Most of us know that the helmet of salvation is a covering for the head against onslaughts of the enemy but did you know that the head covering of a person symbolically represents who has athourity over them.
Head coverings while ascribed to women as an outward symbol of submission are also ascribed to men.
In Israel head coverings reveal what a person believes in. What truth they ascribe to.
Skull caps worn by many religious men in Israel are symbolic of certain sects or beliefs.
For instance the large black cloth kippa, are worn by ultra-Orthodox while a crocheted kippa represents basic traditional and small black kippot are worn by moderates.
Head coverings in western nations reveal the same thing. Rappers wear caps, sports people wear sports caps, and fedoras are won by the dapper.
The head covering one wears reveal who we are, what we believe in and whose athourity we are under.
The Roman helmet or galea was worn by soldiers as well as gladiators. It was a protection for the head against enemy attacks.
Often times these helmets had inscriptions on them which revealed what military unit they belonged to.
Paul tells Christians to put on the helmet of salvation. In other words be conscious of who you belong to. Salvation means to be delivered and set free. To be saved and rescued. Ephesians 6:17
The helmet of salvation signifies our submission to Jesus Christ, who is our captain and leader in the good fight of faith.
Jesus covers us in his salvation. His authority is over our mind. We now have the mind of Christ, being in him who is the head of all principality and power. The helmet of salvation is the spiritual covering that keeps the Christian safe from all demonically inspired attacks!
Put on the helmet of salvation. Be conscious of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the captain of your life!
In Matthew Chapter 25 Jesus is talking to his disciples about the kingdom of God which was to come.
The disciples were so exited that they thought this was going to happen right away. Jesus, however, tells them a parable about a man who sets his servants in charge of his estate while he goes away for a while on a journey.
In the story the Lord gives each of his servants some talents to put to use on his behalf while he goes away. Before he leaves, he gives his servants this one instruction. “Occupy till I come”.
Occupy in the Greek is pragmateuomai which means to keep busy.
During Jesus’ time Roman servants or slaves were the property of their owners. Many slaves were educated, and some were even doctors and others were businessmen.
Roman culture had influence even in Israel and that is why some of Jesus’ parables drew from Roman analogies.
Jesus talked about giving servants talents to use to further the estate of their Lord. This was a common practice of the Romans. A Roman slave could hold property and actually use it as his own. However, the property belonged to the Lord or Roman Citizen. All credit from the business of the estate while run by a slave or servant was credited to the Owner. The servant was responsible to gain interest for his Lord.
A servant could be trained in various business ventures like real estate, husbandry, or farming.
The servant was expected to get increase or profit from the business. A servant who failed to do this could be beaten or even killed.
Jesus likened his kingdom in the same way. He gives his servants each a certain amount of talents. A talent can be a natural aptitude or a skill. Not just monetary. In fact, the word talent is from the Latin. Jesus used a Latin term to explain a spiritual principal. A talent was a unit of weight. Today we use the word to convey a natural skill or gifting but in effect it is the same thing. With out a skill you will not be able to get monetary increase.
Notice how Jesus gives each person a different amount of talents. In other words, one is responsible for what they have and not for what they do not have.
What Jesus said in Matthew 25, is this. (my paraphrase) “I have given you a gift or gifts as my servant. Keep busy while I am away. Give to me when I return increase on the talent (s), I have given you.”
Are you being faithful with your gifts? Remember that the Lord rewards those who gain or add to those gifts that he has given. To the one who fails to use their gift(s) they are not rewarded when Jesus returns according to this parable.
For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Matthew 25:29
Let us use all that the Lord had given us for his glory! Occupy or keep busy till he comes back!
THE Latin word for sword is Gladius. This sword was used by Roman foot soldiers when in close proximity to the enemy. It was used to thrust at unprotected parts of the body while the shield was held up moving forward in battle.
Enemy exposed areas such as the throat, armpit, groin and main arteries were able to be thrust at with short stabs.
The Gladius was also used for blocking an opponent. A Roman soldier could block the enemy’s sword thereby leaving another Roman soldier adjacent to him to thrust the final blow.
The Gladius was also two edged. This gave it multi purpose. Not only could the Gladius be used for thrusting and blocking but the Gladius could also be used for slashing, or cutting. A Roman soldier was able to take opportune moments to slash at an exposed knee below the opponent’s shield or slash at an arm or neck which could end the fight in a moment’s time.
The Bible likens God’s word to a Gladius. This is because in the same way that the Gladius was used in direct confrontation with the enemy so is God’s word a weapon to be used against the onslaughts of the devil.
In battle the Christian moves forward by faith to engage in spiritual warfare. The shield is held in place. Not only to protect the soldier but to thwart off any opposition attacks. Then the Gladius or sword of the Spirit is to be thrust at the enemy.
With a trained Roman soldier the sword could enter the abdomen and kill the opposition. The abdomen was a prime area to attack. The Bible relays many incidents where a sword was used through the belly in war. The belly symbolizes life flow. Jesus said out of your belly or spirit will flow rivers of living water.
The sword thrust through the stomach could cause death within minutes or cause a prolonged death. Depending on the precise area of the wound. This is the same in spiritual warfare. Death to the enemy plan may take a short time or a prolonged time. This is why continued prayer and ministry of the word of God is important until the victory is won.
GOD’S word is two edged like the Gladius because it not only thrusts to kill but it divides. In other words it can rightly divide truth from error. When used by a trained soldier in Jesus Christ the sword of the Spirit is a powerful weapon. It destroys strongholds, casts down high things exalting themselves against God’s truth, rightly divides the word of God, cuts up deception, chops corruption into spam and is able to be thrust right into the flow of the enemy. Death will most certainly occur. The enemy will be defeated! It’s just a matter of time.
Hebrews 4:12 , For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Take up your Gladius today and go forth into battle in the power of our Lord’s might and strength! Wage war against the powers of darkness and fight the good fight of faith in Jesus name!
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Part of our spiritual warfare armor is the gospel boots. Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say concerning this part of our armor.
Ephesians Chapter 6 vs 15
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The KJV uses the Greek word hetoimasia which means preparation.
To be in a constant state of readiness or make ready for use.
In other words we must always be prepared to minister the gospel at all times.
How do we prepare? Scriptures tell us it is by studying the Bible.
2 Timothy 2 : 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We need to know the Bible in order to answer people who ask us questions about our faith. Now we don’t have to go to theological school in order to do this. In fact, many times people just end up being indoctrinated with denominational interpretations that omit or add their own take or lean on scriptures anyway.
It is best according to any lawyer, good journalist, writer or historian to research all angles of interpretation in order to get a balanced view. Bias always resides in the mindsets of men.
Even God says that out of two or three witnesses is truth established. (1 Corinthians 13:1)
Our doctrinal lean should always line up with the Bible and not any man made versions of a scriptural doctrine.
We must know the truth in order to share the truth. How can we minister to an unsaved person Bible truth if we don’t know Bible truth?
The Bible tells us to be prepared at all times in order to present the gospel of peace to others. What is this peace? Peace with God through Jesus Christ the Savior.
The Gospel boots not only prepare us to present the gospel message but they are also used to wage war against the devil.
During Roman times the soldier wore a sandal called a Caligae. This sandal actually had nail like studs embedded in the sole. These boots or sandals were deigned to march for long periods of time but they were also used as deadly weapons. A solder could take off his shoe and club the enemy to death with it.
That is what the gospel boots do too. They take us into all the world to preach the gospel of peace and they are also used to clobber the devil with. Every time we minister the word of God to someone we are beating the day lights out of that old devil.
Put on those gospel boots today! Be prepared and ready to preach the good news! At all times, in all places and every where you go!
ROMANS 15: 29
And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
The Bible tells us to “fight the good fight of faith.” (1 Timothy 6:12)
According to the Greek translation this scripture actually means ; to contend for with your adversary and labor fervently in your battle for good, virtuous, honest and moral convictions of the truth concerning Jesus Christ for salvation.
The Lord is telling us to lay hold of or seize eternal values. To strive to attain God’s abundant life.
In another scripture we are told that we wrestle with the evil darkness of this world who we are called to resist steadfast in the faith. (Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:9)
In other words the Lord wants his people to oppose the darkness and wage war against the gates of hell. We have been given according to scriptures everything that pertains to life and godliness. All we need to accomplish this command is laid out for us in the word of God. (2 Peter 1:3)
The weapons of our warfare according to scriptures are not natural human weapons. They are mighty powerful Holy Spirit empowered weapons! These weapons are used to pull down demonic strongholds which Satan tries to build up in the mind.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
The mind is where the real battle is. When Satan can create a false narrative by using circumstance then he is able to bring disillusionment, fear and unbelief.
In order to counter act Satan’s deception we are told in the scriptures to take up our mighty Holy Spirit empowered weapons and fight.
What are these weapons? In Ephesians Chapter 6 the Lord tells us to gird ourselves with truth. God’s word, the Bible is the truth. All his promises are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20)
We are told to put on righteousness like a breast plate. We are made right or justified by the blood of Jesus if we have been born of God. We are called to wear that victory acquired for us as a sign of godly status! Let the devil know who we are in Jesus Christ! Redeemed! Bought and paid for by the blood of the lamb!
When we do fail we can ask God to forgive us. The blood of Jesus will continually forgive us as long as we acknowledge our sin and turn from it. (1 John 1:9)
When our feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace what that means is that we are always prepared, always ready to give an answer for our faith in Jesus Christ. Always ready to bring the good news of reconciliation between God and man where ever we go. (1 Peter 3:15)
Preaching the gospel is a powerful weapon against the evil one. Declaring the word of God into the darkness of this world brings God’s light and faith to all who have been given ears to hear.
The shield of faith is important to withstand Satan’s attacks. When those fiery arrows are sent to try to destroy us we can stand on God’s word. What the Lord has promised he is able also to perform. (Romans 4:21)
Then with the sword of the Spirit we can make an offensive attack against the evil one.
Has God really said? IT IS WRITTEN !
The sum of Your word is truth,And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)
You can’t do that! IT IS WRITTEN !
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13.)
You are not important! IT IS WRITTEN !
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Then finally we turn always to prayer. Presenting our needs to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ the Son.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.(Hebrews 4:16)
Fight the good fight of faith! Lay hold and seize on to eternal life, for in Jesus the Savoir abundant life is manifest to all who believe and to all who receive.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.(John 1:12-17)
In Genesis Chapter 4 we read that Cain brought his offering to the Lord. He brought the work of his hands, the toil of his labor.
God was not impressed with Cain’s offering. The Lord did not consider Cain’s offering to be acceptable.
Able was a tender of sheep. He also gave an offering to God. He took the first born of his sheep and gave that offering to God.
God accepted Abel’s offering but not his brother Cain’s offering.
It is interesting to note that both brothers gave an offering to the Lord. That is they felt the need to have God’s approval in their lives.
They also gave an offering in accordance to their respective vocations.
Cain who labored as a husbandman or a worker of soil produced the fruit of his labor. He was blessed in his vocation or ministry but when Cain tried to earn the Lord’s favor based on that vocation he was rejected.
Cain’s problem was that he thought his fruit came from his own effort. All that hard work he put in. All those hours of toil.
Cain was totally insulted because the Lord rejected his offering.
Cain obviously had good intentions. He wanted to please the Lord but according to the Lord, Cain’s offering was not acceptable. That is it was not considered to be valid, it was unsuitable.
This rejection of his offering caused Cain to go into a depression. That’s what it means to be downcast of soul. Really depressed. That depression ended up turning into jealousy towards his brother.
Why would Cain turn on his brother? Simply because he did not heed the advice God gave him when his offering was rejected.
God told Cain, that if he wanted to do well or what is right and acceptable, then he would be accepted. In other words Cain needed to do things God’s way not his way.
Cain ignored God’s advise we know because he saw that Abel was accepted by the Lord and he was jealous. What happens when a person is accepted by God? They are blessed.
To be accepted is to have favor. Be lifted up in a position of opportunity. To have a good reputation among others. Having worth or value.
Cain refused to do what was right. He refused to humble himself and get a sheep from his brother to present as an offering to the Lord.
That would require admitting failure. Admitting that he wasn’t such a hot shot. It would be like coming to terms with the fact that maybe his younger brother had more revelation in spiritual matters than he did.
God warned Cain. He said that “if you refuse to do well (yâţab) or what is right, what is acceptable then sin or offense lies or crouches like an animal at your door.
Sin is looking to gain entrance, or place in your life.
If you don’t make it right Cain and do what is acceptable then the devil is going to come a knocking!
Many times we think that God is going to respect us because we are hard workers in his vineyard. So we offer up all our labor hoping for his approval. Just like Cain did.
Then the brother who is a wet behind the ears Christian comes along and lays down his love offering. He just simply relies on grace. Doesn’t do a thing but sit at the cross! Blessings coming out of his ears!
If we try to gain favour with God by our works then sin is crouching at our door! Waiting to spring on us at a weak moment.
We need to do what is right. That is go to the cross and rely on the lamb of God whose offering makes us acceptable. The Lord’s favor is bestowed on those who trust in his way of doing things not our own way.
God tells us to rule over the sin that is crouching at our door. Don’t let it have any place!
Stick the pride back in our pocket where it belongs and count it all loss for Christ!
Who cares how many hours we have labored in the vineyard. The guy who just gets saved and works for one hour in the vineyard is going to get the same reward anyway! (Matthew 20)
Might as well just join him and sit at the cross because that is what makes us perfectly acceptable in the beloved anyway!
Our labor in the Lord is not in vain. It always produces fruit if we belong to God but our works should never supersede the sacrifice of God’s Son Jesus Christ.
That was the problem with Cain’s offering. Works in the vineyard no matter how noble will not make us acceptable to God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9
Dead religion comes in many forms. Not just in traditional Christian frameworks but in modern Christian frameworks.
Having a form is to have a physical shape expressing itself through appearance or manifesting an outer exterior.
To appear physically in a religious form gives the impression of holiness but it is only a form or outer exterior.
The religious form in order to appear to be godly or holy may mimic types of godly behavior but in actuality denies or refuses to admit the truth or existence of the power ( dumanis) of the Holy Spirit. That is denies the miraculous power, strength and might of the Holy Spirit for that godly behavior.
If the dumanis is not operating in our framework we need to examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith or espousing to a dead religious form.
Scriptures tell us about having a form of godliness but denying the power (Dumanis is the Greek translation)
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
In order to under stand what is being denied in some religious frameworks we need to look at the concept of power or dumanis in the Bible.
Matthew 6:13 Says that belonging to God is the kingdom, the power or dumanis and the glory.
Luke 24:49 Jesus said to his disciples to tarry until they received power or dumanis from on high.
God’s power was poured out on his church in Acts Chapter 2 after Jesus was risen from the dead. The disciples recieved that power and all after them who recieve that power are made witnesses for Jesus Christ in this world.
God gave his church dumanis power to spread the gospel into all the world. Did the apostles fulfill that great commission? No they began that great commission.
Holy Spirit power is still needed today to complete the great commission. Having the power of God in one’s life is the evidence of true salvation.
God’s dumanis power denied is actually having a form of godliness. That means a religious expression devoid of the miraculous demonstrational power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit power is demonstrated through the miraculous. Divinely inspired preaching and teaching. (Both written and oral)
Divinely empowered evangelism. Holy Spirit miraculous saving of souls.
Divinely empowered healing and prophetic revelation.
Holy Spirit power must be acknowledged in all that the Christian does in order to be effective disciples of Jesus Christ.
Denying Holy Spirit’s power to perform in our lives and ministries will leave us with only a religious form that is dead and void of dumanis power.
Won’t you tarry to recieve Holy Spirit power each day in all that you do for Jesus?
With Holy Spirit power in your life you will be able to do mighty exploits in the kingdom of God!
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
Lately I have been noticing that more and more Christians on social media are using spamming methods in order to be heard. At first it seems like just a little annoying factor but if you examine this phenomena in light of scriptures you will find a very problematic heart attitude being exposed.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Paul tells us that even though Jesus was God in the flesh he did not make a big deal of it. Jesus did not stand on the streets shouting out who he was nor did he bulldoze past the religious leaders and hijack their pulpits.
Rather Jesus made himself of no reputation. That means that he just did what the Father told him to do and then left the outcome to the Father.
Another interesting thing I have noticed is how some ministries confined to their homes due to the “plague” are now in order to stay relevant coming up with all kinds of new sensational methods in order to keep their followers.
All of a sudden a preacher is now a talk show host, a motivational expert, and a political analyst. Well what do you expect them to do? After all their whole livelihood is based on donations to their ministries! You really can’t blame them! They have to live some how!
Jesus preached on the street corners. He had no where to lay his head. He did not always have money to buy food, (he had to eat raw grains of wheat from a field on the Sabbath! ) He was almost thrown off a cliff . Yet some of his modern day followers today live in mansions and have a million bucks in the bank! It is very competitive in Holywood!
Self importance seems to lead Believers into using gimmick after gimmick. Raising money with sensationalism or manipulative tactics is becoming rampant on the internet.
I NEED TO BE RELEVANT!
Scriptures tell us that God so loved the world that he GAVE. Jesus did not come to take but to give. In fact, God gave his most precious Son so that whoever believes and receives him could inherit eternal life! (John 3:16)
God reveals his love for us by giving his Son. Scriptures tell us that if we abide in his love then God will abide in us. ( 1 John 4:16)
what is God’s love?
God’s love overcomes the world. ( Romans 8:37, 1 John 4:4)
God’s love does not fear in the time of trouble. ( 1 John 4:18)
God’s love lives by faith in God’s ability. (Galatians 2:20)
God’s love lays down one’s life for others. ( John 15:13)
God’s love reaches out to the unsaved. (Roman 5:8, Ephesians 2:4,5)
God’s love is humble. ( 1 Peter 5:6,7)
Gods love is patient and kind. It is not arrogant or boastful. (1Corinthians 13)
Gods love does not insist on having its own way. (1Corinthians 13)
It is a crazy time we live in where self importance is vying to be relevant!
Abide in God’s love !
Rest in God’s faithfulness!
Be still in his presence!
Wait on his timing!
Most of all humble yourself under God’s mighty hand for his word says:
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10
David walked wise before the Lord and he was blessed with God’s favor.
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. 1 Samuel 18:14-23
That was until David fell into temptation.
And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked on the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look on. 2 Samuel 11:2
What happened to cause this change? Lets take a look at what it means to walk wisely with the Lord.
Wisely in Hebrew is ώâkal and it means to make or act circumspectly with intelligence, prudence and understanding, skillfully, considerately and self controlled.
What triggered David to sin and fall away from the Lord? What caused him to behave so foolishly?
Was it really his lust for Bathsheba or was it something even deeper?
The manifestation of our sin is only a symptom of a deeper heart problem that we have. So we need to take a closer look at our heart. Lets look at David’s sin a little deeper.
When David had all the women he could ever ask for why did he want this one? Being beautiful is not really why David was tempted. He was surrounded with beautiful women. He could have any virgin in the land and even in another land.
Was David’s sin really a pride issue? After all why should a Hittite have something that he didn’t? That guy is only a Hittite not a King like me! He doesn’t deserve a beautiful woman like that! I’m the king of Israel for goodness sake! That woman ought to be mine!
Wasn’t there someone else who said that?
Blinded by his gifting. Wanting more than he was given? Jealous because a mere mortal was given stewardship over the garden of God? Wanting to change the order of things? Who was God to tell him that he didn’t deserve a higher place?
I will ascend up high! I will walk on the mountain of God! I’m just as gifted as that guy! Why look at how beautiful I am?
Yes, I’m inclined to think that it was really pride that caused David to fall.
Pride comes in many forms but if there is one thing that will make us fall flat on our backsides its self exaltation.
Thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think! (Romans 12:3, Proverbs 3:7)
Envy is the rottenness of the bones. It will eat away at the heart like a cancer. (Proverbs 14:30)
Godliness with contentment is great gain the Bible tells us. (1 Timothy 6:6)
But I am so gifted! You might be inclined to say. I have a theology degree after all and not to mention a powerful anointing!
I deserve to be promoted! I worked hard to be where I’m at! Why should that guy have a higher position than me?
That’s just the point! Our gifts can blind us to our real position in the Kingdom of God. One of being a servant to the most high God!
Do you really think God needs us to get his work done? Do we see our importance as being essential in the big scheme of things?
When David walked wisely before the Lord he was blessed. When he submitted to doing God’s work God’s way he prospered.
That’s where the blessing lies! Being small in our own eyes and great in faith towards the one who deserves all the glory and the honor! Pride will always lead to a fall! (Proverbs 16:18)
Pride is the root of discontentment. Not being joyful in where we are at!
Sometimes it takes a fall like David had to make us see our foolishness. God is gracious however because when we recognize our sin and confess our pride to him, he will restore us. (1 John 1:9)
The Lord restored David and he wants to restore us too.
Then like David we can be content and say. “The Lord is my portion says my soul and my cup.” Psalms 16:5
Be content and walk wise before the Lord then you will be blessed in all you do!