God created a world that was very good. However, we chose to rebel and the curse has come upon all creation. There is real evil in the world today, and we experience brokenness in real ways. Brokenness and the effects of evil are all around us. All the anger, hate, and killing; the lying and manipulation; the selfish indulgence and neglecting the needy—these are all clear signs that real evil exists not only in fiction, but is present in the world. And the author of all this wickedness is Satan. But there’s good news—God teaches us about our enemy and his weaknesses. He’s given us a plan to defeat the devil, and we can experience victory over darkness! Yes, Satan is mighty, but our God is Almighty!
As God’s people, it’s comforting, even exciting to think about heaven and our future which is secure in Jesus. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily much fun to think about hell, Satan, and the fact that he’s working to bring us harm—even destruction. If we naively ignore these subjects, we don’t have to wrestle with difficult realities, but we’re also left unaware and unprepared when we inevitably run up against the devil’s schemes.
This week, as you prepare to spend time with students, first seek God in how He would have you cautiously walk in light of these evil days (Eph. 5:15-17). Then pray that He would give you wisdom to lead students in working through truths that can be sensitive or difficult to process. God has given us a picture of the enemy so that we can be wise and prepared in standing against him in the power of Jesus.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.
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