A Decree over your Kids
Our words are powerful.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Hey, I didn’t say it. The man after God’s own heart did. Proverbs 18:21.
But what does that even mean?
You know, it’s incredibly mind-boggling, if you think about it, that Creator-God breathed the entire world into existence with His words.
He spoke it – and us – into being.
And it was.
And we were.
You know what’s also on the verge of overwhelming? That He created us – you and me – in His image. And when He did that, He gave us not only the power to choose our words but with them to bring both life and destruction. As He does.
Oh, and you better Selah just once more ‘cause that’s pretty incredible.
To speak life is to speak God’s perspective over an issue.
To speak death is to affirm life’s negatives, declare defeat or complain constantly.
Here’s one more that’ll make you go hmmm. “If we’re able to bridle the words we say, we are powerful enough to control ourselves in every way…the tongue is a small part of the body yet it carries great power!” (James 3:2, 5)
When we use that power-tool, the tongue, to speak God's Word out loud, it does something. We're declaring God's perspective over an issue. His truth. Sometimes totally in spite of what the situation looks like. We're decreeing His purpose into our lives. Speaking life.
Decreeing Scripture – confessing God’s word out loud and agreeing with it – brings strength, blessings, cleansing and more.
“Decree a thing and it shall be established for you." (Job 22:28)
Recently, I finished a book by one of my favorite powerhouse Christian women, Patricia King. The book is called God’s Law of Attraction. At the end, she shares several decrees – all based on Scripture – to pray out and speak over your life. One of the ones that stood out most to me was written specifically for our families and children. I loved it so much I had to share a part of it with you.
I would challenge you, if you’ve never spoken Scripture out loud over someone or something, to give it a go with this one. Speaking out God’s promises and His blessings over your kids or grandkids and believing your Maker for them? C’mon! Yes, please!
I hope you love this as much as I did. Remember, your tongue – your words – have the power to bring life.
A Decree Over Your Children
The Lord surrounds my family and entire household with favor as a shield. No good thing does He withhold from us. His banner is love over my home, marriage, and family. No weapon formed against us as a family prospers. What the Lord has blessed, no man can curse. We abide in the shadow of the Almighty and no evil befalls us.
My children shall be mighty on the earth, for the generation of the upright are blessed. They shall be as signs and wonders in the earth.
My children will flourish like olive plants around my table. They are a gift from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is my reward. My children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. My sons in their youth are as grown-up plants and my daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace.
Lord, Your covenant with me declares that Your Spirit which is upon me and Your words which You have put in my mouth shall not depart from my mouth, nor from the mouths of my children, nor from the mouths of my children's children. All my children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be their peace and prosperity. In righteousness they will be established and they will be far from oppression. They will not be led into temptation but they will know deliverance from evil.
I confess that my children are pure in heart and therefore they shall see God. They hunger and thirst after righteousness, therefore they are filled. The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon my children and they prophesy. The Lord's blessing is upon them. They will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water. One will say, I am the Lord's, and another one will call on the name of Jacob; and another will write on their hand, "Belonging to the Lord."
I confess that my children are seekers of wisdom and understanding. They hold fast to Your Word and to Your ways. They treasure Your commandments and they cry for discernment. The spirit of wisdom is poured out upon my children and my children's children, and words of wisdom are being made known to them.
The Lord keeps my family from falling and presents them blameless before the presence of the Father's glory with exceeding joy.
Deuteronomy 28:1-12; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 5:12; 84:11; 91:1, 10; 112:2; 127:3–4; 128:3; 144:12; Proverbs 1:23; 2:2-3; Song of Solomon 2:4; Isaiah 8:18; 44:3-5; 54:13–14, 17; 59:21; Matthew 5:6, 8; 6:13; Acts 2:17; 16:31; Ephesians 1:3; Jude 24