Which spiritual disciplines did you practice this week and what did you learn or notice?
1. Why do you think Eph. 6:13 instructs us to put on every piece of God’s armor? What happens if we only ‘armor up’ in some areas?
2. The first part of the armor is the belt of truth. What un-truths (lies) does the world or Satan try to use to hinder you?
- Money buys happiness
- Follow your heart/do what’s right for you
- The sin you are in is too hard to overcome
- No one cares about you/No one understands
- Life with god is boring
- Church isn’t important
- You can follow God later in life
- You have to be perfect
3. What are some weak spots in your breastplate of righteousness- or ways that you aren’t living righteously?
4. How can the ‘gospel of peace’ protect you against the devil’s attacks?
- Evangelism- sharing the gospel ignites your fire for God
- If we have peace with God, and don’t let anything come between us (like sin), then we know his voice, are more likely to turn to him, etc..
- 1 Cor. 14:33 tells us God is a God of peace, not confusion/disorder. We can better recognize what is God and what is not when we know Him personally through the Gospel promise.
5. What are some areas where you have a difficult time trusting God/having faith?
6. How can your story of salvation (or your testimony) protect you against Satan’s attacks?
- Your testimony is how you’ve experienced God personally.
- No one can argue that
- Remembering God’s previous work helps you trust his future work
- Experiencing God is how you know He is real and what He is like
7. The Sword of the spirit is the only offensive piece of the armor- the other elements are a strong defense. How does Scripture allow you to fight against Satan?
This week, read through Ephesians 6:10-20 each day. Ask God to show you the areas you are weak and vulnerable to attack. Begin fortifying those areas and be ready to share what you learned next week!