God’s intended spiritual journey for us all – including our natural children
It is God and neither of the parents who puts the spirit or heart in a baby while in the womb
Eccl 11:5 God’s ways are as mysterious…as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother’s womb.
Eccl 12:7 …The spirit will return to God who gave it (a spirit that was then alive to Him).
Jer 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me…(God refers to the spirit as heart)
John 1:9 Him…Who gives light (or spirit) to every person being born into the world.
But then we all, between the ages of 3 and 5, knowing right from wrong, we choose wrong
Rom 7:9 I was alive (to God) once without the law, but when the commandment came (confirming to me right from wrong) sin came to life and I (my spirit) died (to God).
Ezek 18:20 The soul who sins shall die (to God). The child shall not bear the guilt of the parent, nor the parent bear the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon themselves, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon themselves (I can’t blame mom and dad for my sin, nor they me for theirs)
Eph 2:1-2 You…were dead in…sins…you lived according to the course of this world, according to (Satan), the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience
3 Among whom we all once lived (no matter who our parents were) in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our human nature and our natural minds, and were by nature (that we got from Adam and Eve) children of wrath (Satan);
2 Cor 3:15-17 …When the Bible is read, a veil (of our human sin nature, especially our brains) lies on their heart (keeping our hearts from knowing God). Nevertheless
when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit;
Modifying a child’s behavior won’t replace their wicked nature with God’s righteous nature
2 Cor 5:19-21 God…has committed to us the word of reconciliation…As though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (and be forgiven). Because God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. (To be used by God to raise natural or spiritual children we first must be and remain His little child).
1 Pet 2:25 For you were like sheep going astray (Isaiah 53:6), but have now returned
(you knew Him as a baby) to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls (your will).
Rom 5:10 If when enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much
more having been reconciled we will be saved (from our sin nature) by His life.
Until then let’s forgive our children, thank God for and on behalf of them and pray for them
Matt 18:21-22 …Lord, how often shall my (children) sin against me and I forgive them? Up to seven times (in a day)? Jesus…not up to seven times but seventy times seven.