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Today Steve Sizemore is back with us as we begin to explore some keys as both parents and/or spiritual parents for turning our hearts to our children.

Malachi 4:5-6  says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Who is God referring to here?  Luke 1:16-17 confirms the first fulfillment of this when the angel speaks to Zechariah of John the Baptist.  It says, “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.  17  He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

The first step in cooperating with the Holy Spirit and turning our hearts to our children and the next generation is turning our hearts to Jesus.  (see vs. 16 above)  This starts as a work of the Holy Spirit, but how do we cooperate with that?  What does that look like?

Jeremiah 29:13  gives us insight when it says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  We must search for God with intentionality.  We must search for God with passion.

Turning our hearts to our children requires a daily turning of our hearts to Jesus.  Be intentional!  This next week have a “date night” with Jesus.  Give Him your time and your heart!  Schedule it and make it happen.

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Bob Swank

About 15 years ago our heavenly Father began encouraging me in my role as His son and out of that in my role as a father, both biologically and spiritually. Through multiple encounters on my journey God has revealed His heart as my Father and affirmed my sonship in Him. Out of this has come His call to fully embrace who He has created me to be as a father and to share that with others.

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