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Learn what it looks like to proudly wear your helmet of salvation. Hear about the importance of learning God’s Word and how we should live out our lives as followers of Christ. The scriptures include numerous stories of people overcoming trials and still walking in the straight and narrow.
Pick up a magazine or turn on the television. Walk down an aisle of a store or notice a billboard. There’s a common theme. The American dream is one of making our lives “better” – more enjoyable, more comfortable, and more restful. There are layers to that word “rest.”
There is the rest I feel when we go to Jamaica each Christmas to visit my wife’s family there. There is the rest we enjoy when we get a good night of sleep. There is rest when we have a day away from buzzing noise, pressure at work, or kids needing attention. Sometimes just need a nap! But there is something deeper. Every human being in the history of the world has a desire for real peace and rest. But, the answer for finding true rest for your soul isn’t in any of our modern conveniences. It’s only in Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 6 Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is the answer to the chaos of this world. He is the answer for the stressed heart and discouraged soul. Jesus offers true peace and true rest. Share this reminder today with a tired friend. Go to someone searching for peace and tell them this good news: That in Jesus Christ, there is true and lasting rest and peace.
George Washington, the first president of the United States, set an important precedent for this country. After his heroic leadership during the revolution, many Americans wanted Washington to be King. A new King for the new country, America. But he refused. He would serve the nation as president. Can you imagine how different America would be today if he had chosen to be king instead of president?
In the same way, what we do today sets a precedent for the future. For future generations- in our families, in the church, and the world. Will we set a precedent of loving God and reaching our world?
Jesus Christ, “the author and perfector of our faith” set the ultimate precedent of service in laying down His life for us. And all of us who call Him Lord can follow in His footsteps by serving others. Whom can you tell about our Servant Savior today? If you do it, let me know! I love to hear how you are reaching your world. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to hear how God is using you!
An American Chemistry teacher from Texas, Ronnie Smith, decided to travel to the middle east to serve the people in a certain country as a teacher at the International School. On December 5th, 2013, Ronnie went for a jog, and was gunned down by unidentified assailants driving in a Jeep. After her husband’s murder, his wife Anita, said, “I just envision the black Jeep driving up to him and I don’t know their faces. I just want them to know that God loves them and can forgive them for this… I don’t know them. That’s how I honestly feel. It may sound crazy. It’s God’s spirit that’s putting this inside me… I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this, and I hope and pray that our son, Hosea, would believe this…”
What a tragedy to have lost her husband and the father of her child, but what an example she is setting of forgiveness! You know, Jesus calls us to forgive even our enemies.
Romans chapter 12 says, “Bless and do not curse.” We can all learn from Anita’s forgiveness of her husband’s killers. Whom do you need to forgive today? Perhaps God will use your forgiveness and faith to reach your world in ways you never imagined.
Did you know that the Bible has been the best-selling book of all time for years and years? I’m always encouraged when I think about that. You know, I believe that deep down, people are still hungry for God’s Word, even if they don’t know it.. St. Paul says in Romans, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” If we are going to reach our world, we need to give people what they’re truly hungry for- God’s Word! And if we are going to share God’s Word with others, that means we have to know it ourselves.
I start every day with God personally, reading the Bible, meditating, praying over His word. This year, I’m following the Bible reading we at the LPA – the Luis Palau Association – recommend. We call if “Your Daily Bible Study” and it helps me to focus on the Lord, to pray, to meditate and to sing.
God’s Word is living and active, Hebrews 4 tells us, and I believe it’s the most powerful tool for reaching your world. So open your Bible today! There’s always more to learn.
When St. Paul said to put on the “helmet of salvation” in his letter to the Ephesians, the Ephesians would have immediately thought of a Roman legionnaire. Roman soldiers were heavily armored and their helmet was a symbol of their rank. A Roman officer would have a tall crest of horsehair, to show who he was. This was meant to be seen by his men in battle and to serve as a banner for them to gather around. I think this is a good example of how our helmet of salvation should be!
We should proudly wear our salvation just like a Roman soldier wore his rank on his helmet. When people see you, do they see your salvation? Do they see Jesus?
Jesus told us, "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” Do you acknowledge Jesus openly? Does your life demonstrate your faith in Him, and do your words point to Him?
Let us all put on the helmet of salvation and ask God to use us to draw others to Himself. Nothing’s more important and there’s no greater joy in this life than helping others find faith in Jesus Christ.
Have you answered the call? Have you listened to the quiet whispers from Christ? Learn this week the different ways God can use us and lead us closer to him. Whether it’s the friends in your life that help guide you spiritually or you’re going through a season of suffering. God uses many incidences and experiences in our lives to draw us closer to Him!