We are in a battle!
We have an enemy who wants to steal away everything God wants us to have. Only it’s not a battle we can see. Our enemy is satan – and satan lives in the invisible world of the spirit. Even though we can’t see him, satan is very real. And he wants nothing more than to take us away from God.
And satan is sneaky. He will use every trick to get us to turn away from God.
You don’t have to be afraid of satan – but you have to be ready to fight him! And so, like a great warrior, you need to put on your armor. And because your enemy is a spirit, God will give you spiritual armor.
So put on the whole Armor of God!
Tie the Belt of Truth around your waist.
God is real. God loves you, and Jesus died for your sins. God is on your side – that is the Truth!
Hold on to the Truth, and like a good tight belt, the truth will hold you up and keep you strong when satan attacks.
Guard your heart by putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness.
Always do what is right and good. That way, satan won’t have anything to grab onto to make his way into your heart. You will be able to stand straight and tall, with your head held high.
Next, put on the Shoes of The Gospel of Peace.
Be ready to go wherever God sends you to tell the Good News of God’s amazing love for us.
And then, to protect yourself from satan’s flaming arrows, take up the Shield of Faith!
The God of the Universe is on your side. God is your protector. Put your faith in Him and satan cannot hurt you!
Now, put on the Helmet of Salvation.
You are saved! You are God’s child and satan has already lost, death is already defeated, and nothing can ever take you away from God. Keep your thoughts always on that!
And finally, take up the Sword of the Spirit.
God has given us a weapon to fight back against satan’s lies and accusations. Our weapon is the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. God’s Word can cut satan’s lies to pieces. Use God’s Word to fight satan just like Jesus did when satan tempted him in the desert. The words of the Bible are your sword.
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