When Pastor John was growing up he had an
imaginary friend named Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey's point of view!
The two armies faced each other in the morning light ready for the battle to come.
The soldiers nervously checked their weapons. No one had slept the night before but that didn't matter. When the time came to fight, sleep would be the furthest thing from their minds.
There were gaps in the infantry lines where the tanks could charge forward protecting the men and leading the charge that was just minutes away.
A good distance behind the tanks and the lines of the soldiers, the cannons with their muzzles pointed to the sky waited for the signal to let loose. The noise and thunder that would tell the men the battle had begun.
No one moved. The battlefield was silent. There was only one person who could either begin the battle or spare the nervous soldiers.
Joey pulled another handful of the plastic army men from the newly-opened box and placed them behind the dining room table leg. He grabbed a handful of rubber bands and got ready for the single shot that would begin a war.
"Time for dinner!"
"MOM!! I'm just..."
"We went through this last night dear. Remember delayed obedience..."
"...is disobedience. Yeah, I know. I know" Joey said under his breath.
He stood up and headed towards the kitchen, carefully avoiding the armies spread out silently waiting on the living room floor.
Ephesians 6 says that God loves us enough to give us protection against the enemies we face every day. The kind of enemies that make us sad and angry and keep us from loving God and each other.
Like not obeying Dad or Mom.
Like telling just a eensie weensie teensie little lie because it won't hurt anyone.
Like borrowing your sister's shoes without asking.
Our enemy Satan is smart enough to know these things will hurt us. But God is even smarter and knows how to protect us with all the battle armor we need to be safe. He always has a way to protect those that He loves.
Read Ephesians 6:13-17
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
What is our Body Armor?
A belt of truth - Always listen to what Jesus has to say so your pants don't fall down.
Question: How do I know I am hearing Jesus and not the enemy?
Chest protector of righteousness - Protect your heart by doing right things.
Question: What are some right things I can do to protect my heart?
Good boots - You can go anywhere when you have the good news of peace with God.
Question: Is it easier to share good news or bad news? The more good news you have
the more people will want to talk to you and the more places you can go!
Sturdy shield of faith - Believing God's plan is always on course for you will protect every part of you from any weapon.
Question: How can we build better shields of faith to keep away the doubts?
Helmet of salvation - When we believe in Jesus we know He will never leave us and we will always have hope.
Question: Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart?
A good sword - inside our Bibles is the power to fight back and win, not just play defense. Why? Because the words come alive by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Question: Do you learn verses from the Bible to help you fight the enemy?
COME SUNDAY MORNING FOR MORE!!!!