Breaking Free from the Enemy’s Lies With Truth
By: Nicole Fahey (SED Foursquare Intern)
This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve at the Empowered TAGC Summer Camp and I saw God show up in amazing ways. I served in the Kids Camp, helping with games and field activities, but I also had the opportunity to pray for and with kids during the main sessions.
Sometimes we forget that kids don’t get a ‘kids version’ of God, they encounter the same God that adults do. This became crystal clear to me during the first night session after the Soul Fire team finished giving their lesson on identifying the lies Satan tells us and replacing those lies with truth.
The Soul Fire team handed out sticky notes and asked the kids to write a lie that Satan told them that the kids believed. Then the Soul Fire team asked the children to go to a leader for prayer, to be free from those lies and see themselves as God sees them, then to rip up the post-it note.
I was a bit skeptical about the whole plan. What kid would want to share that lie with an adult? What kind of lie would a kid believe about themselves? I asked myself these questions as I stood up. I was not expecting much, but I was ready for any kids who asked for prayer.
The sticky notes were handed out, pens were put to paper and kids started writing. A little while later, Soul Fire asked the kids to stand up if they wanted prayer and to line up at the front. Nearly every kid in that tent stood up and got in line. As always, God blew my expectations right out of the water.
I was waiting anxiously on the side for the first kid to be sent my way for prayer. I saw a little boy being pointed in my direction, he could not have been more than eight years old. He started to shuffle over, his head pointed down with his brown hair falling in his eyes and he stopped in front of me. I bent down, introduced myself and he told me his name was Samuel.
“Hi Samuel, do you want to show me your post-it note?” I said to him with a smile. His head stayed ducked down and he held onto his folded, blue note. I reached out a hand, but he held on. So I slowly pulled the note from his little hand and unfolded it.
There was one word on that blue piece of paper, misspelled, but unmistakable: stupid. That one little word broke my heart.
Sometimes we don’t realize that just because kids have not experienced all the hardships of life, that their lives are not perfect. They still have insecurities, difficulties and they believe lies that Satan whispers to them just like adults do.
After praying with Samuel, I saw tears in his eyes. Tears for the lies that he had believed about himself and tears for the amazing realization that God made him smart, useful and with a purpose. That God had made him special. Samuel ripped up that post-it note into little, unreadable pieces of blue.
Two girls came up to me after Samuel, each with lies Satan had whispered to them. Lies telling them that they were useless, annoying, not worth it and unlovable. Each word broke my heart a little bit more, that these little children that God loved so much would believe such lies. But for each lie, God defeated with truth.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
God reminded me this weekend how much He loves His children, the old and the young. We all have to see ourselves as God sees us; as valuable, worth it, loveable, and designed with a purpose. Most importantly, God showed me to never underestimate the transformational and incredible power of the Holy Spirit.