“Jephthah…was a mighty man…but he was the son of a harlot.”

Jdg 11:1 NKJV

Genes are powerful things! They can determine a child’s hair color, eye color, and the proclivities that make them like their father or mother. But when a child grows up and constantly makes bad choices it may not be genetic; it may be that the Enemy has targeted them because he’s discerned their destiny. That’s when God steps in. Moses’ mother placed him in a basket and hid him in the Nile River. But God arranged for Pharaoh’s own daughter to find him, take him to the palace, and raise him as a leader in Egypt. As a parent, when you do your part God will do His. When you do all you can for your child, God will intervene and do what you cannot do. Paul writes, “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Ro 8:28 NLT). God has a “purpose” for your problem child, so keep loving them and praying for them however long it takes. The Bible says, “Jephthah…was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot.” Your child may have been born in less than ideal circumstances, but that won’t stop God from blessing them. On the contrary, He can use every circumstance in their past to fuel their future with wisdom and strengthen them to fulfill the thing to which He’s called them. So don’t give up on your child of promise. Pray, “Lord, You promised it, I believe it, and it will come to pass!”