Helmet of Salvation: Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation,…” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV “…and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Salvation may refer to God’s gift, through Christ, to save men’s [my] souls.
The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I gained access to this piece of body armor, the helmet of salvation. This gift of salvation shall protect me from evil and all dangers. So, as I go on this journey of life with multiple destinations, until my final destination, I shall keep my eyes focused on God knowing it is well with my soul.
Shield of Faith: Ephesians 6: 16 (NKJV) “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
If you like to watch movies like Braveheart or read historical romance books (avid reader), you may see or imagine shields being penetrated by some strong arrows. If you like to watch modern action films, you may even see some bulletproof vests or car windows being penetrated by some high-powered guns or rifles. However, the shield of faith is impenetrable. I am trusting the shield of faith to always protect me. Yes, the wicked one may know what God may have planned for me and may set traps to derail His plans BUT, as long as I have this piece of armor, I will not fear and His plans for me will not be derailed. This is the source of my confidence and courage. So each day I shall be confident and be courageous, even if it may seem the world or my world is coming to an end (or is filled with chaos and uncertainties), that God’s perfect plans for me will be fulfilled.
Gospel of Peace: Ephesians 6:15 “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” NKJV
With the gospel of peace protecting my feet, I shall boldly walk the path God has laid before me. As I walk this path, I know that He who began a good work in me will continue to do so until the day Christ Jesus returns (read Philippians 1:6); and with God, nothing will be impossible for me to do (read Philippians 4:13). Therefore, I will continue to be strong and courageous as God does His will in my life.
Righteousness : “…having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” Ephesians 6:14. Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15 tells us that righteousness is “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.” Jesus came to earth to bring us good news. The good news is:
- Through salvation we become God’s children again;
- No need to worry and be anxious as there is peace with God;
- Your God shall supply all your needs;
- You are forgiven;
- You are not forgotten;
- You are loved;
- “Your God is King” Isaiah 52:7
This breastplate will protect me from fear; fear of the unknown, past, and present. I am the child of the King. He knows my name. I will not be forgotten by Him. Thank You, God, for giving us this GOOD NEWS through Your son, Jesus Christ.
Truth: The first part of the armor that I am putting on as I get ready for my journey is the belt of truth. What is TRUTH?
- Isaiah 59:1 – “Surely the Lord’s power is enough to save you.” New Century Version (NCV)
- Romans 13:12 – “The “night” is almost finished, and the “day” is almost here. So we should stop doing things that belong to darkness and take up the weapons used for fighting in the light.” (NCV)
- Ephesians 6:13 – “This is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.” (NCV)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8 – “But we belong to the day, so we should control ourselves…” (NCV)
First of all, I must believe that God’s word is the truth and it should be with me at all times. Jesus used God’s word to fight against the temptations of the devil. I must make sure to do my utmost in living by God’s commandments and allow my life to reflect Him. Hatred and unforgiveness of others should not be a part of me. Leave all judging to God and be merciful to all as I would also want to receive your mercy. It may seem difficult but God will be with me all the time to remind me of what I should be doing in reflecting His image. Thankful He is also merciful to me.
N.B. Remember, that this suit of armor will be used for all the journeys that will lead to my final destination…HEAVEN.
The armor: Before embarking on a new journey, I need to make sure that I am protected against all plans of the enemy. With this armor, I will be protected from my head to my feet. This is a full body armor. It leaves no room for a spear to pierce through. Thus, if any piece is left behind, then I will be placing myself in harm’s way.
The dawn signifies the beginning of a new journey, a new day, a new season, and an end to the darkness. To know I am at the dawn stage of my journey in life is what I have patiently waited to hear from God. I am about to leave the waiting room and answer to my name being called. It is my appointed time…I wonder if you can feel my nervous excitement! My dark days are over; I am exiting the tunnel…glory hallelujah!!! It is the time of jubilee (Days of Elijah)!!!