There is a reality of spiritual warfare that many Christians are not facing. This is a war going on for our children. As we grow older and stronger, we can see that the enemy is turning to the young and the weaker of spirit.
The misconception is that evil looks like the image above. But even the young and weak know they should avoid things that are apparently bad. The enemy we face is one who uses deception. He masks himself in beauty, instant gratification, and comfort. He has words and phrases such as, ”you deserve it, this is easier, it’s not that bad, and everyone is doing it.”
The enemy’s message is all over media and various forms of propaganda. Does this mean that we should throw away the televisions, laptops, and cell phones? In my opinion, I say no. Over sheltering youth makes them easy victims once they leave home.
Spiritual Warfare: Preparing Our Children
We must pray, educate, and empower. We must have honest and sometimes uncomfortable discussions about life and purpose. We must get our children and others to find their acceptance and love in Jesus. We must prepare them to recognize the enemy. This is not to be religious or superstitious.
We must support and empower our young men to follow Christ with all that they are. Teaching them morals is not enough; they need the Word of God. These boys need mentors, prayer warriors, and a support system.
Fathers, we MUST be the men that God has called us to be for our daughters. We must commit them to Jesus and love them with every breath. They need to hear (every day) that they are beautiful, important, and and treasure from God. If they don’t, we have failed them. I stress this to fathers because I am one. I also see fathers falling short as I have.
Spiritual Warfare: Fighting the Father of All Lies
The red devil with a pitchfork does not exist, neither does the boogie man. What does exist is the father of all lies that will use beauty, comfort, and entitlement to divert our children from focusing on Jesus, thus denying them the blessings and joy that we wish for them.
Wake up! Grow up! Stop giving excuses! Pray for our youth. Love on them. Empower them to stand against the attack that they will never see coming. Read your Bibles daily. Pray without ceasing. Be willing to have difficult discussions. Be willing to be unpopular by making the best decisions.
–-By David Hethcock, Admissions Officer and Tech Support Specialist