Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, December 1, 2013

EPH 6:10-15, From now on, start becoming strong by means of the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground against the schemes or the strategies of the devil. Because our struggle is not against blood [people’s souls] and flesh [their old sin nature], but against the rulers [these are the archons like Abaddon and Beelzebub], against the powers [demon officers who have phenomenal authority], against the world forces of this darkness [kosmokratoras meaning demons who specialize in possessing or influencing the cosmos or world rulers]
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places or against the spiritual forces of evil in the atmosphere around the earth, the stellar universe and in the presence of God. Because of this, pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground in the day when evil attacks you, even after you have achieved or accomplished everything, hold your ground. Because of this, hold your ground, [after you] have buckled on your combat gear around your waist by means of doctrine, and [after you] have put on the breastplate of righteousness, [hold your ground] after you have put on your combat boots on your feet with readiness, preparation, or the equipment of the gospel of peace. In addition to all, [all of these items of military equipment] taking up the shield of faith by which [shield] you will be able to extinguish [intercept and destroy] all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

First of all, the helmet metaphor emphasizing the importance of learning and metabolizing Bible doctrine under self-discipline. The sword metaphor emphasizing the importance of the application of Bible doctrine.

If you’re going to be protected in spiritual warfare and from the flaming missiles of Satan, you must have a helmet that protects the head.

The helmet on the head is analogous to where you do your thinking and it is the location of your soul.

The helmet of the Roman day was made of metal and had certain parts on it that had meaning as far as the analogy with doctrine is concerned.

The Roman soldier when he put on his helmet he was manifesting an “attitude of respect” for authority and discipline”.

Just like learning the word of God can feel uncomfortable for you at times.

Just like applying the word of God to certain situations in your life, it may be uncomfortable but it is needed and good for you.

We are dealing with spiritual warfare and the head which houses the mental attitude of the believer needs to be protected especially during spiritual combat.

Many believers cannot take the mental pressure during spiritual warfare and so they quit or change locations where the pressure is not so heavy.

1JO 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.

The Roman helmet was bronze and also had a helmet liner which was an iron skull cap.

Just like many of you did not really appreciate the discipline and the struggle of learning doctrine until after you were in some form of spiritual combat and needed to apply it.

The Roman soldier there were a few times that the helmet saved his life, just like for many believers having the protection on their head of Bible doctrine protected their soul from garbage in and kept them active in the angelic conflict.

Just a little dagger into the eye would stop the soldier.   Or just running a spear right up his nose into his brain.   Or just splitting the skull, etc.

The head must have great protection because that is where your mental attitude is developed.

Your mental attitude is what you think at any given time, consequently, thinking is the battlefield of your soul.

PSA 23:3 “He restores my soul”

The greatest battles in history are not overt battlefields where men die, the greatest battlefield is what takes place in your soul.

PSA 19:7  The doctrine of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The life of every believer is determined by two principles: what he thinks and what he decides.

Divine viewpoint mental attitude is part of the greatest delegation of divine power in human history.

People evaluate others based upon how they look, what kind of impression they make, personality, superficial evaluations, whatever one’s concept of success may be, admiration, approbation, and actually these things are not what is important.

Believers in TLJC have failed in the dynamic of the divine viewpoint of life.

MIC 4:12 “But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, And they do not understand His purpose;”
Your life comes to be what you think, not what you feel.    Most believers today want overt impact, yet know nothing about the PPOG.

ROM 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

LUK 12:37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes;”

ACT 20:31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”

1CO 16:13  Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

COL 4:2  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

1TH 5:6  so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

1PE 5:8  Be of sound mind, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

The average believer does not even know anything about God’s superior power or how God has delegated it to us through thought.

The delegation of superior power comes in the form of thinking metabolized doctrine circulating in the right lobe of the heart called the kardia in the Greek.

What you really are as a person is what you really think, not what you appear to be on the surface, not the way you are dressed or groomed, but what goes on inside the invisible you, which is your soul.

People can hide their thoughts and become masterful at the practice of hypocrisy.

PRO 23:7 “For as a person thinks within himself [himself is nephesh means soul], so he is.”

Nephesh is the soul and the place where you think or do not think.

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