Topic: Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child (Open Heaven 13 November 2020)

Memorise: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. – Proverbs 22:15

Read: Proverbs 23:12-14 (KJV)

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Bible In One Year: Matthew 28, Mark 16


In the school I attended in my village, there were children from both affluent and poor homes. One day, a child from an affluent home committed a misdemeanor, and the teacher meted out corporal punishment to him. This was an approved means of discipline in the school but the boy reported to his father who came to the school the next day and beat up our teacher. Our teacher reported the assault to the local police, however the rich man had been there earlier to bribe them, so the police did not act on the report. Our teacher, frustrated and deeply aggrieved, returned and divided the class into two. He put the children of the rich on one side and the rest of us on the other side. He vowed never to flog the children from rich homes again, but would continue to do so to those of us from poor homes. Today, only a few among the children that were not flogged have amounted to something in life. If you love your children, you would not spare the rod when they err.

Eli’s children grew to become wayward and God held him accountable for not being firm enough with them (1 Samuel 2:29-34). Conversely, God did not hesitate to bless Abraham because He was confident that the patriarch would command his children and household to keep His laws (Genesis 18:17-19). The second law of thermodynamics says everything left to itself tends to disorder. In the same vein, any child not strictly cautioned to behave properly will ultimately become spoilt.

I know using the rod on children is now considered child abuse in this generation, however you must know that there is a difference between correcting a child in love and abusing a child.

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24

The rod is not just cane, it connotes firm correction when children err. You cannot be permissive with a child all the time and expect him/her to grow up with good morals.

God expects you to compel your children and entire household to serve Him (Genesis 18:19). Don’t spare the rod.


God expects you to command your children and household to uphold His status, as Abraham did.

Hymn 6: God Give Us Christian Homes

  1. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
    Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
    Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  2. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the father is true and strong,
    Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
    Homes that are joyous with love and song;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  3. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
    Strives to show others Your way is best,
    Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  4. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the children are led to know
    Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
    Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!


BIBLE TEXT: PROV 14:34, PSA 33:12

This nation is a blessed country. God has promised salvation and through words of prophesies, we know that; in the name of Jesus “all will be well”


  1. Father: We thank you for the image of this among Commonwealth of Nations.
  2. Father; we thank you for the vision of a great Nigeria by our founding fathers.
  3. Father; we are grateful for your promises of salvation through your son, our Father in the Lord. Pastor E.A Adeboye
  4. Father we thank you for the promises through other men of God.
  5. Father; You had said that, In the midst of our crisis situation; Salvation of Nigeria has been born; Help is on the way. Oh God fulfil your promise
  6. Father send help and deliver Nigeria out of all her captivities
  7. Nigeria, we hail thee. Our own dear native land. Though tribes and tongue may differ in brotherhood we stand in Jesus name
  8. Our flag shall be a symbol for truth and justice to reign in Jesus name
  9. The labour of our heroes past Shall never be in vain
  10. Father we ask for the grace to serve Nigeria with heart and might
  11. Father keep our nation bound in freedom, peace, and unity in Jesus name
  12. Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause Guide our leaders right Help our youth the truth to know, in love and honesty to grow and living just and true. Great lofty heights let them attain
  13. Father; we prophesy that Nigeria shall become a nation where peace and justice shall reign in Jesus name
  14. Father; help all Nigerians; to serve their fatherland with love and strength and faith
  15. Father we come against the locust, the cankerworm and the palmerworm from devouring Nigeria any longer. Stop the wave of corruption in Nigeria
  16. Father; please preserve and keep your son, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo from every form of evil. Psm.121:7
  17. Father please lay your hands upon all the sectors of Nigeria and give us divine speed. IKings.18:46
  18. Father; uproot every plant that you have not planted and any sitting Goliath in Nigeria Matt. 15:13.
  19. Father let the doors of foreign investments open up such that; the economy will grow and there will be employments for the majority of our youths

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was composed by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the biggest outreaching church on the planet and furthermore the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens reverential application is accessible over all versatile stages and working frameworks: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

LIGHTGOSPEL COUNSEL’S: Until you are brought back to life, God regularly standing presence will never be with you. You must be born again to enjoy constant triumph. If it’s not too much trouble say the showed petition beneath in Faith:

Lord Jesus, come into my life. I acknowledge You as my Lord and Personal Savior. I have faith in my heart You died and became alive once again to spare me. Thank You Lord for sparing me, in Jesus name Amen.

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