Parents, 9 tips to prepare your children for life's struggles

There is a formidable adversary who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour an entire generation (1 Stone 5: 8) and our children are not immune. But we can help them stand firm in spiritual warfare through the spiritual manual that God has made available to us.

La Word asks us to instruct the child according to the way he should follow (22 Proverbs: 6). It requires a certain willingness on the part of parents to set an example by building their “spiritual muscles” to fight the battle. Misty Honnold, founder and director of the organization The Single MOM KC drew on Bible verses to develop 9 ways to help children win spiritual battles:

  1. Be strong in the Lord, and by his almighty power (Ephesians 6: 10).

It is necessary to teach our children what it means to “be strong in the Lord”, to depend only on God and not on their own intelligence. In order to carry this powerful message to their children, parents must set an example by being dependent on their Creator.

  1. Take all the weapons of God, so that you can resist in the bad day, and stand firm after you have overcome everything (Ephesians 6: 13).

The apostle Paul insists that we must take up all arms, without exception. We cannot prevent difficult days from coming, but we are called to stand firm and overcome them with the armor God has made available to us, being wholly dependent on Christ. It is the same for our children.

  1. So stand firm: hold the truth in your loins (Ephesians 6: 14).

In order to prepare our children for the fight, they must abide in the truth; a truth that speaks of the love and affection of God, of what God is, and of what they are in Christ. As parents, it is our responsibility to confess the truth, to read the truth, and to make sure that their loins are girded in the truth so that they can stand firm in a bad light.

  1. Put on the breastplate of justice (Ephesians 6: 14).

Like a soldier who puts on a breastplate to protect his vital organs, the soldiers of God must put on the breastplate of justice in order to protect their spiritual organs from cultures (broken family, intimidation…) which oppose biblical principles. We must thus help our children to understand where their righteousness comes from, and help them to be sure of the mercy of God towards his “beloved children”.

  1. Put on your feet the zeal of the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 6: 15)

Peace is a powerful weapon. The Prince of Peace has come to bring a different peace to that defined by the world. Like the shoes a soldier wears, the peace of Christ allows us to climb mountains and travel valleys. It is therefore essential to present the Prince of Peace to our children in order to develop their muscles for spiritual combat.

  1. Above all this take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one (Ephesians 6: 16).

Like a fighter who uses a shield to protect himself from enemy attacks, we are called to take the shield of faith in the Lord of hosts. Parents, help your children grow in faith by encouraging them to turn to the Father for the things they want. Accompany them to the throne of grace, pray with them and let the Good Shepherd guide them.

  1. Also take the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6: 17).

The enemy often attacks our thoughts. Many children are tormented by lying thoughts that influence their self-esteem. The only way to overcome this problem is to tell them about Jesus and present to them the grace of salvation in Christ. Jesus freed the captives, so the children do not have to live under condemnation.

  1.  Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6: 17).

No soldier can fight without a weapon, no matter what armor he wears. That is why we have the sword of the Spirit as our weapon. To prevent our children from faltering in the face of the enemy, we must teach them how to use this mighty sword to defend themselves from enemy attacks.

  1. Make all kinds of prayers and supplications by the Spirit at all times (Ephesians 6: 18).

Prayer is a conversation with God. Parents, equip your children so that they know the voice of God and let themselves be guided by him in order to stand firm against the wiles of the evil one. So watch and pray at all times (Luke 21: 36) and teach our children to do the same.



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