How cute were our children when they were babies! Beautiful and dependent with a bright future
ahead of them which as parents we began planning. So much love! We are capable of the greatest
sacrifices for their welfare, health and future full of opportunities. As they grow, their sense of
independence strikes us because we have provided all their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
We are proud to see them healthy, we are delighted to see them happy but we lose sleep over their own decisions, their mistakes and losing their way.
How does the power of God manifest in us in these circumstances, whether you have a baby, a son /daughter of school age, teenager, adult or you’re raising grandchildren? Something basic that we must realize, it isn’t how many good deeds I do, how many times I go to church or how many hours I spend in prayer for our children to develop emotionally and spiritually secure in Christ.
Our focus must be first, who is my God because according to 1 Corinthians 8: 6 says, ” yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”
Second, what is my Guide: Romans 8:14 ” For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Third, which is / are my Fruits: Galatians 5: 22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
For our children to have the necessary tools to grow secure in Christ, we have to assess whether the power in us comes from our God who is the creator of all that exists or what the culture says. The word of God never changes or contradicts, God is not a father who changes his mind. So when our guide comes from His Word we are guided by the Holy Spirit, as it was with Jesus. We have the power of God in us through Christ who demonstrated all the fruits of the spirit.
Having a clear strategy for raising/guide our children or grandchildren, be taught of the knowledge of God, wisdom and discernment, then we can impart to them what has slowly permeated our soul and spirit, the fruits of the Spirit. There is no need to impose our unfulfilled dreams to our children, or lose control because we’re frustrated with them, or overwhelmed because they are driving a car, or agonize because they argued with the wife/husband. Recognizing that God has power and is in control frees us from the constant anxiety and uncertainty.
This is not to impose a religion but to be evidence for our personal relationship with God through Jesus so that they see and hear. As the children get older and understand, they see your actions are more similar to those of Christ.
They see the power in you.