As you know I spent some time as a firefighter, working EMS and dispatching. As a firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital. If you do not have it you will die.
Have you ever thought about the Christian having personal protective equipment also? I did. Today I want to start at the top with the head. In the fire service we wear a helmet and nomex hood. The hood is fire resistant and keeps your head and neck from catching fire. Then there is the helmet. This is a vital piece of equipment too. It protects from falling objects like rafters and beams.
In the Christian life God has equipped us with a helmet also. Look at Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation,…” God knows that we are vulnerable in our head and mind. The battle is often fought in the mind. Our Loving God has given to us a helmet that He calls the “helmet of salvation”.
It is vital to know for sure that you are born again. If you do not know for sure you are part of the family you will never take full advantage of the benefits of being in the family.
If you died today and God said, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would you tell Him? If you don’t know for sure that you will go to Heaven when you die please contact me. I want you to know for sure.
So, how are you doing?
Comedian Ken Davis has a routine about his daughter having her first child and his experience in the hospital. He tells how he passed out and when he came back conscious that the staff had him hooked up to a defibrillator. He related how bad it hurt when they shocked him. He said, “If you are laying on the floor of a major hospital and someone yells ‘Clear!’, stand up.”
I get a big laugh out of this each time I see it. It is funny when he does it. Now, as I was thinking about this some things came to my mind. First of all I thought about the Word of God. Look at Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The devil has many schemes against God’s people. We need to get ready for them.
Notice in Ephesians 6:11 we are told first to, “Put on the whole armour of God,”. This a vital place to start. If we are going to combat (and we are) then we need to be protected. If we are going to stand then we need the protection so that we can stand and continue to stand. What are you standing for? Anything? Remember someone said, “If you are not standing for something you will fall for anything.” Author Unknown.
Soldier, it is time for me and you to get dressed and ready for battle. There is a battle going on whether you want to admit it or not.
So, how are you doing?