Already in Junior High children are making adult decisions and facing more pressure than I ever dreamed possible. Even at the age of 13-14 these children are choosing such self destructive actions without much thought for the future. They are being lured by the subtle lies of the enemy.
Not long ago Emma had shared some issues going on with some friends and we talked about how she could support them and encourage them in their walk with the Lord and in taking care of themselves. That night I woke in the middle of the night and I could feel the fear sneaking up on me. I was thinking of all the ways the enemy could try to convince Emma that she was the one missing out, that she should try all these things, that these things wouldn't really hurt her. I began to wonder how I would ever keep ahead of the enemy.
I began to pray that the Word Emma placed in her heart would come to her mind. I prayed she would recognize the Lord's voice and be obedient. But I also began to pray she would recognize the enemy's voice......know him for who he was....the deceiver.
The next morning I told her of my prayer and encouraged her to filter her thoughts through these two questions, "Would God tell me to do that?" and "Would God say that to me?" This kind of filter will help her discern where the thoughts are coming from and what to do with them.
All of our children will face many trials, subtle lies of the enemy, and a very dark world but they don't have to do it unarmed. Teaching them to have a discerning heart is a life skill that will sustain their walk in all seasons of life.