First I want to share the love of God with you as always and say be blessed in every way! God loves you and I with an everlasting love that endures forever. He led me this morning to 1Thessalonians 5:8, 11 which says, "8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." NIV Faith comes by the hearing of God's word, so let us not just look at our bible laying on the table but pick it up each morning, afternoon, evening or night to read it and meditate upon what we read. This builds the spiritual muscle of faith in us with strengthens God's spirit of love in us. Guarding our heart with the breastplate of faith and love will assure us of walking in the spirit and not after the flesh which leads to sin and death. Self-control is one of the fruits or offspring of love, so it all goes hand in hand with faith and love together. Compare Romans 8: 1, 5-6
I was especially drawn this morning to the words, "hope of salvation as a helmet". Having on our full suit of armor is so important in spiritual warfare. Everyday we are engaged in battle in the earth. God gave man dominion over the earth and so he has equipped us to reign along with him in righteousness, justice and holiness. 2Co 10:4 KJV says, "4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)" Strongholds are strings of thoughts from the enemy housed to take up residence in our mind and heart. The mind is the battlefield where it all starts and so I believe this is why the Lord led me to speak on this first. These thoughts left unattended can take root in our heart. There is a true saying, 'You are what you eat', but it can also be said that you are what you think as well. Because what is eating you is whatever we think about. The challenge presented here by the Lord is that we utilize the armor He has provided in order to win the battle that has been waged by the enemy of God for your life.
We have a helmet that we must wear at all times on the battlefield of life. God has provided this for us to protect our mind from the dangerous thoughts of the enemy which act like poison. It is deadly and weakens our spirit and even possibly to the point of killing our spirit. So, let us put on our helmet which is the "HOPE of SALVATION". What does salvation mean to you? Has it had an effect in the way you carry on your daily business affairs or with family, friends, strangers? In what way can you and I make sure we don't forget to put on our helmet, which is the HOPE of SALVATION? By meditating and thinking upon what God's Word says about our salvation is a sure way of putting on our helmet. So I have listed below scriptures that we can meditate upon, planting these seeds of truth so that they will take root in our mind and heart. Then we will always have that helmet on. We must never take it off. We must keep our armor on at all times.
Here's to keeping our helmet on! God is so good isn't He! Many blessings to you friends!!!
HOPE of SALVATION ~ Scriptures for Meditation
~ JESUS is the ROCK of our SALVATION ~
Exo 15:2 NIV - ""The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him."
2Sa 22:3 NIV - "my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-- from violent people you save me."
1Ch 16:23 NIV - "Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day."
2Ch 6:41 NIV - ""Now arise, LORD God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness."
Psa 9:14 NIV - "that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation."
Psa 13:5 NIV - "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."
Psa 14:7 NIV - "Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!"
Psa 18:2 NIV - "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
Psa 27:1 NIV - "Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psa 28:8 NIV - "The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one."
Psa 35:3 NIV - "Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, "I am your salvation.""
Psa 35:9 NIV - "Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation."
Psa 37:39 NIV - "The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble."
Psa 50:23 NIV - "Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.""
Psa 51:12 NIV - "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
Psa 53:6 NIV - "Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!"
Psa 62:1 NIV - "For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him."
Psa 62:2 NIV - "Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."
Psa 62:6 NIV - "Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."
Psa 62:7 NIV - "My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge."
Psa 67:2 NIV - "so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations."
Psa 69:13 NIV - "But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation."
Psa 69:29 NIV - "But as for me, afflicted and in pain-- may your salvation, God, protect me."
Psa 74:12 NIV - "But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth."
Psa 85:7 NIV - "Show us your unfailing love, LORD, and grant us your salvation."
Psa 85:9 NIV - "Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land."
Psa 91:16 NIV - "With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.""
Psa 95:1 NIV - "Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."
Psa 96:2 NIV - "Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day."
Psa 98:1 NIV - "A psalm. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him."
Psa 98:2 NIV - "The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations."
Psa 98:3 NIV - "He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God."
Psa 116:13 NIV - "I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD."
Psa 118:14 NIV - "The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation."
Psa 118:21 NIV - "I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation."
Psa 119:41 NIV - "Waw May your unfailing love come to me, LORD, your salvation, according to your promise;"
Psa 119:81 NIV - "Kaph My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word."
Psa 119:123 NIV - "My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise."
Psa 119:155 NIV - "Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees."
Psa 119:166 NIV - "I wait for your salvation, LORD, and I follow your commands."
Psa 119:174 NIV - "I long for your salvation, LORD, and your law gives me delight."
Psa 132:16 NIV - "I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy."
Isa 12:2 NIV - "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.""
Isa 12:3 NIV - "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."
Isa 25:9 NIV - "In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.""
Isa 26:1 NIV - "In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts."