Each time that I read through the Bible, I am reminded again and again that God is not One to mince words. When God said something, He meant what He said and said what He meant. There is absolutely no flexibility in His communication. He said it, He meant it, and that’s that.
Case in point … when God told Joel that He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, He actually meant your sons and daughters. He was talking about the children born to you … that’s right, the person whose eyes are fixed upon this screen and looking at these words … Y-O-U. God didn’t say that some select children will be filled with His Spirit and speak for Him to their generation. He didn’t say that He was speaking only to preachers about their children. No, a million, billion times no. Before time was time, God had a great big “Y-O-U” on His mind and He saw the children born to “Y-O-U” passionately serving Him, being baptized in His Spirit, and moving powerfully in His anointing. There was and is no wiggle-room in His statement. Your children shall prophesy.
Why am I writing this? Because there are those who have bought into the enemy’s lies. At this exact moment, your son or daughter might be running as hard and as fast as possible away from God and bringing you disappointment after disappointment. You may have reached the point of throwing up your hands and giving up. But, God spoke to me earlier today. I sensed an urgency to remind you of God’s unalterable promise. He unwaveringly said the word “your” and He unmistakably had your children in mind when He spoke those words to the prophet Joel.
Here is the directive I sensed from God. Beginning today, go find your Bible and head to your restroom or some place that has a mirror. Once in front of the mirror, open your Bible to Joel 2:28. While looking into the mirror at the “you” mentioned in Joel, read aloud God’s statement and then tell yourself that God was speaking to the person that you are seeing in the mirror. Declare, “God was speaking to me and said that MY _______________ (fill in their name) shall speak for Him. God meant what He said and said what He meant about MY _______________ (proclaim their name again). Period. Satan, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. MY _______________ (say their name again) shall prophesy!” Do this again and again and again, day after day after day. Hearing God’s voice in your voice will cause your faith to arise. Why? Because God doesn’t mince words. His “your” was His final word about your son(s) and/or daughter(s).
Start planning the celebration party because God’s word will come to pass for YOUR children. That day will surely come.
Oh … one more thing. Share this blog post with other parents that have children running from God. They too need to learn how to prepare for their day of celebrating!
Great word Billy! And not just for those whose children are running from the lord, but for all parents, and grandparents to speak in faith over their families.
True! True! True!