Facing Every Day With A Faith That Won't Quit
June 16, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:17 A Roman soldier’s helmet was made of hardened leather and was strengthened with metal. They were meant to protect the soldier’s head from blows inflicted from the enemy. In Ephesians 6, Paul says to “take the helmet of salvation.” He was writing to people who had received salvation through trusting in Jesus. The metaphorical helmet of salvation is a spiritual helmet, not to grant a person salvation, (Paul wasn’t saying take the helmet of salvation to be saved) but it was meant to protect the believer’s assurance of salvation.
June 9, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
At the end of 1 Samuel, Saul and his sons died in combat against the Philistines. In 2 Samuel, King David completes a long fight for the throne of Israel against the house of Saul. He rightfully claims the throne as God’s anointed. He rules for several years expanding Israel’s kingdom. He is a skilled military tactician and political leader, but we find that he is vulnerable with his family.
June 2, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
Stand firm then… with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. - Ephesians 6:15 A Christian’s identity is to be shaped by truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, and the gospel message. This is what Paul describes as the full armor of God. Fit your feet with the readiness of peace. What we wear on our feet can help us to be ready to face stress and anxiety and the ways they manifest unhealthy spirituality.
May 26, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, - Ephesians 6:14 Dr. David Jeremiah in his book “Overcomer” said, “that the breastplate of the common Roman soldier was a piece of armor made of hardened, reinforced leather. For an officer, the leather was covered with metal plating for extra protection. The breastplate covered the torso and protected the soldier’s vital organs—especially his heart. A warrior without his breastplate was vulnerable and dangerously exposed to the enemy.”
May 19, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, - Ephesians 6:14 After David defeats Goliath he befriends Saul’s son Jonathan. They became best of friends. David stayed in the company of Saul and Saul gave him important military assignments. Each mission Saul sent him on was successful. All of Israel started to take notice.