Psalm 127:4-5 Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
We are to train our children to be arrows! They are meant to be soldiers in the Lord's Army (Yes! Sir!)
I had a dream recently that God was warning His people to train the children! In the dream, we were protecting them from the spiritual war that was going on but what we should have been doing is raising them up to be warriors.
It's important that we train our children to know God's voice and to know their power in the name of Jesus.
I have two sons, a 20 and a 16-year-old. We taught them very young that there was a devil and we had to learn to fight him.
Kids are a lot more perceptive than we give them credit for. They can sometimes be MORE perceptive than adults.
Your child already knows that there is good and evil. It's in our DNA. The first thing we need to help them distinguish is that God loves them and that everything we do in life needs to be for His glory.
We teach them that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to give us power over the devil - who is “the bad guy.”
I don't mean to oversimplify this - but this can be established at 2 and 3 years of age. At 4 and 5, there should be a definite recognition of the power of Jesus name in their lives.
Maybe you have older children if you haven't started yet - it is not too late. Have a conversation with your older children that there are only two kingdoms. Teach them there is the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Read to them about the fall of Satan in Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17. Then read about his final demise in Revelation 19:11 through 20:10.
The first thing to establish with your kids is that there are only two kingdoms.
THE MOST POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPON FOR KIDS
It is NEVER too early to give children spiritual weapons. In fact, you can give a child a spiritual weapon while they are still in the womb!
Know what it is?
It is the weapon of praise and worship.
One of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have to fight with is worship. Look at this verse in Psalms... it is the PRAISE of children and infants that fights against our enemies!
Psalm 8:2 "Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger."
Get your children used to listening to worship right from the beginning (even the womb). No matter how old they are - teach them that by singing songs to God they have power over "the bad guy" (the devil).
Psalm 149 says that our praise puts our enemy in shackles. Can you imagine a little one-year-old putting shackles on the devil? Well, they can.
Find a CD from the Christian book store and ask the Holy Spirit for opportunities to play it for them.
Every child eventually needs to know the song “I'm in the Lord's Army!" Every child needs to know "Jesus loves me." There are so many wonderful songs that build up our children while putting shackles on the devil.
If your child can handle music in bed at night, find some more soothing Christ-focused music. Get them used to filling up their spirits and souls with praise music.
If you don't do it - the world will come and fill it up with their music.
Teach them to sing over the things you pray for. If you are praying for grandma to feel better... sing a song over her as well. If your child is scared of something, find a song to sing over it instead. Praise silences the fear.
If you have older children and you haven't started this yet, I would suggest playing praise music while you are making supper or while you are cleaning. It WILL get into them if you are diligent. The Holy Spirit will pull them in. Ask God to help you find a type of music they might like. From TobyMac to Lauren Daigle - find something that will speak to them.
(Be respectful of their likes and dislikes, I can pretty much promise you they don't want to hear the Gaither band. 😉)
Let the little children (and the older children) come unto the Lord and PRAISE HIS NAME!