How to Put on the Armor of God
When you have completed this lesson you should be able to:
1) Identify the true enemy who must be defeated.
2) State two benefits of wearing the whole Armor of God.
3) List the Armor of God.
All of us understand the need for safety and protection in physical areas of our lives. Many employers provide special safety training. A major function of laws and of government is to provide for the safety and protection of our society.
In order to function in the protection that society has provided, we must comply with the rules. For example, when we are on the job or driving the freeway our safety depends on whether we follow the principles that are provided for our protection.
Eye guards and earplugs do not protect factory workers if they are not used. A seatbelt provides no protection unless it is buckled.
While the civil authorities in our lives are concerned about safety, our Heavenly Father is far more concerned for us. He has provided a means of protecting us. However, just as we must follow traffic rules to drive the freeway safely, we must follow God’s rules to implement the protection He has provided.
Physical protection should not be taken lightly, but God’s protection extends past the physical into areas that are even more important.
In this lesson we will examine the “Armor of God Protection” that our heavenly Father has provided for our benefit. We will not only learn what it is, but also how to wear it.
God Wants His Children To Be Protected!
The Word of God indicates in many passages that the desire of our heavenly Father is that we be protected. The scripture that this lesson is built on (Ephesians 6:10-18) is one of these passages:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high <places>.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
|Read Luke 12:2.
What things does God’s word say will remain hidden?
Read Isaiah 54:17.
Will any ungodly action taken against you have lasting effects?
Read Luke 12:4,11-12.
What attitude should we have when facing our spouse, lawyers, courts, or creditors?
Read Luke 12:22-32.
What does God give to us that gives Him pleasure?
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)
Additional Scriptures: Exodus 4:12, Psalm 91:10-11, Zech. 2:5&8, Mark 4:22, Luke 8:17, Luke 1:37
|Read 1 Peter 5:7-9.
What does God’s word say we are to do with our fears, worries, and anxieties?
According to verse 8, who is our adversary or enemy?
According to verse 9, should our action, with regard to the enemy, be passive? (explain)
Read Ephesians 6:10-13.
According to verse 12, does your spouse qualify as your opponent? (explain)
Who Is Our Real Enemy?
This time of keeping your marriage covenant during a separation or divorce process is probably the hardest time of your life. This is a time when confusion and strife seem very prevalent. Anxiety and worry seem to “come with the territory.” Jesus tells us not to worry about the situations we are facing but instead to cast all our anxieties upon Him.
While it is God who works the reconciliation, the spiritual dynamic He uses involves our faith.
The true enemy we face wants us to be in fear because faith cannot co-exist with fear. It is through faith in Jesus and His Word that we are overcomers.
It is hard to defeat an enemy that you don’t recognize. We need to know who our true enemy is and how to withstand the true enemy and not waste time and effort fighting those who are not the enemy. Our spouses or any person they might be involved with are not our enemies.
Additional Scriptures: Luke 10:19, John 14:27, Romans 8:15, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4. 2 Timothy 1:7, James 4:6-7