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How many of you have watched a Major League Baseball game? What is some of the equipment that baseball players need?
One player on the team — the catcher — has some very special equipment. The catcher is in a very dangerous spot right behind the batter and needs certain equipment for protection. A face mask, a chest protector, a catcher’s glove, and shin guards.
The mask protects the catcher's face from foul tips or pitches that might get past the glove. The glove protects the hand from balls. The chest protector protects the middle part of the body. Finally, the catcher wears shin guards to protect the knees and legs. No catcher would ever think of going into the game without this protective equipment.
The Bible teaches us that you and I need protection in our lives, too. The Bible calls it the armour of God, which protects us from Satan's evil plans to hurt us. What kind of protection does the Bible say that we need?
Let’s go through each piece together in Ephesians 6:
The belt of truth: The Bible tells us that God’s enemy, Satan, is the "father of lies," but Satan can never win if we will hold onto the truth that Jesus is Lord.
The breastplate of righteousness: Satan can never harm us when we choose to do what God says is right.
Feet fitted with the gospel of peace: Satan tries to create worry and confusion in our lives, but knowing Jesus brings peace.
The shield of faith: Satan will try to plant seeds of doubt in our hearts and minds, but those seeds of doubt can never take root if we have faith in Jesus.
The helmet of salvation: Jesus came from heaven to earth to save us from the evil one. If we choose to follow Jesus, we will win the battle against Satan.
The sword of the Spirit: the Bible, God's holy Word, is a powerful weapon against Satan.
Just as a catcher needs protective equipment, Christians need all the protection God has given us. Remember, Satan cannot harm us when we put on the "full armour of God."
Dear God, thank You for the protection that You have given us against the evils of this world and Satan’s plans to harm us. Help us to always remember to put on every piece of your armour. In Jesus’ name, amen.