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Teaching Children to Hear God's Voice

FINDING GOD

Debra Giles grew up in a loving home, but her parents were not Christians. Her mother was forced to go to church all the time when she was growing up and resented it. Consequently, she vowed when she was an adult to no longer attend. On the contrary, Debra always had a fascination with God. She recalls gazing at the stars as a child and talking to the Lord. She wanted to know more about the creator of the universe. 

At 14, Debra gave her heart to the Lord at home and soon found a spirit-filled church. Debra decided to start going to a Spirit-filled church. Her sister soon followed in Debra’s footsteps and got saved too. Their mother wasn’t happy about it and often prohibited them from going. Debra admits that those years were very challenging. 

Eventually, her parents began attending a Baptist Church where Debra’s cousin was the pastor. Her mom told both girls they had to participate in two monthly services at the Baptist Church. Then, they could attend two services a month at the nondenominational Spirit-filled church. When Debra and her sister visited the non-denominational service, they began learning about the gifts of the Spirit, generational curses, and generational blessings, and how to communicate with God. 

When she was a child, God began speaking to Debra with prophetic dreams. When she tried to share her experiences with her parents, they didn’t understand or pay much attention to what she had to say. On the contrary, her grandmother loved hearing about what the Lord was sharing with Debra. She explains, “Since someone I looked up to was willing to take the time to listen to what I had to say and, I felt, validate my experiences, I was okay.”

TRAINING KIDS TO HEAR FROM GOD

Determined to do things differently than her mother, Debra promised herself and God, to raise her children in a home where they could freely love the Lord and learn about the giftings and callings He had for their lives. Debra has raised four sons who all love the Lord and serve in ministry. She shares how you too can raise children with a heart after God in her book, Raising Prophetic Kids.
She provides practical exercises to help you nurture and develop prophetic gifts in your children. For example, you can:

  • Encourage times of "soaking" - putting on Christian/reflective music and being quiet before God, asking Him to show, tell, or give something during that time.
  • Have children draw prophetic pictures for people - give them a blank paper with someone's name and date and ask them to draw the first thought that comes to mind from God for that person.
  • Encourage children to try different prophetic expressions like prophetic art, dance, worship, speaking, Lego building, cupcake art, jewelry making, etc.
  • Practice prophesying over people by having children draw pictures and write sentences describing the pictures as words for others.
  • Teach children to spend time outside to connect with God and His creation.
  • Guide children in recognizing spiritual atmospheres and what to do when sensing negative spiritual influences.

THINGS TO AVOID

Debra also shares some common mistakes to avoid when practicing prophetic exercises, such as:

  • Profiling or judging others based on outward appearance rather than discerning from the heart. Giving prophetic words based solely on how someone looks or dresses can lead to inaccurate prophecies.
  • Having the mindset that it's okay to make mistakes when prophesying. While some grace is needed when learning, there should still be a reverence for accurately representing God's voice.
  • Getting caught up in emotionalism, hype, or seeking an adrenaline rush rather than ministering from a place of peace. Prophecy should not be driven by emotions or what people want to hear.
  • Giving "horoscope" style prophecies that simply tell people what they want to hear about themselves rather than what they need to hear from God. Prophecies should challenge and edify, not merely flatter.
  • Not allowing God to change and purify you. Many times, it’s the hardships in life that develop character and cause us to listen to God. Debra refers to those times as “wilderness” training (like when the Jews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they didn’t surrender to God and allow Him to change them). Prophetic gifting requires brokenness, humility, and purity of heart.

Instead, some wise practices include:

  • Exercising humility and being open to making mistakes is a learning process.
  • Checking prophecies against Scripture to ensure biblical accuracy.
  • Allowing time for God to develop Christlike character alongside the prophetic gifting.
  • Seeking to edify, encourage, and comfort others rather than draw attention to oneself.

To learn more about Debra Giles and her prophetic ministry, please visit her website: www.DebraGiles.com. To purchase her book, Raising Prophetic Kids, please click the link: Raising Prophetic Kids

 
 

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God Reversed the Effects of Sexual Abuse

“I loved sin. My flesh loved it. My body loved it. Pornography, marijuana, sex was totally a medicine. That was my medicine. My name is Eric Villatoro, and my testimony started all the way from when I was a child. Really, nine months. My parents separated. Uh, they were both immigrants into the United States, Salvadorian and Nicaragua. At nine months, uh, they separated after having me and my mom moved back to Nicaragua. When she moved back to Nicaragua, she took me with her.”

“My mom would take us to mass every now and then. But it was never something that we devoutly did but as I was growing up, I could, I had that thing in me that I just knew that there was a God. And I came into a third world country essentially where we had a lot of dirt, a lot of fun, a lot of pinatas. It was a great, great time, but there was also a lot of brokenness that I came into.” 

“In the midst of all these amazing events that were happening in my life at the age of five years old I was sexually abused for the first time by a family friend. This opened a whole new world for me. I started to notice that my cousins had, uh, were having different types of interactions that were inappropriate, that then I started getting involved with.”

At eight years old, Eric moved to New York City to live with his dad. The abuse followed him. He recalls:

“It went from being molested by a teenager when I was young, to then child on child abuse with cousins to now being in the States, and now it's adults that are molesting me, that were renting from my dad's house. I think by that time I had been through so many different moments, so many different sexual encounters that it was, it was an exciting thing to me. It was almost like I had been brainwashed. But really, I was broken.” 

“My dad wasn't present emotionally in my life. And my mom didn't know. She was still living in Nicaragua, and so I believe that, you know, the diving into the sexual brokenness was the desire to have closeness with somebody.”

Two years later, Eric became an addict. He recalls when he first got hooked:

“The first time that I came across pornography it was an excitement. I mean, it was like a hit of drugs, you know? Because I knew I can access this myself. I can go home in my dad's computer, and I can find this myself. It was totally a rush of, uh, adrenaline in my little heart. Um, and I mean, that, that's what really then led me into a full-blown pornographic addiction. By the age of 10, I was totally hooked.”

“There was addiction to pornography from the age of 10. There was addiction to sex at the age of 14. There was an addiction to marijuana at the age of 18, 19. I mean, it was just a progression. It was just getting worse and worse and worse. But to everybody on the outside, it looked fine to everybody on the outside, it looked like everything was okay. I got to a point, I was finished watching porn, and it's just a disgust with myself. The shame, nobody knew about the shame. But that shame, man, it was a plague in my mind.” 

At 23, Eric’s girlfriend of six years left him. He says it was devastating. 

“Man, just feeling the weight of that heartbreak, I said, 'God, I don't want to ever feel this again. I don't want to feel like this ever again.' And I said, 'come into my life. Change my life. Whatever you wanna do, just do it.' It's a very simple prayer for me. But for God, it was like, man, like He got to work.”

“I used to have this really, I mean, total addiction to pornography. I felt hopeless. And here comes Jesus into my life. Here comes the Word of God into my life. I'm just saying, 'Lord, remove this thing from me. Remove this addiction from me. Help me through this.' The dominion that sin had over me was broken. And so, now I was able to walk in freedom. Slowly but surely, it was happening over time. I was able to forgive the people that had sexually abused me. I was able to forgive my father, um, for not being emotionally there for me. I was able to forgive my mom, you know, for the separation that had happened, her decision to move back. My life was being transformed. I was being healed.”

Now Eric has a new purpose.

“For me it's been amazing to see how God can take something that is totally broken, take something that was dark, shameful, expose it to the light, and now be able to help other people. So, we started ministry called Delafe Testimonies. Um, and we have a vision to record 1 million testimonies. So that other people can see that they're not the only ones that are going through molestation, through...through drug addiction, um, through physical abuse in a home. Like whatever the case may be. They’re not the only ones.”

“Whatever is going on, Jesus can take on that thing. Jesus can heal you. Jesus can restore you. Jesus can save you. Call out to God, say, 'Lord, reveal Yourself to me. Come into my life. I want that. Transform my life.' And man, He'll do it. He'll do it. A hundred percent. He'll do it.”

To learn more about Eric's ministry, Mission Delafė, please visit his website: www.MissionDelafė.org.
 

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A Miracle for a Military Family

As an army family, hunter and Jessica are familiar with spending months apart. When duty calls, hunter knows he leaves the household in Jessica’s capable hands.

Hunter explains, “there were some days, she’d call me and tell me what was going on. And then next thing I know, it’s getting taken care of. Either she had a friend that she knew that could come help her out or she was taking care of it herself.”

Jessica says feels just as proud of hunter, “he’s a part of this whole big thing of keeping our country safe and other families safe and able to have the life that we have because of his job and his career and sacrifices.”

The couple decided early on it was important for Jessica to stay home with their children. Living on one income though, has been tough.

Jessica explains, “it’s a struggle.  It’s constant.  We live paycheck to paycheck.”

In the spring of 2022 hunter’s car broke down and needed several hundred dollars in repairs they couldn’t afford. Then, a few months later, the engine on in Jessica’s van died.   Fixing it carried a $9,000 price tag.  A family member loaned them a car until they could find a solution.

Jessica says, “there are times when we have $3 in our account and I don't even know how we're going to buy groceries, let alone buy a car.”

Hunter says, “literally, I just give it up. I'm just like, you know what, the lord's got it. So, I mean, at this point, I’m just living on a prayer.”

For months the couple prayed.  Then in September, Dan and Charlotte, with the military outreach Cadence International, came to their home. First, with a well-deserved “thank you”.

Charlotte tells them, “we are so grateful for what you both do for our country.”

They also came with great news.  CBN’s Helping The Home Front was going to help.

Dan says, “they have decided to come alongside you guys and they're going to pay for all the repairs needed for your car to get it fully functioning.”

Hunter responds, “I don't – I don't even know how to respond to that. That's – that's a bigger blessing than we could have ever asked for or imagined!  That's awesome.”

Jessica adds, “I mean, it's amazing. Like, I can't put into words.”

Hunter continues, “yeah. I don't even know how to begin to express our gratitude for that.”    

Charlotte adds, “not only that, CBN Helping The Home Front partners are prepared to take you today to Willie Harold Automotives to go look for a used, reliable vehicle to provide for you completely paid for.”

Jessica says, “I don’t know what to say. How do you respond?”

Hunter says, ‘all I can say is thank God.”

Jessica adds, “it is God!”

Hunter continues, “it's God. That's all it is. I can't – I don't even like know how to process that. That's absolutely amazing.”

The dealership put the couple in the perfect family vehicle.  And within a few days, the repairs on hunter’s car were completed too.

Jessica concludes, “I'm very grateful to CBN partners who have helped us. Like this is a giant blessing to my family, and we would not have been able to do it on our own. Like, there's no way.  I can't even put into words how grateful we are.”

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