Every single day each one of us has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts and how Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 that we need to take every one of those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.
The enemy’s number one tactic is to feed our minds lies. Lies that tell us that we’re worthless, we’re not important, nobody likes us, we’ll always be alone, nobody loves us, we’re ugly, we’re a failure, we’re not accepted.
In order to take those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us that we need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and we do that by putting on whole armor of God-God’s fighting suit, that you may be able to stand against the mind schemes of the devil.
In Part 1, we talked about the Belt of Truth and how it is the written word of God. We talked about the breastplate of righteousness and how that is truly understanding our identity in Christ.
Then in Part 2, we talked about the shoes of peace. In the world we live in today, this is so vital! Then the last piece of armor we talked about what the shield of faith.
The next piece of armor that we are going to talk about is the Helmet of Salvation.
That word salvation means so much more than just saved and going to heaven. Salvation means, deliverance, safety, preservation, a sound mind, and healing.
We put on the helmet of Salvation by renewing our mind to the Word of God.
The Roman soldier’s helmet was not just an average helmet, but it was a work of art. They were decorated with very intricate detail. Not only was it engraved with beautiful artwork, but they also had plumes on their helmets that were huge and colorful.
Our salvation is like that! It is a beautiful gift that God has given us!
When we are confident in our salvation…in who God says that we are, people will notice just like they noticed the Roman soldier’s helmet.
When we haven’t renewed our mind to the Word of God, when we don’t know who it is that we are, the enemy is able to cause destruction in our lives.
He is able to steal our blessings. He tells us lies and because we aren’t sure what the Word of God actually says about it, we believe those lies.
The next piece of Armor that we need to put on is the Sword of the Spirit.
Now we talked about how the Belt of Truth is the Word of God…and now it’s saying that the Sword of the Spirit is also the Word of God. What’s the difference?
The difference is this…the Belt of Truth is the written Word of God…your Bible.
Well, the Sword of the Spirit is the revealed Word of God.
Have you ever been reading your Bible or sitting in church and a Bible verse just pops out at you and it just speaks to your heart so strongly? That was a word that was revealed to you. That is the Sword of the Spirit.
Only the rhema or revealed Word of God can run the devil off, not just the written word.
The next piece of armor is the Lance of Prayer and Supplication
Ephesians 6:18-praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Roman soldiers carried lances for long-distance battle. Instead of waiting for the enemy to come upon them, they would throw these lanced and stop the enemy.
Prayer is our long-distance battle weapon.
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