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Are you tired of seeing young people captured and dominated by the power of the enemy? Have your own children and family members been robbed of their destinies by Satan and his minions? Are you prepared to engage in the spiritual warfare necessary to get them back? Will you take on the challenge to
contend for your kids
and their generation?
Before you read any further, you may want to fasten your seat belt and strap on your spiritual armor for this letter. You may also want to lift up a prayer of protection for yourself and members of your family. Whenever you and I challenge the enemy as directly as we plan to do in this letter, things can get stirred up in the spiritual realm. Are you ready to rumble?
Time to Respond
I was recently talking with a young man who is an employee of DPM–USA. In the space of only a few days, he had been informed of the deaths of two friends his own age—tragic losses in both cases. He was not only grieving their passing, but also the fact that their short lives had been systematically wrecked and destroyed by the work of Satan and his devices.
Many of our own families have witnessed these kinds of losses—maybe not to the extent of the physical death of loved ones, but certainly the ruination of lives at the hands of the devil. How are we to respond when we see our kids being targeted by the enemy?
When yet another setback occurred recently with a young person I know and love, my frustration boiled over, and I said: “That’s enough! It’s time for us to
contend for our kids!
This Far, No Farther
Two Scriptures immediately came to mind when I had this reaction. The first was God’s bold declaration in Job 38:11: “This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!” There is a time to rise up in boldness and command the enemy to stop.
But the second Scripture had to do specifically with the idea of contending for the next generations as portrayed in the life of Gideon in Judges, chapters 6 through 8.
Many sermons could be preached from various aspects of Gideon’s story. But the point that stood out for me was the action his father took to rename Gideon after he had torn down the statue of Baal. Gideon’s father now called his son “Jerubbaal.” (See Judges 6:32.)
A Time to Contend
One preacher’s interpretation of this name, “Jerubbaal,” is: “he who contends with Baal.” As much as I like the sound of that, it may not be entirely correct. A more accurate translation of the name would be, “let Baal plead,” or “he with whom Baal contends,” assigning the meaning that Baal is the one doing the fighting against his opponent.
Whichever one is right, the inference is clear: there is a battle going on. One side is contending against another. In my mind, it is a picture of the warfare going on for our kids and other young people. Baal is contending for them and we need to contend against him.
Do we truly play a role in this battle? How can we effectively
contend for our kids?
The Lord Will Contend
Anyone who ever heard Derek Prince speak in the later years of his ministry knew that before he would begin his message, Derek and Ruth would stand together at the speaker’s podium and make a proclamation from the Scriptures.
One of their favorite declarations, Isaiah 49:24–25, makes a very significant point regarding this matter of contending for our children: “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered? But thus says the LORD: ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.’”
Yes, we need to contend for the lives of our children and for the next generations! But we do so in full knowledge of the promise of our Father—that first and foremost, He is the One who contends with whomever contends with us. Furthermore, He is the One who has declared unequivocally that He will save our children. The Lord is
contending for our kids!
Although we know that the Lord Himself is contending for the young people we love, we are obligated to take action as well. Back to our earlier question: Are you prepared to engage in the spiritual warfare necessary to get them back?
Derek Prince speaks of this warfare in a message called, “Enforcing Christ’s Victory.”
What I am pointing out to you is that we have a tremendous assignment from God once we have become part of the kingdom of God: to take hold of our spiritual weapons and use them in God’s war against the kingdom of Satan on behalf of humanity.
Our assignment is to break down the strongholds in people’s minds that prevent them from receiving the gospel. We are to release their minds from the captivity of Satan and to bring their minds into captivity and obedience to Jesus Christ.
That is a tremendous assignment. I ask you to ponder on it in your own time. It is tremendous, but that is our assignment. And I would have to say, in a sense, the universe is waiting for us to do the job.
Paul said in Romans 8, the whole creation is groaning and travailing in pain together until now, waiting for us to get the job done.
Taking on the Challenge
Are you willing to take on the assignment Derek has presented in the quote above? Even if you are not a parent with kids of your own, you and I are responsible for the young people around us whom we know and love—those who will follow after us.
Are you ready to contend for them? If so, let’s tell the Lord we are willing: “Father, I am willing to step up to this assignment. I volunteer to contend for my own kids and grandkids, and for the young people around me who are part of the generation to come.”
As a first step in that process, let’s employ the same proclamation Derek and Ruth loved so well from Isaiah 49:24–25. Let’s proclaim it together:
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered?
But thus says the LORD, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.”
Battling Side by Side
The battle for our young people is in full swing, and we are honored to stand with you in the spiritual warfare required to see them fulfill their destiny in Jesus Christ. It might be helpful for you to download “Enforcing Christ’s Victory,” the message from which we drew Derek Prince’s quote. We want you to have it—free of charge—as a helpful tool for prayer. Just use the download link below.
Thank you for stepping up to the battle line. We link arms with you, with great thanks for your partnership in prayer and for your support of this ministry. Thank you so much.
A Great Stirring
We don’t know how much might have been stirred up in the heavenly realms by the topic of this letter—and even more, by your wonderful response to engage in spiritual warfare on behalf of your own children and others from the next generation.
This type of activity is long overdue. Too many of our kids and grandkids have been ripped off by the enemy. It is time to declare war and engage in the battle—and that is what we have done in these pages through our proclamations, prayers, and declarations.
Thank you for enlisting in the army. Thank you for
contending for your kids!
All the best,
P.S. We look forward to staying in touch, receiving your requests, and agreeing with you in prayer regarding the topic of this letter. Please make sure to download your own MP3 of “Enforcing Christ’s Victory.” We know it will be a help and an encouragement to you.