This week we are working on the Armor of God for the girls JBQ (Junior Bible Quizzing) questions.
Sorry we missed yesterday. Life happens and I had a little one with strep throat but today we are back to it.
This afternoon we are talking about the Belt of Truth and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In Ephesians 6:14, it tells us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” and Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
What piece of armor holds a very crucial weapon for the Roman solider? A Belt! If the solider didn’t have his belt on, he most likely didn’t have his sword with him.
Buckling truth around you everyday means not conforming to this world, like Romans 12:2 states. It means having your sword with you, which is the word of God. The Bible is God’s Holy Word. Everything that is written in that book is true. There are no lies in the Bible. By having these two pieces of armor, you are able to stand firm against Satan and his lies.
What could be some lies that Satan wants us to believe?
It’s alright to lie, cheat, steal, hurt someone, be selfish, be mean to others, not obey and respect our parents.
What helps us to know what is true and what are lies? The word of God!
A sword is sharp and strong. That’s exactly why God’s word is called a sword, because it is strong to defeat the lies of Satan and it is sharp enough to teach our hearts what we need to learn.
“God’s words give us strength, they help us to make good decisions, they help us get closer to God, and they help us know how to treat others. They can encourage us and even be like food to us because they give us strength.”
Again we are using construction paper. (Construction paper is cheap and you can do anything with it 🙂 )I had the kids pick out the color they wanted their belt to be and then fold the construction paper into columns, next they cut down the folded crease. We then stapled the strips together around their waist. We also printed out a letter T and colored it, to remind us what the belt stands for.
Right after construction paper, cardboard is my next item I like to use for crafts (Simple is better for the ages I’m working with).
For our swords I used a diaper box. I traced out a sword then cut it out with a box cutter. We wrote the words, Word of God, then had the kids color them (my girls love to color).
I hope you join us tomorrow as we work on the Shield of Faith and Readiness that comes from the gospel of peace worn on our feet.