A good friend of mine in my Seminary program is writing an original curriculum for kiddos about the Armor of God. As I have been evaluating it for our class, I realized that some days I leave mine hanging in the closet. Leaving the Armor of God hanging in our closet is like leaving our coat and gloves at home and wearing shorts and a tank top when there is 6 feet of snow. It is an all around bad idea!
Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us clear instructions on how to prepare for daily battle: "A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and unseen authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. Forshoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle, you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times, and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere."
As Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesians, he was in chains. Literally bound up in evil for doing the will of God. Yet, he wore his armor of God boldly, and continually encouraged his brothers and sisters in Christ. There will be some days on this journey of adoption that we feel the heat of the devil's arrows; indeed, some were fired at us this week. He does not want our children to come home, he does not want God's plan for us to succeed, yet it will. IF we put on our Armor!
Here are some fun coloring and activity pages for your kiddos about the Armor of God...teach them early! Make it their favorite piece of clothing...like that one they wear even when it is dirty and stinky! http://www.coloring.ws/armor.htm