Radio Seminar: Helmet of Salvation
Dave Ramsey: “Boost your Income.”
Shout Out: Freedom Boat Club
Minute with Maxwell: “Being teachable and coachable”
Welcome to Financial Freedom God’s Way, where you are continuing to learn, apply, and pass on, Bible-based financial principles and applications so that you and your family will not only just survive, but thrive during these very uncertain times.
Hi and welcome everyone, this is Bob Louder from Christian Financial Ministries, and it is an absolute honor to have you with us again—it really is. What is on the schedule for our 30-minute time together today?
First, during our radio seminar time together, we will take a good close look at the fifth piece of God’s spiritual financial armor that would be the helmet of salvation. Is there a link between picking up and putting of God’s helmet of salvation and rightly handling your personal finances—you bet there is, just you wait and see.
Then, during our Q&A time together today we have a special treat for you—Dave Ramsey will share with all of us some great thoughts on how to increase our income—would you like to see an income bust in 2023—then you are not going to want to miss what Dave has for you today.
And then, something new, you will hear a “shout out” to a local business for going above and beyond what we expected…that is going to be a whole lot of fun.
And finally, John Maxwell will share his thoughts about being teachable, about being coachable—we are in for yet another great Minute with Maxwell.
So stay tuned, won’t you. It is going to be a great time together with the Lord, so join me as we open with a word of prayer.. Father, thank You for meeting with us again today. Please give us ears to hear all that it is you have planned for us, to Your glory, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.
Radio Seminar Now, recall that during our radio seminar segment times together we’ve been digging deep into what the Apostle Paul has to teach us about God’s Spiritual armor which can be directly applied to our finances.
As we started out we saw that according to the Bible every financial problem you have ever had was actually symptom of a spiritual problem. When we deal with the problem the symptoms fly away. What’s one of the best ways to deal with spiritual problems that lead to financial issues in our lives? We need to learn to pick and put on God’s spiritual armor.
Starting with the belt of truth which is the Bible. You see, when you put on God’s belt of truth, when you prayerfully determine to make the Bible a priority in your life, you are starting to get dressed for spiritual, for financial warfare.
But Paul tells us there is more to God’s armor than just the Bible, it’s a great starting place but there is more. There is also God’s breastplate of righteousness. God helps prepare you for battle with the absolute assurance that you are “right” with Him because of who you are in Jesus Christ.
Then we discovered you had better put on and keep on His shoes of peace. That’s the peace OF God–the peace that surpasses all understanding that givese you great footing to both stand your ground AND to advance and take back ground previously lost.
Then during our last time together we talked about the shield of faith. And we saw that just as the Roman soldier’s battle shield was attached to his loin belt, God’s shield of faith needs to be firmly attached to His belt of truth—His written word. We not only need to soak ourselves in His Word, we need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit anoint His Word to become alive and active in and through our lives.
So, we have HIS belt of truth, HIS breastplate of righteousness, His shoes of peace, and His shield of faith.
And we need to recall two important facts about God’s spiritual armor:
First, it is His armor, and secondly,
each piece of His armor is a highly effective offensive and defensive weapon.
So, what is the next piece of God’s armor that Paul describes in the Book of Ephesians? It’s the helmet of salvation.
So, let’s continue to dress our Roman soldier. Let’s first take a look at the helmet from the Roman Soldier’s point of view.
First of all we know that the Greek work for helmet describes a piece of armor that would fit tightly around the head. That makes sense…no surprises there.
However, we need to also realize that the soldier’s helmet was
Very noticeable, fascinating and beautiful.
Flamboyant, ornate and intricate.
Appeared as a piece or artwork rather than a piece of armor. Huge plum of brightly colored feathers or horsehair stood straight up out of the top.
That was how it looked but it was also designed to save his life: It was made of heavy bronze with special armor to protect the cheeks and jaws, yet softly lined–could not be pierced.
Now, Paul links the soldier’s protective helmet to our salvation…and I find this pretty interesting.
First, our salvation is very noticeable.
Your salvation is the most gorgeous, most intricate, most elaborate, and most ornate gift God ever gave you.
It’s very noticeable as you walk in confidence of your salvation and in the powerful reality of all that salvation means for you.
Plus, God’s helmet of salvation protects you from attacks to your mind—it’s designed to save your spiritual life!
To do the work of God and to face the work of the devil without your helmet of salvation is the equivalent of spiritual suicide! Therefore make it a personal goal to walk in the full knowledge of your salvation by spending time studying what the Bible has to say about your
Healing—physical, mental, relational, and of course financial.
Deliverance from evil powers
Redemption and its beneficial consequences in your life.
Your mind is extremely important.
God gave you a brain to use.
I 1 Peter 1:13, we are told to …gird up the loins of your mind. “Gather up the loose ends of your mind, and get you mind into good shape!”
Spend more time talking to yourself than listening to yourself. Tell yourself something like, “I can remember. I have a fantastic memory! I thank You God for my mind.” Expect it. Act like it!
Pray something like, “Lord, today I bind the devil from my mind, I declare it “set free” in Jesus’ name.”
Remember, your mind needs to be exercised and developed. Have daily mental and physical workouts! That’s why I strongly suggest you take the scriptural memory and meditation section of your syllabus very seriously.
What else do we need to know about God’s helmet of salvation.
Well, it is a defensive weapon—it protects your mind from the devil’s prolonged and continuous attacks designed to wear you out. Your helmet of salvation gives you all you need to withstand every continuing assault of the great deceiver against your Salvation and deliverance from sin.
t’s also an offensive weapon. When a strong knowledge of your salvation is wrapped around your mind, you will never again fall prey to the devil’s deceptive tactics.
You will both be able to stand against the devil AND move to take back ground already given up.
You can stand and advance in your confidence in the
complete soundness of your mind.
To include your financial healing and wholeness
When you choose to pick up, put on, and “walk” in your helmet of salvation, you’ll begin to think like God thinks, reason like God reasons, believe like God believes, and act like God acts. Do not underestimate the importance of filling your mind with the proper understanding and knowledge of your salvation. Salvation is a powerful piece of weaponry. If it’s allowed to function correctly in your life, it will defend your mind from every mental attack the enemy might wage against you!
When you wrap the knowledge of your salvation around your brain and let it protect your mind you will begin to be transformed.
You will no longer think and talk as an individual who is constantly sick.
You will no longer walk through life like an individual who is continually defeated.
You will no longer think and talk as someone who is poor.
All of this, remember that this helmet of salvation is part of God’s gift to you. He fully well intends for you and me to reach out our hands, receive it, thank Him for it, then trust His Holy Spirit to show us how to use it…wow, God’s helmet of salvation. What a fantastic piece of God’s spiritual, financial armor.
Next time, well next time we’ll dig deeply for just a bit into His sword of the Spirit, It’ll be a great time together, don’t miss it.
Q&As (Dave Ramsey)
As you probably already know, Dave Ramsey is an American evangelical Christian personal finance personality, businessman, radio host, and an eight-time best-selling author. When Dave speaks, people listen. So let’s join in and listen to what Dave has to say about giving your income a boost in 2023.
Thanks Dave, and by the way, you can learn all about Dave Ramsey at www.ramseysolutions.com, that’s www.ramseysolutions.com
Let’s do something new for just a minute. What I would like to do right now is to pass along to you a good, positive “shout out” to one of our local businesses. Now, right up front, let me say that our “shout outs” will never be directed to those good folks and businesses who donate to help make this program and our other ministry services possible. That wouldn’t be right. We will mention them during our 30 and 60 second radio promotional spots during the week but never as a “shout out” during our 30- minute radio programs—we want to avoid even the perception of self-interest. So, yes, when my wife and I receive a whole lot more than we expect, from some local business, we want to pass it along to you as a way to help support our local economy. You will never hear our negative experiences, just our outstanding ones.
Having said that, I have to tell you that when Debbie and I move to the Lake Chatuge area four years ago, we wanted to be able to enjoy Lake Chatuge and the others local lakes as well—we wanted a pontoon to enjoy with our family. However, boy were we in for a surprise when we started shopping around for a new or even a good used pontoon…everything we found was well beyond what we could afford.
While looking for use boats, I ran into Rex Thayer at the Freedom Boat Club operating from the Marina in Young Harris. The result, we are now members of the Freedom Boat Club, and we have access to new boats of all kinds almost anytime we want at a very affordable price. That’s a great deal. But what makes this an exceptionally good deal for my family is the quality of the boats they have in their inventory, and even more than that the absolutely outstanding customer service my wife and family and I have received from Rex and his entire team—always friendly, always seeking to serve, always willing to go above and beyond to make sure that every time we take a boat out on the lake is a tremendously enjoyable experience. They go above and beyond to the max.
Sooooooo, our first of what I hope will be many “shout outs” to local businesses goes to Rex Theyer and his team at the Freedom Boat Club at the marina in Young Harris. Way to go Rex, and thanks again.
Minute with Maxwell
Now, let’s start to wrap up our time together today with one of the highlights of all of our times together. Let’s spend a Minute with Maxwell and John Maxwell gives us his thoughts on being teachable, on being coachable.
Wow, what a great teaching. What I hear John saying is that if we are a teachable, if we are coachable, then we are folks who want to learn and become more productive. This is so important in today’s world because we need more people who are willing to adapt and strive to become better stewards, to become better managers of all that the Lord places into our hands. My friends, Financial Freedom God’s Way is possible right now for you and even for others through you if, listen, if you are willing to be teachable, to be coached to learn, apply, and pass on what the Bible says about money. Wow, being teachable, being coachable, what a timely Minute with Maxwell.
Okkkkk, that just about wraps up our time together for today. Recall, .
We started out by taking a look at the fifth piece of God’s spiritual financial spiritual armor which is His helmet of salvation. When you choose to pick up, put on, and “walk” in your helmet of salvation, you will begin to think as God thinks, reason as God reasons, believe as God believes, and act as God acts. Do not underestimate the defensive and offensive importance of filling your mind with the proper understanding and knowledge of your salvation. Salvation is a powerful piece of weaponry.
Then we had a great word from Dave Ramsey about increasing your income in 2023.
And recall that John Maxwell just told us that if we want to move from where we are to where the Lord would have us to be, in any area of our life—to include our financial life, then we need to know what it is like to be teachable and coachable.
Now, well now it is time to close out in prayer. Lord, thank you for another year of life and all that you provided for us last year. We lay before you all the disappointments and unfinished work, and we ask for your mercy, peace, and joy as we look to the year ahead. May we delight in the gift of your presence as You lead us spiritually and financially into 2023. Amen.
Have a blessed rest of your day and an absolutely fantastic start into the new year…and remember, we’ll be looking for you next week as the Lord continues to walk us down your personal road to Financial Freedom God’s Way.