In our last two posts, we talked about activities which can lead to harassment from evil spirits. We also discussed principles to help our children grow in spiritual discernment, so that they will know what to avoid. And, I shared a simple process for gaining freedom if you or your children are already experiencing various forms of spiritual affliction, such as nightmares.
Today, we’ll talk about teaching the beginning principles of personal spiritual warfare to our children. This is a subject which they should become familiar with even in their early years. We want them to know what to do if spiritual attack comes their way. Here are concepts even young children should be informed of:
1.) There is a God, and there is a devil — but God is WAY bigger.
Explain that God is the Creator of everything, His power and knowledge are unlimited, and He is able to be everywhere all at the same time.
Tell them the devil is one of God’s created beings. He was once an angel of great power in heaven, but he and other angels with him rebelled against God. So, the Lord threw them out of heaven. These evil angels now want to ruin God’s plans.
Assure them that, unlike God, the devil and his evil angels are limited in their power. They do not know everything, nor can they be in more than one place at a time.
Learn 1 John 4:4 together: “You belong to God, little children, and have overcome them [evil spirits]: because greater is He [God] Who is in you than he [the devil] who is in the world.”
2.) God will always take care of them.
Assure them that angels are always guarding them. Psalm 91:11 — “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
Each person has a special guardian angel all his own. Matthew 18:10 — “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for … in heaven their angels always behold the face of My Father Who is in heaven.”
Tell them there are many promises in the Bible that God will keep them safe from evil. (Psalm 4:8, Psalm 91, and Psalm 121 are just a few. I recommend memorizing these psalms with your children.)
3.) The devil tries to fool us with lies — but God always tells us the truth.
Assure them that God speaks good and loving things into our minds, which are in keeping with the Bible. Any thought which questions God’s goodness, or tears down ourselves or other people, is not from God.
Help them understand that the devil and his helpers will insert thoughts or temptations in their minds which are wrong. Explain that they should resist those thoughts.
Tell them that they can make those thoughts stop by commanding the evil spirit to be quiet and leave, in Jesus’ name.
Explain that if they have Jesus living in their hearts, they have the power to command evil spirits to go in Jesus’ name, and they must obey. (This is a great opportunity to lead them to Jesus, if they have not already given their hearts to Him.)
Verses to memorize, which go with this idea:
1 John 4:4 — “You belong to God, little children, and have overcome them [evil spirits]: because greater is He [God] Who is in you than he [the devil] who is in the world.”
James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
4.) What if they see evil spirits? Don’t be surprised if your children say odd things about invisible people or creatures. Children often see into the spirit realm more easily than many adults. It is not always imaginary. They may see angels; they may see evil spirits.
Teach them that if they see monsters or other scary beings, they do not have to be afraid. Tell them to command the scary creatures to leave, in the name of Jesus — just like if they are tempted with bad thoughts.
5.) What if they have scary dreams? Again, tell them that Jesus and His angels are always there to protect them, so they don’t have to be afraid. And instruct them again that they can command the devil to leave them alone in Jesus’ name.
6.) Jesus has given us spiritual armor.
Memorize together Ephesians 6:10-18. You can do it one verse at a time. Explain the significance of each piece. I have written an article on this, if you need help — Jesus Is the Armor!
Have fun with it by making a paper doll soldier with pieces of the armor. Here are some links to help you:
http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/armour-of-god (coloring page)
7.) They are overcomers, because God says they are.
Assure them that even when they feel weak, Jesus is strong, and He fights our battles for us.
Remind them that they have angels to protect them, too.
Tell them the Word of God promises that they will always win their spiritual battles, if they trust Jesus to help them.
Verses to learn:
1 Corinthians 15:57 — “But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 — “Now thanks be to God, Who always causes us to triumph in Christ….”
If you teach these spiritual warfare principles to your children, they will be well equipped from an early age to deal confidently and victoriously with evil spirits.
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