Halloween is a great time of year to deal with common issues about fear and spookiness. Even if we didn’t have Jason and Freddy movies, kids would still have to deal with those natural fears that come with growing up. Remember fearing what’s under the bed or in the closet? Add our modern culture’s love for gore and horror and you can multiply those childish fears times a hundred (at least)! Help kids learn how to command those fears to leave. Empower them with lessons based on these fear-banishing scriptures.
Conquering fear: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Break out the David and Goliath props because they make a great example of overcoming fear. Arm kids with the Word of God! Explain that God’s Spirit will make us brave in times of trouble. God never makes us afraid — He grants us power over the enemy, endless amounts of love and He helps us to be disciplined.
Don’t fear men: So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
Kids face fearful situations all the time. Sometimes at school on the playground and sometimes, sadly at home. Teach kids that we are eternal beings, we will live forever! Explain that when people threaten us, they can only harm our bodies. No one can take our souls, those belong to God.
Perfect love: There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
Draw a big heart on a dry erase board. Write some fearful things and not so fearful things inside the heart. Write FEAR, SCARE, SPOOKY and PEACE, LOVE and GRACE. Read the verse with kids and use the eraser to remove the words, one at a time, that don’t belong. Show kids they can kick those scary things out of their hearts.
The good fear: His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. (Luke 1:50)
Now is the perfect time to instruct kids on fearing the Lord. Fearing the Lord involves having a respect and awe for God as we go about daily our lives. When we do that, we can receive His promised mercy.
The invisible army: “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)
What a powerful story! Kids should know that although they can’t see God’s forces at work, they are there! There are more of us who love God than those who are against Him!