God is a strong supporter of parental honor, respect, and words. This is another area that is important to heed if we hope to gain victory over our enemy. If we fail to obey God in this area, our prayers will go unanswered. Before God answers our prayers, He will point to this area and many others. Observing this authority will heal parents, children, marriages, and churches. We can’t come to the Father unless we obey Him in the relationship He created for fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. It is time we pick up the wreckage we have created as parents and children and heal so our prayers are answered. Children need to come into this authority from one side and parents from the other. I’ll share a passage from an apocryphal book that I chose, because it emphasizes the Holy Bible’s standing on the respect, honor, and obedience of children toward their parents:
Children, pay heed to a father’s right; do so that you may live. For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers. In word and deed honor your father that his blessing may come upon you; For a father’s blessing gives a family firm roots, but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant. Glory not in your father’s shame, for his shame is no glory to you! His father’s honor is a man’s glory; disgrace for her children, a mother’s shame. My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considered with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root. In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins. A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother. (Sirach 3:1–16, NAB)
Copyright © 2018 Natalya Vazemiller This is excerpt from book She Divides the Spoil
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