This week I wrapped up my study through Ephesians and the “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer. I have absolutely loved this study. Each week the topic hit right at home for different things I have been experiencing in my life. This week we actually talked about the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17.
Paul, again, has us looking to the Roman Soldier for an example of the protection he is referencing. The solider’s helmet was designed to protect the skull and ultimately the brain, but also went down the neck and around the sides of the face. It wasn’t one of those little skull caps that you see motorcyclists wear.
This helmet was designed to thwart the enemy’s broadsword that could crush the solider’s skull with one blow.
Paul wanted to get the point across that we need protection of our minds from the enemy. Our enemy is the devil and he has massive swords he uses to try to knock us out. But if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior and placed our life and trust in His hands, then we have salvation to protect us.
Salvation is not just a guarantee that we will be able to live eternity in heaven. It is so much more. It is meant to have a major impact on how we live our lives here on earth.
Receiving salvation is not the same as applying salvation. The first redeems us; the second restores, protects, and shields us daily from he attacks of the enemy. Priscilla Shirer, “The Armor of God”
Salvation protects us every single day from the enemy’s attacks on our mind, our thinking, attempts to convince us we are worth less than we are. “The ripple effect of this protection will be a change in your mind-set, lifestyle, and the choices you make.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
Priscilla lays out some ways we can use our salvation to protect our minds.
- Identify the toxic thought patterns you’ve been nursing and recognize them for what they truly are- strongholds that you’ve assisted in constructing within your mind.
- Confess errant thought processes to God and agree with Him about your responsibility i helping to construct these strongholds in your life.
- Dismantle the stronghold by taking your thoughts captive, then renewing your perspective and understanding through the concentrated deliberate applying of God’s truth.
We must remember that we are part of God’s family. He created us, He loves us. He has redeemed us through our relationship with Christ. We are given an inheritance in heaven that we do not deserve and could never earn.
But it is often so much easier to hear the lies that the enemy tells us. We think we are unworthy, unloved, incapable, undesirable, unforgivable, unknown, insignificant or that we can lose our salvation.
Putting on the helmet of your salvation is akin to knowing who you are in Christ, fortifying your thinking with it, and living in a way that is congruent with it. When you do this, you break the enemy’s stronghold and also tap into the power to deflect future attacks. “Armor of God”
Our true identify is our weapon.
I am a child of God (John 1:12)
The Holy Spirit lives in me (1 Cor. 3:16)
I have Christ’s righteousness (Romans 8:1)
I am completely forgiven (Col 1:14)
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)
I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)
I have been made complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35)
I can do all things through Christ, who gives me the strength I need (Phil. 4:13)
And these are just a few of the characteristics of our true identify.
The last piece of armor spelled out in Ephesians 6 is the Sword of the Spirit.
It is the only piece of armor that Paul actually describes in Ephesians 6. Unlike the other pieces of armor that he just summarizes the description explained in earlier chapters.
It is also our only offensive weapon. The sword referenced here by Paul is not the huge, broadsword, but the small dagger sized sword that was ideal for hand to hand combat.
Priscilla explains “It is not our sword, it is the Spirit’s sword. It is the weapon he uses on our behalf in the heavenlys.”
The Sword is God’s word spoken in our lives. It is to the words you read when you open your Bible or the message that is told. It goes beyond that. When you are reading scripture and you feel like God is speaking directly to you, answering questions you have had or giving direction to a particular area of your life. That is the utterance of God’s word in your life. That is the Sword of the Spirit.
Use it. Fight the enemy with it. Go to combat and fight him off!
While Ephesians lists out 6 different pieces of armor, there is a 7th piece of Armor that must be used to activate all of the rest, and that is prayer.
If you haven’t seen War Room, starring Priscilla Shirer, I would highly recommend it. In the movie, an older woman of faith guides Pricilla’s character to implement a prayer strategy in her life to activate all of the pieces of armor that she has a child of God. This Bible study has really impressed upon me areas where I need to be stronger. So I decided to take the Prayer Strategy cards that I crafted throughout the study and started my own Prayer Closet.
As you can see, I have one of my Bibles, a prayer journey and a dry erase board where I can list out praises and requests and pin up my prayer strategies.
I am ready to fight the enemy using all SEVEN pieces of armor that God has equipped me with. We are truly at war. And I want to win. I WILL win because I have Jesus Christ supporting me and leading the way!