I have a ritual before I go to sleep. Every night it is the same- just some nights are quicker than others. :)
I tuck in each of my 3 kids that are at home. I kiss them. I pray over them and their futures. I pray that they will always Seek His Face, Know His Truth, Imitate His Ways, Love His Word, and Live His Will. I tell them how wonderful I think they are and that I believe they can do anything they set their minds to - as long as it is in God's plan for their life. I then get in bed, kiss my darling husband, tell him I love him with all of my heart. As I go to sleep I pray for my oldest daughter and her family, praying the same things over them as I just have the other three. I then close with praying for my dear missionary friends and their families.
I said all of that to lead up to this. God has really been stirring something in my heart for the last three weeks. It started out as a simple thought, but it has grown and grown to be more of a consuming mindset.
For years I have claimed Isaiah 59:21 for my children and grandchildren. It says, "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the Lord. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the Lord.
Do you see how powerful that verse is? But that is not the consuming mindset that has set up residence in my thought life. This growing thought is taken from 2 Kings 2:9. You know - that familiar passage of scripture where Elisha asks to inherit a double portion of Elijah's spirit.
Hmmmmmmm. If my kids inherit a double portion of my spirit, what will they get? Will it be enough to sustain them in an ever-increasing evil world? Do I have enough of God for my children and their children and their children to receive enough from my double portion?
In case I have ever been complacent and become satisfied with the status quo on my relationship with Jesus Christ, I know have reason enough to stay on my knees until Jesus returns!
When Elisha requested that of Elijah, he had seen miracles of provision and restoration. He knew God heard Elijah's prayers. What legacy am I leaving my children? Is it enough for them to even ask for a double portion? Does my life make them thirst for Jesus? Do they look at me and want what I have? Is there enough stirring in their spirits to make them hunger for God's Word?
I am so humbled today, not condemned- just stirred. I want my children to do greater things for God than I have ever even imagined! In the KJV, Daniel 11:32 says "..... but the people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits." Wow!
So, my question for you is, if your children inherit a double portion of your spirit, what will they get?
Will they get more manipulation, more greed, more lust? Will they get more humility, more kindness, more love, or more anointing?
Determine in your heart right now, that God will reign supreme. Determine that He is the most important One in your life. Give Him everything! Be willing to lose everything for Him! (That's a whole new blog!) But - it is not too late to start building those spiritual fortunes for our kids and grandkids to inherit. Invest your time wisely- in the Word and in prayer. The returns are out of this world!
love you all!