Vision of ministry to children – Introduction

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Prophetic word concerning children’s ministry

children's ministryI will release a great power over this work because the children are also my concern! You have not forgotten the little ones, I will do great things for them, and I will give them visions, dreams and revelations. You do not need to see how others do this, because I will instruct you and give you the key to this work. You will rejoice when you begin to see the fruit of the results of what I the Lord will do. I will raise these children up as prophets and they will be powerful intercessors. They will go to the whole country and to the Nations. In addition, through them, all will know the faithfulness of God! (Prophetic word given to the Vine in Goiânia, Brazil – 1999)

Why work with children?

1.    Because God works in each generation

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. (Psalm 145:4)

God is a god of generations; His purpose is to reach one generation after another with His love. When the Lord called Moses to take the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt he did not negotiate with Pharaoh, he left nobody behind.

Moses was tested, because Pharaoh tried to negotiate the lives of the children with him so that he would leave them behind in Egypt. However, Moses became an example of a leader with vision, because as he perceived God’s heart and knew that he should not negotiate or leave any of them behind. Why did he do this?

  1. Because he knew that God’s will was to free all of the people from slavery – Moses understood that the children were included in God’s plan of salvation for his people. Therefore, God’s will is that no child be left behind to perish. Therefore, we need to preach the gospel to them.
  2. Because he did not focus on the difficulties but considered the results – we negotiate with Pharaoh when we invest exclusively in adults and after considering the difficulties, ignore the children. Moses visualized the restoration of entire families and a future transformed by God’s glory.
  3. Because he had a vision – That generation failed to enter the Promised Land, but the children, the next generation, was able to enter Canaan. Moses had vision, he looked to the future and as a result, that generation of children became the generation of conquest.

2.    Because the children are part of Christ’s body

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

The only requirement for someone to become part of the body of Christ is the new birth. Those who believe as a child are saved. We do not need to wait until they grow up in order to preach the gospel to them. We must preach to them today while they are still children and more open to the gospel.

3.    Because we are forming a generation of overcomers

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)

A generation of overcomers expresses the image of Jesus and manifests the life of God in all manners of life, formed over time as fruit of much work.

Deliverance maintenance checklist

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Steps to maintain deliverancedeliverance maintenance

It is important to understand that remaining free of satanic prisons is not automatic. Freedom requires forgiveness and great commitment to principles of freedom. Here are some things that you can to do maintain your freedom:

Consciously allow Jesus to rule as your Lord and obey him in all areas of life.

Maintain a healthy routine of spiritual disciplines

  • Maintain a daily quiet time, keeping a diary of your difficulties and victories
  • Read the Bible every day
  • Involve yourself in a small group or Christian community
  • Keep yourself full of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

Take responsibility for the difficulties in your life

  • Don’t expect others to fight your battles for you
  • Don’t be passive
  • Don’t return to old patterns that caused your problems in the past

Practice forgiveness as a lifestyle

  • Remember that forgiveness is a free will decision that you make and not a feeling
  • Forgive quickly, no matter how hurt you feel
  • You may find that you must forgive some people repeated times for the same offense (forgive 70×7 times)

Make restitution for any debts you owe

  • Return any stolen goods you have in your possession
  • If you owe someone an apology, do it! Apologize face to face
  • Ask forgiveness and don’t put it off

Change your lifestyle if necessary

  • If watching television is a problem, stop watching it
  • If a friend is trying to get you to go back to old habits, stop spending time with him
  • Consciously change any bad habits you may have acquired like gossip, criticism, overeating, worldly literature, lies . . . (make your own list)

Learn to combat temptation

  • Sing praise songs, reading the Psalms
  • Pray fervently in the spirit
  • Take authority over evil spirits that try to bother you by sending them away in Jesus’ name
  • When you feel vulnerable, ask others to pray for you

If you fall into sin, repent quickly thus closing the door to the enemy

Do not permit that sin or other problems separate you from God, continue to trust in the forgiveness by the blood of Jesus Christ over your life.

Fight the good fight against the enemy

When you feel overcome by any problem or when the enemy attacks or tempts you again, appropriate your deliverance immediately. Identify the open door that occasioned the problem, close it (forgive, repent, ask forgiveness, firmly renounce the action, attitude or spirit involved), steadfastly break the power of any one of the mentioned things in the name of Jesus and cast out any spirit involved in the name of Jesus.

The following illustration was taken from a publication by Neil Anderson:

If I visited your house tonight and knocked on your door, you would first come to see who was there and then you would have a choice to make. You could open the door to allow me to come in, or you could keep the door closed and deny me access. In the same way, when the enemy tries to invade your mind with lies and accusations, you have a choice to make. You can choose to allow those thoughts to come in, or you can deny them access. To “open the door” to the enemy’s lies, you simply remain passive. You let him set the agenda for your thoughts. To “close the door,” you take your thoughts captive; you decide what to believe.