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Age is not Kingdom (Luke 17:21); it’s cultural, tradition, religious, etc., but not Kingdom. Equipping the generations for the times in which we live, always preparing and making themselves ready for the glorious second coming of our King (Matthew 22:1-4, 25:1-13; Revelations 19:7), requires Holy Spirit leading, and will absolutely in no way be based on an individual’s chronological age (Matthew 25:13-40). Just as Jehovah, Father God does not judge as man judges with regard to physical appearance, ethnicity, economic status, etc. (1 Samuel 16:7), He does not accomplish His purposes in and through His people based upon their chronological age (Isaiah 55:8-9). This cultural, traditional, and religious mindset is simply not Kingdom. Interceding for eyes and ears to be opened in the Body of Christ regarding the truth of this great deception is paramount!

Christian parents enroll their children in the latest and greatest sports, musical/artistic, educational, or entertaining activities of all kinds, as well as have the latest and greatest technological gizmos from the earliest years for infant, toddler, and preschool ages. However, when it comes to equipping their children in the ways of the Kingdom, they continue to insulate them from the meat of the Word and the power of Holy Spirit – from true intimate relationship – through cute/fun stories, snacks, busyness, and activities.

Sound the alarm (Joel 2)! Cute stories, snacks, and fun/busy activities will never prepare this generation for their Kingdom calling nor for an eternal reign with Christ! Satan absolutely knows the children of this generation are spiritual beings called to do mighty exploits in the power of the Word and in the power of the Spirit (Daniel 11:32). As long as he has parents blinded by entertainment, developmentally age appropriate, and American dream mentality, Satan can render generations ineffective for the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. While at the same time, the kingdom of darkness is strategically deceiving and destroying the children of this generation through abortion, abandonment through drug-addicted/overdosing parents, pedophilia and pornography, physical and sexual abuse by those entrusted to care for them, bullying and suicide, sickness and disease, poverty, etc.. Additionally, educational, progressive, global, and political agendas, are all part of the counterfeit great deception increasing across the Earth with social media and the arts/entertainment as their megaphone. One only has to briefly engage in the mainstream media to comprehend the horrific ramifications of our current age-appropriate parenting strategies.

The children of this generation need the empowerment of the Word AND the empowerment of Holy Spirit. Both are absolutely critical on their behalf. There is no Jr. Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit can come upon a child even in the womb! The children of this generation need to be taught during the infant, toddler, and preschool years to hear Holy Spirit’s voice, to know the identity Christ purchased for them on the cross, to worship and pray (commune with the Lord), and to be empowered by the Word and in the giftings each has been uniquely given in order to walk out their calling on this Earth. Father God has great and good plans for this generation to be a demonstration of His infinite love and power. Parents who profess Christ must begin to mature in discipleship themselves in order to disciple their children, i.e. their gifts, their legacies, etc. in the very specifics they have been gifted and called to walk out in power. If we as parents don’t equip our children in the ways of the Kingdom from birth on, the world, Satan, and the kingdom of darkness will lie, steal, kill, and destroy them, from the womb on. The kingdom of darkness is not age-appropriate nor selective. Just as in the days of Moses and Jesus, Satan is aggressively after the children of this generation because God Himself has ordained for them to arise and shine with His glory for such a time as this in the midst of all the darkness.

The same deceptive mindset impacts the elderly generation, who are to be cared for, respected, honored, and given the wisdom leadership roles they are being called to play in these times in which we live. Currently, on both ends of the age spectrum, the enemy is deceiving the masses – deceiving the Body of Christ – for his own evil agendas. An understanding of this deception must begin in the Body of Christ before it will ever impact the world.

Scripture is filled with numerous examples of individuals who would be excluded according to current cultural and religious standards, as far being too young or too old to accomplish amazing exploits, including and especially His demonstration of sending His only Son in the form of an infant. Read the following examples, just for starters.

  • Abraham (100 years old) and Sarah (90 years old) gave birth to a son, Isaac: Genesis 17:17; 21:1-8
  • Joseph (17 years old when he received his prophetic destiny of saving the nation of Israel through two dreams): Genesis 37
  • Moses (80 years old) and Aaron (83 years old) were sent to confront Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt: Exodus 7:7
  • Joshua and Caleb (85 years old) when conquering the Promised Land: Joshua 14:10
  • Samuel (3-5 years old) when his mother brought him to the temple to minister to the Lord for his entire life: 1 Samuel 1:24-28; 2:11, 18-19, 26; 1 Samuel 3 (approximate 12 years old) when he first heard the Lord’s voice and was commissioned prophetically
  • David (10-13 years old) when anointed by Samuel, (13-15 years old) when commissioned by Saul to play the harp/drive away tormenting spirits, (15-17 years old) when he defeated Goliath: 1 Samuel 16-17
  • Daniel (approximately 11-15 years old) when Daniel was led not to eat the king’s food and began his leadership role while in captivity: Daniel 1
  • Jesus birth: Matthew 2; Luke 2 (12 years old when all who heard him in the temple were amazed by His understanding, continuing to grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men.

What is the solution, Believers? Stop raising your children to look like the world they are being raised in – we are called to be in the world but not of it (John 17:16). Stop raising your children according to the lens of the American dream, race, culture, ethnicity, age, standards for success, etc. Get going on a deeper walk in the Word and a deeper walk in the Spirit yourself. He desires ALL of us – wholeheartedness – as opposed to compartments, pieces, parts, schedules, and time slots. He wants us to be zealous and fanatical. Case in point: sports and music icon fans have absolutely no problem comprehending zealousness or fanaticism at ANY and ALL ages.

Take your children with you on the journey of discipleship, irregardless of their age. Don’t try to entertain them, keep them quiet, or satisfy them with food, but rather teach them to hear Holy Spirit’s voice for themselves. Teach them to enter into worship, to pray, to draw/write down what they hear, see, and dream. Talk about/to the Lord continually from the womb onward. It intentional, it’s purposeful, and it requires diligence, persistence, and continual daily focus.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9, “Now this is the command; the statutes and the judgments (precepts) which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, so that you might do (follow, obey) them in the land which you are crossing over [the Jordan] to possess, so that you and your son and your grandson may fear and worship the Lord your God [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect], to keep [and actively do] all His statutes and His commandments which I am commanding you, all the days of your life, so that your days may be prolonged. Therefore listen, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly [in numbers], as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one [the only God]! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being]. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be [written] on your heart and mind. You shall teach them diligently to your children [impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths] and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand (forearm), and they shall be used as bands (frontals, frontlets) on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

In conclusion, I want call attention specifically to the creative arts, as does Scripture (read the Psalms, just for starters). The creative arts are to be permitted, nurtured, developed and skilled for worship and intercession throughout all ages. We were created to express this naturally. We have to be taught to express it silently, religiously, and privately. We have to be taught to give our worship and exuberant praise to the false gods of this world (Lens: have you been to a ball game or a concert recently? Have you taken your children or have they participated for themselves?).

We love, belong to, and serve an infinitely creative Heavenly Father – all of creation is attributed to His handiwork. The entire Old Testament points to man’s need of a Savior through the mercy and compassion of a loving Father. Jesus perfectly fulfilled His calling on our behalf. Everywhere He walked, creative miracles manifested on Earth. Why? Because He was, is, and always will be One with His Father. Every where His true disciples walked, creative miracles manifested. Why? Because they became One with Christ, who was, is, and always will be One with His Father. The sons the Earth is groaning for in Romans 8:19 are being called forth. Sonship has nothing to do with chronological age. It has to do with the finished work of Christ on behalf of those who profess His Lordship, seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness, exchanging His life for theirs. There is no more perfect time than infancy to preschool to nurture a testimony in your children that they walked with Jesus in the power of Holy Spirit and the Word all the days of their lives; to be extravagant and wholehearted for Jesus the moment you choose to dedicate and nurture your children to and for Him.

It simply has to do with being led by Holy Spirit into all Truth, irregardless of age; loving the Father and loving others in the power of Christ and in the power of the Spirit, irregardless of age. It’s most often adults who find this difficult, not children. A lost, broken, and needy world is waiting for the sons of the Most High to arise in the midst of the darkness. Expect the creative arts and musical giftings to manifest in both young and old ages; expect amazing inventions, entrepreneurial endeavors, and discoveries in both young and old ages; nurture and equip skill in their giftings beginning in the preschool years, and always point their purpose to the glory of the Lord. Be intentional about including and seeking out the mentorship of the wisdom generation who intimately walk with the Lord. The Kingdom will eternally be multi-aged – multigenerational – and includes every tongue, tribe, and nation.

In my curriculum, The Children’s Heart Cry…Equipping A Generation To BE The Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth, I address specifically in detail things addressed in this post and much more, including suggestions for families growing your children in wisdom and in stature. Visit The Arts Expressed under Latest Products for details (Also available on Amazon). See also my latest CD Release, Sound Expressions For Kids, with instrumental holistic infused frequencies and specific Scriptures to activate our Father’s intent for your/His children. This CD is perfect for quiet time with the Lord, prayer time, spontaneous worship, reading the Word, calming behavior and holistic healing, for nap/sleep time, car time, etc.. See also CD Baby, iTunes, and wherever digital distribution is available.