Are you meeting regularly with a discussion group? If you meet just once a week, you can find all of this week’s discussion questions in one place right here.
How do people try to protect themselves in this life? When have you seen this work, or not?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:10-18a ESV)
What do you think these other defences represent?
What do you think it looks like for someone to “wear” this armour day to day? How does it change them?
Can you identify any ‘chinks’ in your armour? Where are your defences low, and how can you intentionally “take up” God’s armour instead? Pray about this, envisioning yourself actually putting on that armour today as you head into whatever challenge comes next in your day.