Putting On the Whole Armor of God, the Helmet of Salvation
Updated: Mar 3
Recently, I have been 'putting' on the Armor of God while Abba and I spend time together each day. I have been asking Father to reveal to me what this 'looks like', how to put it into practice. So, I thought I would share what He has shown me and how it is taking me deeper into our relationship and I am relying on Him more. My desire would be, 'Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.' Proverbs 30:7-9
As I put on the helmet of salvation, I reflect on how it protects my thoughts, intellect and reasoning. I pray Abba will guard my thoughts, binding my propensity to either think to much of myself and have a haughty attitude or to little of myself and undervalue how I am fearfully and wonderfully created. To help me to direct my thoughts and ponderings on things that are honest, kind, forgiving, empathetic and loving, treating others with the respect and compassion I would desire. Therefore, learning to love Him by keeping the instruction to 'love others as myself'.
Part of the protection provided by the helmet is the shielding it provide my ears. I ask to Him to bind manipulation, deception, the influence of money, position, prestige and distractions. I ask Abba to release integrity, morality, honesty, contentment and have discernment to hear only His Truth.
Yesterday, I was impacted by the verse in Psalm 51:12 (KJV) 'Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit'. The joy of my First Love! When I spent time always wanting to be in His presence, in constant communication. Sharing all my thoughts and experiences with Him. This is the joy I have when I relate every goodness and positive response back to Him. Surrendering my reactions to His responding through me. My greatest joy is when I experience this during difficult situations. He communicated to me, this is when I will have the greatest impact on others for Him. When the Spirit is free to guide, direct and strengthen me, taking my moments, seasons of weakness and showing Himself strong.
Just a few minutes ago, when I pulled up biblegateway.com to bring up Ephesians 6, I was impacted in a new way by the word the Complete Jewish Bible uses in lieu of salvation. The verse reads, 'take the helmet of deliverance.' Wow! Takes me right to Romans 12:2 'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.' I am being delivered from the influence the world has helped mold me into thinking I am, into who I was and am created to be.
As I continue to be faithful to spending more time with Abba in relationship, not obligation, I am experiencing a new transformation, a greater renewing as I am being purposeful. I am being delivered from the 'I need to fit my time in with God' to 'I am desiring to spend time with Him'. A mingling of the joy and the deliverance! I believe a direct result of this will be a better testimony to others. This brings us to verse 13 in Psalm 51 'Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.' As my thoughts become purer, holier and more righteous, the impact of my influencing others on behalf of Jesus will grow. My life will be more like His life.
Each day has a greater joy for me. I look forward to the time we have carved out for each other. 'For such a time as this!' No longer is it my time to rest, practice, study about what Father wants me to be. It is now time for me to BE what He has created and equipped me to be. Time to live out the promises, claim and stand in His covenant. Trusting His design, giftings, anointing/s, talent ... Now and forever a blood-washed warrior princess of the King of Kings.
Deeper should be different, evident and impactful, Abba may it be so. As I am walking with my helmet on, I have more time to be in prayer, listen to and participate in worship, ask for Your help, listen for Your response and be more productive ... it is as if I have more time.
Time for me to go for now. Hope to come back soon and talk about the 'breastplate of righteousness'. I prayer you will spend time talking to Father about how He wants you to experience the 'helmet of salvation/deliverance' in your life, in this time.