DAY 23: Adopt a Child – Overturn a Decree
He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
“The Church has no authority to end abortion because generally speaking It has not wanted children any more than the world has. They abort theirs, we just keep ours from coming.”
It is stunning how God uses the weak things to confound the wise and the things that are nothing to nullify the things that are. When Pharoah releases his death decree on the male children of Israel God uses a slave and his wife to give birth to a little child, Moses. Moses would deliver the whole nation of Israel and shatter the power of Egypt. When God wanted to restrain the death decree of Haman, he chose a beautiful orphan and made her a Queen. When Mordecai adopts the orphan Hadassah, he prepares her to be an Esther and she breaks Haman’s decree. It is interesting that Pharoah’s decree was in Exodus 1:22 and Roe V. Wade took place on January 22nd, 1/22. In both cases of Pharoah’s and Haman’s death decrees, the deliverer of the people was an adopted child. I’m wondering if abortion will be ultimately turned around by an adoption movement and the adopted child. Let this become the cry of the church, “Give us your unwanted children!”
15 Years ago we launched a prayer movement called Bound4Life to challenge Roe V. Wade. One couple, our dear friends, were convicted by God that if abortion would end we would have to put feet to our prayers. Kelsey Bohlender preached a message calling for 1 million adoptions. Since 2006 we have not stopped praying for this movement. That family has an outrageous story of having adopted 6 children with 10 kids overall. They are God’s heroes.
Some years ago a couple named Derek and Renee Loux were moved on by God to adopt severely disabled children. Their story filled with glory and pain has touched so many of us. I had a dream in which I knocked on Derek Loux’s door. He opened the door and welcomed me in. I sat down and he brought before me a box out of which he lifted a beautiful pair of shoes; they were Derek’s shoes. It was not a new pair, but it had leather that seemed to radiate with golden light. He put those shoes on my feet, and I stood up realizing they fit me perfectly. What a dream! A week or so later Derek was killed in an automobile accident leaving the family in shock and pain. I believe the dream was a calling to put on his shoes and carry his calling for adoption. How beautiful are the feet of those that bring good news! My son Jesse became like a surrogate father to those little children, several of whom were severely disabled. Renee has been an extraordinary strength to her family and has mothered a movement of adoption. I’m not sure how well I’ve walked in Derek’s shoes, as if any of us could, but I have lifted up my voice and called for 1 million adoptions and a month ago at The Send, I feel God has answered my prayer. Andy Byrd called for 1 million adoptions that day and it’s happening. Could it be in this exploding adoption movement, a new Moses and Esther generation will arise as deliverers of a generation marked for death. Will you be one of those who will be marked for life by adopting a child?
Lord, I pray for such a mighty wave of love to sweep the church; that every child in foster care; those sex trafficked; those who would otherwise have been aborted; those abused and rejected would be cared for; rescued and adopted. We pray, Lord of the harvest, hurl forth laborers and parents into this harvest field. We pray that the foster care system would be emptied by an explosion of God Love. We now lift our voice and pray unto him who is able to do exceedingly abundant beyond all that we could think or imagine and ask boldly, God end abortion and send revival to America; we ask for 1 million adoptions in America and all over the earth; we ask that even those who are at this moment reading, let their hearts be ignited with a vision for children and a decision for adoption. Amen
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