101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection
Devotions, Tips, and Activities
By Michael and Tiffany Ross
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
Ask your child to remember the last time she had a shot. Was it a penicillin shot or an immunization shot for measles, mumps, or some other disease? Talk about what that shot was supposed to guard against or protect her from.
Talk It Out
· Have your child indicate some people whose job is to guard and protect us.
· The Bible says that God will protect us from the evil one. Can you think of a time God protected you? (Mom and Dad, this would be a great time for you to share your stories with your kids!)
· What is evil? How does God strengthen you so you can be protected from it?
Today’s focus on “God our guardian” also must involve an honest look at who and what He is guarding us from: Satan and evil. Begin by explaining that the devil is nothing more than an annoying mosquito compared to God’s power. Share some biblical clues about Satan’s limited power. Read this: “The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:12). In other words, the devil operates on a leash that God holds. Next, read Hebrews 2:14 and explain that the fear Satan held over humanity was rendered powerless by Christ. Point out that, as a created being, Satan is not a sovereign, all-powerful being, and he is certainly not equal to God. Because God is all-powerful, Satan does not stand a chance.
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for the people He provides to keep us safe and pray for those people, and (2) ask Him to guard us in everything we do.
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