In case you haven’t heard, the generation to follow the ‘Millennials’ is Generation Z.
Allot of negative commentary has gone out regarding Millennials and younger generations. If you want to know my take on that, please read THIS POST.
I want to tell you about the service we had the morning of March 11th. Incredible move of God. Declarations were spoken over the younger people who had all gathered on the platform and prophecies spoken over them coupled with much prayer all over the house.
Let’s talk about Generation Z for a moment. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends, but demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years.
The people who coined the term ‘Generation Z’ probably never gave a moment’s thought to what Z is in Hebrew.
‘Z’ in the Hebrew alphabet (aleph bet) is Zayin (pronounced: Zah-yeen).
It is the 7th letter in the Hebrew aleph bet.
The 7th letter. Come on Bible scholars, what is 7 in the Bible?
That’s right, Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual).
We could go a thousand directions from here, so much ties to this letter and this number, but we will simply go to what it looks like…
This is Zayin. It basically looks like a sword with a crown on it. Another letter of the Hebrew aleph bet is ‘Vav’. Zayin looks like a crowned Vav.
The meaning behind Vav is ‘Man’.
Since everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus, we must assume this has something to do with Him.
Hmmm…the crowned man equipped with the Sword of The Spirit.
Note: The sword mentioned in Hebrews 4:12 is a short sword sharpened on both edges of the blade. The two edges represent the two primary portions of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, both of which are about Messiah.
There is so much more to this one letter and it’s meaning I could write a book but let’s move on and talk about G.Z.
The Tabernacle of David is being restored and these younger generations, though different in many ways from we older codgers, are going to rise up and usher in a Great Awakening.
Whether you believe it or not, whether you understand it or not, here is my point of this entire post…
Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21).
We have a choice to speak either. Either death…or life.
Parents – Grandparents – Legal Guardians – whoever you are with influence over children, I charge you, I challenge you to speak life over your children.
I charge you to take the time once a week, make it a family appointment, to lay your right hand on your children and speak positive blessings into their lives.
Lay your right hand on them and declare their future, declare their destiny, declare their protection, their anointing, their birthright in Jesus Christ their Lord.
If you have children under your care, they are your responsibility. Don’t waste the time you have with them sitting in front of the television watching worthless junk. Don’t think you have done your spiritual duty toward them because you take them to church every Sunday. We parents have far more responsibility than that.
I know the readers of this blog are from a wide variety of backgrounds and come from a variety of denominations.
Some of you are accustomed to the laying on of hands and speaking blessings and declarations.
Some of you are not.
If you are accustomed to it, Hallelujah! God still blesses His spoken Word.
If you are not accustomed to it but you feel in your spirit the need and importance of blessing your children and declaring His Word over them, then I will try to help by giving you a model to follow (Please note this is not an end all-be all blessing and declaration. As you get more comfortable with it, ask The Holy Spirit what to say).
A Beginning Prayer
You could start by praying this yourself…
Father, We praise You for Your love and faithfulness. We thank You for Your protection and care over our family. Thank You that You give us the power to love and the wisdom to lead and teach our children. We know You’re for us; that You fight for our family today. You are Redeemer, Restorer, and Friend, we believe You have good in store for our family. We confess, some days, parenting is tough. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that You would make us more like You, more aware of Your constant Presence in our lives. Help us to release our children to You, so that You are free to fully accomplish all that You desire in them and through them. Please fill our family with Your truth and cover us with Your favor. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Blessings to speak over your children
(I have paraphrased the verses below. If you would like to read them directly from Scripture, by all means, do so).
Blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Courage – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
Contentment – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Encouragement – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
Endurance – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2
Faithfulness – “Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Sam. 12:24
Favor – “For You bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
Forgiveness – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Fruitfulness – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Generosity – “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Godly Relationships – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Prov. 13:20
Grace – “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
Health – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2
Honesty – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Hope – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Humility – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Integrity – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
Joy – “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Kindness – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Love – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1
Obedience – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
Patience – “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19
Peace – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Protection – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. …For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:1-2, 4, 11
Provision – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Purity – “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.” Psalm 119:9
Purpose – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
Respect – “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
Safety – “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8
Salvation – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Self-Control – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Servant Heart – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
Strength – “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11
Submission – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Thankfulness – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Trust – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Value – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:9
Wisdom – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10
Wise Instruction – “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13
Do this….regularly and see what God has for you…and your children…just around the corner.