As a joint heir with Christ—as His disciple—we have the privilege of releasing His mercy to those around us. As the God-given authority of our children, we also have the responsibility of releasing mercy to them. So, what does mercy look like? How about forgiveness, the release from judgment, and believing the best about another? How about brushing them off and reminding them of what has been done for them so that they might do the same?
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15
None of us—even adults—are without blemish in ourselves. The only thing that makes any of us without blemish is the shed blood of Jesus. Therefore, it is actually unproductive to spend time finding fault with another, especially our growing children. It is even more unproductive to spend time meditating on or talking about the faults of another. That is focusing on the problem—sin—and not the solution, and this leads to hopelessness. If the only way to receive mercy for our faults (and the grace to overcome them) was to go and search them all out and focus on them—both intentional and unintentional—we would all be without the mercy and grace of God right now. This is why we are saved even before the process of transformation begins. Perhaps, even what you perceive as a fault, might actually be a gift.
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete…” 1 Corinthians 13:12
God does desire that we see more clearly the areas that have kept us bound and deceived—not for the purpose of identification and focus, but for the purpose of being restored to His image and likeness. He wants us to be truly free—saved from the bondages that have kept us blind. So, the purpose of restoring vision is not so that we might be focused on fault or sin, but so that we might be focused on God and His goodness, and follow Him.
“So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” “…Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I want to see!’ ‘Receive your sight!’ Jesus told him. ‘Your faith has healed you.’ Instantly he could see, and he began to follow Him, glorifying God…” Luke 18:38, 40-42
The shed blood of Jesus enabled us to be free from the sin-focused mindset so that we might have the Kingdom mindset. The Kingdom mindset is focused on the Redeemer, and the restoration that He brings to His creation. The beauty is, we get to partner with Him if we choose to. That is the fullest expression of having truly received God’s mercy for ourselves. Let us repent and believe the Good News—we have been shown mercy and been made spotless by the blood of Jesus. Receive that mercy today and embark on the journey of becoming like Him by giving it away!
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Just about every morning after my oldest wakes up, we say our good mornings and give hugs and kisses and he will ask, “Where’s Daddy?” And every morning I respond that Daddy is at work. Over the last week, each morning as we have gone through this repetitive dialogue, I felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit each time he would ask where his father was. I asked God what it was that He was wanting me to see in this. I felt like God was saying that in parenting, we face so many challenges, tests, and trials that leave us saying, “God, where are you??? Where’s Daddy?” We spend so much time praying for our children and ourselves as parents and doing our very best to instruct them in the ways of the Lord…
Throughout over 30 years of ministering identity and destiny to children, we have put together many prayers, identity statements, and tools to empower and speak truth into precious young lives. Here we have the privilege of being able to offer some of these resources just for YOU to minister life in your very own home.
Through this simple, but powerful lesson plan, teach your children the authority that they have over the enemy and how they have the power to choose what they will allow to affect their heart and soul.