Pastor Tony Evans – The Helmet of Salvation, Part 1 (HQ)

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The joy you’re looking for you already got the piece you’re looking for you already got cuz grace provides that dr. Tony Evan says there’s more to our salvation than just a ticket to heaven you’ll save by what God has already done he’s already sacrificed Jesus for you this is the alternative with dr. Tony Evans author speaker and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible fellowship in Dallas Texas if so many of God’s blessings became ours when we accepted Christ where have they been hiding dr. Evans will have the answer today as he takes a look at the armor of God and specifically the helmet of salvation let’s join him turn with me to Ephesians chapter 6 let me read verses 10 through 17 finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might verse 10 says put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil for our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers against the powers against the world Force’s of this darkness against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places therefore take up the full armor of God so that you will be able to resist in the evil day and having done everything to stand firm stand firm therefore having girded your loins with truth having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace in addition to all taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one and take the helmet of salvation today we have reached the point in verse 17 where we are told to take the helmet of salvation Paul’s point is to stand firm and what Christ has already done as opposed to trying to go out and do something yourself he says that victory in the visible world is tied to victory in the invisible world defeat in the invisible world means defeat in the visible world so to address the issues of life in the visible physical world without addressing the invisible spiritual root is merely problem management not problem solutions he’s gone through various armaments various things that we ought to hold on to in order to experience that victory and now he comes to the helmet of salvation he declares that one of the things that will give us victory is what we wear on a head the helmet of salvation the helmet that somebody wears is placed over the head the reason that the helmet is placed over the head is to protect from brain injury a football player wears a helmet to absorb shock so that the brain is not damaged because the understanding is that if the brain is damaged bodily function is impeded when you have players who over and over again particularly quarterbacks where their head is constantly being pounded on the ground concussion after concussion after concussion if that thing is not addressed if the head is not protected the brain gets damaged and if the brain gets damaged function gets impeded he uses this physical concept of a helmet to drive home a spiritual point of spiritual victory he says you ought to put on the helmet of salvation because what the brain is to the body the mind is to the soul just as the brain is the control center for the functioning of the body the mind is the control center for the functioning of the soul mind is a spiritual expression for what the brain does with the body it deals with your soul and as we’ve explained your soul governs your body so if I want my body to go right my brain must think that way if I want my soul to go right so that I tell my body to go right my mind must think that way he says the brain or the mind must be protected to absorb the shocks of being hit in the spiritual realm by the enemy some of us have relatives who have contracted Alzheimer’s one of the debilitating diseases of our day it is where the brain no longer is able to function and it progressively deteriorates over time and one of the things you will always see as Alzheimer’s sets in and becomes more and more dominant in a person’s life is they become less and less able to control themselves to care for themselves the worst the brain problem gets as Alzheimer’s sets in the less the person can control the less control you and I have in our lives is because spiritual Alzheimer’s has set in the mind is no longer functioning as it ought to impeding the soul from doing what it should influencing the body to be out of control he says that you and I are to have a helmet on in this spiritual battle in the invisible realm if we are to have victory he is dealing with the context of us being under attack in a football game the quarterback is the is the leader on the field and he’s calling the play and setting the agenda and he is always under attack the defense is always trying to get him sack him knock him down block him move him out of the pocket running they want to make him ineffective and inefficient so they are after him sitting high above him in a booth is an offensive coordinator the offensive coordinators job is to speak to him about what he ought to be doing in light of what’s coming at him in light of the attack that for quarterback is under the coordinator gives him plays and these plays in Lyon light of technology now can be spoken right into his helmet right into his head so with the helmet that he has on comes instruction of how he is to move what play he is to call how he is to function in light of the attack he is under the reason why the coordinator does it is he’s sitting high looking low he’s up there watching what the enemy is doing down there analyzing the movements of the enemy in order to inform his man through his helmet what the deliverance ought to be for the pressure he’s now under Paul says that in this battle we are to put on a helmet a helmet spiritually speaking to govern the mind the problem of victory or defeat is tied to proper programming if the mind the spiritual expression of the brain is improperly programmed if it has bad information then it will function improperly in other words if you are thinking wrong you’re gonna be wrong if your perspective if errant if your mindset is flawed then your function will be flawed based on flawed thinking that’s why the only way you can consistently change your action is changing your thought if the thought is wrong the wrong action will inevitably follow unless you’ll force not to do it unless you’re being coerced the enemy is attacking us God wants us to pull on a helmet so he can speak some stuff in our minds cuz he sits high and he looks low he can see the field of life better than we can he can examine it better than we can you see all these people running around here with all these tattoos all over them everywhere I look there’s a new tattoo parlor coming up somewhere a man was asked one time who was running one of these tattoo parlors it was asked one time why all these people putting all these tattoos on their body the guy said before tattoo on body tattoo on mine he says they writing all over their body because something has happened in their mind so the reason why we can have more tattoo powers is because of folks Minds it just shows up on the skin without proper information proper programming the head the helmet there will be errant false faulty life without the right information the Emancipation Proclamation declared slaves were freed but we all know from history it’s one thing to have something on paper saying you are freed when you can legally be freed but not functionally free that’s why we can sing songs in church about being free freed by what Jesus has accomplished but not living a life of freedom because either we didn’t get the information or the information we got it’s not being utilized properly we don’t have on our helmet you and I act based on our self perception in other words how you perceive yourself is how you will function so if you perceive yourself a certain way even though it’s wrong as long as it’s real to you you will function or based on your self perception I’m going somewhere with this stick with me if you have a faulty mind self perception about you you’re going to function in a faulty way and you will function in a way that is real while being really wrong see just because it’s real don’t mean is right well when dr.

Evans continues our message in just a moment he’ll have more to say about why the line between right and wrong tends to get blurry first I want to tell you about the follow up book we’ve selected for our current series victory in spiritual warfare in it dr. Evans explains why most of what we call problems are really just symptoms of the invisible spiritual battle that the Bible says is going on around us that’s especially true when fighting against substance abuse sexual or emotional problems relational issues and so on victory and spiritual warfare will not only teach you what the Bible has to say about our fight against the devil and his influence you’ll find the real-life help you’re looking for better yet pass this important information along to the people in your Sunday School class or small group ask us about the study guide we put together called the victory and spiritual warfare field guide for battle it contains everything you need to lead eight powerful sessions on the subject including discussion questions to help drive the content home and build group interaction get details by clicking on the radio tab visit us at Tony Evans org or call 1-800 813 22 and let one of our staff members help you again that’s 1-800-843-9166 all vation so he describes what the helmet is he says the helmet is a helmet called salvation we can ready to go deep-sea diving can we go deep-sea diving he says I want you to put something else over your head what I want you to put over your head is a helmet call salvation now please understand me he’s writing to people already saved he’s not writing to sinners he’s writing the Saints the book of Ephesians are writing the Saints people have already been blessed in heavenly places with all spiritual blessings he calls them Saints he calls them brethren he tells Saints people already born again to take pick up your helmet and put it on put on the helmet of salvation implication you can be an unsaved saved person cuz he tells you you gotta take it that means you have to pick it up if you have to pick it up that means it can be unpicked up he’s telling save people how to think saved cuz he calls it helmet he says it is possible to be a saint but not think saved at the core of most of our problems and we all have them to varying degrees into various levels is our lack of understanding of salvation because most people think saved that simply relates to me being born again that is the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior that day I was saved and it does refer to that but it does not only refer to that salvation is a all-inclusive word that summarizes all that Christ has provided for us and batteries are included Paul says I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation he says that salvation also includes the delivering because the word save means to be delivered the delivering power of God not only from Hell in the future which happened when we were born again we were delivered from Hell in the future but salvation also delivers us from Hell in the present so of you going through hell and worse yet hell is going through you you are operating without your headset on without your helmet you’re not operating saved you don’t have your helmet on and that’s why the addiction is as it is whatever the addiction is could be a of speech or fraud or actions whatever that thing is that’s ruling you the enemy can tick you off so bad that you go in this direction or that direction he says you don’t have your salvific helmet on so please let me review salvation can i review salvation here I’ll quote it for you I know you know it already but Ephesians and 9 by grace you have been saved through faith that not of yourselves it is the gift of God so that no one should boast for we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which he hath already created beforehand that we should walk in them Ephesians through 10 he says in those verses salvation is by grace through faith unto works all that makes up a package called salvation it’s by grace through faith unto good works let me say that again your salvation is by grace through faith unto good works it’s by grace through faith unto good works you can’t I don’t want you to miss this it’s by grace through faith unto good works Colossians chapter 2 verse 6 says the same way you got you met Christ is the very same way you to walk with Christ how did you meet Christ by grace through faith unto good works by grace through faith unto good works the very same way you met him is the same way you walk in him in other words the same way you got saved is the same way you operate as saved so let’s review the terms first of all it’s by grace grace has absolutely nothing to do with you grace is all that God has done for you independent of you you have no participation in grace grace is all that God has done and as we’ve already said God has already done everything he’s ever going to do there is nothing God can do for you that he hasn’t already done so anything God is ever going to do is because he’s already done it grace is all that God has already supplied not only in forgiveness when you were born again but everything he’s ever going to provide for you is already provided every healing he’s ever going to give you in your physical body has already been provided everything he’s always going to do for your well-being is already provided he can’t give you anything new because anything new he’s already deposited as old because grace has nothing to do with you grace is what he provides so he says you were saved by grace you’ll see by what God has already done he’s already sacrificed Jesus for you any victory you’re ever going to get is because you already got it the joy you’re looking for it’s already got it the peace you’re looking for you already got it the power you’re looking for you already got it because grace provides that so a lot of us are hunting for stuff we already have because you are saved delivered by grace well you’ll say if I already got it like I’m going to have it because you’re saved by grace through faith you do not access grace by works cuz the moment you try to access grace by works you know if I grace because grace has nothing to do with you so if I can access grace by what I do then that means grace has something to do with me and grace has nothing to do with you grace has to do only with God and supply there’s only one way to access grace by grace have you been saved through faith is tapping in to the grace God has already provided faith is my positive response to what God has already done the obedience or the work I do is to express my faith not to earn my grace dr.

Tony Evans talking about one of the key concepts of the Christian faith one that many of us still have a hard time trying to understand and apply fortunately he has more to say on the subject tomorrow in the meantime if you’d like to get hold of a full-length CD or DVD copy of this lesson which includes material we didn’t have time to present on the air a check with us about the title the helmet of salvation better yet check into getting this entire eight lesson series called the armour of God detailing the defenses and fighting tools God has given us to do battle with the devil and live a victorious life either way details are waiting for you at Tony Evans dot org while you’re there you can download our free smartphone app become a fan on Facebook follow dr. Evans on Twitter or sign up for his free weekly email devotional you can also browse through our complete resource catalog and make online donations to help us continue our work of course don’t forget to request your copy of our featured resource by dr.

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Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at anytime of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.

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