Friday, 7 October 2016

Raising Children of Destiny! By Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Raising Children of Destiny!

Dear Reader,

I welcome you to another edifying edition of Family Matters.  I strongly believe that the remaining months of the year will be a period of overflowing blessings for you, in Jesus’ name.  All your heart’s desires for this year that are yet to be fulfilled, will find fulfilment and your remaining Quantum Leap testimonies shall be delivered in Jesus’ precious name.

This month, from God’s Word, we’ll be examining the importance of raising children of destiny. This week, I’ll start by discussing the topic: Children Are Blessings!  God is about to show you something new from His Word because His Word is new every day.  You shall not have regrets over those wonderful children.

God’s Word declares: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate (Psalms 127:3-5).

The word “heritage” means inheritance or blessings.  That is, children are gifts from God; they are blessings to the family, and are unique blends of their parents. So also, “Children are an heritage of the Lord” means God gives them to you to oversee, take care of, and bring them up in His fear, all the days of their lives.

When these children are received as the heritage and blessings of God, then God’s purpose for sending them to you is manifested. It is important, as a family, to understand this fact that children are given to us as part of our heritage; they are part of our inheritances in Christ Jesus.

However, in case you don’t have them yet, begin to celebrate them as part of your inheritance in Christ because they are on their way. Remember that God has pronounced you fruitful. Therefore, as long as you are His child, you are entitled to the blessings of children. No matter what the doctors have diagnosed as being responsible for the delay or barrenness, God is greater than that report, provided you believe.

Some parents see their children as burdens.  When they do something wrong, rather than standing up to their own responsibilities, they look at them as burdensome and troublesome. It is important to realise that your perspective in life determines your focus and interest.

Children are blessings from God. If you see them as burdens, then they will in turn become a burden to you.  Therefore, see and look at them with your spiritual eyes as blessings of the Lord, according to God’s Word in Proverbs 10:22, which says: The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.  From now on, this shall be your portion.

I make bold to say that God is not a liar. The Bible records: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).  He will definitely make His Word good in your life.

If you have ever experienced sorrow over your children, I believe God that it will be the last you will ever experience in Jesus’ name. Perhaps, you have children that are troublesome or are like “thorns” in your flesh, today, I pray that God’s power will reach them, no matter how problematic they are. God will turn their lives around for good in Jesus’ mighty name.

In other words, children are assets; they are blessings.  Psalms 127:5 says: Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. God wants you to enjoy your children for they are meant to be blessings indeed; they are to make you happy and not to make you sad.

However, being born again is the prerequisite for growing children of destiny. Would you like to be born again? If yes, please say this prayer of faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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