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Wear your helmet!

July 18th, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

Hey everyone! Did you happen to notice our new Web site is up?

Sooo . . . what do you think? Let me know your thoughts.

As we wrap up this series on the spiritual armor we wear to fight a spiritual war, we only have two pieces left—the helmet and our one offensive weapon, the sword (more on that Monday).

Paul tells us we are to take “the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17).

In a war, the two most sought-after and vulnerable targets on the ancient battlefield were the heart and head. With our heart and other vital organs ably protected by the breastplate of righteousness, the enemy will try to strike the head. One well-placed blow here and the battle is over.

What does it mean to wear the helmet of salvation?

It would seem to me that the apostle is telling us to watch our thoughts in general. Most temptation comes through the gateway of the mind and imagination.

This is why Paul tells us, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your mind may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

Smashing warped philosophies

When those “flaming arrows” of ungodly thoughts come, we need to have our guard up.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5-6:

“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity” (THE MESSAGE).

Watch your thoughts!

So watch what you allow into your thought life. Our minds, thoughts, and imaginations must be protected. Proverbs 23:7 reminds us, “As a man thinks, so is he.”

Satan recognizes the value of first getting a foothold in the realm of the thoughts and imagination, as this will “prepare the way” for that thought to translate into action! As it’s been said:

Sow a thought and reap an act.
Sow an act and reap a habit.
Sow a habit and reap a character.
Sow a character and reap a destiny.

So think “heavenly thoughts” this weekend!

This and that

You may want to check out my weekend column at WorldNetDaily. To read that, click here.

Also, here is my weekend devotion.

8 Responses to “Wear your helmet!”

  1. lori says:

    I like it and it is helping me, my biggest down fall is listening to the devil say to me ” you messed up and keep messing up ” then he says ” see you just did it again the thing you said sorry for “, but with tools on your website I have learned that even when I think I am at my best I am not good enough. That is why we nees Jesus and that is why God helps us to go on. thank you Greg for helping me to go to find a church on your website. And listening to the first steps to take now that I have given my life to the lord.

  2. Marie says:

    looks great!

  3. New web site. says:

    The web site, is cristal clear therefore is faster, simple looks means speed when you have a world wide audience. God Bless you guys and Congrats to the IT dept.

    Irvin from Mexico.

  4. John says:

    What a great way to start out the day. Now the next thing is to live out your day the way it started out. May God be with all who seek him and the hope of his presence be in our hearts

  5. Karen Johnson says:

    Love, love, love the new website. Christopher did a fantastic job on it. Amazingly talented, that kid!

    Thanks for your incredible faithfulness in a difficult year. You are all in our prayers this special week. May the Lord surround your hearts, all of them, with great hope and deep comfort. We send you all a hug across the miles.
    Much love,
    The Maui Johnsons

  6. Donna says:

    I really enjoyed surfing though the new web site and did it with ease. I look forward to checking out the new link for Viture too.

    I was out of town this weekend and I missed the service today 7/19..hope that it will be posted in the future.

    I always enjoy reading your blog and I also know that some of what you put in your blog is what we get to hear on Sundays.

    Thanks and keep blessing the world with the gifts God gave you!

    Donna

  7. Debbie says:

    Thanks Pastor Greg! This is from the Lord as it is exactly what I need this week! I do need to put on God’s armour I am defending myself in a civil trial. That is my foremost thought, that no matter what happens, I have God and I will not ever lose with him! For he is my only salvation! Thanks though, this does not mena I will not fight the battle, I just will put on my armor!
    Deb

  8. Anonymous says:

    You know it’s been over a year now I have been desperately wrestling to have this area of scripture (as others) simply defined. As one struggles with this, it is a wonderful sigh of relief and once again a reminder of how pure, simple and true His word is.

    Thank you pastor Greg. Continued love, strength & rest in the Lord.

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