There is Hope for Your Child

God has a plan for your child. God’s desire is for your child to grow into a mature man or woman of God. The early years of your child’s life are years of development and forming of patterns that will continue throughout his or her lifetime.

Parents have compassion and hurt when their children hurt. However, a parent cannot react to the hurt, nor can a parent be a friend with their child. Yes, there are friendships, but a parent/child relationship is deeper than a friendship, and a parent must always be the parent. A parent loves, guides, directs, teaches, and helps form a lifestyle of godliness.

Through decades of ministry, I have encountered almost every conceivable situation concerning parent/child relationships and there is no clear formula for solving every problem or for raising every child. However, I have discovered that there are seven things that will greatly improve your relationship with your child and your child’s relationship with God.

1) You must pray for your child.

You have authority over the children in your household. Children are important. Jesus specifically prayed for children in Matthew 19:13-15.

2) You must speak the Word over your child.

As you think about your children, speak the Word concerning them.

“As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore” (Isaiah 59:21).

3) Speak the promise, not the problem.

A temptation is to keep speaking what you see in your child. When you continue to say what you see, you will continue to see what you say, and nothing will ever change until your words change.

4) Encourage your child with the Word.

Let them know that you put your faith in the Word of God and that you believe it unconditionally. If they try to argue or speculate, stay firm. They must know you stand on the Word unconditionally in faith. Stand firm, but don’t argue.

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children (Isaiah 54:13).

5) Call those things that be not as though they were.

God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17).

Say …”You are intelligent because you have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16.)

Say … “You are blessed because you are my child.” (Isaiah 61:9.)

Say … “You are strong because the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10.)

Say … “You can do all things through Christ.” (Philippians 4:13.)

Remember, your child will hear what you do more than they hear what you say. You cannot tell them they are intelligent and act like they are stupid.

6) Let them see faith in you.

Faith can be transmitted to your children. As you live your natural life at work and at home, they will see your character and your honesty with God’s Word in your life. They will imitate you, just as Christians are supposed to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1.)

When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also (2 Timothy 1:5).

7) Don’t give up on your children.

You may feel like years have gone by and you haven’t seen any change in your child. That’s irrelevant. Faith is not based on what you see, and faith never gives up. To give up only shows there was no faith.

Find scriptures that promise blessings and a future for your child. Read and meditate daily on these scriptures. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word. When you speak the Word, you hear the Word spoken from your own mouth. We have no excuse for not having faith. God gave us His Word and He gave us lips to speak His Word.

If you are in a desperate situation with your child, there is no price too great to pay for their deliverance. If parents with a troubled child would give up the time of one television show per week and spend that same time in prayer and meditation of God’s Word concerning their child, that one thing alone would bring visible results.

Are you willing to pay the price for your child’s future?

Scripture References:

I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring (Isaiah 44:3).

Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered (Proverbs 11:21).

But thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children” (Isaiah 49:25).

The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children (Psalm 103:17).

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed (Psalm 112:1-2).

For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children (Isaiah 54:13).

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