Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Satan's Plan for Our Children

Lovely picture isn't it? We may laugh about a scene played out in our homes like the one above but this picture represents something Satan wants for our children, rebellion. How do we raise children who are truly servants for God? How do we raise our children to have character and integrity? How do we raise children to be the hands of feet of our Father?

Great question. Perhaps we should look at the ultimate goal and work backwards from there. Find the finished product and use that as the standard. Work back from that finished product and do the things necessary to have that kind of finished product.

Remember Saddam Hussein? I read an interesting article about his two sons, Uday and Qusay. They had nicknames given to them because of the kind of behavior they exhibited. The sons were trained at a very young age to be ruthless killers by their father Saddam Hussein. He had an ultimate goal to raise  killers so he worked backwards and decided the best way to turn them into killers. Can you imagine? So how did he accomplish his task? He started them as preschoolers watching the worst horror flicks on the market. They watched movies with people like Freddie Kruger.  They watched films over and over again to desensitize them to violence. They watched porn to teach them to devalue women. Husseins desire to raise his sons to be killers was successful. They raped and murdered women with no thought to what they were doing. They dehumanized hundreds if not thousands of innocent people.

I know that is a terrible story to tell but it illustrates a point. We need to look ahead and imagine the kind of children we want to have and work backwards. If you want children to have a good work ethic you teach them at a very young age to work with their hands. That means they can help pick up toys when they are able to toddle around. As they grow we teach them to make their own beds by making their beds with them each and every morning till they are old enough to make it on their own. When they are still older you teach them how to set a table for the family dinner. You get the point. You start out at a very young age to mold and shape your children with the end result upper in your mind.

If you want them to love the LORD when they are older than you teach them at a very young age to love God. You read scripture to them at a young age. You tell them over and over again that God loves them from very young. You get on your knees at night and pray together before they are old enough to pray on their own. You teach them that part of loving God is serving His people. You take them with you to deliver a meal to a new Mama. You take them to nursing homes and teach them to honor our senior saints. As they become teens you give them plenty of opportunities to serve those less fortunate. Spend a Thanksgiving at the local soup kitchen.

Raising children to be followers of God does not happen by taking your children to church once or twice a week. It is being diligent to train them first thing in the morning, when they are eating breakfast, when they go to the store, when they have free time. God's word has the power to change any heart. Christian children do not come by accident. You and I will teach them with not only words but by our actions.

Don't let Satan grab your kids. Their very souls depend on it!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".


  1. Yes, bringing children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord doesn't come simply by going to church on Sunday.
    The info about Saddam Hussein is very disturbing. Wow!
    May we fulfill God's purposes to our children and grandchildren.

  2. LOVE this. So true.
    How many people are raising their children in a way similar to Hussein? Maybe not on the same schedule by age, and most likely not with the same intention. But there are so many out there doing similar things with their children, with no thought to the consequences.
    Those who follow Jesus must be willing to fight for their children, because Satan wants them BAD!
    Thank you Jill!

  3. I just found your blog and I'm really appreciating what you have to say! Especially this topic, it has been so heavy on my heart lately. We have a 3 year old & 9 month old, previous gifts from God that I want to be sure and raise in the right way, both for His glory and their sakes as well. Thank you for sharing. :)