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Preparing for Sunday, October 16th (The Helmet of Salvation)

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For Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

Dear Church Family,

This week our devotion focuses on The Helmet of Salvation. So far we have had quite the study from Ephesians 6. We have identified the Belt of Truth as God’s Word and have learned that everything falls apart without the Bible. We looked at the Breastplate of Righteousness and learned together that it is His righteousness which we claim. And because we claim His righteousness and because Christ lives in us our hearts can be guarded from temptations. The Shoes of Peace is what we looked at next and we discovered together that a peace that fits loosely gives way easily.

REVIEW FROM LAST SUNDAY’S MESSAGE, ‘THE SHIELD OF FAITH’

 

Our shield of faith requires daily care.

There’s two ways the Roman soldier took care of his shield: The Application of Oil & the Saturation of Water.

In Scripture, oil is used as a type or metaphor for the Holy Spirit. Now if the Roman soldier wanted to live a long life, it was imperative for him to pick up that vial and apply the oil to his shield every single day of his military life. Because the shield is representative of our faith, this analogy tells us that our faith requires a daily fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Without a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit’s power on our life, our faith will become hard, stiff and brittle. If you ignore your faith and allow it to go undeveloped, never seeking fresh anointing of God’s Spirit to come upon your life, your faith won’t be soft, supple and pliable enough to stand up under attack when a challenge comes your way.

Faith that is ignored nearly always breaks and falls to pieces during a confrontation with the enemy.

Regardless of how great your past experiences and victories are, if you stop developing your faith or fail to keep your faith freshly anointed by the Holy Spirit’s presence, your shield of faith is in a hazardous position.

To receive a fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit we simply ask God to work in our lives and for the Holy Spirit to guide our lives.

The Roman soldier applied oil daily and, similarly, we need a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives daily.

In the same way that the oil represents the Holy Spirit, the water represents the Word. Similarly, the soldiers saturated their shield with water daily, as we are to keep our faith completely saturated by God’s word. Our Word-saturated shields have the power to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the adversary.

We also talked about how the Shield of Faith protects us from certain ‘fiery darts’ from the enemy. To identify some of the ‘fiery darts’ in your own life and listen to last Sunday’s message click here.

SUNDAY’S MESSAGE: The Helmet of Salvation

 

The Roman soldier’s helmet was beautiful

The Roman soldier’s helmet was a fascinating and beautiful part of his armor. It was a flamboyant piece of weaponry, very ornate and intricate. It actually looked more like a piece of artwork than a helmet.

Rather than being a simple piece of metal formed to fit his head, the Roman soldier’s helmet was highly decorated with all kinds of engravings and etchings. It was not uncommon for there to be farm scenes with animals to be depicted on the helmet of a Roman soldier.

Frequently the entire helmet of the Roman soldier was fashioned to look like the head of an elephant, a horse or another animal. In many respects, the helmet looked more like a sculpture rather than a piece of armor!

The Roman soldier’s helmet was designed to protect the head and the face.

The helmet was made of bronze and equipped with pieces of armor that were specifically designed to protect the cheeks and jaws.

It was extremely heavy. The interior of the helmet was lined with a spongy material in order to soften its weight upon the soldier’s head.

This piece of armor was so strong, so massive, and so heavy that nothing could pierce it – not even a hammer or a battle-axe. Typically, an enemy facing the Roman soldier would carry a short-handled axe.

Yes, it was beautiful, ornate, intricate but it was also a significant piece of defensive weaponry protecting his head! Like all the other pieces of weaponry, the helmet would be wrapped tightly around the head so that it was a perfect. It couldn’t fit loose or else it would just slip off in the course of a battle.

The Roman soldier’s helmet was easy to notice.

It would be very hard to walk past one of these soldiers without noticing him. You would definitely take note of a man who had a piece of sculpture on his head! These helmets undoubtedly made the Roman soldier noticeable.

On Sunday, we’ll discuss further how the Helmet of Salvation is the most beautiful of all God’s gifts. We’ll also talk about how it can help protect us and how it should be a noticeable part of our lives.

BIBLE READING

As we study identify the Helmet of Salvation we will talk through many exciting verses in the Bible that have to do with salvation…

 

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

Romans 12:2 (NCV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

5 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.

 

1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

 

 Acts 4:12 (NIV)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

 

Romans 6:23 (KJV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Mark 16:16 (NIV)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

QUESTIONS FOR PERSONAL GROWTH & DISCOVERY

  1. The Apostle Paul uses the image of a helmet to describe salvation. What do you think the Helmet of Salvation would protect us from?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. How does an area of deception become a stronghold in our mind? How can you prevent that process from ever reoccurring in your life?
  3. Have you received God’s gift of salvation? Think back to that decision in your life…What led you to that decision? How have you grown since making that decision?
  4. If you have received God’s gift of salvation, is it noticeable in your life? Why or why not?
  5. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation or maybe you’re not quite sure…call me! I’d love to sit with you over a cup of chai tea (or coffee J) and show you from the Bible what it means to receive God’s most beautiful gift and enter into a relationship with Him.

Have any questions about this study?

Email them to pastorpudi@gmail.com or text them to (541) 530-4912.

Sunday’s going to be an amazing service! I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Until then…

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel

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