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Defending against doubt: Using the shield of faith in tough times

Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian

Title: Defending against doubt: Using the shield of faith in tough times

Lesson Objective: To help young children understand the concept of using their faith as a shield to defend against doubt and tough times.

Introduction: Today, we will learn about how to defend ourselves against doubt and tough times by using the shield of faith. Just like a real shield protects a soldier from a sword, our faith can protect us from doubt and difficult situations.

The Shield of Faith: The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:16 that we should take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. This means that when we have faith in God, we can defend ourselves from anything that tries to make us doubt or feel scared.

Trusting God: God loves us and wants us to trust Him. When we believe in Him and His promises, we can be strong and brave, even when things are tough. Just like a shield protects a soldier, our faith in God can protect us from feeling sad or scared.

Prayer: One way we can strengthen our faith and use it as a shield is through prayer. When we talk to God and ask Him for help, He gives us the strength we need to face tough times. We can also ask God to help us believe in Him and trust His plan for our lives.

Remembering God’s Promises: God has given us many promises in the Bible, such as “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). When we remember these promises and believe in them, our faith becomes like a strong shield that protects us from doubt and fear.

Conclusion: Just like a shield can protect a soldier in battle, our faith in God can protect us in tough times. We can defend against doubt and fear by trusting God, praying, and remembering His promises. With the shield of faith, we can be strong and brave, knowing that God is always with us. Let’s practice using our shield of faith every day and see how it helps us in difficult situations.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective
2. “Strong God” by Meredith Andrews
3. “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music Kids
4. “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the concept of the ‘Shield of faith’ apply to your daily life as a young Christian?
2. Why is it important for young Christians to understand and use the ‘Shield of faith’ in tough times?
3. What does Ephesians 6:16 teach us about the ‘Shield of faith’ and its significance in spiritual warfare?
4. How can you personally strengthen your ‘Shield of faith’ and trust in God during difficult moments?
5. What does 1 John 5:4-5 teach about the power of faith in overcoming doubt and challenges?
6. How does believing in the promises of God and having a strong ‘Shield of faith’ impact your attitude and perspective during trials and tribulations?


– Ephesians 6:16
– Hebrews 11:1
– Romans 10:17
– James 1:6
– Mark 9:24

Object Lesson

Illustration: Defending against doubt: Using the shield of faith in tough times


1. A small shield (e.g. toy shield or cardboard cutout)
2. Labels for the shield: “Faith,” “Trust,” “Belief,” “Hope”
3. Small sticks or branches
4. Paper cutouts of doubt, fear, worry, and negativity
5. A sturdy table or platform


Begin by introducing the concept of the shield of faith to the young children, explaining that just like a shield protects a warrior in battle, faith can help protect them from doubt and fear in tough times.

Show the small shield and attach the labels “Faith,” “Trust,” “Belief,” and “Hope” to it. Explain that these are the qualities that make up the shield of faith.

Then, place the shield on the sturdy table or platform to represent standing firm in faith.

Next, scatter the paper cutouts of doubt, fear, worry, and negativity on the table around the shield.

Ask a few children to come forward and pick up the sticks or branches, representing their own personal struggles or challenges. Encourage them to try and use the sticks to knock the shield down or move it from its position.

As the children try to knock down the shield, explain how faith and trust in God’s promises can help them overcome doubt and fear.

Afterward, have the children safely drop their sticks and pick up the paper cutouts of doubt, fear, worry, and negativity. One by one, have them toss the paper cutouts away from the shield, symbolizing the strength of their faith pushing away negative thoughts.

Close by emphasizing the importance of relying on the shield of faith in tough times and encouraging the children to hold on to their faith and trust in God.

Craft Idea

Craft Idea: Shield of Faith Craft

– Cardboard
– Scissors
– Paint or markers
– Glue
– Decorative materials (such as sequins, stickers, or glitter)

1. Begin by cutting out a shield shape from the cardboard. You can find a template online to use as a guide or freehand draw the shape.
2. Next, use paint or markers to decorate the shield. Encourage the children to be creative and include elements that represent their faith or things that remind them of God’s protection.
3. Once the paint is dry, the children can add embellishments to their shield, such as sequins, stickers, or glitter, to make it shine and stand out.
4. On the back of the shield, have the children write or draw a verse from the Bible that relates to the lesson on defending against doubt and using the shield of faith in tough times. Some suggestions could include Ephesians 6:16, Hebrews 11:1, or Psalm 18:2.
5. Lastly, attach a handle to the back of the shield using glue or tape so the children can hold it.

As the children work on their craft, discuss the lesson on defending against doubt and how the shield of faith can help us in tough times. Encourage the children to share their thoughts and personal experiences. After the craft is completed, have the children hold up their shields and say a prayer together, asking for God’s protection and strength in times of doubt.


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