That promise brings tremendous peace. The news is better than that, however. The amazing reality is that this is the minimum that God promises. As second-generation Christians, our kids are promised much more!
My husband and I have been blessed with five very human children. This may not make me an authority on parenting, but it certainly makes me a mom who has learned some things from experience. Our kids are between 8 and 22 years old, and we are blessed that they all have come to love the Lord as children. The double blessing is that they have all come to know our wonderful Holy Spirit as children. Their acceptance of His supernatural work in our lives, and their attention to and seeking of His voice are natural to them. They are saved, and so much more!
Your kids and our kids are all Last Days kids. Things are heating up in the world, and our kids are equipped by God to do great things for His Kingdom. The good news is that the gifts that God has given to each one will readily emerge when these children are raised by example.
Things are heating up in the world, and our kids are equipped
by God to do great things for His Kingdom.
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
“In the last days”, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
I similarly underestimated each of my children as their gifts
have surfaced, and frankly, blown us away.
Our kids need to learn from people who understand how they think.
For some of us, timing and situations have not yet worked for our children to trust in Jesus and to know Him personally. Do not be dismayed. The enemy has constantly sought to pull our children away from God. None of us is immune to deception and temptation. It is only by God’s grace that any of us will have children who are so privileged to know His ways, so intimately, when so young. But God is a God of redemption and restoration, and His word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). He has promised us that our households will be saved, and they will. Every church has people who have come to know Him later than others. He is at work in all of our lives, and He stands at the door and knocks (see Revelation 3:20). He answers prayers. There is only reason for hope and expectation.
Regardless of where our children stand with God, our prayers, as parents, are key in moving them into the destinies that God has for them. It is exciting to see God draw them to Himself. It is awesome to see them choose Him when the world pulls so hard at them. It is an honor to dedicate all that we do for them to Him. Our homes should be saturated in His presence so that all of our children will soak Him up like sponges when at home. Families and homes are the building blocks of His church. God cares deeply for family lines (have you tried to read the Bible through? Genealogies are throughout it!). He cares deeply for yours and has many promises for each member.