talk. pray. do – praying on the Armor of God

By | August 6, 2014

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Heavenly Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus and we thank you for this day. We enter your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and we enter your courts with praise (Psalm 100:4)

Father we thank you for… (Thank Him for specific answers to prayer or special people or events in your life as the Lord leads you).

Now we put on the full armor of God (We put it on from the ground up, ending with the sword of the Spirit. You can also follow the exact order that Paul uses in Ephesians, which also ends with the sword).

We put on the shoes of the gospel of peace. We walk in your peace and we run to tell other people about Jesus.

We put on the belt of truth. We walk in your truth; we tell the truth; and we find the truth in the Bible.

We put on the breastplate of righteousness to guard our hearts. Thank you Father, that because of the blood of Jesus, you make us right just as if we never did anything wrong. (Note the play on words – “right-just-as if” sounds like “righteousness.” Using these kinds of phrases helps children remember the concepts – especially when they are grown – Prov. 22:6).

We put on the helmet of salvation to guard our mind, will, and emotions (the soul). Thank you Lord that I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). School, work, and everything I need to do, I CAN DO because you help me (Phil. 4:13,John 16:13)

We take up the shield of faith to quench the fiery arrows of the devil. Thank you Lord, that as I put my trust in you, you protect me, strengthen me, and help me through my day.

Finally, we take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to fight back against the devil.

Amen!

 

talk. pray. do Armor of God – Devotional

By | August 5, 2014

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Armor of God; Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”

Also read Isaiah 11:5 and 59:17

The armor that God provides for us is like the armor that a soldier would wear. In fact, the apostle Paul had a Roman soldier in mind when he described the Christian’s armor. We are going to look at the different parts of the armor that God has provided for us to protect us from the attacks of our enemy, the devil.

A Roman soldier would wear a strong piece of armor like a belt. It would protect his vital organs from attack and it would hold the rest of the armor together. For us the belt of truth means that we put God’s truth in our lives by learning as much as possible about God’s ways. Knowing God’s truth will make us confident in our battle with Satan. For example, if Satan tries to tell you that God doesn’t really love you, then you can fight back with the belt of truth because God tells you in the Bible that He loves you very much. Another way we can put on the belt of truth is to be sure that we are truthful in everything that we do. Satan is the father of lies and he is happy when we tell even the smallest lie. On the other hand, Jesus told us that He is the truth (John 14:6) and He will help us to tell the truth. When we speak the truth, we can have confidence against our enemy and defeat his power in our lives.

A soldier’s breastplate would cover his body from his neck to his waist in his front and back. It was made of metal so that no arrow or sword could go through it. Can you think of the most important part of your body that a breastplate would cover? That’s right, your heart! What protects our hearts is God’s righteousness (thinking and acting the “right” way). It is true that none of us are righteous (think and act the “right” way) as the Bible teaches us. But when Jesus comes into our hearts he gives us His righteousness and helps us to live for Him. We still sin sometimes, but we can to choose to live our lives the “right way”. When we do that, Jesus will help us and we will be protecting our hearts from the attack of Satan.

  • What is the belt of truth?
  • What is the breastplate of righteousness?

talk. pray. do – Armor of God

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MATERIALS:

Oversized clothing:
(hat, vest, coat or jacket, hiking boots)
Canteen belt, Walking stick, One volunteer

DURATION:

Approximately 10 minutes

PREPARATION

Gather the articles of clothing and walking stick before class. If necessary, you can make substitutions.

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

Ask a volunteer to pretend to go on a hike. The volunteer will put on the articles of clothing in the following order: canteen belt (representing the belt of truth), vest (representing the breastplate of righteousness), boots (representing feet fitted with the gospel of peace), jacket (representing the shield of faith), and hat (representing the helmet of salvation). Then give him or her the walking stick (representing the sword of the Spirit).

As the volunteer takes each item, explain the safety qualities of each. Then compare the use of these special protective items when we go hiking to putting on the full armor of God described in the Bible to protect us from evil.

WHAT YOU WILL SAY:

(As the volunteer puts on the articles of clothing, talk about the safety features of each.)

The canteen belt allows us to carry water and other tools for survival.
The vest and jacket protect us from cold or rain.
The hat protects our head from the hot sun
The boots keep our feet strong and dry.
The walking stick helps us stay balanced on crooked paths.

We want to be safe when we go hiking and these things give us added protection.

Read Ephesians 6:10-18
(As you read this passage, pause after each item of armor and relate it to the similar item worn by the volunteer.)

God gives us Spiritual armor for our protection. This armor protects us from all kinds of evil the devil might try to throw at us. We must always put on the right safety articles to do the job. If we are hiking, we should dress like our volunteer here. However, when we are out there in this world, surrounded by evil, we need to get dressed in the full armor of God. Then, we can be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Armor of God – object lesson

By | August 4, 2014

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This lesson is quick, but powerful.

Materials:

  • two oranges
  • a glass bowl large enough for two oranges to be completely submerged
  • water
  • Bible

 

Read Ephesians 6:10-17 with your children

Talk about what each piece of armor stands for and how it helps us stand against the devil.

Ask your children to pretend to put on each piece of armor as you discuss how that particular piece might help them throughout their day.

 

Place both oranges in the bowl with their “armor” on.  (In other words, keep the skin on both oranges.)  Talk about how the oranges are floating, or “standing firm” in the water.

 

Little by little, begin peeling away some of the “armor” (skin) of one of the oranges.  You might peel off a chunk and say something like, “Uh oh, this orange forgot to put on his/her belt of truth.  When someone says something ugly about you today, you might believe it.  If you believes that lie, instead of the truth that you wonderfully made, you might not stand as firm in the water.”

 

Place the orange back in the water and notice that, although it doesn’t sink completely, it begins dipping further in the water than the orange still wearing all its armor.

Continue on this way, peeling back a little at a time, talking about a new piece of armor the orange forgot to put on, talking about how that might affect his/her day, and then placing the orange in the water to see it sink more and more each time.
By the time you remove all of the armor, the orange will completely sink.  It is not able to “stand” at all.

 

Challenge your children to think purposefully each day about putting on each piece of armor.

 Maybe you could even pretend to put on each piece together every morning.

 

 

talk. pray. do- Armor of God

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Ephesians 6:10-18 (Spiritual Warfare)
Read the verse together. Once you’ve read the verse explain how each piece of armor protects us spiritually, which in turn can protect us physically.

This verse tells us that we must be prepared as we go into battle, a spiritual battle. Without God’s Armor and protection we do not stand a chance. God will empower us to fight the good fight and to make a stand against the devil.

Discussion Questions:
1. Why do we need spiritual armor? (To stand against the wiles of the devil.)
2. What is it we fight against? (Against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.)
3. Should we be afraid of this battle? (No, God will help us stand against evil. The powers of darkness will be defeated by God.)
4. How does God help us in the battle against evil? (He gives us the weapons and armor we need to stand strong.)
5. Why is it important that we that we put on our spiritual armor every day? (Without it we will be weak and easily defeated.)
6. How can we use each piece of spiritual armor at home? At school? At church?

If you are looking to add more to the lesson today, please check out this resource – Armor of God wordserach

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