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Are You Wearing God’s Helmet?

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Are You Being Protected by God's Helmet of Salvation?

Are You Being Protected by God’s Helmet of Salvation?

We are now ready for the fifth piece of God’s armor as explained in Ephesians 6:10-17–the Helmet of Salvation. For the previous article on the Armor of God, click here.  The most obvious purpose of the Roman’s helmet was to protect the head. Most of the helmets were constructed of metal and sometimes included two additional pieces: a protective plate for the cheeks and a metal piece to cover the back of the neck.

But how is the helmet linked to salvation? First of all, we need to acknowledge that our minds are modern day battlefields. How well we perform at renewing our minds with God’s Word will determine whether we are wearing the helmet or not. First Thessalonians 5:8-9 offers insight:

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

You probably have noticed when watching biblical movies depicting brutal war scenes that the last piece of armor to put on was the helmet–only then was the soldier considered ready for battle. Not wearing the helmet would of been a fatal mistake.

Like the helmet, our salvation is supposed to be impenetrable, but only when we put it on. Think of salvation as an ongoing state of being, rather than one event in time. The connection between the helmet and salvation reveals to us that Satan’s blows are meant to destroy the Christian’s confidence and security in Christ. Like a helmet that continually protects, we must also continually protect our brains from worldly influences. Philippians 2:12 says,

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Hope. Sacrifice. Salvation

In the spiritual realm, we must be continually cultivating our faith. This ‘working out’ our salvation  shields the mind from attacks of confusion that would cause a Christian to remain in a state of doubt and deception.  When we’re working out our faith, God will reward such faith. The helmet also offers hope – hope that originates from our heavenly Father doesn’t break or decay. God’s form of hope is permanent, unlike worldly hope that is fleeting– His promise of salvation is also permanent– made possible only by the sacrifice that Jesus made. Lastly, Jesus’ sacrifice also is permanent. It will never become irrelevant or obsolete. Hope, Sacrifice and Salvation are three sure treasures that won’t disappoint. Put your faith into what is the only sure thing, because He is the way, the Truth, and the Light.

Faith Helmets

However,  we run the risk, when not wearing our faith helmets to be blindsided by discouragement and doubt. One way Satan does this is by bringing to the surface all that is wrong or negative in our lives. This has the potential to cause us to lose our confident (trust) in our heavenly Father. Wearing our spiritual helmets is vital for protecting our brains, which is the control center for our bodies. By wearing the Helmet of Salvation we are better protected to survive, and spiritually speaking, to be victorious against Satan’s attacks. God will enable us to reject doubts that arise in the circumstances of our lives and will reward our faith with more faith.

Salvation as a Treasure

An aspect of our helmet of salvation is that when we perceive our salvation as a treasure, we more often tend to live a life pleasing to the Lord. This zeal for the Lord extinguishes many of Satan’s fiery darts. But how can we keep our zeal without working out our salvation? When we’ve programed our minds to think on God’s Word and simultaneously work out our salvation on a daily basis, we deliberately choose to wear our helmets–and this honors Christ. (Philippians 4:8).

Pray this prayer for the Helmet of Salvation and as you pray, visually picture yourself putting God’s Helmet of Salvation on your head.

 Lord Jesus Christ

Protect me from those who plan evil against me.

Your Word says in Psalm 140:7: “O LORD, my Lord, my strong deliverer, you have covered my head in the day of battle. I trust that You will stand by me. Help me to take every “proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God” captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Help me to fix my thoughts on You and to the honorable task of working out my faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

A Prayer of Praise to God, Our Defender

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Lord,

As I grow to know You, the more I appreciate You. As the apple of Your eye (Psalm 17:8), You have kept me from being swallowed by the raging waters of overwhelming circumstances and from people who despise me. Out of immense care, You have made a way of escape, a way through to victory. You are my Defender. You did not leave me defenseless. People may leave me, but You will never quit on me. And Your protection is limitless; it has no boundaries. Thank You for being my Defender. Use any pain or suffering I endure to teach me spiritual lessons to that it makes me into a better servant for You. Let me be a praising person who never forgets what You have done, or will do, telling others so they will see Your mighty hand at work and praise Your name (Matt.5:16).

Lord, show me the areas I am vulnerable to attacks by Satan so I can arm myself with Your Word. Continue to develop my level of trust in You so I remain firmly rooted in my faith. With Your defensive help, I will prevail over my enemy-Satan. Like You did for the Israelites, keep Your eye upon me. Because You were on their side, I can trust that You are for me, too. Thank You for being my Defender. Amen.

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The Unseen Commander-(The Pharaoh’s Downfall)

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Rulers who govern with an evil scepter will one day end.

“For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations”

(Psalm 22:28).

What is it about the amusement we receive from watching ungodly people in positions of power and authority fall? We saw this with the former commander and dictator, Saddam Hussein, of Iraq and the head of the al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and other rulers in recent months.

In the Old Testament there were several evil rulers who wouldn’t listen and alter their minds or decisions in light of God’s authority and might. Their hearts were hardened by their own proud estimation of themselves.

When God sent Moses to go before Pharaoh and request that he let the Hebrew slaves go, Pharaoh gave it no attention. He saw himself as the supreme commander and ruler and even claimed himself to be a god. The Pharaoh didn’t give the Hebrew God much credibility. After all, how could their God be powerful if His own people were lowly slaves?

Pharaoh’s doubt in a God above himself boosted his own confidence and he put some of this confidence in the strength of his army. Moses’ efforts to speak God’s truth to the Pharaoh at first failed, but in the end, God prevailed. The Pharaoh had to learn God’s truth the hard way. The death of his young son with the tenth plaque made his life uncomfortable, and he conceded, but only briefly. After letting his slaves go, His pride resurfaced again. God had to strike that final blow to his trusted army, by drowning them in the Red Sea.

As God did then and still does today–He maintains control over earthy rulers. He sees their evil deeds and it will only prevail as long as God allows.

In Psalm 125:3 it says, “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous…” A scepter is a rod or a staff symbolizing authority. In other words, God will not allow ungodly rulers to reside and maintain authority in the land he designated for His people indefinitely.

Nations and rulers continue to rise and fall as we have seen in recent years in the Middle East. There will be a day in which God will allow them to stumble and eventually fall. But He, at a time only He determines will execute His judgment and eradicate those with a scepter of evil. We can trust our God on this truth. Because He never changes He is completely trustworthy, consistent, and steadfast.

Blessings,

Lisa

What Fear Have You Conquered?

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What fear have you conquered?

What fear have you conquered?

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you” (Deu. 31:6).

 Sometimes to find victory in our lives we have to push forward despite our fears. The Israelites had trouble with this concept when they failed to trust God to allow Moses to lead them into the promise land. Their fear and lack of trust stopped them in their tracks –for 40 years!

  As a result, God allowed them to wander in the wilderness until the older, disobedient generation died. As they waited out the years, the younger generation was taught to obey God’s laws, and by the time they were adults they understood that faith in God and submission to his commands brought victory. But the opposite proved true as well. Disbelief and disobedience brought misfortune and heartbreak.

  When the next generation became adults they were ready to move into the promise land. Moses had died and his successor was Joshua. We know that Joshua had complete trust in God, but even he had fears to confront when he led 2 million people to conquer their enemies and claim a new land.

  Most of us have confronted some kind of fear in our lives. And sometimes this fear is simply the fear of the unknown. This is especially true if we leave God out of our fearful situations. New challenges often bring apprehension; Joshua knew this feeling well. He was overwhelmed by the task God charged him with. After all, he had big shoes to fill. Moses had stood before the Pharaoh of Egypt and requested to free God’s people. Now that was brave and courageous!

 Fear also rises up within us when we harbor doubt about ourselves. It’s possible, Joshua even doubted his abilities to get God’s job done. But, God comforted Joshua. “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them…” (Joshua 1:5-6 NKJV). Joshua moved forward, trusting in faith.

  I think it’s still reasonable to still have some degree of fear even when moving in faith. Faith is believing that God will do what He says He will do.  He may not remove all fear, but God will comfort and reassure us, so in our humanity we don’t allow our fear to completely stop us. But faith is taking God at His Word, knowing that if He says He is with us, like He told Joshua, then He is with us, too, in all our fearful situations.

  Think back to one fearful situation you had. Did your fear prompt your heart to seek God for assurance and affirmation–to ask Him to go with you despite your fear? Without God our new challenges can be frightening, but with God they can lead us into a new journey that leads to victory.

 On Wednesday, I’ll share how fear and a lack of my understanding of God’s nature stopped me from taking the next step in a career path that left me with a season of regret.

Since my website and blog is new, I would really enjoy hearing about a fearful situation you experienced and how you pushed through to victory with God. Below is a from to submit your story ­–and I promise I will reply. Connecting with you is important to me. Thanks! 

  Blessings,

Lisa