Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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We have been considering all of the different elements that make up the full armor of God. So far, we have looked at the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of readiness, and the shield of faith. The next piece of armor that Paul mentions is the helmet of salvation.
The body's two most critical parts to protect would be the chest (heart) and the head. Perhaps, among other things, he is telling us that our way of thinking needs preservation and protection. The head is the seat of the mind. Many battles are won and lost in our minds. We need to learn to think right. We must learn to think like He thinks and not as the world thinks.
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul was describing a spirit-filled person. He was contrasting it with a person who does not know the Lord. He said about the spiritual person, "For who has known the Lord's mind, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:16) Amazing. We have the mind of Christ. The helmet of salvation is what gives us that new way to think.
The mind of Christ keeps us from receiving false doctrine and giving way to Satan's temptations. The unsaved person has no hope of warding off the blows of false doctrine because he is without the helmet of salvation, and his mind is incapable of discerning between spiritual truth and spiritual deception.
Here is a word from the Word:
"Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having prepared everything to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation, take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's Word." (Ephesians 6:10-17)
Have a great Tuesday!
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