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Friday, May 19, 2006

Our kids, Satan’s targets

Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons.

Christian children and teenagers going to our schools, attending our churches, and living in our homes are the targets of Satan's deceitful ways. Many Christian young people hear voices as if a subconscious self is talking to them. Satan seeks to destroy our families and churches by seducing our children away from their parents and from God (1 Timothy 4:1).

Is every evil thought in our mind the "voice" of Satan or a demon? No, the flesh--that part of our brain that convinces us to operate apart from God and to center our interests on ourselves--also introduces sinful thoughts and makes us think about things that may lead us down the wrong path. To add insult to injury, input from worldly movies, music, books, TV, etc. also introduces evil ideas into our minds. As we grow in Christ, we learn to say no to the deeds of the flesh and walk in the Spirit.

But the world and the flesh are not the only culprits, even though we tend to place most of the blame on them. The devil and "spiritual forces of wickedness" (Ephesians 6:12) are at work introducing suggestions as thoughts or inner voices. Just as we learn to deal with worldly and fleshly influences, we also have to learn to tell the difference between Satan's subtle, personal influence and resist him, and we must teach our kids to do the same. Whether your child's misguided thoughts are coming from the world, the flesh, or the devil, you need to help him bring "every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Our kids aren't saying much about Satan's seduction in their lives because most of them don't know that he's at the heart of it. Satan is the great liar. He doesn't march into their lives with a brass band. He sneaks his way in through the opportunities they and we give him. And since kids haven't been taught what the Bible says about Satan's strategies, they blame themselves, and their sense of guilt and fear of punishment further contributes to their silence, and in this case, silence is not golden.

Praying for all who are being seduced by Satan
Pastor Mike

Ode to Henry Ford

The fourth-grade class was studying the development of the auto industry. The teacher had emphasized the role played by Henry Ford, whose assembly lines decreased production costs.

At the end of the unit, she gave a test including the question: "What did Henry Ford invent that made buying a car more affordable?"

One of the students wrote: "0% financing."


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