You know what tests my faith?
Well, many things test my faith, but lately I had one of those thoughts that sneak up on you and try to trick you into believing the lie that Satan so desperately wants you to believe.
The one that tries to get you to question who you are and what you’re doing with your life.
The very thought that popped into my mind yesterday “You have no idea what you’re doing, no one cares what you have to say.”
These type of thoughts that stem from a deeper issue (as most do) related to the feelings of unworthiness I battle.
It doesn’t matter that I know why I have these thoughts, what matters is I know how to shake them.
I can’t shake them alone, either that’s for sure.
I need help from above, I need Jesus to come remind me who I am in him and what that means for my life here and now. I need to put on the “helmet of salvation” to view everything in this life (including rejections and disappointments) a “saved” perspective.
That’s where we’re going today. Ephesians 6:17:
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Full disclosure, I’m actually completing the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer right now for one the bible studies I’m involved in. It is so good! I highly recommend it! (and if you think you’re not experiencing spiritual warfare right now, I still encourage you to check it out, because these nuggets of truth and wisdom apply to all areas of our lives!)
Anyways, as we’ve been discussing the Armor of God, in typical “learn it and apply it fashion” that God likes to give me (does He do that for anyone else?!) After each week learning about the piece of armor and how it applies to our everyday lives, I’ve have something come up in my own life that has given me a front and center view of these truths in action. (If not applying it personally, then watching it play out around me)
The helmet of salvation has been no different.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile (or even just through this #saviorseries) you’ve probably realized that I’m big into talking about making perspective shifts and changing our thoughts and behaviors. Our mind is a powerful thing and it is up to us to ensure it stays focused on the righteous things.
Yep, I said righteous things, not right things.
This is exactly what I had to do yesterday when my “stinkin thinkin” was starting to get the best of me. I was throwing myself a pity party that started by comparing myself to others (don’t compare yourselves ya’ll, NOTHING good comes out of it!)
To shakes these thoughts I had to hold them up to the truth of God. To renew my perspective, I first had to renew my mind by saturating it with the truth of who God says I am and His promises to me.
That means not only recognizing that God has saved me and redeemed me, but also that He leads me.
I’m not out here in this world trying to fend for myself and neither are you.
His word tells us that He is with us, He never leaves us, He guides us and He even fights for us.
This means that the thought war that wages on in my mind (maybe even yours too) does not escape him. He also is front and center to the struggles we face to remain steadfast in Him.
even when it doesn’t make sense.
even when we don’t see a way.
even when it hurts, and you’re in pain.
The helmet of salvation is something we must put on ourselves. Like a bike helmet or any other protective gear, it’s only going to help if you’re wearing it.
With Jesus as our Salvation we can protect our minds from the pitfalls and landmines the enemy is trying to get us to believe. Not only does Satan want us to believe these lies, but he also wants to create inaction or reaction in us.
I can’t do this so I won’t
I tried but It’s too hard so I’m going to quit
I’m way out of my league, so it’s time to get out and cut my losses now
These thoughts of not being qualified or not good enough or not knowing what you’re doing, even thoughts that you are a failure, can and will be turned into thoughts used for God’s good and His glory.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Only after we take up our helmet of salvation.
Once we put on our helmet of salvation, the thoughts that make us feel inferior and defeated turn into thoughts of protected and completed.
Salvation is indeed the gift of being saved for eternity, but it also the gift of being able to take what the enemy meant for harm and watch God turn around and use it for good.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20
When I put on my helmet of salvation yesterday, God reminded me that it is good thing to feel like a “fish out of water” because it produces greater dependence on Him. I can’t look to my own understanding to accomplish the things He has prepared for me.
He reminded me that I only started feeling “blah” after I had just made a huge decision deciding on a cover for my upcoming book. (we all know that opposition only happens when there is a threat)
These are all good things, really they are. But I couldn’t see them until I put my helmet of salvation, to renew my mind and not only praise God for saving me but for leading me.
I don’t know where He is leading me, and I don’t know what exactly He planned for me, but I do know that as long I have my helmet of salvation on (along with the other pieces of armor) I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.
I also know that if you have your helmet of salvation on YOU will not be shaken. You will be able to forge ahead in doing what God has called you to do knowing in full confidence that He will equip you to do it.
The weaker you are, the stronger He is.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Can I get an AMEN?! 🙂
What area of your life would benefit from putting on the helmet of salvation? How can a renewed mind in this area change your perspective?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6