Often when children grow up in a Christian home, they can become accustomed to not having to deal with the “war,” that they must face outside the home, both now and in the future.
Prepare for The War Outside
1 John 2:16, says, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world.”
The world will always offer us a counterfeit, but God offers authentic joy and peace for a lifetime! A life lived in Christ is the only thing that will fulfill our lives and give glory to God. Giving glory to God is why we were all created. We don’t have to demonize or tone down the appeal of the world; the world will always have its tactics. Instead, we should focus on making sure that our children are rooted in truth.
Encourage your children and assure them that God’s Word gives us many promises to give us hope, especially in the tough times. Here are two such promises:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Prepare for The War Inside
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” -Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)
We not only have to contend with evil in the world but more importantly, there is a war that rages within us as well. We must remain inherently aware of this inward war. No matter how long we have been walking with God, we need to continue relying on God. We have to make a practice of asking God to shape our desires, mindsets, motives, and actions.
Share your personal testimonies to help prepare your children to live victoriously for Christ. Share the truth that living for Jesus is not easy. Becoming vulnerable and honest with your children actually helps to level the playing field. Although we are their parents, we are also in need of God’s help. Don’t worry about focusing on your shortcomings. Just explain how God made you stronger with every lesson you learned. Your children will love hearing that you were once just like them in many ways.
Always remember that, as parents, nothing we do to raise our children guarantees their success. But our obedience to train and teach our children guarantees that they have “incorruptible” seeds of truth planted in their hearts and minds. Our obedience to God should never be based on the outward response of our children. Believe the promises of God for your children, by faith! God has promised that they will not depart (or get away from) the truth that has been planted within them.
I encourage you to pray for and with your children. My prayer is that all of our children will lead victorious lives in Christ! God hears our prayers! He will be faithful to minister to our children’s hearts as we remain committed to lead them into God’s truth intentionally. Continue confessing the promises of God and anticipating a harvest!