My former husband was a good man and a believer, but he was in bondage due to strongholds and ancestral sin. He died a premature death that was stamped with the enemy’s trademark. The enemy of our souls would have my children carry this shame and pass it down to their children. But Jesus “shamed the shame” when he died for us, who were the joy set before him, as he endured the cross. (Hebrews 12:2). My children and I defeated his plans through the cross with love and forgiveness, but there’s more to this story.
My son….my son. He was the last one in his generational line to carry the family name. When his father died, Steven gave up walking in the world and gave Jesus both of his hands, renouncing the ancestral heritage of bondage. In the past eight-and-a-half years, the Lord has transformed him into a tremendous man of God. He and his precious wife Jennifer resolved to raise up a new standard and raise godly children. A son was born, a “junior,” who carries his father and grandfather’s name, and then a sweet daughter followed.
And now just ten days ago, twin sons were born. When Steven and Jennifer found out the twins were boys, the Lord immediately gave me this Scripture, Isaiah 61:7. Instead of shame, they are receiving a double portion, two more sons to carry on a godly legacy.
Instead of your shame, you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace, you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Benjamin was born first in a smooth and uncomplicated delivery. But little Thompson’s birth was difficult and traumatic. Then Jennifer had complications due to blood loss. Her blood pressure became dangerously low, and she had to be given transfusions the night of the births and again the next day. It seemed that the enemy was coming against the victory that had been won and the legacy the Lord was giving them.
I traveled back home to Texas yesterday after being with them for the big event. This morning I have been sitting with the Lord, reflecting on all that happened. And I clearly heard from the Spirit, “The purposes of God cannot be thwarted.” Searching the Scriptures, I was filled with joy and thankfulness as I read the following verses from Isaiah 14:24 and 14:27.
The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
Yes and amen to the word of the Lord! Welcome, Benjamin and Thompson! Your legacy is a story of restoration, a story of the goodness of the Lord who redeems us and is so generous, ready to rush in the moment we say yes to him. As your grandmother, I bless you in the name of the Lord our God. And I declare in the name of Jesus that you, along with your brother Lane and sister Kennedy, will be mighty in the kingdom of our Lord.
Jesus, I am truly blessed among women. Thank you for your love, mercy, and grace to my family. You are the Faithful and True. I love you. Amen.