Do You Have a Plan?
How have you prepared your children for the attacks of Satan? Do you have a written plan to protect your children?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
There is an enemy who wants to destroy your home. His cross hairs are on your children. He has four very powerful and destructive beliefs that he wants you and your children to hide within your heart. As you look around to what is happening in our world of crime and evil, most of the destruction and negative actions come directly from Satan's four toxic beliefs. Since he is the chief liar, he wants to steal your heart away from all that is good, kill everything that's honorable within you and your children, destroying your marriage, family and lives (see John 10:10).
But Christ came to bring you and your children abundant, overflowing life. He wants you to have amazing freedom from everything evil and establish within your hearts four powerful beliefs that lead to a blessed life here and eternal life forever.
I can honestly admit to you that I've never been happier in my entire life than I am today. I want to follow all of the teachings of Christ; but to start, I've embraced four of Christ's powerful teachings that alone have enriched me more than I could have ever imagined. I'm even learning how to fit all of Christ's commands into the four that I use every day!
With Satan's clever lying ways, no wonder there is so much crime and destruction in our world today. The enemy is sophisticated, patient, disciplined and lethal. He hates your family. He will utilize everything in his arsenal to destroy your marriage and your children. His strategy is to ruin not only your marriage, but also the future marriages of your children.
We must understand how grave this threat really is. We have been given the armor of God to protect our hearts. It is not an accident that Ephesians 6:10-13 follows the Bible's central teaching on marriage and family in Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4. The test before us is to sustain the unity of purpose and meet the challenges now confronting us. We need to design a balanced strategy for the long haul, to put on the full armor of God and prevent Satan from having victory in his future attacks.
Is your home prepared for the attacks of the enemy? Do you have a plan to guard your child's heart from the impending attacks of Satan?
Excerpted from Guarding Your Child's Heart
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. Copyright © 2011 by Dr. Gary Smalley. All rights reserved. Used by permission.