The big problem is our lack of recognition that we are in a battle for the very hearts of our children. Without recognition there is no battle going on and the enemy is having a heyday in family life. We need to fight the good fight of faith and war for the minds and hearts of our families. It is a battle and it needs to be consistently waged just like every other area of parenting. Consistency is key. Paul says to Timothy in 1Timothy 1:18-19 to recall the prophecies made over him that he might fight the battle well. Those prophecies spoke to Timothy's destiny and Paul was exhorting him to fight for them. Why? Because we have an enemy that wants to steal destiny from our hearts the same as he will from our children if he is unchecked!
Paul later says to Timothy in chapter 6:12 to fight the good fight of faith. We need to fight for our children and teach them to do like wise. You wouldn't let your child cross the street without teaching them to stop and look for traffic. At first you would say take my hand and then when it is safe to go you would cross the street together. Their spiritual walk is the same. You are the one fighting for them but in doing so you are modeling to them how to pick up their sword and join the battle against their souls.
I would like to pray with you at this moment. Some of you have not even been aware that you are in a battle for your children's very destiny. Others of you may have just given up. The enemy has you thinking that you are not making a difference so what's the point. Still others are just weary. So I invite you to pray this prayer with me.
“Father thank you for the gift of my child/children. I ask that you would open my eyes to the battle that is going on for the hearts and minds of my family. I ask for wisdom and revelation. I break off all deception and every lie that the enemy would want to seed in my life and I ask that you would plant truth deep within me. I ask for a warring spirit that I would fight the good fight of faith for my family. Strengthen me by the power of your spirit in Jesus mighty name. Amen.”
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