Sunday, August 1, 2021

Take up the helmet of salvation

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Ephesians 6:17 (NET) And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

How do we take the helmet of salvation?

From time to time, some evil thoughts would come to Grace's mind to make her doubt her salvation. "Are you sure you're truly born again? Are you sure you're ready for the coming of the Lord?" These thoughts would throw her into restlessness to the point where she would start confessing the sins she had long repented of. Because of this that kept happening to her, she lived under a cloud of condemnation and was not confident enough to serve the Lord the way she ought to.

She learned how to take up the helmet of salvation when she attended a conference and the teacher explained that her salvation was not her idea but God's plan from the foundation of the world. She was also made to understand that God wants her saved more than she wants to be saved.

The teacher now went on to explain how the fruits of a tree are the surest way to identify the tree. For the first time, she was made to understand this verse:

1 John 3:18-19 (NET) Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in his presence.

1 John 4:7-8 reveals to us that it is only those who have been born of God that can walk in [unselfish] love. One of the biggest proofs we have to show that we are truly saved and belong to God is that we bear the fruit of love. Unselfish love is that kind of love that is not propelled by what we can get but is inspired by the desire to give and be a blessing.

Go into today remembering that the way you will know for sure that you're of the truth, and convince your conscience in His presence that you belong to God and have His nature is when your life bears the fruit of love. This is a sure way to take up the helmet of salvation and guard your mind against the accusations of satan.

Prayer: Lord, help me walk in your nature of love and properly represent you in this world. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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