Apr 16, 2014

10 Lies the Enemy Whispers to Children's Ministry Leaders











The enemy is known for whispering lies.  He started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day.

Here are 10 lies he whispers to children's ministry leaders.  How do I know?  I've personally heard all of these.

1. You're not really making a difference.
2. What you do is not as important as adult ministry.
3. You don't have the ability to do this.
4. You're too busy to pray.
5. You're teaching kids.  If you were a really good teacher, you would be teaching adults.
6. No one wants to volunteer.
7. No one appreciates you and your ministry.
8. That kid or family can't be reached.
9. You're not successful because your children's ministry is not growing.  Give up and quit.
10. God doesn't care.  If He did, He wouldn't have let that child die.

When the enemy whispers these and other lies to you, what should you do?

Do what Jesus did in the wilderness.  Speak the Word of God back to him and stand on God's promises.

1. You're not really making a difference.  
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.  -Isaiah 55:11

2. What you do is not as important as adult ministry. 
But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me.  Don't stop them!  For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."  -Matthew 19:11

3. You don't have the ability to do this.
It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven's Armies.
-Zechariah 4:6


4. You're too busy to pray. 
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private.  Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.  -Matthew 6:6

5. You're teaching kids.  If you were a really good teacher, you would be teaching adults.
You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.  -2 Timothy 3:15

6. No one wants to volunteer.
So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  -Matthew 9:38

7. No one appreciates you and your ministry.
For God is not unjust.  He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.  -Hebrews 6:10

8. That kid or family can't be reached.
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"--and I am the worst of them all.  
-I Timothy 1:15

9. You're not successful because your children's ministry is not growing.  Give up and quit.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.  -1 Corinthians 3:6-9

10. God doesn't care.  If He did, He wouldn't have let that child die.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  -Isaiah 55:8-9

What are some other lies the enemy has whispered to you?  How did you stand against it?

The floor is yours. Share with us in the comment section below.  God will use your words to encourage and help us.

4 comments:

I prepared lessons faithfully, without children attending, for 18 months. One Sunday morning, I awoke with the entire list from above buzzing though my mind. I almost did not go to church, because it did not seem worth the effort. Finally, I prayed and decided to push through. That day, the enemy had seen that FIFTEEN children were getting ready to come to church. If I had not been there, they would never have returned. That was the turn-around day for our Sunday School.

That is an amazing story MIchelle. Thanks for sharing. Your faithfulness and commitment to Christ and kids has inspired me today.

There seemed to be one child that had a chip on their shoulders - there would be days when I wanted to ask them to stay with their parents and not come to children's church! But recently they have been surprising me - remembering special occasions bible verses and stories - God has given me a second wind! :).

It seems that there is always one in every crowd :) there is this child who seems to always have a chip on their shoulders! It is almost like they are swatting flies in left field! But just the other day God restored my faith and strength to keep going - this child remembered a special occasion and even previous weeks lessons! A pleasant yet encouraging surprise ! God gave me my second wind!

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