If you’re teaching the Armor of God, there are 3 crucial truths you must include about the shield of faith. To find out what they are, scroll down now!
There’s something different about the shield of faith.
Have you noticed it?
The Bible talks about the shield of faith differently than the other pieces of the Armor of God.
In the description of the Armor of God in Ephesians 6, the Bible talks about “having” the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the shoes of the gospel of peace. But about the shield of faith it says:
…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV)
Take the shield of faith “above all.”
So if you’re teaching the Armor of God to your kids, you have a great chance right now to review the last 3 lessons! But you can also teach your kids 3 different facets of faith—and point out how they correspond to the previous pieces of armor.
- First, faith involves acknowledgement of truth.
- Second, it involves acknowledgement of sin—or recognition of the need for righteousness.
- And finally, faith involves acceptance of God’s way to make peace.
Faith involves acknowledging truth.
You & your kids learned how crucial truth is in our first lesson on the Armor of God (about the belt of truth). Now, teach your kids that “taking the shield of faith” involves conviction of truth. Or, in other words, faith includes agreeing with God that what he says is true.
Faith begins with learning what God says is true. And then true faith includes admitting that what God says is true.
Faith includes acknowledgement of sin.
Some people try to teach that you can trust in God without facing up to the fact that you’re a sinner. But in the lesson on the breastplate of righteousness, we already discovered that righteousness is required for salvation. And you can’t get right with God unless you admit, first, that you are not right with Him as a result of sin.
You have already taught your kids about their need to be made right with God. And you’ve already taught them that the one way to be made right in His eyes is through Jesus Christ. Now, emphasize to them that true faith involves admitting that sinfulness & that lack of righteousness.
Faith requires acceptance of God’s way to make peace.
In the last lesson about the preparation of the gospel of peace, you covered the good news about having peace with God. Now, teach your kids that true faith involves accepting that the only way to make peace with God is through Jesus Christ.
So true faith involves:
- Learning truth and accepting it as true.
- Recognizing the personal problem of sin & the need to be made right with God.
- Trusting in Jesus Christ alone as the only way to make peace with God.
Teach these 3 facets of biblical faith to your kids. And then challenge them to take the shield of faith themselves! 🙂
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