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What does it mean to dedicate your Child before the Lord? The word ‘dedicate’ means “to offer up, to give, and consecrate to.”
Hannah prayed and requested of the Lord to have a child, and with her request she promised to dedicate him before the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:11 “...wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life...”
The Lord remembered Hannah’s plea and granted her a child, after which she did follow through and presented him before the Lord
1 Samuel 1:22 “But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.”
1 Samuel 2:21 “...And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.”
How can a person follow through their promise of dedicating their child to the Lord?
1. Continue to pray for them
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Little children are safe in God’s hands if they die in early childhood. Jesus said “…for such is the kingdom of heaven.” However, we must pray that when they come to an age of understanding, they will trust the Lord as their own personal Saviour.
2. Teach them the Scriptures
2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
A child’s exposure to the Scriptures mustn’t be only on a Sunday from the Sunday school teacher. You must teach your children the Word of God also.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: vs 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.’”
3. Be a Godly Example
When little children see your dedication and love for the Lord they will soon build up an appetite for Him also. Failure to live out what you teach them could be a hindrance in your child’s life.
· Be faithful to God and put Him first
· Attend church faithfully and love the brethren
· Pray & read the Bible with your children
· Be a responsible parent & do not neglect them
· Admit your faults to your children
· Love and forgive others at all times
- Do not slander and gossip about others
In Christ Alone,
C Haddad - Galatians 2:20
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