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How to Train the Terrain
Psalms 119: 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart That I might not sin against You.
This passage shows that the heart and conscience can build Traffic Truths, Search for the correct map, and Act on the GPS. The writer says that he has trained his conscience to “hide the word” in his heart. He is laying traffic truths into his heart. Then when a situation comes up where he might be tempted to sin… He checks the GPS. He acts on the map and traffic truths he has stored on his heart. So let’s look at these three stages of TRAFFIC TRUTHS: BUILD, SEARCH.
1. BUILD THE MAPS
Parents, then are responsible for presenting a moral code with the hope it will eventually govern their child’s life. In early training, a child’s heart is like a barren TERRAIN. Parents help a child build the interstates and roads, and rivers of the maps of their conscience by placing virtues onto it like honesty, patience, respect, honesty, fairness, honor, gentleness, and patience. With these traffic truths set, the conscience has a trained map to work with. We need to build maps for our kids and teach them to build their own maps. To search the Bible and have the habit of laying out maps on your heart and conscience.
I went to a funeral recently for a man who was baptized at our church named Ozzie. He was 76 and found a renewed connection to God at Horizon. He also wanted to be baptized as an adult to demonstrate his love for God. He passed away weeks after this baptism. When i spoke with his daughter and grandkids, they spoke about the “maps” this man left in their lives. they said, Ozzie was a man who could be counted on in every way.Ozzie was worried that his daughter’s boyfriend was working at a gas station that had been robbed recently, so Ozzie slept in his car in the parking lot to watch over his daughter’s boyfriend while he was at work. Ozzie secretly gave to people all the time. He had a heart for the single moms with children and often paid for their bill to help them out at Frisch’s and other places. When Maw-maw was in a wheelchair, he cared for her, drove grandkids to soccer games, picked up his great grandchild Brandon when he broke his arm at the roller rink, and never complained. His attitude was always, “Not a problem.” He volunteered at Anderson and Clermont Hospital logging over 6,000 hours at Anderson alone. Here is a man who was passing maps onto the internal navigator of the next generation by the way he lived, and the conversation he had with his children and grandchildren.
After we build, we need to help our kids be able to SEARCH…
2. SEARCH FOR CORRECT ROADS
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
The Bible teaches that Traffic truths play four functions. The can offer doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. what does that mean? Think of these four words like this:
Doctrine: Teaching a RIGHT BELIEF
Reproof: Correcting a WRONG BELIEF
Correction: Correcting a Wrong Behavior
Instruction: Teaching a Right Behavior
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