Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Faith comes by hearing!

Romans 10:17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told],...

Faith, trust, belief, comes by hearing what is told...  This is a primary truth when raising children.  

Our words have creative power in them.  If people are repeatedly told they will "never succeed," their belief system becomes built around those statements.  If you see the potential in your child, and you repeatedly let them know it, and build on it, they will grow up knowing that with God all things are possible in their lives.  The faith that is built on what is heard can be belief and faith for a NEGATIVE result or belief and faith for a POSITIVE result...

“Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”  (Col 4:6 MESSAGE)

I made it a point never to expect perfection with my children, but to be delighted with their efforts, with their learning from their mistakes, and with them striving to live up to the potential God gave them.  I would be disappointed if they lived or made choices below the standards God equipped them to live, but the words they heard me speak about them and to them were words they could hear and believe for success in their futures.

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”  (Eph 4:29 AMP)

Challenge:  What words do your children hear you speak about them and to them?  Is the faith, trust and belief in the things they hear you say faith for a POSITIVE future or a NEGATIVE one?   Make a mature choice and ask the Lord to help you to totally eliminate any negative, demeaning, or degrading words to your children.  Let your words constantly and consistently minister and be good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of your children, a blessing, giving grace!

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