“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
• Last week, we covered characteristics mentioned in scripture that we are encouraged to put off:
– Romans 13:12 – cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
– Colossians 3:8 – put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
• One of the reasons we need to put on the armor of God is so that we are able to stand against the wiles, or strategies, of the enemy. (Also refer to Isaiah 54:17 for God’s promise)
• “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
• Verse 12 teaches that our warfare is not against flesh and blood. We are to put ourselves in a posture/position (and uniform) that shows our awareness of warfare.
• The enemy’s ultimate goal is to separate us from the purpose and plan that God has for our life. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
• Opposition is nothing more than opposed position. You are a purpose with a name! Wherever you are sensing the most opposition is likely the place God has called you to be and the enemy is launching his greatest attack against it. God wants to be glorified in your life, that is His ultimate plan for your life.
• If the enemy can mock the Lord through us, if he can misrepresent Christ through us, he is happy to use your life to take the glory of God away. However, men should see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
• 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The enemy can’t devour everybody, so, make up your mind to be one that he can’t devour.
• “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 – The enemy wants us separate from the presence of God which is the master key to life!
• You can walk in righteousness and still be you!
• The the sword of the spirit, the only offensive weapon, with you into prayer. Notice that you are “taking” the sword of the spirit, and the helmet of salvation.
The Helmet of Salvation
What worries you, masters you
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Bless the Lord , O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
• Salvation comes from the greek word soteria which is a benefit package given to the born again.
• One of the most important parts of the armor which protects our head.
• When you put on the helmet of salvation to walk in victory. You don’t put it on to be a victim and walk in defeat. It is for representation of the kingdom.
• Victor or victim are a result of what has overcome. Either you’ve overcome thoughts or thoughts have overcome you.
• Reference Hebrews 2:1-3
• The salvation package of Psalm 103 is found in verses 3-6.
• There is nothing in life worth gaining that would keep your soul from heaven.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”
• You have to always have your helmet on: your salvation.
• Do not neglect your salvation! Refer back to the benefits package from Psalm 103 and remind yourself to bless the Lord.
• Without salvation, how will you escape hell or the warfare that comes at you?
• Put on the helmet of salvation. You can’t do this without the word or by going through the motions.
• The helmet protects your mind from all the thoughts that the enemy would try to plant.
• “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7
• “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
• Whatever you let in your mind, if left there long enough, it takes over. This is why we need the helmet of salvation.