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The Armor of God:
#6 - The Helmet of Salvation
let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His great power. Wear all
of God's armor. Then you can stand strong against the devil's terrible
Our fight is
not against people.
We are fighting
many spiritual rulers,
and many dark powers in this world.
We are fighting
the evil forces in the spirit world.
So put on all of God's armor. Evil days will come.
you did everything you can [finish], you will still stay standing.
So stand strong.
 Wear the
belt of truth around your waist.
 Wear the
chest protector of holy living.
 Wear on
your feet shoes that will prepare you to tell the good news about peace.
 Also, pick
up the shield of faith. With that you can stop all of the flaming
arrows of the devil.
 Put on
the helmet of salvation.
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Sometimes when we watch a football game on TV, we see the players from
both teams jump on the ball in one big pile. And sometimes we see
one helmet roll out from the bottom of that pile. When we see that
helmet, we feel surprised. We feel worried. Why? That empty
helmet means one player has no protection for his head. That can be
In sports as football, head protection with a helmet is really important.
The same is true for soldiers.
Soldiers today dress different than soldiers long-ago.
In this Ephesians
chapter 6 list about the Armor of God, the Helmet of Salvation is-really
the most important. Why? If we don't have salvation, we are
lost! If we don't have Christ, we are dead! If we don't have a real
relationship with the holy, living God -- if we don't know Jesus -- everything
else is worthless.
- The old sword
now is replaced with a gun.
- The old chest
protector now is replaced with a bullet proof vest.
- The old shield?
Maybe the shield will stop arrows, but it can't stop bullets.
- But the helmet...
that old helmet, we still use that. That helmet is still a very important
equipment for soldiers today.
Really, if we don't first have the Helmet of Salvation, we can't have
any other protection this lesson talks about --
no Belt of Truth,
no Chest Protector for holy living,
no Shoes to announce Good news,
no Shield of Faith.
Nothing! All those other things don't matter without
the Helmet of Salvation.
The Bible has a story that is clearly shows how important is the
Helmet of Salvation:
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This story happened in the city named Ephesus -- yes,
that is same city where Paul sent this Ephesian letter.
Some Jews traveled around and commanded
evil spirits go out of people. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus
to force the evil spirits out. They said, "By the name Jesus that Paul
preaches, I order you to come out!" Seven sons of Sceva, a leading
Jewish priest, they did that.
But one time an evil spirit told them, "Jesus I know, and I know about
Paul, but who are you??"
Then the man having the evil spirit jumped on them and beat them. He was
much stronger than all of them. They ran out from the house naked and
All the people in Ephesus -- Jews and Greeks -- they heard what happened.
The people were afraid and gave great honor to the Lord Jesus. Many
of Christians believers began to confess openly and tell all the evil things
they had done. Some of them who had used occult threw-away their magic books(scrolls)
and they burned the books in front of everyone. Those books were worth
about fifty thousand silver coins.
In a powerful way the word of the Lord continued spreading and growing.
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The seven brothers were professional "exorcists." The knew a lot
about the occult, but they knew nothing about
Christ. They tried using the power of the devil to "help" people who
were already slaves to the devil. That will never work, but they didn't
know what else they could do... until they saw Paul and other Christians
give real to freedom to people.
The seven brothers studied and listen. They heard the name, "Jesus."
And finally they understood: Paul did not give people freedom and
peace. Paul did not give people joy and purpose for their lives.
The seven brothers understood the real Savior is Jesus. They saw real
power when Christians used Jesus' name.
The seven brothers decided: if they used Jesus name in their occult,
they could improve their success in their profession.
They didn't want to surrender their lives to
They didn't want to confess their sins to God
and receive forgiveness.
They wanted to stay in control themselves.
They wanted to only use Jesus' name.
That didn't work.
The evil spirit told them,
"Jesus I know,
and I know about Paul,
but who are you??"
The evil spirit was smart enough and could see that those seven brothers
had no authority, no approval, to use Jesus' name that way. The seven
brothers had no armor. They had no protection.
What was missing?
They didn't have the Helmet of Salvation!
They needed salvation themselves, before they could offer salvation
to other people.
They could think only about ritual. They could only think about
showing religion. But inside their hearts, they were still
not yet saved. And the evil enemy knew that.
The seven brothers didn't have the Helmet of Salvation, and they
also didn't have the Chest Protector of holy living.
They didn't have Christ's holy life covering their sin. They and all
the community were deeply involved in the occult.
Many Ephesian Christians didn't understand the conflict between their
old occult activities and their new trust in Christ. They thought
they could both. They didn't see danger in continuing their occult
What about Christians today? Many, who use Jesus' name on
Sunday morning, they use the occult for their real meaning and power for
life Monday to Saturday.
But they still name
- They read
- They communicate
with "dead people" -- they are really communicating with evil spirits.
- They believe
in reincarnation (the idea from India that people who die, later come back
as an other person).
- They study
New Age religions and trust occult magic, but they cannot trust God's promise.
- And they refuse
to accept His warning: Don't get involve with
After that experience of those seven brothers, those Christians in Ephesus
woke up. The people understood that we can't both love God and flirt
with the devil. So they threw away -- no, they burned -- their occult
Those seven brothers:
They didn't have the Helmet of Salvation in Christ.
They didn't have the Chest Protector of Christ's
And they didn't have the Shield of Faith.
They only trusted Jesus' name for magic power.
They didn't trust in Christ's death on the cross
for their sins.
They didn't trust in His resurrection from death
for their eternal life.
They trusted only themselves, and their clever ideas.
They didn't understand their need for their relationship with
Many people in Christian churches today are the same as those seven
brothers. They(people) show religion and ritual, and they hope religion
and "good works" will save them. But their hearts are not yet awake
to see the need for living in relationship with Christ.
[The Bible has other examples of people who tried to use God's
power for good luck, without attention to their relationship with Him (see
Samuel 4). The Bible also reports the sad end of those who find
more meaing and power in the occult than they find in God and His Word (see
Kings 1 and Isaiah
47:13-15). The seven brothers in
Ephesus were lucky -- they were still alive after their experience.]
"Put on the helmet of salvation."
A helmet covers a soldier's head. Inside our head is our mind.
That is where we struggle against our evil enemy.
Yes, Satan feeds a bad thought in a back of our mind. Then he
comes-around to the front door and says, "You name yourself a Christian!?
With that awful thought!? You have no hope. God can't
forgive a sinner as you! God said He will help you change, but you
can't change. Give up! You have no hope."
Put on the Helmet of Salvation, and say: "I belong to Jesus
now! I am His. Christ proved His love for me. Jesus went
to the cross for me. Jesus helps me remember His great love for me
every time He offers me His body and His blood in the Lord's Supper.
Jesus tells me how much He loves me every time the preacher tells me that
God forgives all my sins. When Christ from death rose(rise) again
to life, He proved His promise is true. I belong to Jesus, not because
of anything I do, but everything He did for me. And Jesus promised
that when He comes again, He will come for me!"
to learn how you can receive the Helmet of Salvation.
In the story from Acts 19, the occult scrolls that the new Christians
had from their old religious beliefs were all written by hand, and were
very expensive. Dr. Luke said that the total value was "50,000
Drachmas." Each drachma was worth one day's minimum wage. So
the total value in today's money would be about two million dollars!
Notice that the Christians didn't try to sell the scrolls to keep the
money. They didn't even sell them to donate money to the church.
They understood how dangerous the occult is, so they made the right decision
to destroy their occult scrolls.
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