Read Genesis 3:1, Ephesians 6:10-12
- What is “our” struggle?
- Why did God create Satan to be more crafty than the rest of creation?
- What is the scripture referring to when it says “this dark world”?
- Do you think this a clear indication that spiritual warfare exists? Why or why not?
- Can we take a stand without the armor of God? Why or why not?
Read Ephesians 6:12-18
- How much effort does it require from us to stand? How much from God? Are both necessary? Why or why not?
- A belt at the time was used to secure a long robe so that material did not go below the knees, allowing for better movement of the legs. Why might the truth be symbolized by a belt?
- Is this speaking of a specific truth or general truth?
- Is there any significance to the placement of the belt?
- Why is the belt mentioned first?
- What is righteousness? Why is it compared to a breastplate?
- Why is it important that our readiness comes from a Gospel of peace?
- Can you give an example of readiness coming from somewhere else?
- Why is readiness compared to footwear?
- Why are we told a specific way we can use faith?
- Is a shield an adequate replacement for any of the other equipment mentioned?
- Is it enough to approach spiritual warfare with only a shield? Why or why not?
- Is the helmet a first line of defense? Why or why not?
- How does that relate to salvation?
- Why call it the sword of the Spirit, and not just the sword?
- Why is prayer not assigned a symbolic piece of armor?
- When should you put your spiritual armor on? Why?
- How can we pray for you?
Need a prayer cue? Try Psalm 86