Pastor Tony Evans – The Helmet of Salvation, Part 2

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Religion will kill you because it will keep you trying to earn what’s already been given free dr. Tony Evan says once we understand there’s no way to God except faith we start doing good things for a different reason the obedience all the work I do is to express my faith not to earn my grace this is the alternative with dr. Tony Evans author speaker and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas salvation changes our eternal destination but today dr. Evans explains that it also changes much more than that as well let’s join him in Ephesians chapter 6 as he talks about the benefits of wearing 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 has tied the 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 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 dead aged because the understanding is that if the brain is damaged bodily function is 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 so if I want my body to go right my brain must think that way if I want my soul to go right till 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 he says if you’re going to win the enemy attacks you must stand firm and you must have your helmet on your mind must be covered in the same way a physical helmet covers and absorbs the shocks that hit the brain or what exactly is this helmet that you ought to put over your head your mind you’re thinking he says and take the helmet of salvation so he describes what the helmet is he says the helmet is a helmet called salvation he’s writing to people already saved he’s not writing to sinner’s 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 he’s selling save people how to think saved cuz he calls it helmet he says it is possible to be a safe but not think saved at the core of most of our problems and we all have them to varying degrees in to various levels is our lack of understanding of salvation because most people think saved 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 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 the way you access grace is by means of a faith there’s only one way to access what you already have by faith not by works 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 you give a time because you trust God so I act by my giving as an expression of my faith but faith is my entry point into grace and grace is God’s supply back to me religion will kill you because it will keep you trying to earn what’s already been given freely all of us have electricity in our homes we are connected to the power company all the power you need to run everything in your home you already have you would be foolish to call the electric company and say give me more power give me more juice cuz all the juice for every outlet you possess you already have by virtue of your relationship with the electric company but let me tell you what you can’t do you cannot call the electric company and tell them to come over and flip the switch they’re not gonna do that not because they haven’t supplied the power but because you possess the responsibility of connecting it they won’t act for you on the connection they won’t come and flip the switch on for you they won’t come and plug in your toaster for you they’re not going to do that but but all the power that you ever need for the toaster and the lights the work you already have that’s supplied by virtue of your relationship with your electric company but you access it by action flipping on the switch plugging it in you are saved by grace through faith all the audio and video signals that you need for your television and your radio you can’t see them but they already flying all around you you turn on the radio you now bring it down you got on-demand television it simply means when you want it you get it it’s out there you got a call for it so asking God to give you stuff that he’s already given you is wasted conversation it is the act of faith that accesses it and no faith there’s plenty of grace that’s gone on access but once you access it it flows once you hit the gray spot and all starts flowing now you got to figure out how to control it cuz now you have discovered God have much more hidden under that than you could ever imagine God’s grace is like the ocean what you need is like the oil for eternity Ephesians chapter 2 verse 7 God will be unveiling His grace in other words you ain’t seen nothing yet so that little flow you gonna get won’t even touch what God has in store so our problem with our salvation this helmet is we don’t understand grace so we don’t operate by faith we try to get by works but God doesn’t give by works he only gives it by faith but the way you know you have faith is because the good works reflect the fact you believe what God said about grace faith is your admission ticket like going into a movie theater into grace salvation means we relate to God based on grace what Jesus did not based on performance what we do let me help you let me help you you do not have to try to get God to like you you give the us wasted energy how if I do to feel like me more if I do this he’ll love me more if I do this he’ll be nicer to me if I do that now no no no no you don’t understand all the like and God is never gonna like you whit he already likes you with that’s freedom right there yeah that I don’t have to earn God’s favor now when you when that thing sinks into your soul and I know most of us have grown up trying to earn people’s favor get people to like us we gotta perform you know on your job you got to perform for your family you got to perform you got to perform the form so that they’ll treat you right now like you and he’ll talk nights about you and all that well that’s how you operate on earth that’s not how God operates in heaven see when you understand that kind of grace you have less problem exercising the right kind of faith now you don’t have problem pleasing him you don’t have problem worshiping him you don’t have problem giving to him because now you want to express faith in what he’s already done you’re not trying to manipulate him into doing it and see a lot of this preaching you won’t get because if you get this kind of preaching then I can’t manipulate you anymore see as long as I can preach religion I can control you if you don’t do this and if you don’t do that God won’t do this and God won’t do that I can from this pulpit run your existence but I lose my power to run your existence if I free you up in grace because now you’re free under God to express faith that’s freedom well dr.

Evans we’ll have a great illustration of the power and protection that grace gives us when he continues our message in just a moment if you’ve been having trouble connecting with that power and protection when it comes to the challenges you face the first step toward change is realizing most of what we call problems are really just symptoms and that they typically don’t go away until we deal with the spiritual battle going on behind the scenes of our lives well dr. Evans book victory and spiritual warfare will teach you how to do that whether you’re dealing with substance abuse or sexual emotional or relational issues and to help you share these important truths with your church or homegroup we recommend the victory in spiritual warfare field guide for battle an 8th session adult Bible study complete with discussion questions scripture memory verses and more get details on these and all of our resources when you visit us at tony evans org or by calling 1-800 832 22 I’ll repeat all that information later in the program but right now let’s get back to our message here’s dr. Evans the US has a witness protection program you know what they do they change your identity the reason they change your identity is because somebody after you somebody trying to get you so they want you to become somebody different without actually changing who you are a new name new social security number new license new place to live new identity for you and your fat cousin body after you so they want to reach classify you and they want you to think in terms of the new you now not oh you you were raised to be now they tell you bro you gonna have to get used to this cuz you used to being called by your old name you used to operate this way you used to move about this way but in this new situation because somebody after you we want to deliver you from the person that’s after you and the way we’re going to deliver you is change who you are but unless you get used to functioning in the new way you’re declared to be you’re going to make yourself vulnerable to the one trying to get you what God is trying to tell us this virtual warfare somebody’s after you somebody’s trying to stop your progress and block your future and keep you from achieving your goal but God has got you in a new program now he’s got you in a salvation program where he is now changing how you look at yourself then you ought to look at yourself from the perspective of God no longer from the perspective of man and then the hit man can’t get to you cuz he don’t know who you are Paul says because I am what I am in first Corinthians 15 about the grace of God I am what I am by the greater guy used to kill people and now I’m writing thirteen books of the New Testament now I’m establishing churches all over and let me explain to you I didn’t get this way cuz of me I am what I am by the grace of God but then his next statement as a killer he says I am what I am by the grace of God and because of that grace I labor more women in other when I understood grace he make me lazy he says when I understood all that God has already done for me I want to access at all so my work is my response to his grace I’m not trying to run I’m just so thankful for it I’m gonna express faith in it by the work I do because of it raise doesn’t make you lazy it makes you more committed it makes you more excited it makes you more generous it makes you more obedient because when you see everything he’s already done and all you got to do is access it not earn it that’s free at last free at last thank God Almighty I’m free at last and what’s the result of this grace this helmet I put on this helmet called salvation the word saved means to be delivered that’s what the word save means but he’s not talking about salvation from hell in the future he’s talking about salvation from Hell in the present I only have time to introduce it but let me show you a zing of Scripture can I show you a zinger zinger scripture Romans chapter 5 watch this now let me start at verse 6 for while we were still helpless at the right time Christ died for the ungodly we were helpless Christ died for the ungodly for one will hardly die for a righteous man though perhaps for the good man some would dare to die but God demonstrated his own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us in other words he died for us where we were at our worst okay now watch this much more say much more that means on top of all that when we were at our worst he killed his son when we had our worse much more then having now been justified by his blood okay you got saved born-again we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him wait a minute him when we were sinners Christ died now that we are Saints justified by his blood he has another kind of salvation salvation from the wrath of God okay talk to me about that Paul first ten four if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son much more say much more having been reconciled we shall be saved by his life watch this now if Jesus could save us when we were enemies and sinners by his death he says Oh much more not a little bit more whole lot more will he not save us by his life if he could die and save us and he rose from the dead don’t you think he can live and save you what exactly is he saving us from he’s saving us he says from wrath now when you hit at you go naturally think of how he not talk about that wrath now that’s eternal wrath he is talking about salvation now you say but I he used the word wrath turn back in the book of Romans to chapter 1 verse 18 for the wrath of God is revealed not will be is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because that which is known of God is evident within them for God has made it evident to them now watch this now he now says the wrath of God in verse 18 is already revealed now he totally it will be revealed that’s hell but some of us don’t have to wait to go to hell to be in hell because some of us in our own private hell our own personal hell we are we got fires burning all over the place when I talking about eternal hell he’s talking about the wrath that is revealed happening right now now let me explain how this works injected into sin is wrath wrath is injected into sin sin has wrath built-in with sin comes consequence consequence is embedded in the sin alright many of us have gone through are going through consequences it’s not that God is throwing wrath at you is that wrath is built in as a consequence to the sin he says now with Jesus Christ died when you are an enemy he saved you but now that he’s alive he wants to deliver you from the wrath consequence because he’s going to deliver you from the power of sin and sin as the consequence already built in it so if he delivers you from the sin he delivers you from the consequence some of us started out with one drink and now the drink is telling us what to do some of us started popping up with one pill and now we’re injecting into our arms because in the sin was the consequence well the way you get rid of the consequence is by having the power to deal with the sin I am not ashamed of a gospel because it’s the power of God unto salvation so when you understand that the power is in the saving and it deals with the sin that brings the wrath then what I get is delivered when I put on the helmet of salvation what I’m doing is blocking Satan from bringing the consequence because I deny him the sin where the consequence is built in and since I don’t want the consequence i’ma deal with the sin but in the Salvation having grace through faith until good words is the power of the gospel that deals with the sin that overrides the consequence so I’m free at last free at last thank God Almighty I’m free at last dr.

Tony Gavin’s wrapping up a message he calls the helmet of salvation and don’t forget full-length copies are available on CD or dvd including material we didn’t have time to present on the air or better yet ask for details on this entire eight lesson series called the armour of God a comprehensive look at how to avoid becoming a casualty of the spiritual warfare going on behind the scenes of your life check with us at Tony Evans org for details and while you’re there 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 make online donations to help us continue our work and check out our growing library of downloadable resources and of course don’t forget to request your copy of dr. Evans companion book for this series victory in spiritual warfare and the study guide the victory and spiritual warfare field guide for battle again that’s Tony Evans org or give us a phone call day or night at one eight hundred eight hundred thirty two twenty two and let one of our staff members help you God’s Word isn’t just powerful it’s precise it can cut right through to the heart of the problem even if the problem is our heart tomorrow dr.

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IMPORTANT

We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.

Please do not waist another a minute.

No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.

If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilious times that will befall you.

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

If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ too come into your life yet?

I implore you to do this without delay.

Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.

 

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