4. What Weapons Do We Have to Fight the Enemy?
God has given us many weapons to use as we fight against the enemy.
1. The Word of God
Scripture is a powerful weapon. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God...” Jesus was the Word and used the words of God in the desert to silence the enemy's attempts to tempt Him. It’s important to teach our kids not to just use their words but use His Words especially when the enemy has infiltrated their minds. (Phillip Hunter’s book, The Promise Principle is a wonderful resource to help you and your kids memorize Scripture.) We were raised to memorize Scripture in Sunday school and I have especially returned to this practice this year. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word I have hidden in my heart that I may not sin against thee.” Teaching your kids the importance of hiding God’s word in their hearts is vital, not only to resist sin, but to equip themselves to fight the enemy’s attacks.
2. The Name of Jesus
Jesus’ name is a powerful weapon. Have you or your child ever suffered from bad dreams? This could be the works of the enemy. When your children experience scary or oppressive dreams, teach them to call on Jesus’ name. His name is the only name that has power to rebuke the enemy, cripple the works of the devil and drive fear into the enemy’s camp. Your kids will learn just how powerful is His name is, and come to know him more and more as their friend and protector.
Whenever your kids are going through difficult times, whether sad, sick, scared, or worried, you can teach them to pray to Jesus. Jesus hears our prayers, including the prayers of our kids. You can teach them to pray God’s word as well. Cultivating a lifestyle and a heart for prayer in your children is not only a great defensive tactic but an offensive tactic. It is a tool that will benefit them through every stage of their lives, whether good times or bad. You can even teach them the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13.
4. The Holy Spirit
Lastly, the Holy Spirit is a powerful weapon. Mark 16:17 teaches us that the prerequisite to counter demonic influences is simply being a believer. However, in Acts 1:8 when the start of the church began, we see that the Holy Spirit came upon the members in the upper room and they received power. This power gives us a supernatural advantage over demonic force in spiritual warfare.
Now, in the original language, the word “power” had a similar meaning as dynamite. If you teach your children that the Holy Spirit is not just for Bible characters but for us today, we all will live a more exciting Christian life in tandem with God’s power.
Sometimes, we may believe kids are too young to receive the Holy Spirit or have a relationship with Him. That is what the enemy wants you to think. Joel 2:28 says that God will pour out His spirit on all flesh, not just flesh that is 18 years and older. Now, if your kids have accepted Jesus Christ, they can invite the Holy Spirit in their life. You can help cultivate that relationship with the Holy Spirit and create an atmosphere where they can be sensitive to Him.
The Holy Spirit has both fruit and gifts that He would love for us to take advantage of as the family of God. One gift I have experienced that has helped me in spiritual warfare is found in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. This gift is known as “discerning of spirits” or “distinguishing between spirits.” When the Holy Spirit comes upon us we have access to all His gifts and fruits; however there are certain times when a specific gift is needed in that moment. This gift, discerning of spirits, along with the word of knowledge is beneficial when are trying to prayerfully assess whether a situation, a place, or person is influenced by the enemy. You and your kids can kindly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His gifts and fruit daily. This is the beauty of a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
God’s Children Are Never Alone in the Fight
There are so many weapons God has given us such as praise, worship, speaking in the spirit, the blood of Christ etc. God has not left us defenseless against the enemy. I hope that this has given you a good foundation on starting to teach your children about the realities of the unseen world and spiritual warfare. It is never too early to start training your kids. I absolutely love what Psalm 127:4-5 says, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate” (ESV). If God is looking at our children as arrows (weapons) to defeat the enemy, don’t you think we should teach and train them how to fight in the spirit? I think so as well.
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