The Prophetic Child
Much is being said about the prophetic ministry today, and as God's people are being called to rise into the prophetic office there has come with it questions concerning the welfare of the children. As a mother and a prophet, I too have the same concerns, yet being brought up in a prophetic home, I have a lifetime of experience to relate to as a Prophetic Child.
The biggest mistake prophetic parents make is to think that when the take up the call of God in their lives, it is they that have made the decision for themselves and a path they will walk alone. First off I want to make it very clear, when you answer the call of God on your life, you are answering the call of your children's lives on their behalf as well.
The children of the priest were consecrated as priests themselves when they reached adulthood. The calling of the parent fell onto the child, and so it carried on through generation after generation. If you have answered that call to the Prophetic Ministry, realize that you have submitted your children to that call as well. They will be the ones who are going to walk through this call with you and they are the ones who are going to be most effected by it.
So to get your mind straight, realize right away: Your children will never be normal. They will not be part of the status quo and they will not be average children like their peers. They have a calling on their lives and just as God has prepared you through the years, so is He going to prepare them.
I know as a mother, it is my natural instinct to protect and guide my children onto the right path. I never want them to experience the pain and rejection I did as a child and adult. I want to shield them from the pain of rejection. It has taken me time to realize that it has been my pain and rejection from the status quo that has qualified me to rise into the Office of Prophet.
So too you need to realize that it is the trials your child is going through, that is going to prepare them for what God has ahead of them. It has been due to my parents obeying God and allowing us to go through what we did, that has prepared me to function fully as a prophet at a very young age.
It is very important that you don't quell God's work in their lives and try to hide them from God's fire. There are guidelines and I will share them as I go on. Taken from the story of John the Baptist this was said:
Do not expect your child to be in the limelight. To be the most popular, to fit in with the crowd. The prophet of God is hidden to grow, as was John. He was hidden in the desert and waxed strong in spirit. So will your child grow in the desert, just as you as an adult have learned to grow.
I can hear you arguing, but, they still need to be children, is it not unfair to load such a burden on them? There is a sacrifice involved on your part as well as theirs. Hey! It is not a total life of pain and sacrifice! There are rewards, which far outweigh the trial. Take this prophetic child for example.
This child of a prophet was called to anoint Jehu King over Israel! A child! What you need to realize is that God has a plan for your child's life. He has a purpose and a path for them that you cannot perceive right now.
How do you know that your child will not be one who is raised up to be a dynamic man or woman of God? Who will not be instrumental in dynamic change in the Kingdom of God? Dare you deny them that privilege? Dare you stand in the way of what God plans are to do through them? Dare you step in the way of a work that could change the lives of others through the ministry of your child?
Due to the calling on your life and the blessing the Lord has poured upon you, so are your children a partaker of that blessing. Here Paul tells Timothy that the faith that was in his grandmother and then his mother, now rests upon him as well. Your children will carry your blessing on. So it is no surprise to see prophetic children rise out of a prophetic home.
My grandparents on my dad's side were called to the prophetic ministry and every one of their children have a prophetic orientation. That blessing and calling has been carried down to myself and my sisters and brother. So it will be with your children. Your blessing will overflow to them. So do not expect them to be different from you. They will follow the example you give them.
I often used to cry out to the Lord and ask, "Why me?" Why couldn't I just have been born into a normal home, and be like all the normal kids? No matter how hard I tried I just never fitted in. I was different, I did things differently, I had a care where others didn't and I was very often hurt.
Well, I thought I would go to church. You see, my parents thinking that I needed good Christian group to socialize with, sent me to a Christian girls organization (similar to girl scouts). Well to this day most of my hurts and conflicts came from that time. I just wanted to be like the other Christian kids, but yet I was ostracized by them and the leaders!
They looked down on me because my parents were not like the other parents who were all involved in the church and ran after the leaders in the church. I had a commitment they could never understand. You cannot expect your children to be part of a system you struggle to be a part of. It will cause them more hurt being pushed into a mould you believe against, than if you let them follow their own path. They are with you in this one. Realize it and seek God for the heart and wisdom to cope with it.
After that I spent most of my growing Christian life not going to an official church building. I can tell you I learned more in those times of wandering the wilderness than I did in a 'church structure'. There were seasons when we were called to minister to a local church, but when our work was done, the Lord moved us out to be called to Him and His Kingdom universally.
What I have come to realize through all this rejection and trial, that the mind of a child could not understand, was that I was in the melting pot with my parents. As they were going through their preparation, so did the Lord use that time to prepare me as well. It sped up my progress and allowed me to be effective sooner than had I only begun intensive preparation as an adult.
We need to take a look at some guidelines here to ensure that your children grow up in their calling and follow through with it as they reach adulthood.
It is your responsibility as a parent to instruct your child in the ways of the Lord. To sit your child on your knee and fill them with the good things of the Lord. You spend much time making sure they are fed, well educated and have clean clothes, how much time lately have you sat them around to tell them about what the Lord is doing in your life? How much are they a part of what the Lord is doing in you?
I was blessed to grow up with knowledge of things in the Spirit. From very young my father encouraged me to move into the gifts of the Spirit. I remember seeing visions from very young. I have interpreted my own dreams since before entering my teens.
My favorite time of day as a child, was just before bed time when we would all gather on my parents bed and my dad would tell us about the Lord. He would read a bible story out of a book and then tell us about why the Lord did things the way He did. After that he used to pray and then encourage each of us to pray as well. I remember many times of praise and worship of which we were all encouraged to be a part.
I played the drums (more noise than anything else at that stage) my younger sister used to sing as we played and my youngest sister would hit it there on the tambourine. I remember hours and hours of our father teaching us how to worship, when to worship and how to enter into the Spirit. No amount of schooling or education or any worldly pleasure could ever come close to that.
Are you teaching your children how exciting it is to see visions, how wonderful it is to flow in the anointing? Are you teaching them about the Jesus you know and love, or are you trusting the leaders of a local church to do the responsibility God gave to you?
Well, you might say, "My husband/wife is not so keen on serving the Lord as I am. He/she doesn't share my burden and doesn't care very much what happens with the children's spiritual upbringing."
We had that very conflict in our home while growing up. My father was committed to the Lord in every way, while my mother on the other hand did not share his burden. She would rather sit in front of the t.v. than to join us in prayer. I remember her sleeping through all the bible stories and to this day I could probably count on my one hand how many times I have heard her pray out loud!
It is up to you to take your kids to the Lord. Whether your spouse shares your vision or not. The responsibility lies on you. Especially as a mother in their childhood. Solomon makes it clear all through Proverbs that the mother was to teach the child from birth.
Set time aside with your children, to teach them Jesus, to show them Jesus in your every day life. Just sending them to church on a Sunday is not going to do it. A youth group alone is not going to do it. It is up to you and you alone. Sure the child needs instruction from both parents and the child who has both certainly has the benefit. But it does not mean that hope is lost if you cannot have that. Give the little you have to offer and allow the Lord to use that to seed His faith and Word in their hearts.
What you put into your child as a youth will influence what he will become as an adult.
You seed the Word of God into the hearts of your children and they will never depart from it. It will seed deep in them and grow. Then when trials come, it will rise up and speak to them. It will guide them in times of temptation and lead them back to the path the Lord has set apart for them.
Often the child of a pastor or one called to the ministry goes right off the rails, sick and tired of all this ministry stuff (ask me I know!) They want to get out of this whole environment and test their wings. This is what every parent fears and tries to prevent from happening.
Trust me, the most committed child will need to have his questions answered and will seek them for themselves. You need to be there at this time to help them find those answers without restricting their freedom too much. The time has come for the child now waxed strong in spirit to rise up out of the wilderness.
I too had my time of total rebellion. I went totally off the ministry. I had never been part of what the world was doing and I wanted to test my wings. The best thing my father ever did for all three of us was to let us go. There comes a time when you as a parent have to let go and trust the teaching you have placed in them.
My dad also stressed when I started with all that worldly music and I was lectured often on how going to clubs and partying around would ruin my spiritual life. He never stopped me and even though I didn't know it at the time, he and Daph stood together for us every time we went out that the Lord would protect us, and that He would draw us back to Him.
I came to a point in it all when what had been put into me all my life rose out of my spirit. It was if I suddenly woke after a long sleep and I saw the Word practically in my life for the first time. The Word is indeed a two edged sword, it cut through my circumstance, my sin. It cut through my blindness to reveal the light and cut through my deaf ears to reveal the love of Jesus to me.
The Lord is so faithful, He never let me go. He had trained me my whole life to be His instrument, He was not about to let me be snatched from His hand. This is what you need to realize as a parent. Your child is called, your child is not your own. Never forget that.
The day you dedicated your child to the Lord, you handed her/him over to Him. It is the Lord's responsibility to care and keep them. Once you can let go and allow the Lord to complete His work in their lives, you will begin to see progress.
When the Lord rose me out of that time, I rose out of it in a spiritual strength I never had before. He revealed Himself to me in a personal way and from that time on I had my own revelation of who He was and what He wanted for my life. It was no longer a case of following in the shadow of my father but rather a case of rising out of the wilderness to take on a position set apart for me as an individual.
So my advice from the Word and from the heart. Instruct your children in the Word, teach them in a personal way about Jesus and how wonderful He is. Do not stifle their freedom when they feel the pull to go. There needs to come a balance.
They need to know their right and position in Christ and they also need to know that they have power to overcome the world in Christ. Once you have taught them, you need to let them practically apply what is in their hearts. The Word that is in them needs to be tried in the fire of experience.
You can be sure that the Lord will use anything they get into, to bring His word to life in them. They may run, they might stray, but be encouraged that the Lord will use all for good. He will not only use their own rebellion and sin to try them, but He will lift them from it as gold refined by fire. They will rise up with the Word practically burned in their hearts. They will have a testimony that the Lord is God and that His Word endures forever. Amen.
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