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Helmet of Salvation- Ephesians 6:17
Imagine a beautiful helmet and picture yourself slipping it over your head saying
"Lord I choose to put on the helmet of salvation today in order to protect my mind. I want to think only Your thoughts, Lord, I want to thank You that when Satan sends one of his thoughts my way, this helmet of salvation will protect my thinking:"
Believers must discipline their spiritually sensitive minds to think about right spiritual realities. In this brief list, Paul catalogues eight godly virtues to concentrate on.
The Word of God is the repository of what is true. In His High Priestly Prayer Jesus said to the Father, "Your word is truth" (John 17:17). In Psalm 19:9 David wrote, "The judgments of the Lord are true," while Psalm 119:151 adds, "All Your commandments are truth." The Bible is true because the "God of truth" (Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16; cf. Eph. 4:21) inspired it. Thinking on whatever is true means reading, analyzing, and meditating on the Word of God. The remaining seven virtuous categories of thought are all based on the truth of God's Word. All of them are ways to view the truths of Scripture.
Second, believers are to think on whatever is honorable, whatever is noble, dignified, and worthy of respect. Semnos (honorable) comes from a word meaning "to revere," or "to worship." In its other New Testament uses, it describes the dignified lifestyle required of deacons (1 Tim. 3:8), deaconesses (1 Tim. 3:11), and older men (Titus 2:2). Believers must not think on what is trivial, temporal, mundane, common, and earthly, but rather on what is heavenly, and so worthy of awe, adoration, and praise. All that is true in God's Word is honorable.
Third, believers are to think on whatever is right. Dikaios (right) is an adjective, and should be translated "righteous." It describes whatever is in perfect harmony with God's eternal, unchanging standards, again as revealed in Scripture. Believers are to think on matters that are consistent with the law of God.
Fourth, believers are to think on whatever is pure. Hagnos (pure) describes what God in Scripture defines as holy, morally clean, and undefiled. In 1 Timothy 5:22 it is translated "free from sin." Believers are to purify themselves because Jesus Christ is pure (1 John 3:3).
Fifth, believers are to think on whatever is lovely. Prosphilēs (lovely) appears only here in the New Testament. It could be translated "sweet," "gracious," "generous," or "patient." Believers must focus their thoughts on what the Bible says is pleasing, attractive, and amiable before God.
Sixth, believers are to think on whatever is of good repute. Euphēmos also appears only here in the New Testament. It describes what is highly regarded or well thought of. Believers' thoughts are elevated by Scripture to fix on the loftiest themes.In summary, Paul exhorts, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The key to godly living is godly thinking, as Solomon wisely observed: "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" (Prov. 4:23).MacArthur New Testament Commentary, The - MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Philippians.
Also note that this helmet covers our mouths.
We can pray daily for this helmet to help us with the difficult task of controlling our mouths.
"Dear God, please allow this helmet to help me control my tongue. To help me think "SPEAK" before I speak"
S= Supports God's will
E-Edify or Educate, Entertain,
A- Avoid HATE words (see below), idle words and lying.
(Hate Words=angry, fault finding, judgmental, gossipy, slandering, & complaining words).
"Please God, remind me to think "Shut Up", before I sin with my mouth"
H-Hate Words, angry, judgmental, fault-finding, gossip
U-U should think "speak" before you SPEAK!
T-Tail bearing (lies) or talk 2 much
P-Protesting & Complaining.
Belt of Truth-"Lord, I choose to fasten on truth so I can stay centered on Your Word. I want to live the truth, walk in the truth, and testify to the truth".
We will add this note. This truth belt has three aspects to it, an inside and an outside and a middle. Truth on the inside means that you will remember who you really are, not who you believe you are or who you pretend to be (self-deception), but the humble truth of who you are in Christ.
" God, please help me remember who I really am, not who I pretend to be. Please help me avoid self-deception. Help me walk upright and proud as a representative of the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please give me godly discernment when it comes to others, that I might be aware of impure motives and avoid insincerity in my dealings with other people today."
Sandals of Peace-"Lord, I choose to put on the sandals of peace. Wherever I go today, I want my footprints to be evidence of tranquility I carry in the Holy Spirit."
Romans 16:20 (AMP)
Peace releases God’s Power, stay at peace to crush Satan under your sandals.
Shield of Faith-"Lord, I choose to take up the shield of faith. I want to thank You that, no matter how many fiery arrows the Enemy hurls at me today, no matter how many trials or temptations may come, I can stand safely behind the massive protection of faith".
Sword of the Spirit (The Word)-Lord, I choose to lift high the sword of the spirit, Your Holy Word. Father, thank You for this spiritual weapon that cuts so deeply to bring about conviction and repentance".