Protecting your children in a highly sexualised world

The other day I had a dream where I believe the Lord instructed me to write this.

Earlier on this month there was uproar online concerning the super man series. I believe this created a lot of fear in a lot of parents. Whilst we must not be in denial of what is really going on. We must not also operate from a place of fear because fear is like faith and what you fear can come to pass. I have also operated from fear in the past and it is something I am prayerfully working on. 

No doubt we are at war, but you are not the target. The enemy is not after you because he has lost in that battle because you are saved but he is after your child/children. If you are a parent, you should be aware that we are at war. There is war against the identity and sexuality of our children. The instruments of war against our children in particular are highly sophisticated. Therefore, we also need to fight with a higher level of sophistication.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds – 2nd Corinthians 10:4

The analogy that comes to me is the US marine corps. Earlier on in the year during the period of the Hallelujah Challenge hosted by Nathaniel Bassey, I saw a vision of a man in US military uniform. I decided to google the type of uniform and it was the US marine’s corps type. I did some research and learnt the following. 

Marines specialise in amphibious operations; their primary specialty is to assault, capture and control beachheads, which then provide a route to attack the enemy from almost any direction.

The Marines were officially established on 10 November 1775 by the Continental Congress to act as a landing force for the United States Navy. In 1798, however, Congress established the Marine Corps as a separate service. While amphibious operations are their primary speciality, in recent years, the Marines have expanded other ground – combat operations as well.

For combat operations, the Marine Corps likes to be self-sufficient, so it also has its own air power, consisting primarily of fighter and fighter/bomber aircraft and attack helicopters. But the Marines do use the Navy for logistical and administrative support.

I found this part, particularly interesting: 

Since the 20th century an amphibious landing of troops on a beachhead is acknowledged as the most complex of all military manoeuvres. The undertaking requires an intricate coordination of numerous military specialities, including air power, naval gunfire, naval transport, logistical planning, specialised equipment, land warfare, tactics and extensive training in the nuances of this manoeuvre for all personnel involved.  

Sources: https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Amphibious_warfare

Essentially what this means is that while the army fight on land, the navy on sea and the air force fights in the air,the US marines corps fight in all dimension i.e. air, land and sea.

Basically, what the Lord is saying is that to fight this war, we must be like the US Marines and fight it from every angle. The spiritual and the physical.

I have four kids, two girls and two boys. My girls are 14 and 11 and my boys are 6 and 2. I tell you this as a parent, that raising my girls was so much easier in terms of the battle against their identity and sexuality. There are things that I’m dealing with that I never had to deal with when raising my girls. It’s almost like my girls were born in the stone age era and now I realise how innocent their content was. I guess it’s the era we are currently in. Whilst both the attack is on both male and female children because my girls are older and my boys are younger, I will focus mainly on the male child in this post.

Recently, I have seen how seemingly innocent content has been sexualized with a very intentional agenda.

Let me give you two scenarios. As an intentional parent I try to be intentional about what my kids watch because I know the enemy’s agenda. It is hard. However, I also try to strike a balance because even though we are not of the world, we are in the world. I can’t ban my kids from watching TV completely because it would just drive them to the extreme and when they get the chance they will go all out for example if they watch it at a friend or cousins house. Therefore, I allow them to but ensure they have boundaries which I trust them to keep. My daughters who are older have a written and signed media covenant but that’s another blog post for another time. 

For my first son, I don’t know how he came across this particular show, but he loves watching two Asian brothers on YouTube called CKN. I’ve watched it and I find the content is innocent. It is essentially a reality show where they play games and unveil toys etc. I have no issues with them as the show is produced by their parents. They have millions of followers and probably billions of views on YouTube. I preferred this show because I thought it was great content that I can streamline. 

Well not too long, Nick Jr decided to produce a show on Nick Jr about the brothers but with a different name called Calvin and Kaisons play power. I guess they realised the amount of influence these Asian kids have. Now because the content was innocent on YouTube, I allowed my son to watch it on Nick Jnr. One day the kitchen TV was on, and an episode came on that unless you have spiritual intelligence or you are spiritually “woke”, you would miss the agenda. 

Calvin accidentally used a shampoo that grew his dark short cut to long black hair. Then Calvin decided to go get it fixed. You would expect him to go to a barber shop but instead Calvin was taken to a salon with bows and hair bands with beautiful pink, purple, colours. Calvin then sits under a hair dryer that is supposed to fix his hair and when the hair dryer comes up, he has this blonde rainbow coloured bob and then the dryer goes down again and then it changes again to a blonde rainbow but this time long hair. The dryer did this a few times and all the hairstyles were girly.

Immediately I knew this was a trans agenda. Therefore, I told my son that he can no longer watch the boys on the show produced by Nick Jnr but He can watch them on YouTube on their own show. I tried to explain that I am comfortable with the content produced on YouTube by their parents and not the Nick Jnr produced content. My son who is innocent and still young didn’t see anything wrong with the episode. Even one of my daughters didn’t see it but we explained that the reason is because a boy should go to a barbershop and not a hair salon instead and left it at that.

The second scenario is Power Rangers. I watched Power Rangers growing up and didn’t see any issues with it. The only thing I worried was being careful to not instill violence in my son. Anyway, so one day I walked in on an episode (by the way I don’t see these as random walk ins but divine leading by the Holy spirit at the right time).

In this episode a cupid hit the rangers and cast a spell that made them fall in love with people. One of the male rangers fell in love with a guy and made passes at him. Eventually the spell wore off and everyone went back to normal, but you see the message had been passed. 

Again, my son didn’t notice what had happened or didn’t even follow the story line so I didn’t want to spoil his innocence and so I told him that he can only watch power rangers if I’m there with Him or one of his older sisters so that if we see anything out of order we can explain the truth to him. Thankfully today his sister checked the age range and we found out that it is from age 12 so I told him, he can’t watch it again till his 12. He didn’t argue with that. 

I try to always explain and get them to understand why I am doing something as opposed to just giving orders or instructions. When you know why you shouldn’t do something you most likely wouldn’t. On the other hand, if you are restricted from something without knowing why, you would most likely face temptation. In explaining we must also use wisdom to know how much they have been exposed to so that we don’t also expose them to something they are innocent about.

These are just two examples, but I have many more examples to share.

We have to be very intentional about how we raise our male children. The enemy is trying so hard to mess up with their identity first and then once that is done, he messes with their sexuality.

Let me give you another example. There is a book I’m reading called “Bringing up boys” by New York Times Best-selling Author, Dr. James Dobson. He has also written “~Bringing Up Girls`” as well. He is a clinical professor of paediatrics and writes from a professional perspective backed by scientific research. He has advised five United States Presidents on family matters. 

“But according to Dr. Carol Gilligan, Professor at Harvard University, there is another critical period earlier in life – one not shared by girls. Very young boys bask in their mother’s femininity and womanliness during infancy and toddlerhood. Fathers are important then but mothers are primary. At about three-to-five-year of age, however, a lad gradually pulls away from his mom and sisters in an effort to formulate a masculine identity. It is a process known as “disconnection and differentiation” when, as Don Elium writes, “the inner urge of the male plan of development nudges him out of the nest of the mother over a precarious bridge to the world of the father.” It is typical for boys during those years, and even earlier, to crave the attention and involvement of their dad and try to emulate his behaviour and mannerisms.”…………Writer Angela Phillips believes, and I agree, that the high incidence of homosexuality occurring in Western nations is related, at least in part, to the absence of positive male influence when boys are moving through the first crisis of child development. One of the primary objectives of parents is to help boys identify their gender assignments and understand what it means to be a man”. Pages 57-58

“On the other hand, a boy has an additional developmental task -to disidentify from his mother and identify with his father. At this point (beginning about eighteen months), a little boy will not only begin to observe the difference, he must now decide, “Which one am I going to be?” In making this shift in identity, the little boy begins to take his father as a model of masculinity. At this early stage, generally before the age of three, Ralph Greenson observed the boy decides that he would like to grow up like his father. This is a choice. Implicit in that choice is the decision that he would not like to grow up like his mother. According to Robert Stoller, “The first order of business in being a man is, “don’t be a woman”. 

Meanwhile, the boy’s father has to do his part. He needs to mirror and affirm his son’s maleness. He can play rough and tumble games with his son, in ways that are decidedly different from the games he would play with a little girl. He can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball. He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard. He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a penis, just like his, only bigger.

Based on my work with adult homosexuals, I try to avoid the necessity of a long and sometimes painful therapy by encouraging parents, particularly fathers, to affirm their sons’ maleness. Parental education, in this area and all others, can prevent a lifetime of unhappiness and a sense of alienation. When boys begin to relate to their fathers, and begin to understand what is exciting, fun and energizing about their fathers, they will learn to accept their own masculinity. They will find a sense of freedom – of – power – by being different from their mothers, outgrowing them as they move into a man’s world. If parents encourage their sons in these ways, they will help them develop masculine identities and be well on their way to growing up straight. In 15 years, I have spoken with hundreds of homosexual men. I have never met one who said he had a loving, respectful relationship with his father”.  Pages 120-121

Recalling the words of psychologist Robert Stoller, he said “Masculinity is an achievement”. He meant that growing up straight isn’t something that happens. It requires good parenting. It requires societal support. And it takes time. The crucial years are from one and a half to three years old, but optimal time is before age twelve. …………The bottom line is that homosexuality is not primarily about sex. It is about everything else, including loneliness, rejection, affirmation, intimacy, identity, relationships, parenting, self-hatred, gender confusion, and a search for belonging. This explains why the homosexual experience is so intense – and any there is such anger expressed against those who are perceived as disrespecting gays and lesbians or making their experience more painful. I suppose if we who are straight had walked in the shoes of those in that “other world,” we would be angry too.” Page 122 -123

Basically, there is a period when boys form their masculine identity. The idea is that a child begins to mirror what he is around. For a boy that spends predominantly most time in the formative years with his mum there is a tendency that he may become girly in mannerisms. I think this is probably the same with a boy that plays a lot with sisters or girls. They may end up feeling like girls games and toys are better because that’s what they are around and they feel left out if you say you are a boy or not a girl so you can’t watch. Eventually they think it’s better to be a girl and want to be a girl. Then this is how the identity is thwarted. The world begins to tell them that because they are girly or have girl mannerisms they must be gay. People begin to insinuate they must be gay because of the female mannerisms and eventually they begin to think that way. A male predator may take advantage or someone who is aware that the person is struggling with their identity who has an agenda can coerce them into believing they are gay. They may fight it but lose the fight when they are not sure what is happening to them and when they also feel the Church or Christians that are supposed to help them will discriminate them.

It is common sense you know. For example Nigerians have certain traditions or culture they pick up like slangs because they grow up around their fellow Nigerians and that’s the way it is with other cultures. 

A boy in his formative years should spend a lot of time with his dad. The book suggests things like the dad allowing him to sit infront with him because he is a boy (be careful of traffic rules). The dad being involved in him. Playing games with him. Playing rough games with him etc. He would begin to pick up masculinity and his identity as a boy. A boy should also be encouraged to hang out with other boys. You have to be intentional about these play dates. 

I wish I had read the book before I had my sons but thankfully it came at a great time. My husband is very involved in my son’s life. He takes him to school and picks him up and spends time with him. I intentionally get my husband to brush his hair and wear his shoes after I have dressed him up in the morning. (According to the book there are four crucial times in a day for parenting, early in the morning, after school, dinner and bedtime.) He plays video games with his dad etc. You have to be very intentional. I also have told my daughters to also be aware and so they don’t mind their brother sitting with their dad in front even though he is the youngest. It’s not easy but it must be done. When he was younger, I intentionally bought him mant superhero action figures and he also asked for a Paw Patrol Lookout Tower which helped because his sisters had a Barbie Dream house and so he had something to play with. It is funny how the other day the Holy Spirit nudged me to convert the Barbie Dream house into a male toy house since we now have two boys and the girls don’t use it anymore. I recently met someone who makes beautiful houses for kids.  One of Gods greatest gifts to my first son is my second son. Gosh he came at perfect timing and now that he is two years old, he can now play with my older son and he is so adventurous, daring and extremely playful. So they get to play a lot. Another intentional thing to do especially if you have an only son or a son in a house with girls is to organise playdates with other boys. My cousins son was always around for much of my son earlier years growing up and they really bonded. Another thing that helps is that when my hubby picks him up from school, he lets him stay and play in the play ground with his friends. This way he gets to interact with his male friends.

If you are a single mum, do not despair the book recommends you have a male figure for your child. Please ensure its someone you trust and please don’t leave your young child alone with this person and also educate your son about sexual education. There are many stories of young boys being taken advantage of people especially family members. The book also says we mustn’t let teenage boys babysit young children (boy or girls) because if the teenager is struggling with his sexuality he may not be able to control his sexual urges. 

One important thing God has also told me in raising my boys is to declare scriptures about identity which I have been doing. 

We have also made some mistakes. God showed me in a dream the dangers of allowing fear to consume me. I had a dream where my sons God father (who represents God in the dream) gave him a football jersey.  My son then wanted to give someone we know to iron it for him but because I know the person who he wanted to give it to is struggling with his identity, I took it and ironed it for him instead. In the process of ironing the jersey I burnt it.  In the dream I felt that I should have turned it inside out because it was delicate material. Shirt or garment signifies identity, therefore God gave Him a male identity. The fact that it’s a football jersey signifies male identity which is delicate. When you iron something you make it straight. I believe what God was telling me is that even though I’m trying to ensure his identity is the way God intended it to be, I should be careful not to in fear overdo things and end up damaging my sons identity.  Fear is as powerful as faith and what you fear can actually happen just like what you have faith for can happen.  Due to all that is going on in the world including certain revelations of the enemy’s tactics, I let fear consume me. God did give me revelations of what the devils tactics are on the male child but it wasn’t so that I could now operate from a place of fear and project that fear onto my kids but to make me aware so I could be intentional in my parenting.

Also, I mustn’t see every seemingly innocent act from a sexualised view point and make it a big deal because of my fears when they are just plain normal. Let me give you an example.

My son had a school project to create a poster of washing hands. He drew hands and a sink and soap and he was supposed to colour them. He decided he was going to colour everything different colours. He coloured the sink different colours, the hands were brown but the nails were different colours. Now because my mind is sexualised and I have been generally afraid of the enemy’s plans, the first thing I thought was why is he painting nails in different colours or does he want to paint his nails. Does he want to be a girl? Yup my mind was running crazy like that.  Meanwhile my son has never said he wants to paint his nails neither has he ever even noticed when I paint my nails lol. I asked him why he painted the nails different colours, he said he didn’t have the colour for nails and he thought to just be creative and paint different colours. Therefore, if I wasn’t sexualised I would have immediately thought oh wow this is so creative. You are really creative. I then looked at the poster again and he had even painted the sink different colours. I immediately saw how I could have made this a big deal and so I made sure later on I told him how good the poster was and how creative he was in it. 

Essentially, we mustn’t see everything from a sexualised point of view so not to take away their innocence or make them feel bad for doing seemingly innocent things.

Furthermore, don’t also shield them too much because even if you shield them, they will hear about it in school or at a friend or cousins or family members house so its best they learn from you and not from the world. For example, one day I was in the kitchen and telling my kids how mummies and daddies are the only ones that can kiss when they are married. This is because I had been intentional about letting, my kids see my husband and I show affection as I had heard this is good to instil healthy love values in them and help them see a loving heterosexual relationship. Anyway, next thing my son said what about daddy and daddy’s. I was shocked but I used it as an opportunity to tell him that well some people do it but we don’t in our home and that’s why in our home you see a daddy and mummy and also his aunts and uncles are male and female. He understood and I’m glad he heard it from me and not from the world.  Apparently, he had seen it in an advert when we went to the cinema. Thank God my son brough it up and I didn’t freak out but used it as a teaching moment. At least he heard it from me and my perspective and not the world’s perspective. If I was paying attention at the cinema I would have used it as opportunity to explain what he had seen. I probably thought he was too young to notice. Thankfully he brought it up.

We also made the mistake of taking him to watch Jumanji. In Jumanji there is a scene when the girl turns into a boy and the boy who is an inner girl likes a boy. An adult knows that even though she is in a man’s body, it is a girl liking a boy but a child would see it as a boy liking a boy and a boy acting like a girl. These are intelligent ways of messing up with the identity and sexuality of our kids. Again, I’m hoping He was still young and probably didn’t notice. 

Therefore, now I have to be very careful of movies we take him to watch in the cinema because young boys are absorbing everything.

One other way is generational. There are things that pass through the bloodline which could be as a result of sins, covenants, sacrifices, cult agreements etc. The spirit of lust is transferrable. If you notice a generational pattern, remember that Christ has redeemed us from the curse and you can reinforce what Christ has done for you through the word, holy communion etc. 

What your kids watch is very important but not just what your kids watch but what you watch. When I was pregnant and breastfeeding. I remember watching a lot of Empire the series and the Lord highlighted that was not good and how the spirit of lust can be passed on.

I am aware that the enemy has very strategic plans to affect my children’s identities and sexuality. I remember when one of my daughters was about 9. She didn’t have a phone and we had planned to get her a phone at age 10. Just before her 10thbirthday, one day she came to me in the bathroom crying that her friend had brought her phone to school and showed her and some other friends a video of lesbian porn on her phone. Thankfully I was facing the mirror meaning I was backing her so she couldn’t see the expression on my face. I also didn’t overreact. She was crying and I told her that it is okay. It wasn’t her fault and we prayed about it. Then I also reported to the school authorities. I am just so thankful to God that she told me. She had confided in her sister and cousin and they encouraged her to tell me. Imagine if she didn’t tell me. Imagine if she kept watching and got addicted to it. Thankfully I had never allowed sleep sleepovers. My kids have only done sleep overs at their cousins and my best friends house. I shudder to think of what could have happened if she had a sleep over at the friends house and if the friend tried to practice what she watched. I know what happened to me as a child during sleep overs. I am forever thankful to God that my daughter told me what had happened in school. 

Due to this incident my husband and I were afraid to buy her a phone for her 10th birthday but my older cousin who I shared this with told me that this the more reason why I should get her a phone so that she wouldn’t be shaking and excited when she sees a phone. She told me we should get her a phone but also give her boundaries and that way teacher about accountability. This was perfect advise. My cousin then bought her an iphone 7 as a birthday gift which was the latest at the time. 

Therefore, my strategy in this highly sexualised world is to be like the US marine corps and attack and defend my sons and daughters from every angle, through prayer, declaration, intentionality about my husband playing a big role in our sons lives and also intentional about what they watch. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me strike a balance so that I don’t go to the extreme and say they shouldn’t watch anything which would then lead them to the extreme. Why do you think they say Pastors kids turn out to be the opposite of what their parents expect?

Most importantly I must not act from a place of fear. I must trust that my kids are safe in Gods hands. One scripture that I hold dearly is Isaiah 54:13 which says “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children”. I repented from acting in fear and when I did a self sozo the Lord gave me two things to replace the fears and lies I had believed. He gave me buttons and an anchor. Buttons signify security of identity while an anchor signifies security and safety. 

The Lord asked me to write this. I believe He wants you to be aware of the magnitude of the war and also the dangers of allowing fear to even drive your child into what you are trying to run away from. One thing that is working for me is that I have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, so He is showing me things the enemy is trying to plant and that’s why I’m walking into cartoon series when they are showing inappropriate things and He gives me revelations and solutions. 

I believe He wants you to know that you are not alone and that with Him leading you, you will win this war. We will all come out victorious.

If you are reading this and you already feel that your children’s identities and sexuality has been affected, DO NOT DESPAIR FOR THERE IS STILL HOPE. First of all, love your child and don’t be angry at your child. It is not their fault. Also please don’t feel guilty if you feel like you weren’t as intentional as you should have been in their formative years. God is here and able to help you. Your child may be pre-homosexual so there is still a lot on intervention which is recommended in the Bringing Up Boys book. Just because your son is effeminate or your daughter is masculine does not mean that they are homosexual of that they have decided on their sexuality. How you react is very important at this stage as their identities are delicate.  Even if your child has already decided their sexuality, there is still hope. There are countless stories of people being redeemed and changing. 

Please read excerpts of Bringing Up Boys which says “There is much more useful information in Nicolosi’s book (Preventing Homosexuality: A parent’s guide, written by clinical psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D), of course. If you as a parent have an effeminate boy or masculinised girl, I urge you to get a copy and then seek immediate professional help. Be very careful whom you consult, however. Getting the wrong advice at this stage could be most unfortunate, solidifying the tendencies that are developing. Given the direction the mental health profession has gone, most secular psychiatrists, psychologist, and counsellors would, I believe, take the wrong approach – telling your child that he is homosexual and needs to accept that fact. You as parents would then be urged to consider the effeminate behaviour to be healthy and normal. That is exactly what you and your son don’t need. You do need to accept the child and affirm his worth regardless of the characteristics you observe but also work patiently with a therapist in redirecting those tendencies….. To find a counsellor who understands and accepts the perspective I have described, you might want to contact one of two outstanding organisations. They are 

Exodus International

P.O. Box 540119

Orlando, FL 32854

Phone~: 407-599-6872 or 888-264-0877 (toll free)

Internet: www.exodusnorthamerica.org

National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)

16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1340

Encino, CA 91436

Phone 818 -789-4440

Internet: www.narth.com

Focus on The Family has an outreach called Love Won out which offers seminars and information to those seeking help.” Pages 123 and 124 

Trusting in God through prayer, declarations and the right therapy, I believe your children will be restored. 

In conclusion as I was writing this the Holy Spirit put the “lion” in my thoughts, and I wondered why. I decided to research on the lion and its relationship with Cubs and the word “Pride” stuck out. It stuck out because I know that the world has taken that word to mean LGBTQ. 

Essentially, a pride of lions means a group of lions. According to National Geographic, “Lions are the only cats that live in groups which are called prides. Prides are family units that may comprise anywhere from two to 40 lions – including up to three or four males, a dozen females and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male. 

Males defend the pride’s territory, marking the area with urine, roaring menacingly to warn intruders and chasing off animals that encroach on their turf……Female lions also raise their cubs communally.” 

I found this interesting because as humans we live in family units just like lions.

Another document I read says “while young males are expelled from the pride by the age of three, females usually remain with the pride for their whole lives. Male lions do not look after the cubs in a pride and take no part in helping to raise the young, but they do protect the whole pride against other males. Cubs are safe as long as their father is in charge of the pride.”  Source http://www.wildlife-pictures-online.com/lion-facts.html

“Males defend the pride’s territory, marking the area with urine, roaring menacingly to warn intruders, and chasing off animals that encroach on their turf”

I also found this interesting because from the book “Bringing Up Boys” we are told that the mother brings up the male child but from age 3 there becomes a differentiation where the bond between the male child and the mum must be differentiated and then the male child would begin to learn his masculinity from his father.  Therefore, like the lion, the mother is heavily involved in raising and nurturing her child through breastfeeding etc but once the boy is three a differentiation should take place. 

I also love the fact that the male lion protects the pride/family from intruders. This confirms that the Father must protect his son’s identity from intruders by ensuring He helps his son form his masculine identity and sexuality.

I also read that according to National Geographic “Male lion siblings often stay together after being forced to leave the pride by the resident dominant males usually when they reach 2 and a half to 3 years old.” 

I found this also interesting because it confirms the fact that a boy should be allowed to play with other boys or male siblings. 

I kind of wondered why a male lion doesn’t take care of the cub but then it makes sense in a way because a female lion or a mother is the only person that can really nurture a child or lion in the first three years through breastfeeding. For lions they have no other need except for feeding since they are not like humans who need to interact. So like the lion the bond needs to be separated from the mother once the child is 3 so he can form his own identity like the lion. Once the lion cub is done with nurturing, he needs to then go and hang with his male siblings to become a male lion and get ready to have his own pride.

As humans unlike the lion, we have a Heavenly Father also known as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is very involved in our lives and is a very intentional and present father. He jealously guards his pride/family from danger.

In the animal Kingdom when a pride is taken over by another male lion. The lion would immediately kill the existing cubs in the pride. The enemy who is trying to be like a roaring lion is trying to take over the pride and family unit of God by attacking our children’s identities. He is on a mission to kill existing cubs/children. Fathers must rise up and not allow this to happen. They must guard their prides/families menacingly.

Scriptures you can declare are as follows: 

Genesis 1:27  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Ephesians 1:5 “He adopted us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” 

Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”

Ephesians 4:24 “And to put on the news self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 5:8 “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

Galatians 2: 20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:26 “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” 

Genesis 2: 7 “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Isaiah 43: 1 “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Mathews 5:48 “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect

Romans 6:6 “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 8: 17 “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

2nd Corinthians 5:17 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Jeremiah 1: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Colossians 3:3 “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Ephesians 1: 11 “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Ephesians 1: 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

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