‘I will pour out My Spirit… and My blessing on your children..’ Isaiah 44:3 NLT
Parent, here’s a Bible promise you can stand on: ‘I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your children.’ Your kids should be able to take up where you left off! Your ceiling should be their floor. They shouldn’t merely follow you; they should use the foundation you laid to build something greater. Don’t use the comfort of the status quo as an excuse for not challenging old thinking. To get beyond your mental barriers, you need to stop saying things like: ‘That’s just the way I am,’ or ‘My family never amounted to much, so I won’t either.’ When you say that, you’re contradicting God! When God delivered the Israelites from slavery, they started out for the Promised Land. The journey should have taken only eleven days but it ended up taking forty years.
What happened? They complained endlessly, and as a result kept going around the same mountain again and again. Why? Because they’d been in slavery for four hundred years, and they thought and talked like slaves! They couldn’t grasp what God had promised them. Finally, He told them, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore He would give your descendants’ (see Deuteronomy 2:3). If your past has been one of failure, draw a line in the sand today and declare, ‘Enough is enough. I’m going to trust God for bigger and better things!’ It’s in such moments that destinies are changed.
Bottom line: the decisions you make today will affect not only you, but your children―so ask God to help you make the right ones.
SoulFood: Josh 16:1–19:23, Mark 10:13–22, Ps 112, Prov 23:13–15
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020
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