This morning in our Archer Coaches Small Group, we studied the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). Here are a few of our insights:
We are at war. We are in a spiritual battle…every day.
It is hard to win a fight that you do not know you are in.
We cannot see our enemy. It is a battle against the spiritual forces of evil.
Our opponent will attack when he “catches us sleeping”.
We are to put on the FULL (WHOLE) armor of God.
If you are fighting in a war, it would be pretty stupid to forget to take part of your armor (I.e. your helmet) to the battlegrounds.
The belt of truth holds all the armor together, in place. Jesus is the truth. He is the foundation of our faith. The TRUTH holds us up.
The breastplate of righteousness protects our heart. Our hearts are to be pure and holy.
Our feet are to be ready to take the gospel of peace to others. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
The shield of faith not only protects, but it puts out the flaming arrows of the enemy. Before battle, the soldiers would soak their shields in water, so their shields would not catch on fire.
The more our faith is battle-tested, the stronger it becomes.
Our shield of faith is big enough to protect our entire body…our family.
The helmet of salvation protects our minds from doubts. When Christians begin to doubt their salvation, Satan immobilizes them.
The word of God is the sword of the Spirit. God’s word is living and active and the truth penetrates a person’s heart. It causes life change.
God’s word is not only for defense but it is a weapon for offense.
We are daily to put on the full armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-20 is one of those passages we should read every morning when we wake up.
Each morning, we should “pray on” the Armor of God.
When we daily study God’s word and pray, it will help us for that day, but also, it is preparing us for future battles.
Well, those are a few of our thoughts from Ephesians 10-20. We actually ran out of time. The coaches do have jobs to do and classes to teach.
What are some of your thoughts? What aspects of the armor of God do you like the most?