The age of majority, 18 in most countries, is the threshold of adulthood as it is conceptualized (and recognized or declared) in law. It is the chronological moment when minors cease to legally be considered children and assume control over their persons, actions, and decisions, thereby terminating the legal control and legal responsibilities of their parents or guardians over and for them.
I didn’t write those words. A lawyer did. It’s a legal definition of adulthood; but it’s more than that. It’s a definition of the spiritual responsibility that a parent relinquishes at age 18 and the accountability that a child reaching that age assumes. For my wife Laura and me, this truth was very personal last week. Our youngest daughter, Brielle, turned 18. The night before her birthday was spent the same way that we have previously celebrated with our two other daughters, now 24 and 21. Laura and I explained what being an adult meant and counseled her on the challenges and opportunities before her. But more important, we prayed with her. And not just any prayers. Curse breaking prayers. In fact, we structured the evening around the topic “Set Your Children Free at Eighteen,” the title of chapter eight of our book SET YOUR FAMILY FREE (To order click here
Some of the topics in our book, and issues we addressed with Brielle, were these: a biblical understanding of how civil enfranchisement mirrors spiritual responsibility; new challenges of adulthood such as voting, signing legal documents, financial choices, considering marriage, and voting. We’d prayed such prayers before and had similar discussions previously. But this was our last chance as her parents to speak for her, and we seized the time to do all we could to cancel any generational evil hidden in her life.
Why do I share this deeply personal and intimate moment in our lives? We want to encourage you to do the same with your children and grandchildren. Few readers of this blog have ever heard anything like this preached from the pulpit. That’s tragic, because every day I minister to people who have suffered needlessly because their parents refused (or didn’t know how) to break curses. To understand more, read our book CURSE BREAKING: Breaking the Bondage of Generational Sin (To order click here
.) You can also enroll in our International School of Exorcism® where this topic is addressed in depth. (To enroll click here
.) Curse breaking is for everyone, but especially for adults, whether they are embarking on their first day of adulthood or have lived too many years of needless suffering because the evil of past generations was not annulled.
An encouraging word: GOD’S STRENGTH IN THE MORNING
Ever felt like not getting out of bed? Tired? Discouraged? Maybe, even depressed? Perhaps today? Isaiah 33:2 has a solution for you: O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. When you arise, go through the mental, even physical, steps of putting on the armor of God. Declare that God will be your strength that morning and all day. You’ll be amazed at how much better the rest of the day will be if you start the day with His power and might on your mind.