So how do we prepare to fight? We need three more weapons and one bold proclamation.
The Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16 says, “In addition to this take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Shields are used in many ways in battles; they can be used to defend ourselves at times and they can be used to strike our opponents. In Ephesians Paul describes it as a shield of faith.
Hebrews 12 talks about faith being the substance of things unseen and the evidence of things hoped for. When our faith is sure it can be a powerful ally. When the devil comes to steal our courage and make us change direction out faith can bring steel to our resolve.
The Helmet of Salvation
The next weapon we need is the helmet of salvation. “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart you will be saved.” Salvation is a sure thing. When you are saved by God in Romans 8 it tells us that “nothing can separate us from the love of God.” There is power in having that reassurance.
This reassurance is simply head knowledge. Knowing the truth from scripture of our own salvation gives us confidence as we enter the battle. If we are constantly worried about losing our own salvation how will we ever convince someone else of theirs?
The Sword of the Spirit
The final piece of armour we are asked to carry is the sword of the spirit. The sword of the spirit is the bible. God’s word for our lives. Scripture says that gods word is a double edged sword. 2 Timothy says that it is useful for teaching, rebuking and correcting in righteousness. When Jesus was being tempted by the devil he quoted scripture as a way of defending himself.
Scripture can also be used to speak god’s truth into situations. It can be used when the gospel is being mistrusted or maligned. God’s word can bring bold proclamations and peace into hopeless situations. God’s word can bring hope and healing and judgment and condemnation. It is a powerful weapon in the spiritual battle.
The last thing we are asked to do in this passage is to pray. All throughout scripture and even throughout Jesus’ own life he prays. We are encouraged to pray without ceasing, Jesus even teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6. Prayer is our most important weapon in the spiritual battle that rages all around us.
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.