In our ongoing sermon series on the armor of God, we are reminded of the profound significance of this spiritual armor and the imperative to never remove it. As Christians, we are not only inhabitants of a physical world with its needs, desires, wants, and challenges; we also exist in a realm that is intensely spiritual. It's crucial to recognize that everything spiritual has a tangible impact on our physical lives.
God has graciously equipped us with this spiritual armor, each piece serving a unique purpose. In the last few weeks, we have been talking about...
The Belt of Truth: It serves as a revelation, a reminder that the Word of God isn't merely for intellectual knowledge. It's a foundation upon which we build our lives, a truth that guides us in every step.
The Breastplate of God's Righteousness: This vital piece of armor protects our hearts. It teaches us not to rely on our own righteousness but to trust in the righteousness that comes from God alone.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace: These shoes enable us to walk with stability and purpose. They remind us that the good news provides a solid foundation, guiding our every step even in the midst of turmoil.
The Shield of Faith: Faith isn't just a belief; it's a shield. It's what gives us the blessed assurance to protect ourselves and those around us. It's a defense against the fiery arrows of doubt and fear.
Now, let's journey back to Sunday, September 24th, when we delved into the concept of "Putting on Salvation as Your Helmet." It's crucial to note that we're not discussing a helmet of salvation but salvation as our very helmet.
Salvation is what readies us, or at the very least, makes us willing to confront the challenges ahead. It's not something to acquire, purchase, or store; it's something to accept, and once accepted, it equips us to move forward.
If we turn our attention to Acts 16:16-28, we witness the incredible impact of salvation on the lives of Paul and Silas. Their salvation enabled them to perceive, see, and understand things of purpose and life, not just in the physical realm but in the spiritual one as well.
Consider their encounter with a fortune-telling demon. When they cast out this spirit, they did so fully aware that there would be consequences. Yet, because they were certain of their salvation, they moved forward fearlessly. Likewise, when they faced opposition and adversity, including unfair judgment, unjust imprisonment, and even physical beatings, their
unshakable confidence in their salvation allowed them to minister to their fellow prisoners.
This illustrates a profound truth: With Salvation as our helmet, we are prepared for anything that comes our way. We become fearless in the face of adversity, confident in the certainty of our salvation. Like Paul and Silas, we can navigate life's challenges, stand up to our detractors, and face unjust circumstances without fear because our salvation is our unyielding anchor.
In conclusion, let us embrace the wisdom of putting on salvation as our helmet, not as a mere piece of armor but as the core of our readiness for life's battles. Let it be a reminder that, in Christ, we are equipped to face anything that comes our way, knowing that our salvation assures us of victory. May you journey forward with the unwavering assurance of your salvation, ready to tackle every challenge that awaits.
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