Armor of God Object Lesson

Armor of God Object Lesson | Our Journey Westward

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.

Materials:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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!

Cindy

21 thoughts on “Armor of God Object Lesson

  1. Stacey

    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: http://turning-our-hearts.blogspot.com/2011/11/family-time-training-effective-tool-for.html. Many blessings to you!

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  4. TONI

    Great object lesson. You could also do things to both oranges. to show how we feel attacked at times..like with lying, etc. Maybe pour ciffee grounds over both,, then some food coloring..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.

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  6. Heather

    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.

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  9. Dana Tramell

    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 talesofcastles.com. Ed Dunlop is an awesome author and his books are amazing!

  10. OrgangrinderLena Bowers

    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.

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