Extreme Makeover Home EditionParenting – For Your Kids’ Sake, Discipline Them!Message #14Proverbs 23:13-25Intro:– Last Sunday morning we looked at the conclusion of the message “The Necessity of Living for God.” That was message #13 in our series Extreme Makeover Home Edition. In the total message we talked about Five Areas of Importance for Parents Living for God’. They were: (1) Teach your kids to date and marry Christ-followers; (2) Have things around that will encourage their relationship with God; (3) Teach your kids that they are a holy people, God’s special possession; (4) Teach your kids through your life that God is God; (5) Teach your kids through your life that they should obey God. Those are the Five Areas of Importance for Parents Living for God. – There are many times today that you see parents that are ready to give up when it comes to disciplining their kids. Some of them are afraid to do it because someone might turn them in. Some are afraid to do it because then their kids might not like them. Some do not think it is necessary to discipline their kids. This last group of people believe that their kids are just “mini-adults” and they will just negotiate with them in light of them being “mini-adults.” This is scary. When you think of the word discipline, I want you to think training. When you discipline your children God’s way, you are training them for life, to live their lives for God.– Let me ask you all a question, are children born having all of the necessary knowledge and skills that they will need for the rest of their lives? The answer would be, no! They need training. They need to be trained with God’s wisdom. So that is what we are going to talk about this morning.– This week we are going to look at Four Reasons for Discplining your Kids. God’s Word teaches us that it is absolutely necessary for us to discipline our kids for their own good to train them to live for God. I) The importance of discipline (13-14) – Your kids won’t die from it * He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Prov 13:24– Your kids will be helped to stay away from the actions that will take them to the grave * Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.” Prov 19:18 II) The hope of discipline (15-16)– Wise kids make for glad parents * Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Prov 22:15 – Righteous kids make for joyous parents* The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother. When the wicked increase, transgression increases; But the righteous will see their fall. Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.” Prov 29:15-17 III) The wisdom of discipline (17-23) – Fear God, don’t envy people who don’t live for God (17-19) * There is a future for those who obey God (18) * Be wise, follow God (19) – Control yourself (20-21) * Don’t be a heavy drinker (20-21) * Don’t be a glutton/over-eater (20-21) * Don’t be lazy (21) – Seek God’s wisdom and obey it (22-23) * Parents should give their kids God’s wisdom (22) * Children should seek God’s wisdom (23) IV) The reward of discipline (24-25) – Righteous kids (24) * Rejoicing, glad parents > It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.” Prov 20:11 – Bring your parents gladness and joy (25) * Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.” Prov 27:11* The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.” Prov 10:1* It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.” Heb 12:7-10 Conclusion:– The Word of God has given us wisdom when it comes to disciplining/training our kids. Here again are the Four Reasons for Disciplining your Kids: (1) the importance of discipline; (2) the hope of discipline; (3) the wisdom of discipline; (4) the reward of discipline. Those are the Four Reasons for Disciplining your Kids from Proverbs 23:13-25.– So how is it that you can begin to implement these things into the training of your children: with a lot of prayer, with a lot of studying God’s Word, and with consistency. Consistency is the key, otherwise you confuse and frustrate your children. – Next week we are going to look at message #15 in our series Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Teaching God’s Wisdom to your Kids.