Questions and Answers

We can have a lot of questions when raising a rebel. Ephesians 6:10–18 has the answers:

Where do we find strength?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

What can we do when we feel attacked or manipulated?

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

Is our child the enemy? Just whom are we fighting?

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

How do we do battle? 

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

What kind of armor should we wear? How do we protect ourselves?

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace

How do we defeat the enemy?

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

What do we do proactively to stay ahead?

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints . . . .

Where’s the Reward in Raising a Rebel?

Raising a rebel can be a wearying yet glorious undertaking. We are actually raising mighty warriors who, with their strength of spirit, can stand firm against the enemy. Train them to be soldiers for Christ who learn to defeat the enemy of their souls. They can stand strong against the ungodly culture, fighting for righteousness. We can teach them to fight the good fight of faith and allow their strength of spirit to be used for God’s purposes. (Study the lives of these rebels and how God used them: Jacob, Jonah, Daniel, Peter, and Paul.)

God has created them to be fighters, and our job is to turn that propensity toward the right arenas, allowing them to use that bent for God’s glory. Rebels need to have a vision for why they were created with the God-given characteristics that they can easily regard as hindrances or even curses. Give them something good to fight for. Our rebel has become active on the pro-life front; this child is learning to debate truth, understand a Biblical worldview, support Godly politicians, debate evolutionists, and stand against evil. We stand amazed at how far we’ve come, remembering vividly the times we thought we’d never make it this far. God’s mercy and faithfulness have brought us to this point.

Parents, be strong in the Lord! Don’t give up; look up. Don’t give in; stay consistent. Don’t give way to the devil; fight for the soul of your rebel, wrestling in prayer. Don’t give in to discouragement; encourage your rebel to use his gifts for God’s glory. God needs those who will join His army of rebels against sin and unrighteousness. God needs parents who will fight for their children.