“HOW CAN YOU TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT HEALING THE SICK WITHOUT ‘BREAKING’ THEM?”
I was asked this by a children’s minister recently. It was such a foreign thought to me that I couldn’t even understand the question. “What do you mean ‘breaking’ them?” I asked. As it turns out, the question was, “What happens if you teach children about healing the sick, then they pray for someone, and that person doesn’t get healed?”
Seriously? The question was so incredulous to me, all I could say was “It’s not going to break the child!” They just stared back with skepticism on their faces.
Jesus Doesn’t Always Heal
This is such a common response from those raised in “old time Pentecost” or those who are taught that Jesus doesn’t always heal. My purpose here is not to get into a big theological debate here about healing, because that would be futile and endless. I believe Jesus heals the sick. So, let me give you some history.
When I was growing up in old time Pentecost, we had something we called “divine healing.” That was basically a code-word for “instantaneous healing” by God. It was the “divine healing” testimonies we thrived on. It was the stuff of Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Smith Wigglesworth and other great healing evangelists of the day were famous for. I personally remember seeing people in the local church getting prayer for healing and “nothing happened.” We all walked away with confusion and hanging heads—broken (?). If it wasn’t instantaneous, it wasn’t divine healing. Thus, it was no healing at all.
Kathryn Kuhlman in her books frequently asked God why some people were healed in her meetings, and not others. It’s the age-old question. But it never stopped her from praying for the sick and seeing thousands healed. That’s one reason we should also teach children about healing the sick.
Charles and Francis Hunter used to say, “If you pray for a thousand people and you never see any of them healed, keep praying. Because God’s word is true and eventually it will happen. And as you faithfully continue to pray, it will happen more and more often.” (My recollection of what they said, not a direct quote.) Another reason we should teach children about healing the sick.
Jesus’ Experiences Healing the Sick
First, it has taken Christians a few decades to get our thinking straightened out. Even Jesus had to pray for one blind man three times before complete healing came. Secondly, others, like the lepers, did not get healed instantaneously before the eyes of Jesus and the disciples. They were healed “as they went.” If the one leper would not have returned to thank Jesus for healing them, there would have been no verification of that healing, because it took place out of their sight.
Third the Bible was clear that were some places Jesus could do no mighty works at all because of their unbelief. Children should be taught this as we teach children about healing the sick.
To Teach Children about Healing the Sick Should be Common
In all the years that I have taught kids to pray for the sick (over 27), watching some instantaneous healings, others gradual, and some not at all, I have never seen a child “broken” because someone did not get healed. Not if you teach them what the Bible says. We walk by faith and not by sight. Our job is to obey. God’s job is to do the healing. If we do our part, He will do His, and we have to leave the miracles up to Him. If we believe and doubt not — frankly, too often good meaning saints lay hands on the sick and pray for healing and they have far more doubt and unbelief and skepticism than they do faith, then wonder why “nothing happens.”
Kids have far more faith than we do. They are quick to jump into action and obey God. They love to pray for the sick! And as long as they are not tainted with our religious doubts and unbelief, it will never occur to them to be “broken” because 100% of the people they pray for don’t get healed. Our ministry (myself and all of my global leaders) have tons of stories of children praying for the sick, and seeing both instantaneous “divine” healings, and many gradual healings. And so what if we have to pray for some people more than once? So what if not 100% of them are healed? That’s why we call it a walk of faith.
It’s far more dangerous to not teach children about healing the sick, than it is to do it and risk that not all will be healed.
Questions from Readers on Teaching Children about Healing the Sick
Question from Daniel S. “Becky, I could use some more input regarding one aspect of healing. There seem to be two camps of thought that I have been around. The first is that we “command” healing based on the authority given to the disciples (Matt 10:8) and the other is that we “appeal” for healing from Jesus who “was bruised for our iniquities… and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). What is your position please?
Becky FischerIt’s both, and more. There is no “formula” for healing the sick. If there was it wouldn’t be faith. Something we seldom talk about is that frequently Jesus prayed all night long before going out and healing the sick the next day. Why was he doing that?
It wasn’t to build up his courage. It wasn’t to build up his faith. It was spending time with the Father who spoke to Him. He was looking for guidance and instructions. Jesus was clear–I do nothing and I say nothing but what I hear from the Father. I believe, that in part, he was getting instructions from the Father on what to do when he came upon the sick.
Think about the blind man he healed by spitting on the ground, making mud, smearing it on his eyes, then telling him to go wash it off. Did Jesus lay around in bed the night before thinking, “You know, we need to spice things up a bit. It’s getting so boring praying for blind people the same way every time. What can I do that will really capture the attention of the crowd?”
Ridiculous, right? My personal opinion was Jesus got a word from the Father in prayer, we would call it a word of knowledge, in which he saw himself doing this, and he then acted out what he got in the spirit.
But seriously–Jesus healed a lot of blind people. And he did it differently each time. Why? Was it just that he was creative? No. It’s because he did nothing and said nothing but what He saw the father say and do in prayer.
There is no one way to share our faith and evangelize people. There is no one way to minister to the broken and downtrodden. And there is no one way to heal the sick. There is no formula. All of the things you mentioned are valid, as long as you are being led by the Spirit.
Question from Emily D.: May I ask, not wanting to debate but honestly wanting to understand this viewpoint, how does death fit into this understanding. With this theological viewpoint is death considered a lack of healing or is it considered ultimate healing? If you pray for healing for someone who is on life-support And they die, is that generally considered a lack of healing possibly due to a lack of faith or is it generally considered a form of healing?
Becky FischerIt’s an honest question, and if I had all the answers I could be rich and famous. But I don’t. Many have preached on this and have far more experience than I do, so I will simply share my personal thoughts on this for adults and as it pertains to our need to teach children about healing the sick.
Death is a fact. We are not ever promised in scripture that our bodies will not fail and die. In fact it says, “It’s appointed unto man once to die…..” We are all going to die unless Jesus returns first. When someone is dying, unless we get a “right now” word from the Living God that we are to pray and believe otherwise, many times our prayers are desperate cries to the Father, not a matter of confident faith. But I have known many who have prayed in faith, and the person still died. So what is the answer?
We walk by faith and not by sight. We do what we know to do, realizing the scriptures are true and forever settled in heaven. And when our experiences don’t match what we see in scripture, do we throw out the scripture and say it doesn’t work? The three Hebrew children said, “Whether we live or whether we die….”
Daniel 3 – “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
We can never lose our faith in the word of God. Our job is to trust and obey, and leave the results in God’s hands. But we cannot and dare not walk away saying “The Bible doesn’t work because it didn’t work for me.
We must not and cannot lose our trust and faith in Him and His word.
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Imagine waking up speaking in tongues for the first time, especially if you are a child! This happened recently in a Russian KIMI PowerClub. My vision from the beginning was to have leaders in every nation on earth. We are far from accomplishing that goal (we are officially in ten, unofficially in 25-30), but I am warmed by the progress we have made.
With all the stormy news about RUSSIA on the news these days, I am heartened by a young woman named Sveta Melihova who is now a graduate of our School of Supernatural Children’s Ministry. She has inspired an entire team in their church towards supernatural children’s ministry. They are currently going through our curriculum There’s Power in the Blood.
Our KIMI Materials Teach about Speaking in Tongues
One of the ladies who works with her wrote me: “I am a children’s minister in Sveta Melihova’s team in Moscow. It all started with reading your bookRedefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century.It made a complete change in the mind, just a revolution!! I read, wept and repented before God, because I saw many my mistakes in rising my own children. I repeated: Oh, God, why I didn’t know this before …?
“Last year, we did a course of the Holy Spirit for children 6-11 years old using parts of your curriculum Our Amazing God and Prayer Power and it was amazing! The youngest girl in the group, who was 6 years old, was baptized the very first, and even before we began to teach about languages. SHE SAID THAT SHE WAS ASLEEP AND SHE FELT THAT GOD TOUCHED HER AND GAVE SOMETHING TO HER. SHE WOKE UP AND SUDDENLY BEGAN TO SPEAK IN TONGUES.”
God Did It Himself! They are Speaking in Tongues!
Something similar happened when we trained pastors and leaders in Myanmar. They taught their children to go into the presence of God at the end of their services and the Holy Spirit moved sovereignly, and all the children began speaking in tongues! You can read more about it by going here: Burmese Children Praying in Tongues for Hours!
Our Russian leader continued, “This was such an encouragement for us! God did it himself! Then it was even more interesting. After two months of teaching we said that we will pray for the children for baptism of the Holy Spirit. And many children said that they already spoken in tongues, God baptized them by Himself! It was very healthy, especially since we were viewed in the church with a little skepticism and apprehension.”
We Had a Breakthrough in Worship!
Speaking in tongues was not the only powerful thing that happened. Irina went on to say, “The second half of the year we did the KIMI curriculum of Worship the King and here we had a breakthrough in worship time. We call it quiet time. I remember how at the beginning of the year we just taught our children to learn to be quiet and stay in God’s presence for at least a few minutes. It was difficult, the children sighed, but tried.
But during the course of the Worship, we’ve got a breakthrough. This happened after using your format of the tabernacle pattern of children’s ministry, when we were talking about the Holy of Holies. When we began to spend quiet time, and said that now we will enter with you into the Holy of Holies and what happened then just shocked us.
The Children Knelt and Cried. We could not finish!
“God’s presence came upon us as a Shekinah and His presence was so strong that we couldn’t get out of it. The children knelt and cried. We could not finish, because the children did not want to leave God’s presence – so it was perfect. Behind the doors parents were already crowded, because our time has already out, and the children said – we do not want to leave. We left the room absolutely quietly, not as usual, with noise and screams). Parents asked – what did you do with the children ??!!!”
“After that, quiet time became the main focus of our lesson. Children began to wait for this and say: hooray, quiet time! And it’s incredibly beautiful!!”
Our Rusian PowerClub leader finished, “I find it difficult to describe how grateful I am to God for what He has done in my life, how much he taught me during this lessons with children, I did not get such a selected spiritual food right from Heaven. My mind turned over, despite almost 25 years in God!
“Thank you so much for your work, you cannot even imagine how many lives you are changing. God very much blessed us and our children through you and your work !!” ~ Irina
This is just part of the wonderful testimonies coming out of Russia!
Please pray for our ministry as we do not have a denomination or group supporting us financially. Easily half of our products are given away, and many of our trips are to parts of the world where we have to pay all expenses. In finances and staff/team we are very small. But God has seen to it that we have a huge influence in the world.
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I HAVE NEVER PAID MUCH ATTENTION TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY for several reasons. One, I wasn’t Irish (so I thought), 2. it was a “Catholic thing,” and 3. it was full of the “luck of the Irish,” green beer, little green mythical Leprechauns, and shamrocks, all of which had no allure or meaning to me as a Christian.
The Real Patrick of St. Patrick’s Day
But in the last few years I have been surprised to learn more information about the REAL St. Patrick. I’ve watched a couple of short documentaries about him where I learned he was actually a boy/teenage slave in Ireland, who at the time almost didn’t believe in God at all, even though he had Christian parents. I then learned he was incredibly “prophetic” having several significant dreams and experiences from God which led him to return to his slave-nation to preach the gospel, and almost self-handedly founded Christianity there among the pagan Druids. The more I learn about this man, the more impressed I am.
So today I don’t mind paying tribute to an incredible man who’s life message was there is a cost to discipleship, but it’s a cost Christ will help you to pay. One of St. Patrick’s famous quotes was “Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”
Why the Shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day?
Where did the shamrock come in?In an effort to teach the Druid pagans about the one true God, and knowing they loved nature, he used the three leafed shamrock to teach them about God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. Too sad that today it has come to represent “luck,” but we can change it back to it’s original meaning.
So when donning something green today (as I did – quite by accident!), and dishing out Lucky Charms cereal to your kids for breakfast, don’t forget to teach them the true meaning of the shamrock, and why we don’t celebrate Leprechauns, but we actually celebrate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and a great Christian man who is still an example to us today of what forgiveness really is, staying true to our faith even in persecution, and the importance of spreading the gospel to those who have never heard the name of Jesus.
My Surprise Irish Roots
Now…as for not being Irish — to my GREAT surprise, I did the Ancestry.com DNA test believing it would confirm my German roots, and a connection to Native American culture because through my father’s side we can trace our German ancestry all the way back to the 1500s. Through my maternal grandfather’s side, we can trace our family all the way back the Cherokee, NC. (No, I am not related to “Pocahontas” Senator Elizabeth Warren–we actually have historical evidence!) However, according to my DNA I have zero Native America blood, only a trace of German blood, and I am primarily European with the largest percentage of that as IRISH!! Who knew? Well, as it turns out both my grandmothers were English-Irish. Apparently more Irish than we knew!
But my most significant DNA is to the Kingdom of Heaven as an adopted daughter of the Most High God!
So HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!
The True Story of St. Patrick - YouTube
DID YOU KNOW ST. PATRICK RAISED THE DEAD?
St. Patrick Raised the Dead! - YouTube
Check out my curriculum Our Amazing God which goes into great detail explaining the Trinity in kid-friendly, eye-opening ways–17 lessons in all–9 lessons on the Trinity! It teaches kids how each person of the Trinity relates to us and what role they play in our lives everyday. Click here to see more details.
This is my grandfather, Rev. James F. Pepper, who always believed he was 50% Cherokee Indian. It played a significant role in his life as he trumpeted the causes of the Native American Christian movement in the Assembly of God denomination for over 50 years
Celebrating the Passover Seder can be A significant help to Christian Children. I WAS 12 YEARS OLD BEFORE I UNDERSTOOD THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT STORIES AND THE NEW. And I was in church and Sunday school every week. But it wasn’t until someone gave me a copy of the book by Henrietta Mears called “What the Bible is All About” that the lights came on.
The Passover Seder Connects the Dots Between Old & New Testaments
I wasn’t so different than kids today. That’s why participating in things like a Passover Seder meal is so significant. What Christian child understands that Moses crossing the Red Sea has something incredible to do with Jesus? What Christian child understands that the things God did in the Old Testament were prophetic pictures that symbolized what God did through Jesus and are for us today? I didn’t. Maybe I wasn’t too bright, but I don’t think so.
But that’s why holding celebrations like a Christian Seder Meal, based on what Jewish families do, are so vital. We’ve got the solution for you! I have written such a Seder meal and families and churches worldwide use this to train Christian children. The Seder is prophetically all about Jesus coming as our Savior.
The Passover Seder is for the Home and Church
One of my directors, KIMI Tennessee Lori Jane Hensley, holds a Seder meal in her home every year using our manual, A Christian Seder Meal for Church or Home. She has an unfair advantage, because she can show literal lambs such as was used in the original Passover, because she and her husband are goat farmers. But aside from that, Lori does an outstanding job of conducting a beautiful Seder meal for her kids. I believe you would benefit from looking at some of her pictures by visiting this page: Click here or on any of the photos.
This year Passover is from March 30 – April 6. Resurrection Day for us Christians is April 1. What a coincidence! And what a perfect time to do a Seder in your home or your children’s ministry. By visiting my blog you can peak inside and see a couple of pages of the manual.
This is a significant festival important to both Christians and Jews.
Our Christian kids need to know about it. It’s PASSOVER! Why is Passover important to the Jews? It’s because it commemorates the liberation of the children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. This has been a defining moment for Jewish people for centuries.
But for Christians, it’s also very significant because it is a symbol of Jesus Christ liberating mankind from their sins and leading us out of spiritual bondage.
When our children understand this, it significantly connects the dots for them from the Old Testament to the New Testament. That’s a really big deal!
While many Jewish holidays revolve around the synagogue, the Seder is normally conducted in the family home. The words and rituals of the Seder are a primary vehicle for the transmission of the Jewish faith from grandparent or parent to child, i.e. from one generation to the next. What could be a better fit for a family to celebrate but our Christian Seder Meal for Kids and their Families? Think about adding this to your family celebration on or near Resurrection Day.
Why celebrate a Christian Seder Meal for Kids and their Families?
In the same spirit, we as Christians want to deliberately pass our faith from one generation to the next according to Psalms 145:4, “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts.” Celebrating the Christian Seder Meal for Kids and their Families is one excellent way to do this.
This is a Jewish ceremony that focuses on the children — THE NEXT GENERATION! The Seder is more than just a meal. The word “Seder” means “order.” Thus, the Seder is a very orderly, structured event complete with a script of readings and prayers, intertwined with songs and actions. There are specific foods prepared in specific ways.
It is perfect for both families and children’s ministry, and a perfect event for parents and children to engage and learn together.
“Thank You so much for this Seder material – it made our Passover celebration best ever for all the church and one of my life desires came to pass – God bless You!!! I have to admit Your materials are so mature that we use it not only for kids but just for adults and every time they are blessed.” Inga, Poland
It’s not too late to order one now! Get the book, and get an instant PDF download of it, so you can begin preparing immediately for this great memorable event. Here’s the link:Click Here Now.
Just in case you didn’t know it, there’s a crisis in our churches and very few people are talking about it. While numbers may slightly vary, survey after survey shows we are losing up to 70% of the children we have raised in our churches when they become teens and college age. There are a number of reasons for this. While those issues do need to be addressed by pastors, church leaders and parents, I’ve been on a quest to find out what are some of the reasons they choose to STAY in the church and not leave.
One of the reasons they leave is a significant number of them have spent their whole lives in children’s and youth ministries and upon graduation from high school, they have never even been in a service with the adults. Therefore, they don’t know any of the adults, they have no relationships with any adults there other than their parents. So they are uncomfortable, and just don’t go.
Several surveys show that having significant relationships, particularly mentoring type relationships, where you actually take a young person under your wing, not just the obligatory “Hi. How are you?” comments at the end of a service, makes all the difference in the world.
If you are interested in more reasons young people choose to stay in our churches, listen to my new message on WHY THEY STAY AND WHY THEY STRAY. You can get it here: http://buff.ly/2pJpMd7
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, THERE’S A CULTURE WAR IN OUR NATION and we as Christians are not winning the next generation for Christ. In a new study, George Barna found, “We [the USA] are a nation now with [very] divergent worldviews. Worldview is critically important because it’s the lens through which we see and respond to the world.”
“In a study we did earlier in the year, we saw that only 10% of Americans possess a biblical worldview,” Barna said, adding it was much higher in previous centuries. “And so, you see people moving away from biblical truths, and from traditional American values” (which were originally based on biblical views. It’s no wonder our country looks so different today than when I was growing up!) The Next Generation is Biblically Illiterate.
You will most obviously see this divide between generations. My generation, for instance, is much more likely to be conservative, and hold to a biblical worldview, whereas the Millennial Generation is much more liberal, and is known as the most biblically illiterate generation in American History.
Whereas my generation has at least 30% claiming to be born again Christians, the most recent Pew Research poll claims 40% of Millennials call themselves atheists.
Barna also said, “Conservatives have concentrated on winning the next election whereas I think people on the Left have concentrated on winning the next generation,” he said.
That’s the crux of the matter. While we’ve been satisfied to tell sweet, simple, non-offensive, seeker-sensitive-approved Bible stories to our children in Sunday School, the liberal left has been invading the schools, colleges, universities, media, entertainment, news, and every other area of life, and been aggressively indoctrinating our children from preschool on up with liberal, politically correct viewpoints that are the polar opposite of our biblical values and beliefs.
As a result, they are winning the culture war. They saw the big picture, and realized the “prize” was the next generation, while we Christians still argue which one of us has the correct doctrinal viewpoint, and continue to focus on the adults. Too often we are busy avoiding the world, while the world was busy behind our backs getting down to business with our kids.
The Next Generation is Ripe for a Move of God!
As we all know, we need revival—another great awakening. While I am tempted to get discouraged, I have to remind myself that this is exactly the climate the Holy Spirit can operate in the best. Where there is darkness, the light shines brightest. And the Millennials have never seen revival in their generation. Nor have the next age group tier down –today’s teens, Generation Z—ever seen an authentic move of God that shifts entire nations. THEY ARE RIPE FOR A MOVE OF GOD!
What does it take to see revival? Well, there’s never been a significant one apart from prayer. We must pray like never before for our children and grandchildren claiming them for the Kingdom. We must pray that the light of Jesus Christ will shine in the darkness. We must be willing to fast and pray making them our primary focus.
A New Standard for Raising the Next Generation
Then for those younger ones still in our homes, we must get serious about discipling them on purpose, deliberately, and passionately. If you have older kids who walked away from God, you must get honest with yourself and ask the Holy Spirit why. Then as He reveals things you could have done differently, make a decision to raise the younger ones by a new radical standard.
Rather than just follow the average Christian culture of relying on the church to disciple your kids, you are going to have to take matters into your own hands and be as serious about their spiritual training at home as you are about getting them to soccer practice and their music lessons. Where are your priorities going to lie? What are you willing to sacrifice to see that your sons and daughters grow up to be passionate followers of Jesus
Those are my thoughts. What are yours? Comment and share.
WILL YOU BE TAKING YOUR KIDS TO SEE THE MOVIE COCO?
Movieguide.org review’s summary is, “The movie Coco is a Pixar animated fantasy adventure about a young boy in Mexico who dreams of becoming a musician, but who’s forbidden to pursue this dream by his family because of a generational prejudice against all things musical.”
The movie COCO is a “bright, fun and deeply moving story, with a strong moral, redemptive worldview overall, that falters in the middle, but resolves itself beautifully in the end. However, COCO contains some scary elements and mystic, occult content that mitigates its positive worldview and ending.”
The occult of all stripes and varieties is not going away in kid’s entertainment. It is an ongoing challenge for Christian parents, especially when they are clothed like the movie Coco in “bright, fun and deeply moving story, with a strong moral, redemptive worldview overall.”
Offerings Mexican Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos altar
There Really is a Day of the Dead
But the plot of the movie is based in a questionable true life occultic three-day celebration in Central and South America called the Day of the Dead, more accurately called the cult of the dead. You can easily Google it to see what it is all about. In short, during the day of the dead, people create altars to remember the dead, make traditional dishes for Day of the Dead. Some compare this to the American Halloween or All Saints day. And, yes, according to many missionaries and Christians in those countries I have been told many of these people actually believe the spirits of the dead come back to bless them or harm them.
God’s Word warns us not to go to spirits and soothsayers in Isaiah 8:19: “Should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” Deuteronomy 18:10-11 tells us that those who consult the dead are “detestable” to the Lord. The fact that UNESCO has declared the Feast Day of the Dead Indian to be a “masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity” does not alter the fact that, according to biblical standards, Christians must have nothing to do with such myths (1 Timothy 4:7; cf. 1:4).
According to UNESCO, the various manifestations of the Day of the Dead are “important representations of the living heritage of America and the world”; however, with all due respect, we must declare the biblical reasons why this traditional commemoration is spiritually harmful and offensive. When any tradition or custom is contrary to God’s will as expressed in His Word, there can be no justification for honoring and preserving it. In fact, those who do are foolishly provoking God’s wrath (2 Chronicles 33:6).
The Bible also says: “There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer (someone who talks to the dead). For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (Deuteronomy 18: 10-12).
Our God Given Imaginations & Kids
One of the most common arguments I hear from Christians who say there’s no harm in letting their kids enjoy these movies is that kids know the difference between reality and make-believe. The older ones do, yes. But the really young ones have more trouble differentiating. Regardless, one of the most incredible things about books and movies is their ability to trigger and captivate our imaginations. These stories take us into another world for a brief time, the world of make-believe and imagination.
Think about what Jesus had to say about our imaginations in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard it said you shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone that looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart.”
What’s He saying? Lusting in one’s heart is strictly in the realm of imagination, but God still considers wrong thinking a sin. In regards to our children’s imaginations it’s the same thing. I’m not saying watching these movies is a sin—far from it! I am merely making the point that God considers what takes place in our imaginations as real as the actual act.
So what takes place when a child’s imagination is captured by talking dead people, or in the case of movies about magic and witchcraft? Do they inject themselves into the story line? Do they become sympathetic to activities, like putting curses on someone for good reasons? What happens when they movie is over, and now they want to “be” Coco, or play with make-believe dead people? Will you allow them to go to the store and buy the skeletons and Coco tablecloths, plates, cups and room decorations with skeletons everywhere for their birthday parties? What are your limits to their imaginations going to be? Where do you draw the line?
Our Kids’ Developing Spiritual Discernment
So, the question remains, and continues ad infinitum — do you take your Christian children to see such movies like the movie Coco or not? My personal opinion is that to do so can affect their spiritual discernment, especially when it is a repeated activity, meaning you go see these types with movies a lot.
To permit or encourage this type of entertainment, no matter how uplifting and heartwarming has the potential to dull their hearing to the conviction and voice of the Holy Spirit. It blurs the lines, especially in a child who is still developing his Christian beliefs and biblical worldview, and his sensitivities to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
If you want your child to walk triumphantly as a spiritual champion, don’t just slap their hands and say “No! Our family does not watch movies or read books like this!” Teach them why. Show them why in God’s word. Educate them intellectually so they can make an intelligent decisions of their own. Have deep conversations about the reality of what they are seeing. Your kids can take the truth when you are honest.
I actually recommend there are times you should watch these movies as a family and talk about them in light of scripture. Teach your children to be discerning about what they watch, and help them realize just because it’s popular it doesn’t mean it’s good. Teach them to have a biblical worldview, which is greatly lacking in these younger generations because they are largely biblically illiterate. Open the Bible together and actually read what it says on all matters of magic, witchcraft, witches, psychics, casting spells, and talking to the dead, which is incredible rampant in pop culture.
And throw in a few scriptures about drinking and eating blood, while you are at it, because eventually the topic of vampires will come up! Make sure they understand there is no such thing as good magic and black magic. In the Bible ALL magic is wrong. If you don’t know what the Bible says on these topics, its very easy to do an online search.
Being in the World, But Not of it
Create in them a respect for the Word of God. Create a hunger for them to hear God’s voice, be led by His Spirit, and walk holy and righteous, avoiding even the appearance of evil for the sake of Christ and the gospel, and to be pleasing to Christ in all we say and do.
When we desire for our children to walk in the supernatural power of God, we must acknowledge that God is not the only spirit out there that is supernatural. How will our children learn to discern the difference if we repeatedly allow this kind of entertainment to be a part of their lifestyle?
We can’t hide our children forever. It’s dangerous to leave them in the spiritual darkness, because the dark is getting darker all the time. So we have to teach our children to be in the world, but not of the world. Eventually they are going to have to make their own choices. How we educate them without getting hyper or freaked out about it will determine whether they embrace or rebel against what we do.
That’s my opinion. What’s yours? I would really love to hear from my Latino friends who have grown up around this.
Equipping little saints? Why? Christian kids should be exposed to as many areas of ministry as possible so by the time they’re adults they know exactly what they’re called to do and will be experienced at it. And I don’t mean ushering and running the sound equipment. I mean doing the works of Jesus that He said all believers can do.
By the time our children reach their teens they should be completely comfortable with the ability to hear God’s voice and be led by His Spirit so they can step into anything God calls them to do, because God has always called people in their childhood to do great things for Him. It maybe didn’t manifest until their adult years, but the call came in their pre-teenage years.
Equipping Little Saints Should be Normal
I’ve seen documentaries where doctors said they knew by the time they were ten years old they wanted to go into medicine. I heard an interview with Olympic star Carl Lewis who said at age five, he was already jumping the cracks in the sidewalk practicing to make his dream come true to become a gold medal winner in track and field.
Even my weatherman on a local TV station said he knew when he was only nine years old what he wanted to be a when he grew up! The 14th Dali Lama of Tibet, 82-year-old Tensin Gyatso, was crowned as spiritual leader at only five years of age. I’ve been told leaders of the Islamic religion often select little boys as young as two and three years old and mentor them all their days in the Islamic faith. The world seems to be miles ahead of us in this area. No wonder many of their young people are so insanely committed to their cause. It’s been bred into them since they were old enough to walk!
Equipping Little Saints on Top of the List
If it is true that the body of Christ needs to be equipped for the work of the ministry, children should be at the top of the list of potential trainees because they are so teachable and open to new ideas. They don’t argue doctrine with you, and resist leadership. They are not stuck in their ways, but are open, ready, and able to get in the trenches with us, in age-appropriate ways, to battle for the Kingdom.
If the world knows the value of mentoring such little ones, where should we be at as the body of Christ?
The work of the believers ministry is found in Mark 16:15-20 —
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” 19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
There are seers living in our homes today. They are having dreams, and visions, and sometimes nightmares. They are intuitive beyond their years. And they have been gifted by God for this day in God’s timetable.
They are the Joel 2:28 generation. “In the last days I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophecy. We are no longer waiting for this generation. They are here. They are seers, and they are seeing into the spirit realm.
They have been gifted by God for His end time purposes. Yet, if we are not careful, we can easily disregard what they are telling us. And, equally as bad, we can fail to nurture and protect those gifts.
Overactive Imaginations or Seers?
Seers in the Bible actually saw things. They had dreams, visions, and saw prophetic images. In children, we can too easily disregard this as an overactive imagination. But it is in the realm of our imaginations that this takes place. But it is actually a spiritual gift God needs today.
There is an ongoing conversation among Christians, that at times has become divisive—is it okay to let our kids to watch and read things like Harry Potter, and his counterparts, or not? The Christian world is amazingly divided on this, and in some cases, extremely well-respected, even revered ministers, saying there is nothing wrong with it. We are paranoid, in their estimation.
Let’s consider how loaded the Old Testament is with worshiping false gods and building idols. You can barely go one page in the OT without running across a reference to it. Idols were also called images. The word imagination comes from the word image. Those idols were made in the imaginations of their creators before they took form.
I had a friend one time who was a strong intercessor. She was at my house, and we were flipping through TV channels, when we accidentally ran across a channel showing heavy rock music. The singers were dressed in very demonic costumes, and the imagery of the entire song was evil. We watched for just a couple of minutes, being quite aghast realizing, this was a very popular song, when my friend spoke up and pointed to one of the people.
“That one right there,” she said. “Whoever made this video has tapped into the spirit realm, because I have seen that demon in prayer.”
We must protect the imaginations of our children. This is not the same as slapping their hands and saying, “No! No! Naughty! Naughty!” If you do that you only created a deeper curiosity in what they are told not to do. You must educate them, in age-appropriate ways, to what the word of God says about it. Give them alternatives that are godly. When they share dreams, visions, or even nightmares, talk about them in terms of what God is showing them. Teach them how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is for this reason we have written materials for spirit-filled children’s ministry curriculum.
I’m so proud and pleased to announce one more certified graduate of the School of Supernatural Children’s Ministry — Jessica Berry, from North Carolina. Jessica is an amazing children’s pastor I have gotten to know recently, and she’s a mover and a shaker in Kids ministry. She’s a motivator–she has inspired two teens, a mother and her husband, who is a teen pastor, to go through SSCM as well! She posts frequently in our group on FB Supernatural Children’s Ministry with amazing testimonies of incredible moves of the Spirit. Here’s what she had to say about the course:
“I had the privilege of attending several of Becky Fischer’s sessions during the Focus Conference about four years ago. She was speaking on the ‘Supernatural and Children’ and it was a strange dichotomy of being so profound and yet so simplistic. I remember sitting in my seat and listening to something she said and a literal (not figurative, but LITERALLY) vibration went through my body and I knew that I knew that our children’s church would never be the same. And it never has been!”
“During the last four years we have seen hundreds of kids baptized in the Holy Spirit and operating in the gifts of the Spirit. We have witnessed children as young as 3 and up have gifts of healing, wisdom and knowledge activated and evangelism has been taken into the schools. Just recently I was told that one of our three-year-olds has been witnessing to an atheist family member for over a year and that this family member is now saying they are going to come to church!”
“I believe that some type of impartation happened that day and I will always be forever grateful for the lessons learned at SSCM!”
Congratulations, Jessica! And Welcome to the KIMI family!
If you are interested in the School of Supernatural Children’s Ministry, check it out here: http://buff.ly/2pslxGA