Build Up! Conclusion:Helmet of Salvation, Sword of Truth, and a Warrior Prayer
Ephesians 6:17-19 “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.”
HELMET of SALVATION
The helmet protects the _HEAD____. Inside the head is the _BRAIN/MIND_____.
The mind can often be tricked and even wooed into believing in what sounds good to our brains, which can lead to a belief in _SPIRITS_ and __FALSE__ _RELIGIONS___.
What we really need to know about the Helmet of Salvation:
The context of “salvation”. The words salvation can mean becoming or being “__SAVED___”.
However, in this passage the correct context is talking about _FINAL__ salvation.
I Thessalonians 5 relates to this passage as well. In this part of the book it discusses the time of Jesus’ return and His second coming. Chapter 5 Verse 8 states:
“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
The HOPE of salvation is confidence in the second coming of Jesus and the final defeat of Satan and the forces of evil, the resurrection of the dead, and life in the new heaven and new earth.
Titus 2 also relates when it states “we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
The helmet of salvation is a joyful anticipation of Jesus’ coming and works as a __DEFENSE_that protects against entanglement with ____SPIRITS__ and false religions.
It also protects against ___SECULARISM___.
Wearing our helmets NOW will one day be replaced with a crown.
Revelation 2:26-27 and 3:21 says,
“To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations….just as I have received authority from my Father…To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
SWORD of the SPIRIT
The sword of the spirit is the __WORD__ of ___GOD___. It means your __BIBLE___!
The Word of God can very easily be used as a defensive weapon. Jesus himself set an example of its proper use when he dispelled all three of Satan’s temptations to him in the desert by quoting the words written in the book of ____DEUTERONOMY___.
Jesus consistently fought Satan by saying these three words:
___IT____ ___IS____ __WRITTEN__!
Jesus knew the Bible so well He was able to use it with wisdom and through the strength of the Holy Spirit he could easily recognize what was wrong in Satan’s temptations and slashed them all to pieces.
What We Really Need to Know About the Sword of the Spirit:
The Bible is very ___NEGLECTED___. There are more Bibles in North America than in most places in the entire world. However, they mostly __SIT_ on a __SHELF___!
If Christians are not actively reading the Bible, meditating on the Bible, memorizing the Bible, leading Godly inspired lives…how can they utilize this necessary weapon? How can they win the war?
Psalm 119:11 says “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”
Knowing your Bible and leading your life using the Bible as a guidebook is the way to fight off Satan and his sneaky attacks. Knowing your Bible allows you to fight off Satan’s attack just the way Jesus did!
I Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong!”
2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the word. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
THE FINAL STEP: Be a Prayer Warrior
Think of prayer as a supply line in the battle. It is the perfect way to get fresh supplies. When we pray, we are getting inner nourishment from the diving headquarters. God has no shortage of resources to draw from. Ephesians 3:20 says that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”
Spiritual life __BEGINS__ in prayer and is _SUSTAINED_ through prayer. The more “prayed up” you are, the better equipped you are to defend yourself against Satan. As Christians, we are not lone soldiers, but we are part of God’s ARMY. We must care for our fellow warriors in the struggle as well. Pray for all who are fighting for the Lord along with you. Pray for our church, then our denomination, the church of Jesus all around the world. Eph. 6:18 says “Always keep on praying for all the saints”.
WHO TO PRAY FOR:
~New Christians ~Young Christians ~Christian Parents ~Single Christians ~Middle-Aged Christian ~Elderly Christians ~Christian Teachers ~Christians-Jail ~Christian Farmers ~Christian Factory Workers ~Christian Lawyers ~Christian Doctors ~Christian Widows ~Christian Orphans ~Christian Judges ~Christian Politicians
PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS and CHRISTIAN LEADERS in the Church. PRAY for our PRESIDENT and LEADERS.
HOMEWORK: REMEMBER! Satan and his forces are trying to destroy us. Be strong in the Lord and in His might. Put on the full armor of God. Use the ultimate weapon against Satan, the sword of the Spirit, and don’t neglect your lines of supply and communication. Pray in the Spirit on all occasions.