Raising Kingdom Kids
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen & Nelly Griffitt
Delivered On
November 1, 2015

Getting kids ready for the Father’s voice

  • Malachi 4:5-6 NAS 5 "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 "He will restore (KJV turn) the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse."

What does our relationship with our Father look like:

  1. He wants a relationship with us
  2. He loves us so much He gave everything for that relationship to happen
  3. Our Father knows the dangers we will face and in our infancy disciplines us teaching us to avoid them
  4. Our Father has a plan for our lives and needs us to learn so in maturity our call will manifest
  5. Lastly, our Father wants us to inherit His kingdom

Our children are being trained

  • Proverbs 22:6 NKJV Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
    • Train up (Strong’s) chanak (khaw-nak'); a primitive root; properly, to narrow
  • What they’re being trained to do is up to us.
    • Are we training them to avoid the traps of this world?
  • How would we train our children if there was a bottomless pit right beside our house that our children would have access to for 3 hours per day?

     #2 We are to pour our lives into our children

Not filling ourselves by living vicariously through them

Goal is to prepare them for integration with the Father and His kingdom

  • Our Father has a plan for our lives!
  • I tell Hailey what she is in God

We need to be prophesying our kids future in

  • Looking past the behavior into them and what there call is.
  • In all of the raising of Hailey I believed that she was a miracle and had a distinct call that she needed to be trained to do.
  • Continually keeping the vision before you gives the discipline purpose.
    • Because sometimes we are exhausted and just don’t want to deal with it.
  • Constantly telling yourself that I am training this child to walk in ALL that God has for them.
    • They have a purpose and a destiny to fulfill and I will train them in it.
    • You are training the child to someday hear God's voice and to be obedient to Him.

Colossians 3:21 AMP

 Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.]

    #3 Discipline

1 Kings 1:5-6 NAS 5 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king." So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him. 6 His father had never crossed (NKJV=rebuked, YLT=grieved) him at any time by asking, "Why have you done so?" And he was also a very handsome man, and he was born after Absalom.

  • Crossed (Hebrew): `atsab (aw-tsab'); a primitive root; to carve, i.e. fabricate or fashion

Some discipline based on their own: hurts, lack of discipline, harsh discipline.

  • We must discipline based off the word

The bible has a specific method of discipline – spanking

  • When this is not done properly it will backlash on you in the child’s resentment

Rebellion must be confronted with force

  • Proverbs 22:15 NKJV Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.

 “I spank my child and they’re still doing it”

!! My boys were less disciplined with others than me

Proverbs 19:18 NAS Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death.

  • Proverbs 19:18 AMP Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.

Proverbs 13:24 AMP He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early.

  • Bob used to tell me to leave while Aaron disciplined her because Hailey was God’s before she was mine.
    • Father & mother need to be in agreement about discipline & child raising principles.
      • Momma church needs to get ready to allow the spiritual & natural children to receive the Father’s voice.


  1. Parents allow their children to throw a fit.

Danny Silk, Loving Our Kids on Purpose: So, the next day my 4-year-old daughter wanted to do something. I said that she certainly could as soon as three things were cleaned up first. I showed her the three little projects she had to complete and thenwent back to what I was doing. My husband was sitting on the couch while this was going on. Sure enough, she threw herself on the floor and began full-on manifesting. It was pretty. :) She protested and all that. She even changed the subject and told me how awful I was. She screamed harder and louder than she’s ever screamed. It took all the self-control we had to not do or say anything other than “I know.” But we did it. And I kept my voice calm and sincerely sad for her the whole time while I kept doing my own cleaning up. My “I know” was never a bark! That was huge! This went on for maybe 20 minutes. She actually got herself so worked up that she asked me to hold her. Now, in the past I would have put her responsibility on pause to comfort her. This time, though, I said, “I would be glad to hold you as soon as those three things are done.” She screamed more than ever before…let me tell you! And I kept saying, “I know.” Then, Danny, I watched her through the corner of my eye pick up and do every thing I asked her to do and in the order I demonstrated. There was no forgetting on her part. She knew what she had to do, and once she decided to do it, it was done perfectly. I smiled the biggest smile ever and under my breath shouted, “Yes!” It was beautiful. It worked, Danny! Afterward, she said, “Now, mama, would you hold me? “And I said, “Sure. I’d love to hold you.” That was that. It was the best day of parenting ever because of that half hour.

  • $$ outburst of anger


  • Our children must hear us the first time.
  • The day and age we live in we need to hear God's voice so clearly.
  • It could be a matter of life or death
  • Disciplining your children and training them to hear your voice allows them to hear God.


  • Communication with your child is very important.
  • You must explain God's word to them.
  • When you discipline it's very important to protect your connection with them.
    • You don't allow them to disconnect.
      • You are teaching them when God corrects them to run and disconnect.
  • Our relationship with our children mirrors our relationship with God.
    • He is our Father and we are his children.
    • We must show them the Father through how we handle them.


  • Some of us have not had the right discipline or correction growing up.
  • We then must go to the Word and see what God says about it.