The Devil is real. He is a bad angel
that God threw out of heaven. He is invisible to us because he is an angel.
Angels are only seen by us when God wants us to see them. The Devil also goes by
the name Satan or Lucifer. He is the worst angel of them all. He wants to hurt
us and cause us to do bad things. He is constantly after us. He wants us to stop
following Jesus and sin. He will lie and try to trick us.
God is able to defend us from the attacks of Satan. God wants us to put on the
armor of God for protection from the Devil. Armor is special clothing we wear
for extra protection from danger. Now the Apostle Paul was speaking of armor
that a Roman soldier wore. Since we don't see Roman soldiers anymore, let's look
at this toy,
to see what kind of armor to wear.
The first part of armor that is named is the belt. That is the belt of TRUTH (place label that says TRUTH across the belt). We need to always tell the truth. The second piece of armor is the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS (place label that says BE GOOD on front panel). That is a big word that means "being good." We can't be good on our own, but when we ask Jesus to be our Savior, he gives us his goodness. That protects our heart. The next piece of armor is shoes (place label that says PEACE). Our feet should be ready to take us to tell others the good news about Jesus.
Buzz Lightyear has a star cruiser for a SHIELD (place label that says FAITH). Our faith in God is our shield from Satan's laser beams of evil. Now let's look at the helmet (place the label that says SALVATION). Our salvation from Jesus marks us as belonging to Him and protects our mind and thoughts. Buzz has an invisible light beam for a SWORD (place label that says BIBLE near his hand or wings). Our light sword is the Word of God, the Bible. God's Word is the truth and it always defeats Satan. Our secret weapon is PRAYER. We can always pray about everything and God will protect us.
With Jesus as our Savior, we will live forever. So now that we have on our armor, let's say what Buzz says whenever he is ready to take off on his next adventure: (Have the children say it aloud) On the count of three, ready? 1-2-3 "To infinity and beyond!"
song to sing in the service near the children's sermon might be "Onward,
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