Last Saturday, in the “God’s Armour, Part 4”, we saw that we take up the “shield of faith” by ensuring our faith is “covered” by the blood of Jesus, and then by remembering the mercies and the bounty of our God in past times and by spending time His Word and in His presence.
This brings us to the next piece of armour that Jesus makes available to us as part of the greatest gift ever: “And take the helmet of salvation…” (Eph. 6:17a NET)
The helmet, or galea, worn by a Roman soldier in battle, would have likely been the inspiration behind the imagery of the helmet of salvation. Paul would have been very aware that when a soldier suited up for battle, the helmet was the last piece of armour to go on, and in essence, donning the helmet was the final act of readiness in preparation for combat.
Why did they wear a helmet?
To protect the body’s command station, the brain.
Let’s remember that the battlefield against the devil is primarily in the mind. We are told that we don’t battle against physical enemies, but spiritual (See Eph. 6:12), and that God will “…keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in [Him].” (Is. 26:3 NET). Thus, the primary purpose for this piece of spiritual armour is to protect our minds from the fiery darts of deception. And since this is exactly what the devil continually tries to throw our way, this “helmet” becomes a vital piece of our armour!
As we approach the Christmas season, the most beautiful part is that this “helmet” represents Jesus’ Christmas gift to us: Salvation. And the assurance of our salvation is this impenetrable defense against anything the enemy can throw our way.
What most people don’t fully comprehend is that because of the power of the cross, the devil no longer has any hold on us: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:1-2 NET; See also Romans 6:10 and 1 Corinthians 1:18). As a result of our failure to embrace this Truth, our minds are totally unprotected, and the enemy’s “fiery missiles” of deception and fear can so easily lodge themselves in our thoughts. It is only by fastening the “Helmet of Salvation” securely under our chins that, “We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Corinthians 10:4b,5a NET).
Here are some suggestions for how to don the helmet of Salvation that I found on GotQuestions.org*:
1. We don that helmet of Salvation by making a practice of renewing our minds: “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2 NET). Because the outcomes of the battles in our minds determine the course of our lives, we need to “renew” them by replacing all of our preconceived ideas with God’s Truth.
2. We don that helmet of Salvation by grasping the truth that the victory is already won: “So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 6:11 NET)! When we fully grasp this truth, we eliminate the traps Satan uses to ensnare us.
3. We don that helmet of Salvation by recognizing that God’s Salvation is the most important thing in our lives: “Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth.” (Ps. 73:25 NET). The helmet of salvation is only going to be effective when we begin to understand and treasure what it represents.
4. We don that helmet of Salvation by trusting in God’s ability to bring us through: “Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Heb. 11:6 NET; See also 1 Peter 1:8-9). We tend to disregard whatever we cannot perceive with our senses, and as a result, Satan easily makes us believe that God isn’t powerful enough to resolve our circumstances. We must reject these doubts. We must rise above what we can see and perceive, and remember that God rewards our faith!
5. Keep an eternal perspective: “But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal…” (Matt. 6:20 NET; see also 1 Cor 3:11-13). We truly must fully comprehend that our true treasure is not material but spiritual.
In summary, when we fully embrace Jesus’ Salvation and fully understand its power, when we choose to guard our minds against excessive worldly influence and to think on things that honor Christ instead, we are “donning” this “helmet of Salvation” that will “…guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NET).
I encourage each of you today to spend some time with God contemplating the full meaning of the helmet of Salvation. Renew your minds by replacing the devil’s lies with Truth. Choose to believe in what appears impossible. Keep an eternal perspective. Grasp onto the Truth that thanks to Jesus’ ultimate gift to us, the victory is already won. And above all, treasure your Salvation. Then, when the flaming arrows of temptation, commercialism, tradition, doubt or discouragement are at the door, you will face them changed, empowered, protected, ready to continue the battle, “…so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day” and then, “…and having done everything, to stand” (Eph. 6:13 NET).
Join us Thursday for the final part: “God’s Armour, Part 6: The Sword of the Spirit”!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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