TEACHING CHILDREN THEIR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST
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We had a season of in our family where our 3 ½ year old son was struggling with nightmares every night. After many, many nights of coming into his room, praying and worshipping with him, and taking authority over the situation—only to be back the next night—we all became exhausted and needed help.
One night while praying about the situation, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to teach him about his authority in Christ, as ultimately his security came from his relationship with Jesus. So, we put together and taught our son a 3 step plan for how to handle these situations. He was able to quickly memorize the plan as the steps were simple. They are:
Ask Jesus, Father God, or Holy Spirit for help.
Worship God with the first song that comes to mind.
Command whatever is frightening you to leave!
We reminded him of his authority as a son of the Most High King, God’s heavenly angels on assignment to watch over him, and that anything that wasn’t given permission in his room or our house MUST GO in Jesus’ mighty name!! The first couple of nights when he would cry out, we would come to his room and ask, “What are your 3 steps?” He would quickly run through them and we would celebrate! Then after a few nights we would hear him wake up and run through the steps himself only to go back to sleep without our assistance. Finally, after a short while, the episodes stopped all together. He really did have authority, and the best part is—he believes it!
Just like our son, your children too have authority in Christ! This is because our authority in Christ is not based on age, experience, information, or titles. Our authority comes from being a child of God—under authority—with the power of the precious name of Jesus! Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14 NRSV). It is our connection to, relationship with, and dependence on Jesus, just as little children, that establishes our authority from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Teaching your children their authority in Christ will not only lead them closer to who they were made to be, but also closer to Who God really is to them!
The importance of knowing our identity and authority in Christ cannot be understated—both for the big and small, knowledgeable and unknowledgeable, experienced and unexperienced. In her book, Let Our Children Go: Steps to Free your Child from Evil Influences and Demonic Harrassment, author and cofounder of Christian Harvest International and Strategic Prayer Action Network, Rebecca Greenwood says, “…we can see the authority in our young released, empowering them to be great lovers of God, kingdom influencers, history makers, leaders, and role models.” This is so true! Have you ever seen a child or new believer (or even older believer) questioning how to pray God’s will? They’re sometimes unsure of not only God’s intervention, but also their authority to bring heaven to earth and spread the Kingdom of Heaven. Not having their authority as a son or daughter of God settled in their heart can lead to unbelief of God’s will, Who God really is, and their own identity as a child of God. “Children and youth love to get on the streets and impact a neighborhood, witness to the lost, and see firsthand people being healed. They have authority and anointing flowing through them…Now is the time to bring freedom and instruct our young in their kingdom identity and authority.”
Teaching your children their authority in Christ will not only lead them closer to who they were made to be, but also closer to Who God really is to them! “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, NASB).
 Rebecca Greenwood, Let Our Children Go: Steps to Free Your Child from Evil Influences and Demonic Harassment (Lake Mary: Florida, Charisma House, 2011), 172.
 Rebecca Greenwood, Let Our Children Go: Steps to Free Your Child from Evil Influences and Demonic Harassment (Lake Mary: Florida, Charisma House, 2011), 178.
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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.