One of my favorite messages I heard about children is how powerful they are NOW...even in their early ages.
I really appeciate ministries who work with children and help raise them up into all God has for them.
I know this latest article will really inspire you parents in what your children can be released into.
I hope you feel empowerd to raise up the next generation in the Lord! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
You Cannot Have Us - We Belong to God
I saw an interesting vision a few weeks ago. I saw a vision of children dressed in armor, and they were standing in formation, eyes facing forward and intent on their target. I heard a sound arising from the children, "You cannot have us. We belong to God." It was only a moment, but I saw it plain as day.
In the moment that I saw this vision, I was pondering on the little children coming to Jesus and what I want my daughter to understand, even now at a young age. One thing that grieves me in the Body of Christ is the shortchanging of children and the call of God upon their lives at their current age. I fully believe that we place great limitations on children when it comes to the things of the Spirit. We underestimate what children can do or should do with regards to their role in the Body of Christ.
I believe what I saw was what the enemy perceives in the spirit about children: They are a threat to the perverted powers of darkness. It is not the adult stature that is foreboding to the devil, but He Who is within us. This includes children. Yet, have we disarmed our children by keeping them more or less entertained and away from the "deep" things of the Spirit?
Have we limited the flow of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives by telling them they have to be this tall and this age before they can run their race with endurance and be taken seriously? Have we created doctrines that a child cannot be expected to lay hands on the sick, cast out devils or speak with tongues? I strongly believe our children don't need entertaining, but equipping. We must train them up in the way they should go.
Arrows in the Quiver
It is no coincidence that the enemy targets the younger generation. There is nothing new under the sun. His tactics simply change in verbiage and presentation, but make no mistake the plan is the same. He sets out to bring a fatal blow to identity, and when identity is lost or killed, purpose is abandoned. The devil does not want a mighty generation to arise with holy fire in their eyes. When your life is hidden with Christ in God, the windows to your soul cannot deny the presence of His all-consuming fire. Our children are not exempt from carrying His fiery gaze. (Photo via Unsplash)
I was reminded of the passage in Psalm 127 regarding children, "Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed [happy, fortunate] is the man whose quiver is filled with them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies [in gatherings] at the [city] gate." (Psalm 127:3-5 AMP)
Children are compared to arrows in the hand of a warrior. Our children are meant to be fully equipped so that they can release the Kingdom of God. I don't think the devil is the only one to blame for all of this complacency regarding our children. We have desired our own personal encounters with God without ensuring our children their own.
The truth is our children need to not only see us lying prostrate before the Lord, but us inviting them to do the same. They need to be in the room when we are praying and worshiping God in an undone state. They need to be commissioned to go and to minister as unto the Lord in their schools and in their communities. This is how the tip is fashioned in the Spirit upon these mighty arrows.
Awakened and Called to Action
I sense this so strongly: Our children need to be awakened and called to action. I heard the Lord speak these words to me following my time alone with Him, "Raise up the children. Awaken the children. Pull them out of the quiver and release an onslaught on the powers of darkness. Reclaim their birthright before there is ever a chance to make them prodigals. Teach them to stay close to Me. Introduce them to Abba. Help them to know that they are a holy habitation now!" (Photo via Unsplash)
If you know a child or have children, I have exciting news for you: You are officially in children's ministry. Ministry to children begins at home. Children do not need babysitters at church, they need fellow warriors around them to sharpen their points so that they can be arrows unto the Lord. They need to know who they are in Christ so that their identity is sealed.
I believe that we will see very young children prophesying and fulfilling the mandate in Mark 16:15-18 alongside other generations, but it all happens when we begin to see them not as a hindrance, but an inheritance and we equip them with that belief in mind. Send out the arrows! Send the enemy fleeing in terror at the sight of God's children of war. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Dawn Hill Ministries and Lovesick Scribe
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Dawn Hill is a writer and blogger also known as the Lovesick Scribe. The inspiration behind Lovesick Scribe came about a few years ago when she started keeping a journal, following a powerful encounter with God's presence. Since that time, she has faithfully kept her journal and ministered at times on things that the Lord has given her to release or to meditate upon. Dawn is a wife, a mother, a prophetic voice, and above all else, a lover of His presence. She desires to stir up passion on the inside of you to glorify the Lord, to fall in love with Him, and to hear His voice for yourself. Dawn Hill's heart and ache is for His presence, and she desires to share His heartbeat with you so that your heart can sync its rhythm with His.
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