The enemy is at work in the unseen realm waging war whether we want to or not. The armor we put on will reveal strongholds and protect us from forming strongholds, as well as help us to hear and see the lies of the enemy that lead to deception. We need God’s supernatural strength and power. Just like a Roman soldier, we need to be intentional with the full armor God gave us so our soul is protected, and we can stand firm.

  1. Belt of Truth: Most important piece. The rest of the armor is effective IF the Word is central in our life.
  2. Breast Plate of Righteousness: Righteousness is not earned; it is freely given when we surrender our life to Jesus. Continually seeing this truth about our righteousness keeps us bold.
  3. Shoes of Peace: Peace is absence of strife even in the middle of a storm. It allows us to plow through any obstacle and get to the will of God. Peace keeps us planted, standing firm in the middle of an assault on the mind. Peace holds authority. Your level of peace reflects your level of trust in God.
  4. Shield of Faith: Faith protects righteousness and peace. God gives us a measure of His faith – a true ability to believe what God has said. As our relationship grows, faith gets more effective. It is our responsibility to pick up the shield of faith. Without it we will be 100% deceived.
  5. Helmet of Salvation: We need to keep before us what salvation has brought us. Knowing what belongs to us derails lies being thrown at us.
  6. Sword of the Spirit: The Word can uproot lies that got through our shield.
  7. Prayer: Like a lance used to strike the enemy from a distance, prayer protects us.

Opening Question or Ice Breaker

Think “Knight in Shining Armor” – Tell us about a spiritual hero that impacted you in your life?

Discussion Question 1

How do we tap into God’s supernatural strength and power?

Scripture

Have someone read Ephesians 6:1-9, 10-15 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 and discuss:

  • What is the main point in Verses 1-9 that leads to “Finally” in verse 10.
  • How would you describe the spiritual belt of truth now, in light of the Roman soldier’s belt function? 
  • Describe the difference in a believer once they get the revelation that they were MADE righteous.

Discussion Question 2

Share how you handled one particularly trying time when the enemy repeatedly fired thoughts in your mind. 

Scripture

Have someone read Ephesians 6:16-18 and Romans 12:3 and discuss:

  • How do we cultivate our measure of faith so it protects our righteousness and peace?
  • Make a list of what salvation has brought to us.
  • How do we take a next step and apply the instructions to be “Praying at all times”?

Make It Practical – Apply the Word this week:

Write down one protection scripture that you can keep with you and meditate on throughout each day.

Family Conversation Question for the Week: (spend time talking with your circle)

How can we encourage each other to put on the whole armor daily? How can we become disciplined with our armor like the Roman soldiers were with their physical armor? Which piece of the armor do I need to become more acquainted with that may need the most strengthening?