Helmet of Salvation

27 04 2015

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Verse 17 of Ephesians 6 begins with: Take the Helmet of

Salvation. This is a mouthful…and very necessary. All of the

armor stems from this Helmet. Salvation only comes

through Jesus. We need this to be able to fight the enemy.

Actually, when you come to Jesus, satan becomes your foe. I

don’t want to discourage you from coming to Jesus. In the

long run, it’s worth it. Eternal life. That’s the blessing of

coming and accepting Jesus as your Savior. We deserve

death. We deserve hell. But Jesus took all our sin and shame

on the cross for us. And to clinch it all, He rose again to

prove we will live with Him on High. Thank You, Jesus! So,

when the Bible says Helmet of Salvation, it is saying put

Jesus on. Accept Him. So, let me urge each and every one of

you to come to Jesus today. Come to the foot of the cross and

accept Him as your Savior today.

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Shield of Faith

22 04 2015

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We now go to Ephesians 6:16 – The Shield of Faith. Take up

the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the

flaming arrows of the evil one. Let’s begin with faith. What is

faith? Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things

hoped for. In my words, faith is believing and expecting God

to come through.


Next, who is the enemy? We have talked about this before.

The enemy is satan and his domain. You accept Jesus, he

goes to war against you. He is not happy that he lost you. He

will be throwing things in your way. That’s why you need

that shield of faith. Your faith in God. Expecting God to come

through every time. Don’t waver. Don’t let doubt come in.

Sometimes He comes through in ways you never expected. I

think that sometimes He laughs when He surprises us in

how He comes through. But, the thing here is to keep that

shield up. Keep your faith up. When those thoughts come in,

say God is going to come through. I believe Him. You can’t

have me, satan! Another thing when you can’t think of

anything else to say when he’s throwing dart after dart at

you…JESUS! Believe me, that works! So let’s go out with our

shields in place.

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Gospel of Peace

17 04 2015

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Ephesians 6:15 says: Having shod your feet with the

preparation of the gospel of peace. Shod is wearing footgear;

shoes. I have pictured here the Roman soldier shoes. It is

very interesting that they did not wear boots, but sandals. I

can see that you would have to get used to them on the

terrain. No good cushioned shoes. All I can say is Sore Feet.

But, there were also nails in the bottom of the shoes as studs

to prevent slipping.


As Christians, we also need special shoes. The readiness

comes from the Gospel of Peace. Christians are in the

spiritual warfare battle both with the inner peace Jesus has

already given and with the desire to produce that peace in

the hearts of others. This can only happen as they share this

gospel of peace” with those who have not yet heard and

accepted it. When the enemy offers false peace, we can stand

up to him. The sandals show we are ready to go out. Feet is

willingness to go out and share. 

 

So let me encourage you to go out with the Gospel in the

Peace that passes all understanding that comes from Jesus.





Breastplate of Righteousness

13 04 2015

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Next comes the Breastplate of Righteousness. I will continue

with the armor of the Roman soldier. A soldier wore a

breastplate made of bronze. It covered the vital organs,

especially the heart, and it was fitted with loops or buckles

that attached it to a thick belt. If the belt was loosened, the

breastplate slipped right off.

The Breastplate of Righteousness refers to the righteousness

purchased for us by Jesus at the cross. It is specially

designed by God to protect our heart and soul from evil and

deception. The Breastplate of Righteousness has Christ’s

name stamped on it.

We need our breastplate of righteousness in place in order

to gain the victory and to keep our eyes on Jesus in order to

keep our Breastplate on. So today, let us put on our

Breastplate.





Belt of Truth

12 04 2015

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Today we will begin our armor with the Belt of Truth from

Ephesians 6:14. Now what exactly is that? We will begin with

the Roman belt as worn at that time. The belt was used to

hold the soldier’s clothing to keep it from flapping around to

allow freedom of movement. It was also used to strengthen

and support the body and help hold the breastplate up. The

sign of the Christian soldier is the truth of God that holds

everything together. Only God can possess and give enough

pure truth to embrace all men. Only God can can share the

truth of abundant and eternal life. Also, Jesus said He was

the Truth. So, what is the Belt of Truth? It is the Belt of

Jesus, for Jesus is Truth. It holds up the breastplate, which

will be brought up in tomorrow’s devotion. So, let’s put on

our belts.





Stand Firm

11 04 2015

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Verse 14 of Ephesians 6 begins with Stand Firm. Now, didn’t

Apostle Paul just say to stand? Why is he repeating it here? I

believe it is because we have a tendency to quit. Quitting is

not an option in the Army of God. So this statement is

repeated. We need to continue standing as if our feet are in

concrete. Don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Stand

your ground. So today, let’s keep on standing.





Stand Against Your Enemy

10 04 2015

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Ok. It’s time to put our armor on. Why? Evil is all around us.

We need to be able to stand. That means never give up. Keep

on keeping on. Don’t look back. What’s done is done. There

is nothing we can do about that. But we need to face our

enemy. That’s why I say don’t give up. He is coming at us

with both barrels, and we need to know how to do that. But

after we have done all, keep standing your ground. No

retreat. We are not going to surrender. We are in God’s

army! So let’s get ready to fight. Let’s stand our ground. We

are not moving!