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The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-19 - Week 3 – Lesson #3
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-19
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.
1 Samuel 24:16-17
2 Corinthians 5:17
Ephesians 4:25 -31 & Ephesians 5:3-5
2 Thessalonians 2:13
Day #1 – The Heart of the Matter
Ø Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life – Prvb.4:23
Ø So your heart is the seat of your life. And what the physical heart is to your physical life, the spiritual heart is to your spiritual life.
Ø The purpose of all these layers was to guard the vital organs, particularly the heart. In case of a direct hit to the soldier’s upper body, wearing the breastplate could mean the difference between life and death.
Ø Righteousness is right living – walking “in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” Eph. 4:1.
Ø Fire fly story on pg #70
Ø Heart and Soul – Mind, will, emotions, conscience.
Ø When Scripture speaks of your heart, it’s referring to the intersection of these four internal characteristics.
Ø The way the devil works on all four levels:
Ø Wearing the belt of truth, putting on the shoes and helmet, using the shield or sword – they’ll do you no good if you leave your heart open to a full frontal attack by the devil.
Day #2 – The Clean Sweep
Day #3 Perfect Makes Practice
Day #4 Pickles and Ice Cream
TIME TO DISCUSS:
In your own life, or in the life of someone you love, when have you seen wrong choices and behavior become a “welcome mat” for demonic activity to infiltrate?
How have you recognized the enemy targeting your thinking/ambition/feelings/conscience?
Do you tend to struggle with perfectionism? If so, how does it impact your life?
How does it make you feel when you measure yourself as better or worse than others?
Better: Superior/justified/proud/mature/smart/confident Worse:depressed/inferior/weak/ignorant/embarrassed/regretful
In what ways have you felt exhausted or discouraged lately at the work involved in trying to change and fix yourself?