Did you know God wants you to wear armor? It’s true. He wants you to wear a helmet, a chest guard, protection around your waist, and special boots. He also wants you to carry a shield and a sword. Wow! That’s a lot of armor…isn’t it? What do you think you’d look like wearing the full armor of God? Well, you can see the difference in the picture.
See how the girl, before she puts on the armor of God, looks almost exactly the same as she does after she puts on the armor of God? But there is a little difference. Can you see it?
In the “before” picture the girl doesn’t look too sure of herself. And her eyes aren’t even open. But in the “after” picture her eyes are wide open, and she’s smiling. Smiling like she knows she can win. That’s because she CAN win. And here’s why…
There’s a place in the Bible where it talks about putting on the full armor of God. The helmet isn’t a metal helmet like you see in the movies…or in a football game. It’s called the “helmet of salvation”. It means you know you’re saved.
The chest guard isn’t like shoulder pads or a police vest. It’s called the “breastplate of righteousness”. That just means you know the difference between right and wrong. The protection around your waist isn’t like a belt superheroes wear. The Bible calls it “truth”. That means you can depend on what you’re saying to always be true.
And those special boots aren’t like army boots or ski boots. They’re called the “preparation of the gospel of peace”. That means you can’t just talk the talk. You need to walk the walk. You need to be in God’s word and know what it says. And be ready to take it wherever people need to hear it.
Oh yeah, your shield isn’t like the one Captain America uses. Yours will be “the shield of faith”. Not faith in yourself. Faith in your living, loving Creator. And your sword will be “the word of God”. That’s better than any old metal sword that can rust and fall apart.
Do you see how your full armor of God is invisible? Do you know why God gives you invisible protection? It’s because you need to be ready to fight invisible enemies. God wants you to be protected against the devil. You can’t see him, but he can see you. So, you need God’s armor to protect yourself. Here’s an easy way to think about it…God uses invisible things to fight invisible enemies. Isn’t that cool? Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
When you wear the full armor of God,
You’ll be ready when the enemies attack.
You can’t see ‘em, but beware
They are out there everywhere…
But with God’s help you can always fight them back.