We recently finished studying the armor of God in school, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m in a battle, and the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on our armor!
Here is a simple outline of what we discussed and below are some pictures of the soldiers we made!
The Armor of God
* Strong belt of truth–Lies surround us on every side in this world. Satan is a deceiver. We have the truth! It’s found in God’s word! We must be intentional about wearing it. We can read it daily and hide it in our hearts.
* Breastplate of righteousness–This represents God’s approval. We are part of this holy army because of Christ’s righteousness. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. Only His work on the cross could redeem us.
* Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace–Soldiers in God’s army must be ready to share the gospel! “Preparation” of heart, mind and body. We must decide to be ready to give an answer to every man of the hope that lies within us.
* Shield of faith–The Bible adds an important phrase before this shield. It says “above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked.” How important is this shield! I want God to grow my faith…big faith = big shield! We can have great faith because we have a great God!
* Helmet of salvation–This covers and protects our head and mind. So many battles are in the mind. We must remember that our salvation is settled!
* Sword of the Spirit–Which is the word of God. This is the only offensive weapon we have. Jesus Himself used God’s word to defeat Satan in the wilderness temptation. How much more should we? Reason, logic, facts and statistics are nothing compared to the quick, powerful, sharp Word of God!
I hope my children remember these lessons…not just that we cut out life-size drawings of themselves and decorated them, but that they are in a battle, and that God has given them the armor they need for protection!
We had the kids lay down on Christmas wrapping paper, wrong side up, and traced their entire bodies. We did a rough cut out and taped their soldiers to the wall. We added a piece of armor each day during Bible class, using tin foil and construction paper. It was lots of fun!