War? What War?
Next week we will begin going through the different parts of the armor of God, but first there are a couple things to get straight. The fact that Paul writes of the ARMOR of God indicates that we must be in a battle. (If we weren’t, then he probably would have said to put on the “shirt and tie of God” instead.) But this battle is not one that we can fight on our own. We have to join an army, God’s army, to help us win the battle. There are three key facts that a child has to know before they can properly and fully use the armor of God to its full potential.
- They need to join the army and ask Jesus into their hearts.
- They need to know that God is the leader of the army and we are to follow Him with our whole heart.
- The Bible is our training manual that helps us learn about God and make wise decisions.
Has your child ever asked Jesus into their heart? As parents it is our job to teach them that they need a Savior. You can start introducing this idea at a young age. When they are little and make a mistake you can explain to them that they made a foolish decision and then you can walk them through the steps of forgiveness. Have them admit what they did, say sorry to the person they offended and then ask for forgiveness. When they ask you for forgiveness, it is so important that you immediately tell them “You are forgiven, and I love you very much.” Parents have the awesome ability to model God’s love and forgiveness to their children. Our children need to know that we and God will always love them no matter what they do and that we will forgive them every time too. As your child ages you can explain that our flesh wants to do bad things, but we can ask Jesus to help us make wise decisions instead of foolish ones. You can use scriptures to explain to your child the need for a savior. It is as simple as A, B, C!
We can Admit that we are sinners, we make mistakes, and do not always do what is right. Then we can repent, or ask for forgiveness, and turn away from our sins. (Romans 3:23)
Then we are to Believe that Jesus is God’s son. We need to believe that He came to earth to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment for our sins so that we can spend eternity with God. (John 3:16).
Last we are to Confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into our lives and be Lord. We declare that we need Him to help us make wise decisions and we are willing to follow His way. (Romans 10:9-10, 13)
What better way to bring in the new year than to have your child accept Christ?!? Kids often ask Jesus into their hearts every time they get a chance. This is OKAY, let them do that! Each time they do talk with them about it. Make sure they understand what they are doing and why it is important to do it. Then reassure them that Jesus will always be in their heart. That He will never leave them, no matter what they do. When they make mistakes that doesn’t mean that Jesus has left their hearts, just that they are human. Explain that all of us make mistakes here and there, even mom and dad. Then explain that is why we ask for forgiveness. This allows us to confess our sins, say we are sorry and then Jesus does a wonderful thing and washes our sins away. He does an amazing thing – He forgets them and doesn’t hold them against us anymore! Don’t we serve a wonderful God!!
As our tender young children grow up they will learn that life is full of battles to fight. If you diligently train them early they will be equipped to live a victorious life. And they will be serving God, the all-powerful commander and chief.