Isn’t it astounding and comforting all at the same time to realize that the universe’s Creator knows you, knows your teen, and has something powerful to speak to you both.
In a way that bonds and builds.
If you’ve never realized God speaks during all times of the day, not just during your quiet time, let me share an amazing reality with you. You see, Holy Spirit exists to be a guide, be a support, be an encouragement, be a teacher, and be a friend. His heart beats fast when we turn our attention to Him continually.
What we read, biblically meditate on and consider during time with the Word becomes fertile ground for hearing His voice outside the prayer closet. We know and can discern His voice, because a stranger’s we will not entertain. We will have spent enough time with the Truth so that the counterfeit falls on deaf ears. He speaks and we feel it deep within as it resonates 3-fold – body, soul and spirit. His Word becomes part of our DNA. We are trained to KNOW Him in these encounters.
As we know Him, we then discover that He has a lot to say about people. Words of wisdom, prophecy, understanding, and even gentle rebuke. Words that are wielded like swords against our enemy of darkness.
Because, see, as He can trust us with more of Himself since He sees we carve out time to be with Him and grow in His likeness, He’ll be giving us more to steward. I’m talking about revelation that comes to us which is on another level. He’ll unfold mysteries, plans, schemes, strategies, and details about people, things, and places. Most importantly, He’ll begin to use us as His mouthpieces.
That’s where the profound gravity of what I’m sharing gets amplified.
When you hear from God for someone, especially for your teen, you speak with anointed words to them. As a beloved Presence bearer, you become His witness (in your own skin). Your teen can begin to experience you through the love of Jesus. They can hear words in safety and love. They can hear words that are latent with supernatural power, with life, and with assurance. These words speak to the spirit. They bypass the mere mind, though they stop there to make an indelible print. They go right to the core. Something dynamic happens there. This is the place of dynamic encounter in the Spirit where your relationship with your teen becomes a dream come true.
This is not to say that your times of sitting down with your son or daughter to talk will be without challenge as you seek to share what you hear. Nor will you leave your discernment about timing and delivery of the words at the door. You will still learn to speak at the right times, as God impels you. Sometimes God will direct you just to listen. Or, even just to exist in their space, wordless.
But, be sure, when it comes from Him, it’s going to make its mark.
A final word, be diligent to ASK for divine words for your son or daughter. Ask God for revelation, insight, understanding. Ask for vision for them. Ask for His thoughts about them. And be sure to clear your heart of any baggage that exists that would color those precious things the Holy Spirit will uncover.
Once you ask these things concerning your teen, begin to ask for other teens as you are around them. You will be amazed at what God will do with your “ask”.
I’d like to share a testimony that still has me spinning.
Recently I headed to the store to buy a few groceries for the week. As I walked up to the automatic doors, I asked God who He was highlighting to me. I heard, “Kevin.” Immediately I felt excited, expectant, and maybe a little nervous.
At the checkout, I asked the young guy scanning my items if his name was Kevin. “No, sorry.” “Is anyone here named Kevin, in the store, tonight?” I pressed. “I don’t think so,” he smiled and shrugged. Then I casually added, “Anyone you know by that name?” Still, the answer was no. So I let it go at that and gathered my goods. Just wait, Jesus spoke to my heart.
The next day I sat down to work at my desk and realized that my printer and computer were not getting along. The printer sat numbly at the command to produce. After an hour of amateur troubleshooting, I realized it was time to call the techs. And call, I did. The phone was answered by a young guy on the other end who offered to login to my screen and tinker around until a solution was had. He’d never formally trained for what he did – he garnered his skills by playing computer games and “grunging around” in the guts of machines. Of course, I was more than happy to let him have a go at my predicament. And as his sync chat box appeared on my screen, I couldn’t help but suck my breath in quickly when I saw his name…
While he waited for the computer to download a driver, I quickly told him how God had allowed all of this just to get a word to him. I opened my mouth, trusting God would give me more to speak to Kevin. And He did! Love flooded my heart for this young person in another country who sat incredulous on the other line as he heard the answer to the cry of his heart – “God, are you THERE?? Do you care about me if so? Why have you forgotten me??”
Kevin had been so traumatized recently and struggled so much that he had all but given up on believing that there was a God who loved Him and wanted to know him personally. So I talked further. He ended up receiving the life of that message and turned his heart to Jesus over the phone!
Now, understandably not every encounter will end like this one did…but, my point is, when you speak on behalf of Jesus, you’re speaking power. Power that melts hate, drowns hurt, shatters fear, and produces hope, trust, and destiny.
You can pursue THIS kind of communication in your family. Don’t be afraid to look silly doing it. Don’t be afraid to “fail”. At the very least, you are conveying LOVE. You are caring enough to express yourself at this new level.
This is part of what it means to really give the gift of life to someone you treasure so deeply.