Armor of God Object Lesson

Use oranges and water to demonstrate the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God

On Fridays, I attempt to plan a simple object lesson to go along with Bible study.  Since we have been studying knights of the Middle Ages lately, I thought a lesson on the Armor of God made a nice tie-in.

The lesson is quick, but powerful.

Armor of God Object Lesson


  • two oranges
  • a glass bowl large enough for two oranges to be completely submerged
  • water
  • Bible

Read Ephesians 6:10-17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Lesson

Talk about what each piece of armor stands for and how it helps us stand against the devil.

Ask your children to pretend to put on each piece of armor as you discuss how that particular piece might help them throughout their day.

Place both oranges in the bowl with their “armor” on.  (In other words, keep the skin on both oranges.)  Talk about how the oranges are floating, or “standing firm” in the water.

Little by little, begin peeling away some of the “armor” (skin) of one of the oranges.  You might peel off a chunk and say something like, “Uh oh, this orange forgot to put on his belt of truth.  When someone says something ugly about him today, he might believe it.  If he believes that lie, instead of the truth that he’s wonderfully made, he might not stand as firm in the water.”  Place the orange back in the water and notice that, although it doesn’t sink completely, it begins dipping further in the water than the orange still wearing all its armor.

Use oranges and water to demonstrate the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God

Continue on this way, peeling back a little at a time, talking about a new piece of armor the orange forgot to put on, talking about how that might affect his day, and then placing the orange in the water to see it sink more and more each time.

Use oranges and water to demonstrate the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God

By the time you remove all of the armor, the orange will completely sink.  It is not able to “stand” at all.

Use oranges and water to demonstrate the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God

Challenge your children to think purposefully each day about putting on each piece of armor.  Maybe you could even pretend to put on each piece together every morning.  When I purposefully try to put on my own armor, I know I’m able to stand more firmly against the devil’s wily schemes.  I bet kids can, too!

These are a few resources we’ve enjoyed to reinforce the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God:


  1. says

    Thank you so much! I am such a believer in using object lessons to teach our children. When I started looking for them, I found that God pretty much uses objects lessons whenever He is teaching us spiritual principles–That’s a pretty good indication that it’s an excellent teaching technique. What are some of your favorite sources for object lessons? (I’m always looking for new ideas.) I’ve shared some of my favorite sources for object lessons in my blog post here: Many blessings to you!

  2. says

    Thank you for posting this. This week I am teaching my daughters about the armor of God. I know they will really enjoy this!

  3. TONI says

    Great object lesson. You could also do things to both oranges. to show how we feel attacked at with lying, etc. Maybe pour ciffee grounds over both,, then some food coloring could represent temptation since it can look good. After you have attacked your oranges..ask kids which one they would want to eat…which one was protected. Enjoy.

  4. says

    Love, love, love this idea! We are definitely going to use this!

    Oh and I love Toni’s idea too. This is a recurring theme that we keep coming back to over and over again.

  5. Dana Tramell says

    I love this object lesson about the armor of God. If you are interested in good books about knights and castles I recommend going to Ed Dunlop is an awesome author and his books are amazing!

  6. says

    I am a resident of a nursi g home, where I also teach the elderly Bible Study. I found 20 years ago as a Pastor`s wife, that the elderly respond well to object lessons in our classes. I am teaching on this subject next week & had no object lesson to go with it. Thank you for providing a very clear, mind grasping, & eye catching example to go with my lesson! I will return for others.

  7. Julie Montero says

    Thank you for sharing! I do not have a curriculum this morning so I plan I doing this activity this! Looks like a lot of fun to share with the children. My class ranges around 4-8. I hope the young ones are able to comprehend this lesson!:)

  8. Theresa says

    I don’t have kids but it was a great lesson for me! Even adults need to be reminded to put on their armor as well!!

  9. Arlene says

    What a lovely idea! I have taught this lesson many times in sunday sc jh ool..i even bought the armor on but i love example u give using the orange. It’s so visual and children love this and can relate better to the lesson. Thsnk u, I will b using your idea in the future. Arlene

  10. Nio says

    Thank you!! This will go great for my adult Sunday School class as well. FHE lesson tomorrow is now set.;0)


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