-Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]-
Some of my best childhood memories are of spending the Summer with my Great-Great Grandma, Lollie. We called her, Mamma.
She was born in 1897, so she was 76 when I was born, but nobody would have guessed because that beautiful, little old lady was like a work-horse.
Every morning, she would get up at the crack of dawn, making her coffee and singing her Southern Spirituals.
Then she would get out in the yard with the hoe and the shovel.
It was time to break up those weeds before they could take over her garden. Then she would get the shovel to gather up the weeds, along with their broken roots and toss them over into the alley, so that they would not have a chance to take root again.
You see, she knew that she had to be diligent to keep the weeds… and their seeds out, preventing them from establishing a foothold, because once they rooted themselves in…it would be difficult to break their strong-hold.
You’re probably thinking…Why the Gardening Lesson??
Where is the Lesson on The Helmet of Salvation??
I’m getting there…Lol
You See, The Helmet of Salvation is As much a Defensive weapon for our Mind’s…As the Hoe and Shovel are defensive weapons in the garden.
My grandma spent her mornings defending her territory against the weed’s foothold…which would have eventually become a stronghold in her garden. And we must also defend our territory and the spiritual progress that we have gained…thus preventing the devil’s foothold into our thoughts and his inevitable plan to establish a stronghold in our minds.
What is a stronghold??
A stronghold is a thought pattern that holds us captive…and We just can’t seem to escape from those reoccurring thoughts. Psychologist’s would call it an addiction…and it is a spirit of addiction…only this evil spirit comes to possess or take root in our minds.
Just like the weed…it takes root in our garden, aiming to wrap it’s vines around the roots of our strawberries, and blueberries…attempting to choke them out…
satan plants his spiritual seeds of wickedness into our minds, attempting to control our thought life…and thus choking out the fruit of the Spirit (love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, patience, meekness, faith, and self-control).
You See…with the fruit gone and/or diminished…there is now more room for satan’s wicked little seed to grow-up and take root…until it becomes a full grown, deeply rooted monster!!
That monster is sin…Fully Grown…and satan knows that it will kill us!!
The Apostle, James says it like this:
-But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death-
Although it is not a sin to be tempted (the sin comes when we fall into the temptation), We must be diligent to keep these spiritual seeds of wickedness from getting into our heads…That’s why We must put on the Helmet of Salvation – That’s Jesus – In Whom We have our Hope.
There is Power in The Name of Jesus!!
When those evil thought patterns slither up from Hell…We can call on the Name of Jesus!!
Philippians 2:10 tells us that: (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father- That Includes satan and his demons!!
When we call on the Name of Jesus, the Hope of Our Salvation…the roots of spiritual wickedness can be hoed down, and broken from our thought-life…And…When Jesus reigns as King in our thoughts…and our mind’s, He takes these evil spirits captive, casting them out…and back into Hell, where they belong!!
-And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God-
So, when your getting Spiritually dressed in the morning…Be Sure to Put on your Helmet of Salvation!!
Because Satan will be seeking and searching to find any breaks, openings, or gaps in Your Armor…so that he can slither through, but We will seal those openings with the Sword of the Spirit- Which is the Word of God!!
That’s Tomorrow’s Lesson…
So Until Tomorrow,
God Loves You and Do I!!
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