Raising Our Children

Turning the Hearts of the Fathers to children not only deals with parents and children of all ages, but with those who are yet to be born.  Why would God be giving me this revelation now?  It is because I am an expecting father with my wonderfully pregnant wife.  Simple.

“Listen Up, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord.  And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.” -Malachi 3:5

I believe this “turning of the hearts of the Fathers” also includes mothers who know the heart of Father God.  We need people who will raise their kids in the way they should go — raising them up in purity, passion and power, even from before they are born.  In these times we must father our children with the true revelation of God and His ways.  If we don’t know Him and His ways, we can start any time we choose.

The reality of raising up a generation from the very beginning is obviously a plan for some to keep them from wandering astray later in life.  But this is not the greatest thinking if that is their only reason.  We must see who our kids are now.  We must treat them in the same way Heaven treats them.  It is true that Heaven is where they come from, so when they enter this world, we should probably raise them according to the pattern of the world in which they previously came.  We need to understand heaven and it’s King in these times.

It is not enough to raise our kids in good theology.  It is raising them up in the presence and power of God that sustains life.  Good theology alone does nothing for our kids and it does not speak to who they actually are.  They need the real substance of God in their spirits; it is what they are familiar with.  They want their Daddy from which they came and from whom sent them into this world.

Kids should be raised by His standard of possibility.  All things are possible for those who we believe.  We should not put any of our limited faith on our kids whose innocence and purity should be stewarded with soberness and expectancy.  Our kids will in fact teach us things with their pure hearts that are not compromised by the world.  As parents we must not be so arrogant to think we know everything about them.  They are a little bundle of excellence, purity, power and possibility.

They are first and foremost Gods children, and secondly they are ours.  To miss the first part causes a spirit of control, which is witchcraft, to be readily used by “well intentioned” parents.  I want to give you a simple tool to not control, and it goes back with what was previously said about us not putting any limitations on their beliefs.  Pray.  When you don’t have the faith for something, pray that God will enlighten you and give you wisdom to not hinder another’s faith by your lack of it.  Prayer with some fasting will position you to see and believe.

One example of this is in Mark 9:21-24.  A father asked Jesus to heal his boy who was demonized from childhood.  The demons would try to kill his child.  How is that for spiritual warfare for some kids?  The father of the boy had unbelief but was told by Jesus that anything was possible for him who believes.  The father exclaimed, “I believe but help my unbelief.”  I believe he was not only asking for the faith for his son to be healed, but for a spirit of faith to help him father his child from then on out.  His heart was turning to the Father with a direct encounter with Jesus and His power.  The disciples also learned from this experience that prayer and fasting positioned them with the power of the Father.

If we control our kids outside of a relationship with God and the freedom they are called to, we will set them up with a religious standard that will leave them fruitless. This will tend to produce limited moral failure with no power at best and grossly compromised lives at worse.  There is nothing worse to God then parents who raise their kids with lukewarm hearts.  This is because when someone is cold, they can more easily turn to the fire of His love, but when they are lukewarm, a comfortable numbness causes deception to blind the hearts in thinking everything is ok.  As Pink Floyd has sung, they become “Comfortably Numb”, in compromise.

The Spirit and Power of Elijah

“And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” -Luke 1:17

The spirit of Elijah is growing in fathers and children all over the earth today.  It is a confrontational spirit that stands up in love and truth within a compromised world and even a compromised church.  The reason why it is so confrontational is that it takes love seriously.  These people stand guard, not in the fearful tactics of an enemy or the world, but in a furious love that trains children in the way they should go.  It is not just training children to stay away from sharp objects, but also training them to release weapons of divine power that tear down the “sharp” compromises of our day. (2 Cor 10:3-5)  We need fathers and mothers that steward children’s destinies well.  This takes Love and Courage.

Jesus was pretty straightforward with this confrontational message.

“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.”-Mark 9:42

He loves the Fathers kids way too much to see their destinies compromised by unbelief.  Some of the greatest ministries of the hour should be children’s ministries.  Not just your average Sunday school, but powerhouse training centers that see kids the way God sees them.  The world sees them as little helpless bundles of cuteness.  God sees them as powerful children who can do anything.  Of course they are cute too!

Lastly, if you are expecting or have kids and don’t know if  you have raised them  in the way they should go, simply apologize and do life differently.  Humble yourself and learn.  Set yourself up to be transformed by letting God teach you and show you things.  Do not let shame or condemnation come into your life as you are freed from it by turning to God.  How do you know you have turned to Him?  Your future will be greater then your past and your heart will know it.  Your trust in Him will be stronger then your fear of failure.  We are to live in forgiveness and truth which is living in His forgiveness and truth.

And what do you do if you don’t know how to turn you heart to God?  It’s simple.  Turn to God.  He will surely direct you in the way of life.  It is never to late to turn to God and listen.  He is more willing then you are.  This then positions us to walk in the spirit of the times of what God is doing in raising us up together as our hearts are turned to the Father.  This positions ourselves and others to be a mighty army of love, wisdom and power in these times.  Let us continue to not waver but stand with Courage to turn hearts back to our Father by tearing down the alters of thought that bring confusion and compromise.

Besides, the unbelieving and the cowardly end up in the same place as murders and the sexually immoral (Rev 21:8).  This is how closely linked unbelief is with moral failure.  Let not unbelief raise our kids.  God help our unbelief and turn it into the faith that you are the author of.  It is your kindness that leads us.

Be loved and Fathered by God.

With Courage,

-PH

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”-Deut 31:6

“Stand Firm….”   – Ephesians 6:10-19

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