kings 12:1-15.
Mark Twain said, “We all are like the Moon, we have a bright side and a dark side.”
Rehoboam was 41 years old when his father Solomon died. On the surface he looked genuine, but in reality he made his own plans behind the scene.
Rehoboam was a “reckless phony” who had a lot of potential, but he allowed the dark side of him to control him. He lived an ungodly lifestyle under Solomon. He had no intention to listen.
We can learn from him in training our children: we need to understand that we can influence our children by what we fail to do as well as by what we do.
Just a week ago I heard that piers and friends have a greater influence on how your children turn out than you do as parents do.
One of the teens gave the example that he learns morals, etc. from his parents sometimes, but he learned wearing an ear ring from his friend.
“Influencing our children by what we don’t do.” It is not just what we do, but what we fail to do. We can do perfectly right and good things, we can be good parents; but we fail to do some things.


Read Psalm 16.
Please review Friday’s Devotional, if time permits.
“In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Christ being raised from the dead ascended into glory, to dwell in constant nearness to God, where joy is at its full for ever: the foresight of this urged him onward in his glorious but grievous toil. To bring his chosen to eternal happiness was the high ambition which inspired him, and made him wade through a sea of blood. O God, when a worldling’s mirth has all expired, for ever with Jesus may we dwell at thy right hand, where there are pleasures for evermore; and meanwhile, may we have an earnest by tasting thy love below. Treasury of David
That means: there will always be enough and even more than enough.
Now, here is the most exciting part, “At Thy right hand there are pleasures forever more.”
Pleasure is not exactly what we think it means, but it is delight, sweet and agreeable. So, what we are saying is that you can have joy, if we agree that:
God will not be before our face unless we set Him there and then the result will:
A. Help us to grow in our relationship with Him.
B. Find out exactly who we are – He will reveal it to us.
C. It gives us even more hope.

“In Thy Presence is Fullness of Joy!”

Psalm 16

Think of the billions of dollars Americans spend on fun items. Stop and think about some: Back in the 1970s we spent over 150 Billion Dollars; by 1975 it reached 275 billion; and by 1980 almost 500 billion; now the figures are in the Trillions. And still people are not happy.

One of the top rock stars years ago said, “I am lonely as h—.”

Someone said, “If we go out in a quest of joy, it will elude us. If we go out to impart joy, we will find it.”

Someone else said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, and must be applied to Christ, and to Him only.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy!”

The Hebrew word that is used for fullness is “soba” and means:


1 John 1:4, “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

“That your joy may be full.” This is almost the same language that Jesus used when talking to his disciples as He was about to leave them in John 15:11; and there can be little doubt that John had this statement in mind when he made this remark.



Please read 1 Corinthians 15:51-57.

Quickly: Tachu in Greek means: shortly, i.e. without delay, soon, or (by surprise) suddenly. Jesus told the church of Ephesus to repent, “I come quickly” in Revelation 2:5, He told the church of Philadelphia to “hold fast I come quickly” in Revelation 3:11, As we asked last week, “are you ready for His coming?” Are you packed and ready to go? Or would you have to get things straightened out if He were to come this morning?”

Or do you even know Him as your Saviour? No, you will not have time at the sound of the Trumpet. After the trumpet, only those who have not heard will be saved. It will be too late for those who rejected. Don’t wait until it is too late?

When did you receive Him? Do you know it is He speaking to you even at this moment? You cannot be saved and not know it. “These things have I written unto you that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.”

If you are married this morning, you know it, and you know your wife. You had better know when you were saved or you are probably not saved. Jesus is saying, “Look unto me.”

The church of Philadelphia had no reproofs in Revelation 3:7-13. Some say that we were in the Philadelphia age from 1515-1915-18.

This is the age the KJV was given, when they kept His Word. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

When I get to heaven I want the WD degree (well done). We are judged according to one thing; faithfulness.

In Revelation 22:20, John was ready and excited about the coming of Jesus: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”