This time I wanted to do something I’ve never done before & that’s to share my bible study with you. My aim is to share it with you as we go through them in our bible study group, I will share the questions asked in the study & the answers I gave.The book will have lots of info that I won’t be posting because of copyright, so I do recommend that you get yourself a copy. We have a week to do the study at home & then we come together & go through it together as a group study.
One thing I’ve realised about myself is that I struggle to open my bible at random & read but if I’m working through a study book, it’s easier for me. I feel the study we have just started is going to be a difficult one to go through but I also feel it’s an essential study for every Christian, after all, we all need the amour of God.
The Amour of God
Ephesians 6:10-18 The Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I highlighted this piece out of the book because I wanted it to stand out, so I thought I’d share it with you –
Week 1 –
- Where do you think evil originates?
- What is your understanding of the devil/the adversary/satan?
Satan is an arrogant creature, who wanted all the power & worship God has & because he can’t have it, he changed tack & is trying to take as many of Gods children as he can.
2 – Read Matthew 4:1-11.
- What lies behind each of these temptations?
- They are all appealing to human need – hunger, importance, possessions.
- What similar temptations do people give in to in todays society & what sort of person might such temptations appeal to?
- Unhealthy foods, pornography, drugs, alcohol, gambling, theft, betrayal, lies. They appeal in some form to all humans.
3 – Read Ephesians 6:12
- What are we up against according to Ephesians 6:12?
- We are up against the devil, his dark forces & their mind tricks.
- Are any of your answers also covered by question 2?
- Satan will try literally anything to distract, tempt & cause us to sway from God (I nearly didn’t do this post for today, I started to work on one that would have taken me ages & this one wouldn’t have been done, it’s the subtle distractions that are the worst because they are not always noticed for quite a while).
4 – Read Ephesians 6:10-14
- Find the references to ‘stand’ in Ephesians 6:10-14. Explore the differences between what it is ‘to stand’ & ‘to fight’.
- To stand – strong in faith & who we are in God, know the truth of Gods love.
- To fight – There is a time for fighting for what is right & for those who can’t fight for themselves but there’s always a risk of becoming angry & wanting to lash out & that’s exactly what the devil wants us to do! Pray to God for help & guidance in these situations – He knows what He’s doing).
5 – Note the two references to the ‘full amour of God’ (in these same verses).
- What does this tell us & what is our responsibility?
- To be more aware of our thoughts, words & actions, not forgetting those around us may be used to trip us up, no matter what relationship we have with them. Satan will use anyone!
6 – Read Colossians 2:8 – (When I came to this question, I should’ve read the verses around this verse because my answers changed when we read the verses around it during the study, I don’t think I like the answers I originally gave but I never wrote down my new answers, so here’s my original ones!)
- A soldier does not want to be taken captive. What does Paul warn us about how we might be taken captive in Colossians 2:8 & How might this happen in twenty-first-century life?
- Don’t get wrapped up in Easter or Christmas earthly traditions – remember their origins. Elemental forces – sayings like – thank mother nature/mother earth, isn’t mother nature/mother earth beautiful – paganism?!
7 – Read 2 Kings 6:15-17 – (here’s another one where I should have read more verses)
- Do you need to ‘see’ a different perspective?
- I used to see rows & circles of warriors of fire when I used to pray with focus for Gods protection on anything or anyone! Gods protection is everywhere, all the time, helping us & protecting us. All we have to do is ask for it & it is ours!
- How easy do you find it to stand firm & what areas do you find most difficult?
- Right now, it’s not so easy. Richards health is where I struggle the most & where I lose my resolve the quickest!
The reason for reading more verses around the one relating to a question is to get a better understanding & to get context.
There is personal application bit at the end of each week & it’s to help us with the week ahead –
Well, that was my 1st weeks study for The Amour of God.
- ~what question would you struggle with?~
- ~what would your answers be?~
I hope you're having an amazing week.
Bye for now.
3 thoughts on “Bible study – The Armour of God – Week 1”
When it comes to doing the work of the devil, coming under the influence of demons etc, I think it’s interesting to see that “devil”=diabolos, which means “slanderer” in classical Greek. It’s used this way in reference to people who are gossips in 1Tim3:11, Tit 2:3, 2Tim3:3. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren in Rev12:10. So when I look at the armour of God it tells me that the devil used to be able to accuse people of violating God’s will and therefore able to keep hold of them when they died. But because of the resurrection of Jesus that hold on my life is not available to him anymore. It’s the truth I have as a belt, it’s a helmet that takes captive every lie given by any gossips who might slander me. My shield of faith is as solid as the God who gave it to me on the first day I believed. Every day I know I am a believer in Jesus is a day I am wearing all the armour. The gossips and slanderous speakers against me will never prevail because I belong to my God who is well able to keep me.
And I think any Christian can stand against any demon because of the armour they put on when they got saved. Telling people to put on the armour of God is, in my view, the same as telling people to get saved by becoming a believer.
Ephesians 6 doesn’t mention Satan as such. It talks about “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. ” This is not a topic of the Bible that is explained by most preachers but the Bible does tell us how these heavenly beings came to have the areas of authority that they were given by God. Our God is the almighty and one that is to be worshipped, but there’s a divine council in the spiritual realm and many beings are in it. They are referred to by various names in the Bible.
The rulers and principalities of the earth got given the nations they rule over by God. See Deuteronomy 32 where this is described, how God gave himself Jacob as his allotted heritage and the other divine beings got all the other nations to watch over and rule. The other “sons of God”, (principalities and rulers of the earth) didn’t do their job so well and decided to get those they ruled to worship them rather than the Most High.
Deut 32:8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
We can read God’s response to what these other rulers and principalities are doing in Psalm 82:1,2
1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?
It’s worth thinking about these rulers and principalities of darkness. They got banished from being able to speak to God Most High and God has every intention of removing the nations from them. Until then we are the ones with the gospel to give to those ruled by a very real authority that has now been broken whenever a person decides to believe and enter the kingdom of God.
So that’s where I see evil coming from and the hearts of those who don’t mind following another god.
For your Q1 about who is Satan you might find this article is worth reading. It looks at 14 things that the Bible says about him.