Monday’s post talked about God as Deliverer, and almost every comment touched on the mental assaults of the enemy. The discussion proved timely. Today I was dealing with yet another mental assault by the enemy—this time upon one of my children. It’s one thing when the enemy shoots his fiery darts at us, trying to get us to believe his lies. It reaches a whole ‘nother level when he comes after our kids.
God was totally with me. I didn’t become anxious—probably because of the constant uplift and sharpening you all bring on this blog. I saw the attack for what it was, and every ounce of Momma Bear came out of me.
I sat this child down, and we had a refresher course on the nature and tactics of the enemy, and the importance of knowing truth and recognizing a lie. We talked about the need to cast down lies immediately—not “own” them—and the need to go to God immediately for help. I re-emphasized the importance of building and maintaining a close personal walk with the Lord. Though the enemy wages battle against us, I said, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” And as we prayed, you know I called upon God as Protector and Deliverer.
The thing is…it’s not easy for adults to conquer the battles waged by the enemy in the mind. How can we expect our kids to learn and implement this important spiritual discipline? It doesn’t seem fair that they should have to deal with spiritual attacks. But the enemy doesn’t play fair. So learn it, they must.
Might seem weird, but I’m encouraged. I was almost thirty before I knew anything of spiritual things, how the enemy operates, and how the power of God conquers all. Our kids are learning these lessons early, and I can only pray that God will use the struggles to develop them into mature Christians. I pray that He’s sharpening them right now to be arrows loosed into a culture that needs the grace of Christ and the light of truth. I’m praying He’ll be faithful in the midst, standing guard over their hearts and minds and delivering them from the schemes of the evil one.
And I’m praying that they will live a life of worship unto Him, the best posture for battle.
Have you spied an enemy attack lately on your child? How did you respond? How are you training them?