Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kingdom Minded Kids - Part 2B

Continuing on in the series... to have Kingdom minded kids you must have Kingdom minded parents! 

How do you be Kingdom minded? 
A. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. And...

B. Have a knowledge of the Word of God and actually use it! 

You can't be Kingdom minded without knowing the Kings Word. I'll break it down... The King is God. The  Kings Word is the Bible. YOU MUST KNOW THE BIBLE. Devour it. Hunger and thirst for it. Want it. Read it. Love it! 

Once you've read it do what it says. Be obedient and open to what it tells you. Align your life along side it. Let it be your guide, your moral compass, your comfort, your truth, your refuge, your strength, your help, your go to book, your standard... I think you get the picture. If you do this you won't go wrong! 

Now it's one thing to know the Bible stories and the scripture but if you are not taking it on board and applying those very words and examples to your life what good is it?! It is a living breathing word. It has relevance. It is real. So use it daily. If you're not sure how to use it, ask God to show you. 

Let the words become precious and real to you. May the words be your daily bread. Let them sustain you and teach you and give you strength and joy and peace and hope and promise and purpose and guidance and love. 

Now take it to another level again! 
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 

If the word of God is a sword then it is a weapon. But just like a physical sword that you would hold and use in a battle; we must hold and use our weapon - the word of God. It is there for our defence and protection. As Christians we are always in a battle we may not see it or even feel it. But we are and our weapon needs to be used. Is your weapon shiny and bright and clean? I hope not! I want mine dirty and used, showing some battle scars. 

When the enemy or a situation comes against you declare the word of God over it. Tell the situation to get into Kingdom order. Don't be tossed around by the wind of life. Let the word of God hold you steady and planted. 

Ephesians 6:10-17 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Kingdom Minded Kids - Part 2A

To get Kingdom minded kids what do we actually do? 

Firstly to have Kingdom minded kids, you need Kingdom minded parents! So this is for you mums...

A. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

Romans 12:2 (NLT) says "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." 

As the scripture says, you shouldn't think or copy the behaviour of the world. Actually as Christians we are meant to be different. In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus calls us to be the salt and light of the world. 

So that means you don't have to parent how the world does. Be the salt and light through your parenting.  

Choose to think positive thoughts. Choose to be happy. Choose to walk out your faith. 

Think different. Live different. Act different. Learn different. Speak different. Obey different. Work different. Give different. Worship different. Parent different. 

I see it as a form of surrender. When you gave your life to Christ you surrendered it to him. It is not yours anymore. That includes your thinking. Your thinking should be His way of thinking. Surrender your thoughts to Him! 

Colossians 3:1-2 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 

Change your thinking, behaviour and customs. Be the salt and light you were called to be. Think as Christ would think. Be Kingdom minded. This brings me to my next point... 

Stay tuned for Part 2B

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kingdom Minded Kids - Part 1

We are doing something new in our house. I mean new for us. Its not a new concept as far as I'm concerned. It's just not as common as it should be. What is it? ... 

I'm using 'Kingdom minded thinking' to parent our girls. Sounds simple right? 

Previously (like last month) we parented how we best saw fit. Of course our aim was to bring up good Godly children but there was no real strategy or grand plan. Lots of little plans and ideas yes. We had our ways of doing things. A Biblical view yes. A foundation of love yes. But not one clear vision so to speak. 

What we were doing wasn't wrong. Afterall there's no handbook given to you when a baby comes out. Lots of parents make it up as they go along, read books on what to do, or just do the best they can. What we have been doing has produced good, well mannered, unselfish children (most of the time). They know the Bible and know what prayer and praise is. But is that enough? 

Our new parenting gig is to be Kingdom minded. (I see this as different from just a Biblical view). Now every word of God, the ministry of the Holy Spirit and power of Jesus Christ is really key. I'm sure some of you are thinking duh! Bear with me because I've only just got this revelation. 

I want more than good, well mannered, unselfish children. I want them to not just know the Bible but know how to apply it to their lives. I want children who know God personally, who have His abundant favour and blessing, who sense the Holy Spirit and walk through life (even now at 2 and 3 years old) with His anointing. I want them to encounter God and encourage and motivate others to do the same. I want them to have confidence and boldness and to know who they are. Not their view of who they are, not the worlds view of who they are, not even my view of who they are. But for them to really know who they are in Christ! I want them to know and use freely the gifts the Holy Spirit has given them. I want them to love all people and to be unafraid, unashamed, zealous evangelists. I want them to see healing and seemingly impossible miracles take place in the name of Jesus Christ right in front of their eyes! 

Re-reading the above list of wants for my children, I'm thinking I would have said that I wanted this before. But now stepping into this new season - this new way of thinking- I know that it is possible right now! Not for them in the future as they get older. I don't need to lay a foundation of Bible stories and wait for a kid or youth leader down the track provide an environment for my girls to have a God encounter. They can do it all now. 

The Bible doesn't say you have to be a certain age to encounter and love God. It also doesn't say you have to be a certain age to be used by God. Young Samuel and David in the Bible are good examples that God does speak to children and God does use children to do big things for Him! 

1 Timothy 4:12 says "Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity." 

As Mothers we should take this on board. Don't think less of them, your children because they are young. Train them up in the ways of The Lord now. Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness and worship in them. Encourage prayer and an expectant heart. Let them dream dreams and see visions. Let them have faith and know that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Don't think they can't. They can! 

Reading the Bible to them, praying with them, and praising God together is no longer enough in our house. It's time to take it to another level! 

So now our aim and parenting approach is to bring up Kingdom minded kids! 

Stay tuned for the next part in this series. How to be a Kingdom minded parent! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A cherry on top!

It has been a while in between blog posts for me. Time has gone by but my God has remained faithful, constant, stable, miraculous, ever present and available! 

It has been a whirlwind kind of month for our family. We have found, purchased and moved into a new home. We helped Nanna Boyle move into her new home. We have had some sickness try to hold us back. We lost and found our beloved pet Harry. And I, Mummy Boyle attended my most favourite women's conference. 

It's really hard to know where to start... You know when you're in one of life's big seasons sometimes you just need to knuckle down (which may mean not doing all you normally do or all you want to do). That's been me for the last 4-6 weeks! 

But I testify that even through all my knuckling down and the long days (and nights) God is still there and He met all my needs. Praise Him! I'm am so thankful for all He has done! I will give Him praise always. 

And who knows that with God he doesn't just meet all our needs, but he exceeds our expectations and blesses us over and above what we ask or need. I certainly know it. God always puts a cherry on top and whipped cream on the side! (Yum)

What a generous God we serve :) 

P.S. I'm back!