You know what’s fun? Engaging teens where they’re at and in a subject they’re already interested in.
Devotion. Midnight. Teen lock-in. They’ve already gotten amazing nachos. They’ve imbibed deeply of home-made shakes. They’ve watched A Goofy Movie and played Rock Band and pool. And now, I gather them in front of a projector screen and play the following movie:
I ask: “Let’s pretend that was real. Let’s pretend it’s not faked. What could it be?”
All good answers. I then ask: What does the Bible say it could be? Is there such a thing as ghosts? Ah, but “The body returns to dust, and the spirit to God who gave it.” We talked about how God immediately judges and sends to heaven or hell – no such thing as ghosts, at least not the way most people think of them.
But what could it be then, if it was real?
Let’s watch another video.
“What was that?”
Kids are still busy freaking out. OK, wait a minute, and ask again. “What was that?”
“It was supposed to be a demon!”
Think about how powerful angels are. In the Old Testament, one angel – one! – destroyed an army of 10,000. That’s power. And demons are nothing more than fallen angels. They have that much power.
And they want to destroy you.
Why would they scare you?
They want to tear you away from your faith, and fear is a good way to do that. They want you to believe in ghosts. Why? So they can convince you of lies and eventually reject all comfort that God brings.
If it was you against a demon, one-on-one, who would win?
Yeah, you’re right. Not you. Unless…
Every time Jesus fought against a demon, who won? Yeah. Legion? History. Demon in a little boy? Gone for good. Demon in an old man? Toast. The serpent that Jesus came to crush? He’s flattened. The demons are already defeated. Jesus came to destroy the power of the Devil and all his followers. He claimed you for his own when he died on the cross – so they have no hold on you. You belong to Jesus, and he’s more powerful than they are! They’re on chains. They can go this far, no farther! Your only risk is if you wander inside their range, and that’s what they try to do when they frighten you.
But demons aren’t they only ones out there. Watch this video.
What was that supposed to be?
How do you know it was an angel? Because it was pretty, huh? It was bright?
You know, the Devil masquerades as an angel of light. How do you tell the difference?
Yep. By what they say. Does it match what God’s Word says? Does he accept worship from you or direct you to worship Jesus?
One more video. I’ll warn you, it’s intense. Imagine you’re the one filming this. What should you do?
Yes. Pray. Awesome. Turn to God for help. God says that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and affective. Are you righteous?
What has Jesus made you? That’s right. He took your sins away. You’re perfect in God’s sight. You are righteous, so your prayers are powerful and affective. Use that!
Get together with other mature Christians who will have your back!
Don’t be alone. You’re never alone.
And here I got very quiet.
You know, you’re probably never going to face down a demon like that. More often, they’ll whisper lies in your ears. They’ll try to convince you you’re alone. They’ll tell you that you’re in pain that no one else has ever dealt with. They’ll tell you lies. Don’t believe them.
You are not alone. Jesus stands with you. You are not alone. No demon or devil, no power can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
You are not alone. You’ve been given a Christian family. You’re facing demons? Call me. Text me. Use me. Use the teen leader.
You are not alone. Don’t believe that lie.
And when I led the prayer… the kids that usually are so cool, so aloof, they came up to me. They trembled.
And I won’t report the conversations that followed.
Look, demons are real. They are very real and they lie to us all the time.
You. You are not alone. Jesus gives these promises to you as well. Nothing can separate you from him. Don’t believe the lies.
**As a note, I’m fairly certain that all these videos I posted and used are faked. I made that clear to the teens — but then, for discussion’s sake, I asked, “What if this were real? What then?”