Teaching children to overcome

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How Jesus formed Overcomers

overcomer kidForming a generation of overcomers implies forming an overcoming mentality. We must teach the children to think as God thinks. We must understand that we as God’s people have the responsibility to form a generation of overcomers and learn to see children as potential leaders.

How Christ saw children

The natural mind is a mistaken mind. The church must function with a spiritual mind with respect to all things as well as with the leadership development of children. Consider Jesus as an example. He was a very important person and although in his day, society considered children insignificant and unimportant, he valued them and drew near them. Even some religious leaders today have this erroneous mentality. Through their attitudes and sometimes even through their words, they affirm that children disrupt church services and therefore they should be removed from the building. Unfortunately, others leaders in the church believe that it is unnecessary for children to have an encounter with Jesus.

However, those who have the mind of Christ have a different attitude towards children. In Matthew 18 Jesus taught the proper attitudes that we should have toward children.

We must receive them!

Whoever receives one little child like this in my name receives Me. (Matthew 18:5)

We should receive children just as we receive the Lord. Therefore whatever we do with the children we should do with excellence. We do not merely entertain children; we seek to form a mentality in them, teaching them to think as God thinks.

We must not make them stumble!

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)

Our responsibility is to form a generation of overcomers and not to prevent this generation from knowing Christ.

We must not despise them

Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

We should not despise those who the Lord considers important. Children are a part of his body and as such, they should receive the proper attention that the Lord gave by his example.

We must not let them perish

Even so, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14)

If our desire is really to fulfil the will of God in our lives, then we cannot permit our children, our little ones to perish for lack of care and passion. Our passion is to edify a church of overcomers and this includes the children.

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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.