Wednesday, May 18, 2011

God's Promises for our Children

As promised I want to share some promises in God's Word concerning our children.

We have 3 wonderful children, Joe, Luke and Sarah.  Joe is 8, Luke will be 6 next week, and Sarah is 4. (Don't you love the pink boots!)

They are a bundle of fun and energy.  Needless to say there is rarely a dull moment at our home!

Before I share any "spiritual" advice or suggestions, I have to premise this post with I am not a perfect mom and I do not have perfect kids.  Oh, quite the contrary.

If only you could have seen what happened just yesterday.  You would know the above to be so very true!  I really wish sometimes that there was a rewind button in life. That would have been nice yesterday.  : )

Thankfully, though, we do serve a perfect God.  I am trusting in Him to perfect me and them.

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Phil 1:6

Since He is still working on perfecting me and I've been alive a lot longer than my kids, I guess I need to remember to give them more grace.  I need to be patient with them as He is with me.

We will never be perfect or complete until we come face to face with our Lord Jesus.  Thankfully He is perfect and He lives in us, helps us, and gives us wisdom!

The One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.  Job 36:4
We may not know everything, but praise the Lord, we know the One who does!

God gives us wisdom when we ask for it and He has given us His Word to guide and direct us in everything, including our children.

Some promises God has given us concerning our children:

Blessings:    The righteous man walk in his integrity; His children are blessed after him  Prov 20:7  (Remember we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus) --Live it, walk in integrity and hold onto this promise.

Peace:  All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.  Isaiah 54:13 

Protection:  He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hand  they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.  Psalms 91:11-12

Discipline:  Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29:17

Relationships: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, or sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord.  Ps 1:1-2 

Healing: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your  iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.  Psalms 103:3
Surely, He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.   But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  Is 53:4-5
(above, the Greek words for "grief" literally means "diseases" and "sorrows" literally means "pain",  Jesus bore our disease and pain on the cross)

Their Future:  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

Salvation Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart  from  it.  Prov 22:6 

Tell the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He has done.  That the generation to come might know them,  the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.  Psalms 78: 4,6-7

God gives us these promises in His Word to stand on.  The Word of God is powerful.  However, we have to use it for it to be powerful in our lives.  There is an enemy out there who doesn't want our children to live for the Lord, who doesn't want us or them to live victorious lives.  We have to be on guard and fight that enemy with the Sword of the Spirit-God's Word. 

Speaking God's Word is powerful!  It is more powerful than a double edged sword! I heard Perry Stone say recently that one edge of the Sword is God's Word and it becomes double-edged when we speak the Word of God.  This makes even more sense when you look up the word double-edged in the Greek- it means having 2 mouths as like a river. One mouth is God and the other is ours!

So, I encourage you to use these promises concerning your children and pray the Word of God over them.  Nothing is more powerful than the spoken Word of God!  

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