Like the story of Isaac generational blessings began with his ancestors. My mother’s parents were people of deep faith and they passed that faith to my mother who passed it on to me. I have a lot to be thankful in my life now because of faithful grandparents who have long gone to be with the Lord.
When we are obedient to God’s calling in our life it always benefits others. God often rewards others – particularly those closest to us us as a result of obedience.
How can obeying the Lord in your life right now begin to make a different along your spiritual journey to yourself and those around you?
How can you pass on the generational blessing to your family?
A. Be intentional and show by your actions. The best way to pass on the faith is to set the example yourself. Kids along with everyone else pay more attention to what we do than what we say. Learning how to pray before meals starts with mom or dad doing so. In addition kids learn how to pray for others after you have demonstrated praying for others. This also shows a child the power of prayer and part of loving others is praying for them.
B. It is never too early to start reading Bible stories to your kids. Children love to be read to and enjoy your full attention.
C. Unconditional love. We may not always like what our children do, but they need to know that your love is not attached to a good report card, or a certain behavior. A loved child is a secure child in an insecure world. 1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us. NIV.
D. Demonstrate forgiveness. As adults we make mistakes too and we need to ask others to forgive us. Kids pay attention when dad or mom apologize.
E. Most importantly pray and ask the Lord to help you pass on the faith.
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:26-27.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 8:26–27). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.