I have heard this tear stained question too many times. Parents who have attempted to be godly parents find out their 15 year-old is living out the things they tried so desperately to prevent. The things that they thought would offer protection did not. So what does offer protection for your children? Here is one answer.
What you believe is what protects you. What your children believe will be what, ultimately, protects them. Protects them from what? From the attacks of the world.
Responsible parents are always looking for ways to protect their children. Whether it is an improved baby monitor or a new cell phone with a GPS locator or a car with more safety features, protecting our children is important. But what will protect them from the deceptive schemes of a world at war with God? Satan, as the father of lies, has constructed a world system that attempts to obscure and conceal the evil he has planned for those who follow him. This is reality according to Ephesians 2:1-3.
Does this combat seem real to you? Do you interpret your daily struggles as skirmishes and battles in the war against the world, the flesh, and the devil? Or, do you misinterpret these battles as bouts of frustration or stages or moods that will pass? You have a sworn enemy who longs to destroy you and your family whether you recognize his tactics or not. Ephesians 2:1-3 is explicit; this battle is reality.
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