Put on armor so you can stand against the devil’s schemes.
1. You can get knocked down
2. The devil is scheming
The war is spiritual and requires spiritual armor.
The enemy: world-wielding agents of darkness
- Belt of Truth: So lies won’t strip us.
- Breastplate of Righteousness: So condemnation won’t stick.
- Shoes of Gospel Readiness: So we won’t be evangelistically lazy or idle.
- Shield of Faith: So doubt won’t pierce us.
- Helmet of Salvation: So our identity is fixed.
- Sword of the Spirit: To kill the devil's threats.
- Look through the armor below and identify which areas you would say are most vulnerable to attack.
- How are you arming yourself with the sword of the Spirit (the Scriptures) each day? If you don't have a plan, start one. Consider one of these Bible reading plans: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/
- Identify what things distract you from meditating on God and His word. What will you do today to fight that distraction?
- Have you exchanged the breastplate of Christ's righteousness with one of self-righteousness? Do you find that you always have to justify yourself? How would it look if you were diligent to wear the breastplate of Christ's righteousness?
- Ask your kids what the armor of God is.
- Each night this week explain a different piece of God's armor from our passage to your kids.
- Talk with your spouse or a friend about specific areas where you think you are vulnerable and where you need the armor of God.
- Pray as a family for the protection of our church family from the schemes of the devil.