Transforming Power of God's Word In A Child's Life
By Kim Butts
Jeremiah 29:11, God makes a tremendous statement: “For
I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What a powerful legacy for any child--or for any Christian!
Almighty God has told us that He has wonderful plans for us.
When I read this passage, I am encouraged immeasurably by the Lord’s
love for me. Does your child feel
encouraged and uplifted daily by the Lord’s love for him or her?
You can allow God to make a profound impact on the lives of your children
simply by making His Word known to them, and giving them opportunities to
experience the power of the Word of God each day.
There is no circumstance, no difficulty, or lifestyle which cannot be
transformed, changed or overcome by the Word of God as the Holy Spirit convicts,
strengthens or encourages His people. Once
children realize who they are in Christ, they will have every tool they could
possibly require to live a joyful, Christ-centered life.
are some practical steps toward bringing your children to fullness in Christ,
through employing the powerful Word of God:
Pray Scriptural prayers for your children.
you are not daily lifting up your children in prayer…who is? Stormie Omartian, noted author, has stated that “Prayer is
seeking the presence of God and releasing the power of God into your
children’s lives.” I know of no
better way to do just this than to pray His Word into their lives and
situations. For example: Pray Romans 12:9-12 by focusing the words of the scripture
upon your child: Lord, may the love my child shows for others be sincere.
Help him to hate what is evil and cling to what is good.
May he be devoted to others in brotherly love.
Help him to honor others above him.
Father, I ask that my child would never be lacking in zeal, always
keeping his spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
May he be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Help him desire to share with God’s people who are in need, and may he
always practice hospitality.
course, there are many passages of scripture which lend themselves to powerful
prayer; however, you can now see the tremendous impact such praying will have
upon the life of any child. Unleashing
the very Word of God into their daily lives will allow you – and them – to
see the power of God at work within them.
Would Jesus Do?
a wonderful question has been circulating all over the world: What Would Jesus
Do? It is a simple reminder that
whatever we are about to do and say should be measured against the standard of
Christ. When a child can simply
stop and think how Jesus would handle a certain situation he or she is facing,
it is a lot easier to make a wise decision.
This will only happen if children are taught that Jesus is the standard
upon which we are all measured as we walk with the Lord.
It is the Word of God that reveals this behavior in powerful ways to our
hearts and spirits. When children are truly walking in the Light of Christ, they
will desire to seek after the answer to “What would Jesus do in my
situation?” or, “What would Jesus say if He were faced with this
decision?” God’s Word has
revealed the character of Christ so fully that it is impossible not to have a
good direction in which to head when these questions are asked.
For example, when someone is unkind to your child, and he is angry or
wishes to take revenge…ask your child, “What would Jesus do?”
Take him to the passage in Matthew 5:43-45 that says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your
enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Offer to pray with
him about the “offender” until he is readily able to do it himself.
By taking your child to the Scriptures, you will give him a lifetime
strategy for making decisions, and for choosing right behavior, based on what
God desires instead of what culture or human nature dictates.
daily truths from God’s Word with your children.
children learn that the Bible is indeed a living, active, relevant book for
their lives today, they will be more inclined to make it the final Word on any
decision, question or conflict in their lives.
It will be the foundation upon which everything else is built.
Knowing that God’s Word is true is a great reassurance to children as
they face temptations and trials in their lives.
“All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2
Encourage and help children to memorize God’s
Word, effectively hiding it in their hearts.
children have the Word of God hidden in their hearts, it will be the first thing
to surface in times of need, trouble or uncertainty. When they learn to depend upon God first – before depending
upon their own resources, or the solutions of others, they will live “…peaceful
and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2).
Deuteronomy 30:14 says, “No, the
word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey
it.” Until the Word is
learned, it cannot be obeyed. Similarly,
children learn what is and is not acceptable in the home as they carelessly do
the wrong things until they learn what the right behavior is. God’s Word is the path to right living.
Here also are several Scriptures for children to memorize to remind them
of the importance of the Word in their daily walk with God:
“I have hidden your word in my
heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
“Your word, O Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens. Your
faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and
it endures” (Psalm 119:89-90). “Your
word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
5. Teach your children promises God has made in His Word, and how they can
claim His promises through faith.
His promises are true and right and trustworthy.
As children learn that God means what He says, and that His Word can be
trusted, their faith will be strengthened.
For example, in Deuteronomy 31:8 we read: “The
LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor
forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” When a child is
facing uncertainty, discouragement or fear, show him this powerful promise.
Help him to memorize it and to claim it whenever he is in difficult
circumstances: “Lord, You have
said that you will go before me and be with me.
You will never leave or forsake me.
Because you promise this, I will not be afraid or discouraged.”
for the past, present and future of your child’s life:
Past--in some families, the past can play a detrimental role in the life
of children. Often, this past has
nothing to do with the behavior of the child, but on the behavior of ungodly
generations before him. It is important not to accept or perpetuate a past that is
unacceptable to God. Never dismiss
or accept certain patterns such as alcoholism or divorce that keep showing up by
saying, “Well, these things just seem to happen in our family” or, “It
just runs in our family.” Jesus
gives us victory over such bondages. Things
that tend to “run” in certain families do not have to continue, just as
having “red hair” is not an acceptable explanation for a child’s anger or
stubbornness. The power of the Word
of God can break such bondages.
“You shall not bow down to them
or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the
children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those
who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and
keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:5-6).
The sins that happened in previous generations can be removed by a
generation that loves, honors and obeys God.
Fight back with the Word of God: Isaiah
61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign
LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the
captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!” Galatians
5:1--“It is for freedom that Christ has
set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a
yoke of slavery.” Titus 3:3-7
--“At one time we too were foolish,
disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We
lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of
his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy
Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our
Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs
having the hope of eternal life.” 1
Peter 1:3-5--“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his
great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can
never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are
shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be
revealed in the last time.”
Present--children have very real concerns and needs each day.
Ask your child daily how you can pray for him or her.
Everything is very serious to them – relationships, tests, sporting
events, decisions, right vs. wrong.
No matter what age, our children struggle with these issues and others on
some level regularly. Reminding
them of God’s tender care and guidance can reassure even the most anxious
child. “Cast all your
anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Future – even if your children are very young, it is appropriate to
pray for their futures. Your
prayers today should focus on your child’s tomorrows just as powerfully as his
present. Most likely, your
child’s future spouse has already been born. You want to pray that he or she is being raised by godly
parents, and will grow up delighting in the Lord, and being prepared to be just
the right life’s partner for your child.
It is important to pray for your child’s schooling, work, friends, and
ministry – in whatever area it might be.
If your child is older and already married, or working, etc. you can
adjust your prayers to reflect their futures as well.
Continue to remind them, help them to memorize, and always pray for them
Jeremiah 29:11--“For I know the plans I
have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
These are just a few of the many ways in which the transforming power of
the Word of God can impact your child’s life. No matter how busy our lives get, they should never be so
busy that we cannot share the delight of the Word of the Lord with our children.
May the Lord bless and keep you as you raise up this new generation for
the glory of God – to be used by Him to do more than we could ever think or