SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD OVER YOUR CHILDREN
By Bruce Edwards
Proverbs 18:21 says, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” In other words we will “eat” – experience the words we speak. Our words are important they have tremendous power. They impact our lives and the lives of those around us. We can either speak words that bring life or words that bring death.
If you are a parent or grandparent raising grandchildren, or have plans of becoming a parent I want to encourage you to speak God’s Word over their lives. Speak words that edify, encourage, and instruct. Speak words filled with faith, grace and life. Don’t curse your children by speaking negative words over them. The Bible says much about the devastating effect of harmful speech. A perverse tongue “breaks the spirit” (Prov. 15:3). The tongue is “a fire, a world of unrighteousness… a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:6, 8). If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the tongue is mightier than the gun. It can kill a person in areas that reach much deeper than the physical body.
Instead release the Word of God over children.
When the Word is spoken over your children, it will accomplish God’s will for their lives according to Isaiah 55:11, “So, shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” The Word is a seed planted in the heart that will heal, protect, and cause them to be all God has ordained them to be.
When you speak the word over your children you will discover the blessing of confessing God’s promises over your children, and as parents see them raised up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. You can frame your children’s world by the words you speak.
God framed the world by the words He spoke. “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) Through God’s Word and faith in His Word, He framed the worlds. In Genesis chapter one, one phrase is repeatedly used: “And God said.” Then what He spoke came to pass. God called things that were not as though they already were (Rom. 4:17), and with children, it’s important that we call them blessed. It’s important to speak what we desire to see in them based upon God’s Word rather than coming into agreement with existing negative circumstances.
Words matter. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). Speak God’s Word Over Your Children!
Here are a few scriptures you can start to speak over you children:
My children are taught by the Lord,
And great is their peace.
My children are trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,
My children are willing and obedient,
They will eat the good of the land;
My children delight themselves in the Lord,
And He gives them the desires of their heart.
Psalm 27:1 – Philippians 4:13
God is the strength of my children and
they can do all things through Christ
who strengthens them.