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Summary: TODAY WE ARE LOOKING AT THE LAST TWO PHYSICAL ELEMENTS THAT PAUL LISTS AS THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

EPHESIANS 6:17

I WANT TO BEGIN BY WISHING ALL OF THE FATHER’S PRESENT A VERY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY. I HOPE YOU HAE A GREAT DAY. I REALIZE THAT FOR SOME OF US OUR FATHER’S ARE NO LONGER WITH US, BUT WHAT I’VE FOUND IN MY LIFE IS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME SUCH A WEALTH OF MEMORIES, THAT WHILE I MISS MY FATHER, AT TIMES MORE THAN OTHERS, I HAVE MANY MORE TIMES OF LAUGHTER AND PLEASENTNESS THAT I CAN SHARE WITH OTHERS. I REMEMBER HIM WITH FONDNESS TODAY AND I HOPE YOU CAN REMEMBER YOURS IN THE SAME WAY.

TODAY WE ARE LOOKING AT THE LAST TWO PHYSICAL ELEMENTS THAT PAUL LISTS AS THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.

WHEN PAUL WROTE EPHESIANS HE WAS IN PRISON AND CHAINED TO HIS ROMAN GUARD. THIS ROMAN OFFICER PROBABLY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE AS TO WHAT PAUL WAS THINKING OF, BUT WE CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR PAUL’S CLARITY AND IMAGINATION IN WRITING THIS DESCRIPTION.

THE THING THAT IS SO IMPORTANT IN TALKING ABOUT THE ARMOR OF GOD IS THAT THE PIECES WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT THE CHRISTIAN FROM THE ATTACKS OF SATAN. IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT WE MAY NOT BE AS STRONG IN SOME AREAS OF OUR FAITH AS WE ARE IN OTHERS. THIS IS WHY THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD IS SO IMPORTANT TO US. WHEN WE WEAR IT PROPERLY SATAN WILL HAVE TO GET THROUGH MULTIPLE LAYERS BEFORE HE CAN HURT US. THE SHIELD FOR EXAMPLE COMES BEFORE THE BREASTPLATE, AND HIS DART WILL HAVE TO EVADE BOTH IN ORDER TO PENETRATE INTO OUR LIVES.

LETS TAKE A MINUTE TO REVIEW THE PIECES OR ARMOR THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT:

FIRST IS THE BELT OF TRUTH:

THE TRUTH SPOKEN OF HERE IS THE WORD OF GOD USED IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS AGAINST SATAN. WHEN WE STAND ON THE TRUTH OF THE WORD WE BECOME PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY. WE NEED NOT FEAR THE ATTACK OF SATAN AS THOSE WHO KNOW US AS PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY WILL KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SITUATION.

JESUS SAID:

JOHN 14:6: JESUS ANSWERED, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.

JOHN 8:31-32:

31 TO THE JEWS WHO HAD BELIEVED HIM, JESUS SAID, “IF YOU HOLD TO MY TEACHING, YOU ARE REALLY MY DISCIPLES. 32 THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.”

UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ONLY OCCURS IF WE DO OUR PART AS WELL. WE MUST HOLD TO JESUS’ TEACHING.

THE NEXT PIECE IS THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

THE BREAST-PLATE COVERS THE VITAL ORGANS OF THE BODY BOTH FROM THE FRONT AND THE BACK.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THERE IS NO SPIRITUAL ARMOR TO COVER THE BACK, AND THIS IS NOT THE CASE.

WE MAKE A MISTAKE THINKING THAT SATAN WILL ALWAYS ATTACK IN A FRONTAL MANNER WHICH WE CAN EXPECT AND PREPARE FOR. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN SATAN WILLA TTACK THE CHURCH AND THE INDIVIDUAL FROM DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS IN DIFFERENT WAYS. HE CAN ATTACK USING DIFFERENT PEOPLE, HE CAN EVEN ATTACK THROUGH THE CHURCH.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS HIS GIFT TO US AT CONVERSION, AND THE BREAST-PLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS DEFENDS US WHEN SATAN ATTACKS OUR THOUGHTS AND MAKES US QUESTION OUR OWN SALVATION.


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