Spiritual Warfare is Real
TV glamorizes and trivializes the idea of spiritual warfare, but spiritual warfare is real. Satan and his followers know that Jesus has defeated them, but they are not going down without a fight and actively work to tempt as many people away from God as possible. How do we protect our children and enable them to defeat whatever Satan may try?
Do not be afraid to talk about Satan and his tactics. Satan is interested in us because he hates God and therefore he hates anyone who loves God. Use Genesis 3 to discuss the tactics Satan used on Eve—and that he continues to use on us. When Satan first approached Eve, he used exaggeration to make God seem silly. God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except for one tree. Satan asked Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ Satan straight out lied when he told Eve, “You will not surely die.” Satan also promised Eve that her disobedience to God’s command would bring her satisfaction when he said, “When you eat of the fruit, you will be like God!” We know Satan uses lies, exaggeration, claims of no consequences, and promises of satisfaction from disobedience to tempt us away from God. If we know his tactics, we and our children can confront them head on.
Use Ephesians 6 to talk how we can prepare to be soldiers in this fight. Emphasize that God is more powerful than Satan. God does not leave us alone to fight by ourselves. He gives us six pieces of armor that will protect us; talk about each piece of armor and the protection it gives us.
Finally, we can teach our children that prayer is our immediate channel to God and our way of plugging into his power and his wisdom. Spiritual warfare is real, but we are not victims. We are victorious through Christ our Savior!