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Back-to-School Lesson - "The Armor of God" 

Well, kids – it’s here, the start of school!  Some of you are already in school, some of you are just about to start and some of you are waiting another year before starting school.

One thing many people do to get ready for school is go school shopping.  I love back-to-school shopping so much, I did a little myself for my little one.  Of course, that was just for fun.  You and your parents probably did so as well.

Well, I’ve been thinking… there’s something everyone visiting this webpage needs for school that you probably haven’t even thought about.  You need it, you need it, and you need.  Everyone needs it!

What is it?  It’s the Armor of God.  Now, don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of the Armor of God.  That’s what we’ll be talking about on this webpage!  If you have your Bible handy with you, you’ll find the Armor of God in Ephesians 6, and that’s were our text will be coming from. (I'll give you time to turn there)

Okay, let's have some web-interaction and start at verse ten (10).  So, God wants us to be strong, and He tells us how to do it too!  In the very next verse, verse eleven (11), the Bible tells us to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the devil’s tricks.

Bucket of Trouble

Now, you may be wondering what kind of things the devil might try to trick you into doing. Hmmmmm....To help us out, I've listed a few below:

 

  • Not Doing Homework Correctly
  • Leaving Someone Out
  • Talking Bad About Someone
  • Not Listening to a Teacher
  • Being Selfish With Your Stuff
  • Not Helping Others
  • Making Fun of Others                                                                                                                                               

I want you to think about if the things listed above is something maybe the devil tried to trick YOU into doing. 

So, there are all kinds of tricks we need to be prepared to fight against. That’s why we need God’s armor! Pick up your Bible and let’s keep reading for more instructions.....Verse twelve (12) tells us our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces.

Have you guys ever seen one of those cartoons with a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other?

That’s kind of like how things go with us too… we want to make good choices, but sometimes we struggle.  It’s hard to always do the right thing.  The devil wants us to do the wrong thing.  That’s what the Bible is talking about in these verses – the devil tries to trick us, but God has given us a plan of attack.

Putting on the Armor

We’ve got to get ready for battle!

Let’s check out verse fourteen (14).........

So, we start with the belt of truth.  In order to fight the devil, we’ve got to know the truth.  Where can we find the truth?  That’s right, in the Bible!  So, all you have to do is carry this around, maybe stick it in your book bag, maybe stuff it under your pillow and you’ll be all set, right?  NO! You’ve got to READ it to know the truth.  Maybe read one verse or one chapter a day… read it by yourself or with your parents… read it at breakfast or dinner, or at bedtime – whatever you choose, the important thing is that you: READ IT!

Okay, now the breastplate of righteousness.  Who can tell me what righteousness is? Doing the RIGHT thing. Sometimes it’s hard to know what the right thing is.  What do you think we can do if that happens?  (Read the Bible, ask our parents, ask a teacher, pray about it, ask the pastor).

You’ve got to have something on your feet.  In verse fifteen, it says to have feet shod with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace.  Now, this was a little confusing to me – so I took out my cool Bible tool, the commentary and read what it said about this verse.

It says:

  • Willingness to share the gospel
  • It also means a readiness for all life, being careful about speech and actions
  • Also, showing peace and love to others

Well, it wouldn’t be complete armor without a shield – verse sixteen says to take up the shield of faith so we can fight off Satan’s attacks.  Now, back in the day – those shields were huge!   My Bible commentary says about 4 feet by 2 ½ feet.  And many times soldiers would line up next to each other and put their shields really close so nothing could get by.  When they did this, they could push right over the enemy and not get hurt.  We can learn something from that kids!

Sometimes we need more than just ourselves to fight against the devil.  That’s why it’s important to choose good friends that will stand and fight with you.  Friends who are also trying to do the right thing.

Our suit of armor is almost complete.  Take the Quiz to the left and test your knowledge.  You finished?  I know that you all scored a 4 out of 4!!

Our last two pieces are the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit and both are very important!

Our heads are pretty important, that’s why you have to wear a helmet for so many things.  Riding a bike? You need a helmet!  Skateboarding?  Same thing!  Playing football?  Strap that helmet on! What are some other things we need helmets for?  We wear helmets for all these things because our heads need protected!  Our brain is pretty important! Likewise, salvation is our ultimate source of protection.  When we are saved, we are a child of God, and we are able to see the tricks of Satan better.

The helmet of salvation is like this:  When we are saved and friends with God, Satan has a much harder time making us do bad things.

Lastly, we’ve got the sword of the Spirit, which the Bible tells us is the Word of God.  We can fight Satan with the Word of God.....the Bible!  That’s why it’s important to memorize Scripture.   When Satan tries to tell us to start a rumor about someone we don’t like, we can think of the verse that says, “Love your Enemies”.   When Satan tries to tell us to blow off our homework and not do a good job, we can think of the verse that says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Col 3:12).  And if you can’t think of a verse, what Cool bible tool can you use?  That's right, the Concordance!

I want us to read the last verse of this passage to finish out.  Pick up your Bibles again and read verse eighteen (18). What does it command us to do?  Pray!  So, look at the screen to the left and join in prayer together!

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