Children Are An Heritage By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Children Are An Heritage
Interestingly, it is another month and another opportunity to enrich your life on Family Life. I am devoting this month to you and your relationship with your children. The essence is to give you a better understanding of your children, so as to maximise this season in exploring the virtues that make a glorious destiny for your children.
Today, I shall be teaching on the topic, “Children Are Blessings.” I will like to begin by enlightening you on who those wonderful children, you have been privileged by God to bring forth, are. It is my prayer that your eyes will be opened to this truth, in Jesus’ precious name! You shall not have regrets over them!
God’s Word says: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate (Psalm 127:3-5).
This scripture says, “Lo” in other words, “Behold”, or in modern day English, it means, “look here” or “pay attention” because it is very important and crucial. Children are the heritage of the Lord. The word “heritage” also means “inheritance or blessings.” Children are gifts from God; they are blessings to the family, and are unique blend of their parents.
Also, children are given to us as part of our inheritance in Christ Jesus.In case you don’t have them yet, you can begin to envision them as part of your blessings in Christ. They are on their way, God has pronounced you fruitful. As long as you are a child of God, you are entitled to the blessings of children. No matter what the doctors have diagnosed as being responsible for the delay or barrenness, God is greater than that report. So, choose to believe the report of the Lord.
Reading that scripture again, Children are an heritage of the Lord…, you will understand that they belong to God, Who gives you the privilege to oversee, take care of, and bring them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord all the days of their lives. Therefore, when you receive them as the heritage and blessings of God, then God’s purpose for sending them to you gets manifested. Remember, they are not burdens, they are blessings; they are your heritage from God. So, from today, refuse to see them as burdens in your life.
Furthermore, your perspective in life determines your focus and interest. Somebody once said “your perspective in life picks your interest.” The Bible also says in Proverbs 23:7: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Also in Jeremiah1:11-12, the scripture says: Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. There are quite a number of parents, who see their children as burdens. When the children do something wrong, instead of standing up to their own responsibilities, they look at that child as difficult and troublesome.
When you see a child as a burden in your life, that child will truly be that to you. See them, and look at them with your spiritual eyes as blessings of the Lord. Proverbs 10:22 says: The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Considering this scripture, God does not want to bring sorrow to your life through your children. No! God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
Therefore, if He says your children are a blessing then, He will make His Word good in your life. If you have ever experienced sorrow over your children before, I believe God that, it will be the last you will ever experience in Jesus’ name! Maybe, you have children that are problematic or they are like “thorns” in your flesh. Today, I pray that God’s power will reach them, no matter how troublesome they are, God will turn their lives around for good in Jesus’ mighty name!
The introductory scripture also says: As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of thy youth (Psalm 127:4). An arrow to the mighty man is an asset. It is a blessing, not a burden; so also are your children. In other words, children are assets; they are blessings. Psalm 127:5 also says: Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. They are gifts from God to make you happy and not to sorrow.
Whatever may have been your experience, if your children are blessings to you, you will not sorrow over them. The spice that they are adding to your home, will not turn sour. They have been a blessing, and won’t turn to burdens for you. Blessings are God’s addition; they will not diminish. Also, if they have been otherwise, it is my prayer that God’s mighty hand will come upon them!
Every hard-heartedness in your children gives way right now! God, who has made them to be blessings, will cause you to rejoice over them. Great shall be your peace. You shall not miss it in Jesus’ mighty name!
In essence, seeing your children as God sees them is a product of grace which is only available to the redeemed of the Lord. To become a child of God, you must first accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you would want to receive Him right now, please pray this prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.