November 2008 Newsletter
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By: Mike Shreve
You Can Change Your Children's Destiny by Mike Shreve
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The Shreve family, Mike and Elizabeth with their miracle children, Destiny Hope and Zion Seth
As you can easily assume from this recent picture, my wife and I are blessed with two healthy, bright, wonderful children. They are both MIRACLES.
Our son, Zion Seth, had a very traumatic birth that should have left him brain damaged (from oxygen deprivation). He is anything but mentally challenged — recently scoring in the top 5% in the U.S. on his ACT test. Seth was a toe-walker until the age of eight. A specialist suggested surgery, but the process would be risky. Sliced heel tendons might grow back correctly; then again, they might not. As we discussed the options, I heard God say, “Leave this place and don’t ever come back.” Soon after, in a large convention, two Spirit-filled ministers joined me in intercession over Seth for about 20 minutes. He was healed and has walked flat-footed ever since.
Our daughter, Destiny Hope, was an even greater faith-challenge. After viewing the ultra-sound image, the doctor concluded she had spina bifida and would probably be severely retarded. He said we should consider an “alternative.” By the look in his eye and the tone in his voice, we knew he meant abortion. Instead, we switched doctors — and more importantly, started claiming by faith that this mountain would be moved. Often during the pregnancy, my wife, Elizabeth, laid hands on her stomach and quoted Psalm 138:8 — “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me...”
Then she confessed, “LORD, this child concerns me. I am concerned over her health and her future. So I believe You will make her perfect.” Teary-eyed but trusting God, she often sang over this “princess-to-be” the popular song, “I Hope You Dance.” We even gave her the name Destiny Hope as a prophetic way of defying the prognosis that made her future look very hopeless.
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As my wife was giving birth, struggling with lingering fears, she nervously asked, “Doctor, how does she look?” Unaware of the Bible promise Elizabeth had been claiming, he responded, “She’s perfect.” And she was. Amazingly, by the time Destiny was four, she began showing a natural proclivity for worshipful dance. Coincidence? No way. Spirit-inspired intercession had penetrated her future and awakened God’s purpose in her life.
Against huge odds, both children came forth healthy and intelligent (a little too intelligent at times). Did this happen because they had Christian parents who were devoted to God — who sought God fervently — who trusted God to fulfill His promises? No qualms about it. Faith in God and the power of confessing His Word were the deciding factors.
The moment of inspiration
As you can see by these examples, parenting has never been easy for Elizabeth and me. It’s been a faith-fight from the start; and the fight continues. Several years ago, burdened over other issues my children were facing,
I began searching for new promises to claim. I didn’t expect what I discovered. The Holy Spirit began leading me to dozens of specific Bible promises that belong to my children (and future grandchildren), just because
of my walk with God.
I felt like a spiritual prospector who accidentally stumbled on a mother lode: a primary vein of gold in God’s Word. After “digging” about a year, I amassed a substantial pot of gold — 65 “nuggets” out of God’s Word — 65 biblical promises given to the offspring of those who serve God. What an empowerment I felt as a parent! How equipped I felt to pray effectively and prophetically over my children!
From that point, I quit pleading for a move of God in their lives. In the words of Psalm 2:7, I began to “declare the decree.” A “decree” is an order having the force of law. Because the King of Creation has decreed these things over our children; we have the right to declare them — to verbally enforce God’s laws in the spiritual realm, defying everything that opposes His purpose.
As this revelation blossomed within my heart, I realized, “This needs to be shared. There are millions of parents ‘out there’ who are praying in desperation, not in faith — who have little or no idea that these promises exist. I have to communicate this truth to them.” So I set aside several other important writing projects and focused
on getting this insight in print.
Meanwhile, I began praising God daily for the fulfillment of the 65 promises — decreeing that God’s Word be fulfilled for my son and daughter. Isaiah 44:3-4 quickly became one of my favorites:
“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. They will spring up among the grass
like willows by the watercourses.”
Within a few months of claiming this promise, my daughter was baptized with the Holy Spirit. After lying on the floor for about 45 minutes, crying and speaking in tongues, she crawled up in my arms and whispered, “Daddy, Jesus filled me — He really filled me.” Was the timing just coincidental? I don’t think so.
In the passage, the “grass” represents the people of this world (“All flesh is grass” — Isaiah 40:6). Our offspring are likened to “willows by the watercourses” in comparison. That means they will not be common (like the grass). Rather, they will be unique, rising above the masses in excellence and prominence. The river of life will always sustain them, and as the branches of a willow bow to the ground, so will they bow in humility before God all their days. That’s what this promise symbolizes.
Of course, many reading this article are grief-stricken because things appear much different than this in your family. Your children may be walking in darkness, and refusing to acknowledge the truth you embrace.
Don’t give in to discouragement. God has already pledged:
“Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth — Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:5-7).
Notice God starts by calling them “your descendants,” then He declares, “Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth.” Apparently, because they belong to you, He adopts them as His own — and places His canopy of protection and provision over their lives. Having been dedicated to God, they are called “by His Name” and created for His glory. Though satanic forces are constantly fighting for control, God has uttered the war cry:
“I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children” (Isaiah 49:25).
As you echo this divine pledge over your seed, it will surely compel the LORD of hosts (the God of an army of angels) to fulfill His Word — rising to your defense. In Matthew 18:10, the Messiah gave a blanket promise for all children, that “their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” If that is true for any child, how much more true it is for the children of God’s people! And if these heavenly beings are so powerful that it took only one angel to crush an entire Assyrian army, we can rest assured their constant surveillance of your offspring will result in spiritual breakthroughs. Yes, the Judge of all the earth has announced:
“Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered” (Proverbs 11:21 KJV).
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Seize that with your spirit and fight with it! Face it! You need God’s involvement. At best you can only fill your children with biblical “information” that will help them make right choices in life. Only God can bring revelation that results in character transformation — and this He promises to do:
“All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children” (Isaiah 54:13).
Furthermore, you should consider this: the New Covenant began with a prophetic declaration over the children of God’s people. On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came in the upper room like a rushing mighty wind, Peter explained:
“For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall
see visions...’” (Acts 2:15-17).
As it was in the beginning, so it is now. You who are filled with God’s Spirit, begin to claim prophecy and vision awakened in your sons and daughters. God has given these decrees; it is your responsibility to declare them. If you do — prepare to see a miracle in your family!
When I interviewed author Mike Shreve last month, he shared a dream in which he saw a leader of the United States sign an agreement with Russia that required both countries to destroy all their nuclear weapons. In the dream, Russia lied. The United States was defenseless when Russia threatened nuclear attack.
I believe this dream was from God. With the United States neutralized, Russia would be free to lead a coalition
of Muslim nations seeking to plunder Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38.
In the face of a resurgent threat from Russia, continuing acts of terrorism, devastating natural disasters and the coming financial collapse, there is reason for great fear.
But for me and for you, my Mishpochah (family), this is the greatest time on planet earth!
Ezekiel 37 tells us that just before the Russian-led aggression there will be a great revival among the Jewish people. Why? According to Ezekiel 37:16-17, in the natural, the tribes of Israel (the Jewish people) will be restored to Israel. Then, in the spiritual, Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) will join with Gentile Christians to form what Paul calls the “One New Man” (Ephesians 2:14-16). And according to Amos 9:11-13, when the tabernacle of David is restored (“tabernacle” means “house” or “family” of David — the Jewish people), it will spark the greatest revival of all people in history.
This I know. This is God’s moment of mercy on Israel. The spiritual blinders are being removed. One of our Mishpochah who has a ministry distributing my Jewish evangelistic book, They Thought for Themselves, wrote, “Today is a new day for the Jews and the Lord seems eager to perform miracles in their behalf.”
This I know. We are commanded to fear not. God says, “the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (Proverbs 13:22). At this set time to favor Zion, the great wealth transfer is based on Genesis 12:3. God promises to bless those who bless the Jewish people. The greatest blessing is salvation. Our ministry has been entrusted with the tools to trigger Jewish revival.
Jordan signing copies of her print
Even when the U.S. dollar becomes almost worthless, we can rely on God’s promises. King David wrote, “I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). This is the time to sow into Jewish revival that will birth the One New Man that will erupt into the greatest Gentile revival in history.
We are debt-free, but we need millions to expand our television outreach and build our television studio. If now is not the time to invest in Jewish souls, when?
Jordan Cook (pictured left with her mother, Michelle) is an 8-year-old artist with an extraordinary gift of expression. She has been painting since the age of two and now has a total collection of over 60 amazing paintings, yet she has never had an art lesson. What is even more astounding is that her supernaturally inspired paintings have been used to minister to people through prophecy and healing. When Sid interviewed Jordan and her mother recently for our television show, the anointing was so strong on the set that Jordan moved in words of knowledge for the first time in her life. Watch for Sid’s upcoming interview with Jordan and Michelle Cook on It’s Supernatural!
Michelle and Jordan Cook
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The print pictured at right is entitled, Worship. It was created by Jordan at age 5 in faith that her mother would be healed from a debilitating disease for which the only prognosis was death. The painting is of her mother worshiping God. Three years later, Jordan had a supernatural encounter with Jesus that resulted in her mother’s miraculous healing. Included on the back of this 6”x9” print is a description of the painting, as well as a healing prayer by Jordan. Sid believes this picture is a portal to receive healing. Please order a copy of the Worship print on the enclosed card.
Shalom and Love,
Sid Israel Roth
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