Train Up A Child…

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It seems as though things have gotten so out of control lately in regards to our youth.  I by no means claim to be old, but this new generation of youth coming up seems to be such a new breed.  They are doing things I never would have even imagined while growing up.  Even worse, they seem to have no sense of fear. They don’t fear their parents, they don’t fear their teachers, they don’t fear police, they definitely don’t fear each other, they don’t fear dying and most importantly they have no fear of God.  As sad as this is, I can’t help but wonder why that is.  Is it because of the way they were brought up?  Not putting the blame on parents because I am one, but at some point someone has to take accountability for this behavior.  I know I was very stubborn, and had a smart mouth growing up.  My childhood friends will tell you, I stayed on punishment as a kid.  In spite of all this however, my parents did lay a foundation for me.  The bible says in Proverbs 22:6 that we are to train up a child in the way they should go.  From the time I was born until I moved out of my mother’s house to go off to college at the age of 17, I went to church every Sunday.  No ifs, ands or buts about it.  Not only did I go, I was involved.  I was in Sunday school and choir.  It may not have meant much to me then, in fact there were times that I hated going, but nevertheless the foundation was laid.  Did I get wild and crazy when I went off to college, yeah I did some stuff I probably shouldn’t have done, but I always had a reverence for God and who He was in my life.  This element seems to be missing right now and it has to change.  We have to take back our children.  The enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy and he is trying to use our children to do just that, but we have to shut him down.  He has infiltrated the hearts and minds of children through music, the internet, social media, video games, and several other means.  It is up to us to cancel the assignment of the devil and put him in his place.  Command him to take his hands off our children.  They belong to the most High God.

Yes, indeed children will be children.  I get that, but it seems as though that’s part of the problem as well.  Kids now and days have been forced to grow up too quickly and are acting like adults.  They are missing out on what being a child is all about.  Being able to laugh and play, have nothing to worry about but going to school and get good grades.  The times have truly changed.  Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, no matter how young or old.  It is essential that we cover our children constantly.  In addition to praying for them, we have to lay the foundation for them while they are young.  Teach them about God, take them to church, teach them how to pray for themselves and how to build a personal relationship with God.  We must also be an example to them.  We cannot tell them one thing, then turn around and do something else.  We HAVE to be an example!  As I have learned lately, children hear what you say but they are actually moved more by what you do. #iDeclare #trainupachild

 

***I would like to invite every parent to pray this prayer over their children daily and do so out loud – releasing it into the atmosphere!***

 

Prayer:

Father God in the name of Jesus, I come pleading the precious blood of Jesus over my children right now.  I cover them Lord from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet.  I draw a bloodline of protection around them allowing no incidents, accidents, situations or circumstances which will bring them any hurt harm or danger to come anywhere near them in Jesus name.  Your word says that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven.  I bind every plot, plan and scheme of the enemy to come against my children right now in the name of Jesus.  I pull down strongholds and cast down vain imaginations.  I dispatch warring angels to go before them and fight on their behalf.  Fight against those that fight against them, war against those that war against them, in the mighty name of Jesus.  I bind any spirits of oppression, depression, repression, suicide and bullying in the name of Jesus.  I release the perfect peace of God in their lives.  The peace that surpasses all understanding.  I release love, happiness and joy in their spirit.  I decree and declare that they will live for you and serve you, the only true and living God all the days of their lives in Jesus name.  No weapon formed against my children shall prosper and every tongue that rises against them in judgment I condemn.   I decree and declare that they are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.  I decree and declare that my children are the head and not the tail.  They are above only and not beneath.  My children are lenders and not borrowers.  The wealth of the wicked is no longer stored up for them but is being released right now in Jesus name.  I decree success, excellence and favor in the classrooms at school.  My children will not conform to the ways of the world, they will not follow the standard, they will be the standard in Jesus name.  I cover their DNA with your DNA right now in the name of Jesus, and I decree and declare that they are healed, whole and complete in you God.  I decree and declare that they will live doubt free, drug free, debt free, disease free and drama free all the days of their life.  I decree and declare that they will awaken each and every day ready to live the life of their dreams.  Excellence will be the signature upon all they say and do.  I seal this prayer in the matchless, magnificent, wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

Scripture:

Matthew 18:2-6 NLT “Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them.  Then he said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.  But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck.”

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