A small child walks through the woods carefree and happy, just skipping along the path. When suddenly from behind a bush jumps the big bad wolf. She screams and begins to run as she hears the wolf laugh. She comes to a place where the sun is able to shine through the branches and make a room of light.
Oh, she sighs, I do not need to be afraid; my God is with me. She turns and notices that the wolf will not enter into the light. Instead he stalks around the circle of light staring evilly at the child.
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him
and be empowered through your union with Him]
and in the power of His [boundless] might.
11 Put on the full armor of God
[for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier],
so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes
and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood
[contending only with physical opponents],
but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces
of this [present] darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Meanwhile, the child is soaking up the light and growing in strength and courage. She is being armed with a shield of protection, a vest of righteousness, a covering of truth, a sword of the Word of God~ spoken truth defeats the big bad wolf. So armed she walks confidently on down the path as the wolf slinks away to find a weaker unarmed victim.
. . .Ephesians 6:16-17
16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith
with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God.
Many of the old fairy tales involve children~
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Grettel, to name a few. These stories have naive kids doing silly things, like going in a bear’s den, not immediately recognizing a wolf dressed in Grandma’s clothes, being drawn by sugar and sweets. Our children today are being tempted in the same ways. They go into a den of “friends” who are very dangerous to their physical, mental and emotional health. There are wolves everywhere often disguised as teachers, counselors, bosses, babysitters, mentors. They try to drag vulnerable children into evil ways with lies, deceptive smooth tongued enticements, or ‘sweet’ tasting drugs. It is our job to prepare young ones for the evil that is growing stronger in the world every day. Parents please be vigilant in watching your kids; establish and maintain an openness with them watching constantly for little signs that may indicate a hiding or holding back in them. Begin early to educate them in the ways of the Bible at home and at church. Teach them by your example and words how super life can be when one knows and follows Jesus’ ways. We live life on a whole new level having a divine Helper around all the time to guide us and protect us. Also pray for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their friends.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 AMP
These words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be [written] on your heart and mind.
You shall teach them diligently to your children
[impressing God’s precepts on their minds and
penetrating their hearts with His truths] and
shall speak of them when you sit in your house and
when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
Those old fairy tales tell truths even today~ the danger is out there stalking our kids, especially when they are all alone or feel like it. Be wise and be vigilant. We must take quality time to spend love on our children. It is life blood to them. Cover them in prayer always. They are a precious treasure!