Brave Parents

“"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction."”
Malachi 4:5-6

Brave parenting is the key to multi-generational revival. Brave parents break generational curses and open a healthier future to their children. Parents of all ages have the power to pave the way for Christ's return. Through a decided pursuit of God and an honest acknowledgement of personal faults, parents can reshape their children's future.

The story of God's chosen people is a powerful commentary upon the desperate need for Godly parents. A personal connection to God does not automatically translate into effective parenting. Men like Jacob, Samuel, and David were powerful spiritual leaders in their time yet they failed to lead their own children. As a result, everything gained by a single generation was lost by the next.

Various elements contribute to the way we interact with our kids. Our families of origin are extremely influential in shaping our own homes. Unless we intentionally engage unhealthy family dynamics our children will continue to perpetuate our brokenness. This is what the scripture refers to as the sins of the father being visited upon successive generations.

When we choose to tackle sin in our lives we are rewriting our children's future. We don't have to continue modeling impatience, poor money management, or overeating. We can establish traditions and healthier dynamics. Family worship and a personal devotional life if practiced will imprint upon the next generation a new norm.

Our children don't need perfection from us, they simply need to witness our best efforts engaged for their good. They need our humble honesty as we battle to rewrite their future upon a firmer foundation than we stood upon at their age. Our children need to see us running after God and casting our burdens on him. We may not overcome on every front before our little ones start families of their own, but even in the areas we are still wrestling we can pass on an honest battle rather than a passive acceptance of brokenness.

Adult children are also deeply impacted by the continued growth in grace of their parents. There is still time to write a brighter future for the next generation. Before the end comes we will see reconciliation of parents to their children of all ages. If we will take the promise of Malachi 4:5,6 seriously and engage our best energies in strengthening the family circle, there will soon be a generation standing upon the earth which is equipped to finish the work.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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