And take the helmet of salvation,
Are you saved?
If we look at the armor, determining the most important piece could be a matter of great discussion. It would be like trying to decide which fruit of the Spirit is best or which supernatural gift is the most essential. From purely a spiritual/logical standpoint, the helmet of salvation is the first piece you need. These weapons are spiritual. The only way you can use them is by the spirit.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. (The Passion Translation TPT)
If you are not saved, you live according to the flesh and not according to the spirit. You cannot use spiritual weapons. You cannot please God.
Romans 8:8-9a So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him. 9 But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
But because you are saved, God empowers you to use the other pieces of armor to work in your life. It is through salvation, God-given and pure:
- You can stand your ground when the devil attacks. (1 John 4:4)
- You can speak the truth. (Ephesians 4:15)
- You are the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- You preach the gospel of peace. (2 Timothy 4:2)
- You have faith. (Romans 10:17)
- You have power. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- You can hear the Lord speaking. (John 10:27)
No man enters into battle without understanding the war and knowing how he can win. You need the proper gear if you will be effective and victorious. Salvation gives you access to the gear. Without salvation, your path is set; you cannot win.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for saving me. For a long time, I thought the only thing salvation did for me was keep me from going to hell. I repent for not spending more time with You to get a deeper understanding. Now I know salvation did so much more for me. Because I am saved, I have victory over the enemy. Salvation gives me the power to walk in love, and I have joy. Because You saved me, my peace is not up for grabs. My Father would say so many times from the pulpit, “It is the power to walk right, talk right and live right.” Thank You for the power. More importantly for me, thank You for teaching me how to access it and use it effectively in my life…
If you are unsure if you are saved, I encourage you pray while reading this document. Ask the Lord to show you were you are.