This is the passage we discussed on Sunday:
Put on the belt of truth, because you need to know what God says about child rearing. The truth will set you free to raise children to godliness to bless them to the fourth generation. The belt of truth keeps your toga and all other distractions from hindering you from moving in God’s perfect plan. The truth organizes your life so that you can move around the battlefield and ensure your children learn God’s truth and be ready to raise their own children when they launch from home. The belt of truth equips you to deal with the lies, the deceptions, the relativity and compromises of the devil and the world. Only God’s belt of truth equips you to discern righteous thoughts, words and actions. The belt of truth gives you discernment to know when to discipline and how to discipline children. It gives you discernment to know what their real needs and desires are.
Put on the breastplate of righteousness, because it directs your thoughts, words and actions to reflect the holy standards of Jesus Christ. When you put it on, you are affirming that you will run from sin and pursue righteousness, holiness and truth, instead of compromising in the world. The breastplate guards the heart from where all sorts of sinful tendencies arise. The breastplate helps you model holiness for your children and give them something to reflect in their life as they learn about God’s Word.
Put on the shield of faith, because every step is observed by the enemy and he is going to send fiery darts at you to neutralize you in the battle. He doesn’t want you teaching your children truth. He wants you distracted thinking the children will figure it out for themselves. The enemy wants you isolated so you can’t interlock your shield with others in order to work together to raise godly children. Use that shield of faith to ward off every demonic attack to steal the hearts of your children.
Use the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, because that is God’s weapon to fight for the sake of your children. Do not let anyone pull your children away from God’s truth. Do not let your children wander off God’s path. You blaze the trail with God’s sword. You ensure the path is clear when you lead your family through the valley of the shadow of death. That sword will protect you and your children need to learn how to use the sword well. They need to learn every book of the Bible, promises to claim when they face trouble and passages of Scripture that will give them comfort and confidence as they launch into life.
I’ve only scratched the surface of applying the armor of God to raising children. This is the intention of the Message Based Discussion Questions. We need to discuss how to take the “what” of learning in Scripture and apply it to the “how” and “why” for living. How would you use the armor? How would you use it in marriage? Work? With neighbors?