ROOTED & LIVING IN LOVE
As a parent, my hope and my prayer for our son is probably no different than any other Christian parent. It is that he continues to grow in knowing and loving God; that he knows it is his God that protects and strengthens him; and that he understands God’s ways and His Word and that he clings to them for the rest of his life. I pray that he continually becomes an overcomer—a victorious child of our Mighty God—and represents His love wherever he goes. But maybe unlike other parents, I quite often forget that all of this is only possible by the power of God’s Spirit. Just like me, the “grown-up,” no matter how much my son wants to follow God and no matter how much he is taught about God and His ways, he needs the Holy Spirit to empower him to live this out.
Ephesians 3:16-17 says, “I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith…” All of us, including our children, need to be strengthened and empowered in our spirits by God’s Spirit. So how does this happen? How do we learn to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit to see His empowerment through us, in order to live this life He has for us? Ephesians 3:19 show us, “…and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” When we are rooted and grounded in God’s love, understanding that it is a journey of ever-increasing growth through revelation, we are likewise being empowered and strengthened by His Spirit. So, our strength and power does not come from knowing or doing more good things—although we will know and do more of the things of God. Instead, if we establish ourselves and our children in knowing God’s deep love for us, we will have everything we need to be strengthened, empowered, and to be led by His Spirit into that victorious life He has planned for us! When we know and receive more of His love for us, we are more and more yielded to Him and His power that we need to continue in Him. Even loving Him and those around us requires that we know He first loved us (1 John 4:19). So, how do we as parents shift our focus from simply teaching them what they should do, to helping them to know how much our God loves them?
It begins with us. Just as our children cannot truly love God without first knowing He loves them, we also cannot truly love God or others with His love without receiving this same truth for ourselves. We must spend time receiving and believing God’s unconditional love for us, so that we can give it away. As this love begins to establish in our hearts, we will be empowered by the Holy Spirit as parents to then love our children with that same, unconditional love. We will move from simply telling them what they should do, to showing them who God is through His unconditional love. Whether or not their behavior (and let’s face it—even our behavior and responses) is surrendered to His Spirit and His ways, we can love them unconditionally as we lead them through it (and even receive this ourselves). As this unconditional love of God begins to take root in our own hearts, in our children’s hearts, and in our homes, there will be a transformation empowered by the Holy Spirit, and a true love and joy for His ways. That very power of God that makes this life possible beyond our imaginations is at work in us at this very moment, and its roots are found in knowing how much we are deeply loved.
For help in solidifying the love and truth of God in the hearts of your children, check out these Identity Statement Flash Cards from our store, because His unconditional love and our identities in Him are inseparable.
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I had quite the funny experience with my three-year-old yesterday and I thought surely there is a blog for this moment. This morning when I woke up, I asked Holy Spirit what the title of the article should be, and I immediately heard, “what goes in must come out!” I burst into laughter thinking “very funny Jesus,” as the experience that I am about to share with you has to do with potty training. With 18-month-old twins and a baby on the way, I have been quite determined to make sure our oldest, Judah—who just turned 3—is fully potty trained before our little princess gets here. (Because let’s be honest FOUR children in diapers at once is A LOT!!!) Judah has done a great job in his learning process and has really been receptive to the reward system that we have used as a motivator. However, we have been facing the hurdle of getting him to go “big potty” (number two) on the toilet.
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.