Life on the Go For Moms
Written by Harrison House
The Lord your God...will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
In the Bible, we find God repeatedly approving of His children. Perhaps the most memorable account of God's verbal approval occurs at His Son's baptism. Matthew 3:17 says, "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'"
At that moment, God publicly honored His Son. As mothers, we have the precious opportunity to speak approval into the lives of our children—to praise them, just as God praises us. (Zeph. 3:17. ) Admittedly, at times it seems there is little in our children to praise, but must it be any different for our heavenly Father with us? Not one of is without sin (Rom. 3:23), yet God rejoices over us.
Zephaniah 3:15 says, "The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy." Eternal redemption has come to all of us through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, and when we receive it we are no longer subject to the punishment our former sins deserved. We are not spiritual slaves or orphans. Rather, we are children of God.
For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry,Abba (Father)! Father!
As our Father, God gives us assignments and has high expectations of us. He knows that through Christ, we can do all things (Phil. 4:13), and He always sends us out on assignment with a word of approval. For example, when He sent Gideon into battle against all odds, He said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior" (Judges 6:12). When He called Saul, He explained, "This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel" (Acts 9:15).
(Rom. 8:15 AMP)
In each case, God named the person what He needed him to be so he could fulfill His plan. He pronounced Gideon a "mighty warrior," and Saul His "chosen instrument." In context, we know that neither man appeared to be what God was calling him. Gideon was self-described as the least in the weakest clan (Judges 6:15), and Saul had recently been "breathing out murderous threats against
the Lord's disciples" (Acts 9:1). Yet both men became exactly what God had called them.
In the same way, we can speak words of encouragement, approval, and faith over our children so that they can fulfill their God-given assignments. We can speak positive words over their spiritual condition, their behavior, their academic efforts, and everything about them.
As we speak words of faith over our children in their hearing, we fill them with the confidence and faith to become what we have said. Today, let's have faith in our children. Let's speak words of encouragement over them. Let's spend time rejoicing over them—just as their heavenly Father does. Then let's watch them rise in His strength to meet His expectation and fulfill His calling.
Take A BreakSpeak acceptance, approval, and faith-filled words over each of your children today.
Source: Life On The Go Devotional For Moms
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers