Read Psalm 127:3-5. In ancient times, the archer was more feared than an expert swordsman. That’s because arrows strike from far away, very quickly, often before they’re even seen by their intended mark. Yet it is with this language that God describes the children of the next generation: “arrows in the hands of a warrior” (Psalm 127:4).

God intends for our children to be instruments of spiritual warfare in His hands, ready to stand firm in the faith and to set captives free. And if this is God’s intent, then we must do everything we can to train them in Truth—to make sure they are prepared to be arrows in His bow.

We all have a responsibility to train the next generation to be mighty warriors for God, to remind them of the power of God that is at work within them, and to empower them to do mighty things for Him. It is often the quiet, one-on-one, personal ministries that leave the greatest legacies. So encourage the young people in your life that they can accomplish great things for God on their campuses, in their workplaces, or wherever He calls them. Pray for them daily. Ask them tough questions and don’t be afraid to challenge them in their faith. Like arrows unseen, Satan won’t know what’s coming until the damage has been done.

But there’s another way we can make sure that our children and our grandchildren become warriors for Christ. Several years ago, I met with a young man who grew up in a Christian home. It was a meeting I’ll never forget. He said to me, “The reason I have forsaken the faith is because my parents project one image in public and live a different way at home.” Make no mistake about it: The next generation is watching what we do far more than what we say.

There is no use in simply telling, training, and praying. We must model for our children what it means to live for Jesus Christ. We must show them what it means to surrender to God’s leadership in our lives. Only then can we raise up disciples, sure and swift as arrows in His quiver.

Prayer: Lord, may my life reflect the transformative power of Your grace to the next generation. May the church prepare our youth for service to You so that they may shine as lights in this dark world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them” (Psalm 127:4-5a).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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