“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”. II Corinthians 10:4.
The next generation of Christian children are being targeted by the devil for demonic assault. The devil knows that if he can emotionally damage our children, he can lead them into a life of self-destruction and sin. He wants to destroy the destinies of our future generation.
A good number of parents are ignorant of the spiritual powers that seek to enslave their children. They are so preoccupied with trying to pay their bills and meeting their own needs. The rude awakening comes when their children get themselves deep into destructive sin and they wonder what happened to their family. It is expedient for parents to rise up and fight for their children or they become casualties of the war. It’s either we fight to defend them or we surrender them to the camp of the enemy.
As parents, our greatest treasure is the children God has entrusted in our care. We cannot make a more lasting investment than the spiritual qualities we nurture in our children. No other person holds a more influential key to molding children than their parents. Others may influence their lives for good and for eternity, but God has created in every child the desire to look
up to his or her parent for love security and direction. Unlike other people in their lives, we have been given an amazing power to influence and affect them. Along with power comes responsibility. God holds us accountable for the stewardship of these lives. We need to daily stand in the gap and be great intercessors for their destinies.
Prayer has the propensity to destroy the plans of the evil one to capture the hearts of our kids. I John 3:8 says that “the reason that God came to earth was to destroy the works of the devil”. A lot is at stake here, we must passionately protect our children through prayer. We also need to also examine ourselves to see if there is any behavior in us that inspires mistrust and wound our children’s feelings and seek for God’s help to desist from it.
My husband and I never relent on praying for our children. We have a family tradition whereby every Saturday, my husband lays hands on every one of kids and prays and blesses them. After which we both pray for and bless each other. We have seen the tremendous effects this has had on our kids.
We must specifically ask God to protect our children from things that could keep them from embracing God’s purpose for their lives and instill in their hearts a desire for his presence. God’s love must be appropriated in their lives for them to fulfil their destinies. Other important areas to focus on includes their schools, professions, future spouse, children e.t.c . Praying for our children must be on purpose.
Written by Dr. Godwin & Blessing ude.
“We beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness”. I Thessalonians 4:1-7.
“Dating” means different things to diverse people, particularly across generations. Often times people refer to dating as the act of meeting and engaging in some mutually agreed upon social activity in public, together, as a couple. However Christian dating is different from worldly dating. God has more in store for us than just jumping from one relationship to another. When it comes to Christian dating, we live according to God’s standard. It’s not just about following the rules. There are reasons God instructed us to live a certain way, and dating is no different.
Before we consider dating as Christians, it is important for us to determine the purpose for our dating. Ask yourself some questions such as: Why do I really want to date? , Am I ready for the responsibilities involved in dating and the aftermath such as marriage? Is this the right time for it?
It is important during dating to submit ourselves to the will of God. You need to maximize your relationship with God so that you can be a blessing to the person you are dating. Allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be in operation and let the word of God be the final authority in your life. Surround yourself with people who love God and close the door to the enemy’s suggestion.
One thing to bear in mind is that dating leads to intimacy but not commitment and intimacy involves our emotions. Establishing a foundation of friendship before intimacy is critical to having a successful dating. Friendship involves getting to know the other person’s character. We do not have to be imitators of this world because though we live in the world, we are not of the world. We should not be willing to do wrong when there is an opportunity to do right. Romance is good but it can overwhelm our perspective at the wrong time.
Establishing boundaries or setting limits for yourselves during dating will help keep you in check. Be careful not to lead your partner on and refrain from defiling one another in any way. It is important to keep your temple for God and respect each other’s temple too. There is a time for everything under the sun and everything is beautiful in its time. Wait for the right time to enjoy God’s blessing and you will reap that good seed when you get married. If you want God’s best for your life, you have to live differently.
Written by Dr. Godwin & Blessing Ude