Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Family Devotion - The Armor of God

Scripture Reading - Ephesians 6:10-17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Thought of the Day
Sometimes life can be dangerous. We have seatbelts and airbags in cars to protect us if we get into an accident. We have life preservers when we go on a boat. We have lifeguards to protect us at the pool. Sometimes things can be dangerous and we don’t realize it. Lying can be dangerous, or stealing or cheating. What Ephesians reminds us is that if we put on what we have learned from God’s Word as armor, we can be protected from the dangerous things we can be tempted to do. The more we know about God and His Word the more we are protected from those dangerous things.

Discussion questions
1. What are some things that God can protect us from?

2. If we don’t know if something is wrong or right where can we look to find out?

3. How does knowing the Bible protect us from sinning?

Loving God,
We know that you want us to be safe and protected in the world. Thank you for giving us your Word to use as armor against sin and temptation. Give us the strength to remember to keep our armor on and follow your Word. AMEN.

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