Armor of God-Day 8
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6: 17-18
I am so glad you’ve joined us for our last day of our armor of God devotion. Last time, we learned about the shield of faith and how it defends us from the fiery darts the devil loves to launch at us. Today, we will be looking at the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.
Helmets are designed to protect our heads. Being the last piece of armor to put on, the soldier understood the importance of tightly buckling on his helmet. He knew it was an essential defense against the enemy. One blow to the head and all the rest of the armor becomes pretty useless.
Our salvation is our defense against the attacks of the enemy. In Christ, we are covered by the blood and protected, but we must stand and believe that we belong to Christ. He has delivered us from sin and cleansed us from our sinful nature. Not that we are yet perfect, but that our perfect Savior has taken our punishment and paid our debt.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1: 13-14
We must be on guard against what we allow through our helmets. Television, entertainment, worldly wisdom can deceive and infiltrate our minds. We must be discerning and careful with what we choose to entertain…not only outside influences but the lies of the enemy that make us question who God is and who we are in Him! Christ transforms our thinking. The helmet filters the lies through the truth, and we can fight those that come against us with the sword of the spirit…the one and only offensive piece of armor in our arsenal.
Just like soldiers in Bible times, we need to know and understand how to wield our swords. Practice and training strengthened soldiers so they were prepared for battle. Christians, too, must know and understand how brandish their sword…the sword of the Spirit…the Holy Scriptures.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4: 12
God’s word brings conviction, comfort, and guidance to believers. It reveals our weaknesses and encourages us in godliness and unity with one another. It reveals the hearts and motives of those who hear it.
The Holy Spirit will use the word of God to strengthen us to fight the battles in our lives. Wisely, we must confront the evil in our world with truth of the word. The more we understand the word of the Lord, the better prepared we are against the schemes of the enemy.
Lastly, we must pray on all occasions. Prayer aligns our hearts with the Father’s. Through the blood of His Son, we are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness and holiness. Our prayers are carried to the throne room where Jesus is ever interceding on our behalf. Prayer sets our armor, arranges our hearts, and directs our minds with the will of God. With obedience, truth, and righteousness, prayer allows Christians to receive orders and to go about the business of God…
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
Questions to Ponder:
What is something that you have let past your helmet that you know is not good for you?
What is one thing you can do today to be in God’s word?
What do the following verses say about prayer: Philippians 4: 6, 1 Timothy 2: 1-4,
Matthew 26: 41