The other day I was with my pre-teen grandkids, and they wanted to watch Harry Potter. So never having seen one, I sat down with them. I’d heard negative things and now I know why. The kids reaction was “I wish I could go to a school like that and learn magic.” My response was, “You have Jesus, the God Creator of the Universe living inside of you. Thats real! This magic is made up fiction and not real. Now satan can cause supernatural things to happen, but do you really want to be a part of evil magic?” Even the thought makes me feel icky inside.
Now I know why the draw of Harry Potter is demonic. On the surface it is well written fiction, but underneath it dismisses the power of God. Kids do not have the discernment to see it, so they get sucked into thinking of the wonders of flying through the air on a broomstick, instead of having Holy Spirit living inside of them empowering them. Scripture says,
Mark 10:27 (NIV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Life gives us many situations that magic could never handle, but God can. Building relationship with God gives us access to His mighty power which He makes available to us when we trust in Him. Whether our problems involve relationships, mistakes, work, or feelings, whatever, God has the answer and will help us in any situation
Unfortunately youth often live in the past or the present only and their future is far from their minds. When they face a challenge or a hurt, they have even been known to turn to suicide, because no magic can help them; and they have not come to know God who could help them.
So if you have kids who are hooked on Harry Potter or films like it, I recommend that you either steer them away from them, take it away from them, or have a serious talk with them. It is deceptive and insidious invasion of evil into the minds of our young ones. As I said, it causes them to look for magic answers, desire magic abilities instead of knowing God and His immense power that is truly available to them. This is what their hearts should be focusing on.
The devil’s attack is focused on our young, as they are most vulnerable. We can counter it by also focussing on our children. Watch carefully what they see and hear and read, and provide family time to do good encouraging things together.
It may be watching good movies, going to Christian concerts, sending them to Christian youth groups and camps when and if available, attending faith filled church services together, or youth groups connected with them. You can know what is available to you in your place and situation. God is the answer. Pray for our children. Bless our kids when you put them to bed at night. Take a little time to pray with / for them. Ask God to help you to know the best way to work with your kids, especially teens and pre-teens who are so vulnerable! Holy Spirit is also available to us if we have invited Him into our life when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Having God Almighty as a Guide in life is a powerful force for the successful training of our kids.
The Word of God is also a authoritative and forceful source of strength in life. Obedience to it brings God’s formidable authority into play, and accomplishes great feats in our lives. God’s Word tells us how to be obedient:
Deuteronomy 13:4 AMP
You shall walk after the Lord your God and you shall fear [and worship] Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect], and you shall keep His commandments and you shall listen to His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cling to Him.
Cling to Him, my friends, and experience a blessing filled life!