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We all want kids who win. No parents want their children to fail and suffer in life, but few parents actually invest the kind of time it takes to make their children winners. On the other hand, our enemy spends plenty of "quality" time harassing our children. Today they face a host of challenges, problems, fears, and anxieties.

With this in mind, it is good to know that in spite of what may be happening in your family right now—through divorce, separation, financial, or family struggles—you can believe God for your children to come out on top.

Help Secure A Bright Future For Your Children
You can help your children avert disasters the enemy has "scheduled" for them. You can quench the devil's darts and confuse his plots. You can prepare paths of safety, success, and health. And you can lay the groundwork for God to have His way in your children's lives - all by your confession. Then, as your children grow, you can teach them to confess the Word of God for themselves. When tests and trials come into their lives, they are prepared and equipped to gain the victory.

Begin to change your confession during your daily Bible reading. As you read the Scriptures each day, notice desires for your children quickening in your heart. You may be reading something in Psalms or Proverbs and it says exactly what you believe about a particular subject. That quickening, or heightened interest in a scripture, is the Holy Spirit giving you something He desires too—a scripture to confess over your children to start building that promise or truth into their lives.

The next step is to keep a prayer journal handy and mark these scriptures, adding them to your prayer and confession list. But the most important step comes next: Your confession over your children does not end in the prayer closet!

How you react to your children, what you call them, and how you respond to them all form your confession and go to their spirits as well. Suppose one of your children tells you at dinner (and I hope your family isn't eating around the television every night!) that he received a low test score that day. Do you react violently and scream, "Well, that's the last straw! You bonehead! You never could get that subject! What am I going to do with you? Didn't you study? Get out of here and don't tell me about another score like that until you've studied all night!"

Does that sound anything like you, or does the following scenario fit you better? In response to your child's announcement, you calmly say, "Well now, let's talk about that. How did you study for the test? Do you need some help preparing for tests? You CAN get this material because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Don't let yourself think you can't get it. Let God help you. The anointing will be there to help you study and to take the test. You may have to give some extra time to studying, but you can pull up that grade."

Which reaction would you rather get as a child? Maybe your parents failed at supporting and helping you through crises. Don't make the same mistake with your children! As you confess God's Word over your children, let it be a two-edged sword and work on you as well. Let it correct your shortcomings, and believe the Holy Spirit will guide you in your daily confessions over, and conversations with, your children.

Good Scriptures to Confess Over Your Children and Why
Let's look at some scriptures you can confess to lay a strong foundation in the lives of your children.

"You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and keep us from this [evil] generation for ever" (Ps. 12:7 AMP).

If we read the newspapers or watch the news on TV often enough, we may begin to think it is better for our children never to leave the house! We are often afraid of certain schools, neighborhoods, and people because we are afraid of what might happen. This promise in Psalms should relieve our minds.

No matter where our children are, God is able to keep them from this evil generation. We can't control every classroom, family, or even estranged parent our children may visit or spend time with. However, if we are building this promise into their lives by frequent confession, we activate a force of protection around our children.

God Preserves, You Persevere
Some parents want to put all the pressure on God after confessing scriptures like Psalm 12:7. They say, "Oh well, I guess I will let my child spend the night with Bad Butch since he wants to, and God will just have to protect him." Guess again!

You are the authority figure in the home and God honors authority. If you relinquish that authority by consciously making wrong decisions, you are asking for trouble. God will preserve your children, but you are part of His hedge of protection. If you give them permission to be in evil situations without total peace from the Holy Spirit, you seriously compromise God's covering over your children.

Is the Holy Spirit giving you a "caution light" or "red flag" about an activity your children enjoy or certain people with whom they associate? That is God preserving your children by telling you when to say no. Learn to make those unpopular decisions when the Holy Spirit directs you to.

Although you may not always be able to give your children a concrete answer, you can say with confidence, "I think we'd better wait on that," or "I'm not comfortable with this. I think you need to find somebody else to go to the party with you." You cannot teach your children to be led by peace and then make decisions for them that do not give you peace!

"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. ...

"Moreover by them is your servant warned, [reminded, illuminated, and instructed]; and in keeping them there is great reward" (Ps. 19:7-8,11 AMP).

This passage can pave all kinds of clear paths for your children. If divorce has disrupted their personalities and sense of security, the Word of God can restore the whole person—spirit, soul, and body.

If depression has plagued any of your children, the Word of God you confess can cause their hearts to rejoice. If they have struggled in their studies or in relationships, God's Word can make them wise and enlighten them. If they get into a compromising situation, a simple verse of Scripture can remind them of God's will, instruct them in what to do, and even warn them of danger.

As you begin your confession and prayer time, remind God that these promises are His Word. As you call out each one of them, expect them to go into effect in the lives of your children—even when it looks like the opposite is happening! This passage is a good daily confession and will give the Holy Spirit a wide entrance into the hearts of your children.

Supernatural Protection and Provision
For brevity's sake, I will not print Psalm 91 in its entirety, but take a few minutes to read it before you read further.

Every verse is power-packed. Why should you fear drive-by shootings, attacks at school, kidnapping, or sexual abuse? You can see in this psalm that God desires to provide a realm of protection that is supernatural. We may lock our doors at night, leave our children with the best baby-sitters, and take lots of extra precautions, but there is no substitute for the supernatural intervention of angels and Holy Ghost protection over our children!

Our "Kids Like You" Team regularly assists in inner-city crusades. We are often saddened by what some of the children to whom we minister must face. Many of them sleep in their clothes for fear and necessity. They do not know if they may have to jump up and run for their lives in the night. That kind of fear, the kind you can "taste," should not have to be experienced by any child, but particularly the children of God.

As you read carefully through Psalm 91, confess that your children dwell in the secret place of the Most High; that surely God will deliver them from snares; that no evil shall befall them nor any plague or calamity come near them; that God's angels have a special charge to keep, defend, and preserve them in all their ways; that God will be with them in trouble, will deliver them, and will satisfy them with long life.

Source: Confessions for Raising Winning Kids by Cathie Dorsch
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Cathie Dorsch
Web site: Agape Church
 
Cathie Dorsch is an Associate Minister, and has been on staff at Agape Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, since 1980. She produced Kids Like You, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV program for children that still airs all around the world! She is the author of Confessions for Raising Winning Kids along with numerous teaching series. She wears many hats at Agape including Pastoral Care, life groups and leadership.
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