When we were kids depression and anxiety was something that happened to the older generation. Through the means of social media, tv and music, the devil has permeated his gospel of fear to our generation and even (and most unfortunately) our children. Children as early as 5 years old are being placed on anti-depression medication and suicide watch. In fact, entire wings of hospitals are now dedicated to pediatric psychological evaluation. This is not something that’s rare, it’s running rampant and it’s destroying our children.
As parents, we must do what is necessary to safeguard our homes and lives from these attacks. If your child is fearful and full of anxiety, God can and is very much willing to intervene on their behalf. We must understand that the devil is mercy-less. He doesn’t care what age it takes to destroy a life, he has a vendetta against God and is willing for everyone to perish with him. YOU, yes YOU as a parent or guardian have an incredible role to play in your child’s life. You are the reflection of God to your child! How you deal with things, how you walk with the Lord, your attitude towards life and other people are all pointers that direct your child in the way they go.
Fear and anxiety is spiritual. We must never forget that every problem in life is first rooted in the spirit. Matthew 15:11 says “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth”. There’s a common misconception that a person’s outward problem is the problem but it’s not! The real issue at hand is that person’s heart. Matthew 12:35 tells us, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” The outbursts of anger and violence is merely the fruit of what’s on the inside.
Likewise, depression, fear and anxiety are all things that are produced from what’s within. That’s why it’s so important to feed your children SPIRITUAL FOOD. It’s the whole reason for The Mighty Series! In order for the outside to reflect good fruit, you must sow the seed of God’s Word in you and your child’s heart.
So what can you do?
The easy thing to do is get afraid. Resist that. Get it in your Word and seek God’s face for your child. Pray and pray in the spirit until you get the peace needed to address the situation. You’ve got this! It’s why you’re here! Then, begin a daily meeting where you STUDY the Word of God and pray for one another. Think this is too much? ITS NOT. It’s interesting how regimented people can be when a doctor prescribes a medication or time to meet (people even demand time off from work!) but when it comes to the things of The Spirit, anything goes! You MUST make this a priority. The more time spend in the Word the faster the resolve will come.
What scripture can I read?