God’s Promise of Fruitfulness (Part 4) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: God’s Promise of Fruitfulness (Part 4)
Today, we shall be exploring on the topic ‘Having and Raising Godly Children’. Every child needs to undergo a process of moulding when he or she is instructed and drilled in preparation for the contest of life. In other words, every child needs training. Why? Simply because God is in search of a godly seed, and the only way to arrive at having godly seed is through training.
The Bible speaking to the couple says: Yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth (Malachi 2: 14-15). For us to make a difference as parents, we must learn the act of not only having but also raising children unto the Lord – Godly children who will live and take their generations for Christ.
No one comes into the world by chance. For every human creation of God (male or female), there is a purpose for him or her. We must be ready, therefore as caretakers of God’s creature, to discharge our duties with utmost care and according to the pattern, even as God Himself would have done it. I believe, therefore, that this article will be a useful tool for both the singles and the married.
For the singles, you have the additional privilege of having all the aces in your hands before you actually begin the experience. If you are young now, remember, one day it will be your turn to marry and begin to raise a family. You need the wisdom of God. If you know these things now, and you set yourself to applying them, then the Bible says, happy will you be. The Word of God never grows old. For those who are about to get married, as you look forward to a Godly man coming your way, also begin to plan and get ready for raising Godly children. We must see the ways of God as higher than our own ways and also better and more result-producing if we must find rest for our souls. For the grannies, the Bible commands to ‘teach the younger women‘ (Titus 2:4). Let us learn and pass Godly instructions to the future generation so that our world will be a better place. May the good Lord give us all understanding!
The Word of God can never fail. He doesn’t speak idle words. Our life and future depend on it. As parents, it is important that we understand how God sees our children because until we do, we cannot show them the exact direction to go. What is God’s perspective of our children?
Children are God’s heritage
The Bible says: Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalms.127:3). As far as God is concerned, children are His heritage. The word heritage means inheritance. Just as divine health is part of your inheritance in redemption, so are children. Just the same way you will react against sickness and disease, knowing that it is the devil trying to rob you of your inheritance, you must react against barrenness.
The devil comes to you in the thoughts of your mind and tells you there’s no way you can have children. Don’t start weeping, No! You have what it takes to stand your ground and tell him, “Devil, to hell with you! Children are the heritage of the Lord, not you. They are part of my inheritance in redemption. You can’t rob me of my inheritance. Now lose your grip!” I assure you that despite any negative medical report, you will carry your own children in your hands! You can stand your ground and God will honour your faith! In case the devil has made you shed secret tears because you are yet to have children, I want you to settle this in your heart that God has more than enough children for you and He will not deny you the privilege of carrying your own children!
Children are in His agenda
God must see children as important, otherwise, they would not have played an important role in His agenda, right from the beginning. Look at Samuel, as a child, he had begun to hear and understand the voice of God. What about David? It was as a youth (not an adult) that he killed Goliath. Then what would you say about Jesus? By the time He was twelve, the Bible says He was already in the temple, reasoning with doctors of the law. So, as a child, He was already in God’s agenda. All over the Scripture, children have always played an important role in the agenda of God. That is why I know that there is a place in God’s agenda for your children. Please allow them to fit into that.
Jesus Blessed Them
One further proof that God sees our children as very important is found in the life of Jesus. Jesus spent a great part of His ministry blessing children (helping, healing, raising dead children, etc.) If Jesus spent time blessing them, why do you see yours as a curse? The Bible records in Matthew 19:13-15: Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them.
Jesus not only carried the children and blessed them, But He also taught His disciples to respect them! So, children too deserve respect. What is wrong in saying sorry to them when you offend them? That word of apology may look small but those children never forget. But if you keep hurting them and never say sorry, you may think that they have forgotten but even after many years, the pain will still be there. If the disciples had to learn to respect children, so must you, because the children of today are the generation of adults tomorrow! Children are therefore not nonentities! They are young human beings. If you have this perspective of them, you will be able to train them more effectively.
It takes being a child of God to truly comprehend and understand the place of a child in God’s agenda. If you are not yet born again and you would like to, please pray this simple prayer: Having a Christian home begins with accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. 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 personal 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! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.