The Armor of God
by children’s pastor Brenda El-Talabani
Each of these devotional blogs entries is meant to be read on your own or if you have family or friends you live with, to be read together aloud. A suggestion is to do this after you have dinner around the table together. At the conclusion, please spend time in personal reflection or in sharing with one another your answers to the questions at the end. Be sure to conclude with prayer.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20 (CEV)
Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks.
Some versions say for us to put on the ‘full” or “whole” armor of God. As a result of the events of these past few weeks, it is easy to become overwhelmed and consumed by the situations that we are facing. This passage of scripture reminds me that I need to guard myself against thinking that I am not able to resist being anxious over what is happening. When you read on down to verse 13, you will see the reason we must put on God’s (complete) armor is so that we will be “able to resist and stand my ground, to stand firm.” God has given us what we need to stand firm. With the whole armor of God on, I am able to resist!Ephesians 6:14-16 tells us what the 6 Pieces of the Armor of GOD are:
- Belt of Truth. (The evil one is the father of lies)
- Breastplate of Righteousness. (Protects our heart)
- Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace. (Anchored in Jesus)
- Shield of Faith. (Increase your belief in God)
- Helmet of Salvation. (Set your mind on things of God)
- Sword of the Spirit – The Word of God. (Hearing/reading God’s word)
I am so glad that when God has full control, we have His full protection, and we can face each day by quoting and believing Psalm 33:20-21, “My soul waits in hope for You, Lord; You are my help and my shield. My heart rejoices in You, because I trust in Your holy name.”
I pray that you are finding comfort in God’s word and are reading scriptures about your security in Jesus Christ. That as you read it, you are allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
Reflect with someone else or on your own:
- What do I need to stand firm against in my current situation?
- Have I put on the full armor of God today?
- What do I need to ask God to reveal to me?
- What keeps my heart from rejoicing and/or trusting in the Name of Jesus?