10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans. 12 Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world.
13 So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come. But you will be able to stand up to anything. And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing.
14 So stand firm. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the armor of godliness on your chest. 15 Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. 16 Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all of the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word.
18 At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all of God’s people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIVR)
I am always trying to think of ways to make God’s Word more accessible to my young children. Yes, they know of God’s love and we talk about Jesus, but how do I begin to teach them about the character traits of a godly person and how to attempt to follow Christ’s example? As I lay in bed last night (bed time is when I come up with my best ideas), it struck me how I might share part of God’s message with them: God’s superheroes (or even the knights of God). My three oldest children are boys, and they act out situations with good guys and bad guys frequently, so this would be language they can understand.
Introduction to the passage:
Superheroes have tools or strengths that allow them to fight evil. Think of your favorite super hero. What strengths does he use to fight the bad guys? Can he fly? Does he run really fast? Perhaps he shoots something to thwart the bad guy. Maybe the superhero has a tool to help him fight evil. A rope? Or maybe a car or plane that has really cool features! If you were a superhero, what would your super powers be? What tools might you use? Draw me a picture of you as a superhero and tell me about each super power or tool.
God also gives us tools so that we might do what is right and fight off evil and sin. These tools are described as the armor of God. (See Ephesians 6:10-18 above.)
God knows we will fight the devil’s evil plans in our life, and we will constantly struggle against sin, so he provided some tools to give us strength in the fight.
- The Belt of Truth – God’s Word is Truth, and we should read God’s Word (the Bible) and talk to God (pray) often so that our Belt of Truth works at full capacity.
- The Armor of Godliness – God gave us many examples of those living a godly life, with Christ being at the front. We should model our life after Christ so that our armor can deflect the arrows the devil throws our way.
- Super Shoes – God wants us to have shoes on our feet that will allow us to take his message of salvation to all the world.
- The Shield of Faith – Faith is the basis on which our salvation lies. If we believe in Christ as our savior, he is with us through all our battles and he gives us all the tools we need to come out of the fight still standing. We can ward off ALL of the arrows the devil throws at us with the shield of faith.
- The Helmet of Salvation – This helmet is a gift from God that all who have faith are given. It protects our mind from the evil thoughts and helps to remind us that God has already won, and he promises we are with him.
- The Sword of the Holy Spirit – The sword is God’s Word (the Bible) and we can use it fight off evil and sin in our lives. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to figure out God’s plan for each of us and to read the Bible and know how it applies to me.
Application of the topic:
Given all these tools, we can be assured victory over evil. It may not be easy, and our life may be filled with battles, but God promises to be with each of us. I want you to think about any sin (things God does not want us to do) or any evil in your life right now. What are they and what tools does God give us to fight? Some examples might be your parents, friends who are Christians, the Bible and many other things.
“10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (Note: For younger children, you may want to only use verse 10 or verse 11.)
You are a superhero with God’s strengths! He gives you strength to fight evil. Design your superhero shield and determine what tools you will have and how it will help you fight off evil in your life.
I love creating little lessons or devotionals that I know my children will enjoy. I hope you find some inspiration behind it too. You are welcome to use the lesson for your little ones, but please properly site this blog. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.