Ephesians 6:10-20 says,
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Earlier this year our youth ministry studied the armour of God, I’ve decided to include that teaching here.
In the first two verses of this passage there are 3 commands.
1. Be Strong in the Lord.
Many times in ministry and in life we tend to place our trust in ourselves. We put our hope in the things that we know and understand and look to God in the last moments of need.
That’s why Paul tells us first and foremost to be strong in the Lord. It’s a reminder that God is to be our strength. We are to put our trust in him and not in ourselves. How does this work in real life? If you are inviting a friend to come to youth group or church, often we can back out or make excuses for our friends. Instead we should be trusting that God is already preparing that friend and when you ask they will be more inclined to say “Yes” because of the work of the Holy spirit in their life.
2. Put on the Full Armour of God.
We are in a battle. I know it doesn’t really feel like it but the bible tells us that there is an epic battle between good and evil that occurs every day between spiritual forces. We believe that there is a God and he has an enemy. That enemy does not want your friends to know about this, so when we take a stand he gets upset. This is why we need to be prepared for battle. This is what Paul is writing about in this passage.
3. Stand against the devil’s schemes
God has called each of us to be involved in his greater work and purpose here on earth. All of us have ways in which we can serve. If you are serving somewhere in the church you need the armour of God. If you are serving somewhere in your school, you need the armour of God. If you are serving God while being involved on a sports team or helping in the community you need the armour of God. We all need to be prepared to do our part as we help God to do his work here on earth.
A practical understandable way to put on the full armour of God
To prepare our students for this series we handed out this one page poem that we wrote that simply walks us through a prayer of putting on the full armour of God.
Feel free to share it with your youth ministry. To further emphasize our desire for our students to take this seriously we built a youtube video so that students could pray through this prayer every morning. Feel free to share it with your students.