Object Lessons

The Christian Armor

Objects: A Tortoise—a live one, or one from a toy shop. A picture may be used.

Today, boys and girls, we will let Mr. Tortoise give us our object lesson. What an interesting little creature he is! Notice his armor! Yes, this hard case on his back is the armor God has provided for him. When danger is near, or an enemy is about to attack him, he makes use of his armor. If an eagle should descend upon him he finds protection by first drawing in his head, then his feet, and last his tail under this strong canopy. He then looks just like a rock.

Now suppose Mr. Tortoise should one day decide to meet his enemies in his own strength, and instead of making use of the armor God has given him, try to protect himself—what do you suppose would happen? Do you think he would be very victorious in his conflicts? I fear not. How foolish he would be to rely on his own resources, when God has provided such a wonderful protection for him!

The Christian, too, has many dangers to meet as he journeys on toward heaven. There is an enemy also, strong and powerful. This is Satan whose chief delight is to encounter the Christian and cause him to live a defeated Christian life. He is aided in his efforts by hosts of emissaries who act at his bidding. (Explain how boys and girls are tempted to do wrong—disobey parents, steal, etc.)

But God who has so wonderfully provided an armor for Mr. Tortoise, has for the Christian also made ample provision, that he might victoriously meet this terrible enemy, Satan.

In the sixth chapter of the Book of Ephesians, we read about this wonderful armor that every Christian should be wearing. (Eph. 6:10-18.)

First, there is the GIRDLE of truth and BREASTPLATE of righteousness. What a protection His truth and His righteousness are for the body! (John. 14:6, 17:17; Isa. 61:10.)

For the FEET, there are the shoes of the Gospel of peace, (Isa.52:7). For the HANDS, there is the shield of faith, (Rom. 10:17).

The helmet of Salvation is to be worn on the head. What a blessed thing it is to KNOW that one IS saved, (John. 5:24). For the MOUTH, the sword of the Spirit is provided, which is the Word of God. What a complete armor this is!

Ephesians 6:13 says, "Wherefore TAKE unto you the whole armor of God" . . . So the Christian must TAKE this armor by faith—reckon it as yours—thank God for it. He has provided it. It is very costly. The Lord Jesus purchased it for every Christian when He died on the cross. (1 Peter 1:18, 19.)

If you have accepted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, boys and girls, you should be making use of His armor. Like Mr. Tortoise, rely on God's protection for you. Any Christian who makes use of this armor is sure to be victorious over Satan and all his hosts of emissaries. "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the POWER of His might."—Eph. 6:10. Don't rely on your own strength when meeting the enemy,—if you do, like the tortoise, you will only be terribly defeated.

"Now thanks be unto God which ALWAYS causeth us to triumph in Christ."—2 Cor. 2:14.

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