The one thing that Jesus came to do is the one thing the devil wants you to think can be jeopardized. Your Salvation.
How many times have you wondered, “Just how saved am I?” Seriously, you get in a groove, you feel “comfy” in your Salvation, and BAM! You do something you shouldn’t. Something you regret. Sometimes something small and sometimes it’s something pretty big that will rock everyone’s world around you.
What’s your first reaction when that happens? When you slip up a bit. Do you have “thoughts” that say things like:
1.) I ruined it. I ruined my Salvation.
2.) I knew I couldn’t keep things straight.
3.) I have blown it. There’s no way God would want me now.
These are common “thoughts” reported after folks step outside of God’s will. Otherwise known as sin. The reason I’ll give at the end of this post will surprise a few folks. Probably even make a few upset. Before we get to those thoughts and their source, let’s address the Salvation that Jesus offers.
If you are or have ever considered yourself “Saved” by Jesus then I’m talking to you. If you haven’t considered yourself “Saved” by Jesus and would like to all you need to do is pray a simple prayer like this with conviction in your heart.
Dear, Lord Jesus, I give all that I am and know of me to all that I know of you. I accept the Salvation you offer and choose to follow you.
Now, back to those of us that have considered ourselves “Saved” by Jesus. That Salvation He offers didn’t cost YOU anything. It did however cost Jesus EVERYTHING. That means that you don’t have the ability to lose it. The Lord of the universe paid the atoning price for your sins and gave you Salvation as a gift of His Grace. YOU CANNOT LOSE IT. Unless… Unless you CHOOSE to walk away from it. Choose to stop believing in it and Him.
About those thoughts. Remember that enemy we talked about in the previous posts? Yes, the devil. He has been around for a long, long time. That means he probably knows what upsets you, how you will react, and what to whisper in your ear in those moments. Just the right thing to set you off in the wrong thought pattern. Maybe even a thought like, “I just blew my Salvation.”
The Helmet of Salvation is your protection. The helmet protects the head which is where the mind is thought to live. Your mind has the protection of The Lord of All, Jesus Christ, to help you know you are SAVED for Him. Stand firm in the shoes we spoke about last week and be clear of mind with the protection given for your noggin… The Helmet of Salvation.
Knowing you are saved will help you recognize when some of those negative thoughts as “not your own”. Make no mistake… I’m not talking about schizophrenia. I’m not talking about hearing voices. I’m talking about “your” negative thoughts.
If you give into those thoughts you could allow yourself and your subsequent actions to be compromised. If you remember to utilize the Helmet of Salvation in your battles you will be able to keep a clear head, invoke positive thoughts, and recite scripture (Which will be crucial to help you fight).
You now have some of the basics you need for battle. You have the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes of the Gospel, and now the Helmet of Salvation. Next week we’ll cover the Shield of Faith.
Now’s a good time to go back and review the previous weeks and make a few notes. You may need them for the next two posts.
In The Faith,