WHAT IS THE ARMOR OF GOD?
God's armor brings victory because it is far more than a protective covering. It is the very life of Jesus Christ Himself.
Put on the armor, wrote Paul in his letter to the Romans, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:12-14).
When you do, He becomes your hiding place and your shelter in the storm - just as He was to David. Hidden in Him, you can count on His victory, for He not only covers you as a shield, He also fills you with His life.
"I am the vine; ye are the branches," said Jesus. "He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Since living in the safety of the armor means oneness with Jesus, we can expect to share His struggles as well as His peace. Remember, God offers us His victory in the midst of trouble - not the absence pain. So "think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings" (1 Peter 4:12-13).
When you put on His armor, His life surrounds you and keeps you safe in Him. He is your precious friend, and you are His! So "put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). He is your victory!
"Thou art my hiding place, Thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32:7)
How can I explain the armor to my children?
In a world where public schools, television, movies, and popular music all offer tempting counterfeits of what God promises His people, there is only one safe place for our children: in the loving arms of the Shepherd. So train your child "in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6) and help him to wear the full armor of God each day.
1. First, read Ephesians 6:10-18 together. It shows why the parts of armor will expose and resist all the main lies of the New Age/New Spirituality and other contrary religions.
2. Memorize Scriptures that show the truth about God and His righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. Explain that these verses are Scripture swords that counter the main lies of the enemy. Remember, when children know the truth about God, they won't trust popular counterfeits. Knowing God's way to peace and salvation, they won't choose today's numerous counterfeit and occult paths.
3. Remind your children that the armor is not like a magic shield they can casually slip on in order to be safe anywhere they want to go.
Years ago, our seven-year-old son asked if he could see a popular movie with some friends.
"No. I'd rather you didn't," I told him.
"Why not?" he asked.
"Because it makes occultism seem both fun and right. Even though your friends know it's fiction, the story and images leave the impression that you can win in life by using occult rituals to get supernatural power. Not only does the Bible tell us occultism is evil, it also shows how it destroys people." I started to look up Deuteronomy 18:9-13.
"But I'll put on the armor."
"It won't help. When you go somewhere that you shouldn't, you disobey God and "take off" the breastplate of righteousness. You're not safe if you go somewhere Jesus wouldn't want you to go."
Our son got the message and stayed home. He knew that by himself he was no match for occult forces. But by wearing the special protection God offers us through His armor, he would be able to stand firm against Satan's strategies.
4. You may want to discuss some of the opposing forces that draw children toward all kinds of occult entertainment and tempting thrills. But when we wear God's armor and trust in His Word, He will keep us safe - "hidden in Christ."
From How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception