There is a spiritual battle raging around us every day. We cannot see it, but it is there. This is not the first day of the battle. And, it won’t be the last, unless the end has come and we are with God for eternity. This spiritual battle is one that we must prepare for every day. Ephesians 6:12 says,
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12
As parents, we must prepare our children for these battles. We must teach them who the enemy of God is and what his tactics are. Our children need to know these things so that they are able to discern good from evil. (Heb. 5:14) They need to know when they are under the attack of the spiritual forces of evil.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
– 1 Peter 5:8
Here are three conversations you should have with your children about the enemy of God:
1. Satan is the enemy of God. Satan was created by God and was originally known as Lucifer, the archangel. Isaiah 14 tells us how he was cast out of heaven for wanting to be God. When he was cast out, one-third of the angels in heaven (now known as demons) also rebeled against God and were thrown out of heaven with him. His desire to rule as God resulted in him becoming the enemy of God. He will be eternally separated from God.
2. Satan and the demons have influence over the souls and bodies of men. There are countless accounts of Satan or his demons “entering” into the souls or bodies of men. These demons caused men and women to do and say things they would not normally do. Judas Iscariot is one of those in whom Satan entered. (Luke 12:3) Judas, one of the disciples, betrayed Jesus by telling the officials where Jesus was so they could arrest Him. Judas later killed himself when he realized what he had done.
Satan and his demons can speak and act through people even today. Witches, astrologists, fortune tellers and others are tools in the hands of Satan and his demons in our world. God wants us to have nothing to do with those who practice witchcraft and divination because doing so gives Satan and his demons an open door to create a stronghold in our hearts which keeps us from worshiping God as He has commanded. Detueronomy 18:10-13 says,
“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,
anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.
And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
You shall be blameless before the Lord your God….”
3. Satan wants to keep people from believing God and following His ways. Satan has led the rebellion against God and his ways, but he does so subtly and in ways that most of us do not easily recognize.
– Satan is known as the father of lies. He makes untrue statements about who God is and who we are. Jesus told the Pharisees in John 8:44 that the devil “does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” Satan does not want us to understand and believe that Jesus is the Truth. (John 14:6)
– Satan is a deceiver. To deceive someone means “to make (someone) believe something that is not true,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online. Satan uses his lies to make us believe that what God says is not true. He did this with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Even had just told Satan what God had said, and he lies and says the opposite of what was true.
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that when you eat of it
your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil.”
– Genesis 3:4-5
– Satan is a tempter. In Matthew 4 it is recorded that Satan tempted Jesus in the wildnerness to give up the authority He had been given by God. He tempts people daily to do things that go against God’s ways. He does this by deceiving us into believing that his way or our way is better than God’s ways..
– Satan is an accuser. He speaks lies to make us feel guilty for things we have done. He instills in our minds a cycle of thoughts that keep us in bondage to our sin.
– Satan is a thief. He wants to steal everything God has given us. In Mark 4 Jesus explains the parable of the sower to the disciples and He says that Satan will come and take away the word of God that is sown in the hearts of men.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
– Matthew 10:28
We must remember as we teach our children about the enemy of God to also teach who God is. Speaking only about Satan glorifies him and not God. Take time to teach your children who God is in comparison to who Satan is. (If you don’t know what to teach them about who God is, start reading John.) After all, you don’t need to know the tactics of the enemy for eternity. Just God.
What conversation will you have with your children this week?
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