Have you ever experienced that playground bully that was just too big and bad for you to take on yourself, so your only response could be, “Well, my dad is bigger than your dad!” As a child, we are confident that we have someone bigger on our side, so all is good. We can walk away from a battle and even intimidate the one trying to fight us.
As adults, we seem to take on the battles our self. Why do we do that? Why don’t we trust that there is someone bigger on our side who can take care of the situation for us?
What was really happening on that playground? Was it really just about a kid who wanted to punk on you because he was getting punked on by his older brother? Maybe so…but why? Because there was a seed planted in him and the bad fruit that was coming forth from that seed…was trying to be planted in you. A seed of fear, rejection, inferiority, lack of self confidence, etc., which would ultimately remain with you through adulthood. However, when you stood up to that bully with authority…they had to walk away.
Those same seeds are trying to be planted in you everyday. The enemy’s little minions are trying to bully you into believing you are fearful, inferior, rejected, lonely, depressed, worthless, etc. The list goes on. Guess what though….your Father is bigger than their father, Satan, the father of lies. You have to recognize this, stand up to them and say, “My Dad is bigger than your dad!”
Recognize this in your children’s lives too. The enemy’s plan is to attack while they’re young because there is less of a chance of them believing and living out the plans God has for them. Pray that God will show you when those attacks come. Pray about what movies they watch, music they listen to, shows they’re into, friends they’re talking with. Seeds are being planted ALL THE TIME. What kind of fruit will you be seeing?
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”– John 10:10
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26
“A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” – Matthew 7:17-20