We must teach our children the art of spiritual warfare because the devil is fighting for their souls. We must allow them to watch how we do spiritual warfare. Don’t just give them a good education and a whole lot of money and pat them on the back. Equip them with the authority of the Word of God. Prepare them for the battle.

Don’t just settle for them to succeed in business and in the world; teach them how to battle the enemy of God. Cry out to God on their behalf. Be a role model so they can watch you and know how to stand in the battle.

Read Joshua 23. When Joshua grew old and knew his time on earth was coming to a close, he gathered the leaders together—the next generation—to exhort them to trust in the Lord. He essentially said, “If you obey the Lord your God, He’s going to fight your battles for you.” Each subsequent generation must learn from the previous generation without becoming dependent on the past; each generation must experience the Lord themselves.

If we do not teach the next generation the art of spiritual warfare, they will develop spiritual amnesia—they will forget the wondrous acts the Lord has worked on our behalf. And when spiritual amnesia sets in, compromise will most surely follow.

Moms and dads, we are the ones who must pass a living testimony of the grace of God to our children. From cover to cover in Scripture, we’re told that it is the parents’ primary responsibility to train their children in spiritual warfare. When Joshua’s generation failed to train their children in the battle, the next generation lost the battle.

But the good news is that if we cry out to God, He will extend grace yet again—not just to us, but to the next generation.

Prayer: Father, help me to be faithful to pass on to the next generation the things You have taught me. Help me to do my part in equipping them for the battle and modeling the art of spiritual warfare. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9).

Learn more in Dr. Michael Youssef’s sermon You Want Me to Do What?, Part 12: LISTEN NOW | WATCH NOW

Check out more from Dr. Michael Youssef, here!

About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

Email Sign-up

Sign up for the TWR360 Newsletter

Access updates, news, Biblical teaching and inspirational messages from powerful Christian voices.

Thank you for signing up to receive updates from TWR360.

Required information missing